CANADIAN POLITENESS isn’t always a good thing. This is one of those times.
British Columbians top the politeness chart. With Step 4 of B.C.’s reopening plan only three weeks away, our health officials and politicians continue to dither on the most effective ways to stop the Delta variant in its tracks. We must not, after all, do anything that suggests infringements on an individual’s freedom to do anything he or she damn well wants.
Have you noticed the signs in so many stores nowadays? “Masks are no longer required,” they say. In smaller letters: “Masks are recommended.” That’s what we do. We recommend. In other words, ignore the advice if you want.
Sure, it’s part of Step 3 and masks are only part of the issue but I’m just making a point. We need domestic COVID vaccine passports to get things on the right track.
Mel Rothenburger is a former mayor of Kamloops and a retired newspaper editor. He is a regular contributor to CFJC Today, publishes the ArmchairMayor.ca opinion website, and is a director on the Thompson-Nicola Regional District board. He can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org.