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Your COVID-19 emergency kit: prevention and symptoms STAR STAFF – By know you’ve heard that two best ways to prevent the transmission of COVID-19, also known as the novel coronavirus, are hand washing and social distancing, but what are the symptoms and what should you do once you start exhibiting symptoms? According to the World Health Organization, the most common symptoms are fever, head aches, fatigue and a dry cough. Some people may also experience aches and pains, nasal congestion, a runny nose, sore throat and diarrhea. Current estimates of the incubation period – the amount of time between infection and the onset of symptoms -– range from one to 14 days. Most infected people show symptoms within five to six days. Data shows the disease is mild in 82 per cent of patients, severe in 15 per cent and critical in three per cent – the vast majority of which are elderly or those with underlying health conditions. However, infected patients can also be asymptomatic, not displaying symptoms despite having the virus in their system. According to data collected by the WHO, the overall mortality rate is about two per cent. However, it varies greatly by age. The mortality rate for those who contract the virus under the age of 40 is
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So what’s next? Now that COVID-19 has shut down everything from the NHL to Sunday church services, minor sports, the public school system, all of our post secondary institutions, libraries, pools and even the Shenkman Arts Centre, the question on most people’s minds is what’s next. This can go one of two ways. The big hope is that the disease will prove to be seasonal and cases of transmission will start to decrease in late April or early May. If the virus is not seasonal, we are in deep do-do unless the federal and provincial governments begin to take the necessary steps immediately. At present, most people are following doctors orders, but it’s only week one. You can not shut down an entire economy, which is basically what they are doing for four to six weeks – and possibly longer – without suffering some dire consequences. First of all, tens of thousands of people will be without a paycheque, especially those in the service and travel industries and hundreds of businesses will go bankrupt. According to an Angus Reid/BDO study conducted last year, 53 per cent of Canadians were already living paycheque to paycheque when the virus hit and 40 per cent of Canadians said they had no money set aside for a possible financial emergency. Those types of stats combined with the COVID-19 lockdown is a recipe for a national disaster. I don’t think it will go six to eight weeks, however, because I predict social unrest will begin to build up when people can no longer afford to feed their families or pay the rent. They will begin demanding the lockdown be lifted, health risk be damned. One way to avoid this is for the government to address the real issue – protecting our seniors and those with an immune deficiency from the virus and increasing the capacity of our hospitals to treat the sick. Banning non-essential visitors from retirement communities is a start, but the government should have been identifying seniors in the community at large weeks ago using existing Census data. Call centres could have been set up to locate and monitor them. As for increasing the current capacity of our health care system, the government is already contacting recently retired nurses and doctors to build human capacity. The next logical step would be to book entire hotels to be used as treatment centres. It’s not as if the hotels have any guests, and they could definitely use the money. That brings us to the biggest hiccup to increasing capacity: we don’t have enough ventilators to treat the critically ill. We only have a few hundred currently stockpiled in Ontario and that won’t be enough. Start placing orders for more ventilators NOW. We need to increase the capacity to deal with the very sick so that the rest of us can get a little sick and then get on with our lives. If nothing is done to increase treatment capacity, then the risk will remain high and the need for a lockdown won’t go away, but nor will the potential for social unrest. The federal government must act on finding ways to keep job losses and bankruptcies to a minimum or the fallout from the coronavirus will last for years to come as the economy struggles to recover. – Fred Sherwin, editor
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COVID-19 Conquering the COVID-19 virus in Canada will take a team effort I wish my first article as your Member of practice social distancing. Provincial Parliament were under better circumAnd please, in order to reduce the spread of stances. However, I would be remiss if I didn’t coronavirus (COVID-19), Ottawa Public Health relay what public health officials are advising recommends that you... during these uncertain times of • Wash your hands often covid-19 (coronavirus). with soap and water, or use First, I want to thank all hand sanitizer. health care officials and first • Avoid touching your responders who are working eyes, nose, and mouth ununbearable hours under exless you have just cleaned tremely difficult circumstances your hands. and performing heroically. I • Cover your cough and Stephen Blais would also like to thank all of sneeze with a tissue or into the officials who are providing timely and sage your arm, not your hand. advice to us about how to stay safe and protect our • Stay home if you are sick. loved ones, especially our most vulnerable family • Avoid visiting people in hospitals or longmembers. term care centres if you are sick. While we are self-isolating, I strongly encour• It is still recommended to get your flu shot age all residents to thoroughly stay abreast of if you haven’t already, as the flu virus is still Covid-19 advice. Being aware will help you and circulating in the community. your family: There is: • Consider social distancing (ideally 2 metres) • Ontario’s Ministry of Health: www.ontario. My office team and I are here to help. Please ca/page/2019-novel-coronavirus contact us at 613-834-8679, or by e-mail at • Ottawa Public Health: www.ottawapublic firstname.lastname@example.org. health.ca/coronavirus In closing, together I know Canadians will do • Government of Canada: www.canada.ca/en/ our part to overcome this pandemic and help the public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus- most vulnerable members of our communities. disease-covid-19.html Therefore, stay safe, do your part and if you know Please note: in order to decrease transmission of a neighbour who needs help, please consider of COVID-19 in Ottawa, Ottawa Public Health is demonstrating that Canadian trait that makes us a now recommending that all residents of Ottawa model around the world.
