Police in Canada has already warned against littering personal protective equipment, and now prvovnces like : Ontario,Newfoundland and Labrador,Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Quebec, Alberta, Saskatchewan, British Columbia,Manitoba,Nunavut are coming hard on dumpers. Police in Canada announced that will now be fining people $1000 if they are caught dumping face masks or disposable gloves on the streets.
Mayor John Tory has urged people in Canada to think more carefully about how they dispose of used supplies, but it seems complaints are still falling on deaf ears in some places.
“We can all agree that face masks and gloves belong in garbage cans, not littered , and now anyone caught not properly disposing of PPE can be fined under the by-law in accordance with the Emergency Management Act.
The bylaw’s official wording notes that an officer who finds or “has reasonable cause to believe” an individual has violated the rule can fine that person $1000 either on sight or at a later time.
Officially enacted last Thursday, April 9, the bylaw says it will remain in force “for the duration of the COVID-19 emergency.”
As with most bylaws and fines, repeated offences can drastically increase a person’s punishment.
It’s an alarming trait given how communicable COVID-19 has proven to be as a disease, and given the repeated reports of a dire shortage of PPE on the frontlines for healthcare workers.
In fact, supply is so stretched that the public is pitching in. Various groups including a collaboration of Canada students have provided PPE supplies to medical workers.