Julian Fantino, Opinion contributor Published 3:56 p.m. ET April 10, 2020 | Updated 4:08 p.m. ET April 10, 2020The city’s police department was honest about dangers to officers. The government replaced salaries immediately and avoided mixed messages.Like our southern neighbors, Canada has been hard hit by the COVID-19 pandemic. Huge swaths of the economy have shut down, there is record unemployment, and in particular, seniors in long-term care homes have suffered tragically.But why is it that, proportionate to our two countries’ populations, Canada has fared far better than the United States, in terms of total confirmed cases, hospitalizations and COVID-19 related deaths?Toronto, like New York City, is a global city, a sprawling metropolis of communities that more than 2 million people call home. Similarly, it is home to one of the world’s busiest international airports, all factors that make it particularly susceptible to pandemics. But Toronto’s state of Ontario has experienced a fraction of the casualties of New York City. Why is this tale of two cities so different? It’s a complex question to answer, but there is one clear reason in my mind.We’ve done this before.In 2003, Toronto was, outside of Asia, the epicenter of the SARS pandemic, another type of coronavirus


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