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Should smaller towns be able to open before Toronto?

Updated: Sep 4, 2020

This TVO column by John Michael McGrath models a healthy consideration of opposing and nuanced points of view (based on varied expert modelling) regarding approaches to managing this health crisis and the reopening of the economy. Such public musings, of course, are only possible in a #democracy.

What is refreshing about this piece is that it is nonpartisan, it doesn't seek to cast any one side as villainous in their intentions.

Nor does it dishonor or dismiss the right of the provincial government to set health policy for the public's safety.

It also doesn't pretend that there is only one way, determined by one expert or one political leader.

It doesn't divide the province into camps--the "selfish" and the "considerate", the virtue-signalers vs. the vice-signalers, etc. or seek to silence, censor or shame opposing points of view. It doesn't call names, like #covidiots or #sheeple. Rather, it assumes good will and due consideration by all for the common good.

As we can see, it is not treasonous or murderous for community leaders representing varied jurisdictions to appeal to the provincial government for alternate schedules that commit to responsible consideration for the well-being of all.

The media has a responsibility at all times, but especially during public health crisis, to model this healthy discourse. This is the path to social unity, this is the meaning of #WeAreAllInThisTogether in a democracy.

As an aside, it would also be refreshing to see more political leaders with such statesmen/stateswomen like qualities.



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