Surely, mandating masks and social distancing during a once in a lifetime pandemic is not an overreach of government. Lock downs, hard as they may be for all of us, are not and overreach either. They are a last resort needed to ensure public heath once cases have overrun contact tracing.
First Nations have lived on the land we call Canada for thousands of years before this land was “discovered.” Over this time they already ran into the problem of who is and isn’t a member of their nation and had developed their own systems. These systems are what should be used to determine who is First Nations, rather than blood quantum laws.
It is easy to see why national policy on mask wearing has flip flopped during the initial months of the pandemic. Evidence was sparse, mixed, or inconclusive and public policy reflected that. But as new evidence is emerging that does support the use of face masks by the general population, so to, does public policy.
Isn’t this what working people in the current moment deserve? Decades of wage stagnation and rising cost of living while productivity increases are due to right wing economic policies. It’s about time workers got some relief.
Even in Canada, the denial of the validity of transgender people’s lived existence remains. Two out of the four leadership candidates for the Conservative Party of Canada want to remove protections for transgender people.
The range of issues that could be removed from police duties to non-authoritarian and non-militarized (in some cases) programs is as vast as our imagination. Think of drug decriminalization, sex work, minor bylaw enforcement, restorative rather than punitive justice, implementing means of direct democracy and more community involvement, and anything else that strikes at the root of crime.