The province of Ontario is currently in its fourth week of a six-week lockdown to “slow the spread” 15 months into 15 days to “slow the spread” and residents are getting quite restless. This was especially true a couple of weeks ago when there was some unusually beautiful weather in large swaths of the province.
On Sunday, April 18, two days after the provincial government issued a “Stay-At-Home” order, Tiffany Kotzma took her daughter to Havelock Community Center Park to play outside in the fresh air and sunshine. She wasn’t the only one there — several other adults and 11 other children also at the park. It wasn’t organized, it was just a small group of kids and parents who decided to enjoy the beautiful day.
The April 16 order banned all outdoor social gatherings and organized public events, except for members of the same household, or an individual who lives alone creating a “social bubble” with one other household.
The same order gave police additional powers to stop people who were outside of their home and ask for their name and home address and give a reason for why they weren’t in their home. Many police forces almost immediately refused to enforce the new order, but one police force did — the Ontario Provincial Police (OPP).
Well, the gathering of a dozen children and nine adults at an outdoor park was enough to get a visit from a couple of Peterborough County OPP officers because of the prohibited “social gathering” that was being held…outdoors. At a park.
As weird as that is, it was what one of the officers said that was absolutely stunning — that law enforcement had been asked to contact the Children’s Aid Society (CAS), which is the Canadian version of Child Protective Services, in “situations like this.”