National Newswatch

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

Apr 3 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — An already grim employment toll looked set to worsen Thursday as authorities pondered further tightening restrictions on people and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the pandemic from suffocating the health-care system. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said too many Canadians were still going out needlessly, potentially spreading the coronavirus and putting health-care […]

COVID-19 cases, deaths climb despite restrictions; experts warn of ‘cures’

Mar 26 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The unrelenting climb in COVID-19 cases in Canada continued Thursday amid tightening restrictions aimed at curbing the pandemic as experts warned against prescribing or using unproven cures for the disease that has killed 39 people and infected close to 4,000 others. Despite the surge, Canada's chief public health officer, Dr. Theresa Tam, said the health system had been […]

Top court to hear fight over Premier Doug Ford’s deep cuts to Toronto council

Mar 26 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canada's highest court agreed on Thursday to hear Toronto's challenge to a unilateral decision by Ontario Premier Doug Ford that slashed the size of city council midway through the last municipal election. The legislation nearly two years ago cut the number of council seats to 25 from 47 and sparked widespread anger from critics […]

Governments fight to curb COVID-19 and fallout from growing job losses

Mar 24 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The two-pronged battle to contain the spread of COVID-19 while inoculating the economy against the worst side effects saw governments on Tuesday rush to ease financial hardship amid massive job losses, even as they tightened restrictions that could last weeks. With large swaths of normal life grinding to a halt and the health system under increased […]

Governments fight to curb COVID-19 and fallout from growing job losses

Mar 24 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The two-pronged battle to contain the spread of COVID-19 while inoculating the economy against the worst side effects saw governments on Tuesday rush to ease financial hardship amid massive job losses, even as they tightened restrictions that could last weeks. With large swaths of normal life grinding to a halt and the health system under increased […]

Abnormal becoming new normal amid tight COVID-19 restrictions, more cases

Mar 19 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Canadians and their governments scrambled on Thursday to come to grips with the COVID-19 pandemic as case numbers rose, social distancing ramped up, and everyday life morphed into an abnormal new normal that could last months. Amid growing and widespread economic turmoil, isolation measures that have shuttered bars, restaurants and entertainment venues have idled a […]

Calls to distress lines jump as COVID-19 sparks dislocation and anxiety

Mar 16 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Crisis lines and mental health professionals are seeing a jump in calls as Canadians come to grips with the unprecedented disruption caused by the COVID-19 pandemic and the increasingly drastic measures aimed at containing the novel coronavirus. While some level of concern is both normal and healthy, experts say the risk of overreacting can […]

Canada fights COVID-19 ‘health crisis’ with travel curbs, billions in spending

Mar 13 2020 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — The suspension of Parliament, billions of dollars in extra federal spending, and recommendations against leaving the country were among extraordinary steps public and private sector organizations were taking Friday to try to curb a pandemic that has sparked concerns Canada is headed for a recession. The all-party decision to stop sitting in the House of […]