Editor's Musings

One of the counterproductive things that this Covid 19 safety factor has caused to be instituted is the shorter hours of some businesses.

Did no one notice that, although they want to keep people apart, when they shorten the hours of a business it only crowds the same amount of people into a shorter time span therefore it creates crowding?

Some places, it would make no difference. One would be the Simcoe County Waste Management transfer station. Their hours use to be, 8 to 4 or maybe 5 pm but now it is 9 to 3, just now changing to 8:30 to 3:30 but the only way you would know that is if you go to their website and not 100% of the people are network savvy.

People have arrived at 8 pm and sat until 9 pm at the Midland Transfer station. By that time, the traffic has lined up a quarter of a mile down the road. Some have departed and gone home - or maybe some of those have found other places to dump their garbage.

When people drive 20 to 30 kilometers to a County service that is overloaded, it is time for either the County or the Municipality to do something.

Why not have more places where we can take out limbs, branches and leaves? We can still have the yard waste pickups because lots of people do not have trailers or trucks large enough to carry these items.

Why not have a place where we can take our grass clippings, or the flower cuttings or the dead branch that fell from the birch tree close by?

Why not have a place for us to throw our dead batteries or electronic waste - i.e. my TV conked - rather than drive 20 kilometers and sit in a lineup of vehicles for 30 minutes?

Has the County not noticed there is a problem?

Someone needs to talk to them.


Monday - In Ontario, there have been 2102 deaths attributed to Covid-19. The alert that I get each day comes from 680 News and is collaborated by another e-mail from CTV News.

The release says “Of the 2,102 total deaths, 1,323 are in long-term care, Public Health Ontario reports. The Ministry of Long-Term Care reports that 1,531 people who have died were in long-term care – a discrepancy attributed to a lag in reported deaths.”

That leaves 571 people not in long term care or one in every 25,400 people that have passed because of the virus.

There are still 4115 people diagnosed with Covid-19 who have not recovered or been resolved or one in every 3524 people you might encounter on the street or in the grocery store.

In 2018, Ontario had 78,664 long-term care beds and a waiting list of nearly 35,000 people. Of the 78,664, that works out to one in every 138 people that have passed in long term care.

When they do an evaluation (scheduled for September) on why so many may have died in some homes, and why none in many other homes, we would hope there would be some realization that some are doing it right.

While checking the facts, some interesting points...


Ontario’s long-term care residents (2019)

90% have some form of cognitive impairment

86% of residents need extensive help with daily activities such as getting out of bed, eating, or toileting

80% have neurological diseases

76% have heart/circulation diseases

64% have a diagnosis of dementia

62% have musculoskeletal diseases such as arthritis and osteoporosis

61% take 10 or more prescription medications

40% need monitoring for an acute medical condition

21% have experienced a stroke


As of July 1, 2019, the maximum accommodation rates are ...

Type of Accommodation                 Daily Co-Payment

Basic Long Stay                  $62.18

Semi-Private Long Stay*     $70.70-$74.96

Private Long Stay*              $81.35-$88.82

Short Stay (Respite)            $40.35


Ontario’s long-term care homes (February 2019)

626 homes are homes licensed and approved to operate in Ontario

58% of homes are privately owned, 24% are non-profit/charitable, 16% are municipal     

About 40% of long-term care homes are small, with 96 or fewer beds

Of these small homes, about 45% are located in rural communities that often have limited home care or retirement home option

77,257 long-stay beds are allocated to provide care, accommodation and services to frail seniors who require permanent placement

669 convalescent care beds are allocated to provide short-term care as a bridge between hospitalization and a patient’s home

321 beds are allocated to provide respite to families who need a break from caring 24/7 for their loved one

Approximately 300 of the province’s long-term care homes are older and need to be redeveloped (more than 30,000 beds)

The average time to placement in long-term care, as of February 2019, is 161 days

The wait list for long-stay beds, as of Feb 2019, is 34,834


Provincial funding for long-term care in 2018:

$4.28 billion (7% of the overall provincial health budget)

$149.95 per resident, per day ($54,730 per year)

Approximately $100.91 per day for nursing and personal care (such as assistance with personal hygiene, bathing, eating, and toileting)

$12.06 per day for specialized therapies, recreational programs, and support services

$9.54 per day for raw food (ingredients used to prepare meals)

Below is the Covid-19 reports for Ontario including the past two weeks and a few various dates before that.

I think to sensationalize the situation, news reports always mention the number now confirmed. I think the important points are missed like how many cases have been resolved therefore how many people still have the virus.

When that figure has fallen from 5675 to the 4000 area, that is good news.

May 18-19th appeared to be a promising change but we have regressed a little since


School has been cancelled until September.

The Oro World’s Fair September 18-19 has been cancelled.

The Barrie Fair is cancelled.

The International Plowing match and Rural Expo October 13-16th is cancelled.

Events at Burl’s Creek have been cancelled.

Drayton Entertainment have cancelled the 2020 Season at the King’s Wharf.

The CNE Aug. 21 to Sept. 7, is cancelled.

City of Toronto has extended the cancellation of permits for major festivals through to July 31.

There are nine Fall Fairs in June. All are cancelled.

There are 15 Fall Fairs in July. Only one has not been cancelled yet.

There are 54 Ontario Fall Fairs in the month of August. Fourteen of them have not been cancelled yet.

There are 116 Fall fairs in September. Fifty one of them have cancelled.

There are 20 Fall Fairs in October. Five of them have already cancelled.

The members of the Elmvale Fair (Flos Agricultural Society) have been sent a motion asking us to vote for or against cancelling.

We should know by the weekend.


On May 14, the company En-Pro told 680 NEWS gas prices were expected to drop three cents at midnight, to an average price of 87.9 cents/litre at most GTA gas stations.

The very next day, May 15, En-Pro told 680 NEWS gas prices were expected to rise three cents at midnight, to an average price of 90.9 cents/litre at most GTA gas stations.

En-Pro suggests they are the only firm in Canada with a petroleum division that regularly analyses and researches world oil markets.

I would like to know if they get paid for making those statements.

I would also like to know if they do any research as to why we are paying 85 cents for a litre of fuel when the price of a barrel of crude is $36.52. That’s the same price we paid when crude was $60. I remember when crude was over $100, and we were paying a $1.10 for a litre.


Charles - are we being ripped off? Who’s making the money?