For the past 80 days we have practiced and preached physical distancing.
North Bay’s numbers for Covid-19 are some of the best in the country; something all North Bayites should be proud of.
It is also extremely humbling to witness two high school students organize a demonstration for equality on Saturday.
This has brought forward a delicate dilemma which I feel I must make my position known.
Living in a community with a higher proportion of elderly and Covid-19 susceptible citizens I must put their interests first and thus will not attend in-person at either of the equality demonstrations this weekend. North Bay, Canada, and the World has so much work to do in bringing the rights of dignity, freedom, equality, peace, and justice to all. We must and we will fight for these.
These difficult conversations need to take place and in trying to balance safety and change, I believe during these times virtual conversations are the safest option for all.
As promised previously I will create positive controversy and challenge humanity. Once our Medical Officer of Health approves of reduced physical distancing I look forward to hosting these discussions, demonstrations, and celebrations in person, here in the beautiful City of North Bay.
Editor's note: Mr.Tignanelli is a North Bay councillor.