People are snitching on their neighbours over COVID-19 concerns
The coronavirus pandemic has revealed how Canadians are snitching on neighbours flouting the federal government’s order to self-isolate and practice physical distancing .
Psychologist Genevieve Beaulieu-Pelletier said there's a reason people are calling police.Newsletter sign-up: Get The COVID-19 Brief sent to your inbox“In a threatening situation, we tend to control what we can,” she said to CTV News Montreal.“We're in a state of powerlessness. By calling the police, I'm trying to control what I can, it's a way to reassure myself.”
SNITCHING ACROSS CANADAThe act of snitching is also being spurred by some government officials across the country.Alex Bottausci, mayor of the Montreal suburb Dollard-des-Ormeaux, hasencouraged people to call the police if they see people not practicing safe distancing.
“If it's just some people walking through the park, that's perfectly fine with us. But if people are congregating and they're having fun and they're having a party, well, that's a little bit of a different story,” said Bottausci.“We're asking people to please move along and obey the laws. It's the few that decide they're above the law and don't realize they're actually risking and putting at risk the rest of the community.”
Meanwhile in London, Ont.,city officials have set up a new “snitch line”to report people not complying with the federal guidance around COVID-19. The goal, according to the city, is to "provide a single point of contact to help ease the demands on other community phone lines, including the Middlesex-London Health Unit and 911."
While snitching might be done with good intentions, it can still cause problems. In B.C., Metro Vancouver's emergency dispatch centre is seeing a surge of calls related to COVID-19, including “quite a few” involving snitching on neighbours who are not self-isolating or abiding by the physical distancing rules, which is taking operators away from dealing with real emergencies.
“We have received some calls from people complaining that the grocery store line-ups are too long,” Jasmine Bradley, communications manager for E-COMM,told CTV Vancouver.“Not only is that frustrating, its scary. We’re gonna be relying on the public help to make sure 911 lifelines are kept free for reporting emergencies where police, fire and ambulance are required to attend right away.”
QUARANTINE ACTThe Quarantine Act, which came into effect early Wednesday, means all travellers returning to Canada are nowlegally required to go into self-isolation for 14 days.The legislation gives the federal health minister sweeping powers to stop the spread of communicable diseases , including routine screenings by quarantine officers at airports.
Kerry Bowman, bioethicist and professor at the University of Toronto, told CTV News Channel the act could set a precedent for more severe restrictions to limit the spread of COVID-19.He warned that government decisions need to be “proportionate, transparent and fair.”
“So far, compared to other countries, we’re doing fairly well on that front, but trust is essential and if they over-did it and you have a backlash that would be very destructive,” Bowman said Saturday.“But I think as long as they’ve got our trust it’s going to work.”
-With files from CTV Vancouver’s Shannon Paterson, CTV Montreal’s Emily Campbell and Adam Kovac, CTV London’s Amanda Taccone and The Canadian Press Read more: CTV News »
Good I believe in carma I had an idiot neighbor say, I don't get sick So yeah there are a lot of stupid people out there. Self isolation, especially after travel is absolutely essential in stopping this. Maybe not calling people reporting a crime and trying to stop the spread of Covid-19 a 'snitch' would be more reasonable than this irresponsible trash. You should be ashamed of your selves!
Good! If we all follow the rules, we’ll flatten the curve sooner and contain the spread of the virus. This will help us get back to life! Stay home, practice social distancing, use proper and frequent handwashing, to keep everyone safe and healthy. This is not the time to be selfish 👍 I've said this before, if everyone follows the rules then this won't be an issue. It's ridiculous that people think they are special and the rules don't apply to them.
Good, as long as it’s smart snitching and not some Karen-style that unnecessarily ties up our resources. Easy don’t answer the door . If you act like a spoiled child, you can't be surprised when you end up in a Nanny State. Serves you right. It takes a good citizen to stop a bad one. it's the commie thing to do
Unfortunately necessary. People are generally pretty stupid. People generally are so stupid, in fact, that the idea of telling on your neighbour is actually a good idea. Shame on humanity. The word 'snitching' is highly inappropriate. Media are discouraging reporting by using this inflammatory language. People who are sick and roam around infecting others have to be reported.
'you're doing a good job justin my boy, you are a great communist!' GOOD! I FakeNewsMedia preparing the sheeple just like Hitlers propaganda arm did in the thirties. Frightening. Adolf is smiling. Right on! Brutal This is what the media had done to us. Fear has driven this. Lol this is a battle we won't win. I saw groups of people at dog parks today. Full families of 4 going grocery shopping or going to Quiznos. The virus will sort them out. Let's not send our police into a battle they can't win. Tip: You can shop by yourself & order food.
?top news of the day It will all end soon, this is the media’s last attempt to lead us like sheep division 🐑. FakeNews GreatAwakening Also the media are snitching on people. Why do keep repeating these kind of posts? Is it that you want to sow division among the people? Can’t believe CTV news used the word snitching w/o putting that bitch in quotation marks
« Snitching »? Toxic language and irresponsible reporting. Try: « Law abiding citizens are reporting criminal and fatal behaviours » Thank you! This is one kind of snitches I like. Snitches get stitches bitches lol Snitches get stitches Well, stitches over ditches. I’m not 100% okay with that. 'Snitches', wow so in a way you are validating the people who are not following the physical and social distancing rule? If a neighbor isbwalking around with a big knife threatning your life, would you not 'snitch' on that neighbor? So how is this different?
