Today’s letters: Quebec border checkpoints are an outrage
The decision of Quebec Premier François Legault to deploy police to the crossings of the Ottawa River in Ottawa-Gatineau is a measure disconnected from any public health goal, and is an outrage. This is a single community, whether the old separatist likes it or not.
Talk about closing the barn door after the horse has bolted: These two populations are utterly inter-mixed, and wasting the time of over-stressed first-responders will not undo whatever community spread of COVID-19 has already established itself.
Joel Henderson, Hull
Quebec cops should at least be wearing masks
Regarding the page one photograph of vehicles being stopped on the bridge, why is the Sûreté du Québec officer not wearing a mask? Surely, given the number of people he comes into contact with each day, he should be wearing one.
Judith Lishman, Ottawa
Are police staying two metres from your vehicle?
Are the Quebec police staying two metres away from the motorists they are interviewing on the bridges to Gatineau? If they are not staying the proper physical distance, they are a vector for COVID-19 transmission. Anyone being interviewed should request that the police keep two metres away from their car.
Alan Asselstine, Ottawa
Stay in your own neighbourhoods, Ontarians
I live in a small tourist village north of Gatineau, where today and any other day when it’s not raining during this isolation period, you’ll see cars with Ontario plates cruising all over the place.