The Orleans Star June 25, 2020

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June 25, 2020 • Volume 35, No. 3

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COVID cases continue to drop in Ottawa

Friends Lauren and Emily are looking forward to celebrating Canada Day on the patio at the Clocktower Brew Pub on Innes Road. FRED SHERWIN PHOTO

By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The total number of active COVID-19 cases in Ottawa is continuing on a downward trend for the third week in a row. As of June 18, there were 58 active cases in the Nation’s Capital, down from 72 active cases on June 12 and 87 active cases on June 5. Even more encouraging is the fact that there have only been 16 new cases among the general population in Ottawa between June 12 and June 19 and two new cases in senior homes. During that same period of time, Ottawa Public Health conducted 4,504 tests, meaning less than 0.3 per cent tested positive. The number of COVID-19 related hospital-

izations are also continuing on a downward trend, from 31 on June 5 to just three on June 19 and no one has been admitted to an intensive care unit in almost two weeks. Province-wide, the numbers are also going down. As of June 18, there were 2,281 active cases in Ontario. That’s down from 3,918 cases on June 8. The number of hospitalizations has dropped from 603 on June 8 to 331 on June 18 and the number of patients in intensive care units has gone down from 118 on June 8 to 82 on June 18. The downward trend in most regions of the province has allowed the provincial government to move to Phase 2 of its reopening plan.

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Chartwell Belcourt hosts Adopt-a-Grad ceremonies By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star The COVID-19 pandemic has had a tremendous impact on nearly ever aspect of life – including education. The province’s schools have been closed since mid-March, forcing high school students to finish out their semester at home and online through various Learn at Home programs. For Grade 12 students, the pandemic has resulted in the cancellation of graduation ceremonies and the postponement, for many, of the traditional prom dance. Enter the “Adopt-a-Grad” Facebook group which matches grads with businesses and organizations who provide everything from words of encouragement to small gifts. The Chartwell Belcourt retirement resi-dence has taken the initiative a step further by holding ceremonies for three adopted grads. Cassandra St. Denis and Paola Figueroa from St. Peter High School and Emily Lepage from École secondaire Béatrice-Deloges were all adopted by the residents as part of their Seniors Adopting Seniors program. All three young women were giving individual graduation ceremonies outside the residence so that everyone could safely

follow the physical distancing guidelines. Each grad received their diploma, a graduation gift from the residents and a graduation cake. There was even entertainment provided by Darling Moving and Storage. The Orléans Adopt-a-Grad Facebook group was created by Natasha Stanzell who felt that local grads should be recognized despite the impact of the pandemic on the school year. “We wanted to really make sure that our grads are being recognized and that they felt there is still some sort of celebration,” explains Stanzell. “The community looks through the Facebook page and finds a grad that needs adopting and basically they just celebrate this milestone in their life with them.” When Chartwell Belcourt lifestyle programs manager Wendy Lapierre heard about the group, she immediately got on board. “When I heard about what Natasha was doing I thought it would be a nice way for our residents to keep connected with the community during this difficult time and to have our seniors adopting senior students was the perfect fit,” says Lapierre. Emily Lepage’s graduation ceremony

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Emily Lepage poses for a graduation picture with some of the residents at Chartwell Belcourt following her ceremony. PHOTO SUPPLIED took place on June 17 with her proud parents and grandparents on hand along with a dozen or so Chartwell Belcourt residents. And while it wasn’t quite the same as a full-fledged graduation ceremony with all her peers and fellow grads in attendance, it was a moment Emily won’t soon forget nonetheless.

“It really makes you feel special when you see what an amazing job they’ve done to try and make our final year as normal as can be right now. It’s been an experience I wouldn’t trade for anything. I’m very grateful,” says Emily, who plans to go to the University of Ottawa in the fall to pursue a degree in psychology.


