June 14, 2024
We can restore our economy by gradually increasing our tolerance to risk
Not to be overly discouraging, but the restart with strict safety rules will leave us with a crippled economy and hundreds of thousands of people struggling to get by.
Not to be overly discouraging, but the restart with strict safety rules will leave us with a crippled economy and hundreds of thousands of people struggling to get by.

For Ontarians outside Toronto and the GTA, this has been a long-awaited week.  At last, the provincial government has granted us a few additional personal freedoms. On Friday, we will be able to get a salon tan, a tattoo, even a piercing. We can shop in malls, ever so carefully. Restaurant patios will open, but let’s hope it doesn’t rain too often. For those climbing the walls from boredom, there is the chance to modestly alleviate it by participating in paintball, mini-golf, archery and go-kart racing.

Importantly, there is the return of the haircut. Please note that while the hair on your head can be cut, beard and eyebrow trimming services are not allowed. Only senior officials in the Ministry of Grooming can understand the reasoning behind this important distinction.

While acknowledging that the euphoria created by all these new opportunities is something that Torontonians and their neighbours can only dream about, one quickly reaches the realization that this pale imitation of our former lives still leaves a great deal to be desired. After all the anticipation, the phase two reopening is like opening a long-anticipated Christmas present and discovering that it is just a pair of practical socks.

Even the fabled phase three of the Ontario reopening will still leave a province where many everyday activities are more difficult, more expensive or simply non-existent.

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See Also:

(1) Violent crime shows defunding police in T.O. not an option

(2) Defunding police would come at a cost

(3) Tornado damage in southwestern Ontario could have been much worse

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