National Newswatch

We’re going to need a Marshall Plan to rebuild after COVID-19

Apr 2 2020 — Jim Stanford — Economic policy-makers have been understandably focused on addressing the immediate economic shocks from the COVID-19 pandemic: developing new income supports for the millions who will need them, stabilizing the credit system and channelling emergency aid to hundreds of thousands of firms that will otherwise collapse in coming months.

Time running out to protect prisoners and prison staff from calamity

Mar 31 2020 — Jane Philpott and Kim Pate — The UN High Commissioner for Human Rights has called on governments to take urgent action to contain the COVID-19 pandemic in institutions with vulnerable populations, including residential care homes, psychiatric hospitals and prisons. “With outbreaks of the disease, and an increasing number of deaths, already reported in prisons and other institutions in an expanding number […]

Online voting entirely possible for MPs during times of crisis

Mar 25 2020 — Nicole Goodman and Aleksander Essex — The international COVID-19 pandemic has forced many sectors to explore online tools to ensure operational continuity during this time of crisis. Provincial governments in Canada have begun releasing online learning platforms to continue to provide students with learning resources (Ontario’s Learn at Home program, for example). In the United States, the New York Stock Exchange […]

COVID-19 crisis shows us childcare is always an essential service

Mar 24 2020 — Martha Friendly and Morna Ballantyne — Manitoba announced last week that it would be closing public schools, but leaving childcare centres open. Officials explained that childcare centres provide essential support to parents working during the COVID-19 crisis. A question soon began making the rounds on Twitter and Facebook: “Why are childcare programs in Manitoba not important enough to get adequate funding, […]

‪Priority pandemic response needed for First Nations‬

Mar 20 2020 — Pamela Palmater — It is too early to tell what the coronavirus infection rates will be in First Nations, Inuit communities or amongst Métis people – but if we use past government practices as an indicator, we clearly have reason to worry. During the H1N1 outbreak in 2009, Indigenous peoples made up just 4.3 percent of the population, […]

Can Canada weather the economic ravages of COVID-19?

Mar 19 2020 — Pedro Antunes — Over the past few weeks, the number of COVID-19 cases in Canada has grown, following the exponential curve that is the typical pattern of this very contagious virus. So here as elsewhere, drastic measures, imposed and self-imposed, are being adopted by governments, business leaders and households to slow its spread. If we can quickly flatten […]