The one thing both me and mine always look to after we sit down together, after dinner, is the news. We especially love swapping the way news is covered by both the French and English speaking media, and comparing coverage/differences. And, let me tell you, there are a lot.
What one thinks as important is not necessarily what the other prioritises. The disparity can be a chasm. But it’s not just news coverage, it’s also how each of the very individual provinces and territories here, in Canada, deal with, react too, and administer to their own populations, in a way that almost tries to separate themselves from one another to the point of painful hilarity.
As an outsider, it’s eye watering. As in, I’m left wondering why? Why this need to be so different, are they not all Canadian?
Well, that’s the question and the answer is both yes, and eh, no. And, if you understand the dichotomy, dangerous territory in and of itself.
Which brings me back to the media, and specifically, the funnies section of the online media we both read. Here’s an example of the different approaches to how the provinces are handling COVID tracing. The Federal government sponsors an app to use on people’s smart phone to aid in said tracing, but only a few provinces begin to use it in any useful way. Meanwhile, Québec, who always insists on doing everything ‘their‘ way, refuses to use it. And, three months in, is still dithering with their own response.
Hence this cartoon, published yesterday: