Megan Walchuk

The province has laid out its roadmap to recovery. It’s a map that rural residents might appreciate – if you make it over the big hill and slow down enough, you’ll be there in no time. But if you start heading up another hill, you took a wrong turn, and you’ll have to start over. How long until you’re there? Oh, you’ll know when you find it.

A few details would have been nice. A tangible goal. A fixed value. Who opens first? How much longer? Are we there yet?

Journeys are always more frustrating as the passenger. But if ever patience was a virtue, now is it.
Over the weekend, we watched as freedom marches made their way into Canada. Hundreds of citizens, demanding haircuts and civil liberties, milling around Queen’s Park. We can all relate. With grass greening, and ice receding, fire pits and fishing boats beckoning, who doesn’t want life to go back to normal?

Hanging back, and taking the wait and see approach is the right thing to do. As other provinces open up, we can learn from their successes and mistakes, making Ontario’s path forward that much clearer. In the grand scheme of things, a couple months of curbside shopping and hair growth won’t hurt most of us. For individuals and businesses it will hurt, there needs to be help to weather the storm. Early spring is a naturally slow time for many businesses, but for all who depend on the buzz of summer activity, the cloud of uncertainty is dark. As we make our way out of this, supporting our own local businesses and charities will never be more important.

It’s been a tough six weeks. We’ve all made sacrifices, but they’ve collectively flattened our curve. The end of the road is coming into sight. With a little patience, and some careful driving, we’ll get there.