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April 26, 2020

Hello, everyone.

As you scroll down, you will come to the Auld Acquaintances’ column covering the period December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020.  Immediately following this note, however, I am pleased to share some lighthearted stories from colleagues that relate to this unprecedented time in our lives of self isolation and social distancing.  If you have stories to relate about how you’re spending your time or something amusing that you’ve encountered, please share it and it will be posted here.  Don’t forget that we’re also looking for photos of yourself showing us what you’re keeping busy with in isolation for our “Colleagues” section of this website.  Thank you!

From Ray Waines:

Ray has shared his letter written to and published by the Kelowna Daily Courier on May 22, citing his concerns about virus contamination in public washrooms:.

"Stopping the Coronavirus before it gets to you!      By Ray Waines

Have you ever gone into a public washroom that has Jet Hand Dryers? The noise is incredible and so is the speed of air drying your hands! So try to imagine someone who is infected with Coronavirus, drying their hands while their deadly virus is being blown on to you and others!

This has been my main concern ever since I was in Wal-Mart and in their washroom was a jet hand dryer blowing and howling away! Right away I thought that this is INSANE, because here we are trying to avoid getting any contact with this virus and this powerful machine will blow the virus all over us!

I am sure that by now you know the solution to staying safe in washrooms. Take away the problem, shut down all the jet hand dryers by simply switching off their circuit breakers and replace them with paper towels mounted in holders over each sink at 6 ft. apart.  Now I can just hear the complaining, ‘this is too slow.’  Not true, after washing your hands, take a paper towel and dry your hands on the way to the door, place the towel on the door handle in case it has the virus on it and then drop it into the basket by the door.  Not only faster but much safer!

For those of you who do everything right by staying at home, no handshakes, no hugs and of course social distancing, but once a month you have to go to your supermarket for food.  So now all that care is down the drain when the washroom there has Jet Hand Dryers!  Don’t be shy, complain to the store manager and insist on them killing the circuit breakers and provide Paper Towels, or you will find another food market that’s safer.

I am finally writing this for you and our friends because for the last 2 months I have tried to shut down all those jet hand dryers in both Canada and the United States.  I thought that our Minister of Health in Ottawa would help me; wrong, she  has still not got in touch with me as promised.  And that was March 22 when New York had only 114 deaths!  

I did talk with the CDC Health authorities, (USA) and gave them the University Study on the jet hand dryers vs. paper towels.  But I guess that they were not  interested in shutting down hand dryers to try and save lives.  But I am sure that some ot the 80, 000 that have died, would have lived  So you can understand why my frustrations have grown.  I hope that this has helped you to look out for your health and stay safe where you do your shopping.  Only shop at stores that listen to you and give you a safe place to buy your food, clothing, etc.

Here is that University Study on the spread of viruses vs. paper towels: https://sfamjournals.onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/full/10.1111/jam.13014

Ray Waines"


From Jeff Groberman:

"I hope all of you are keeping well, following 'the rules' and not going crazy. Speaking of rules, check my latest entry in my 'Covid Journal,' and some of my thoughts on the 'new' announced vaccine."

www.grobetrotting.com

Keep Safe, Keep smiling.

Jeff"

From Joan Athey:

(Note:  See the photo of Joan in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery.  Joan quips that she's sporting mini-pigtails just like she used to in the late 1980s at work.  Her "glass of milk" is a rum drink in disguise!)

Joan also sent two interesting photos to share and says, "Over 25 years ago I bought an old trunk at a garage sale in Deep Cove. Nice old trunk with a name on it and lined with Australian newspapers from the 50s.  At the time I looked up the name, Ken Jubenvill.  To my surprise he was an early film producer and I think the reference was the NFB. Since then the trunk has been a coffee table, and end table and a seat.  Covoid cleaning had me looking at it again. Keep it or not keep it - try and find a relative who might want it... Does anyone remember Ken Jubenvill?

              

From Catherine Morrin:

(Note:  See another photo of Catherine in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery)

"I have a wonderful time birdwatching, especially since I retired, although I was a bird enthusiast long before retirement.  It’s not impossible for me to spot a new bird (new to me) from our deck.  There are over 500 species of birds in B.C. and I have spotted over 130 of them, so far." 

From Ralph Motohashi: 

(Note:  See photo of Ralph in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery)

It's noted in Ralph's Photo Gallery picture that he's keeping busy in the garden, but he had noted in sending it that, "Since I was grounded, most of the time, I have just been doing cooking, gardening and watching Netflix. Ha ha."

