At least $21,000 in Cash Donations and 6,000 Care Packages were given in seven sites across Canada in the first two months of 2023. CANADA, March 13, 2023 /EINPresswire.com/ — The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC or Church Of Christ) launched a series of charity events across Canada called “Care For Humanity” to help communities affected by higher food costs. From...
ASEAN Committee in Ottawa Heads of Mission Welcome Philippine Ambassador-Designate to Canada
The Embassy of the Philippines is pleased to announce the arrival of the Philippine Ambassador-designate to Canada, Maria Andrelita S. Austria, on March 3, 2023, in Ottawa.
Online Briefing on the Alberta Government’s Bursary Program for the Filipino Internationally Educated Nurses
The online briefing will discuss the Alberta Government's $7.8 million bursary program that will provide as much as $30,000.00 in financial grants to each Internationally Educated Nurses ( IEN) in the province.
Canada to hire more Filipino healthcare workers
The Philippines remains Canada's top source of immigrants, followed by India, China, and Iran.
Toronto City Clerk receives mayoral resignation
February 15, 2023 Today, Toronto City Clerk John D. Elvidge received the resignation of Mayor John Tory. The resignation specified that the Mayor’s final day in office will be Friday, February 17, at 5 p.m. The Clerk is continuing to work with the City Manager and the Office of Deputy Mayor Jennifer McKelvie (Scarborough-Rouge Park) on next steps. Under Council...
John Tory’s affair, resignation blow up Toronto mayor’s legacy as a dull, stable leader
He was seen as a good steward of public finances . In certain parts of the city the idea of being tough on the homeless and tough on crime was reassuring."
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) holds extensive Care for Humanity programs to boost its humanitarian efforts in Canada.
The continuum of support- with food as the front and center of humanitarian efforts, complements the essential need to give hope to individuals and families needing assistance. Even in prominent cities in Canada, food insecurity has become a significant health crisis as more people nowadays feel the pinch of persistent inflation. Food is a common trend in the Felix...
EMBASSY DISCUSSES FILIPINO DIASPORA WITH FEDERAL SENATOR, DR. FLORDELIZ ‘GIGI’ OSLER
Chargé d’Affaires, a.i. Francisco Noel R. Fernandez III of the Philippine Embassy in Ottawa exchanged ideas with Senator Flordeliz “Gigi” Osler on programs to support the Filipino diaspora across Canada. Over the luncheon on Thursday, 8 December 2022, Fernandez provided updates on the Credentials Recognition in Canada (CRC) Project being implemented by the Philippine Posts in Canada (PPC). In addition to...
Most unused COVID-19 vaccines will expire at the end of the year: auditor general
The auditor gave the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Procurement Department a thumbs up when it came to quickly getting enough doses into the country to meet vaccination goals, but said the government did a much poorer job of managing all that supply.
COVID-19 benefits helped economy rebound, but post-payment verification lacking: AG
December 17, 2022–Canada’s auditor general says COVID-19 benefits were delivered quickly and helped mitigate economic suffering, but the federal government hasn’t done enough to recover billions of dollars in overpayments. In a new report Tuesday, Karen Hogan said federal benefit programs provided relief to workers and employers affected by the pandemic and helped the national economy rebound. “Overall,...
Philippine gov’t addressing hurdles confronting business sector
MANILA, December 6, 2022–The government is working to address the difficulties confronting the business sector, President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr. said Tuesday, underscoring the importance of business and investments in the country’s economic development. In his remarks during the 11th Arangkada Philippine Forum 2002, President Marcos enumerated those challenges, which include red tape, digitalization and energy cost. “I just came...
Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs
The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. Justin Trudeau is urging Canadians to get vaccinated against both COVID-19 and influenza and says officials will consider the advice of public health authorities when it comes...
Shaping the future of immigration through Canada’s Indo-Pacific Strategy
November 30, 2022—Ottawa—Canada’s relationship with the Indo-Pacific region has been forged through generations of deep person-to-person connections. As a major source of newcomers to Canada and the fastest growing economic region in the world, the Indo-Pacific will continue to play a vital role in Canada’s immigration strategy. As part of the Indo-Pacific Strategy, the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and...
Nunavut reaches $10-a-day average for child care, years ahead of Canada-wide goal
The federal government aims to increase the number of regulated child-care spaces across Canada and reduce fees by an average of 50 per cent by the end of 2022 and $10 a day by 2026.
Applications open for dental care benefits touted by Liberals as inflation relief
Liberals say the plan will boost kids’ oral health while alleviating economic hardships for Canadians. Families without private insurance and earning less than $90,000 per year are eligible to receive up to $1,300 over two years for out-of-pocket dental costs for children under 12.
New listings lag as Fraser Valley real estate market sees third month of declining sales
SURREY, British Columbia, Dec. 02, 2022 (GLOBE NEWSWIRE) — With sales down almost seven per cent from October, and new listings off by more than 20 per cent, the Fraser Valley housing market continues its slowing trend heading into the holiday season. Despite the market slowdown, opportunities are available, as evidenced by brisk turnover time frames. In November, the Fraser...
