Controversy over wearing masks has escalated into rage and now, death

The growing phenomenon of "mask rage" throughout North America took on heightened significance in Canada on Wednesday after a 73-year-old Ontario man was shot by police and died following a conflict over wearing a mask in a grocery store.

Following months of lockdowns, and mixed messaging from health officials and leaders on how to prevent the spread of COVID-19, masks have become a flash point in the pandemic. There have been protests over mask-wearing in Canada and the U.S., and now, it appears, deadly conflicts.

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