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September 15, 2020

by Chris Sorrenti


Jason’s half-brother, Dean, is flying in from Calgary on Friday. We’re looking forward to seeing him, and the change of pace for all concerned. He will have to quarantine for 14 days once he’s out here (staying for a month or so), but like us, is a homebody, so not too concerned.

What is concerning is that new cases of Corona are on the rise again across the country. All three main population centers here in Ontario; Ottawa, Toronto, Peel region (west and north of Toronto, including Mississauga, Brampton, where the super spreader party was a few weeks back. Mainly people below the age of 40, at and from social gatherings.

More talk of a second wave, and possible…eventual second lock-down. No one wants to see that, especially the restaurants, that have had a partial come-back thanks to patio drinking and dining. Not sure how they’ll do with colder weather arriving in late Fall. A lot of businesses are hanging by their fingernails as it is. Many have closed down since March, unable to survive, despite government hand-outs.

Quebec, also with a higher number of recent cases, has just made it mandatory to wear face masks in indoor and public areas, with a stiff fine up to $6,000. for those who don’t comply.

Have mask...will travel. Out to St. Laurent two weeks ago (by LRT – no problems) for a dental appointment, and then downtown on Wednesday last week, picking up weed on Bank Street. I was surprised/not surprised at how many stores and restaurants are closed, but equally happy how many are open.

Rumor is a pot store is opening soon at Bank and Heron, a lot closer to South Keys than Bank downtown or The Market. There was a dispensary almost in the same location, a couple of years ago, prior to legalization. Good prices and sales, and the staff knew their stuff. Sadly, all good things must come to an end. Since then, the distribution of stores in a city this size has been terrible, with the majority concentrated in the downtown core, as new ones continue to pop up there. With the provincial government focused on CV19, not sure whatever happened to the lottery system, though obviously somebody at Queen’s Park is vetting new store applications.

School is for the most part back, with every possible precaution within reason taken. As to be expected, there have been a few infections, but as per health officials, most of the new provincial cases have had nothing to do with the education system. Many parents however have still chosen the ‘at home’ route for schooling their kids. On top of that, several school bus drivers here in the National Capital Region, refuse to drive, in fear of their own health. School busing is a popular part-time occupation for men and women over the age of 50, who have since retired from full-time jobs, to earn a little extra money.


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Member Comments on this Poem
Posted by Kristina Woodhill on 09/15/20 at 03:57 PM

I am appreciating more and more people's reports of what is going on in their part of the world. This really is a great record of what's happening and how it affects one person(you) in particular. Thanks, Chris!

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