Philippine President Marcos Jr wants scholarships to address nurses’ exodus; private sector steps up aid for healthcare
MANILA – Most Filipinos believe the country is headed in the right direction under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the latest survey results released by OCTA Research showed. Based on the 4th quarter of 2022 Tugon ng Masa survey of OCTA, 85 percent of Filipino adults said the Philippines is headed in the right direction, with only 6...
Most Pinoys believe the Philippines is on right track under President Marcos Jr admin
MANILA – Most Filipinos believe the country is headed in the right direction under the administration of President Ferdinand R. Marcos Jr., the latest survey results released by OCTA Research showed. Based on the 4th quarter of 2022 Tugon ng Masa survey of OCTA, 85 percent of Filipino adults said the Philippines is headed in the right direction, with only 6...
Croatia boots Canada out of the World Cup, then kicks it when it’s down
Croatia booted Canada out of the World Cup on Sunday, then kicked it when it was down. While the Canadians still have one game left to play in Group F, Sunday’s 4-1 loss to Croatia ended their hopes of advancing to the knockout round. John Herdman’s men will go home after facing No. 22 Morocco on Thursday. They will hope...
Iglesia Ni Cristo Celebrates 106 years of Global Civic Prominence
"Through thousands of "Aid to Humanity" projects conducted worldwide, the Church has given not just food but also a means of livelihood and shelter," INC General Auditor, Glicerio B. Santos Jr noted.
Boracay, Palawan included in Condé Nast beach list
Department of Tourism (DOT) said the inclusion of the two destinations in the prestigious travel publication’s annual Readers’ Choice Awards is "sheer recognition of their unparalleled beauty and uniquely diverse resources."
PHL signs deal to secure 30M doses of Covovax
MANILA – The Philippine government, represented by vaccine czar Secretary Carlito Galvez Jr., Serum Institute of India (SII), and Faberco Life Sciences, Inc. signed a term sheet on Saturday to secure 30 million doses of Covid-19 vaccine Covovax that will be available starting third quarter of this year. “This is a significant milestone in relations between India and the Philippines. It...
New work permit being offered to keep more international students in Canada
Trying to convince international students to remain in Canada permanently has been a top priority for governments as they look to immigration to deal with persistent labour shortages.
Curfew now in effect across Quebec; heavy police presence expected
The rules will see most residents face police questions or fines of up to $6,000 if they’re out between 8 p.m. and 5 a.m. for the next four weeks.
Mandatory online learning leaves single parents with impossible choice
That one-size-fits-all approach means there’s little flexibility for parents who need to be around to help their kids manage the technology and stay on task.
Curfew goes into effect in Quebec amid soaring COVID-19 case numbers across Canada
“With the current momentum of the epidemic and continued high rates of infection in many areas of the country, rapid accumulation of cases will continue until we can make significant progress in interrupting spread,” Dr. Theresa Tam wrote.
Like Trump’s, ban Communist Party of the Philippines – New People’s Army (CPP-NPA) Social Media accounts, too
“Like Trump, these cadres of terrorists, on a more regular, systematic, and coordinated manner, sow disorder and advocate violence, with a marked emphasis on recruiting the impressionable youth,” the statement said.
Ontario reports record COVID-19 cases, hospital CEO warns of vaccine shortage
Ontario is reporting 4,249 new cases today, a record-breaking figure even as it factors in 450 earlier infections which were delayed in the tally.
Less than 24 hours after acknowledging election loss, Trump again bucks up supporters
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Less than 24 hours after acknowledging his election loss, U.S. President Donald Trump is again urging grassroots supporters to keep the faith. Trump, whose Twitter account was briefly frozen in the aftermath of the riots on Capitol Hill, finally admitted Thursday that he won’t be president much longer. But he’s back tweeting this morning, promising his supporters...
No unexpected side-effects from COVID-19 shots given in Canada so far: Health Canada
So far, no adverse events and unexpected side-effects have been found from COVID-19 vaccines.
Trudeau says he too is frustrated by holiday travellers, pace of vaccine rollout
Canada’s chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam noted in an Ottawa new conference that earlier in the pandemic, it took five months for Canada to hit 500,000 cases. But now, it is taking just two weeks for 100,000 new cases to emerge.
Ontario Accelerates COVID-19 Vaccinations for Long-Term Care Homes in Priority Regions
All residents and workers to be vaccinated by third week of January TORONTO — The Ontario government is continuing the rollout of Phase One of its vaccine implementation plan by ensuring that all residents, health care workers and essential caregivers at long-term care homes in the priority regions of Toronto, Peel, York and Windsor-Essex receive a COVID-19 vaccination by January...
Philippines to focus R&D on agri, health, energy sectors in 2021
For 2021, Philippines' Department of Science and Technology (DOST) is focusing its research and development (R&D) on agriculture, health, and energy sectors.
Easier, quicker saliva-based Covid-19 test ‘good alternative’
Administering the saliva-based tests does not require swab kits, a specimen collector and skilled professional, nor expensive collection vials. Processing time for saliva samples is only three hours compared to the swab tests that can take six to seven hours.
Feds weigh cutting COVID-19 benefit for travellers as Canada surpasses 600,000 cases
Globetrotters were never intended as the recipients of the federal sick benefit OF $500 per week.
Airlines, travellers slam ‘confusion’ created by new COVID-19 testing rules
Transport Minister Marc Garneau announced last Thursday that air travellers overseas will have to present proof of a negative molecular test — known as a PCR test, conducted with a nasal swab — that was taken within 72 hours of departure, unless such testing is unavailable.
