Highlights / COVID-19

Economy, Society

Trudeau unveils details of wage subsidy program, warns against double dealing

Canadian businesses whose revenue has decreased by 30 per cent or more due to the economic fallout from the COVID-19 pandemic will qualify for the government’s 75 per cent wage subsidy program, regardless of the number of employees they have,» 

Health, Society

Canadian Football League postpones 2020 training camps 

The Canadian Football League (CFL) announced the postponement of the 2020 training camps due to the COVID-19 pandemic, according to a statement released today.  According to the CFL, training camps were originally scheduled to start on May 17.  “As of» 

Politics, Society

Canadian military gearing up for COVID-19 response

The Canadian military is gearing up to help civilian authorities in the fight against COVID-19, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Monday. The Canadian military has drawn up plans to mobilize 24,000 full-time and part-time soldiers to support civilian authorities across» 

Health

Quebec releases online learning service while schools remain closed

Quebec’s Minister of Education Jean-François Roberge announced earlier today the launch of a bilingual online learning service for parents and children to use from home while schools remain closed during the COVID-19 outbreak. The service, called Open School, or L’École» 

Health

Quebec’s health institute warns against use of hydroxychloroquine for COVID-19

Quebec’s health institute has warned against using hydroxychloroquine and chloroquine for patients who are suffering from a COVID-19, according to a statement released on Sunday.  The Institut National d’excellence en santé et en service sociaux, or INESSS, said that despite» 

Society

Nearly one-in-eight Canadians think threat of COVID-19 is ‘overblown’: survey

Even as the number of confirmed COVID-19 infections in Canada continues to climb over 6,300 cases, resulting in at least 67 fatalities, nearly-one-in-eight Canadians believe the threat posed by the new coronavirus is “overblown,” according to a new survey. The» 

International, Society

Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic» 

Health, Society

Montreal declares local state of emergency over COVID-19 outbreak

The City of Montreal declared a local state of emergency Friday in an effort to contain the further spread of COVID-19 among the homeless population of Quebec’s largest metropolis. That emergency went into effect at 4 p.m. local time (20:00» 

Economy, Society

Canadian charities ask Ottawa for $10B to survive the pandemic

A coalition of 150 Canadian charities is urging the federal government to offer an urgent $10-billion financial lifeline to prevent the “irreparable collapse” of the struggling sector and the programs it offers to vulnerable Canadians and abroad. In an open» 

Economy

Ottawa boosts wage subsidies for small businesses up to 75%

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday a major increase to the federal emergency package for Canadian businesses, boosting the wage subsidy for small and medium-sized companies to 75 per cent, up from the 10 per cent promised last week.»