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Doris Taylor’s tweets about coronavirus are “propaganda machine”

Doris Taylor’s tweets about coronavirus are “propaganda machine”

Toronto Public Health’s vice-chair responds to backlash over Sun column about COVID-19, says her only aim was to ‘promote discourse’

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This article is more than 3 years old

Toronto Public Health’s new vice-chair has expressed outrage and disappointment over a series of tweets from the Sun on Sunday about the virus, suggesting they serve as a “propaganda machine” and that her tweets are “the public relations for this dangerous situation”.

Doris Taylor, who was appointed to the position on Tuesday, tweeted a series of questions about coronavirus before posting a link to a Sun article about the virus, including how Canadians are acting responsibly despite its spread.

It includes a photo of Taylor wearing a mask on a ski lift, and a caption that says: “As someone living with chronic illness, as a patient, I don’t trust anyone… Not the government, not the medical system, not doctors, nurses, social workers, or anyone who claims to have the answers.”

But Taylor’s tweets were condemned by people with direct knowledge of how the pandemic is being managed in Toronto and across northern Ontario, with some accusing her of “making light of the most serious of crises”.

On social media and elsewhere, Taylor has been called a “nasty, ignorant and unsympathetic person” by some, and a “muffin duster” by others who contend she is doing nothing to help the public.

“It is pretty obvious she is making light of the most serious of crises,” said one Toronto Public Health board member.

“If you get angry at that fact, it makes you sound like you’re doing nothing more than promoting propaganda,” said another.

“This is not

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