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Stay calm, be safe and keep your social distance COVID-19, a novel strain from the coronavirus family of infectious respiratory tract illnesses (like SARS and MERS), spreads across the globe, Canada and our city. The World Health Organization (WHO) declared a global pandemic because COVID-19 has a foothold on every continent except for Antarctica. Europe is now the outbreak epicentre, not China. But the P-word is not a reason to panic. ‘P’ also stands for precaution, prevention, preparedness, patience, people and, most importantly, PERSPECTIVE. Even if we successfully #FlattenTheCurve, this will get worse over the coming weeks and months before it gets better. Dr. Vera Etches, Ottawa’s Chief Medical Officer of Health was brutally honest in her memo to City Council and subsequent comments to the media this past Sunday. She stated we likely have hundreds if not a thousand cases of COVID-19 in the city now. Local hospitals have prepared as best they can for a wave of folks – the elderly and immune-compromised – who will need care. Elective surgeries have been cancelled, supplies have been stockpiled and they have plans to adapt spaces for a patient surge and will implement measures
to protect our healthcare professionals. In my opinion, containment was always the stuff of unicorns and leprechauns. Community spread will occur and managing its duration and severity is our defining and collective challenge. Combatting COVID-19 is literally in our hands. From frequent hand-washing, coughing into your elbow or a tissue, avoiding touching your face and public surfaces, to limiting all non-essential trips out of the home, we can make a difference. Yes, this will have an enormous impact on local businesses, but epidemiology trumps economics. To help, you can buy gift certificates for future restaurant visits to help these business with immediate cash flow. And don’t forget our local food banks that need cash, pharmacy or grocery gift cards. Government support programs for affected workers need to be changed
quickly and flexibility will be key. To the skeptics, this is not an overhyped cough or just another flu. The best parallel we have to this global event is the Spanish Flu pandemic of 1918 and 1919. In Philadelphia, officials waited for two weeks to act after the first reported cases in mid-September 1918 and even allowed a parade to occur, whereas St. Louis acted decisively and shut things down in the immediate 48 hours after their first reported cases in early October 1918. Deaths and spread in Philly were much worse than St. Louis because the latter city effectively implemented, the phrase du jour, social distancing. This means staying at home, working from home (if you can) and it is not an invitation for a kid’s playdate or wine and munchies with friends. As one public health official said, “social distancing is not a snow day”. On the bright side, we know from global experience to date that about 80 per cent of those who contract COVID-19 will experience milder symptoms and fully recover. But social distancing by healthy people will limit, or at least delay, passage of the virus to the other 20 per cent of the population that is more at risk. Perspective requires accurate information. These five organizations are excellent
to keep pace with what is happening globally and here at home: the WHO, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario and Ottawa Public Health. Bookmark them, follow them on social media or subscribe to their updates. As for hoarding of toilet paper, COVID-19 is not a gastro bug, norovirus or dysentery. If you need 100 rolls of toilet paper for two weeks, you have other internal plumbing issues. Don’t fret stockouts of Purell and Clorox wipes, just ask your parents and grandparents how they disinfected things back in the day. If your heart is set on hand sanitizer, look up “Guide to Local Production: WHOrecommended Handrub Formulations” for the WHO how-to PDF-guide…it could be a fun project for you and the kids while school is postponed. A few weeks or months at home could be just the ticket to clean your bathroom cupboards and maybe find some Purell. Or dust off that #1 bestseller from 2015. Or binge-watch some great TV and movies as most carriers have waived data limits and overage charges. Be well, stay safe and keep your distance … and things in perspective.
