May 20th, 2020 ~ Vol. 90 No. 20
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Judgement & Inspiration
Simply Selles by David Selles
 
David Selles
Pass Herald Reporter
This week my column will have two separate topics, as they are both important ones to talk about.

I’ll be starting by talking about more decisions made to allow more gatherings in certain areas and I’ll finish by discussing the tragic accident involving the Snowbirds on Sunday.

TOPIC 1

Last week, it was announced that gatherings of 50 people are now permitted outdoors while still following other requirements.

For me, this is great news. It’s another step in the direction of getting back to what we know as normal.

When the pandemic first started here, there were calls from residents of Alberta to listen to Dr. Hinshaw and respect and follow the guidelines and restrictions that were put in place.

Now, it’s definitely not the case with everyone but I’ve found that people who at the start were saying “Follow the guidelines and what the health professionals are saying” are now the same ones who think it’s too early to re-open things and allow gatherings again even though those same health professionals are saying it’s ok.

All that says to me is they’re worried and need to find some kind of verification for their worries.
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Now, there’s nothing wrong with being a little worried about the virus but at the same time, people shouldn’t be blindly worried, which unfortunately is an area a lot of people have seemed to reach.

Again, I’m not saying people who are choosing to stay inside are being ridiculous or worry warts or anything like that.

I am saying that if a person was telling everyone around them to follow what the professionals were saying at the start and is now judging people for doing what they are allowed under current restrictions, they’re in the wrong.

This pandemic has tested me in many ways but mostly in my patience.

I’ve been tested in my patience because there have been many times while on social media that I’ve seen people bashing others for making choices they deem unsafe.

I’ve tried my best to stay out of conversations that don’t really affect me at all.

It’s gotten much harder to do as the government has begun lessening restrictions because some of the people who don’t feel safe yet, which is 100 percent okay, are now trying to put down and criticize the people who are taking the freedoms allowed.

There’s a fine line in all of this and unfortunately more people are crossing it than not.
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TOPIC 2

As many of you may know by now, a Snowbirds jet carrying Captain Jenn Casey and Captain Richard MacDougall crashed in Kamloops BC on Sunday morning.

Captain Jenn Casey didn’t survive the crash and Captain Richard MacDougall is currently recovering from his injuries.

The Snowbirds were taking off from Kamloops to continue their cross-country tour called Operation Inspiration, which was used to lift spirits across the country during the pandemic and to also show support for front-line workers across the country.

The crash was caught on multiple videos by residents watching the takeoff.

It’s a heartbreaking tragedy to happen at any time but having it happen during a time where the Snowbirds are just trying to lift spirits makes it hurt even more.

One thing I’ve seen many people comment on is that the Operation Inspiration was a waste of time and taxpayer money.

This couldn’t be further from the truth.
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What this team was doing was amazing.

I couldn’t tell you how many videos and photos were posted on twitter after the Snowbirds flew over each city on their tour.

The amount of Canadians that truly enjoyed the flyovers far surpasses the ones who think this shouldn’t have happened at all.

If the Snowbirds need to fly a certain amount every year, why not do it across the country at a time like this.

Thank you to the Snowbirds for bringing smiles to millions of faces across Canada and Rest In Peace Captain Casey, may you fly forever.
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