From Joyce Resin:

(Note:  See a close-up photo of Joyce in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery) 

Joyce reports, "I am doing a fitness class for the women in my condo building to get people out and exercising…2 meters apart of course."

Joyce at center of photo, conducting the class.

From Bill Reiter:

(Note: See the photo of Bill in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery)

During Self-Isolation Bill Reiter transforms into DJZigZag to host and produce his New World African Music radio show ‘Groovin’ Blue’.  The program has aired for over fifty years on various Vancouver, B.C. radio stations and can now be heard at
http://wagradioonline.blogspot.com
https://vancouverbroadcasters.com/groovinblue.html
https://www.radiowest.ca/forum/viewtopic.php?p=12847908

From Neil Simpson:

(Note:  See the close-up photo of Neil in the "Colleagues in Isolation" section of the Photo Gallery)

“I love to cook with wine and look for recipes with such in the first 2 ingredients!! On occasion, some of it actually makes it into what I am cooking, but it improves the dish and the cook, so what could be better…??!! The onion pies are loaded with 3 kinds of mild onions, a ton of Gruyere cheese and a fair bit of oregano, and whipped cream of course. I cheat and use deep dish frozen crusts as I haven’t found a way to get wine in the pastry. Basically an onion quiche.!! The picture shows my apron from ‘La Belle Auberge’ restaurant in Ladner which closed around 2014 but I was fortunate to be in the last cooking class that chef Bruno Marti was famous for - my wife Pat bought it for my birthday that year – we cooked and drank wine all day (8 participants), and our spouses joined us at 6pm for the fabulous meal we cooked and drank much more wine into the evening. Fabulous restaurant!! Bruno taught me how to drink wine!! (and cook)."

                               

 

From Lawrence Wright:

(Note:  See the photo of Lawrence in the "Colleagues in Isolation"
section of the Photo Gallery)

Lawrence is unable to practice self isolation because his job with Grounds and Maintenance at the golf course is considered an essential service there.  He's therefore out in the fresh air cutting grass...."Loving it!", he adds.  At right is the photo Lawrence provided of the equipment he uses to cut all that grass.

From Chris Paton:

  THE GROCERY STORE ENCOUNTER …

  “As it is with almost everyone's favorite grocery store these days, my store has
  giant sized foot icons glued to the floor at six foot intervals and meant to lead
  customers to the cashier checkouts. 

  A couple of days ago when I got done shopping and stood waiting in line, a
  woman standing the mandatory 6 feet ahead of me, turned around and yelled
  out ... "you know these big foot sticker things look just like ones my husband
  glued down on our living room floor last year. He had the bright idea we could
  win some money if we practiced and got real good at ballroom dancing." I
  yelled back, "that's wonderful - so did you win?" She said, "yeah, we came
  second, but then we had to use the money to get somebody to scrape the damn stickers up off the floor. There's still great big bald circles where the glue peeled the varnish right off the hardwood. My husband's a sweet romantic kind of guy, and I really love him like crazy, but he's definitely not the brightest bulb in the house."

I resisted the urge to laugh. But people in line at other nearby cashiers didn't bother and broke into loud gales of laughter. Happily the woman joined right in. 

I thanked the woman for making the task of grocery shopping so much fun. There's something truly wonderful and life giving about shared laughter in times like these. I smiled all the way home.” 

(Note:  Be sure to check Colleagues’ photos for a shot of Chris creating the digital artwork shown here.)

 

From Christine Mackie-Poissant:

“Here's one thing my husband and I have been doing a lot of - jigsaw puzzles!  This is the 8th one we've done so far.  We try to stay away from the TV during the day, and check the news once in the morning, and once at night.  Going for walks (physical distancing, of course), reading, cooking, eating, wine drinking, etc!”

 

 

From Ken Golemba:

(Note:  See the photo of Ken working on one of his yard projects during isolation in the Colleagues’ section.)

Ken advised that during these days of isolation, he’s been doing yard projects. He has built a rain shelter over his front door and a lattice for the yard entry (see photos of the completed projects below).  Wonder what’s next for Ken’s yard?

       Ken's completed rain shelter over the front door.    

           Yard entry lattice work.

From Hugh Beard:

(Note:  See the photo of Hugh and Debra Beard with their pet parrots during isolation in the Colleagues’ section.  Hugh notes that the birds are delighted they are staying home all day!)

