As we come to the end of
June I felt it was time to get caught up on the goings on in Canada.
First the pandemic.
Got of to a very slow start but of late Canada has now received more of
the vaccines for release to all Canadians and have to say the roll our
has been very fast indeed and things are looking very good to have at
least 70% of Canadian with second doses of the vaccine by end of August.
I am now due to receive
my own second dose this coming Friday 2nd July 2021. This means
that by 16th July I should be ok to stop wearing a mask and can meet
with many more people. They say to allow 2 weeks after receiving your
second dose to be properly protected.
Various Provinces are
announcing the easing of restrictions later this month as more and more
of the population receive the first dose of the vaccine.
Now the next big
talking point is about the discovery of mass burials on Residential
school lands that were run by the Catholic church. They were first found
in BC and this setup the desire to check other residential school lands
across Canada with 700 or so burials then found in Saskatchewan.
First Nations people in
Canada have a long history of seeking compensation for various so called
acts against them and to be frank Canada has a very poor track record of
addressing these issues. Like the RCMP is heavily critised for not
doing better at discovering why so many indigenous woman are missing
with many later being found dead in suspicious circumstances. Also
many of the individual tribes do not have safe water and still waiting
years to have the problems fixed.
I will say that in my
opinion the history of the First Nations people do have a very savage
history with inter-tribal warfare going on where many women and children
were slaughtered. I believe the idea of residential schools was a
good one but oversight was by no means good enough to oversee the proper
running of them. The more recent truth and reconciliation findings
went some way to resolving this issue but no real action seems to have
been taken as a result.
I have documented a
residential school in America (Chilocco)
where pupils at the school say how much they enjoyed their time there.
This goes to show how things could have turned out if they'd been
properly supervised and run in Canada.
I think most Canadians
are rather fed up with the whole process but the very recent discovery
oof these mass burials has been a bit of a revelation to many. In
my pinion this seems to be down to how the Catholic Church deal with
this and to date they have refused to reveal their records and the Pope
has not offered an apology.
Given the problems with
pedophile priests in the church I'm not sure the Catholic Church has
much credibility left now.
Then the third topic of
concern is the sexist way the high officers and others in the Canadian
Armed Forces are treating women. This also applies to the RCMP as
well. The current Liberal Government, which is a minority
government, is under fire through their current Defence Minister who
clearly knew about this but failed to deal with it.
So these are the three
top things concerning Canadians at this time.
On a personal note I
got my guttering fixed along with my garage and back gate and also the
back porch. Essentially some wood rot was to blame for some of
these issues. So I ended up spending around $1,000 to fix these
I also found out I'm
entitled to a second government pension so now get around another $280 a
month which all helps. When I received the notification I phoned them to
check that this was correct and they conformed it was as I'd reached 70.
It looks like the advice I got to join the pension plan was correct as
they said at the time that I would get 10 years of contributions which
then entitled me to a pension.
I have been doing most
of my grocery shopping online through either of Walmart, Canadian
Superstore or M & M. Delighted to see this available. Mind you why
others don't offer this service is puzzling. All three of these stores
as their provider.
As to weather, Canada
is breaking heat records with some of the hottest days on record.
It's estimated that many deaths are being recorded especially by the
elderly due to the heat. B.C. has recorded the hottest day in
Canadian history in a town called Lytton which has also just been
destroyed by a wild fire at time of writing this. I've also just read
that some 212 wild fires are now burning in B.C.
I'm rather disappointed
with the service industry in Chatham. People don't call you back
or they say they'll come by at a certain time and don't turn up or let
you know they have an issue. In fact I'm making sure I don't try
to use these people at any point in the future as if they don't keep
their word then they're obviously not to be trusted.
The other thing I've noticed in Chatham is
that house prices have shot up. I paid $90,000 for my home in
Chatham some 16 years ago now and I've just been told it's now worth
around $450,000. Also rents have shot up in price. My neighbour
across the road was paying some $600 a month for a 3 bedroom apartment
and was there for some 30 years. His landlord has now sold the
house and he's now paying some $1800 a month for a similar property
elsewhere in Chatham.
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