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News: Canada

RCMP charge 4 people in N.S. for not self-isolating, not physically distancing

Wednesday  23:01,   01 april 2020

Nova Scotia RCMP say they have charged four people in the province related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Two people were charged with failing to self-isolate after returning from out of the country. Two others were charged for failing to maintain a... >>>

COVID-19: From one lockdown to another, residents at Canada's seniors homes face new reality

Wednesday  22:50,   01 april 2020

Rebecca Kelly, 78, has known for years that she would one day have to move her husband George Skinner, 82, from his suburban Ottawa retirement home into a nearby long-term care home, as his dementia progressed and his health declined. The surprise... >>>

'We, too, are part of this world': How Hutterites, Old Order Mennonites are responding to COVID-19

Wednesday  22:25,   01 april 2020

Conservative Christian communities are struggling to adapt to COVID-19 restrictions as they balance public safety with their communal lifestyle. Hutterites, the Amish and Old Order Mennonites live simply and separately from wider mainstream society. >>>

Jump in overdose deaths in Vancouver highlight two health emergencies: city

Wednesday  22:10,   01 april 2020

VANCOUVER — The City of Vancouver says a recent spike of overdose deaths is a reminder that there are two ongoing public health emergencies. The city says in a statement that police responded to eight suspected overdose deaths last week, the highest >>>

Supply-line disruptions could cause Canadian drug shortage

Wednesday  22:10,   01 april 2020

OTTAWA — Canadians should brace for possible drug shortages as COVID-19 disrupts global supply lines, the federal health ministry's top public servant says. A lack of medications to fill ordinary prescriptions is an ongoing issue in Canada, but... >>>

Coronavirus: Curve Lake First Nation using flag system for residents to request help

Wednesday  22:00,   01 april 2020

Curve Lake First Nation is using a flag system in which residents place a coloured-flag in their window based on their needs or requirements.During a media conference hosted by Peterborough Public Health, Curve Lake First Nation Chief Emily Whetung... >>>

Feds likely didn't have enough protective gear in emergency stockpile: Hajdu

Wednesday  21:41,   01 april 2020

OTTAWA — Health Minister Patty Hajdu says the federal government likely did not have enough protective equipment in its emergency stockpile to meet needs during the COVID-19 pandemic. Hajdu tells a news conference today that federal governments have >>>

Halifax firefighters concerned about lack of social distancing at recent calls

Wednesday  21:00,   01 april 2020

The union representing firefighters implored residents to not approach fire crews, and keep clear of walkways, stairs and elevators. Brendan Meagher, president of the Halifax Professional Firefighters, told Global News numerous fire officers have... >>>

Economic reality of COVID-19 like 'a bad dream every day,' say Winnipeggers struggling to pay rent, mortgages

Wednesday  21:00,   01 april 2020

Casandra Woolever always pays her rent on the first of the month, but she won't make any payments on April 1. She doesn't know how she could. The single mother from Winnipeg lost her two jobs because of COVID-19. Woolever can no longer... >>>

The limits of federal emergency law during a pandemic

Wednesday  20:44,   01 april 2020

While there has never been an official national public health emergency in Canada, there has been discussion of whether the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to precipitate one soon. It’s therefore important to understand the legal framework for public... >>>

Nova Scotia grocery store workers use cash gift left for them to help seniors

Wednesday  20:22,   01 april 2020

ANTIGONISH, N.S. — After staff at a grocery store in Antigonish, N.S., recently received an anonymous cash gift, they decided to "pay it forward" by using the money to buy groceries for seniors. Patti Hilton, manager of the Atlantic Superstore, said >>>

Trudeau defends new flights bringing Canadians home from across the globe

Wednesday  20:16,   01 april 2020

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians being flown home from abroad must subject themselves to "rigorous" and mandatory 14-day self-isolation to keep their fellow citizens safe. Trudeau says Canadians must "look out for each other,"... >>>

Trudeau: U.S. standing down plan to send soldiers to backstop northern border

Wednesday  19:45,   01 april 2020

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the United States appears to have backed off on its plan to send soldiers to the Canada-U.S. border. The U.S. Department of Homeland Security had been floating the idea to help U.S. Customs and Border >>>

‘Irresponsible and blatantly false’: N.S. premier calls out April Fool’s Day prankster

Wednesday  19:27,   01 april 2020

Premier Stephen McNeil said there is a false post circulating which appears to show Education Minister Zach Churchill extending school closures from May 1 to May 31. “It is irresponsible and blatantly false,” McNeil said. READ MORE: Breakdown of... >>>

Canadian hospitals getting 'creative' to expand COVID-19 care facilities

Wednesday  19:06,   01 april 2020

The world marvelled at China's ability to build a two-storey, 645,000-square-foot hospital in 10 days. With many experts predicting a surge in COVID-19 cases here in the next couple of weeks, many Canadian hospitals are also looking for... >>>