‘Normal was the problem’: Why one expert says we shouldn’t go back to the way it was

Jackie Dunham CTVNews.ca Writer
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Published Thursday, May 21, 2020 1:12PM EDT

TORONTO — Canadians should not be striving for a return to normal after the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a mental health physician who argues that weak public and health services allowed the virus to take a deadly toll on certain segments of the population.

Dr. Kwame McKenzie, a psychiatrist and the director of health equity at the Centre for Addiction and Mental Health (CAMH), says the pandemic has exposed serious underlying problems in healthcare and social services, the economy, and the long-term care sector.

“When people say, ‘Hey, let’s just open it up and go back to normal.’ I say, ‘Just a second, normal was the problem. We actually need a new normal,’” he told CTVNews.ca during a telephone interview on Thursday.

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