WARMINGTON: Bistro owner gets birthday fines for alleged vax violation

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Happy birthday, Dana Hubbard.

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For her 38th birthday, the province gave the Port Hope woman four tickets, totalling $3,490 in fines, for allegedly failing to establish a COVID-19 vaccine passport border point at the door of her tiny restaurant.

When I first told you in September about the venerable owner of the Local No90 Bar in downtown Port Hope, I wrote “for serving her customers, Dana Hubbard could end up being served herself.”

It has happened, apparently.

“I cannot in good conscience participate in creating segregation amongst a community who has shown my business support and love,” and, “we are pro-choice at Local,” she wrote on Facebook at the time.

She told me Port Hope Police initially stopped by her home to caution her.

Now she’s been hit with fines by the local health unit under the province’s Reopening Ontario Act.

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The good news is she did not have numerous police officers descend on her tiny bistro, like what happened Saturday at J.A.K.K. Tuesdays Sports Pub in Kingston or the dozens who shut down Adamson Barbecue in Etobicoke.

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Hubbard is still in business. But for a small restaurant with a local clientele, the fines are a major setback because the fine total is greater than what she would bring in during a week.

It’s an over-the-top, pile-on that could put her business in peril when you consider she’s not cooking crystal meth but serving up locally-sourced burgers and wings washed down with Ontario beers and wines.

She’s a good person. She’s a Canadian dreamer, relying on capitalism and freedom to create her own job and better the community with a quality establishment outside the corporate sphere.

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However, she has fallen prey to an over-reaching state which presses down on anybody who dares to protest Orwellian practices which have become the norm.

If Port Hope’s most troublesome criminal is Hubbard, they are doing OK.

She’s not above the rules, but there are times when discretion is warranted. There’s no reason to throw the book at her when politicians have committed pandemic violations themselves.

From weddings to going to cottages, the rules don’t always apply.

They apply to Hubbard, though. She seems to be public enemy number one.

“They want the girl next door with the small business,” she said.

They should at least wish her a happy birthday.

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