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Situated next to the Ottawa River at the corner of Tenth Line Road and Jeanne d’Arc Blvd., the residence offers easy access to a nearby recreational pathway that winds through a nature area before coming out next to the river. It’s also a five-minute drive from Petrie Island which has two beaches and a network of nature trails. It should also be noted that Promenade is a pet-friendly community. And while residents are able to maintain an independent lifestyle, social interaction is encouraged through movie nights in the theatre; Bridge and Euchre tournaments in the card room; daily Tai Chi, art and culinary classes, yoga and regular recreational and shopping outings. Promenade Seniors’ Suites really does have it all. Sales and marketing manager Véronique Landry says the residence is ideal for seniors between the ages of 75 and 85 who want to maintain their independence in a secure condo-like setting but without the hassle of having to cook and clean for themselves. “Most of the inquiries we have been getting are single people looking to break the isolation they are living in. They are looking for a community that offers the extra ambiance of companionship without the restraints and costs of assisted living facilities,” explains Landry. Call 613-221-5931, or e-mail veronique. email@example.com for more information.
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Area retirement homes prohibit all ‘non-essential’ visits STAR STAFF – Retirement communities in Orléans have joined senior care providers across the province in closing their facilities to all non-essential visitors. The only exception are family members of residents who are deemed “very ill”. The ban was precipitated by an advisory issued by Ontario’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. David Williams, on Saturday morning in which he calls for “non-essential” visitors to be prohibited from visiting long-term care facilities and residential treatment centres. Although the advisory did not specifically include retirement residences, every senior care provider in the province has followed suit. Visitors deemed as “essential” must still be screened upon entering a senior care facility according to the advisory issued by the chief medical officer of health.
“These visitors must continue to be actively screened into these settings,” Dr. Williams stated in a memo released early Saturday morning. “Those who fail screening will not be permitted to enter. No other visitors should be permitted to enter these premises, instead they should be asked to keep in touch with loved ones by phone or other technologies, as available”. The Ontario medical officer of health’s advisory was precipitated by news that an employee of the Tendercare Living Centre in Scarborough tested positive for the new coronavirus on Friday, March 13. Within hours of the advisory being issued, Chartwell Retirement Residences issued the following statement on its website: “Effective immediately, we are requiring that only essential visitors be
permitted into our residences. Essential visitors are defined as relatives who have a loved one who is critically ill.” “Essential visitors must comply with active screening measures, and those who fail screening or who refuse screening will not be permitted to enter. No other visitors will be permitted to enter our residences; instead they will be asked to keep in touch with loved ones by phone or other technologies, as available.” All Seniors Care posted the following advisory on its website... “As a pro-active measure, All Seniors Care senior management has adopted this policy in all our residences across Canada. We know how important it is for people to connect with friends and family, but we believe this is the right decision to minimize the spread of the Covid-19
virus.” “People who actively provide direct, daily care of a resident will be considered essential and granted access. All nonessential visitors will be denied access.” The ban on non-essential visitors also means that residents will not be permitted to leave the premises. All Seniors Care has informed it’s residents that they should remain on site except for medical appointments. Residents are encouraged to stay connected with friends and family by phone or over the Internet. Shopping runs will be carried out by staff and activity programs will be increased to help residents stay active. Other retirement residences in Orléans have also posted statements on their websites and Facebook pages.
