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Will masking be mandatory whenever stepping outside soon?

It happened, my little corner of Ontario has brought in mandatory masking rules for indoor public spaces, much to the delight of a small but vocal minority.    Based on my observations while out shopping few people have been wearing masks while at pharmacies and grocery stores from what I have seen.  Well less than half certainly, and not one employee at the No Frills where I get my weekly groceries.   I live in Northumberland County which has reported a total of 21 confirmed cases since t...
Tags: Travel, China, Canada, Ontario, Northumberland County, Gordie Canuk


Vintage Hotel Group Selects Go Moment’s Ivy Smartconcierge to Enhance Guest Satisfaction

SANTA MONICA, California (June 30, 2020) - Go Moment™, the world's leading provider of real-time artificial intelligence guest communication solutions for the hospitality industry, today announced Canada's Vintage Hotel Group, as one of its newest clients to implement their award-winning smartconcierge, Ivy®. Vintage is an internationally-recognized hotel group comprised of 11 unique properties located in Ontario's picturesque Niagara-on-the-Lake region. Vintage is known for creating memo...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, Niagara, Vintage Hotel Group, Lake region Vintage


McMaster study on masks talks of possible benefits and possible harm...

I recently engaged in a discussion with the author of another blog, Cathie from Canada.  There was a a piece expressing the opinion that had the wearing of cloth masks been mandated from the very beginning, that it would have meant better results in Canada's fight against the novel coronavirus. I commented on her blog saying that I have yet to see a proper scientific study that demonstrates their effectiveness.  She countered citing research by MacMaster, and I found an article with an interv...
Tags: Travel, Iraq, Toronto, Canada, Ontario, McMaster, Cathie, MacMaster, Gordie Canuk, COVID, MacMaster University


Despite the best efforts of authorities, many still not afraid of the novel coronavirus....

We're over three months into the global pandemic with a constant stream of death and disease filling the public airwarves and digital news outlets.  Our world has been tossed upside down.  Millions of Canadians out of work, businesses closing never to re-open ever again, people dying because their life saving medical procedures were indefinitely delayed, children isolating at home with unemployed depressed parents with booze declared essential.   Horrific and devastating measures, but absolut...
Tags: Travel, Florida, Toronto, Miami, University of Florida, Jacksonville, Ontario, Sunshine State, Queen s Park, Tampa Orlando, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Asthama Obesity


Florida and Ontario - Why the divergence in Covid results?

Simple people like simple solutions.  We've had it drilled into our collective little brains that the only measure to fight the novel and mostly benign coronavirus is with social distancing and isolation measures, more broadly referred to as "locking down".  Hence when one jurisdiction has differing results from another the automatic assumption by many is that the results are directly linked to these measures. Florida has opened up businesses like bars and restaurants and has seen a spike in ...
Tags: Travel, Japan, Florida, Taiwan, Canada, United States, Medicare, Donald Trump, Jacksonville, Tampa, Ottawa, Orlando, Ontario, Sunshine State, Greater Miami, Windsor Essex


Sacrificing children because of Covid fear....

Young children are often the most vulnerable members of our society, they can't advocate for themselves and rely on community support networks to protect them.  Places like school, church, sports teams, clubs and camps.  When children are abused it is not the parents turning themselves in or calling for investigations, it's teachers, coaches and other community workers who've been trained to recoginze the signs. I'm a parent, and it is a stressful job regardless.  Add in circumstances like lo...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, LTC, Gordie Canuk, Michelle Ward


World's oldest heli-skier

Heli-skiing is the ultimate adrenaline rush, and despite what you may think, it’s not just reserved for 20-something adventure junkies. Gordon Precious of Hamilton, Ontario, decided to celebrate his 95th birthday in style by heli-skiing in the Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia. In doing so, he set a Guinness World Record as the oldest person to ever heli-ski. Photo: CMH Heli-Skiing & Summer Adventures “When we first arrived at CMH Cariboos,” he said, “ I was just delighted with the rec...
Tags: Travel, Guinness World Record, Tracy, Trevor, All, Ontario, Heli, Hamilton Ontario, Guinness Book, Caledon, Heli-skiing, Heli Ski, Heli-skier, Cariboo Mountains of British Columbia, CMH Heli Skiing Summer Adventures, CMH Cariboos


Zero evidence for extending Ontario's state of emergency

Ontario's provincial legislature is set to debate continuing Ontario's state of emergency once again this coming week.  The state of emergency, which has already been extended several times, is set to end on June 30th.  If approved it would mean emergency measures would be in place until at least mid July.  These emergency measures are causing more death, pain and misery than they were designed to alleviate.  The cure has been worse than the disease.  Don't believe me?  Talk to someone who wa...
Tags: Travel, Ontario, Don, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Ontatrio


Are people losing faith in science due to Covid?

