Letter to readers: Government seems determined to keep travel restrictions in check

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Reasons include long processing times for travelers, lack of data usage monitoring, and a lack of tangible benefits from using the app.

These are all good reasons, but they ignore in my view why ArriveCan’s taxation is unlikely to be dropped.

Consider the following. Canadian Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos recently said that every Canadian should stay “in the know” about their government’s preferred COVID-19 shots by agreeing to a booster shot every nine months.

Duclos’ remarks are a clear signal that the Canadian government intends to impose compliance with an endless recall regime as a requirement for international travel.

I fear that the ArriveCan app is needed to compile and present an ever-growing history of medical injections, at least until the adoption of a more comprehensive digital ID that would render ArriveCan redundant.

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The government in Ottawa appears to have an unhealthy desire to digitally control Canadians’ compliance with evolving and arbitrary mandates and to restrict the movements of non-compliant.

Unfortunately, experience suggests that any future mandates and travel restrictions would be equally welcomed and fully supported by the Ford government in Ontario.

Keith Benn, Port Lambton

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