Important info and links:

Check out the recently launched “Waterloo At Home” – it’s a one-stop-shop of helpful resources that residents can use while doing their part and staying at home. Accessible through the Engage Waterloo Platform. https://www.engagewr.ca/waterloo

The City of Waterloo economic development office is working with regional partners to monitor and assess developments related to COVID-19 and their impact on businesses in the City of Waterloo. They’ve put together a handy map of restaurants, cafes and food shops that are offering curbside pick-up or delivery. Check out the restaurant map. Now there’s also one for retail businesses.

Waterloo Region Public Health https://www.regionofwaterloo.ca/en/health-and-wellness/2019-novel-coronavirus.aspx

City of Waterloo COVID-19 response https://www.waterloo.ca/en/living/covid-19-response.aspx

Telehealth www.ontario.ca/coronavirus

Government of Canada www.canada.ca/coronavirus

Province of Ontario https://covid-19.ontario.ca/

BESTWR – The Region of Waterloo, including all seven municipalities, Waterloo EDC (Economic Development Corporation), and local partners have created the Business and Economic Support Team of Waterloo Region, BESTWR, to help all types of local businesses cope with the challenges caused by covid-19.

Ways that you can help:

United Way Community Response Fund – The COVID-19 Community Response Fund is intended to address urgent and emerging community needs in response to the COVID-19 pandemic, particularly for vulnerable populations. uwaywrc.ca/communityresponsefund

Grand River Hospital http://www.grhosp.on.ca/care/visitors/covid-19/how-can-i-help-the-hospital

St. Marys Hospital https://supportstmarys.ca/

House of Friendship https://www.houseoffriendship.org/

Volunteer Action Centre https://volunteerwr.ca/index.php?MenuItemID=309

Family & Children Services https://www.facswaterloo.org/foundation/covid-19-support-for-families

Food4kids https://www.food4kidswr.ca/

Nutrition for Learning www.nutritionforlearning.ca/donations

I want to share with you what I feel Corona/Covid-19 is really doing to us:

It is reminding us that we are all equal, regardless of our culture, religion, occupation, financial situation or how famous we are. This disease treats us all equally, perhaps we should too. If you don’t believe me just ask Tom Hanks.

It is reminding us that we are all connected and something that affects one person has an effect on another.

It is reminding us that the false borders that we have put up have little value as this virus does not need a passport.

It is reminding us, by oppressing us for a short time, of those in this world whose whole life is spent in oppression.

It is reminding us of how precious our health is and how we have move to neglect it through eating nutrient poor manufactured food and drinking water that is contaminated with chemicals upon chemicals. If we don’t look after our health, we will, of course, get sick.

It is reminding us of the shortness of life and of what is most important for us to do, which is to help each other, especially those who are old or sick. Our purpose is not to buy toilet rolls.

It is reminding us of how materialistic our society has become and how, when in times of difficulty, we remember that it’s the essentials we need (food, water, medicine) as opposed to the luxuries that we sometimes unnecessarily give value to.

It is reminding us of how important our family and home life is and how much we have neglected this. It is forcing us back into our houses so we can rebuild them into our home and to strengthen our family unit.

It is reminding us that our true work is not our job, that is what we do, not what we were created to do. Our true work is to look after each other, to protect each other and to be of benefit to one another.

It is reminding us to keep our egos in check.

It is reminding us that no matter how great we think we are or how great others think we are, a virus can bring our world to a standstill.

It is reminding us that the power of freewill is in our hands. We can choose to cooperate and help each other, to share, to give, to help and to support each other or we can choose to be selfish, to hoard, to look after only our self. Ineed, it is difficulties that bring out our true colours.

It is reminding us that we can be patient, or we can panic. We can either understand that this type of situation happened many times before in history and will pass, or we can panic and see it as the end of the world and, consequently, cause ourselves more harm than good.

It is reminding us that this can either be an end or a new beginning. This can be a time of reflection and understanding, wehre we learn from our mistakes, or it can be the start of a cycle which will continue until we finally learn the lesson we are meant to.

It is remingin us that this Earth is sick. It is reminding us that we need to look at the rate of deforestation just as urgently as we look at the speed at which toilet rolls are disappearing off the shelves. We are sick becasue our home is sick.

It is reminding us that after every difficulty, there is always ease. Life is cyclical, and this is just a phse in this great cycle. We do not need to panic; this too shall pass.

There are important lessons that some seem to have forgotten and it is up to us if we will learn them or not.

– Bill Gates








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Sandra Hanmer Councillor Ward 1