Anti-Maskers and Anti-Vaxxers Unite for “Choice” and “Freedom” in Niagara Falls, Ontario
A Brief Commentary by Niagara At Large reporter and publisher Doug Draper
Posted November 22nd. 2021 on Niagara At Large
Some people in Niagara and other regions across Canada and the United States seem determined to keep liberating the virus.
That may not be their intention.
From what comes out in their rhetoric, their mission is to liberate themselves from any more lockdowns and from all of the mandates around mask wearing and taking the vaccine.
So it was that hundreds gathered at Oakes Garden in Niagara Falls, Ontario this November 20th to, in so many words, let their freedom flags fly.
They marched up Clifton Hill where, with a statue of King Kong waving and a Ripley’s Believe It Or Not sign looming in the background, they chanted; “Together united. We’ll never be divided.” They carried signs reading (just to quote a few); ‘No Vax Mandates, ‘My Body, My Choice’, ‘Freedom is Mandatory’, ‘Hands Off’ and ‘The Lying Media is the Virus’.
Some of the rally goers brought their children and there was at least one sign in the crowd that gave a nod to the young ones. ‘Leave Our Kids Alone’, it read, leaving one to wonder if any of the parents here are going to allow their kids to get the jab now that the vaccine is being rolled out for children ages 5 to 11.
We may soon have a situation in our grade schools where at least some children may be going to school unvaccinated while the rest are. Will school boards allow children to ateend class without a COVID-19 vaxxine when, in the past, school boards have made vaccination for polio, small pox and other infectious diseases mandatory? It will be interesting to see how this works.
A video of the Niagara Falls rally was produced by rally organizers and posted on the internet. To watch it, click on the screen immediately below –
To the extent that I have gone out over all these many months of pandemic to pick up some groceries or other essentials, most of the people I meet are abiding by the mask mandates and practicing social distancing and other measures recommended in an effort to keep us all save.
There obviously is a segment of the population though that views this as some form of fascism or tyranny, as if our political leaders and health authorities are up in the middle of the night, plotting how best to restrict peoples’ movements in ways that wreak havoc on the economy. I have my issues with some of our political leaders too, but it would be political suicide to do anything as insane as that.
Indeed, look no further than Alberta and Saskatchewan for examples of political leaders, right up to and including the premiers, who relaxed protection measures to a point where the number of COVID cases, including those filling up hospitals, went through the roof, forcing them to bring protective measures back.
Maybe I am missing something here, but I fail to understand why those who have been rally for their freedom and for getting whatever passes for a normal life back, don’t consider that if we all followed the rules and if as many people who can get vaccinated would get vaccinated, we might not be discussing the possibility of a fifth wave now.
It may very well be that the anti-maskers and anti-vaxxers are playing a significant role in providing hosts for this virus and keeping it alive.
Doug Draper, Niagara At Large
For related news commentary Niagara At Large posted on this issue, click on – https://niagaraatlarge.com/2021/11/19/in-the-wake-of-calls-for-his-resignation-making-a-case-for-niagaras-acting-medical-officer-of-health/
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