National Newswatch

Alberta woman in her 20s dies of COVID-19 becoming youngest reported death in Canada

Apr 4 2020 — — An Alberta woman in her 20s has died after contracting COVID-19, making her the youngest reported fatality in Canada. Public-health officials don’t yet know if the woman, who was from the Edmonton region, had any underlying medical conditions. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta’s chief medical officer, said the case underscores the point public-health officials have been attempting […]

Scheer calls for increased parliamentary scrutiny of Trudeau and cabinet over COVID-19 response

Apr 3 2020 — Bill Curry — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer is calling for the government to face greater parliamentary scrutiny of its decisions in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. Speaking in Regina on Friday, the Official Opposition Leader said the daily pattern of news conferences by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his cabinet ministers should include a role for opposition MPs.

Business leaders urge Ottawa to ease conditions for 75-per-cent wage subsidy

Apr 3 2020 — Robert Fife and Bill Curry — Business leaders and social policy analysts are warning that conditions imposed by the federal government’s multibillion-dollar package of income support measures will leave out many people and employers. Canada’s community of tech startups is particularly disappointed with the terms announced this week for the federal government’s new Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy to help businesses hit […]

Bring on the projections – and the caveats: COVID-19 models are a complicated truth

Apr 3 2020 — Campbell Clark — Once the White House’s coronavirus task force released its own model predicting that 100,000 to 240,000 Americans could die from COVID-19, it was inevitable that there would be more questions about what Canada’s projections say. If there’s one thing that social distancing and self-isolation have made common, it is wondering where all this is going. […]

‘It is a very dire situation’: At least 600 nursing, retirement homes in Canada have coronavirus cases

Apr 2 2020 — — The new coronavirus has invaded at least 600 nursing and retirement homes across Canada, including hundreds in Quebec, a situation that has overwhelmed front-line caregivers and left frightened families scrambling for information about loved ones they can’t visit. Canada’s coronavirus epidemic has caused more devastation in seniors’ homes than anywhere else in the country, with […]

Liberals mum, as Tories, NDP say they would support MP pay freeze

Apr 2 2020 — Marieke Walsh — Federal Conservatives and New Democrats say they would support a freeze to parliamentarians’ salaries but no party is offering to take the lead and push for the legislation that would delay a hike in compensation – a question the Green Party calls a “distraction.” The COVID-19 pandemic has forced businesses across the country to shutter, […]

Canada’s food supply at risk as pandemic tightens borders to farm workers

Apr 1 2020 — — The coronavirus pandemic is making it difficult for farmers to bring in temporary workers to plant crops on time, a problem that threatens Canada’s food supply. Time is of the essence. Spring is here – seeds need to be planted, orchard trees pruned and thinned, fields prepped for the season, equipment fixed and irrigation systems […]

Ontario, B.C., Quebec begin building makeshift hospitals in preparation for rise in COVID-19 patients

Apr 1 2020 — — Canada’s three largest provinces have begun setting up temporary makeshift hospitals to expand their number of available beds in anticipation of an influx of patients with COVID-19. Joseph Brant Hospital in Burlington, west of Toronto, is building a temporary pandemic unit to accommodate patients who need treatment for COVID-19. The modular structure will contain 93 […]

Save Grandma or save the economy? It depends

Mar 31 2020 — Andrew Coyne — Should we sacrifice Grandma for the GDP? That more or less sums up the debate in much of the U.S. media over the past week, ever since U.S. President Donald Trump mused aloud to a Fox News reporter about relaxing the already patchy American shutdown of social and economic activity in time for Easter – […]