A National Day of Observance for a Pandemic That Brought on One of the Longest, Darkest Years in Modern Times
A Brief One from Doug Draper at Niagara At Large
Posted March 11th, 2021 on Niagara At Large
On this 1st anniversary of a the declaration of a global pandemic by the World Health Organization, suffice to say it has been a very hard year for virtually all of us – with the exception of those who live the alternative reality that COVID-19 is a hoax or is something overblown by liberals or socialist using it as another way to harness their freedoms.
For my part, I have had my ups and downs, and no end of mood swings around soldiering on with keeping this Niagara At Large independent news and commentary project going.
I never envisioned this site, which I always hoped would place focus on building better communities and healthier environments, to become a venue for all of the news that necessarily had to be posted on a killer virus.
And I was about to finally explore ways of possibly asking our many readers to possibly donating a little money to this site so that this journalist might get back to receiving some compensation for his work again.
But all of that was torn asunder, as were the life plans of so many of you, in so many ways.
It has been a very hard year, and certainly one those who have survived it will never forget.
So on this March 11th, 2021, declared by Canada’s federal government as a “National Day of Observance for COVID-19”, here is the global declaration, broadcast by the World Health Organization, one year ago today.
You can watch it by clicking on the screen immediately below –
What follows are a few excerpts from statements delivered on this National Day of Observance by Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Ontario Premier Doug Ford –
Statement by the Prime Minister to mark one year since the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a pandemic
“One year after the World Health Organization officially declared COVID‑19 a pandemic, more than 22,000 Canadian families have lost a loved one, many people have lost their jobs and businesses, health care and front line workers have faced great risk and challenge, and all Canadians have made sacrifices to keep others safe and healthy.
“Today, on the National Day of Observance for COVID-19, we honour every individual who lost their life to this disease, and we stand with the people they loved as they continue to cope with this unimaginable loss. Together, we also recognize all who have been impacted by the pandemic, and we reaffirm our commitment to work as Team Canada to beat this virus. …
“Today, we acknowledge the heavy toll that the global pandemic has taken and continues to take, both here at home and abroad. To date, more than 2.6 million people have died globally from COVID-19, including 22,000 Canadians. They are more than just numbers. They were our mothers, fathers, grandparents, and loved ones. They were our neighbours, friends, and colleagues. We honour their memory, and renew our commitment to do whatever it takes, for as long as it takes, to keep people safe and supported through this crisis.
“We also take this opportunity to thank our front line workers who have been working tirelessly every single day to keep us safe and healthy. We owe these everyday heroes an immense debt of gratitude, and we will continue to offer the support they need.
Now here are excerpts from the statement from Ontario Premier Doug Ford –
TORONTO — Today, Premier Doug Ford issued the following statement to mark the significant milestones achieved since COVID-19 was declared a Global Pandemic by the World Health Organization on March 11, 2020:
“A year ago today the World Health Organization declared COVID-19 a global pandemic marking the start of one of the grimmest chapters in modern health history. Ontario has tragically lost more than 7,000 lives to this deadly virus. We offer our deepest condolences to the families, friends, colleagues, and all of those impacted by these tragic losses of life.
Over the past year the vast majority of people have followed public health restrictions to stop the spread, and we recognize the extraordinary burden this has placed on individuals, families and businesses across Ontario. And the uncertainty created by the pandemic has had a devastating impact on our collective mental health — especially that of young people who have been forced to put their lives on hold, and seniors who have had to isolate themselves from friends and family.
But this crisis has been met with incredible acts of kindness, compassion and generosity.
Our frontline health care workers have stepped up in our hospitals, long-term care homes, and congregate settings to care for our sick and most vulnerable citizens, and our public health units have led local response efforts and worked to protect the health of our communities Businesses across the province retooled their operations to produce personal protective equipment, masks, gowns, gloves face shields and hand sanitizer to protect our essential workers. An army of volunteers came forward to help others through incredible acts of kindness like delivering meals to our seniors.
We have also seen the tremendous determination and personal sacrifice of our essential workers including our first responders who are keeping us safe, those working in the agri-food sector who are keeping food on our tables, and those operating our transit systems, our water and energy systems to ensure we continue to receive the basic services we all count on each and every day.
Now with the approval of four vaccines in Canada, I am hopeful that this could mark the beginning of the end of COVID-19.”
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