“100 per cent.”
Hastings County, Ont.
“To be honest, not really. I’m no doctor … and in our industry, we say we follow the science, and the restrictions they’ve got are based on science, so I’ve got to practice what we preach.”
“I don’t really notice it. Yeah, I’ve got to wear a mask when I go into the dealership or feed store. … If you want to go out to dinner, you have to wear a mask and have that piece of paper to show you’re vaxxed…. Not a big deal. I have no idea why people are making such a fuss. Get the shot and get it over with.”
“The restrictions haven’t really affected me but I am fed up with the supply-chain impact on my business. I’ve only had to use a vaccine passport once so far. But just trying to get dust masks for our grain elevator, for instance, so we don’t get farmer’s lung (not COVID), they’re just super-hard to come by.
“Yes, I am tired of COVID and I’d like to go back to life as we used to know it.”
“I had COVID and it wasn’t a fun experience, so if it keeps people safe, so be it.”
“It is tiresome, but it is reality now. It’s one of those things that doesn’t affect you every day. We’re so busy here, some days I forget about it completely until I see someone with a mask on, and then it’s like, oh yeah, COVID.
“We are actually happy to have these protocols in place. Both ourselves and our employees have young children and if one of the kids is sick, we can’t work. I think the overall mandates do keep the public safe. For my own family’s health and wellbeing, I feel safer but I do empathize with people who are frustrated and feel their needs aren’t being met.”
Crops and apiary
Renfrew County, Ont.
“I am in a pretty remote area of Ontario, so there haven’t been a lot of cases around here. It’s been a challenge getting short- term employees. People are making the same money (from the Canada Emergency Response Benefit) as we would pay them. But as for the restrictions, there are medical professionals who know a lot more than I do. Even if I don’t like the answers, I have to assume these people are working for the greater good.”
New Liskeard, Ont.
“The restrictions have all become so political, I think it’s time to move on. My wife and I are going to get vaccinated, but we are being forced to do it so we can travel at Christmas and see our kids and grandkids.”
Prince Edward County, Ont.