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Celebrating Canada Day 2020 COVID-19 style By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star This year’s Canada Day celebrations will be like no other. For one, there will be no mass gatherings either downtown or on Petrie Island due to the COVID-19 pandemic. And for another, people will have to come up with their own way to celebrate Canada’s birthday either with a small group of friends or family members – as long as their social circle is no more than 10 people – or on their own. Ideas range from holding a pool party complete with the prerequisite Canada Day paraphernalia to purchasing a bunch of fireworks and setting them off at the cottage. Canada Day items can be purchased at most local dollar stores, or your nearest Giant Tiger store. If you have neither a pool or a cottage,

you can mark the occasion by hosting a BBQ with a few small fireworks and sparklers, or simply singing O Canada together. Even if the pandemic has resulted in some financial challenges, it would be good for the soul to take a day off from the stress and celebrate the fact that you at least don’t live in the United States. If you don’t feel like cooking at home on Canada Day, a number of local restaurants will remain open during the holiday to offer takeout and delivery service. Most retail stores will be closed, however, as will all LCBO outlets and beer stores. If you do feel like heading out to your local watering hole to celebrate, a number of restaurants/bars have opened their patios with physical distancing measures

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in place. These including Jonny Canuck’s, the Clocktower Brew Pub, Taproom 260, Moxie’s, Lone Star, Broadway’s Bar and Grill, Connor’s Irish Pub and the Orléans Brewing Co. to name just a few. If you plan on spending part of your Canada Day on Petrie Island, remember to respect physical distancing of at least two metres between and the person or persons beside you. Also, the marina on the island has been open for several weeks offering canoe, kayak and paddleboard rentals. Other recreational facilities that can now reopen include paintball centres, campgrounds, splash pads, wading pools, miniputt courses and go-cart tracks. However you choose to celebrate Canada Day this year, the most important thing is to stay healthy and safe. Have a happy Canada Day everyone!

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The numbers game During the COVID-19 pandemic we have been inundated with numbers... total cases, new cases, deaths, hospitalizations, cumulative hospitalizations, occupied ICU beds, resolved cases, number of cases in LTCs, number of deaths in LTCs, number of tests, etc., etc., etc. It’s enough to make you dizzy. Since the pandemic began, the mainstream media and public health officials in North America have been focused on just two numbers – the total number of cases and the total number of COVID-19-related deaths. The early reporting neglected to separate the number of cases and deaths in long-term care homes from the number of cases in the general population. In fact, the practice is still very much in effect. Now everyone may have their own theory on why that is, but I believe the answer is simple – it’s been done that way to strengthen the narrative that the virus is lurking around every corner and you could be next so shelter at home and stay there If the powers that be were to separate the two numbers, the number of deaths in the general population would be far less scary. For instance of the 260 deaths that were reported in Ottawa as of June 18, 236 occurred in either a long-term care facility (221), a senior’s residence (11) or the hospital (4). That leaves 24 people who have died in Ottawa outside of an institution since the outbreak began, most of whom had underlying health issues. Twenty four is far less scary than 260. The most egregious misuse of the numbers can be found on the OPH’s ward by ward map of cases. The map is posted biweekly and lists the total number of residents who have tested positive for COVID-19 for each ward. The problem is that the numbers posted are misleading to say the very least. First of all, the numbers are listed per 100,000. For instance, it lists 94 residents in Orléans Ward 1 who have tested positive for COVID-19 per 100,000 based on the 2016 Census. In actuality, there were 48,789 residents living in the ward in 2016. When you do the math, it turns out that only 46 residents have tested positive for the virus. But even that number only tells half the story because it does not take into account how many of those people have fully recovered. City-wide, the recovery rate is 84%. When you apply that number to the 46 known cases, the number of active cases in Orléans Ward is closer to seven. So why does Ottawa Public Health present the largest figure possible without any qualifiers? Because it better fits the narrative that the coronavirus is everywhere and therefore you need to stay home and only go out if it’s absolutely necessary. Unfortunately, that is counterproductive in the effort to start opening things up and getting the economy and jobs back on track. – Fred Sherwin, editor

