•   
  •   
  •   

Canada Freedom means more this year: how the COVID-19 pandemic is changing Passover

00:41  08 april  2020
00:41  08 april  2020 Source:   msn.com

Ontario MPP returns to health-care front lines to assist COVID-19 pandemic response

  Ontario MPP returns to health-care front lines to assist COVID-19 pandemic response Natalia Kusendova is making the most of her time away from the Ontario Legislature, as it suspends the spring session temporarily amidst the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, the Mississauga Centre MPP is going back to her roots as a registered nurse at Etobicoke General Hospital. Instead, the Mississauga Centre MPP is going back to her roots as a registered nurse at Etobicoke General Hospital.

Covid - 19 shows how vulnerable we remain Covid - 19 shows how vulnerable we remain – and how we can avoid similar pandemics in the future. This means more human beings to get infected and in turn to infect others, especially in densely populated cities. Climate change is expanding the range of disease-carrying animals and insects like the Aedes aegyptimosquitoes that transmit the Zika virus.

A crisis like COVID - 19 can change the course of history. Here are a few other ways the world will Now that we know the value of healthcare, more countries will be pouring billions in strengthening We will get our bodies ready to fight the next wave of viruses, and that means focusing more on our

Michelle Devorah Kahn standing in front of a refrigerator © Provided by The Canadian Press

OTTAWA — There's a question asked each year by Jews as they begin the Passover holiday: "Why is this night different?"

It's asked as a way into the telling of the Passover story, an ancient tale of the enslavement of Jews in Egypt, and their eventual freedom, that is at the heart of the holiday beginning Wednesday night.

But this year, the question takes on new meaning.

The COVID-19 pandemic has forced the cancellation of gatherings large and small, and religious observances are not exempt.

It's led to a debate about the Passover seder, the evening event that sees families welcome those from near and far to tell the Passover story, eat traditional and symbolic foods, and sing prayers and songs.

Domestic violence on the rise in York Region amid COVID-19 crisis, police say

  Domestic violence on the rise in York Region amid COVID-19 crisis, police say Cases of domestic violence in York Region are on the rise with COVID-19 forcing people to spend more time inside, police say. Although overall crime was down 13 per cent in March 2020 compared to March 2019, domestic incidents — as well as cases of vehicle theft and stunt driving — have seen a spike in numbers. Below is a breakdown of crime that police say have increased since changes came into effect surrounding COVID-19: Commercial break andAlthough overall crime was down 13 per cent in March 2020 compared to March 2019, domestic incidents — as well as cases of vehicle theft and stunt driving — have seen a spike in numbers.

But Covid - 19 is changing all of that . Liberalism is a fluid ideology, and its tenets The Covid - 19 pandemic has done away with the ‘open borders at all costs’ dogma in record time. Spinelli dedicated much of his life to European integration, and the concept of personal liberty is one regularly

As COVID - 19 moves from epidemic to pandemic status, we discuss what implications this may have What does this change in classification mean ? In a press briefing yesterday afternoon, Dr. Tedros COVID - 19 is the first pandemic caused by a coronavirus. Yet, while this change in status may leave

Public health and government officials have stressed that though it may hurt, the gatherings need to be cancelled this year. The message was repeated by the deputy prime minister Tuesday.

"This year celebrations will feel very different as all of us find ways to meet with our families and friends virtually rather than in person, but it is absolutely crucial that we continue to follow these rules to protect our families, our friends, our neighbours and our country," Chrystia Freeland said. 

Religious leaders are saying the same. A consortium representing Orthodox Jews issued an extraordinary communique Monday, saying people need to stay home. Previously, its message was that seders were OK, if particpants had quarantined for two weeks first.

COVID-19: Kenney predicts Alberta to see pandemic peak in May

  COVID-19: Kenney predicts Alberta to see pandemic peak in May Albertans can expect to see the COVID-19 pandemic peak in May with about 250 people in intensive care units (ICU), Premier Jason Kenney said Wednesday night. “Things will get worse before they get better,” he said at a special debate in the legislature. “Things will get worse before they get better,” he said at a special debate in the legislature.

RTQuestion more . live. COVID - 19 : LATEST. For many people, a coronavirus infection could well be limited to these light symptoms but others could develop viral and bacterial pneumonia if the disease breaks immune barriers and finds its way into a previously sterile environment like lungs.

COVID - 19 Crash: How China’s Economy May Offer a Glimpse of the Future. A Timeline of Historical Pandemics . Disease and illnesses have plagued humanity since the earliest days, our mortal flaw. Editor’s Note: The COVID - 19 pandemic is in its early stages and it is obviously impossible to predict

"Travel to other cities, or visits with family even within your city, should be cancelled," the statement said.

It's left people like Michelle Devorah Kahn wondering how to pack as much meaning into the holiday.

Kahn, 30, and her husband live in Ottawa, their parents in Montreal and Toronto. They usually travel to be with them for Passover. Her mother's house, she said, is normally packed to the rafters with people, the table laden with food.

