Good job Ontario! And will the plaza ice rink end the skating rink?
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While I know you will never be able to convince the weirdos among us that lockdowns and masks work in a pandemic, they obviously do.
If they didn’t, we in Ontario would probably be in a situation similar to Alberta, where hospitals are overflowing.
Right now, when it comes to COVID-19 in Canada, Ontario is doing much better than most provinces.
In Alberta, as you know if you pay attention to the news, the situation as of this writing is more than dire.
And it’s not terrible in British Columbia, Saskatchewan and Quebec either.
Alberta, led by Premier Jason Kenney who is now under fire even from his own party for his incompetence in dealing with the COVID-19 virus, has run into such a problem that she had to ask for outside help.
As of October 5, the date I had to use due to a tight deadline caused by the Thanksgiving holiday, Alberta had 1,262 new cases and a seven-day average of 1,328, down from highs of 1,706 new cases and a seven-day average of 1,621 on September 27.
On October 5, Ontario had 476 new cases and a seven-day average of 574.
Ontario has a population of 14.6 million, more than three times Alberta’s 4.4 million. Yet Alberta has more than three times as many new cases. I think that puts into perspective how serious the problem is in Alberta and, by comparison, how well we are doing in Ontario,
The disparity persists when the figures for Quebec, British Columbia and Saskatchewan are compared to those for Ontario.
British Columbia, with a population of 5.1 million, had 752 new cases and a seven-day average of 697 on October 5. Quebec, with a population of 8.5 million, had 436 new cases with a seven-day average of 553, down from the highs of 995 and 698 respectively on September 11. Saskatchewan, with a population of 1.2 million, has recorded 242 new cases and a seven-day average of 427.
Among provinces with a population of over one million, Manitoba came closest to Ontario in percentage terms.
With its 1.4 million people, one tenth that of Ontario, it had 95 new cases and a seven-day average of 102.
Ontario had a lockdown earlier in the year and opened too early. Premier Doug Ford, when forced to start over a few months later, made it last this time around, with the province still in the third and final stage.
With about 85 percent of Ontarians having at least one dose of a vaccine and about 75 percent having two, and with governments at all levels and many companies and industries enforcing vaccine mandates, things finally seem to be going. in our sense in Ontario.
But with most of the new cases among the unvaccinated, we still have a long way to go to convince those who believe that a warrant infringes their individual rights that an arm shot is much easier to accept than fan.
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THOUGHT I WAS ENDING from writing about the year round plaza that has to go downtown, as I said I was hoping it would be successful given the board officially approved it.
But a few questions were asked of me after I decided to end my review of the project, questions about the size of the ice rink in the plaza and also if the rink in the plaza means the end of the skating rink. at Parc Clergue.
As I thought somewhat along the same lines myself, I forwarded the questions to Tom Vair, Deputy General Manager, City Business and Community Development Services, to get the goods.
“The area of the rink is approximately 750 square meters,” he replied to my email. “Our team of consultants have worked on other projects and reviewed other municipal rinks to ensure this is in accordance with best practices and an appropriate size. “Market Square in Guelph is 740 square meters; Pat Bayly Square in Ajax is 660 square meters; Riverwalk Commons in Newmarket is 870 square meters and Prince Arthur’s Landing in Thunder Bay is 940 square meters.
Regarding the future of the Clergue Park skating rink, he said:
“Once the esplanade rink is operational, staff and council will review the ice rink. As noted in our presentation to council, we had good winters operating the Clergue Park skating rinks, but we also had winters with very limited days when the outdoor rinks could be open.
He stated that the square rink will have a compressor system in place to allow skating during the winter season (operations planned for the rink from November to March).
Hopefully the Clergue skating tracks are kept, although there will be some downtime in moderate weather as they will provide a much better track for the serious skater.
The ice rink in the square is only 750 meters long. To put that in perspective, it’s just over half the size of the ice surfaces at the John Rhodes Community Center, which are a bit below a regular NHL ice surface of 200 feet by 85 feet.
The 85 by 185 surfaces of the Rhodes are equivalent to 15,725 square feet each, which in turn equates to 1,460 square meters.
In my opinion, this means that the Esplanade’s 750 square meter rink would better accommodate families who want to teach their children to skate than those who take their skating seriously.
Rather than dodging the kids and not being able to stretch their legs in the confined space of the esplanade ice rink, I’m sure they would prefer the Clergue Park skating rinks, which are particularly attractive under the lights night.