I think taking a moderate approach was fine with the first variant of covid 19. It had a r rating over over just 1 which basically means one person would only spread it to another.
Given this we only needed around 65 to 70 percent of people vaxxed and it would have burnt out.
Delta changed that. Delta goes from one from person to 7 very quickly.That is why there are so many more mandates and so much more pressure for people to get the vaccine as it can now strain our health system very fast compared to the original strain.
Had the original strain remained and delta never took over covid 19 in north america would have been in the rearview mirror.
Having said that this I think is the last big wave as we have so many vaxxed now and so many with natural immunity. No variant will outpace delta now and the pace of spread is slowing. So there is light at the end of the tunnel now as its is starting to run out of bodies to infect. We will go fron pandemic to endemic towards early spring.
Yes, that would be the argument from the government, in defending what on its face is an unconstitutional mandate - that the Charter violation is demonstrably justified because the variant spreads so quickly that the mandate is necessary to get a handle on it. That's why the mandate wasnt used for the first variant but is now being used for Delta. Especially given that most superior court judges are in their 60's, I suspect the government would have a decent chance of prevailing.
I still don't like taking away someone's ability to feed their family because they don't want to have a foreign substance injected into their body...