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This week, after some delay, Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced more information on the Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy program, which will require the recall of Parliament before it can be implemented.

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Across the border, U.S. President Donald Trump has been criticizing reporters for asking dumb questions and berating the “lamestream media.”

The requirement to stay at home — and given my age and the fact that I am diabetic, staying at home is not only advisable but also mandatory — has several unintended consequences.

A detailed plan was explained last week about how the entire hospital system is being reorganized on the fly to cope if a surge of pandemic cases arrives.

It is said that a person’s true character is revealed in times of crisis. If this is true, then it may be disheartening to watch the worst in us emerge as the current coronavirus crisis unfolds.

With all that’s going on in the world today, people are talking about health now more than ever. And while some folks make health a priority everyday, there are many who wait until something happens before making any changes. And still others are doing things they think are beneficial, but r…

Before the coronavirus restrictions on large groups, Garry Norkum, owner of Cyclepath in Kelowna, invited members of the Okanagan Slow and Steady Hikers ( to a free bike clinic at his 2169 Springfield Rd. business.

As I write this week’s report from Ottawa, we have just finished a special all-night session of Parliament passing Bill C-13, An Act respecting certain measures in response to COVID-19.

Over the past week, schools have shut down, events have been cancelled, borders have closed, restaurants and gyms have shut their doors and thousands of workers have been laid off. 

It appears we are going to be stuck at home for the foreseeable future. We better all hunker down for some Netflix and make sure our pantries are filled with non-perishable goods.

EDITOR’S NOTE: The Okanagan Weekend welcomes Kelowna resident Phil Collins (yes, that’s his name) to our pages as the new Focus on Faith columnist. Phil, who hails originally from the U.K., replaces Tim Schroeder, who was with us for more than 15 years.

I have been working the past week in my offices in Penticton and Kelowna, trying to live by the six-foot rule and regularly sanitizing my work station and hands.

The warning signs were there, but by Feb. 27, those signs were a little too frequent and it became apparent that it was time to suck it up and head to a hospital, never my favourite destination.


Some readers might remember SARS of 2002, or H1N1, and various other outbreaks over the years. It is reminiscent of the Spanish flu of 1918, during which all events with more than 10 people were cancelled. Now it is COVID-19.

When I first wrote on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) three weeks ago there were 33 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Canada with 20 in Ontario, 12 in British Columbia and one in Quebec.


Revelstoke this week became the first community in the Interior Health region to have a publicly confirmed case of COVID-19.

Former B.C. reporter Shane Woodford is ahead of the story. Eight hours ahead, in time zones, since he lives in Denmark. And Denmark looks to be a few days ahead of Canada in terms of the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic and the response to it. So his experience might be instructive as to what…


Here we are, several weeks into the coronavirus pandemic and shoppers are still panic buying and raiding the grocery store shelves.