A World Of Help

August has some pretty amazing holidays dedicated to animals all over the world. Here are a few worth celebrating, internationally and here at home.

International Assistance Dog Week, August 2 – 8.

International Assistance Dog Week (IADW) was created to recognize all the devoted, hardworking  assistance dogs helping individuals mitigate their disability related limitations. According to the IADW website, International Assistance Dog Week was established due to the efforts of Marcie Davis,
a paraplegic for over 35 years and the author of Working Like Dogs: The Service Dog Guidebook.

International Homeless Animals Day, August 15.

Every year on the third Saturday in August, International Homeless Animals Day
celebrates taking care of our pets and spreading awareness of pet overpopulation.
Consider volunteering or helping to sponsor a spay and neuter clinic, adopt-a-thon or
microchip clinics in your neighborhood.

World Elephant Day, Wednesday August 12.

Launched in 2012 to bring attention to the urgent plight of Asian and African elephants, World Elephant Day asks you to help conserve and protect elephants from the numerous threats they face. WorldElephantDay.com has some great information on
supporting better protection for wild elephants, improving enforcement policies to prevent the illegal poaching and trade of ivory, conserving elephant habitats, better treatment for captive elephants and, when appropriate, reintroducing captive
elephants into natural, protected sanctuaries.


BC Tourism of COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard

The closing of the border to international travel, physical distancing measures that reduced domestic travel, and the shutdown of attractions has resulted in a dramatic decline in the tourism sector in BC.

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BC Business and Consumer Confidences of COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard

Business confidence is measured through a survey of small businesses in BC on their expectations and operating conditions, which have been negatively impacted by physical distancing measures. Consumer confidence is measured through a survey of BC households on their optimism around current economic conditions (e.g., employment, financial, and major purchases), which has been clouded with uncertainty during the pandemic.
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Canadian Monthly Real GDP (May) – July, 2020

Canadian real GDP grew 4.5  per cent on a monthly basis in May. May’s increase follows an 11.6 per cent contraction in April, the largest monthly decline in GDP since the series started to be recorded in 1961. Despite the rise in GDP in May the Canadian economy is still 15 per cent below its February, pre-COVID-19 level. Statistics Canada’s preliminary estimate for second quarter GDP is a decline of 12 per cent from the first quarter, or an annualized decline of close to 50%.

With an increase in GDP in May and a preliminary estimate of 5 per cent growth in June, it would appear that the Canadian economy is recovering from the COVID-19 induced recession. That recovery is already well underway in BC housing markets, with home sales recovering pre-COVID-19 levels in early summer.

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Save Your Eyes

August is Cataract Awareness Month, and that’s a good time for everyone to get acquainted with the dangers that a cataract can pose. A cataract is a clouding of the lens in the eye. Because the lens focuses light onto your retina, any blockage or distortion can result in diminished eyesight.

Cataracts develop gradually and usually (but not always) in older people. Congenital defects, inflammation, exposure to certain kinds of radiation, diabetes, and smoking can also contribute to cataract formation earlier in a person’s life.

The standard treatment is surgery to dissolve the clouded lens and then remove the fragments from the eye; doctors then insert an artificial lens to replace the old one. Because cataracts develop slowly and without pain, symptoms may not be obvious.

Check with your eye doctor if you start to notice these changes in your vision:

Vision that’s cloudy, blurry or dim.
• More difficulty seeing at night.
• Heightened sensitivity to light.
• Seeing halos around lights.
• Colors seem faded, or yellowish.
• Double vision in one eye. Take care of those peepers!

Did you know?

Birds and reptiles have an extra membrane in their eyes that functions as a third eyelid. It’s called the plica semilunaris, and apparently humans have them too. It helps to drain tears and remove foreign objects from the eye.

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Manufacturing and International Trade of COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard in BC

Manufacturing plants in BC either shutdown or operated at limited capacity due to the state of emergency. Moreover, falling energy prices and weaker global demand for goods resulted in drastic decreases in BC’s exports and imports.

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Jobs and Hours Worked of COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard in BC

The three sectors highlighted here are the sectors that have been most significantly impacted by the province’s state of emergency: wholesale and retail, recreation and culture, and accommodation and food services.

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BC Retail, Restaurant Reservations and Movement of COVID-19 Reopening Dashboard

The shutdown of physical stores and restaurants in BC negatively impacted retail sales and restaurant reservations. This, combined with many people working from home, dramatically decreased movement in retail and restaurant spaces, public transit, and workplaces.
For more information, please contact: Gino Pezzani.