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Ottawa dressed in tulip colors
The world's largest tulip festival was held only for locals and online.
Not every city in the world has its glorious traditions of celebrating the arrival of spring. Some of them are ancient, some modern, but they all fill the residents with pleasant feelings due to the long-awaited onset of warm weather. In Ottawa, such a glorious spring tradition is the Tulip Festival, which takes place in May and during which the capital of Canada becomes brightly colorful.
Usually about 650 thousand visitors come to enjoy the incomparable beauty of tulips in May Ottawa. Colorful flowers become the backdrop for various art and entertainment events that take place throughout the city.
However, as in other areas, COVID-19 completely destroyed the current festival plans, because all public events were canceled. Fortunately, the authorities decided not to follow the example of the Netherlands and not destroy the flowers already planted, but moved the festival online.
Instead of walking along bright flower beds, Canadians longing for beauty were urged to enjoy the flowers from the comfort of their own home: the organizers regularly carried out streams from the fields and showed beautiful flowers. Although the parks with tulips were not physically closed, only those who could get there on foot or by bicycle were allowed to personally visit. At first, the authorities even wanted to ban photographing near tulips in order to avoid the formation of crowds, but subsequently abandoned this plan.
The festival eventually took place, but with little amount of visitors and without any additional celebrations. Instead of 650 thousand visitors, millions of tulips in Ottawa this year were admired by the force of several tens of thousands of local residents. The Ottavians were attentive to the recommendations of doctors, observing the distance and using protective masks. Of course, tourism was hit hard, but the locals were almost the first to calmly enjoy the surrounding beauty.
Nevertheless, just as flowers come to life every spring from hibernation, so mankind will soon overcome a pandemic and learn to contemplate the beautiful together again. Live, not online.
Ottawa canceled all summer festivals for corona virus
For the first time no summer festival will be held because of the corona virus in the capital of Ottawa this year.
About this the mayor of Ottawa, Jim Watson,wrote on Twitter .
“Based on the guidances of the Ottawa Department of Health, the town will extend the ban on all special occasion until August 31,” said Watson.
He emphasized that “we must remain alert and focus on the health and safeness of all.”
The ban included all occassions in Ottawa, in which more than 500 people are expected to attend. Smaller events do not require special permission from the city, but still must adhere to the requirements of the provincial authorities, which now prohibit gathering in groups of more than 5 people.
The decision of the Ottawa authorities will lead to the cancellation of the Ukrainian festival, which was held for five years in a row in the capital of Canada in July.
Canada pays $ 1.85 billion to support retirees during pandemic
Canadian retirees will receive a one-time payment of $300 to $500 ($ 220-370) from the government to cover additional costs during a pandemic.
“If you receive pension benefits, you will get extra $300 to cover the costs of the virus. It implies that almost seven million elderly people will get the necessary assistance throughout the country. To support the most assailable older people, we will also charge an additional $200 to those who receive an increased pension, ”Trudeau said.
“Some weeks ago, we already increased subsidization so that organizations can deliver products to older people and help them stay in touch with loved ones during a pandemic. We are making a new contribution in order to make more programs to help isolated elderly people and better their quality of life, ” the Prime Minister added.
His office specified that in general, the Government of Canada provided $2.5 billion (about $1.85 billion) for new programs of direct financial assistance to pensioners.
Canada will allocate more than $450 million to support science during the pandemic
Canada will allocate more than $450 million to support research centers at universities whose financial base has declined due to the COVID-19 corona virus pandemic. These funds will allow research centers to retain staff during the period of compulsory curtailment of work.
He noted that due to the pandemic, many laboratories have already closed or are in danger of closure.
“It’s clear that people are worried about their work and future. Therefore, we allot 450 million dollars to help researchers and research institutions in overcoming difficult times,” Trudeau said.
“Universities and related research institutes that have suffered from this pandemic will be temporarily assisted with salary payments. Having allocated these funds through grants from federal agencies, we will quickly support those who need it, ” said the head of the Canadian government.
His office specified that the allocated funds would allow covering several months of 75% of the salaries of research center employees for several months, regardless of whether the institution works or not.
US and Canada has extended border closure
Justin Trudeau has declared that US and Canada extended border restrictions until June 21.
“This is a significant solution that will ensure the safety of people,” Trudeau said at a briefing.
At the moment, between the United States and Canada crossing the borders is forbidden for "insignificant purposes."
Restrictions relate to the entry of those whose trip is not considered necessary or who do not have properly executed documents.
The restrictions do not apply to freight or air travel, but affects ferry and rail trips. Tourist trips are forbidden, while returning from such a trip will be allowed to cross the border.
Canada will have a cooperation with China to develop a corona virus vaccine
The National Research Center of Canada began to collaborate with a Chinese company where a coronavirus vaccine is undergoing clinical testings.
According to the president of the National Research Council of Canada, Ian Stewart, this vaccine has high expectations.
If the relevant authorities in China allow, the Canadian Research Center will increase the production of vaccines in Montreal (Canada). After that, the Chinese company will submit documents for conducting clinical testings in humans in the Canadian regulator of medical devices.