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Letter: ‘Positive liberty’ has brought about declining COVID numbers

I believe I am like the vast majority of Canadians in following the science

‘Positive liberty’ has brought about declining COVID numbers

In January 2021, I wrote to this paper outlining my ‘rational hope’ for the New Year. Today, as COVID numbers decline and restrictions are lifted, I am feeling somewhat vindicated. I will delight in a gradual return to ‘normal’, but remain watchful. In stores, on public transport and in large indoor gatherings, I will choose to wear a mask.I will observe social distancing and, if asked to show my vaccine passport or to take a test, will happily comply.

I believe I am like the vast majority of Canadians in following the science. It was this behaviour, and not the mandates per se, nor the opposition to them, that achieved this welcome outcome. In other words, by those who practiced ‘positive liberty’, (i.e. exerted control over a situation by acting together for the common good).

Questions remain however: are we doing enough for those who remain most vulnerable here in Canada or abroad? I don’t think so. Will we respond appropriately if there is a resurgence? Based on experience to date, I am optimistic. How can we begin to heal the differences that have emerged in regard to COVID? I suggest that on Canada Day everyone, especially those who have felt intimidated by some of the recent flag waving, display the Canadian flag on their lapels, homes, vehicles and public buildings. Our country’s flag belongs to every Canadian, regardless of their opinion on any issue; in a word, it unites us!

Respect is due to everyone,

Gregg Shoop

Glenora

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