As Canadian Filipino Net wrapped up this current edition, Jillian Mendoza remained under watchful eyes in a Toronto hospital.
At noon on January 20, 2021, Joe Biden took his Oath of Office before Chief Justice John Roberts of the U.S. Supreme Court and became the 46th President of America, ushering the dawn of a new era committed to advance humanity and justice, inclusiveness in leadership, democratic tenets, and the rule of law and elevate public trustworthiness and empathy.
On January 11 Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, announced a continuing surge of new Covid cases in B.C. making it necessary to extend the province’s tougher Covid restrictions regarding travel and social gatherings for another four weeks up to Feb. 5th. Henry said an additional 1,475 people tested positive in B.C. over the past three days. If Covid cases continue to rise, it may be extended again.
January 16, 2021 - The Filipino Catholic Ministry of the Archdiocese of Vancouver (filipinoministry.ca) invites Canadian Filipinos to join the celebration of the centuries-old image of the holy Child Jesus with a novena and Mass on the Sto. Niño’s feast day, January 17. It will be held at the St. Anthony de Padua Church in Agassiz, 7237 Morrow Road. The mass will be virtual (livestream) as churches are still not allowed to gather for worship per Provincial Health Authority Covid restrictions.
British Columbia has declared a state of emergency and extended tougher restrictions to January 8, 2021 at midnight province-wide. By order and direction of the Provincial Health Officer (PHO), all events and social gatherings are suspended to significantly reduce COVID-19 transmission related to social interactions and travel.
On November 19, Dr. Bonnie Henry, BC’s provincial public health officer issued new Covid rules effective immediately to slow down the sudden spike in new Covid cases which rose to over 700 new cases per day in the past week. The new restrictions are in effect until December 7th if the situation improves by then.