Volunteers have been dwindling, and donations have been on the decline since mid-March when the Canadian government began introducing safety measures, such as social distancing, banning international flights and shutting down non-essential businesses in an effort to flatten the curve of Coronavirus.
With many financial relief, wage subsidies and other programs being rolled out from the Canadian government, there is a small pocket of businesses that will receive little to no compensation. More than half of small businesses in Canada employ between 1 - 4 people. Many small business owners who do not take a salary for payment because of how their businesses are set up are not eligible for the programs.
All over the globe, business owners are scrambling to adapt to restrictions on in-person communications, shutting down suppliers for every kind of business, and limiting the parameters owners are used to having in order to conduct business effectively. From restaurants, to gym owners, and lawyer’s offices to electronics stores business owners are changing the way they do business, as well as how it relates to the consumer.
It’s not just the Coronavirus that Canadians are having to contend with, it’s also the misinformation. People are afraid. They are in their houses hiding away from the world. The days are getting warmer and there’s sun in the sky. After a long, cold winter in all the Provinces of the True North Strong and Free, we can get restless.
There has been a lot of stress that has come on for citizens of the world when it comes to Coronavirus. We have barely had time to think about what all of this means. It truly is unprecedented what we’re going through. There are a lot of questions we grapple with. Perhaps one is, what would happen if you did catch the virus? Would you recover and if so, how long would it take? The survivors of Covid-19 have been tested and it shows that even once the pandemic is over, this isn’t really ending. Even if someone survives the virus, they might not be the same again.
In Italy, there were people singing on balconies to their neighbours. After dinner every night all around the world, we make noise to celebrate and thank health care workers on the front line. There are many things that will pluck at your heartstrings during this stressful time. It’s important that we can see the positive things that are happening.
While there have been some incredible headlines about nature thriving due to Covid-19, there is one aspect that has gotten worse. Canadians are very dedicated to the zero-waste lifestyle. For some, it is a major part of their life. Now though, people are having to revert back to single use materials. One of the big ways people were reducing waste was by coming with their own containers and filling up from the bulk section. Not sure if you’ve been near the bulk section in a Save-On or Loblaws recently but they have blocked it off.
At an OPEC Ministerial Meeting that was held on videoconference, on Sunday, 12 April 2020, attendees reaffirmed the continued commitment of the participating producing countries in the ‘Declaration of Cooperation’. This Declaration includes efforts to create a stable market, and the efficient, economic and secure supply to consumers, as well as a fair return on invested capital.
A commercial jetliner went down in Iran in January, killing many Canadians. There of course is an investigation but it has currently been put on hold. Canada is asking Iran to delay the downloading of date from the black box because of coronavirus. Canada and the other countries that are involved have been waiting for months for Iran to give over the flight recorders so they can download and analyze what happened.
Thirty-one residents at a private long-term care home in Dorval, near Montreal, have died in less than one month. CHSLD Herron has been taken over by the regional public health agency, known by its French acronym CIUSSS. The facility is currently under investigation, and its owner is facing a criminal investigation.
Some of you might be worried that you’re going to lose your minds staying at home. The Netflix options are running out, you’re sick of looking through information on what’s going on around Canada with Covid-19 today. You have been making all your meals, sitting down to enjoy them with whoever is in the house, and have been listening to podcasts. The human mind needs more than this to stay stimulated. If you’re starting to feel restless during this time, there’s a few ways you can pass time. Maybe you haven’t thought of them before.