Weekend Coffee Share: Closures

If we were having coffee, I would settle in for a lengthy chat as it has been a while since we got together. February was a difficult month: the school walkouts and picketing in below zero temperatures did take a toll on my physical and mental health. March has led to me recuperating and the strike action to being more school-centred. Negotiations are finally under way and I am crossing my fingers that an agreement is reached soon. We all want to continue doing what we love with no restrictions – working for the best of our students.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that yesterday schools broke for March Break (or spring break as it is known in other places). On Thursday evening I learned that March Break would be extended for another 2 weeks as all publicly-funded schools would close. In addition, yesterday it was announced that all public libraries, public recreation centres, and ministry-owned daycare centres would also be closed for the three week period. In addition, public museums and tourist hotspots would also be closed. My daughters came home last night with the news that their university has closed until the end of the academic school year – and that all their courses will now be online.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I hope all of these closures work at preventing the spread of the COVID-19 virus. What it has certainly caused is a mild panic among some people as some shelves in the supermarket have been cleared of their stock. Hopefully people will soon calm down and realise that these are only preventative measures.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that I will be spending March Break a little differently to what I planned. I will not be going to the cinema but still plan to spend some time with my friend. Many events have been cancelled but coffee shops are still open. My daughters will need space to do their work so I will make plans to give it to them.

If we were having coffee, I would tell you that it is starting to feel like spring and that I am hoping to soon see flowers growing in gardens. The change of season brings a thread of hope into the panic that is currently occuring world-wide

What would you tell me if we were having coffee?

© Colline Kook-Chun, 2020

(This post is linked to Eclectic Ali and the Weekend Coffee Share)

22 thoughts on “Weekend Coffee Share: Closures

  1. If we were having coffee I’d agree with everything you said – there is no need to take part in “panic buying” – we have plenty of food in our delivery system, and by washing your hands you kill ANY virus you may have on your skin. Take a deep breath, support your friends, family and neighbors, and know that things are being done to minimize this outbreak…deep breaths and patience are what’s needed!

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  2. I would share my worries for my son, supposed to graduate this spring with his economics degree from uOttawa. His new job (starting the beginning of May) is contingent on a degree. The first and last months rent he has paid on a house to be shared with friends beginning April 1st depends on the salary from that job. What a mess! Hopefully (like your daughters) he can get the required courses completed online, not sure how exams will work though.

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  3. It’s a similar situation here, Colline, with schools closed and public meetings and events cancelled. Many restaurants are starting to close too. If it works it will all be worth it. It will give you time to recuperate. I’m glad they’re finally negotiating. 🙂 🙂

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  4. Hi Colline, I’d not heard that you were all on strike up there.
    sounds like no fun, especially with the school closing for virus protection.
    What a way to start a year. . .
    Stay clean and safe.

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    1. We have been without a contract since the beginning of the academic school year in September. In February we participated in a withdrawal of full services five times – and once in February. It is only this week that negotiations have started up again.

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  5. Hi Colline, I’m visiting from the weekend coffee share. I’m in Ontario, too. I’m glad to know another Canadian blogger. Hope your March break is going well and that the contract negotiations will be sorted out when schools resume.

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  6. We are all biding our time till the craziness is over. The schools where we work or study are closed for at least two weeks. In my daughter’s case, as with yours, her University will be online till the end of the semester. Hoping this all will pass quickly and life can get back to normal. 2020 has been a strange year so far! Enjoy your break.

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