2021: Another Annus Horribilis

2021 has come to an end, so I would like to present my annual ‘Year in Review’.

2021 has become a second straight ‘Annus Horribilis’ as we have dealt with the COVID pandemic. This included lockdowns and restrictions during the second and third waves of the pandemic and the fourth wave continuing to cause concern. While many have been vaccinated, and booster shots being given out towards the end of the year, the country is still dealing with the effects of the pandemic.

2021 still managed to be a busy year, though.

Some highlights of 2021 include:

In January:

In February:

In March:

In April:

In May:

  • Canadians would learn about 215 unmarked graves being discovered at the former Kamloops Residential School.
  • On May 2nd, Amtrak turned 50 years old.
  • The Toronto Maple Leafs would face off against their archrivals – the Montreal Canadiens – in the first round of the 2021 NHL playoffs. The Canadiens would win the series in a seven game series on May 31st, coming back from a 3-1 deficit.

In June:

In July:

In August:

In September:

Windsor’s railway station.

In October:

In November:

  • Canada celebrated Remembrance Day and the 100th Anniversary of the Poppy.
  • Severe rain on the west coast caused floods in southern British Columbia, causing closures to highways and rail lines and the evacuation in parts of British Columbia, including in Abbotsford and Merritt.
  • Maple Leaf Gardens, the former home of the Toronto Maple Leafs, turned 90 years old.

In December:

  • On December 12th, the Winnipeg Blue Bombers won the 108th Grey Cup in overtime over the Hamilton Tiger-Cats. This is their 12th Grey Cup win, and was a second title in a row after winning in 2019 (there was no Grey Cup game in 2020 due to the pandemic.)
  • On Boxing Day, Arhbishop Desmond Tutu Passed Away
  • On December 31st, Betty White Passed Away

The pandemic has continued to plague Canada and the world in 2021. A number of events in 2021 were cancelled due to the pandemic, including the 2021 U Sports Women’s Basketball Championship, the 2021 U Sports Men’s Basketball Championship, the 2021 Toronto International Boat Show, the Toronto St Patrick’s Day and Santa Claus Parades, the Canadian National Exhibition, and the Royal Agricultural Winter Fair.

A break down of the stats of my Blog show that it has been visited over 1,500 times this year, with the most popular entries being:

A hope comes from the COVID vaccine, with multiple companies offering them. The vast majority of the population has been vaccinated against COVID, and many are now receiving booster shots due to the Omicron variant.

Let’s hope that 2022 ends up being brighter than 2021 and 2020.

Now for some random pictures:

About Edward Brain

I am a long time condo activist and have a background in Business Administration.
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