Hammer drops on vacationing Alberta politicos, including Kenney’s chief of staff
“By travelling abroad over the holidays, these individuals demonstrated extremely poor judgment,”
Helicopter crash victims identified as parents, two children in family of seven
DEBOLT, Alta. — Four people who died in a helicopter crash on New Year’s Day were identified by loved ones Sunday as members of a strong and loving farm family from a tight-knit community in northern Alberta. The families of Wade Balisky, 45, and Aubrey Balisky, 37, said in a joint statement they are grappling with the loss of the...
Phil Pres Duterte hits ICC anew: ‘Drug war is my campaign promise’
Duterte explained that his drug campaign was meant to protect the people from drug lords and coddlers whose illicit trade has caused dysfunctional families.
Liberals say testing rules for air travellers land Jan.7, urge people to prepare
Flyers aged five and up will need have a negative PCR test within 72 hours of their scheduled departure and must show the results to their airline before they board their flight.
Finance note says lifting lockdowns, restrictions no sure road to economic recovery
It says countries that have managed to reduce transmission of the virus to very low levels have seen more people visit retailers, use transit and head to workplaces.
Feds enlist IBM to help design gun buyback program
Public Safety Canada invited 15 consulting firms, including IBM Canada, to come up with a “range of options and approaches” for the planned program to compensate gun owners.
Alberta premier issues trip order after learning of vacationing officials
“We should be here at home, plain and simple, if we carry a position of public trust,”
Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard applies for bail two weeks after his arrest
Through a representative, Nygard has denied the claims in both lawsuits. (CTV, The Canadian Press)
A new year renews concerns for hospitals grappling with COVID-19, experts warn
Experts in multiple Canadian virus hot spots say patients are flooding hospitals at an alarming rate and are expected to arrive in even greater numbers in the weeks to come.
Canadian polar bear swims to ring in 2021 with pandemic-friendly charity events
Organizers of “polar swims” across the country are inviting people to participate in COVID-friendly dips with backyard adaptations or physically distanced events.
‘Very hopeful:’ Planning underway for modified Calgary Stampede in 2021
“Who would have thought it would be a pandemic that would really take us to a whole new level of challenge?” Peers said in an interview.
Ontario, Quebec post case records; Trudeau strikes hopeful note in holiday message
Health Canada authorized the use of the Moderna Covid-19 vaccine Wednesday. It is the second to receive approval since the Pfizer-BioNtech one on Dec. 9.
New COVID-19 variants not in Canada: Tam
“It is important to remember, however, that initial vaccine supplies will remain limited as vaccine rollout continues in Canada and we must not forget that infection rates remain very high in many parts of the country,” Tam said.
Ontario Welcomes Health Canada Approval of Moderna COVID-19 Vaccine
This is phenomenal news for Ontarians and Canadians - yet another life-saving COVID-19 vaccine has been approved for safe and effective use in the province and in the country. We are taking another step towards ending this terrible pandemic.
Ontario Announces Provincewide Shutdown to Stop Spread of COVID-19 and Save Lives
TORONTO — As COVID-19 cases continue to rise at an alarming rate, the Ontario government, in consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and other health experts, is imposing a Province-wide Shutdown. Additional restrictions will be put into place and reinforce that Ontarians should stay at home as much as possible to minimize transmission of the virus and prevent hospitals...
A LOOK AT WHAT PROVINCES AND TERRITORIES HAVE SAID ABOUT COVID-19 VACCINE PLANS
The largest mass immunization effort in Canadian history began Dec. 14 in Ontario and Quebec after the country received its first COVID-19 vaccine shipment. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Canada has signed a contract to receive up to 168,000 doses of Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine by the end of December, ahead of their planned January arrival and part of 40 million...
Health Canada authorizes Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccine ahead of holidays
Canada is to get 40 million doses of Moderna’s vaccine in 2021, enough to vaccinate 20 million people, or about two-thirds of the Canadian adult population.
Front-line workers named Canada’s Newsmaker of the Year by editors
In a landslide vote, front-line workers have been named the 2020 Newsmaker of the Year in a survey of news editors across the country by The Canadian Press.
Philippines: Extension of Bayanihan 2 funds’ availability gets House nod
Bayanihan 2 funds will be available from December 19, 2020 until June 30, 2021, as the country continues to grapple with the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) pandemic.
Global Covid-19 deaths surpass 1.6M: Johns Hopkins University
The global death toll rose to 1,600,807, with a total of more than 71.4 million cases worldwide as of 1:26 p.m. (1826 GMT), the CSSE data showed.
Canada’s first COVID-19 vaccine given to Toronto health-care worker
The province expects to receive 2.4 million doses – allowing it to vaccinate 1.2 million people – during the first three months of 2021.
Philippine Covid-19 recoveries reach 409K
MANILA – The overall tally of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) recoveries nationwide has risen to 409,058, with 133 new recovered cases reported on Thursday. The Department of Health (DOH), in its case bulletin, also reported 1,383 newly confirmed cases, bringing the total number of active cases to 27,781. Of the active cases, about 85.5 percent are mild, 6.7 percent are asymptomatic, 2.5...
