The novel Coronavirus has taken many lives in Canada, 90% of which were in Quebec and Ontario. Moreover, we have no way of knowing whether persons who have recovered will be as they were before they contracted Covid-19. I caught the H1N1 virus in early February 1976 and developed what used to be called Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. It is now called Myalgic Encephalomyelitis. Covid-19 could trigger other illnesses.
Quebec is reopening, but the number of cases is nevertheless rising though not significantly. It has been ascertained that fewer people are infected on days when rules are observed. Social distancing and wearing a face mask protect people. However, the government is testing everyone.
As you know, most of the victims were living in long-term care facilities. Premier Legault could not recruit the health care givers he needed. So he has taken action. Ten thousand individuals will be trained as orderlies. Training will be condensed, but it is not for the Armed Forces to be doctors and health workers outside the Armed Forces are working as though they had been dispatched to a mission abroad and are remunerated accordingly.
The training of orderlies cannot be delayed due to the expected second wave of Covid-19. The Government must act now. The last time I looked at figures, there were 55,000 applications. Orderlies will be paid close to $50,000.00 a year, with all fringe benefits, such as a pension plan. Moreover, the Armed Forces leave in mid-September. They were a blessing.
It would be my opinion that Premiers have worked responsibly. I did not know monsieur Legault, but the pandemic has lifted a veil. Moreover, Premier Legault has appointed a Secretary for Anglophone Affairs. We must live in harmony with one another.
This logic may seem a little a cracked, but it has occurred to me that Anglophone Canadians may wish for French-Canadians to keep their language. We owe Pierre Elliott Trudeau, Justin Trudeau’s father, an officially bilingual Canada. Later, he described Canada as multicultural.
I am now returning to the killing of George Floyd. This post is a pause.
According to CBC News figures, as of May 5 there were more than 62,000 confirmed and presumptive coronavirus cases and 4,166 people had died.
There are 93,726 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada.
- Quebec: 52,143 confirmed (including 4,885 deaths, 17,098 resolved)
- Ontario: 29,403 confirmed (including 2,357 deaths, 23,208 resolved)
- Alberta: 7,091 confirmed (including 146 deaths, 6,611 resolved)
- Nova Scotia: 1,058 confirmed (including 61 deaths, 995 resolved)
- Saskatchewan: 648 confirmed (including 11 deaths, 608 resolved)
- Manitoba: 287 confirmed (including 7 deaths, 284 resolved), 11 presumptive
- Newfoundland and Labrador: 261 confirmed (including 3 deaths, 256 resolved)
- New Brunswick: 136 confirmed (including 1 death, 120 resolved)
- Prince Edward Island: 27 confirmed (including 27 resolved)
- Repatriated Canadians: 13 confirmed (including 13 resolved)
- Yukon: 11 confirmed (including 11 resolved)
- Northwest Territories: 5 confirmed (including 5 resolved)
- Nunavut: No confirmed cases
- Total: 93,726 (11 presumptive, 93,715 confirmed including 7,637 deaths, 51,501 resolved)
This report by The Canadian Press was first published June 5, 2020.
Love to everyone 💕
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Conductor Paavo Järvi
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6 June 2020