Our Inspector returned this morning to post her own “Closure” notice on the door to our cookhouse. Laura’s repeated requests during the Inspector’s last visit, and this one today, asking the Inspector to please clarify who was encompassed in the terms “registered guests” and “public attendees” as set out in the Closure Order (which is attached in our last blog post) were succinctly ignored by said Inspector. Ms. Thind refused to provide any clear definition, verbally or in writing, as to if this pertained to “paying clients” only, or in fact extended to “friends”, “visitors”, “family”, or everyone except Laura & Chris.
While we recognize that Laura has a basic “right to life” as outlined in the Canadian Charter of Rights and Freedoms, Section 7, and thus can use her own kitchen to provide sustenance to her person, we are extremely shaken and disturbed by the threat of “…penalty and/or imprisonment…” as outlined in the above Closure. We have received a generous outpouring of support, from you; our friends and family, but now are faced with the uncertainty of whether or not we can even invite you in for a cup of coffee and a bit of conversation. We cannot comprehend that a show of emotional support by a visit from friends and family during this time of struggle may now, in fact, be unlawful. We believe we may be protected if visits from friends and family are within the parameters of a “restricted function”, and continue to be by invite only, as outlined in the Public Health Act. However, if we continue to be subjected to the same mindset of “guilty until proven innocent” as our current state of affairs, this may not be a safe assumption.
Laura has taken ill and will be unavailable for the next few days during her recovery. I will attempt to respond to any questions or concerns you may have in the interim.
This matter currently remains in the hands of our legal counsel as we await further direction and decision. Thank you all for your continued thoughts. We appreciate all the feedback we receive on Social Media and your comments bring many a smile to Laura’s face. I will continue to keep you all updated.