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Even with strict containment measures, COVID-19 could claim 22,000 lives, federal officials project

By | April 9, 2020

Federal health officials are saying there could be nearly 32,000 cases of COVID-19 and between 500 and 700 deaths in Canada by April 16 — and anywhere from 11,000 to 22,000 deaths over the course of the pandemic, even with relatively strong control measures in place. That projection emerged Thursday morning as officials released modelling on how the COVID-19 crisis could unfold in… Read More »

Canada working to produce up to 30,000 ventilators domestically: Trudeau

By | April 7, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government is teaming up with a handful of Canadian companies to produce up to 30,000 ventilators — a critical piece of equipment in the battle against COVID-19. “To keep our frontline workers safe and care for Canadians with COVID-19, we need a sustainable, stable supply of these products, and that means making… Read More »

Canada’s top doctor says non-medical masks can help stop the spread of COVID-19

By | April 6, 2020

Canada’s chief public health officer now says that wearing a non-medical mask can help stop the spread of COVID-19. Dr. Theresa Tam, the top doctor at the Public Health Agency of Canada, said today that Canadians can use non-medical masks in tandem with social distancing measures to limit the transmission of the deadly virus when out grocery shopping or at a pharmacy. The recommendation… Read More »

Trudeau promises more Canadians will be covered by COVID-19 emergency benefit

By | April 6, 2020

Responding to critics who say many Canadians are falling through cracks in the emergency COVID-19 benefit plan, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today said more help is on the way for students, those working reduced hours due to the pandemic and struggling businesses. During his daily media briefing, Trudeau said 240,000 people already have applied successfully for the Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) — which… Read More »

Manitoba First Nations ask defence minister to set up military hospital

By | March 31, 2020

Two First Nations communities in Manitoba have made a direct appeal to Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan to establish a military hospital in their region in anticipation of an outbreak of COVID-19, CBC News has learned. A third community included a similar request in a recent, more wide-ranging appeal to Indigenous Services Canada. Pimicikamak, also referred to as Cross… Read More »

Top public health officer says coming week a crucial period in COVID-19 struggle

By | March 29, 2020

Canada’s top doctor says this coming week will be a crucial time during which public health officials will start to see if the aggressive physical distancing measures taken to prevent the spread of the coronavirus are working. Dr. Theresa Tam said she is keeping a close eye on Ontario, Quebec and Alberta — provinces where the coronavirus is spreading… Read More »

Trudeau pledges more help for vulnerable Canadians struggling with coronavirus crisis

By | March 29, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said more help is on the way for Canadian youth and seniors struggling with staying at home and accessing critical services during the COVID-19 pandemic. In his daily address on Sunday, the prime minister first delivered a message to youth across the country, acknowledging for many Canadians “home isn’t a safe place to be” and that… Read More »

Government boosts wage subsidy to 75% for small, medium businesses to avoid layoffs during COVID-19 crisis

By | March 27, 2020

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced more help for small and medium-sized businesses to keep employees on the payroll during the COVID-19 crisis, including a 75 per cent wage subsidy and guaranteed interest-free loans. During a news conference outside his residence at Rideau Cottage in Ottawa, Trudeau called small and medium-sized businesses the “backbone” of the economy and said… Read More »

Canada ‘strongly opposed’ to U.S. stationing troops near border

By | March 26, 2020

The Canadian government says it’s “strongly opposed” to the idea of sending American troops to the border to intercept illegal migrants as part of that country’s response to the coronavirus pandemic. “Canada is strongly opposed to this U.S. proposal and we’ve made that opposition very, very clear to our American counterparts,” said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland today. “At the end… Read More »

Canada ‘strongly opposed’ to U.S. stationing troops near shared border

By | March 26, 2020

The federal government says it’s “strongly opposed” to the idea of sending American troops to the border to intercept illegal migrants as part of the United States’ response to the coronavirus pandemic. “This is an entirely unnecessary step, which we would view as damaging to our relationship,” said Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland this morning, following the first public report from Global News that White House… Read More »