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My Canadian Experience
Report for October 2021 - February 2022


In Home Foot Care
Anderson Foot Care
Bev Anderson
bevandersonRPN@gmail.com
519 615 2150
Safe and Effective Healthcare for your feet.

Tried this company and Bev was very good and even took my temperature as part of the Covid proceedings.

As at end of February 2022 seems like we're over the worst of COVID as pretty well all restrictions have been relaxed.  I understand that over 90% of Canadians have had the 2 vaccine shots although only some 50% have had the third booster shot.  I've personally had all three plus the flu shot. The latest information from Chatham show that 88% have had one shot, 85% have had 2 shots and some 58% have had the booster shot.  I believe this is a little lower than the overall Ontario figures.

At end of February 2022 Russia attacked Ukraine and as there are some 1.5 million people of Ukrainian descent in Canada we have taken this quite seriously and have sent financial support and weapons to them.  Certainly all Western nations such as the USA, Canada, the EU and Britain have all now imposed quite severe sanctions on Russia. 

Russia seems to have done quite badly in the first week of their invasion of Ukraine which has now meant that Putin in Russia is now threatening nuclear strikes.  This has now meant that people are talking about this as the start of WW3. 

I think it's now safe to say that the world is probably now a more dangerous place since WW2. China has been threatening Taiwan and also threatening nuclear attacks on Australia. 

Inflation is now up to around 5% which is the highest it's been for many years. In particular food and energy are the two largest cost increases for Canadians.  That said it's pretty certain that Canada will increase interest rates shortly and that will mean that many homeowners will need to find more money to pay their mortgages and that added to increases in fuel and food is likely to hit some household pretty hard.

Canada is actually in a very good position regarding energy and food but needs to do a lot more to encourage use of our own resources.

On domestic matters I've now paid off my mortgage so now own my own home and am debt free so that's good. On the downside I had to pay out some $650 to replace a part in my furnace as when I woke up on Sunday morning it was quite cold and my smart meter told me it had failed to communicate with my furnace.  I phoned Handy Brothers here in Chatham and they had a technician out inside 2 hours and luckily they had the spare part in stock so he came back in another hour and I was back up and operational.

The Truckers in Canada took over Ottawa to protest at the various COVID restrictions and our Prime Minister put in place emergency powers to deal with the situation.  I believe this was the first time this was enacted since WW2. 

Weather over Winter has been reasonable and we likely only have one more day of snow to come this month.  Chatham is in a good place as we're not affected by what they call "Lake effect snow" so while London, an hour to the east, can be dumped on we do not have the same issues.

Health wise... I can still see well with my remaining good eye and my last visit to the eye clinic in February saw me being told my vision was the best it's been for a while so the monthly injections in my good eye seem to be doing well for me.

I am struggling a bit with my blood sugar although overall I've managed to keep a decent average of around 6.5.  I'm doing many more blood glucose readings and am experiencing more lows and highs and that has affected my weight somewhat.  I've been steady at 200 lbs but recently found I'd added 10 lbs but have currently come back 5 lbs.  The problem as I see it that due to getting more lows has meant I've had to eat something to correct this.

I do read a lot and almost only purchase kindle books.  However both my Kindles developed faults in the power supply connection and I had to purchase a new Fire HD.  Amazon support are actually very poor and can't seem to be able to fix issues.  For example I found with my latest Kindle that I could not transfer books or pictures.  I eventually found out from a third party source how to fix that and I just had to go to settings and click on a link to tell it to use the power cable as a USB cable and everything worked fine.

One of the other problems was how to return a book to page 1 so I could read it again. There used to be a drop down menu where you tell it to go to any location but that's now gone and the support people couldn't help.  But by messing around with it i eventually found out how to fix that issue.  I also found when reading an audible book I couldn't get it to go back to the start of a book but ended up asking it to go back 5 chapters where for example it would go back to chapter 17 and then I could tell it to go back x number of chapters until I got back to chapter 1.   So all in all I've not been impressed with their tech support.

So this is my report for the past 5 months.


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