Over the past few months, many things have changed. And now with summer, undoubtedly the travel and vacation plans that many Manitoba families had made are being disrupted as well.
Keeping food costs low seems to be the emphasis of our current food system. The weekly flyers coming from the local supermarkets focus on price, and consumers scour these carefully to see what products are on sale and where the price is lowest.
There have been some unexpected impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. One of these is the new celebrity status of our Chief Medical Health Officers.
Summer has finally arrived. I have been looking forward to this for months. The longer hours of sunlight, the thunderstorms, the sounds of rainfall on the roof. But what I look forward to most of all is the warmth.
In the present climate, our interactions with the world look different. For many, contemplating the stories of ancestors is a useful tool in discerning such a time because they give perspective and solidarity.
We’ve come a long way. It was just over three months ago now that the Government of Manitoba declared a State of Emergency as a result of COVID-19. But this past weekend, Manitoba took another positive step forward as our province entered Phase 3 of the Restoring Safe Services plan.
This Canada Day will feel a little different than the ones most of us have come to expect and enjoy. Instead of the traditional fireworks that usually end the national celebration across the country, most communities have opted for some form of virtual celebration given the current global COVID-19 pandemic.
It could be said that we are consumers, all of us. We consume food, but we also consume many other things, some necessary, some discretionary.
Dennis Hiebert (a sociology professor at Providence University College) calls for “necessarily nuanced discussion” about the value of human life in his letter “What does ‘life is sacred’ mean?”
The year 2020 will be etched in stone for every person in the world. None of us have experienced a COVID-19 pandemic. For the Christians of this world, we understand that it is only by the grace of God that we can overcome our fears – our test of faith held attitudes.