GINTA – Grace and decency are needed in public political discourse

SATURDAY MORNING started with a good amount of sunshine and blue skies. I hiked and took in the fresh air and the beautiful landscape, and spent some time remembering Cindy Ross Friedman, whom I got to meet for coffee and chats many times after moving to Kamloops and whose celebration of life service I was to attend later in the day. Gone too soon, she had a spark like no other.

Then I had to ruin some of all of that by perusing the news. Don’t get me wrong. I like keeping informed except that some days the news can really get one down.

One of today’s troublesome headlines was about the attack on social media on local radio host Brett Mineer after he called out the racism and other unacceptable behaviour displayed during the visit to Kamloops of Prime Minister Trudeau by some affiliated with a group called Yellow Vests Canada.

There are, to be sure, opposing views to many of today’s issues. There are no easy solutions that will please everyone and emotional responses can get the best of us. An impasse of any kind can become an opportunity for renewed dialogue. Instead, the above-mentioned turned it toxic.


Daniela Ginta is a mother, scientist, writer and blogger. She can be reached at, or through her blog at

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