The Never-Ending Lockdowns

By Joshua Weigert
April 7th, 2021

As many of you know, I am Canadian. 

I live in the Toronto area, which is in the province of Ontario. Premier Doug Ford announced a few hours ago that as of tonight, 12:01 am Thursday, the province of Ontario, including the Toronto area, will enter a third lockdown/ stay-at-home order. 

Yes, you read that correctly. While the USA and most of the world are opening up, we here in Ontario, the most populated province in Canada, are entering another lockdown. 

You may be wondering why another lockdown is set to begin?

Well, it’s because Ontario’s Conservative government are spineless cowards that bend to the will of egotistical and puffed up bureaucratic “doctors” and “experts.” 

Several of these so-called “experts” have been pressuring the Ford government for weeks to authorize a harsh lockdown due to increased Covid-19 cases and ICU patients in Ontario hospitals. 

Here are today’s numbers relating to Covid-19:

  • 3,215 new Covid cases reported today (1)
  • Nearly 50,000 tests were administered (1)
  • 17 deaths reported today (1)
  • 504 total patients currently in the ICU (1)
  • 27,359 active cases of Covid (1)

There are close to 15 million residents in the province of Ontario. The Ford government will lock Ontario down tonight because 0.0018% of the population currently has Covid-19 and that Ontario’s healthcare system has 504 ICU patients. 

According to our health “experts,” 504 ICU patients in a province of 15 million people is a crisis. That’s 0.000034% of the population. 

This is where I begin my rant. 

Do you need any more evidence that universal healthcare is a disaster? Ontario is destroying small businesses and restaurants, and going into even more extreme debt because a fraction of a percent of residents either have Covid or are in ICU due to Covid. We in Canada have become so terrified of Covid (due to Leftist news outlets perpetuating fear) that we don’t even look at logical responses. Instead, we are repeating the same mistakes over and over again. Lockdowns haven’t worked. It hasn’t only not worked in Ontario, but it hasn’t worked in America or anywhere else.

This is insanity. Enough is enough. 

There won’t be an economy left by the time Premier Ford and his government feels comfortable going back to normal. 

I am a statistic. A few weeks ago, I contracted a Covid-19 variant. I felt feverish, had a cough, headache, chills, sore throat, loss of taste, and felt tired. The usual symptoms of influenza. In total, I was sick for about 3 or 4 days. I recovered, just like hundreds of thousands of Ontario residents and tens of millions of people worldwide. 

This is not a virus that is worth destroying the world economy. 

America is realizing this and is opening back up, as is much of the world. However, here in Canada, where freedom is viewed as more of a privilege than a right by our politicians, we are continuing the dangerous path of lockdowns. 

I want to be able to visit a local restaurant and eat indoors. I want to be able to go to a Toronto FC game again. I want to be able to go to public events. I want to be able to travel without any restrictions. This is basic freedoms that we apparently took for granted. How can we in Canada call ourselves a free and democratic state when we aren’t even allowed to do basic things like the ones I’ve listed? Will we ever get these freedoms back? It’s easy to give up freedoms, but extremely hard to get them back.

Sadly, it looks like there is no end in sight to these lockdowns.