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Proof of vacillation not required | Marcel Strigberger

Friday, October 01, 2021 @ 2:32 PM | By Marcel Strigberger

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Marcel Strigberger
Vaccination certificates or no vaccination certificates? That is the question. I can readily understand the proponents of each side of the debate. After all our government has mandated proof of vaccination requirements which may restrict our rights to proceed with normalcy. I’ll bet these mandates may also violate our rights and freedoms under the Charter.

Take requiring us to show proof of vaccination just to attend a Blue Jays game. The Charter guarantees our rights to travel across Canada. Tell me that barring a guest just because he or she is not vaccinated is not a clear infringement of our Charter rights to mobility. Last I heard the Rogers Centre is in Canada. It has to be. It’s right next to the CN Tower. Ahem!

The certificate mandate also applies to indoor dining, meaning McDonald's, Pizza Hut and even Tim Hortons. Imagine having to show a vax certificate in order to enjoy a double double. As Canadians we have an inalienable right to enter any Tim Hortons and munch on Timbits. I’m surprised this right did not work its way into the BNA Act. I took a closer look at that classical photograph of the fathers of Confederation meeting at the Quebec Conference in 1864 and I’m sure I noticed George-Étienne Cartier and John A. Macdonald doing a toast over a box of what looks like small chocolate glazed spherical munchies. Imposing any impediments to access these delights violates our legal rights as to any good Canadian it clearly constitutes cruel and unusual punishment. In my view it would be tantamount to banning the letter zed.

On the other hand, as the Fiddler on the Roof’s Tevye would say, many of us do want to stay safe. To these people mandates requiring proof of vaccination in certain occupations would be a no brainer. I for one would hate to suddenly require an ambulance and as the attendant approaches, have to say, “Sir, please show me your vaccination certificate before you get within two metres of me with that stretcher.”

Can we temper the dispute a bit issuing certificates to the non vaxers which are less threatening or judgmental? For example the certificate might read, “I hereby certify that the COVID-19 pandemic is over.” Who would not like to see this message? Think positive. Remember, “If you build it, they will come”.

Or it might read, “It’s OK, there never was Corona. Certified by www.pandemic.hoax.” Knowing this would certainly make me feel better sitting next to that guy while I munch on those Timbits.

Or perhaps the certificate can proclaim, “COVID is here but we’re all good. Look at the bright side: money saved shopping for clothing, less travel and Zoom.”

And to brighten things up, the certificates can all come with cute logos. As freedom seems to be an issue, maybe we can look south and print an image of the Statue of Liberty. I can readily see the lady beckoning, “Give me your tired masks …”

Another possible logo is the iconic flock of birds in flight. Who can argue against this one? On second thought it might remind some of us of the “bird flu.” To be fair to both sides, I will say the bird flu that was and the bird flu that wasn’t. Forget this one. Who needs more controversy? Leave it for the birds.

Actually the simplest would be the image of a thumbs up. There can even be an app featuring a thumbs up. It’s certainly better than the alternate finger we see some protesters using these days.

Most important let’s all stay peaceful.

Marcel Strigberger retired from his Greater Toronto Area litigation practice and continues the more serious business of humorous author and speaker. His just launched book Boomers, Zoomers, and Other Oomers: A Boomer-biased Irreverent Perspective on Aging is now available on Amazon, (e-book) and paper version by pre-release sale order. Visit Follow him @MarcelsHumour.

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