Hi Varghese, how are you folks doing?
we’re ok. It’s a little boring, but so far, we healthy, and that’s the important thing.
How have things changed for you and Hilaria?
Malls are closed! Hilary and I used to go to the Square One mall for a stroll, have a coffee and come home relaxed before bed time. Schools are closed and no one knows for how long. We live close to schools, and are used to watching kids play whenever we go out. They are gone now, and we miss them. Restaurants, cafes and bars around the world, which always met the most basic of human needs, are mostly closed.
I always took these places for granted.
So did I, I’ve never seen anything like this before…
The last few weeks have been unlike any time in my 75 years of life.
You had a long career as a social worker, what do you think of Canada’s response so far?
Prime Minister Trudeau, who himself has been observing “self-isolation” due to his wife being diagnosed with the virus, told people of Canada “to go home and stay home”.
It’s easier said than done in many cases. Even though Canadians are generally better housed than most others, we still have over 200,000 homeless people in Canada. How are they supposed to go home and stay home? Many more thousands share tiny rooms in basements and attics in big cities, making it difficult to practice social distancing. Canada has thousands of foreign students who cannot just go home because of travel restrictions around the globe. I’m worried about them.