I'm noticing a worrying trend among people I talk to and interact with on social media.  Because of all the bad direction given from scientests in the medical field some are starting to question science itself.  I see it as being similar to what happened with many Roman Catholics after all the sex abuse scandals, some didn't just turn their backs on the Roman church, they turned their backs on God. Not everyone of course, some still believe everything the high priests of science say, just as ...
Tags: Travel, Facebook, Sweden, Nbc, Cdc, Indiana, Karen, Canada, United States, Italy, Belgium, Norway, Anthony Fauci, Quebec, Wuhan, Ontario


Only 383 Covid patients in all of Ontario, yet the state of emergency drags on

Ontario is a province of more than 14 million people, about 6 million of whom live in the Greater Toronto Area, or GTA for short.  Out of this entire population there are currently only 383 patients being treated for Covid-19, the disease that can result from being infected with the novel and mostly benign coronavirus.   I use the words " can result " intentionally, because I have trouble with the concept of saying someone has a disease when it doesn't make them sick.  The whole problem with ...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Atlantic, Ontario, Greater Toronto Area, Gordie Canuk, COVID, John Ionnidis


As the clamps come off cases will likely rise....

Lockdown restrictions are easing, in my part of Ontario you can now dine at a restaraunt provided there's a patio.  I've been out on the tennis court several times and have played a couple rounds of golf.  I'm still waiting for my home church to re-open but another congregation has started drive in services.  It's still a long way from normal, but at least we're moving in that direction. In my small community there is a fear being expressed by some that we will start being inundated with peop...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Ontario, Nanny State, Wal Mart Home Depot, Gordie Canuk


With Ontario now talking about 10 person "bubbles" its basically crisis over...

We must remember that so called lockdown measures were never put in place to save lives or to stop people from contracting the novel coronavirus.  The rationale from the start was to slow, (not stop) the spread and to flatten the proverbial curve so that our health care system would not be overwhelmed.   That was the reason, full stop.   You can't change the narrative after destoying the lives of millions of people, heaping pain and misery on counltless individuals including young children...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Bob, Joe, Ontario, Jeff, Gordon, Jane, LTC, Morag, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Ontario Hospitals


Ontario's case mortality rates by age....

Determining a broad based mortality rate for Covid-19 has always seemed a pretty pointless exercise to me, given that this disease is exponentially more serious for those who are older.Going off the numbers reported by CTV today (Thursday June 11, 2020) Ontario has identified 31,544 positive cases and 2,487 deaths.  Those numbers show that there is almost an 8% fatality rate for people who test positive for the novel coronavirus in the province of Ontario.  But of course there's a huge differ...
Tags: Travel, Great Britain, Ontario, CTV, Gordie Canuk, COVID, California New York Indiana


The perils of following computer models intead of evidence based science...

Canada's response to the novel coronavirus, like much of the world, was based not so much on science as on computer generated model predictions.  Predictions of 200,000 people dying with no action taken, and even still 100K with mitigation efforts meant our health care system was forecast to be overrun with Covid-19 patients in either case.   Our ICUs didn't have the capacity to deal with all the patients computer models said would be resulting.  Ontario premier Doug Ford  released more recen...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, Doug Ford, Gordie Canuk


Big drop in Covid patients shows Ontario needs to move faster in opening...

How many times have you seen posts on social media talking about "Covidiots" and saying things like: "Get ready for the second wave"!!!  I know I've seen lots.  Every time there was a lockdown protest at Queen's Park, or when people gathered at Trinity Bellwood park, and again now with all the BLM protests.  Back seat epidemiologists and self styled experts on infectious diseases have been saying for the past two plus months that all these happenings would lead to a surge in Covid patients ov...
Tags: Travel, Italy, BLM, Ontario, Fort Lauderdale, Daytona, Queen s Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Trinity Bellwood, Ontario Hopital Association


BLM protests provide another litmus test on the effectiveness of social distancing....

"Because you're out, we're staying in" That's a sign in some windows, supporting front line health care workers by doing what medical experts have been advocating, social distancing to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.   But does it work?   Based on what's been happening in Ontario's hospitals ever since the Victoria Day long weekend it sure doesn't look like it.  After the massive gathering in Toronto's Trinity Bellwood Park, an estimated 10,00...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, BLM, Ontario, Cbc, Ontario Hospital Association, Trinity Bellwood Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID


BLM protests provide another lithmus test on the effectiveness of social distancing....

