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  1. The death rate isn't the way we should be looking at this, there are residual effects. It's like Polio, the death rate was 5-15% but about 66% of patients had permeant damage, and even now 60 years later some survivors are experiencing post polio complications. The vaccine has been around for 60 years, but there were still about 150 cases last year world wide (up from 19 in 2018).


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  2. In Ontario they don't give out information any lower than the municipality. You have to assume that you or someone you come in contact with has been in contact with that person and isn't showing symptoms.. In our Municipality of 15,000 we've had 4 cases (two who returned from a cruise with the infection). We haven't had a new case in about a month, 99% of us have been  following the rules and still are, our problem is that like Lake Chapala we're a summer weekend beach community and we've had an two weekends of people from larger cities where there is still active spread. So we physically distance 2 metres (6.6 feet), wash our hands, use sanitizer and wear masks (when we can't be 6.6 feet apart).

  3. It's not just people dying form the virus, it's people getting sick in large numbers at one time and affecting the critical supply chains. An example is that the large meat/poultry processing plants that have had to close temporarily because of outbreaks. In Canada this has backed up the whole supply chain. Farmers have cattle that they can't send to slaughter, and they're having to feed them so they're out financially , and consumers are suffering because there isn't as much meat in the grocery stores (so quantity limits)  and prices have gone up (no weekly sales) . I live in a community of 15,000 with 2 grocery stores and a Walmar,  we're worried that one or more of the stores might have to close if there's an outbreak and the other two would have difficulty keeping up (getting deliveries such as milk and bread diverted takes time). We also have a major electric plant the supplies 30% of Ontario's power while they have very strict quarantine protocols, etc,  just imagine the worst case. Our fire department is a volunteer one, and most of the firefighters are of the age that they have children …. the firefighters could all get sick at once and take out a whole fire station ….. There isn't an easy solution to this, but just focusing on the fact that young children aren't dying in high numbers only looks at part of the problem.

  4. Saw a photo of a very empty tianguis on Facebook, with very few, but critical vendors. In VERY locked down Ontario Farmers' Markets have been declared  essential services, with a whole bunch of physical distancing requirements. Only the food vendors are to open  (no flowers, dry goods, jewelry, etc) . Many village Mexican families depend on THEIR tianguis, they don't have a car or much refrigeration. Poncho's, Walmart, the Organic Market, etc. are out of reach for them  physically as well as financially. We're not in Ajjic right now, so I don't know if the small, corner produce shops are still open? My suggestion would be if you have other options for your shopping use them and limit the number of people so that the Mexican families that have no other choice can shop in as safe an environment as possible. 




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  5. In our small town in Ontario, they have being trying to keep as many beds open as possible to be prepared for the onslaught. My 93 year old Aunt was diagnosed as needing a pace maker about 3 weeks ago, which is day surgery, normally it would have been scheduled within a week, but they've cancelled all elective/non-emergency surgery. Another friend's hip replacement was cancelled. Our emergency rooms aren't as busy as normal YET. not as many car accidents, kids aren't playing sports so not as many broken arms, I know one horse crazy family who aren't riding at all, just in case they get thrown. At our (still relatively small) regional hospital they are converting a sports complex (mostly a hockey arena) into an 80 bed hospital annex. We know this is coming, I hope we don't need then extra 80 beds, but I'd rather be overly cautious and prepared.


  6. In Canada, only so many allowed in the store at one time, aisles are one direction (up one, down the next), with tape on the floor so that you wait for the person in front of you to move to the next one, lines on the floor at check out, and out our cashiers are behind Plexiglas .. no cash, .. most have curbside pick up, and/or free delivery. Limits on things that are hard to get. Senior's shopping first thing in the morning and they've raised the wages of the employees by $2.00 an hour.


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  7. I know of Rotary Clubs in other areas in Mexico who are outfitting paramedic/first responder motorcycles. They carry the what they need for the preliminary response and can quickly respond, including situations in villages when the street is blocked by a propane truck, or the more remote areas where the roads make truck traffic difficult. They can zip through the traffic. Also much cheaper to operate so there can be several in an area, with a true ambulance only called out when needed,

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  8. Scotties is on until Sunday …. . Jennifer Jones thumped Team Canada yesterday .If we were at our Ajijic house this winter I'd invite you all over. I would suggest that you contact the Canadian Club and see if anyone who has  Shaw is having a party, as you're unlikely to get it in any of the sports bars in the area.


  9. According to the Canadian government … currently, a vehicle manufactured in Mexico for Mexico does not meet the safety standards in Canada and CAN NOT be imported/registered in Canada. A Canadian resident (for tax Canadian tax purposes, not where they actually live) CAN NOT legally drive a foreign plated car in Canada even for a short period of time. Your insurance company will be more than happy to take your money :) but if you're in an accident you likely won't be covered.... your policy small print likely says something about the car has to be legal in the jurisdiction that it's being driven in. You can not buy insurance for something that is illegal. 

    The new NAFTA may change this in that cars manufactured for the Mexican market may now have to meet Canadian/USA safety standards, but the existing Mexican cars will never meet the current Canadian safety standards, so will likely never be legal in Canada. 

    So basically if you're a Canadian and own a Mexican manufactured and plated care and you want to drive in Canada rent or borrow a car.


  10. I was the one that called the Canadian Government and posted  the email trail. And NAFTA 2.0 (as we Canadians call it :)) won't change the fact that any car that has already been produced in Mexico won't meet Canadian safety standards, You can always call the Canadian Government to ask them for an update, the contact info is in the emails I copied in. My question is - do you really want to be driving a vehicle in Canada that "might" be legal (personally I think it would be illegal), and risk not being covered by insurance if you're involved in an accident. Why risk it ?

  11. haven't been on this page for a couple of days, interesting twist on my comment  when I said "canned" I should have said "processed". At our stores back in Canada the aisles holding canned/processed food have been reduced …. canned soups, vegetables/fruit and things like beefaroni have been reduced, there use to be 30-40 types of Campbells soup and there now may be 15, there are more dried soups like Knorrs….. they take up a lot less space on the shelves. The huge growth that I see in packaged things is the plastic coffee pods ..

  12. We painted the exterior wall, gate, etc  - the one on the street of our place what we call "Ajijic Dust" colour …  it really doesn't show the dust. It's very neutral, but always looks fresh. We have neighbours who painted the same wall a bright colour with black gates/doors and it always looks dusty and a bit neglected . If I was living in the house full time and I could dust it daily I might paint it a brighter colour, … 

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