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Oct. 28, 2021 | Thursday
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Editorial: The good, the bad and the ugly
One of the Yellow Vest protesters who visited NOTL on Sunday. (Richard Harley/Niagara Now)

There always is plenty to celebrate in NOTL: For starters, congratulations to the organizers and volunteers who helped make the Virgil Stampede a resounding success. All your hard work paid off big time.

And kudos to the Town of Niagara-on-the-Lake and the Communities in Bloom committee for their enlightened idea of encouraging service groups to participate in an Adopt-a-Park program.

The premise is simple: Tap into civic pride and community expertise to beautify public parks around NOTL. And the town, literally, will give groups the tools to groom and tidy the parks.

This is a low-cost, almost no-cost, way to ensure that Niagara-on-the-Lake’s many parks and parkettes continue to be shining jewels where residents can gather to relax and enjoy themselves. We expect there will be no shortage of proud citizens and talented gardening folk who will rise to the challenge once the Adopt-a-Park program rolls out in June.

That’s the good news. The bad and the ugly side of humanity also reared its head this week in NOTL.

Many residents expressed their shock and revulsion on social media after a, thankfully, small contingent of Yellow Vest protesters came to town to express their disdain for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. And Muslims. And Sikhs. And climate change.

The Lake Report published an online news story Sunday (and in print today) about the protesters in order to shine a light on them and their message of intolerance masquerading as patriotism and political commentary.

One of the saddest parts of the whole, brief, appearance of these demonstrators was the inclusion of one woman’s 10-year-old granddaughter, who was happily spouting the predictably shallow and ill-informed talking points of the Yellow Vest movement.

We are loath to be critical of a child, but surely this is a textbook example of how misguided adults can colour a young person’s views by filling their heads with such talk

It’s ugly, and sad.