How are you?
I hope your month is off to a great start.
I’m feeling cautiously optimistic these days, and that’s probably because schools opened again. Many parents are back to witnessing the not-so-regular event of their children getting out of bed and out the door before noon. That’s a significant change.
For many of us things around the virtual office are going well. We’re getting smoother on Zoom calls (no cat filters, please), and spring is less than a month away. Bluejay season is almost here, and this year’s team looks more promising than ever.
According to the latest COVID-19 tracker prepared by Angus Reid, things are getting better all around. Since the start of the new year, we’ve seen a dramatic increase in the perception that things are getting better in Canada (now 54%). The sentiment that, “it’s time for things to get back to normal” is at its highest point since the pandemic began (57%) and Canadians are expressing slightly more willingness to go to retail stores, restaurants, movie theatres, and airports.
And finally, we are seeing the light at the end of the tunnel with the approval of two vaccines, Pfizer BioNtech and Moderna. These vaccines could not have come soon enough. And while there have been some vaccine delivery bumps in the past month, it appears that they will soon be behind us.
The City of Toronto is ahead of the game with planning for distribution, and have selected the Carmine Stefano Community Centre as our Emery Village vaccination centre.
Meanwhile, we all have a responsibility to do everything possible to block the ongoing transmission of this dangerous virus. We need to follow the three W’s: Wear a mask, Watch your distance, Wash your hands often.
When your chance for immunization comes, please roll up your sleeve and accept the potentially life-saving gift of a COVID-19 vaccine. Everyone having the vaccine is our best chance to put this pandemic behind us, as we increasingly look forward to a brighter year ahead.
Lastly, please check in on elderly neighbours to make sure they are doing well. Help out where possible. Make a grocery run or shovel a driveway after the next snowstorm.
God bless our frontline workers and continue to keep them safe.