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In Ontario, Canada, wearing seatbelts became a mandatory law way back in 1976. For the next few years, wearing seat belts for the occupants’ safety in the car to save their lives became essential throughout North America. If you did not wear them, you probably got ticketed.

Unlike masks, there was no reason to wear a seatbelt to save another person from getting infected but to protect yourself in the minuscule chance you got in an accident on the way somewhere.

When I was young before enforcement, I remember riding in the car with my head out the window to…


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We can never make the wrong decision. The decision we make always moves us forward to a better outcome, no matter how bad it appears at the time. I say this because I have made many decisions that did not turn out the way I wished they had.

Below I will list a few decisions I made here that could have turned out better. Though afterward led to something else that exceeded the original action.

  • After the first day on the job as a bartender, I was told they did not need me after leaving a more comfortable position working…

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The picture above shows an empty restaurant or, more precisely, a banquet room where Christmas parties are filling it up on a nightly basis through mid-November to New Year’s Eve.

Here in Toronto, with a modified Stage 2 lockdown forbidding indoor dining, restaurants are getting killed. Yes, they passed a law allowing for outdoor patios during the winter, but who will eat in their winter jacket when it is -10C outside? Modified igloos or other concoctions do not hold significant numbers of people at one time outside on a patio.

Working in the restaurant industry for as long as I…


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Almost everyone has at one time, or another had to make a decision. Most of the decisions we make are of the minor variety, such as what shall we wear today or what should I eat for breakfast. These questions we answer subconsciously as the thought process is so automatic we do not even notice it. As well, easy answers are usually the most pleasurable. When we open the refrigerator, we are looking for that one item that will give us the most satisfaction.

But when your friend asks you to join him or her this coming Saturday to accompany…


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In Canada, we just celebrated our Thanksgiving Day a couple of weekends ago. With the pandemic gaining force, the province’s health officer recommended keeping our family gatherings to less than ten people. It appears the way the contagion is spreading; I can pretty much predict that is what the authorities will say for the Christmas holiday as well.

For many who look forward to family get-togethers, this represents quite a disappointment. In European countries where families make it a point of getting together on special occasions, these are challenging times. Our North American culture though to not visit a family…


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My son goes to high school here in Guelph, Ontario. Currently, in Grade 11, it appears that his school board has got everything under control as to eliminating the Covid 19 from infecting his school.

With so many challenges facing school boards to operate safely, I thought I would share this with others wondering why every time there is a case; their school has to shut down.

Aside from just making sure your son or daughter is well before they go to school and having the necessary sanitizers and fifteen to a classroom limit. …


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Four years ago, when I was watching from here in Canada the Republican leadership campaign, I was amazed that a Donald Trump would be running for office. He was not an elected politician. He decided to run as a businessman to turn America around by re-doing trade agreements with China and NAFTA with Mexico and Canada. “Make America Great Again” was his famous slogan. He provided a fresh look and a different view than your regular politician.

However, as I watched this leadership race unfold, I couldn’t help but notice that his character was flawed. So much so that I…


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Remember back in March when the virus hit, and we locked down everything? It was easy. Schools shut down, restaurants and movie theatres closed, while everyone got paid to stay at home while we tried to figure out what to do with this once-in-a-century pandemic.

Everybody was all in for flattening the curve. People did this by washing the hands, practice physical distancing, and since we were so new in the learning of this pandemic, we did not even think masks were necessary.

Here in Canada, we opened slowly through the different phases leading to the mid-summer when restaurants, gyms…


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Well, it is coming down to the wire with just under three weeks to go until we have a relatively good idea of who will come out on top. Grant it; maybe it might be a few days later until all the mail-in ballots are all totaled up before we know for sure who won. Nevertheless, eventually, someone has to succeed in this slugfest.

Now you would think that with 215,000 dead and the worst managed response to a national crisis in human history, the sitting president would be a sitting duck when it came time to be re-elected. We…


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Yesterday I went for a blood transfusion, which seem to be frequently occurring lately. Whether it is the time of year or something else, I am not sure. My oncologist asked me to do some extra bloodwork with no reason given, so I will have to find out what she was looking for on Tuesday after our Canadian Thanksgiving.

They found me a seat in the overflow room that had three chairs in it. For the past three years, while I have been getting transfusions, I have noticed one person getting blood almost every time I go. He does not…

Steven Nicolle

I am author of “How I Took a Bartending Course and Traveled for Seventeen Years.” I worked in the Hospitality Industry for 38 years.

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