RAIR Foundation USA spoke with Neil of the group “Hugs Over Masks,” who was attending a protest against a vote in City Council in Ottawa, Canada “on making outdoor mask wearing mandatory.” The vote, which took place on August 26, was whether to extend an edict proclaiming that citizens should wear masks in public indoors and perhaps even expanding the mandate on masks to designated areas outdoors.
“I’m not against wearing masks,” Neil explained, “I’m against wearing masks when there is no evidence that wearing masks is helpful or effective or when it comes from any kind of research.” Going further, Neil stated, “The research indicates that [vastly], masks are not effective…” The second part of Neil’s argument is his concern over whether the government has a right to impose their mask mandate on citizens, even if masks were found to be effective.
“Whether it’s effective or not,” Neil continued, “everyone has jurisdiction over their own sovereign body.”
Hugs Over Masks is organizing another event on August 29, 2020:
The mask mandate was indeed extended to October 31, 2020. Masks are now “mandatory in common areas of condo buildings and apartment buildings, including lobbies, elevators, laundry rooms and gyms.” According to the “Temporary Mandatory Mask By-law“, the law can apply to an “Designated Unenclosed Public Space,” i.e., outdoors as deemed appropriate by the “General Manager of the Emergency Services Department,” who is evidently Anthony Di Monte.
“There’s been no evidence that masks work,” Neil said, who echoed the concerns of thinking people across the West who want an answer to a basic question on random coronavirus edicts: “What is the science?”
Across from the citizen’s protest was another protest by the hard left group ACORN. That group, according to Neil, got media attention while their group was unsurprisingly ignored by the media.