Updates from Canada

Places deemed essential services are still open – this includes grocery stores, pharmacies, gas stations and the hospital.

Schools are all closed indefinitely.

Daycares are all closed indefinitely.

Medical school students have now taken on the job of childminding for Doctors and Nurses and healthcare workers so that these people integral to saving lives can continue saving lives without worrying about childcare.

You can order take out from certain restaurants, but you’re not allowed to go into any restaurants to sit down.

You’re not allowed to host an event in which more than 50 people could be in the same room. You’re strongly warned against going to any event that could include any grouping of people whatsoever.

Certain provinces are threatening jail time and hefty fines for those who do not oblige with social distancing regulations.

I live in a small town, so being able to do things like take the dog for a walk has been a relatively easy thing to do. We can walk for miles without meeting anyone. That being said, I do feel people in larger centres need to be more mindful of going out for a walk. I’ve been seeing photos of people at English Bay in Vancouver the past couple of days that have made me very angry.

Our washing machine is broken. The laundromat is closed. How we are going to clean our clothing, I am not too sure. But that’s life.

It’s snowing. Yes, the first day of spring may have come and gone but we are still very much in winter mode around here.

I have an intense, sharp pain in my lower side that has been going on for about four days now. I’m a mild hypochondriac, so it is worrisome. But I’m working on staying calm right now, so I’m trying to not get too worked up about it. I think I know what’s causing it. I’ve definitely suffered from this pain before. And, it can wait for now.

Social distancing and self quarantining have included:

  • Applying for jobs, even though I know basically 96% of the world has halted their hiring right now
  • Weeding through the Corona Virus hiring scams that are posted all over Indeed and LinkedIn right now
  • Dreaming about running away and hiding out in Knight’s apartment
  • Worrying about Knight
  • Writing tons of posts that I’ll never publish on this blog
  • Hiding in my room
  • Cleaning. Everything. With bleach.

Stay healthy. Stay safe. Be smart. Sending my best.

73 thoughts on “Updates from Canada

  1. I’m in Nigeria and the virus just started spreading here. Most people here aren’t actually taking it seriously and that scares me. Although all schools are closed and social gatherings are banned, some people still go to work and risk contacting the disease.

    I just hope this virus would go soon. I’m tired of panicking about people I love.

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    1. I understand where you’re coming from in wishing that it would go away. Unfortunately, I think it could be 6 months, maybe even a year, before things go back to normal… or at least, somewhat less of a worry.

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  2. Try doing your using the dishwasher. I’m serious, apparently that is a thing. You could technically pressure cook a t-shirt with detergent but it’s less effective from what I’ve heard. But possible.

    In Calgary, I’m still going outside for walks but I don’t interact with anyone and keep my distance. There’s hardly anyone outside because people are afraid to leave their homes. I thought about buying a stationary bike but the weather is so beautiful right now that I rather spend time outdoors. As for groceries, I only go to the store twice a week at most and I avoid malls like the plague.

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    1. This house doesn’t have a dishwasher! Glad to hear that people are staying inside in Calgary. The cities are going to be the hardest to contain, so I’m glad people are distancing.

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      1. Oh no! My parents never got a dishwasher either and I didn’t grow up with one. You can buy a portable washing machine which are common in Asia, but it might be a bit hard to find unless you go to the Asian stores. Hmm… I guess if all else fails, hand wash clothes In the bathtub?

        It seems like the very large cities are being hit the hardest, like Toronto. I’m grateful I’m not in TO right now and actually feel safer in Calgary than I would in Ontario.

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  3. Thank you for the update V, I hope you are staying sane. I’m sorry for the pain you are having and hope is eases soon…..that’s the last thing you need right now…..c’mon body and little cooperation please…..
    I went to check on a clients home today as they have been in Arizona for the winter and then I had to get gas in my truck. I had a rag doused in disinfectant to handle the gas pump and felt PISSED at the number of people going in and out to purchase energy drinks and snacks. Jase drove past the Walmart here and said the parking lot was a sea of cars. What the actual fuck??????? I’m pissed at the shoppers and pissed at the store for allowing so many in at once………..I could rant for days…….days……meanwhile Jase and I are trying to figure out when it’s time to move into our giant tent in the backcountry. #1 because people are nuts #2 because we are almost out of $ and work is coming to a screeching halt.

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    1. Honestly, I feel bad for the States. You guys are fucked. And I mean that in the nicest way possible. People are still in Miami on spring break as if nothing is happening. It’s going to get a whole lot worse before it gets better. 😦
      Maybe putting up a tent in the backcountry Alex McCandless style might be smart right now.

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      1. Oh yes we saw the pic of those spring breakers, why are people such swine?
        Well, Jase and I will look up Alex McCanless and neither have heard of him! Yay, something other than virus lol! Thanks V

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  4. Commenting from the Philippines. I am currently located at Quezon City which is overcrowded to say at the very least. It has started to spread and no one can go outside without their quarantine pass. We are still expecting the worst in the incoming days as we don’t have a good healthcare system and we have a lot of undisciplined citizens. Praying that we will somehow survive this.

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    1. What is a quarantine pass? Asking because I don’t know and am curious. How does one get one? Does everyone get one or just a few?

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    1. That seems like a good rule to have, especially with how many people are in the city of London. Hope you are safe and healthy!

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  5. Not sure what you’re finding in terms of job postings, but online education platforms will probably see a boon in coming weeks/months — with schools closing all over North America, we could be seeing the paradigm start to shift towards truly at-home education experiences.