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A jubilant Ivanie Blondin holds the Mass Start World Cup trophy aloft after clinching the title in Heerenveen, Netherlands on March 9. PHOTO COURTESY OF SPEED SKATING CANADA
By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star It’s been eight years since a Canadian speed skater has had the type of season Orléans native Ivanie Blondon has had. Not since the great Christine Nesbitt won two World Single Distance titles and a World Cup crown in 2012, has a Canadian female even got a sniff of multiple titles. On March 9, Blondin added the World Cup championship in the Mass Start to the World Single Distance title she won last month in the same discipline. She also finished third in the Word Cup standings in the 3,000 metres behind teammate and fellow Orléans native Isabelle Weidemann who placed second and the two women were joined by Valerie Maltais to win the World Cup team pursuit title. Blondin’s list of accomplishments for the 2019-2020 season also includes a silver medal in the team pursuit event at
the Single Distance championships and a silver medal in the overall standings at the at the World Allround Championships, becoming just the third Canadian woman to accomplish the feat – Nesbitt won a silver medal in 2012 and Cindy Klassen won two all-round titles in 2003 and 2006. In five World Cup events this season Blondin finished on the podium 11 times – five times in individual events and three times as a member of the women’s pursuit team. In total she’s won six gold, three silver and two bronze medals. By comparison, Nesbitt finished on the podium 12 times in 2007-2008, during which she won two gold medals, and 11 times in 2008-2009, during which she finished first three times. Last, but by no means least, Blondin broke Nesbitt’s 15-year-old national record in the 1500 metres event at the World Cup event in Calgary on Feb. 8. And she’s done all of this at the tender age of 29. CONTINUED ON PAGE 14
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Sir Wil’s Hunchback a true masterclass in high school theatre Special to The Orléans Star Lights open on The Notre Dame Cathedral, 1482, where a young man who has spent his whole life hidden away finally decides to defy his master and try his luck in the real world. Sir Wilfrid Laurier Secondary School’s recent production of The Hunchback of Notre Dame, directed by the school’s drama teacher, Sonya Schrum, was powerful and thought provoking. With several beautiful musical numbers and a talented and dedicated cast of students, this show brought the medieval back alleys of Paris to vibrant and extraordinary life. The Hunchback of Notre Dame is a musical based on Victor Hugo’s classic tragic novel of the same name. It follows Quasimodo, a deformed young man who has spent his life in isolation under the care of Archdeacon Dom Claude Frollo and was only ever taught that his deformity would lead the rest of the world to hate him. All that changes when he meets the charming and fiery Esmeralda, a gypsy dancer who instantly sees through his appearance to the kind soul underneath. This Sir Wil production was packed full of strong leads. Emmett Duby in his role as Quasimodo simply shone in taking on
the challenging physicality and speech impediment of the titular hunchback. He also breathed life into the character with his emotive acting and impressive vocal ability in such songs as “Made of Stone” and “Heaven’s Light”. Esmeralda was played by Zoey Rowberry, who delivered a dazzling performance in portraying the painfully human character by combining her nuanced acting skills with a strong vocal in songs like “Someday” and “Top of the World”. Philip Lukic played the conflicted villain of Frollo with dynamic intrigue. Bringing a violently realistic side to the character through his spectacular voice and acting, especially in regards to his solo number Hellfire. Jameel Ferzli was very strong in the role of the suave Captain Phoebus De Martin, with his beautiful voice and empathetic acting in songs like “Rest and Recreation” and “In a Place of Miracles”. He and Rowberry also exhibited some great chemistry in their romantic scenes. Additionally, Jessica Goyette who played Clopin, the narrator and leader of the gypsies gave a brilliant performance and stole the show in songs like “The Court of Miracles” and “Topsy Turvy”. Every part of this production was made all the more immersive by the
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Vars resident one of only two men to complete Arctic Ultra Marathon By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Whoever came up with the saying, “Winning isn’t everything,” could very likely have been thinking of the sport of ultra marathon when he did, because no sport epitomizes that sentiment than long distance racing. Vars resident Steven Jackson is proof positive that winning isn’t everything – sometimes just crossing the finish line is a victory in itself. The 25-year-old Jackson recently competed in the 6633 Arctic Ultra Marathon across the Arctic Circle and was one of only two men to complete the 617 kilometre course, doing so in seven days and 23 hours. Although he didn’t win the race – that distinction went to Australian competitor Grant Maughan – Jackson became only the 37th person to finish the race in its 12 year history. Nine competitors left the starting line in Eagle Plains, Yukon, at 12:30 p.m. on Feb. 27 and headed north to the finish line on the shores of the Arctic Ocean in Tuktoyaktuk, N.W.T. The race is run over eight legs, the longest of which is 120 km and the shortest of which is 37 kms. The
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competitors, who are responsible for their own food, clothing, tent and sleeping bag which they must pull behind them on sleds, can take as much time as they like between each leg but they have to complete the course in under 192 hours. Jackson finished the just one hour under the cutoff time. What made this year’s race especially grueling was the weather. The temperature never rose above -30°C. During some legs, the windchill factor was as low as -40°C and on the final day of the race the windchill factor was -53°C in Tuktoyaktuk. Now back in Ottawa, Jackson says he depended on his military training as a reservist with 33 Service Battalion and sheer will to be able to the distance, While he walked for most of the race pulling his 105 lb sled, he had to jog the final 80 kms without the sled with the windchill factor hovering between -60°C and -70°C in order to beat the cut off time. Jackson trained for five months before the race and put in 1,000 kms of road work, but nothing could prepare him for the sleep deprivation he went through – he slept a total of 17.5 hours in eight days – or the hallucinations he experienced.
