By any reckoning, the events of 2020 and 2021 have been at once tragic, deeply disturbing, and far-reaching in scope and implication. A kind of paradigm shift has taken place while millions of us were ordered to stay in our homes. What was once unthinkable in the West can never be made unthinkable again as restrictions, mandates and limitations have been placed upon ostensibly free peoples by various states the like of which had only ever been seen before in the communist world under totalitarian regimes. Just one example in Canada emerging in the last few days (in conjunction with months of violations of fundamental freedoms), is the news that as of October 30, 2021, only select citizens who have received a series of state-mandated injections will be able to leave the country or travel by plane or train within Canada itself. This is in direct contravention of the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms which reads in Section 6:
(1) Every citizen of Canada has the right to enter, remain in and leave Canada.
(2) Every citizen of Canada and every person who has the status of a permanent resident of Canada has the right
a) to move to and take up residence in any province; and
b) to pursue the gaining of a livelihood in any province.
Despite egregious violations of the constitution, far too few seem to care that hundreds of thousands of people are now being denied work, an education, essential travel, organ transplants, or access to most of society. So long as they are assured of safety and protection from ‘other people,’ most seem ready to turn a blind eye to this human suffering and injustice.