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Time for Canadians to come together

George Longley cartoon

(Cartoon by George Longley)

When municipalities in Durham began shutting down community centres and recreation programs, Oshawa was the last to do so.

However, with community centres and recreation programs being shut down, as well as a number of events being cancelled due to COVID-19, it begs the question: what can kids do over March Break, and the next three weeks off of school?

When city council chose to close down community centres, a number of popular sites closed their doors, including: Delpark Homes Centre, Donevan Recreation Complex, the Arts Resource Centre and many others.

With the closure of the Delpark Homes Centre, a library, a pool, ice rinks, fitness centre, a senior centre and much more closed with it.

So once again, with all of these facilities closed for the time being, what can kids do while staying safe at home?

A simple answer is playing video games, which these days means they can still interact with their friends through online play.

However, for activities in the home, board games are an option, movie night with the family, taco Tuesdays, and more. For those with small children, a game of hide-and-seek can take up a number of hours.

But, with kids home, many families are stuck trying to find new ways to take care of them, especially those with younger children.

The fact of the matter is, while it would have been irresponsible of the government to not minimize possibilities to spread COVID-19, many families will now be struggling to find ways to take care of their children over the next three weeks.

While many have neighbours, family or friends who can help out, there are those who don’t.

It’s time for Canadians to come together and help each other out.

If you know your neighbour is struggling to find a place for their children, lend them a hand. If you’re retired, and you know your children are having a difficult time finding a place to send their children, and if you are physically able, lend them a hand.

No matter your political affiliation, the COVID-19 pandemic is a time for Canadians to come together, and give each other a hand – or an elbow if that’s what you prefer.