Walmart Canada making masks mandatory in all stores starting Aug. 12

Walmart Canada has announced it is making masks or face coverings mandatory in all stores starting Aug. 12. In a statement, the company said this will apply in every store, … Read More

COVID-19: Doctors say wearing masks in crowded outdoor spaces helps prevent spread of coronavirus

With masks becoming mandatory at many indoors spots in Calgary on Aug 1, some doctors are now saying people should also be wearing them more often outdoors amid the ongoing … Read More

B.C. reports 27 new COVID-19 cases, community outbreak on Haida Gwaii

British Columbia saw a small dip in the number of new COVID-19 cases reported on Friday. Health officials reported 27 new cases, after a week in which new diagnoses topped … Read More

Ottawa’s coronavirus deficit will take ‘many, many years’ to pay down: economist

The massive federal deficit created by the unprecedented coronavirus emergency response could take more than 10 years to get under control, one economist suggests. In an interview with The West … Read More

B.C. records only 4 new coronavirus cases from new outbreaks at 2 companies

B.C. has recorded only four new cases of the novel coronavirus in the past 24 hours. Those new cases are outbreaks at two Lower Mainland companies: Maersk Distribution in Delta … Read More

B.C. officials provide Tuesday coronavirus update

Officials are set to provide an update Tuesday on the number of coronavirus cases in B.C. The province recorded 24 new cases of the novel coronavirus from noon Saturday to noon … Read More

Coronavirus: UN’s global appeal to fund emergency aid in Yemen falls $1B short

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates — A United Nations appeal Tuesday for countries to fund emergency aid in Yemen, where more than five years of war have collapsed the country’s health … Read More

Coronavirus pandemic drives home why Canada needs to loosen ties with China

The coronavirus pandemic and the Chinese regime’s behaviour throughout are driving home the need for Canada and other Western allies to start “decoupling” from the country, says Canada’s former ambassador … Read More

Coronavirus pandemic drives home why Canada needs to loosen ties with China: former ambassador

The coronavirus pandemic and the Chinese regime’s behaviour throughout are driving home the need for Canada and other Western allies to start “decoupling” from the country, says Canada’s former ambassador … Read More

Research to examine emotional well-being of physicians, nurses during pandemic

A former University of Alberta professor is leading a research project examining the emotional well-being of healthcare professionals during the COVID-19 pandemic. Jason Harley, a psychologist who is currently an … Read More

Trudeau says question of hazard pay for military in care homes remains undecided

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the question of whether military members serving in long-term care homes hit by the coronavirus pandemic remains under consideration. But he gave no indication of … Read More

Trudeau says Ottawa will help fund coronavirus contact tracing across Canada

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted May 22, 2020 8:30 am Updated May 22, 2020 11:09 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size … Read More

Trudeau expected to face questions on how feds can help provinces test, trace COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to face pressure on Friday to detail how the federal government will help provinces massively scale up testing for coronavirus as the country slowly … Read More

UBC researchers develop biodegradable masks made from B.C. wood fibres

Non-medical masks are becoming part of British Columbians’ everyday lives, with recommendations even being made to wear them on transit. Researchers at the University of British Columbia (UBC) say they … Read More

U.S.-China tensions could make WHO coronavirus review ‘incredibly difficult:’ expert

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will need to be “improvements” made to the World Health Organization in the aftermath of the coronavirus pandemic, as well as questions about China‘s … Read More

Scheer presses for more House of Commons powers as coronavirus crisis stretches on

Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer says more parliamentary powers must be restored to properly scrutinize the government’s handling of the COVID-19 pandemic. He says the existing thrice-weekly meetings of a special … Read More

China supports ‘inclusive review’ of coronavirus response while pointing finger at U.S.

The Chinese government would be open to some sort of review of the coronavirus pandemic, according to its ambassador to Canada. But Cong Peiwu says that would need to be … Read More

‘China is a victim’ of coronavirus disinformation, Chinese ambassador to Canada says

China‘s ambassador to Canada is insisting his country is being victimized by a campaign of disinformation about its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, however, comes … Read More

‘China is a victim’ of coronavirus disinformation, its ambassador insists

China‘s ambassador to Canada is insisting his country is being victimized by a campaign of disinformation about its role in the spread of the coronavirus pandemic. The claim, however, comes … Read More

Cottage country mayors urge extreme long weekend caution to protect locals from coronavirus

Mayors from two Canadian cottage country regions are urging property owners to think carefully about whether they need to come up this upcoming long weekend. And if they do, owners … Read More

Canadian horse owners could be forced to sell for slaughter as finances battered by COVID-19

The governing body for Canadian equestrian sports and horse welfare is warning that without financial support, horse owners could be forced to sell their animals for slaughter as the coronavirus … Read More

Trudeau urges people to ‘buy Canadian’ food, produce amid COVID-19

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is urging people to “buy Canadian” as domestic food producers feel the strain of global restrictions put in place to limit the spread of the novel … Read More

Trudeau says world has questions ‘particularly’ for China on COVID-19 origin

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says there will be questions “particularly” for China about how the coronavirus pandemic began and its handling of the early days of the crisis. His comments … Read More

Coronavirus: Feds rolling out one-time top up for seniors eligible for OAS, GIS

Posted May 12, 2020 10:18 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Seniors feeling the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau promises one-time top-up for eligible seniors up to $500