"Because you're out, we're staying in" That's a sign in some windows, supporting front line health care workers by doing what medical experts have be advocating, social distancing to prevent our health care systems from being overwhelmed with Covid-19 patients.   But does it work?   Based on what's been happening in Ontario's hospitals ever since the Victoria Day long weekend it sure doesn't look like it.  After the massive gathering in Toronto's Trinity Bellwood Park, an estimated 10,000 ...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, BLM, Ontario, Cbc, Ontario Hospital Association, Trinity Bellwood Park, Gordie Canuk, COVID


749 Covid patients in Ontario - This is a crisis?

Ontario's population is approximately 14.5 million, and there are about 500 hospitals scattered across the province.  When lockdown and social distancing measures were introduced back in mid March of this year the reason was clear, our underfunded and overburdened hosptials would not be able to handle the number of Covid patients that computer modeling suggested were going to happen.   The computer modeling was wrong.  There are currently only 749 patients being treated for Covid-19 in this e...
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The Politics of a Pandemic - Why governments can't admit they overreacted

Let's travel back in time, not far, just to early March 2020.  It probably seems a lifetime ago however given all that's happened in the interceding 3+ months.   As information was coming out of China and Italy about the novel coronavirus, the Imperial College of London published a research paper authored by their Coronavirus Response Team.  It was a scary report.  The ICL had modeled what would happen in the United States and Great Britain if the virus was allowed to spread unchecked.   P...
Tags: Travel, Nbc, China, Toronto, Noah, Canada, United States, Italy, Donald Trump, Great Britain, Ontario, Trump, OHA, ICL, Imperial College of London, Gordie Canuk


John Hopkins epidemiologist: "...best estimates for the infection fatality risk are between 0.5% and 1%..."

Another credible source telling the world that the "deadly" coronavirus is nowhere near as deadly as first thought when a 5% figure was used as justification for locking down large segments of society. To summarize, a large (4,600 people) randomized testing for both the virus as well as antibodies demonstrated that a more apt name would be "the mostly benign" coronavirus.   And yet, in my home province of Ontario, we continue fumbling along.  People are dying while waiting for delayed surge...
Tags: Travel, Costco, Ontario, Sally, Kirk, Brampton, Doug, John Hopkins, Gordie Canuk


Top 10 employers in Canada for 2020.

Forbes has released its list for the best places to work in Canada By Shelby Thevenot It is a good time to be looking for a job in Canada. With a low unemployment rate employers have to work harder to attract and retain top talent, as there are fewer available workers for each job opening. Forbes magazine and the market research company Statista surveyed 8,000 employees to determine the best places to work in Canada. Participants were working for businesses with at least 500 employees....
Tags: Travel, Google, Microsoft, Toronto, Cisco, Canada, Ubisoft, Montreal, Quebec, Boeing, Costco, Ottawa, Forbes, Ontario, Edmonton Alberta, Cosco


Tracking the load put on Ontario's hospitals

The rationale behind so called "lock down" measures was that our beleaguered health care system would not be able to handle the strain of Covid-19 cases, There was, (and still is) a lot of merit to that line of thinking.  Ontario hospitals were operating over capacity a lot of the time before the pandemic, hallway medicine and long waits in ER were already the norm. In order to free up capacity a number of steps were taken, delaying elective and needed surgeries and cancer screenings as well ...
Tags: Travel, Toronto, Ontario, Ontario Hospital Association, OHA, Gordie Canuk, COVID, Hospitalization Tracker


One Christian's opinion on churches being closed, and those that have gathered....

I don't write about my faith often, I try to balance never denying it with not beating people over the head with it.  At times I'm a pretty lousy Christian, and in point of fact I only started taking my faith seriously about 13 years ago, around the time I turned forty.   I try not to come across as a self righteous Bible thumper, because I know how annoying that is for some people, it used to annoy me as well. So what does it mean to be a Christian anyway?  After all, there are so many di...
Tags: Travel, Amazon, Sweden, Italy, Jesus, Christian, Jesus Christ, Ontario, Kenneth Copeland, Copeland, Jehovah, Jesus Himself, Saviour, Kingdom Hall, Gordie Canuk, Roman Catholic Anglican United Christian Reformed


Long term sustainable pandemic measures need to be decided upon now....

