Update #26 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, We celebrate Thanksgiving this weekend here in the Great White North. Technically speaking, the holiday is on Monday but no one gets too fussy about when the celebratory meal occurs. Though transformed by modern convenience, Thanksgiving is an ancient tradition. Indigenous peoples in North America have a history of holding communal feasts in celebration […]

Update #25 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, It has been nearly three weeks since my last update and the hard realities of this pandemic are coming to the forefront once again. In B&M, we experienced four new infections during this time, 3 in Kansas City and the other in Toronto. The number of active COVID-19 cases are rising steadily again in […]

Update #24 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, It happens every year. I still feel that same tinge of dread and nervous excitement that I experienced as a kid on the first of September. That old program, etched there in my memory, lurches into action. The wistful reflection on summer’s end and an apprehension about what is to come. The impending rigor […]

Update #23 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, Apologies for skipping a week but I took some time off and tried to keep the laptop closed. I did reasonably well. We are now at Day 157 since Canada experienced its 100th case of COVID-19 and Day 159 for the United States. Nearly half a year of a “new normal” that doesn’t feel […]

Update #22 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, We continue to experience new cases of COVID-19 infection within our B&M ranks. My last message did not account for two other emerging incidents. To get everyone caught up, I can tell you that we have had 6 new confirmed cases since the beginning of July, bringing our total to 12 for the pandemic […]

Update #21 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, We have two new confirmed cases of COVID-19 within the B&M ranks since my last update. Both have occurred in our Kansas City operation and fortunately the individuals are recovering without serious issue thus far. These are the first known infections in our cohort of American colleagues.  Many Canadians may smugly think that this […]

Update #20 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, “Are we there yet?” There aren’t many of us who haven’t uttered these words from the back seat of the car on a long journey or fielded this question while at the wheel. This pandemic is creating a trip-fatigue of a different kind. We are all tired of the disruption, the rules and restrictions. […]

Update #19 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, I had a good week. I visited two of our locations – our Southern Ontario hub at Pullman Court in Toronto and our Southwest Ontario office in Stoney Creek. Both are relatively short drives from my own office and I enjoyed feeling the comfort of a familiar routine. I told people I was coming. […]

Update #18 from Bruce McDonald

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Everyone, We experienced a new confirmed case of COVID-19 amongst our employee group in the past week. It is a cautionary tale that highlights the dangerous and unpredictable nature of the virus. An FM site supervisor here in Toronto has been in self-isolation for some time after his sister tested positive. After nearly a month […]