Hugh and Debra were planning a safari trip to Kruger Park in South Africa, departing Vancouver on April 15, when the Corona/Covid-19 Virus restrictions on travel kicked in and they were forced to postpone it, so Hugh has shared the alternate life plan while living in self-isolation:

“So, looking on the positive side, locked in isolation was an excellent opportunity to do marathon sessions to finish my novel to a state where I could send it to a small team of readers. While I’m waiting for feedback, I’m in the process of finishing tiling our fireplace (I started it over a year ago) as well as sorting photos and writing a Travel Trips’ piece for the Stationbreak.ca website about our African adventure last Fall.

I also will be preparing our sailboat for the summer. Engine maintenance, cleaning, and if able, I’ll haul the boat,                                                                                Hugh cutting tile                                                              sanding and painting the bottom.  If socially acceptable, we have a sailing plan we are considering. We could still sail to a destination in the gulf islands for a five, six or seven-day trip, anchoring in a remote cove or inlet in self-isolated, not going ashore or interacting with other boaters. We have a freezer that can hold enough food for the journey, and with a good supply of wine, we could toast many sunsets, before sailing back to our Vancouver marina – knowing we have done the responsible thing to continue to remain in isolation, as conscientious mariners.” 

    Hugh & Debra's boat at anchor on a peaceful afternoon        

 Debra on board at sunset

                                                                                                                                     

From Neil Simpson:

(Note:  Neil submitted his photo for our special Colleagues’ section on what people are doing during this isolation – so be sure to check that out -, but captioning doesn’t allow for the full explanation…so read on, please!)                               

The photo represents “what 6 of us ‘live steam’ guys did last Tuesday. Normally we would be at one of hour homes for a ‘steamup’ – six of us who have steam tracks in our yard and we take turns having events at each others places throughout the year (this would have been the first for this year).. Due to isolation we all ran steam trains at home in respect of each other and then posted a video clip on u-tube of what went on. We are a small dedicated group out of a larger club in the lower mainland, who mostly run electric (which we frown on of course!). Here is a link to the video clip I posted which is terribly shot as this was the first time I had run in at least 6 months and my focus was really only on not messing up my engine: https://youtu.be/tq8Xh55PnvI  You’d think a TV guy could do a better job than that and I can but not when in a hurry and other-focused..!

From Jeff Groberman: 

Latest entry in the Year of the Covid Diary - It’s been a long time  since I’ve had anything to write about, but I’ve finally collected enough for another entry.   Hope you enjoy:  www.grobetrotting.com

Keep Well Keep smiling.

Jeff

(Note:  If you have missed Jeff's previous entries, just scroll down from the new one at the top of his blog.)

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Auld Acquaintances by Peggy Oldfield

                                                                                                                          December 1, 2019 to March 31, 2020 (Part 1)

Welcome to the first Auld Acquaintances under the new CBC/SRC Association banner!  As announced in the previous column, the new branding eliminates any reference to membership limitations as there aren’t any beyond the requirement for one to have some present or previous relationship with the Corporation. Whether you are or were a permanent employee or filled a temporary, casual or vacation-relief position, were on contract as staff or performer, you’re eligible for membership. It is hoped that people engaged at CBC today as well as those who have moved on in their career or retired from it, will be enticed to join and enjoy the benefits of maintaining the connection with their CBC colleagues through social gatherings and other communication.  The annual (April 1 to March 31) dues are a very reasonable $15.00 so if you want to keep in touch with your colleagues and support the work of The CBC/SRC Association, BC Chapter, please contact this writer at https://goo.gl/QNvaxu - or leave a phone message at the Association’s voice-mail line, 604-662-6409) for details on how to make your payment (cheque, cash or Interac).

The CBC/SRC Association ended 2019 with two fun and festive gatherings – the annual Christmas Dinner Party at the Royal Vancouver Yacht Club on December 4th and 5-pin bowling at Grandview Lanes on December 11th.