A lot of people are worried Germany, Europe, 1939, WWII, Nazis, Gestapo, SS. Brownshirts... anything ring a bell Germany, Europe, 1939, WWII... anything ring a bell Nah. *People are reporting irresponsible neighbors during a pandemic* ftfy Don't tell neighbors your business and you won't have a problem Damn Skippy STOP HAVING PARTIES Nanaimo
Hop onto snapchat map and hunt them down!!! Yup in London Ontario let’s go GTA get your own snitch line! BC as well! Snitches get stitches. Good snitching...this CTV Hood News? Good The term “snitching” a very bad teaching in the Canadian society . Everyone should be proud when reporting any violation . Yes because 2 of my neighbors are drinking buddies. All day in and out of thier Apartment. One has a grandkid with her. Smh
Will the virus turn us into East Germany Seen this on my town's 'community' Facebook page today, gave me a little giggle.. Wtf CTV. You posted an article a couple days ago literally saying that people should “call out” or report people they know to be not following the regulations.. soo... Good👍👮🏼♂️👮
To all these snitchers, keep one thing in mind, the virus will disappear soon, be careful who you snitch on as you will still be living next to those same people you snitched on and you too can disappear... Just saying.😬😷 😂 The Karens might save us all 'The children, on the other hand, were systematically turned against their parents and taught to spy on them and report their deviations. The family had become in effect an extension of the Thought Police.' -1984 by George Orwell
Sucks that people are that irresponsible and selfish that they won’t do what needs to be don’t to stop this horrible virus . I get it people don’t want to ask for help but Jesus we need to get it under control and yes they should be reported and fined or even jailed ! I’m good with that. No problem. I will report people if I see them putting Canadians at risk. If you heard your neighbour planning to kill Canadians, are you not duty bound to report them? Covid-19 is not any different!
For a noble cause I guess,,, Thanks to the media yes they are. We all need to do our part and take this seriously. The imbeciles that cant figure this out should be reported. My parents and I are under quarantine following our return from the US and physically distanced ourselves for three weeks while still in the states. I expect someone to report us if we step foot outside before the 2 weeks are up, and would have no problem reporting someone else.
Get a grip! 1 person said to me 'things are being blown up by the media and all people have to do is stay active and run' and another at 7/11 said 'why limit customers it's not like anyone's coughing' Some people have no common sense and need to be reported. Excuse me? Snitching? Are you sure you didn’t mean something like “people are informing health officials of potential community spread with their neighbours” ya know because right now, we ALL need to be Karen’s who need to speak to the Managers if we are going to survive this.
Good I didn't know 6ix9ine was out of jail Call the army in Snitches may get stitches but if these violators spread the virus then the rest of us might get Ditches ! Suddenly liberals like snitch lines. COVIDIOT have no self control so other ppl do them a favor. We all need to do our part to FlattenTheCurve
A Liberal snitch line. Canada has a culture of peeking into each other's backyards for gossip. Why would it not during a pandemic? The right thing to do. Snitches get stitches That's gangster
People under 40 make up one-third of Canada's COVID-19 casesNew numbers released by public heath officials reveal that one in three COVID-19 cases in Canada involve people under the age of 40. So much for the term BoomerRemover FLATTEN THE CURVE.....everyone needs to take this virus seriously.....stay in..distance yourself 6 feet from others..wash hands frequently...together we are CANADA STRONG....🙏🇨🇦🇨🇦❤️❤️❤️ That's actually good news. According to Stats Canada almost 50% of the population is under 40 (18.5m out 37.5m). So you could theoretically expect half of Canada's COVID-19 cases to be people under 40. So anything less is a good sign.
COVID-19 has now killed more people in Canada than SARSNow do h1n1 and influenzas SARS 2.0 Thanks, Trudeau.
Saskatchewan minister tweets people should ‘pray and repent’ to rid COVID-19, then deletes itSaskatchewan minister tweets people should 'pray and repent' to rid COVID-19 , then deletes it Must be a slow news day at the National Post What's with the anti-Christian rhetoric? He's a person of faith, he is allowed to express himself freely. If a kirpan can be worn in parliament, and women can cover their faces in banks, he has the right to express himself. And I support that right. edwinmundt
Nearly 500 people dead in Iran after drinking methanol to fight off COVID-19Iranian media reports nearly 500 people have been killed and more than 2,500 sickened so far by ingesting methanol across the Islamic Republic over fears about the new coronavirus. Methanol poisoning. Is it Americas fault too? I guess whimis doesn't exist there?
London unveils 'snitch line' for COVID-19 rule violationsCity officials have set up new ways for residents to report businesses and individuals who aren't following the rules around COVID-19 . 1940s germany is feelin some envy Some confusion with people I know- are they allowed to go for a walk as long as they aren't near anyone ? Sounds prudent.
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