The hardest hit?


There is no doubt about it. We’re in strange times and things are different all over the place.

I wonder though – even if we’re all complaining, who’s hardest hit outside those who have had the virus or suffered from it.

Jaimie and I were out for a walk the other night in the park and heard the loudest screams that I’d heard since I hurt my shoulder.

It wasn’t just screaming – it was really loud profanity tossed in with a few Fords. Just our luck, I thought, we’ve run into a group of anti-maskers. Well, that wasn’t it. They appeared to be about 16. Upon further inspection of the screaming (I wasn’t eavesdropping; you could hear it for blocks) I can confirm that they were 16.

What were they screaming about?

They’d lost a rite of passage that we’ve all taken for granted.

Because of the closure of Service Ontario, they felt robbed. You see, they’d all turned 16 and couldn’t apply or get tested for their driver’s license.

Now relieved, in the big scheme of things, Jaimie and I just went on looking for more bushes and trees that needed some attention. I then put myself into their shoes and I guess I’d be pretty upset myself.

You see, growing up there was a tradition of going and getting what we called the Learner’s after school on our 16th birthday. I remember feeling cheated because my birthday was on a Saturday…

Service Ontario around here has been mostly closed and I was relieved when the government indicated that we didn’t need to renew our licenses during COVID times. It actually opened for a couple of weeks this fall and I did go in and renew – I was mostly curious to see if I could still get a set of blue license plates.

There is a bit of good news for these teenagers….

Ontario government to hire 84 drive testers to deal with backlog in appointments

I hope that it happens for them sooner rather than later. Everyone needs the opportunity to be tricked by a tester to go the wrong way on a one way street.

OTR Links 01/30/2021


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