  The party was a great success and a highlight of the evening was
   honouring Senior TV News Reporter Eric Rankin on 35 years’
   service with the Corporation.  News Director Treena Wood made
   the presentation of a commemorative plaque to Eric once everyone
   had enjoyed the sumptuous buffet dinner. It was also a great
   pleasure to have Denis Collette, CBC Pensioners’ National
   Association President, with us for the evening.  A 50/50 draw
   raised $310.00 to send winner Rae Petrescue home with $155.00
   and enriching the Association bank account by an equal
Paisley Woodward, Louella Quan Charlston              
sum.  Participating in the fun                and Brian Keating                                                         evening were Ken & Deborah Adams, Susan Baxter & husband Rob Hewko, Elizabeth Bishop, Louella Quan Charlston, Rick Cluff & Cecilia Walters, Barbara Coates, Denis Collette, Carmen Gutierrez, Manjula Dufresne, Joan Engel & Bill Scholey, Jacquie & Ray Fitzgerald, Neil & Lynn Gillon, Steve Greenwood, Carmen Gutierrez, Lorna Haeber & Gord Oliver, Joe Holman, Fiona Hopewell Jensen,   Brian & Phyllis    
   Keating, John Kennedy, Karin Larsen,
   Ron & Diane Mahy and guests Tony &
   Audrey Pease, John Mang & Susan
   Wood, Anne Mathisen, Brian McLeod,
   Ken Mitchell & guests Halina & John
   de Wit, Maurice Moses, Ralph
   Motohashi, Rod & Lori Mundy, Jim &
   Sharie Nelson, Bob Nixon & Mia                      Karin Larsen with Michael Varga    
   Petersen, Mike & Peggy Oldfield, Ron &
   Rae Petrescue & guests Dawn Wilkins, Ray McGowan, Joanne
   McGowan, Belle Puri, Eric Rankin, John Rogers, Joe Silva, Alan &
   Deborah Stewart, Karen Tankard, Neil Trainer, Enza Uda, Michael Varga,
   Alan & Kelly Waterman, Nan Watson, Kirk Williams, Wayne & Linda
   Williams, Trina Wood, Paisley Woodward, Lawrence Wright and wife
   Linda & Wayne Williams with Belle Puri        Naomi Bradley.

5-Pin Bowling continued once per month, December through March.  For the pre-Christmas gathering on December 11, everyone donned festive attire and munched on holiday treats – homemade Christmas cake from Lynn Gillon, Turtles’ Chocolates from Bill Murray, Christmas cupcakes, cookies and M&M’s from Peggy Oldfield – while bowling and chatting.  Betty Carscadden, Lynn & Neil Gillon, Alex Kerr, Diane Mahy, Anne Mathisen, Lori & Rod Mundy, Bill Murray, Peggy Oldfield and Michael Taylor-Noonan played the two regular bowling games plus one Bingo game while Ron Mahy cheered everyone on.  Betty, Lynn, Neil, Alex, Diane, Ron, Peggy and Michael continued the frivolity over lunch at St. Augustine’ Pub just a block away from the bowling alley.  On January 8 in the new year, the bowling teams were made up by Lynn & Neil Gillon, Lillian Hanson, Anne Mathisen, Rod & Lori Mundy, Bill Murray, Sharie & Jim Nelson, Peggy Oldfield, Michael Taylor-Noonan, Ding Torrijos and Lawrence Wright.  The camaraderie continued over the pub lunch enjoyed by Lynn, Neil, Anne, Lori, Rod, Sharie, Jim, Peggy, Michael and Lawrence.  February 5 had Lynn & Neil Gillon, Diane & Ron Mahy, Anne Mathisen, Lori & Rod Mundy, Peggy Oldfield, Michael Taylor-Noonan and Lawrence Wright turning out to bowl and Lynn, Neil, Diane, Ron, Peggy, Michael and Lawrence relaxing over lunch afterwards at the pub.

 

 Feb. 5 Bowling.  Lawrence Wright in action.  Neil Gillon, Ron Mahy, Rod Mundy Lori Mundy and Diane Mahy in background.

  On March 4, Betty Carscadden, Lynn & Neil Gillon,
  Alex Kerr, Anne Mathisen, Bill Murray, Peggy
  Oldfield
and Michael Taylor-Noonan celebrated
  an early St. Patrick’s Day with bowling as well as
  chocolate treats from Bill and  mini-cupcakes and
  candy from Peggy.  The St. Augustine’s Pub Lunch
  was enjoyed by Betty, Lynn & Neil, Alex, Anne, Peggy
  and Michael.  The next booking was set for April 1
  but with the Corona/Covid-19 Virus spread and self-
  isolation guidelines, the regular bowlers had already
  decided to cancel when Grandview Lanes advised
  they were cancelling all bookings until further notice. 
  Similarly, the planned CBC/SRC Association Annual
  General Meeting and Spring Luncheon scheduled for 
March 4 Bowling in shades of green.  Anne Mathisen, Michael Taylor-     March 26 was cancelled.  Once we’re all able to       Noonan, Bill Murray, Lynn Gillon and Alex Kerr.                                           resume group activities, these events and more will be
                                                                                                        back on the books. 

