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Upcoming events

ORLEANS FARMERS MARKET from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. in the parking lot at the Ray Friel Recreation Centre, 1585 Tenth Line Rd. Market staff have been working closely with public health officials to create protocols to help make our markets the safest source of fresh, local food possible while we strive to reduce the spread of COVID-19 in Ottawa.

CUMBERLAND FARMERS MARKET from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the R.J. Kennedy Arena in Cumberland Village. Over 45 local producers and artisans. All products at the market are locally grown or made.

THE ORIGINAL NAVAN MARKET from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. in the Navan Fairgrounds. Over 100 vendors.



By Fred Sherwin
Dec. 16, 2021

Last year at this time, I was filled with optimism. Even though we were in the middle of the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic and on the verge of another extended shutdown, news the vaccines were being rolled out to the elderly and front line workers gave me hope that, with mass vaccinations, we would put the virus and the pandemic behind us by the end of the year.

Mass vaccinations did become a reality by the end of June, just as I predicted, but what I didn’t predict was how deeply ingrained the level of fear would become among a significant segment of the population, even among the vaccinated.

Our biggest hurdle to normalcy, is not the fear of ending up in the hospital – it’s not even the fear of getting sick and having to stay in bed for a couple of weeks – it’s the fear of catching the virus. The fear is so strong that it’s preventing people from getting on a plane even though everyone on the plane are fully vaccinated, including themselves.

I also didn’t predict we’d have not one, but two variants of major concern including the latest variant to hit the news – Omicron.

I’m hoping that Omicron turns out to be like the Delta variant – much ado about nothing... as long as you’re vaccinated.

Personally, I decided early on in the pandemic not to let COVID control my life. I got vaccinated as early as possible and I take the proper precautions when needed, otherwise I live my life by continuing to do all the things I enjoy, including going out for dinner, spending time with my friends, enjoying live music and traveling.

The biggest impact the pandemic has had on my life is professionally. To say it’s been a challenge to publish a community newspaper during the past 18 months is an understatement and it doesn’t look like it’s going to get much better anytime soon. The government ads that have helped make ends meet have dried up completely and the assistant programs, such as the Canadian Emergency Wage Subsidy, have ended. In the meantime, it may still take several months before a number of large advertisers come back.

So, I am approaching 2022 with the same optimism that I had on the eve of 2021? On a personal level, absolutely. I’m planning to return to Europe this summer with my boys, and if all goes according to plan I should be relatively debt-free by the end of the year. Unfortunately, I don’t share the same sense of optimism when it comes to the pandemic and this country as a whole.

Until we come to grips with the fact that COVID in its various mutations and variants will be around for years to come, we will never arrive at a place where we need to learn to live with it. And until then, we will be wearing masks forever, we will continue to be held hostage by a continuous cycle of new variants, followed by a new set of regulations and government edicts, and we will continue to let fear govern our lives rather than common sense and a critical analysis of the facts. So much for optimism.



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