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My Canadian Experience
Global Pandemic in Canada


Seeing as we are now well into August 2020 I thought it was time to address the Global Pandemic v Covid-19 in Canada and bring you up to date on how things have progressed.

In January 2020 we saw the start of this virus spread from China to Canada. March is when the number of cases really started to ramp up. Since then Canada has reported some 123,490 cases of infection with Quebec being the largest count out of all the Provinces with 61,316 cases and then Ontario with 40,972 and then Alberta with 12,501 and then BC with 4,754. You can see how the virus spread at:

https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/2019-novel-coronavirus-infection.html#a1

It seems that in common with other countries Canada was a bit late in locking down the country but that's mostly to do with the extreme cost of keeping people safe. 

For cost of the pandemic see:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yohVGMaOpuA

Our deficit is now over $300 billion and growing.

In my local are of Chatham-Kent we are doing quite well.  See:
https://ckphu.com/current-situation-in-chatham-kent/

How am I doing through this crisis?  Well I have to say that it has a very minimal affect on myself as I work from home and so have been in a self isolating environment for years really.  As I am also retired my various pensions have met my own financial needs and so am good there also.  I have taken to wearing a mask when shopping but I have also taken more advantage of online shopping and delivery of groceries and my prescriptions are also delivered.

However I am very aware of problems a lot of people are experiencing.  Those with kids are having a tough time as it's been hard for them to return to work as often grand parents have been unable to look after them so making it difficult to get back to work. 

I also note that a significant number of young adults are selfish and stupid by congregating on beaches and having parties. The general advice is to do your best to keep 3 meters apart, wish your hands frequently and wear a mask where you can't keep the 3 meter distance. 

Also when you look at some of the pictures on news sites you often see many people squashing into bars and restaurants, protecting on the streets and having parties with others.  All of that it simply selfish and stupid.  The latest figures show that the greatest number of cases are now in the 20-49 years old range.  Also with Kids going back to school I do wonder if that might see a spike in the over sixties age range as so many grand parents look after their grand children. Kids usually don't show symptoms but they can pass on the virus. And so challenging years ahead for sure. 

I do note however that the business market is seeing some major changes with more employees working from home. More retail outlets selling groceries and other retail goods online and also plans for increasing automation in factories.  I note that here in Chatham Walmart, Canadian Superstore, M & M, Shoppers Drugmart and Staples are now using Instcart for people to order online and get their groceries and other goods delivered.

I also note that the minority Liberal Government is in trouble again with our Prime Minister being investigated for the third time of unethical practices by showing favour to the WE charity where his wife and mother all earned money for working for them. At time of writing he has prologed parliament so has at least temporarily avoided being investigated.


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