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Is The Orangeville Banner Endangering Public Health?!

The Orangeville Banner has covered the concerns over the face-covering mandate rather heavily. Was their reporting on this issue in the public’s best interest? Do you feel like the concern was blown out of proportion?

Reporting at The Orangeville Banner is being funded by the Canadian taxpayer. Josh MacEwen argues that this means The Orangeville Banner should now be held to a higher standard, especially when it comes to reporting on public health and safety.

Dr. Nicola Mercer, Medical Officer of Health for Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph Public Health, issued an order under Section 22 of the Health Protection and Promotion Act for Phase 2 of the Ontario Framework for Reopening our Province on June 10, 2020. This order required all those not exempted to wear a face-covering when entering a commercial establishment. Since this order was issued, it seems like The Orangeville Banner has been doing its best to drive up concern over the validity of this order with the objective of driving readership. Concerns were raised to the point where the Dufferin Council, composed of the county’s mayors and deputy-mayors, contemplated the idea of bowing to public pressure against this order almost immediately.

Can we expect similar behaviour from The Orangeville Banner when a vaccine is released?

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