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I am writing regarding an appalling situation I encountered at the Main Post Office on Queen Street last Friday evening.

I entered the Post Office just before 5 pm and joined the line-up.  Ahead of me were 5 people and there was no customer service agent behind the counter. After maybe five minutes, when we could hear much banging around in the back sorting office, the young man, who had recently been the service agent, appeared and apologized to the first customer for the delay and said they were short staffed in the back. This lady was quickly served and she left.

The next customer was one of four black men, all of whom I believe were offshore workers from the farms. His first request appeared to be dealt with and then he asked to send a Moneygram.  After a couple of minutes the Agent picked up the phone and then he disappeared in the back. At some point another postal worker had been outside to clear the mailboxes. Several minutes after the Service Agent had disappeared this other worker came out and told the six of us (another gentleman had joined the line-up behind me) that we could not be attended to today. They had too much work to do in the back and it would mean they would be staying too late if we were attended to, and we could come back on Monday to be served.

It has been well documented that the COVID-19 Pandemic has had a disproportionately negative impact on women. Whether economic or job losses, female lead businesses shuttering, and most, unfortunately, a noticeable increase in violence against women. Canada has historically high rates of domestic violence. In Canada, a woman is killed by her intimate partner every week. The Pandemic and subsequent lockdowns have amplified these issues and the need for sustainable solutions.

These issues came to my full attention in May 2020, when my sister fled an abusive relationship. She was left deeply traumatized, without a home and unable to work due to injuries at the hands of her former fiancé.

As parents, we want what’s best for our children and teens. We want to offer support, protection, and advice. Although hugs may be a tougher sell for teenagers, they are important too – just like COVID-19 vaccines.

Right now, getting our youth vaccinated for COVID-19 is essential, especially before the start of school. The headlines are correct, a fourth wave of COVID-19 is likely this fall. While many older people are fully vaccinated, young people 12-17 years of age have the lowest COVID-19 vaccination rate of any age group in our region.

The Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine is safe, effective and approved for use in anyone 12 years and older (COVID-19 vaccines for younger children are still in clinical trials and awaiting regulatory approval for use). Two doses of Pfizer vaccine are needed for full protection, and the good news, is that there is plenty of supply locally, so no youth has to go unvaccinated and unprotected.

Dear Cobourg residents

If you wear glasses or contact lenses, suffer from diabetes, glaucoma, or macular degeneration issues, this may be of interest to you and the health of your families.

You may already be aware of this developing issue in Ontario but in case not, you should be.

Optometrists in Ontario will be withdrawing services to all OHIP patients (basically all of us) effective September 1/2021, unless the Ontario Government agrees to sit down to negotiations with Ontario’s Optometrists. Apparently over the last 30+ years, the increase for patient eye care has only increased 17 cents per year, to this point (according to the Ontario Association of Optometrists)  Optometrists are paying out of pocket for a portion of patient eye care.  I am not involved in this field in any way other than a user who has diabetes.

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