The COVID-19 pandemic has severely disrupted lives across the country – affecting work, school, family and the economy.Several provinces are now in the midst of the second wave of the pandemic, which is breaking record numbers of cases and straining health care systems. More than 12,000 Canadians have died since the start of the pandemic.
The federal government is looking to deploy millions of doses of the vaccine – “as quickly as possible,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Tuesday – but until then, Canadians continue to battle the effects of the pandemic. One wonders whether schools should stay open or closed, whether there is enough support for struggling businesses and what to do if you can’t work from home.
CBC The National is hosting a special Tuesday, live at 8 p.m. ET, to answer these and other questions about the state of the country during this crisis. A panel of healthcare and infectious disease experts will be ready to provide the most recent information.
Viewers can submit questions via email to [email protected] or during the broadcast on Twitter, Facebook and Instagram.
Other Canadians will share their stories of how they are dealing with the pandemic and their concerns about the future. They include:
Mom worries about her children’s mental health
Leah Gibbons is a school bus driver and mother of six who lives in Rankin Inlet, Nunavut. She is currently not working because schools are closed and worries about how her children will deal with being stuck inside during a long winter. Gibbons and her husband are both trying to make ends meet as the bills continue to pile up.
Restaurant manager worried about industry survival
Toronto restaurant manager Meaghan Murray has worked in the hospitality industry for more than two decades and has seen her hours drastically reduced due to the pandemic. She’s started a few scrambles, including a soup business, but it’s not enough to cover her expenses. Murray says she is unsure of the rest of her career and the industry in general.
Realtors worry about what Wave 2 means for work and home
Beth and Ryan Waller moved to Guelph, Ont., To raise their family and start a real estate company in 2008. Helping their three daughters with homeschooling and their missing friends was a challenge, as was the job. home. But they are also anticipating uncertainty in the housing market, as infections continue to rise in Ontario.
Gym owner trying to stay profitable
Jennifer Lau opened her small business, a boutique gym in Toronto, in the summer of 2019. They were only open a few months before the first lockdown in March. Lau is concerned that he will not receive enough financial support to prevent the gym from closing for good and wonders if the company will survive the second lockdown.
Nurse hopes pandemic has shown the importance of community
Verena Rizg, a Canadian Armed Forces nurse practitioner, says she has treated those most suffering from COVID-19. But she has also seen communities working hard to support each other. She hopes the behavior will continue after the crisis is over.
Logistics coordinator faces challenges of living alone in Nunavut
Randy Miller has lived in Nunavut for 35 years and works as a Logistics Coordinator for Nunavut Canada. But while he typically visited friends and family in the South several times a year, his visits were cut short due to the pandemic. He says living alone without reprieve has been difficult.