Hi Nancy, We here in Canada have a small "lunatic fringe" as I think of them, the anti-maskers, the conspiracy theorists (Covid isn't real), but for the most part people are using their common sense and doing what is asked or required of them, physical distancing, wearing masks, washing hands, not gathering in groups etc. Depending on where you are in the country, the restrictions differ, but the vast majority are abiding by the health authorities suggestions and mandates.
When I see what is happening across the border, first of all it shocks me, but then I have to wonder "why?". After all Canadians and Americans are so alike, right? We are both wealthy countries with educated populations, both democracies. Culturally we seem to be the same, at least on the surface, but dig a little deeper and you will find differences. I have a theory, feel free to reject it, but I'll just throw it out there. I have many friends and family in the U.S. and have spent a fair amount of time there. One thing I have observed is that "freedom" is a concept that has been drilled into the citizenry from a young age. The U.S. is known as the "land of the free", and its citizens are advised to be proud to be from a country that values freedom, that is "personal freedom", that you as an individual can make a choice to do what you want, that you have "rights" that cannot be challenged or taken away from you. That is all well and good, but the reality is that Canadians as individuals have just as much personal freedom as Americans, it's just not a concept that has been drilled into us. I think as individuals Canadians are far more likely to accept that there are instances when public safety trumps personal freedom, and that common sense needs to be the driver when people's lives are at stake. I am just as much of a skeptic as the next person when it comes to believing that my government has my best interests at heart. But the current situation is not a political one, as much as some try to make it one. The current situation requires that we all do what is best for the population at large, not just what is best for us as individuals.
I hope we all see better days in the year ahead, but we've got a long way to go. With the vaccine already here and being dispensed, I fear too many are already thinking it's time to relax. It's not!