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Politicians are well-known for speaking out of both sides of their mouths. At no time did we see more of that behaviour than during the past 16 months of the COVID-19 pandemic when we expected our politicians to show some modicum of leadership. Sadly, for the most part, that leadership has been lacking in so many areas. Take the excruciatingly long lockdown in Ontario by a Premier who has spent far too much time listening to pollsters and public health officials (who want a COVID zero outcome) instead of actually sticking to the goalposts he himself set for reopening the economy. Even though Ontario residents have far surpassed the vaccination goals set to move to Stage 3 of the reopening — with 78% with one dose and 46% fully vaccinated as of this past week — restaurants are being forced to wait one more week to permit indoor dining and retail to allow more shoppers in the door without the persistent line-ups outside. In Toronto, Mayor John Tory crowed this past week that 50% of Torontonians are fully vaccinated. The doors to gyms, spa services and indoor dining are still locked tight and heaven knows how indoor entertainment venues will manage to survive.

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