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Dear Dr. Hinshaw:

Cam Tait is a best-selling author and award winning journalist determined to honour the dignity and nobility of journalism ... when it mattered and how we need it today

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Dear Dr. Hinshaw:

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Weu2019ve never met. But I feel like Iu2019ve known you for years.

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Iu2019m sure when you went to medical school u2014 which, by the way, I want to thank you for that u2014 I bet you didnu2019t invest much studying on how to stand in front of a podium, on live television, giving daily updates on a global pandemic.

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Iu2019m sure, though, you did discuss informing the public in university. I could well be wrong, but I highly doubt such a subject would be the efforts of a well-written thesis.

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Yet, Dr. Hinshaw, you appear as a television news anchor with decades of experience.

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You tell us u2014 Albertans who are scared, curious and are at a loss with all this free time on our hands u2014 what really is important.

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But u2026 your delivery is extraordinary. It really is.

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You can, very eloquently, mix calmness with up-to-date facts, which can be downright scary.

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It comes across in waves of compassion which u2014 very gently u2014 slows down, almost on cue, ripples across on a sandy beach before, very gracefully, coming to a stop.

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That compassion compels us to take what you say very seriously.

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You also practise what you preach: when you, yourself, had symptoms that suggested COVID-19, you did what you told all of us.

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You stayed home.

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And through the magical wizadry of technology, you gave your daily update from home.

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It was exemplary on so many levels. At that time, countless of us were, secretly, flirting with working from home u2014 but never considered it to be a serious relationship.

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But, Dr. Hinshaw: you showed us u2014 again, through example u2014 how we can work from home and be productive through such uneasy and turbulent times.

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I am so blessed in the position I have. Through being a journalist I have the opportunity u2014 something I never take for granted u2014 to pick up the phone and ask for an interview for a Sun column.

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I did that Friday.

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I called your office and made my request. The accommodating voice at the end of the phone line said she would pass my ask on to the deparmentu2019s communications office.

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Within an hour, Tom McMillan, assistant director of communications with Alberta Health called me back and asked how he could help.

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Honestly, Dr. Hinshaw, I was hoping to write a profile on you so we all could get to know you more.

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Tom, to his credit, indicated you would not be conducting profile interviews at this time, and u2014 most politely u2014 asked if I would like to be added to the waiting list.

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I think that speaks to your resolve that, unselfishly, you do not want your story to be shared now.

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What is important is keeping Albertans informed, which, ultimately, leads to our safety.

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For that, madam, I tip my hat to you.

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Weu2019re going to get through this.

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And, when we do, I hope we can meet so I can thank you personally for the information, the trust, the love and the hope you give every day.

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Your fan.

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Cam

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