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      1. You could search for companies based on keywords like “elearning / e-learning” “LMS” or “learning management system / solution / software”, and see what jobs they’re hiring for. There may not be a lot of marketing-related jobs at the moment, but they will need larger marketing efforts as they start to expand. Off the top of my head, a few of the big names are EduBrite, AbsorbLMS, TalentLMS, and Blackboard.

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  6. Jesus. The world has really been put on “Pause.” I’ve also applied to several jobs online, but I reckon things will be REALLY slow with taking time to reply, and all of that. Didn’t know about COVID-19 job scams, though! How are they like? Hope your washing machine gets fixed somehow; otherwise, it’s back to the old-fashioned scrub-and-hang dry technique!

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    1. Yes. A nice glass of wine can do a lot to calm the nerves when days like these are days like these. I am thankful that they’re keeping liquor stores open. Stay safe, and healthy. New York is like the epicenter of outbreaks, so please be careful!

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      1. I live right next to the town where the first cases in NY came up. The town should have been on lock down from
        The minute this started. For anyone reading this upset their towns are being locked down remember here in NY we have the most cases in the entire country all because people don’t know how to stay inside. So please stay inside.

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    1. Well, it’s technically still winter, so construction season hasn’t really started. There’s a few feet of snow on the ground and they usually hault all building or construction work until the snow melts.

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  7. They’ve pulled the logs at English Bay to dissuade people from sitting. Areas of Stanley Park have been cordoned off. It looks like rain is on the forecast for the next while which will hopefully keep people inside. Most people in our neighbourhood seem to be getting it but there are still those assholes with zero consideration for anyone besides themselves.

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    1. One of my best friends is in New Westminster and she said she had to call the cops on her neighbours because they were hosting a block party and screaming ‘Raise a Corona For Corona’ in the street. Some people really are fucking morons.

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  8. Hey V!
    It’s me from Maharashtra, India!
    Everything is under lockdown. Schools are closed.
    My projects are postponed. I hope we can thrive!
    As I work from home, the owners of the website are on hold.
    Let’s see how things roll..
    At this point I am in my house …it’s afternoon.. planning things! How to build more resilient biz and all..
    I even can’t wish of leaving the country.. because, this is everywhere! 😂
    Making sure I laugh also alot through all of this and prepare.
    Well, you can catch up with more from my side on Instagram @aprilautumnservices

    Take care!

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  9. NorCal in the Bay Area it’s been 8 days, my town is a ghost town & I picked up a bunch of freezer food from a caterer that looked like a drug deal. I stayed in the car, I was afraid to breath! My family is with me, so I’m good to sit this through I guess. Stay safe!!

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    1. Ohh that’s good that you were able to get some good food for your freezer. Your comment has made me think that caterers are probably really struggling hard during this time, too.

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  10. I hear ya V.. Where I live in Pennsylvania, USA only the same essential business that you mentioned are open. The weather has been mild this winter season, and the town is small, getting outside and not running into many people is a gem. Hang in there my dear… Blessings. 🌻

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    1. Stay safe, my dear! Glad that your weather has been more mild. I’m hoping that spring time coming gets rid of some of those winter blues a lot of people stuck inside are feeling.

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  11. “I live in a small town, so being able to do things like take the dog for a walk has been a relatively easy thing to do. We can walk for miles without meeting anyone.”

    V, let me tell you, that whatever difficulties you face during this time— that right there is a massive advantage over a lot of people who will be mostly stuck indoors :D. I totally get that it doesn’t make up for being disconnected from people. Hopefully you can make enough connection through technology. But being able to return to the pure normality of the outdoors at any time, I cannot imagine.

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    1. Oh, I do appreciate being able to go for a walk. I just… there’s so much snow and ice still and it’s so cold. It’s tough to feel motivated to go outside to exercise. I don’t know, I realize I’m making excuses. It’s just pandemic brain.

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  12. We are really lucky in the Channel Islands, as it’s been sunny for the last few days. I’ve been able to sit in my little garden to help me from going stir crazy. I think you are definitely doing the right thing by finding something to keep you occupied, that definitely works for me.

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    1. I’ve fallen down a rabbit hole of studying religious fundamentalists during this time. It’s definitely occupied my brain. Has being isolated on an island stopped the spread there? Is it bad? A lot of the cases in Canada are in the larger centres while the Isolated Towns are still practicing care but are much less at risk.

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      1. We are getting a few more cases on a daily basis now, it’s one of those scenarios where we can all slow the spread but can’t really stop it. Most people are being very sensible which helps, and helping each other out. There’s always been a good community spirit on the island, and this crisis is bringing out the best in a lot of people. Almost all of the non-essential stuff has closed down and the streets are pretty quiet, but lots of houses have hand-drawn rainbows in their windows and some families are doing “rainbow walks” to get their essential exercise. Take care and stay safe.

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  13. I’m just home from the grocery store. Every person that stopped to let me pass them with enough space to make the WHO proud got a bright smile and a thank you. They all smiled back. It’s amazing how simple pleasantries can help to remind us that, while this situation is shitty and terrifying, we’re all in this together. Just wanted to share. I hope you’re well. 💕

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    1. That’s really great to here.
      Honestly, I was thinking about it today and I was missing the time when we got to hold doors open for people and when we helped strangers carry things out to their cars and we didn’t fear getting too close to someone. It’s a bizarre world. At least people are obliging though. What a world we’re living in when people are happy that we stay six feet away from each other.

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