But this year, Kahn will stay in Ottawa and prepare a simple supper with her husband.

"We'll do the best we can, with what we have," she said.

There will be other changes to mark a pandemic Passover.

Ordinarily Kahn gets rid of all the products in her house that aren't kosher for Passover. But this year, she has a stockpile of staples because of the pandemic, and she's not giving them up.

Kahn said her family also avoid using electricity on the Sabbath and Jewish holidays, but they are making an exception so they can use Zoom, the video-conferencing software.

Coronavirus: Ontario to issue 2nd COVID-19 emergency alert on Saturday

  Coronavirus: Ontario to issue 2nd COVID-19 emergency alert on Saturday Ontario will send a second emergency alert regarding the COVID-19 pandemic on Saturday, a week after the first alert which was aimed at travellers.

That means the pandemic needs to last, at a low level, until either enough people have had Covid - 19 to leave most immune (assuming immunity lasts for years , which we don’t How long would that take, and how draconian do social restrictions need to be? Yesterday President Donald Trump, announcing

With the caveat that much depends on those individual choices and the actions of governments, here is our Donald Trump has spent much of his presidency tweeting and boasting about how strong the US Covid - 19 not the only thing you should be scared of this spring (or maybe we should just chill).

Though a "Z-eder" might not have the same feel as seder, being able to "be" with her parents matters more, she said.

"It is going to be a unique Passover," she said. "And maybe one of our most memorable."

Religious and community leaders have moved to address how people can abide by the laws and customs of Passover in the midst of the pandemic.

Beyond Zoom, there is the issue of kosher for Passover goods. Ingredients prohibited on Passover can be found in a range of items. In Toronto, a group of health-care providers worked with the body that oversees which products are or aren't kosher to declare all hand-sanitizers OK; the sources of the particular alcohol in some sanitizers might put the products in question.

But regardless, they pointed out, it's usually best to just wash your hands.

A ritual washing of hands is part of the seder itself, and multiple jokes are circulating online about how it has suddenly become the most important part.

Kahn said she also sees resonance in another element, the plagues. Part of the Passover story involves 10 plagues experienced by the people of Egypt for refusing to free the Jews.

Why you shouldn't go for a drive during the COVID-19 pandemic

  Why you shouldn't go for a drive during the COVID-19 pandemic Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health is urging people to stay off the roads as much as possible during the COVID-19 pandemic, and to use common sense to minimize the number of trips they do make. Dr. Robert Strang said the health-care system is currently stressed, and fewer people out driving means medical workers likely won't have to deal with as many motor vehicle crashes. "You may think it's OK getting in your car and driving about, but the fewer people we have on the roads means fewer trips to gas stations," Strang said on Sunday. "It also means less chance of an accident.

Coronavirus disease 2019 ( COVID - 19 ) is an infectious disease caused by severe acute respiratory syndrome coronavirus 2 (SARS-CoV-2).

The amount of confirmed Covid - 19 cases in the US is growing so rapidly that the country has the potential to become the new epicenter of the pandemic , a spokesperson for the World Health “We are now seeing a very large acceleration in cases in the US So it does have that potential,” she replied.

Kahn said while it's easy to see COVID-19 as a plague, as people suffer and die, it also forces seders back to the basics.

"What the story is about is our freedom, and this year we don't feel so free."

An opportunity to rethink what and how seders can be run was part of this year's Passover prep for PJ Library, a not-for-profit that runs engagement and literacy programs for Jewish families across North America.

Recognizing that many families would be running their own seders for the first time, they updated their Passover resources to include videos and a "cheat sheet" to help people make sense of the ritual and stories.

There's a lesson to be found in the three symbolic foods of Passover, said Meredith Lewis, the director of content, education, and family experience for PJ Library.

The unleavened bread, known as matzah, the bitter herb and a shank bone point to the individual experience of Jews in their homes in ancient Egypt, waiting for their eventual release from slavery.

"This year, we are in our houses with our families, under this cloud," she said.

"But we must remember that now — and then — on the other side of the door eventually was freedom."

This report by The Canadian Press was first published April 7, 2020.

Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press

TekSavvy wants CRTC to approve lower rates for ISPs amid COVID-19 .
CHATHAM, Ont. — TekSavvy Solutions Inc. is calling on the Canadian Radio-Television and Telecommunications Commission to ease rates for independent internet service providers facing challenges during the COVID-19 pandemic. The Chatham, Ont.-based business says independent ISPs already pay inflated fees to the big Canadian telecommunications companies, but the pressures of COVID-19 have made those costs impossible to deal with. TekSavvy hasThe Chatham, Ont.-based business says independent ISPs already pay inflated fees to the big Canadian telecommunications companies, but the pressures of COVID-19 have made those costs impossible to deal with.

—   Share news in the SOC. Networks
usr: 0
This is interesting!