Officials urge Canadians to stay vigilant amid grim COVID forecasts for the holidays
Canada could see as many as 12,000 new infections per day by January.
Nightmare on COVID Street: Virus-headed party provocateur stars in new Alberta ads
Alberta introduced tougher measures this week that sharply reduce or close businesses and shutter libraries, recreation centres and casinos to try to reduce soaring cases of COVID-19.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Thursday, Dec. 10
Ontario is reporting a record 1,983 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 35 new deaths due to the virus.
Premiers’ demands for long-term health funding increase takes back seat to pandemic
The premiers’ demand for more health-care cash comes as the federal government is facing an unprecedented deficit approaching $400 billion. More billions are yet to be doled out to help Canadians weather the pandemic and encourage the shattered economy to eventually bounce back.
US Regulators filed landmark antitrust lawsuits against Facebook
Once lionized as innovators and job creators — and largely left alone by Washington for nearly two decades — Big Tech companies have seen their political fortunes plummet. Facebook, Google, Amazon and Apple have come under scrutiny from Congress, federal regulators, state attorneys general and European authorities. Their once-considerable political support in Congress has eroded
Delay in pandemic-related rise in homelessness gives feds time to prevent it: report
One reason for the delay in the homelessness surge is that people in need will first max out government supports before exhausting their savings.
‘As abstract as killing people in a video game,’ doctor says of Alek Minassian’s mind
TORONTO — Alek Minassian was “saturated in horrific material” online where he conceived the idea to use a van as a weapon to get a high “kill count” score, his murder trial heard Tuesday. Dr. Alexander Westphal, a psychiatrist who is testifying for the defence, said Minassian was obsessed with various abhorrent online sites, including one that glorified mass murderers...
INC helps San Antonio Food Bank by donating more than 1,500 pounds of food
Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) spent their Saturday morning treating residents by helping the San Antonio Food Bank on the 31st of October. SAN ANTONIO–Members of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ) from the Local Congregations of San Antonio and Universal City, District of Texas, brought several boxes of canned and packaged goods to the Food Bank...
Proclamations and commendations for Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC)
Mayor Davis stated: “When you have a particular group in the community that comes out to reach out to everyone else, that is what it’s all about. [L]ike right now, we are dealing with a pandemic. For the church [INC] to come out and say: We are here to help, we are here to help our seniors, to recognize our first responders, that is what brings our community together. It gives a little bit of a sense of calm for everybody within the city, especially during these trying times that we have today.”
Feds spending plan heads to confidence vote as provinces seek more health-care cash
Spending to date is putting the federal deficit on track to reach $381.6 billion this year, but the government’s math says it could close in on $400 billion if widespread lockdowns return in the coming weeks.
COVID-19 cases in Canada remain on troubling course, Tam says, amid rising numbers
If we continue on the current pace, our longer range models continue to forecast significant increases in daily case counts and estimate that there could be up to 10,000 cases reported daily by mid-December,” Tam said in a written statement.
Spread of COVID-19 in Brampton linked to systemic factors, experts say
“We’re tired. We’re numb. We’re overworked. We’re frustrated, because it’s not our rules,” she said. “We’re just trying to keep everybody else safe.”
PM put all vaccine ‘eggs’ in one China basket, didn’t consider other options: O’Toole
O’Toole said the Trudeau government only turned its attention to pre-ordering tens of millions of vaccine doses from companies such as Pfizer and Moderna in August when its collaboration between the National Research Council and Chinese vaccine-maker CanSino finally collapsed after months of delays.
COVID-19 crisis cascading in U.S. as presidential election drama recedes
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just as America’s political crisis begins to ease, the COVID-19 pandemic is back rattling the country’s windows with a vengeance. New cases and hospitalization rates are setting daily records across the United States, and the death toll is steadily tracking towards 250,000. States and cities are imposing rigid new restrictions on bars and restaurants as health officials...
Ontario hits 12th straight day of 1,000-plus COVID cases as count rises across Canada
On November 16, Canada surpassed 300,000 total coronavirus cases since the outbreak began earlier this year.
Aussie aid to Philippine typhoon response reaches P35-M
We now have about a million Australian dollars (PHP35.3 million) in contribution to typhoon response, but the point of all these is not really the amount but the principle that when the Philippines is in difficulty, Australia will stand by with the Philippines-- always has, always will,"
Over 500 People Receive Free Flu Shots and Care Packages thru INC Aid to Humanity in Norfolk, Virginia
The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ, an international religious organization established in 158 countries and territories, held an Aid to Humanity event in in Norfolk, Virginia on October 31, as part of its worldwide activity to help communities amid the COVID-19 pandemic. INC members from the Hampton Roads Region and North Carolina joined efforts to promote goodwill,...
PM warns premiers that feds don’t have ‘infinite’ resources to assist COVID-19 fight
Dr. Theresa Tam, chief public health officer, said Canada is projected to hit 10,000 COVID-19 cases per day by early next month if the wildfire spread of the virus continues.
Change of power in the U.S. an opportunity for Canada’s immigration goals: minister
“I see Canada seizing that opportunity with our immigration levels plan that seeks to not only attract some of those who are looking to come from abroad to Canada, but equally to leverage the domestic temporary immigration that is already within our borders,”
As setbacks beset Trump’s efforts to contest election, supporters gather in D.C.
