Of the over three million confirmed COVID-19 cases worldwide, more than 53,000 of those are in Canada. Half of the over 3,200 coronavirus disease-related deaths are linked to outbreaks in long-term care homes. The most common way the virus spreads is by respiratory droplets. When an infected person coughs or sneezes, and an uninfected person comes into contact with these droplets and touches their mouth, nose or eyes before washing their hands, the uninfected person can become infected.
In Canada, historic church buildings are facing a dire future. With decreasing attendance and increasing upkeep costs, many congregations are making tough decisions regarding their continued use of these sacred spaces. Regular church attendance has been dropping nationwide. In July 2019, PEW Research Center released data stating that 24 percent of Canadians seldom and 25 percent of Canadians never go to church. This is double the reported number from 2013.
In August 2019, Canada’s first “dementia village” – a community specifically designed for people living with dementia – opened in Langley, B.C. “We practice person-directed care, focused on enriched living” said Adrienne Alford-Burt, executive director at the Village Langley. The philosophy of person-directed care is centred on values including choice, preferences, self-determination and meaningful living.
One wonderful thing about language is how it changes over time to reflect society. New words are introduced, redundant ones retired and rules modified. But when words are used out of context, or in a confusing way, they gradually lose meaning, which can cause problems.