2019 was a rough year health-wise for John Kirkup and from June to November he spent more time in Toronto hospitals than out of them. At the end of November he was released from hospital and on December 3rd thanks to planning by his son Robert and daughter-in-law Lois, he relocated to Ottawa where he is now happily settled in an apartment not far from his family.  Best wishes, John, for good health and happiness in your new home.  Good wishes for a full and speedy recovery go out to Peter Dobo who underwent knee replacement surgery on January 8 and to Katie Drysdale who is recovering from a broken hip.

On December 14, Maurice Moses was honoured by The Louis Brier home in recognition of his lifetime service to the community. In part, the tribute stated, “Maurice Moses has always been quick to respond when called upon – ready to open his heart and lift his voice in song to help throughout the community at many institutions.  Maurice is one of 3 honoured.  The three enhance anything with which they are involved – making each event more pleasurable for all attending … whether it is entertaining as part of The Showtimers or merely ensuring the smooth operation of the occasion because they care.  We hope to show them our deep appreciation of what they have done and are continuing to do to make life better for the community.” As part of the presentation, Maurice was given a silver Kiddish Cup in recognition of his contributions.

On that same day – December 14 – Jacquie Fitzgerald was appearing with the Burstin’ with Broadway choir at the Dundarave Festival of Lights’ performance in West Vancouver.  This annual special performance entitled RaiSING our Voices to End Homelessness raised funds for the Lookout Emergency Aid Sociaety on the North Shore, which runs a shelter and many programs to help people get back on their feet.  The Burstin’ with Broadway choir sang a selection of the broadway show tines from their main concert (held on the first Saturday in June at the Centennial Theatre in North Vancouver).  Jacquie reports that the event was a huge success and she was delighted to see Lillian Hanson and John Kennedy among the audience who turned out in support of the event. Elizabeth Bishop participated in a choir performance for the season on December 11  and Lillian Hanson participated in ten performances with The Singing Christmas Tree between December 6 and 15.

Congratulations to Zafira Nanji who got engaged during the holiday season!  She and her fiancée Tony have not chosen a specific wedding date yet but are already planning for the special day in about a year a half’s time.

Congratulations also to Drew Keilback who has been awarded First Place in Southwest Art magazine’s “Artistic Excellence 2019 International Competition”.  Drew says, “I was extremely honoured as this magazine has been in circulation for many decades and is quite popular south of the border and, as such, creates a wider following for me. Admittedly, the monetary award was appreciated, but, even more, the acceptance from my peers in the world of representational art.”  The announcement by Southwest Art read, “Often moved by nature’s beauty, Drew Keilback doesn’t need to travel far for inspiration. His winning entry was inspired by a walk one early spring day, just after a snowfall, along the Fraser River near his home in British Columbia. Using various tools to apply and model his oil paint—from brushes and knives to Q-tips and rags—Keilback created FOXTROT, a vivid scene where sunlight and shadow converge across fresh tracks in the snow left by a fleeting visitor: ‘Along the riverbank, a red fox gains an advantage on his next quarry,’ says the artist. ‘Only his tracks hint at his presence.’  Besides the rugged beauty of his surroundings, Keilback looks to the painterly brushwork of western artists like Howard Terpning, Matt Smith, and Mian Situ for inspiration.  ‘They have the ability to draw the viewer in, to make you want to participate,’ he says.  Keilback, who grew up on the Canadian Prairies, grew fond of contemporary Southwestern art while studying fine art at Glendale College in Phoenix, AZ. Upon returning to Canada, he worked as a television broadcast designer. The role sharpened his eye as a painter, says the artist, thanks to the compositing and 3-D software he used, which helped him appreciate the effects of ambient and reflected light.

Now painting full time, Keilback primarily works from photographs and pencil sketches, finessing his compositions in Photoshop before painting. ‘For me, each painting is like a puzzle waiting to be solved,’ he says.  ‘Even though I consider myself a representational artist, there is an inner desire to separate the process of painting from the creation of art—to be more intuitive rather than descriptive.’  Find Keilback’s work at www.westart.ca  and www.drewsart.com . “

Drew Keilback
FIRST P LACE | Canada
FoxTrot, oil, 18 x 36.