WASHINGTON, D.C. — Diehard Donald Trump supporters are gathering in the national capital in solidarity with the president’s efforts to defy last week’s election results. Trump himself returned the favour this morning, directing the presidential motorcade to loop around Freedom Plaza where supporters have already gathered. His devotees are hoping to mount a spectacle reminiscent of a Make America Great...
Orchard Villa families detail conditions at facility before long-term care commission
The families of Orchard Villa residents have launched a proposed class-action lawsuit against the company, and their allegations have yet to be proven in court.
Help for Canadians in Hong Kong announced as committee says Uighurs face ‘genocide’
Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Canada is creating a new measure targeting students and young people in Hong Kong: a work permit designed to help them get permanent Canadian residency faster.
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Gives Relief Packages in Queens, NY
QUEENS, New York — During the height of the coronavirus pandemic, New York City was the epicentre in the United States. As cases increased during the early months of 2020, people were also losing jobs and necessities, such as food. Although New York City has lifted restrictions concerning COVID-19, people continue to struggle to make ends meet. With this in...
Lending a Helping Hand in Connecticut
WINDSOR, Connecticut — The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church Of Christ continues to extend assistance to people who may be in need through its Aid to Humanity project. INC members prepared 1,000 care packages which included essential goods and toiletries The care packages were delivered to the Department of Rehabilitation Services in Windsor, Connecticut and entrusted to Commissioner Amy...
Ontario predicts COVID-19 health system strain; Quebec mulls school closures
New projections suggest Ontario’s surging COVID-19 caseload is likely to strain its health-care system to the point where surgeries will be cancelled, while Quebec’s premier is raising the possibility of school closures around the holidays and Alberta is tightening restrictions. Those were three major developments Thursday as the situation with the stubborn pandemic darkened on several fronts across Canada. ...
New restrictions take effect in Manitoba as Ontario awaits new COVID-19 projections
Ontario reported a record-breaking 1,575 new infections today; Quebec reported 1,365 new COVID-19 cases.
CERB, extra hours and bottle returns: supporting overseas family during the pandemic
Remittances are “not just an economic contribution, but a sign of love and care,” said Ethel Tungohan, a professor who studies migrant labour at York University in Toronto.
Liberal MP resigns from caucus after employing sister in constituency office
The issue has been referred to the Office of the Conflict of Interest and Ethics Commissioner and Ratansi says she is waiting to hear their recommendations.
Trump likely ‘taking names’ on Biden congrats after Trudeau outreach: expert
On Monday, Trudeau became the first international leader to speak to Biden, following his swift congratulations to the former American vice-president and his running mate Kamala Harris on Saturday.
Toronto to extend ban on indoor restaurant dining, indoor fitness classes
“The spread of COVID-19 has never been greater in Toronto,” and residents should behave as if the virus is everywhere, Toronto’s top doctor, Eileen de Villa, said.
Trudeau congratulates Joe Biden on victory in U.S. presidential election
“Canada and the United States enjoy an extraordinary relationship – one that is unique on the world stage. Our shared geography, common interests, deep personal connections, and strong economic ties make us close friends, partners, and allies,” Trudeau said in the statement.
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada
The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 12:00 p.m. Nova Scotia now has 20 active cases of COVID-19, after four new cases were identified on Friday. Public health officials announced on Saturday the new cases are in the central zone, which includes Halifax. Two cases are related to travel outside of Atlantic Canada, while two cases...
Five ways Joe Biden’s victory in the U.S. presidential election could affect Canada
OTTAWA — The election of Democrat Joe Biden as the next president of the United States is expected to have wide-ranging implications for Canadian politics and policy. Here are five areas to watch. Environment The day after the election, the United States became the first and only country in the world to withdraw from the Paris climate change pact. Biden...
Ottawa’s silence necessary during U.S. election uncertainty: democracy experts
While the temptation to speak out in defence of the apparent breach of democratically accepted electoral norms might have been overwhelming, the Trudeau government has held its tongue.
Iglesia Ni Cristo, a source of inspiration for a kind and compassionate society in Calgary: Mayor Nenshi
192,391. The number of lives that depend on the Calgary Food Bank. 1 out of 10 Albertan households face food insecurities and turn to the Food Bank for help. Especially now, when the whole world is experiencing an economic crisis. With that in mind, in an Aid to Humanity event on October 31, 2020, the Church of Christ and the...
COVID-19 hospitalizations and deaths may continue to rise in coming weeks: Tam
Tam said the number of severe cases continues to rise, with an average of almost 1,200 people in hospital and 40 new deaths per day across Canada in the last seven days.
Close U.S. election shows power of individual vote, Americans in Canada say
Published: Wed, Nov 4th, 2020 1:28:48 PM TORONTO — The closely contested U.S. election has brought home the power of the individual voter for Americans in Canada who hail from the handful of toss-up states that will decide who occupies the White House for the next four years. As results trickled in from those key states on Wednesday, anxious expat Americans...
Morning in America: nail-biter of a presidential election remains undecided
FAIRFAX, Va. — Morning dawned Wednesday in America — not on the pastoral serenity of Ronald Reagan’s famous 1984 campaign ad, but on the looming threat of a long and bitter fight over the results of a presidential contest that was still far from over. President Donald Trump and Democratic nominee Joe Biden both claimed to be on the road...
