In regard to a letter published in this newspaper about mask violators: Mr. Patterson, I am a senior citizen and have lived here my entire life. I am considered “high risk” for medical reasons, although that information is none of your business (Canadian Privacy Act).
Your assumption that those of use who cannot wear the mask are simply defiant is erroneous and judgemental. Some of us do our research and weigh the risks in order to make an informed decision based on facts and not opinion.
If it’s your belief that the mask prevents the virus in any way, then logically you would be perfectly safe from me, right? I have always had sense enough to stay home if I’m ill and basic hand washing has never been a problem for me. My mother didn’t raise any fools!
However, under the Constitution of Canada and the Ontario Human Rights Code I have the right not to compromise my own health any further by wearing a mask. I do use hand sanitizer that’s provided and I do social distancing.
You might want to look at those to documents, plus the Nuremberg Declaration and the Helsinki Declaration and more recently the Barington Declaration. Even the World Health Organization has backtracked on this issue.
If nothing else, my response will test freedom of expression in Canada these days, which is another right that is being trampled.