Canada is usually seen as America’s pleasant neighbor to the north, nevertheless it seems the coronavirus has made everybody go a bit loopy.
As famous by The New York Times, Canadians are damaging vehicles with plates from the United States in an obvious effort to get their homeowners to depart and never come again.
Damage isn’t the one difficulty as CBC News reviews there have additionally been instances of harassment and assault. In the latter incident, two folks turned upset after they noticed a car with a Florida license plate.
While the border is closed to non-essential journey, there are exemptions in place for:
Returning residents, PRs & their rapid members of the family
Travellers in transit
— Canada Border Services Agency (@CanBorder) July 9, 2020
The proprietor of the automotive was truly a Canadian who holidays within the United States, and Ontario Provincial Police advised the CBC that the lads “poked him within the chest” and demanded to know why he was in Canada.
In one other case, a Canadian who works within the United States and drives an organization automotive with Michigan plates had their vehicle keyed whereas it was parked at a marina.
The points have turn out to be widespread sufficient that the premier of British Columbia has addressed the problem. He recommended folks “who have offshore plates and are feeling harassed” ought to take public transit and get their plates modified.
While the border between the United States and Canada has been closed to non-essential site visitors, there are a selection of exceptions and Canadians are cautious about America’s dealing with of the pandemic. Johns Hopkins University says the United States has had 5,075,678 instances of COVID-19, whereas Canada has skilled simply 121,610.
While concern is not any excuse for vandalism or harassment, Ontario Provincial Police spokesperson Jason Folz advised the CBC final month “People are pressured [about COVID-19], and it comes out in unusual methods. This is probably a type of methods.”