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Despite COVID-19, we have much to celebrate this Canada Day With July on the horizon, and the warm weath- and graduation put on hold for the moment, you er out in full force, I must say that we have lots to have graduated! You have succeeded! Your hard be grateful for. This month is very special for me work has paid off! You have learned the skills to as it marks Senior’s Month in be successful and acquired the Ontario and the beginning of tools to shape your future as a new chapter for many young you enter this new chapter in adults graduating from high your lives! school. I want to especially thank I want to acknowledge our those who supported you this senior population for being year and in years past, such so strong in this challenging as teachers, educators, staff, Marie-France Lalonde time. They have built and are volunteers, families and loved deserving of nothing short of our deepest respect. ones. Congratulations Class of 2020! Thank you for your continued resilience and paNext Wednesday, July 1, will mark the 153th tience while being away from your families and birthday of our amazing country. I will miss seegrandkids. I know that it wasn’t easy. ing all of you at Petrie Island this year. Enjoy this I had the privilege of meeting virtually with key special day with your family and friends in a safe organizations in our community over the last few celebration! Happy Canada Day, Orléans! weeks, and I am so impressed by what you have As we are entering Phase 2 of reopening the been doing to stay connected, active and healthy. economy, we will now be able to gather in groups You have created platforms giving our seniors re- of up to 10 people. Though still a small group, it mote classes, or simply the occasion to share coffee does bring a sense of joy and a smile to our faces time amongst one another to break the isolation but as we can one again see and share memories with mostly helping them in making sure they have the those that we love. I believe in our community to support they needed. I thank you all from the bot- continue to stay safe all the while enjoying the tom of my heart! celebrations and nice weather to come. This month also marks the end of an important If you have any concerns or questions feel free milestone for of high school students. Although the to call my constituency office at 613-834-1800, or end of the school year had to be reinvented, prom e-mail

Commons Corner

COVID-19: Will the second wave be a ripple or a tsunami? A lot is being written and said about the inevitability of a second wave of COVID-19 infections here in Canada with words such as “spike”, “surge” and “tsunami” being bandied about. “It’s not matter of if, but when,” they warn. I have my own theory, of course, which I will share with you. Personally, I think the second wave will likely be more of a ripple than a “tsunami”, at least outside the island of Montréal and the GTA. First, there just aren’t a lot of cases here in Ottawa. There were only 58 confirmed active cases as of last Friday. That’s down considerably from two weeks previous when there were 87 active cases in Ottawa and Friday, June 12, when there were 72 active cases. Even if there were 30 times that number of cases in Ottawa, the fact of the matter is that the rate of transmission is continuing on a downward trend despite things opening up and increased testing. Of course there has been the odd spike in new cases. For instance, there were seven new cases on June 9 and eight on June 10. But that was followed by one new case on June 11 and no new cases on June 12 and 13. Small increases should be expected,

Up Front Fred Sherwin especially as things continue to open up, but I don’t expect a huge second wave in the coming weeks, and here’s why. When the first wave hit no one was taking any precautions. There was no physical distancing or people wearing masks. In fact, just the opposite. People were still shaking hands or kissing each other on the cheek. They were still riding the transit system en masse. Theatres, fitness centres and bars were still open and people were walking around hacking and coughing, thinking they had a bad cold or the flu. And last but by no means least, senior care facilities were operating business as normal. On March 17, when Premier Doug Ford declared a state of emergency in Ontario there were 168 cases in Ottawa. By the end of the two week incubation period,

that number had swollen to 440 on March 31 and a good number of those cases were in senior care facilities. In fact, there were outbreaks at five different care facilities in Ottawa by March 29 and 12 by April 5. The mere fact that senior care facilities now have the proper protocols in place to limit any potential outbreaks will help prevent a potential massive second wave, as will the fact that people aren’t shaking hands anymore and most are practicing adequate physical distancing. I have a few Facebook friends who continue to make gloom and doom predictions based on what’s happening south of the border, but that’s like comparing oranges to cue balls. Both are round, but the similarities stop there. The only way for a second wave to take the form of a tsunami is if we throw all the precautions out the proverbial window, allow bars and theatres to reopen and see mass gatherings at concerts and sporting events again and I just don’t see any of that happening until a vaccine is widely available. Of course, we don’t even know yet whether the COVID-19 virus will stick around or simply peter out over time like

the SARS and MERS viruses did. According to most virologists, even if COVID-19 is here to stay, it should become less deadly over time as it continues to evolve and mutate. Even if there is a vaccine, there will still be some people who will catch the virus because they either didn’t get vaccinated for personal reasons, or couldn’t for health reasons, as is currently the case with the flu – and some may potentially die, as is also currently the case with the flu. Over time, people will talk about COVID-19 in the same terms they currently do about the flu. When people get a bad cold, they’re thankful they don’t have the flu. It will be the same way for the coronavirus. When people have the flu, they’ll be thankful it’s not COVID-19. The optimist in me is hopeful the virus will peter out over time and will become but a distant memory. But even if it doesn’t and even if it’s here to stay, we can look forward to an eventual vaccine and increasingly more effective treatments which will limit the number of hospitalizations and reduce the number of deaths. In a nutshell, we will learn to live with it and get on with our lives.

