TORONTO — As cases of the coronavirus rose this spring, Carole Robert’s “close-knit” family scrapped Easter. A family reunion planned for the summer was also a washout.

So when Robert got on the phone with a sister recently to talk Thanksgiving — a holiday she typically celebrates with some 35 family members — she knew what was coming.

“It’s completely canceled,” said Robert, who lives in Vankleek Hill, Ontario, roughly 60 miles from Ottawa. “There’s always next year.”

Canadian Thanksgiving comes earlier than the American version — families will gather to eat turkey and avoid discussing politics on Monday. But in this pandemic year, the timing is unfortunate.

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