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LETTER TO THE EDITOR: Pandemic’s new normal has its positive side

Canadians have generally responded to crisis with patience and co-operation, says letter writer
Ed and Shirley Hoskins and other residents of a condo building on Edgewater Lane in Nanaimo make noise from their balconies in support of health-care workers during the COVID-19 pandemic. Another resident of the building, Debbie McLean, said the neighbours call the evening salute their mini happy hour since their monthly get-togethers are suspended for now. (Ken McLean photo)

To the editor,

Is it possible that as a result of our current dilemma, we as Canadians have grown to be even more polite, patient and co-operative? Lately, I’ve seen these three words crop up each time I find myself in a lineup. Of course there are exceptions, but on the whole we all share the same goal: to stay safe and get through this challenge together. People seem to be more cheerful and willing to converse and more apt in helping one another. We seem to be losing our wariness and suspiciousness, but in a good way. Pushing, shoving and crowding have diminished and I have come to enjoy this new form of civility.

Life as we know it will change forever – businesses will adapt, some will grow stronger and a lot will disappear. New thinking will emerge, but prosperity will be slow in returning. In the meantime mistakes will be made. Perhaps, policy will improve, especially in the area of elderly care, food safety, health preparedness and a better form of gun control. We’ve grown careless as a nation in so many ways and we have come to realize that there is a price to pay.

Many thanks to the front-line workers who put their lives at risk to protect us. We’ve still have a ways to go before we get through all this. So hang in there everyone and don’t forget to smile (laughter is even better).

Ron Gobeil, Parksville

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