While the Olympics are now officially over, that doesn't mean that loss against Germany in hockey doesn't sting any less for Canadians. While we did end up taking home a silver in women's hockey and a bronze in mens', it's just weird to think we didn't land gold! Though for Ottawans there is a major silver lining to the loss that you'll be happy to know you can take advantage of today.
After the loss to Germany, the German foreign tweeted out to Germans in Canada to go easy on Canadians just after we lost the semi-final game:
Travel advisory: Germans in Canada should exercise a high degree of empathy. Be nice, don’t gloat, give hugs, buy rounds of hot chocolate.Just imagine how you would feel if Canada beat us in soccer #CANGER @TeamD @CanadaFP @GermanyInCanada @KanadaBotschaft
That in itself was pretty nice of them considering the win was probably a pretty exciting affair for anyone who is even the slightest German. Though the German embassy in Ottawa took the foreign office's advice one step further in the following tweet:
We are following @GermanyDiplo's advice and WILL be buying rounds of hot chocolate* for Ottawans! Location, date and time: @Bridgehead at Sparks & Metcalfe, Monday, Feb. 26, 8-9am. (*up to 50 , first come first served) https://twitter.com/GermanyDiplo/status/967079630854291456 …
So while Canada isn't bringing home a gold in hockey, if you live in Ottawa around the area, you can bring home a free hot chocolate! The event will be running from 8-9 this morning over at Bridgehead but be quick as cups are limited!
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Trudeau is clapping back against Doug Ford's targeted ads about tightening border restrictions to help stop the spread of COVID-19.
In a press conference on Friday, the prime minister stated that these "personal attacks" are not what Ontarians need right now. Instead, Trudeau states he will continue to work with Ford to come to a conclusion about border restrictions if Ford will get back to him.
"If the Ontario government wants to do more to restrict the volume of people coming into Ontario, we are more than happy to work with them on it," Trudeau stated.
"But it's been a week since we've received that request directly from the premier that they haven't followed up on except with personal attacks, which doesn't make sense and quite frankly won't help Ontarians."
Earlier this week, the Ontario PC Party released an ad campaign, which claimed that Trudeau's lack of border control could lead to the fourth wave of COVID-19.
Ford keeps reaching out to Trudeau
While Trudeau claims he has yet to hear back personally from Ford, the targeted ad does follow multiple letters and comments from the premier.
Back in April, both Ford and Quebec's premier François Legault sent a joint letter to Trudeau, stating that the number of international flights landing in Canada should be reduced.
After this, Ford released his own statement on May 4 asking to ban all non-essential travel and close the "quarantine loophole at land border crossings."
Ford has also used his Twitter account in an attempt to get the prime minister's attention. "In the last two weeks, we have sent the federal government 3 urgent letters requesting immediate action on the borders," he claims.
According to the province, newly eligible groups include First Nations, Inuit and Métis individuals; anyone 50 and over; people with high-risk health conditions and a number of people who aren't able to work from home.
Beginning today, Ontario is expanding eligibility to more groups to book their vaccine at https://t.co/BqXNJQ33VV o… https://t.co/TMtICW16OX
— Ontario Ministry of Health (@Ontario Ministry of Health)1620302870.0
The province has split "workers who cannot work from home" into two groups; only the first group is eligible as of Thursday (the second group becomes eligible next week), and Group 1 includes the following:
Education staff (teachers, bus drivers, custodians and administrators)
Emergency service workers
By-law enforcement officers and food/workplace/health inspectors
Ontario is currently in the middle of Phase 2 of its vaccination plan, and the province is targeting adults living in hot spots, individuals with health issues, people who can't work from home and seniors 50 years old and over.