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Resources available to celebrate New City plan takes a holistic Canada Day during the pandemic approach to safety and well-being Can you believe that it’s been over opened across the city. three months since the province shutdown I know I’m looking forward to getting to slow the spread of the coronavirus and back on the fields and playing organized “flatten the curve”? sports, but we’ll have Thank you to everyone to hold out a little bit for doing your part! longer and keep our Tim Keep up the good work. crossed so we Tierney fingers We’re not out of can get back to our the woods yet, but if teammates safely. we keep up the hand- Beacon Hill-Cyrville Ward 11 Canada Day is going washing, mask-wearing to look little bit different and physical distancing, we’ll be able to this year, but that doesn’t mean we can’t see the light at the end of the tunnel. have a great time. The government has I know it’s not been easy for everyone, created Canada Day Celebration Kits and we’re all facing new challenges online that are full of different kids of whether it’s been homeschooling our kids, fun activities that celebrate Canadian or trying our very best to be productive culture and heritage. It includes print while working from home, but we are out activities, games and trivia, outdoor pushing through, and I’m proud to see the adventures like hikes and scavenger success that has come with it. hunts, online tours, and tons of fun recipes It has been so encouraging to see more to celebrate Canadian cuisine. You can and more businesses being able to safely also visit – search for Canada open their doors while watching the case Day and find links to live streaming numbers go down, proving our efforts are entertainment from Canadian artists in the working. It’s also a joy to see kids going afternoon and evening on July 1st, 2020. outside for walks and bike rides and now However you celebrate Canada Day cooling off on splash pads as they’ve now this year, stay safe and stay healthy.

The City is developing a Community members of racialized groups and First Safety and Well-Being Plan that will be Nations, Inuit and Métis communities, are built on the foundation that an effective key partners to this process. response for addressing The Plan will well-being and safety complement other city cannot be carried out initiatives, such as Laura by one organization or the 10-Year Housing Dudas sector alone; it requires and Homelessness collaboration from Plan, the Women and everyone. Gender Equity Strategy, Innes Ward 2 The Plan aims and the Anti-Racism “to achieve sustainable communities Secretariat. where everyone feels safe, has a sense of A recent online public consultation belonging and opportunities to participate, held for East End residents was well and where individuals and families are able attended and I thank all those who took to meet their needs for education, health the time to share their thoughts during the care, food, housing, income, and social and consultation. cultural expression.” City staff will continue to engage To accomplish this, city staff will work with the public and gather feedback. closely with stakeholders to support and You can find more information about the enhance existing efforts, identify gaps, Community Safety and Well-Being Plan and ensure that community groups, youth, on

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Province begins second phase of reopening plan Continued from page 1 Stage 2 allows for the reopening of outdoor dining services at bars and restaurants, shopping malls, outdoor recreation facilities, hair and beauty salons, as well as barbershops. It’s part of a three-stage reopening plan the province released in April. Under Phase 2, Ontario residents will be able to do the following as long as the businesses adhere to provincial protocol: • Visit a hair salon, barbershop, piercing service, tanning salon, tattoo studio. • Visit a restaurant or bar which offers outdoor dining service including patios, curbside, parking lots and adjacent prop-erties. • Visit shopping malls that follow current restrictions, including food services reopening for take-out and outdoor dining only.

• Go on a bus or boat tour, a guided tour or tour a winery, brewery or distillery. • Use a splash pad or a swimming or wading pool or hit the beach at an Ontario park. Slides and climbing structures will remain closed. You can take a fitness class or a swimming lesson but physical distancing measures will remain in place. • Camp at an Ontario park or private campground. • Use an outdoor recreational facility for team sports (with limits on physical distancing). Locker rooms remain closed. • Play paintball, mini-golf, archery or go to a go-cart track. • Go to a drive-in or drive-thru venue for theatres, concerts, animal attractions and cultural appreciation, such as art installations.

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