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) Hosts Celebration of Giving for SickKids Hospital and North York Harvest Food Bank
Even amid a pandemic, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), continues to find ways to make a difference.
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) donates 300 boxes of essential food to Edmonton Food Bank and Veterans Association of Canada Food Bank
Even amid a pandemic, the Felix Y. Manalo Foundation, the humanitarian arm of the Iglesia Ni Cristo (Church of Christ), continues to find ways to make a difference.
Thanksgiving festivities affecting COVID-19 numbers in Ontario, Manitoba: officials
Canada has cumulative COVID-19 cases of 222,973 with 10,026 deaths.
Philippine Court convicts ex-INC member, Canono
In a 13-page decision promulgated last month, RTC QC Judge Jacqueline Martin-Balictar declared Rovic Canono guilty beyond reasonable doubt of numerous acts of physical and psychological violence against his wife, a medical doctor, and their minor daughter.
PHL Department of Health campaigns vs. vaccine-preventable diseases
n order to prevent a potential outbreak of vaccine-preventable diseases such as measles, polio, and rubella, a health official urged parents on Wednesday to have their children vaccinated against such illnesses.
Some long-term care homes can’t get insurance, could be force to close: association
Ontario’s long-term care homes are having trouble securing liability insurance for COVID-19, a situation that could force some of them to close, a group representing more than 70 per cent of the province’s homes says. The Ontario Long-Term Care Association says its homes are being offered new policies without a key provision: coverage for infectious diseases, including COVID-19. The association...
Fake news creates serious issues for battling pandemic, chief public health doc says
OTTAWA — Canada’s chief public health doctor is worried about the amount of false information being floated about the COVID-19 pandemic. Dr. Theresa Tam says when false information is spread — either intentionally or not — it does not help public health officials ensure the public has the information they need to make the right choices. “As I reflect on...
Officials in Toronto and Montreal strike differing tones on COVID-19 in their cities
Health officials in Toronto and Montreal struck vastly different tones on the state of COVID-19 in their cities on Wednesday, with Toronto’s medical officer of health warning the Ontario capital could be following in the footsteps of hard-hit Europe. Dr. Eileen de Villa said she was concerned with a one-day, 21-person rise in hospitalizations and a test positivity rate that...
Canadians create COVID-era Thanksgiving traditions as cases climb, restrictions mount
The pandemic has shifted the focus of Thanksgiving away from familial obligation and allowed people to reconnect with the spirit of giving.
Travel restriction exemptions for international students take effect on October 20.
Amended travel restrictions will take effect on October 20, allowing international students to enter Canada if their designated learning institution (DLI) has an approved COVID-19 readiness plan in place. With primary responsibility for education and health care, provincial and territorial governments assess COVID-19 readiness plans that schools are putting in place. As part of their plans, DLIs are expected to...
COVID-19 could cost Canadian universities millions, even billions: Statistics Canada
Universities are also adapting to pandemic-related travel restrictions and have allowed foreign students to continue their studies remotely.
City of Toronto supports strengthened restrictions to stop COVID-19 resurgence
“Toronto is at a critical moment in our battle against COVID-19. We need everyone to take action to help stop the spread of this relentless virus. We are following public health advice to confront this resurgence. We have worked with the federal and provincial governments to secure financial support for the businesses and residents who will be impacted by these measures. And I am making sure the City government does everything we can to help. If we all do the right thing during this 28-day pause, I am confident we can avoid a larger and longer lockdown, keep our schools open, and protect vulnerable residents including those in our long-term care homes.”
– Mayor John Tory
Quebec reports more than 1,000 new COVID-19 cases seven out of the past eight days
Health authorities reported 22 more deaths attributed to the novel coronavirus Friday, including four they said occurred in the past 24 hours and 18 from earlier. Quebec’s COVID-19 death toll is 5,936.
Feds double pandemic aid for food banks, add a second $100 million in support
The financial turmoil caused for families by the pandemic left one in seven Canadian homes without enough food to eat in May.
Straws, stir sticks and bags among first targets of countrywide plastics ban
By December 31, 2021, plastic straws, stir sticks, carry-out bags, cutlery, dishes and takeout containers and six-pack rings for cans and bottles will be banned across the country.
The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada
In Canada, the total number of COVID-19 cases shows 173,936 with 9,582 deaths.
Covid-19 may have infected around 10% of world: WHO
"The activities needed to reduce exposure, infection, and mortality, and to lessen transmission, are good governance, robust policy, coordination, financing, access to data, and coordinated research."
‘I don’t want to go through this ever in my life again,’ LTC resident tells inquiry
Lonely, depressed, muzzled and trapped are some of the words the residents used to describe the pandemic to the Long-Term Care COVID-19 Commission by video conference.
Lottery system for popular parent, grandparent visa program reinstated for this year
“Now, more than ever, family reunification is an important component of Canada’s immigration system,” Mendicino said in a statement.
Mayor Kennedy Stewart proposes $30-million recommendation to help Vancouver homeless
Mayor Stewart says councillors must have the “courage and conviction” to act quickly to help hundreds who are living on the street or in tents in city parks.
PRRD’s performance rating climbs to 91% amid pandemic
Philippine President Duterte’s performance rating hit 91 percent despite criticisms his government got from the opposition on its Covid-19 response.