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Canada’s largest builder of air-supported domes is pleased to announce its proposal for a domed facility at Millennium Park. The team at *TMSI Sports Management Inc. is currently working on a proposal to be presented to the City of Ottawa to erect a dome at Millennium Park that would become the permanent indoor home of the Ottawa TFC soccer club and the Ottawa TFC Academy. The dome would also provide an indoor venue for the Ottawa Carleton Ultimate Association and the Nation’s Capital Flag Football League. Construction and operating costs of the dome would be fully funded by TMSI Sports Management Inc.
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Company proposes to build dome at Millennium Park By Fred Sherwin The Orléans Star Rumours of a possible air-supported dome at Millennium Park have been circulating ever since former Cumberland Ward councillor Stephen Blais convinced area home builders to put up $8 million in 2014 to install an artificial turf field and expand the number of fields at the facility. Those rumours became real in April 2018 when the city launched a Request for Information (RFI) process to see if any private companies were interested in erecting a dome at Millennium Park at their own expense and without any financial commitment from the City of Ottawa. That process generated interest from two local companies including TMSI Sports Management Inc., which erected and manages the two domes at Ben Franklin Park in the west end and the Hornet’s Nest in Blackburn Hamlet. Following up on the Request for Information, the city launched a Request for Proposals (RFP) process in September 2018. Of the two companies that responded to the RFI, TMSI was the only one who responded to the RFP and submitted
a proposal. But rather than accept TMSI’s proposal, the city inexplicably canceled the RFP process. Undaunted, McCorristan decided to work on an unsolicited proposal to erect a dome at Millennium Park. “They told me to go ahead and that they would be happy to look at it,” recalls McCorristan. TMSI is currently working with several sports organizations and the City of Ottawa to make the dome a reality. “We feel this is something that’s going to be great for the city. It’s going to be great for the far east end of Ottawa and its going to be great for sports. It’s a win-win situation for everybody,” says McCorristan, who is also quick to point out that TMSI still intends to pay for the dome themselves without any cost to the city or Ottawa taxpayers. Now the newly elected MPP for Orléans, Stephen Blais is still an ardent proponent of the TMSI proposal. “I still think a dome would be a good fit at Millennium, they just need to work out an arrangement with some of the other groups that are involved,” says Blais. The Ottawa TFC soccer club is also a
TMSI Sports Management wants to build a dome at Milliennium Park like the one above at the Hornet’s Nest. FILE PHOTO strong supporter of TMSI’s proposal. The dome would be a base for their winter leagues and their academy program. The club is currently splitting time between The Superdome at the Hornet’s Nest and the dome at the University of Ottawa.
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Vars man returns home after completing Arctic Ultra Marathon
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Continued from page 1 “There were times when I was so tired I actually fell asleep while I was walking. I was literally sleepwalking on the course. I would be walking along and suddenly wake up and I wouldn’t know where was.” The hallucinations started on Day 2. “At one point, I was hallucinating that a tractor trailer had jackknifed in front of me and I was staring right in the grill. Another time one of long freight trains was passing as I was walking,” Jackson recalls. “The weirdest one was a wedding dress frozen in the ice. When they happen, you use a breathing exercise that helps them go away.” The Cairine Wilson grad (Class of 2009) says it will take another week for him to fully recover. As for whether or not he has any interest in doing it again, Jackson says once is enough. “I’ve always wanted to visit every province and territory in Canada and this was a chance to visit two of the territories at once,” Jackson said without a hint of sarcasm.
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COMMUNITY BILLBOARD CANCELLATIONS SATURDAY BREAKFASTS AT THE ORLEANS LEGION have been canceled until further notice under the nation wide state of emergency to combat the spread of COVID-19. THE OTTAWA SCHOOL OF THEATRE has postponed its 30th birthday celebration, originally scheduled for April 4 to a later date. THE BYTOWN BEAT CHORUS has canceled it’s planned Open House scheduled to take place on March 23. MIFO has canceled the following productions: “Les Fabulateurs - La légende de Barbe d’Or” scheduled for March 19; “Flip Fabrique Blizzard” scheduled for March 28; and “Laurent Paquin et Simon Boudreault - On va tous mourir” scheduled for April 4 due to the COVID-19 outbreak.
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