Seniors feeling the financial impacts of the coronavirus pandemic will be able to get a one-time top-up to their Old Age Security and Guaranteed Income Supplement payments. Seniors Minister Deb … Read More

Canada’s biggest companies getting new loans, financing to weather COVID-19

By The Canadian Press Posted May 11, 2020 10:03 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The federal government says it will … Read More

O’Toole vows to put ‘caveats’ on One China policy, urges ‘reckoning’ over coronavirus

Conservative leadership candidate Erin O’Toole says while he would not walk away from longstanding policies acknowledging Chinese claims over Hong Kong and Taiwan, he would modify them. In an interview … Read More

Mental health effects of the coronavirus pandemic will be ‘severe,’ expert warns

Federal and provincial governments need to prepare for a swell in mental health problems caused by the coronavirus pandemic, which one expert warns will pose a “severe” challenge in managing. … Read More

Canada-U.S. border should stay shut but provincial ones shouldn’t harden: experts

Now is not the time to look at reopening the border with the United States amid the coronavirus pandemic, experts say. But at the same time, provinces should not be … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau thanks Taiwan directly for ‘generous’ mask donation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday thanked the island nation of Taiwan for donating medical masks to Canada amid the coronavirus pandemic, one day after his foreign minister dodged repeated … Read More

National coronavirus testing strategy wouldn’t work for Canada, Trudeau says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says a federal coronavirus testing strategy won’t work in Canada. He was questioned on Thursday during a daily briefing with reporters about why the government isn’t … Read More

Coronavirus: Champagne dodges naming Taiwan when pressed to thank nation for mask donation

When China donated medical supplies to help Canada in battling the coronavirus pandemic, Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne turned to Twitter to thank the country directly. But after the small … Read More

Coronavirus: Trudeau rejects ‘oil is dead’ claim from Greens, Bloc Quebecois

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he rejects the claim made by Green and Bloc Quebecois leaders that “oil is dead” and should get no further government support amid the coronavirus … Read More

Here’s how B.C. plans to reopen schools amid the COVID-19 pandemic

Parents and students are anxiously waiting for the news on how schools, from kindergarten to Grade 12 and post-secondary, will begin to open again amid the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. … Read More

B.C. to reopen hair salons, spas in mid-May under COIVD-19 pandemic

Posted May 6, 2020 6:06 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The B.C. government has announced how it expects to start … Read More

B.C. daycares will begin to reopen in mid-May amid COVID-19 pandemic

Posted May 6, 2020 6:06 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ The B.C. government has released details about how daycares can … Read More

EU members to push for formal probe into coronavirus origins, Canadian position unclear

European Union member states plan later this month to push for a formal international probe into how the coronavirus pandemic began and what lessons can be learned to prevent a … Read More

Trudeau open to ‘voluntary’ coronavirus tracking app but says privacy paramount

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says while there could be a role for using apps and virtual tracking to trace coronavirus cases in Canada, those measures would likely need to be … Read More

Coronavirus ‘travel bubble’ idea gains steam but wouldn’t work for Canada, U.S.: expert

As provinces and countries begin to look towards easing coronavirus restrictions, some are taking an approach reminiscent of school days gone by: pick a best friend and stick with them. … Read More

Trudeau mum on whether seniors will get coronavirus financial support

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is saying little on whether Canadian seniors will get financial support to cope with the coronavirus pandemic. The federal government has rolled out hundreds of billions … Read More

NATO must confront coronavirus disinformation, supply chain threats: Stoltenberg

The coronavirus pandemic is driving home the need for members of the NATO security alliance to work together to counter disinformation and shore up supply chains among the alliance. In … Read More

Saskatchewan, Denmark taking similar approaches to slow coronavirus reopening

As Saskatchewan and several other provinces prepare to lift some of the novel coronavirus restrictions imposed on their residents over the last two months, they have at least one country … Read More

Coronavirus: Reopening auto firms safely can serve as ‘example’ for others, CEO says

Automakers across the continent are pushing to reopen their plants amid the novel coronavirus pandemic and one industry leader says if the sector can get it right, they can serve … Read More

Shortage of salbutamol inhalers reported in Canada amid coronavirus pandemic

Increased demand during the novel coronavirus pandemic for inhalers that relieve acute symptoms of asthma and other respiratory conditions has led to “reported shortages and limited supply” of the product, … Read More

Coronavirus: ‘Incomplete’ data for Canada hurts ability to model pandemic, scientists say

Several scientists say the publicly-available COVID-19 data from Canada’s public health agency is “incomplete” and hurts their ability to build accurate pandemic models and forecasts that can help inform decision-makers. … Read More

New York City’s COVID-19 death toll soars as ‘probable’ fatalities get counted

The official death toll from the coronavirus soared in New York City on Tuesday after health authorities began including people who probably had COVID-19, but died without ever being tested. … Read More

Coronavirus: Tories push for more federal help for restaurant, tourism sectors

The Conservatives are calling on the government to come up with a plan specifically to help the nation’s restaurant, hospitality and tourism sectors cope with the coronavirus pandemic. Many of … Read More

Canadians face misinformation, uncertainty in bid to protect against coronavirus: experts

From coronavirus modelling to grim new unemployment numbers, there’s been a lot of information for Canadians to digest over the last week. But in interviews with The West Block‘s Mercedes … Read More

No return to ‘normality’ until coronavirus vaccine is available, Trudeau says

Canadians won’t be able to return to life as they knew it before the novel coronavirus pandemic until a vaccine is available, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. “Normality as … Read More

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