What a mess.   Like many I'm overdosing on all things Covid.  Given that I'm in Ontario Canada I'm going to focus my remarks on the situation to my home country and province for the most part.  One thing is crystal clear, Ontario's health care system is at the breaking point.   We already knew this of course, the novel coronavirus has merely put this reality front and centre.  Even before the pandemic the term 'hallway medicine' was a campaign issue.  Ontario's hospitals didn't have th...
Tags: Travel, London, Canada, Italy, Un, North Atlantic, Ontario, Imperial College, CTV, Ontario Canada, Gordie Canuk, COVID


Shuttering schools is not how you keep children safe....

Its hard to think straight when you're scared, and many Canadians are terrified of the novel and mostly benign coronavirus.  Its said that a drowning man will grab at an anchor if its thrown to him, such are the decisions one makes when in a panic. We've been grabbing a lot of anchors in our efforts to slow down the spread of this virus, and now Ontario (among others) has decided that vulnerable children can also be sacrificed, along with the people who've died from having needed surgeries de...
Tags: Travel, Ontario, Cbc, Gordie Canuk


The Politics of a Pandemic - Everyone is doing the right things.....

Canadians, no matter where they live, can be assured of one thing in our fight against the novel coronavirus.  Whatever goverment is in place they are following the best advice of medical professionals and are being guided by the science, protecting the health and safety of citizens.    That's true federally where the Liberals are in power, in British Columbia where the NDP rules,  also in Ontario where Doug Ford's Prorgessive Conservatives hold a majority, as well in Quebec where its Françoi...
Tags: Travel, Sweden, Spain, Canada, United States, Italy, Belgium, Denmark, Norway, Quebec, British Columbia, Ndp, Ontario, Doug Ford, Wuhan China, François Legault


Applying for a Canadian scholarship as an international student.

 By  Eman Katem The process of applying for studies abroad can be very overwhelming—and expensive! To help you we put together the following list of Canadian scholarships available to international students interested in studying in Canada. The Canadian government and many post-secondary institutions offer international students possibilities for obtaining scholarship awards, grants, or bursaries to finance their education. Unlike a loan, money received from a scholarship program does not n...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, UBC, Global Affairs Canada, OGS, OTS, Andy Rodriguez, CGS, Vanier, CanadaVisa Study Hub, Eman Katem, Canada ASEAN, Research Portal Ontario, Ontario Graduate Scholarship OGS, Vanier Canada


trulocal.ca for healthy, local meat and seafood delivered to your home or workplace

Tl;dr version: TruLocal delivers a wide variety of local meat, poultry, and seafood from family farms to your door. They serve Ontario, Alberta, and British Columbia. And they're great!* * * * When we lived in Ontario, we often ordered meat from Beretta Farms. Beretta distributes products from small, local farms, as well as from their own, located in King City, Ontario. (Here's an old post about them.)Distribution is often the missing link between consumers and healthy, local, non-factory-farme...
Tags: Travel, Environment, Beretta, Columbia, Ontario, Ontario Alberta, Laura K, King City Ontario, Food Issues, Life In A Small Town, TruLocal, Beretta Farms Beretta


11 things you should know about u.s. presidential elections

Here are some facts about US elections.There are mountains of evidence to support each of these. If you have doubts, do some homework. This is merely a summary of facts.1. The Electoral College. Up to 50% of votes in any state are wiped out. Canada has first-past-the-post voting based on ridings (Parliamentary seats), but imagine if all of Ontario was one riding -- 51% and winner take all.2. Partisan oversight. Elections are governed on the state level, and the person in charge of them represen...
Tags: Travel, White House, US, Dnc, Georgia, Reagan, Iran, History, Canada, Atlantic, Hillary Clinton, US politics, Ronald Reagan, Jimmy Carter, Party, Alberta


Foreign workers in these 10 occupations can now be hired faster.

Canada has expedited the process for employers to hire foreign workers in agriculture, food processing, and trucking occupations. By  Shelby Thevenot Employers hiring foreign workers in 10 agriculture, food processing, and trucking occupations can now skip past a time-consuming step in the work permit process. Canada is now waiving the advertising requirement for the Labour Market Impact Assessment (LMIA) in certain high priority occupations. In order to get an LMIA, in most cases, emplo...
Tags: Travel, Canada, Ontario, Yukon, NOC, Andy Rodriguez, Labour Market Impact Assessment LMIA, LMIA, Alberta Saskatchewan Manitoba Ontario, CIC News, Shelby Thevenot, NOC 6331 Transport Truck Drivers NOC, NOC 8252 General Farm Workers NOC, Greenhouse Workers NOC, Service Canada Employers



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