Phil President Duterte admits ordering discreet probe into EJKs
“And the NDF [National Democratic Front] — are out to destroy the very government in which they are enjoying the blessings of democracy. They invent stories about being harassed, killed, oppressed. Eh wala namang kaming nakikita at wala namang dumadating sa akin (I have not seen anything. Nothing has reached me),” the President said.
President’s positive COVID-19 tests underscores perils of campaigning in a pandemic
WASHINGTON, Wash. — The perils of America’s fractured, partisan approach to the COVID-19 pandemic finally caught up Friday with U.S. President Donald Trump, now infected with the very virus that for months has threatened to end his tumultuous tenure in the White House. Trump delivered the news via Twitter early Friday morning, saying both he and wife Melania had tested...
Siblings, grandparents among those to be let in to Canada under new COVID-19 rules
“We recognize, however, that these restrictions should not keep loved ones apart.”
Parliament Hill security boosted after reports of harassment
OTTAWA — The security service charged with protecting Parliament Hill says it has stepped up its presence in the area following several recent reports of harassment against politicians and others. The Parliamentary Protective Service said it would not comment on specifics for security reasons, but the federal NDP said it reported one such incident on Friday. Video posted to social...
COVID-19 cases surge in Ontario, Quebec warns of alarming situation in some cities
Ontario and Quebec have been the hardest hit by COVID-19, representing close to 80 per cent of all cases in Canada.
AFP Chief regrets shutdown of ‘Hands Off Our Children’ FB page
MANILA – The Armed Forces of the Philippines (AFP) on Thursday expressed regret over Facebook’s decision to take down the page of “Hands Off Our Children”, whose advocacy is to prevent minors from being recruited into organizations espousing violent extremism. In a statement, AFP Chief-of-Staff, Lt. Gen. Gilbert Gapay, acknowledged that the page was instrumental to the campaign to raise awareness...
‘Won’t be gathering for Thanksgiving:’ Trudeau says COVID-19 2nd wave underway
In all, COVID-19 has killed about 9,250 people in Canada, while the cumulative case count has been edging toward the 150,000 mark.
Five highlights from the speech from the throne
OTTAWA — In a new speech from the throne, the Liberal government detailed its plan to face the coming second wave of COVID-19, support Canadians and businesses that are still struggling because of the pandemic and boost the economy for longer-term recovery. Here are highlights from Wednesday’s speech: Helping provinces reinforce COVID-19 testing The Liberals vowed to support provinces to...
Liberals vow wage-subsidy extension to 2021, revamp of EI system in throne speech
The throne speech vows to use federal spending to get back the last million or so jobs, including through direct investments in the social sector and incentives for employers to hire and retain workers. The extension of the wage subsidy is touted as another way to create jobs.
Reactions to the minority Liberal government’s speech from the throne
OTTAWA — “The prime minister had an opportunity to present a real plan to Canadians, and he didn’t do that.” — Candice Bergen, deputy Conservative leader — “I’m not surprised that the Liberal government and Prime Minister Trudeau put out a lot of nice words in this speech. They’re very good at doing that. They’ve done it in the past....
Phil Senators praise President Duterte for ‘great speech’ at UN
“‘Alipin’ (Slave) no more! Hearing the President invoke the Award before the UN General Assembly while firmly rejecting any attempt to undermine it should now erase doubts on where he stands regarding the West Philippine Sea issue,”
Malacañang thanks Carpio for praising PRRD arbitral win assertion
President Rodrigo Duterte defended the Philippines' 2016 arbitral victory on the West Philippine Sea in his first speech at the UN General Assembly.
Duterte said the arbitral ruling “is now part of international law, beyond compromise and beyond the reach of passing governments to dilute, diminish or abandon.”
“We firmly reject attempts to undermine it,” he said
Department of Health (DOH) reports 3,257 new Covid-19 cases, recoveries at 208,790
It also reported 733 new recoveries, bringing the country’s total to 208,790; with 47 new deaths to bring the total casualties against Covid-19 at 4,830.
Duterte extends state of calamity due to Covid-19
Duterte extended the state of calamity “for a period of one year", or from Sept. 13, 2020 to Sept. 12, 2021, “unless earlier lifted or extended as circumstances may warrant".
Partial closure of Canada-U.S. border extended to Oct. 21
The partial closure of Canada’s border with the United States is being extended another month, to Oct. 21.
Forecast models show hurricane Teddy could hit Maritimes next week
HALIFAX — The Canadian Hurricane Centre’s top meteorologist is suggesting the combination of hurricane Teddy and a continuing pandemic should prompt Maritimers to plan well ahead for potential power outages. The storm was churning northward southeast of Bermuda on Friday, with maximum wind speeds over 200 kilometres per hour. A forecast from the centre said Teddy will approach the Maritimes early next week with impacts likely for...
‘None of us are superhuman,’ says Public Health Agency of Canada president as she steps down amid pandemic
“Although we are very resilient, none of us are superhuman and I put myself in that category,”
Provinces crackdown as COVID-19 cases soar across much of Canada
Ontario, meanwhile, reported 401 new cases — a daily increase not seen since June — a day after it hiked fines for those organizing large social gatherings to $10,000 and cut down the maximum size of gatherings in three hot spot regions.
