A 71-year-old Canadian woman named Joanne Walsh who was fully vaccinated but had reportedly refused to download Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s ArriveCAN app was ordered into a 14-day quarantine.
According to True North, the woman traveled to Niagara Falls, New York with a friend on July 19, 2021, for a few hours to get away before returning to Ontario when the incident occurred.
Walsh went to the Canadian border in Niagara Falls with her passport and proof of COVID-19 vaccination. However, she did not use the ArriveCAN app and that wound up getting her quarantined.
In an interview with True North, Walsh said that she refused to download the ArriveCAN app because it’s her belief that Trudeau and his henchmen unfairly target seniors since many of them do not own a cellphone.
An elderly woman who is fully vaccinated but didn't download Trudeau's ArriveCan application has been sentenced to 14 days of house arrest in Canada for not complying with the Liberal government's expectations of its subjects. pic.twitter.com/dmyCkDS9Uq
— Keean Bexte 🇳🇱 (@TheRealKeean) July 21, 2022
“I see how seniors get… segregated in the sense that if you don’t have a phone, a smartphone, if you don’t have the Internet, you’re just a nobody,” she asserted.
The Canadian government has stated that non-compliance with the ArriveCAN requirement can result in fines or enforcement, in addition to a quarantine order.
Walsh couldn’t believe her ears when she was informed by a Canadian Border Services Agency (CBSA) officer that if she did not complete the ArriveCAN app, she would be subjected to a 14-day quarantine.
“I cannot obviously compel you to perform ArriveCAN if you refuse to do it, that is your choice,” a CBSA officer advised her. The officer added that “the current policy… is that we are supposed to issue you a quarantine order at that point.”
Horror at the border: Fully vaxed senior citizen subjected to 14 day quarantine punishment and 2 PCR tests for a 4 hour land border crossing by foot for a Niagara Falls USA day trip. No symptoms. The crime – refusing to download & complete ArriveCAN
Are you happy Justin Trudeau? pic.twitter.com/i8CKZNJFkg
— Rowan 🇳🇱 (@canmericanized) July 19, 2022
Even though Walsh presented proof of vaccination, CBSA was adamant that she use the app.
“I shouldn’t have to go through this, no Canadian should. Just because I don’t want to put an app on my phone,” Walsh angrily stated in the video.
The official then handed her a letter containing information regarding the quarantine order and two COVID test kits.
Walsh’s next question was what would happen if she did not comply with the quarantine order. The CBSA officer did not know the answer to that. But he did threaten that the Public Health Agency of Canada could choose to have police monitor Walsh’s compliance with the order.
Looks, sounds, and feels like punishment. This isn’t about health, it is about compliance.
Delete your ArriveCan apps, everyone. Make them fill out paperwork. This needs to be a line in the sand.
— 🇨🇦💖🇳🇱Full of Hope Not Upto Date Not a QR Code (@Greyinggeek1) July 21, 2022
“They (the police) are out there and about there, and generally speaking they tend to be the go-to for all the enforcement outside of a border crossing,” the officer said.
Walsh fully expected there would be consequences for her not complying with the ArriveCAN requirement but she didn’t think she would be ordered to quarantine.
“I was in shock,” she remarked. “In my wildest dream, I wasn’t expecting a quarantine because I’m vaxxed.”
She’s also not sorry for refusing to comply.
This is not the only incident where this has occurred either. Canadian authorities also demanded that a quadruple-vaccinated 86-year-old man who does not own a cellphone complete ArriveCAN.
When the man could not comply with the requirement, they threatened his family with a $5,000 fine if his daughter would not add his information to her ArriveCAN app on her phone. In the end, they weren’t fined but were sternly warned to not wind up in this situation again, according to the Western Standard.
Saw this on TikTok this morning. 86 year old senior does not have a cellphone to use the ArriveCAN app. Daughter asks what will happen when her dad is flying alone. Listen to it: pic.twitter.com/Vp5QdRpzJI
— Jennifer Elle (@jenniferelle_) July 16, 2022
While many countries have done away with COVID pre-entry requirements, Canada is set to impose theirs until at least September 30 of this year.
The Trudeau government also announced updates to the app. Travelers can submit CBSA customs and immigration declarations prior to their arrival.
The app suffers from glitches as well, according to CBC. A couple who have been vaccinated and downloaded the app as they were told to do, started receiving threatening emails from ArriveCAN days after they returned home. Fines of up to $5,000 were threatened and it said the police could show up on their doorstep.
@GovCanHealth We were told we were exempt from quarantine when we crossed the border since we are fully vaxed. Now I keep receiving quarantine emails and the app is saying the same. Can you please fix the app? #arrivecan
— Ms. D (@Edu_Techy) July 10, 2022
The Canadian government has now acknowledged the mistake much to the relief of citizens there.
The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) “has identified a technical glitch with the app that … can produce an erroneous notification instructing people to quarantine,” Audrey Champoux, press secretary to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, stated in an email.
Many in Canada want the app scrapped for a myriad of reasons.
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