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Health, Politics, Society

Public Health Agency was ‘unprepared’ for the pandemic, says auditor general

Despite planning for a pandemic response since the 2009 swine flu outbreak, the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) “was not adequately prepared” for COVID-19 and “underestimated the potential impact of the virus at the onset of the pandemic,” says »

Economy, Society

Canadian business owners optimistic

New public opinion polling suggests that 78 per cent of Canada’s mid-to-large size business owners feel optimistic about their companies’ future post pandemic. As restrictions ease, 53 per cent think their business will change for the better in some way. »

Health

Canada recorded over 13,000 excess deaths according Statistics Canada report

Over 13,000 excess deaths were recorded in Canada during the first year of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to provisional figures Statistics Canada published in a report on Wednesday. According to the report, from January 2020 to mid-December 2020, there were »

Health, International, Society

Violence against women is ‘devastatingly pervasive,’ says WHO

In their lifetime, one in three women around the world are subjected to physical or sexual violence and that is from data collected before the COVID-19 pandemic. Lockdowns are widely believed to have made matters worse, cutting women off from »

Society

Survey: Pandemic stress affected alcohol and cannabis use among Canadians

The ongoing COVID-19 pandemic has been a source of stress and concern for Canadians and a survey that Statistics Canada released Thursday suggested that it has had an effect on the alcohol and drug consumption habits of Canadians. “New evidence »

Health, Society

Report: BIPOC Manitobans face disproportionate amount of COVID-19 cases

A report from the Manitoba government has found that COVID-19 cases have not been evenly distributed among the province’s population groups and has disproportionately affected Black, Indigenous and people of colour (BIPOC). According to the data published on Monday, 51 per »

Indigenous, Politics

Auditor general faults Ottawa for water crisis in Indigenous communities

Canada’s auditor general says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government has failed to honour its 2015 pledge to eliminate long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities and provide them with access to safe drinking water. The Liberals had committed during »

International, Society

Many food imports to Canada a product of child labour: report

“Canadians could be contributing to child and forced labour every time they go grocery shopping,” says the advocacy organization World Vision. It has issued a report which says that $3.7 billion worth of food imports to Canada are at risk »

Economy, Health, International, Society

Pandemic intensifies economic inequality worldwide, says Oxfam

The richest people in the world needed only nine months to recover from the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, while it could take more than a decade to the poorest to recover, according to a new report from Oxfam. »

Economy, Environment & Animal Life, International, Politics, Society

Countries must ‘urgently’ adapt to climate change, UN warns

The international community must step up its efforts to adapt to climate change and build up resilience in the face of growing impacts of global warming or face mounting costs, damages and losses, according to a new UN Environment Programme »