 

 

Eleanor Collins, dubbed Canada’s first lady of jazz and the first black woman to host her own television variety show in North America (The Eleanor Show from CBC Vancouver), celebrated her 100th birthday on November 21, 2019.  Last month, Ken Gibson contacted Eleanor’s daughter Judith to let them both know that the Easter in Israel Special they had done together, was posted in the TV Treasures’ segment of the Stationbreak.ca website - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WPpqM5uyWdI   - and Ken received the following response::”As you are no doubt aware…Eleanor recently turned 100 years old.  She is still high functioning and living independently.  I am so pleased she lived to see and hear the acknowledgements about her career.  When I looked at your link here I was amazed at how the performances still hold up.  And please know that we have indeed been enjoying the THEN AND  NOW episode which you must have put online several years ago.  Many people have written me with reference to it.  I read your email to her over the phone (we are all in isolation!) and it really seemed to warm her heart to be remembered by you.So thank you very much for your thoughtful outreach.  It certainly made our day!  Some recent Eleanor images below.”     

 

 Recent photos of Eleanor Collins, now a beautiful 100 years old!

  In late November, Drew Snider sent greetings
  from Australia where he and Amelia were
  celebrating her semi-retirement with. a 26-day
  cruise to Sydney, followed by meeting her (their)
  newest granddaughter - born in Melbourne in
  September - and Christmas on Tasmania. 
  Lori Konorti spent the holiday season with
  daughter Jodi, son-in-law Andy and three-yuear-
  old granddaughter Ayla,, in San Diego, California.
  Jodi and Andy welcomed their second baby daughter
  on Jan. 20, 2020.

 

 

                              Drew Snider & Amelia Shaw   

Denis Grenier
took leave from his new responsibilities in the CBC London office to enjoy some R&R in Europe over the holiday season. He & Janice met up with Carey Murphy & Clive Bottomley in Budapest. Carey & Clive did an extensive tour of Europe in the December/January period, visiting Austria, Hungary, Italy, Czech Republic and Germany.  Dieter Nachtigall escaped some of the winter at home and enjoyed sunshine and wine in Chile, South America during January and 
   February.  Ding
   Torrijos
and his
   wife Marichu
   embarked on a
   delightful South-
   east Asia vacation
   aboard the
   Diamond Princess
   Cruise Ship in mid
   January – an early
   gift to Ding to
   celebrate his 
 Marichu & Ding during a stop on their cruise                       65th                                  Clive, Carey and Denis in Budapest
birthday. The cruise had taken them to Vietnam, Taiwan, China, and Hong Kong when on the last day of the trip a case of the Corona/Covid-19 Virus was discovered on board. The ship was placed on quarantine and remained anchored in Yokohama, Japan, for the next two weeks. During that time Ding and Marichu were confined to their 200 square foot cabin (no balcony) with the exception of one scheduled hour per day when they were permitted to walk outside.  They were required to wear masks during that hour outside and when meals were delivered to their cabin. And those restrictions were in place when Ding marked his 65th birthday on board on February 15th!  At the end of that quarantine period, the Canadian          passengers who tested negative for the virus – including Ding and Marichu – were transported via charter flight to Trenton Air Force Base in Ontario for assessment and then on to the Nav Center in Cornwall, Ontario for a further two weeks’ quarantine before being allowed to travel home.  Thankfully the ordeal is over and they remain healthy and virus free. 

Ding and Marichu were interviewed for the B.C. Catholic Newspaper and the full article is available in the February 23rd issue at https://bccatholic.ca/news/catholic-van/surrey-couple-leave-cruise-ship-remain-in-quarantine-in-canada .

 Ding & Marichu wearing masks during a walk on deck while quarantined aboard ship.

The excerpts from CBC Pensioners’ National Association newsletters across the country which I’m always pleased to be able to share with you, will be posted as Part 2 of this Auld Acquaintances’ issue.  I’ve opted to do this so that lighthearted stories relating to coping with our self-isolation and social distancing can be added to this column through whatever period of time these restrictions remain in place.  Beyond the addition of such stories, this column will go into an indefinite hiatus. I cannot thank all of you enough for sending in your news over the years- It’s been great fun for me keeping in touch in this way and I hope the contact will continue in other ways.

May you and your loved ones all remain safe and keep healthy. -  Peggy