Ontario is loosening up. Woot? Um, not so woot. Long lines yesterday at clothing stores which have been closed for a few months, the full extent of Costco is now open, and, yes, patios at restaurants. It is not enough and too much. It is not enough because the schools remain closed, and the kids could really use just a few weeks of hanging out together. It is not enough for me because ultimate frisbee can only start in phase 2 in three weeks even though we know that outdoor stuff is really safe. It is too much in that people are going to let their guards down even as there are variants that are pretty harmful to those who have only had one shot. Ottawa and Ontario are at about 70% for one shot but only 10% for two. That latter number will accelerate, but we aren't there yet.
My basic approach is to be pessimistic in the short run and optimistic in the long run. I am not confident that Canada will change the travel restrictions soon. Indeed, last night, I had an epiphany--that there was no way they would change the restrictions until after Trudeau comes back from the G7. This government cares mostly about optics (except when it comes to having a defence minister who does not know what the job entails) so they would not want to reduce the restrictions at a time where it would make things very easy for PMJT to come back. So, the "logic" of early July makes more sense in that context. That and Doug Ford blaming foreigners for his own failed responses makes the Liberals more cautious.
In a mostly meeting-less week (not a trend, alas), we made much progress on planning a series of CDSN events. The summer institute's speaker lineup is nearly complete, the Year Ahead in December is getting there, our 9-11 event is 2/3s set, and we have started to go through the many applications for a new Project Coordinator. I am taking my time on this hire, as I have learned that rushing it does not work out so well. We have one podcast to record this week before we take a pause. Our wonderful podcast producer, Melissa Jennings, is traveling and could use a break. So, after the upcoming week, the next #BattleRhythm will be around Bastille Day, which is actually when I am slated for my next shot.
Good luck finding the sweet stuff while we make our way through the next phases of this thing.