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A lot of my friends are very excited over this 100 years. They are calling me from all around wishing me well,

Norman Mitchell OBE turns 100 Dec 27. Founder of the West Indian Senior Citizens Organisation (WISCO)
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For many Canadians, being safe this holiday season means being apart from family

‘Trying to make the best of a sub par situation’ through Zoom calls, care packages.

There’s a caveat in the popular holiday standard I’ll Be Home for Christmas — “if only in my dreams” — and it’s taken on additional meaning as many people prepare to spend the holidays apart from family.

With COVID-19 case numbers rising across the country and a province-wide lockdown in Ontario coming into effect Saturday, returning to one’s hometown to see family and friends is an unlikely and unadvisable prospect.

Across the country, public health experts have urged Canadians to to limit — or even avoid — large Christmas get-togethers this year to avoid spreading the novel coronavirus. That’s caused anxiety for some who’ve had to make difficult phone calls to parents and loved ones to say they won’t be home.

This Christmas is the first that some young people won’t spend at home. Their families say they understand, given the severity of the pandemic. Some have tried to mitigate the disappointment by sending care packages and presents. Others have made elaborate plans for Dec. 25 phone calls and virtual reunions.

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Coronavirus doctor’s diary: ‘We turned 90, moved in together – then got the vaccine’

The UK’s Covid vaccination programme has begun, with the over-80s and some health and care staff first in line. Two dancing partners who only became a co-habiting couple at the age of 90 were among the first in the queue in Bradford, where Dr John Wright of Bradford Royal Infirmary got to hear about them.

As with so many great romances, it all started for Lily Abbot and Trevor Hirst on the dance floor. They first met through Bradford’s sequence dancing circuit 30 years ago, became good friends and would travel to events around the country together – Lily partnered by her husband, Wilf, Trevor with his wife, Rita.

Trevor gave up after Rita died six years ago. But eventually friends persuaded him to give it another try. And whenever he turned up at the church hall, Lily would be there. She’d lost Wilf in 2006 after 55 years of marriage.

“I’d get her up to dance,” says Trevor, “and all the rest is history.”

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