Oops! Not so fast! Because when you check out the nittygritty fine-print of that announcement, it turns out that if you happen to live in the Greater Toronto Area, well, to paraphrase the Soup Nazi from Seinfeld: “No Stage 2 for you!”
Yes, the GTA is still stuck in Stage 1! No patio service. No barbershops. No nail salons. No fun in the sun.
But why? How is such jurisdictional discrimination justified? I mean, how many times has Premier Doug Ford proclaimed, “We’re all in this together”? (And if you believe that slogan, I have a piece of infrastructure in a certain New York borough I’d like to sell you…)
Little wonder the hundreds of people who care about getting the economy reopened (a.k.a., “a bunch of yahoos” as Premier Ford likes to call them) descended upon the lawns of Queen’s Park for the eighth Saturday in a row demanding economic justice. Incidentally, there was also another protest, one for racial justice in light of the George Floyd murder, that later converged upon Queen’s Park that day. The Premier has yet to call these folks “a bunch of yahoos.” I wonder why?
In any event, Premier Ford apparently remains adamant that while everyone else in the province is getting out on at least on a limited basis to enjoy a lifestyle that seems a little more normalized, Ford would prefer those residing in the Greater Toronto Area to remain indoors and… bake cherry cheesecakes?