Silver lining? Cases of infectious diseases plunge amid anti-COVID measures
“If you wear a mask, if you stay two metres from someone, if you’re washing your hands frequently, that is going to clearly reduce a lot of infections that are transmitted by those routes.”
Toronto to open centre for those with COVID-19 who can’t self-isolate at home
Toronto will soon open a centre for those with COVID-19 who cannot self-isolate at home, a service the federal government said is open to other cities across the country. Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Friday the federal government is providing $13.9 million to Toronto Public Health — enough to operate the 140-room isolation centre that opens this weekend for the next 12 months....
Former Liberal MP Raj Grewal charged with fraud and breach of trust by RCMP
He said he began frequenting the Casino du Lac Leamy in Gatineau, Que., in early 2016, racking up debt in the millions of dollars playing high-stakes blackjack. He started to borrow money from family and friends to continue to gamble.
Federal language czar to probe choice of WE Charity for student program
Official languages commissioner Raymond Theberge to investigate the government’s choice of WE Charity, saying the move showed contempt toward francophones.
Badoy to resign if Makabayan solons condemn CPP-NPA-NDF
Badoy also mentioned that CPP-NPA-NDF, committed the destruction of government and private properties worth billions of pesos, besmirching the country’s image internationally to get funding, economic sabotage, and the killings of soldiers in charge of distributing cash aid during the pandemic
ASEAN Committee in Ottawa bids farewell to Philippine Ambassador, Petronila P. Garcia
Ambassador U Kyaw Myo Htut of Myanmar, in his capacity as Chair of the ASEAN Committee in Ottawa (ACO), hosted a farewell breakfast in honour of outgoing Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia. Chief of Protocol Stewart Wheeler represented Global Affairs Canada in the event. ACO is composed of the heads of mission of the ASEAN resident diplomatic missions in Ottawa from...
Data sharing pact to boost EJK, HR violations probe: Philippine National Police
“There is no such thing as EJK. Everything, the people in the PNP has actually fought it hard to really reduce illegal drugs and it’s survival for our people (and) it’s not only the criminals who are being killed here. There are a lot of PNP officers who already died. Some are even PNP officers, many of them are still...
Learn the lessons of history, don’t ‘cancel’ them, new Tory leader O’Toole says
“Through respect, professionalism, and the pursuit of excellence, we will show Canadians that we are a government in waiting," the Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said.
Statistics Canada rejigs low-income stats, showing growing poverty gap
OTTAWA — An updated picture of poverty across the country prior to the COVID-19 pandemic is showing that those living well below the low-income threshold had fallen further behind. The figures from Statistics Canada show the average “poverty gap,” which measures how far people on average fall below the official poverty line, grew from 31.8 per cent in 2015 to 33.4...
Thousands of students return to schools as new COVID-19 cases emerge
“I think the prudent thing when someone is symptomatic is keep them at home, don’t go to school, but also call up the local public health hotline and figure out if a child needs to be tested.”
Toronto considering ambitious homeless housing plan in wake of COVID-19 pandemic
The move came after encampments across the downtown core rapidly expanded, driven by outbreaks of COVID-19 that swept through the city’s shelter system and pushed many homeless people outdoors.
No easy way home for seafarers delivering goods to Canadian ports during pandemic
MONTREAL — Resig Calanog’s walk around Montreal’s port is only the second time in nine months he’s been on solid ground. Even for a career ship worker, it’s a lot of time at sea. As for when he’ll be able to walk in his homeland in the Philippines and see his three children, that remains uncertain. “Soon, I hope,” he said. Calanog, 36, is one...
Two passengers fined $1,000 each after refusing to wear masks on WestJet flights
Two airline passengers each face fines of $1,000 for refusing to wear face masks on board a flight, the first time Transport Canada has imposed a financial penalty for violating rules meant to prevent the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. The first incident occurred on a WestJet flight from Calgary to Waterloo, Ont., in June and the second on a...
New Brunswick party leaders vow to increase population if they are elected
Campaigning in Fredericton, Higgs said New Brunswick’s population increased by more than 4,000 people last year and that growth was driven almost exclusively by new Canadians. Statistics Canada estimates the province’s population to be roughly 780,900 people.
Canadian economy added 246,000 jobs in August, unemployment rate 10.2%
OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the economy added 246,000 in August as the pace of job gains slowed compared with July, when 419,000 jobs were added. The figure marked the fourth consecutive month of gains from COVID-19 related lockdowns this spring, bringing the number to within 1.1 million of pre-pandemic levels. Gains in August were largely concentrated in full-time work, which had been lagging...
Phil San Miguel Corp signed a $15-billion airport project in Bulacan
The lower chamber approved through voice voting House Bill 7507, which grants SMC subsidiary, San Miguel Aerocity, Inc., a franchise to establish a domestic and international airport in the municipality of Bulakan, Bulacan and develop an adjacent airport city.
Canada donates N95 masks to Department of Health (DOH)
“Canada is pleased with the progress we have made together in recent years to address some of the most serious threats to global health security, including the threat posed by Covid-19 and other emerging infectious disease threats."
Police calls for domestic violence, mental crises rise during pandemic
Public safety experts and mental health advocates worried the anxiety and pressure of the pandemic was going to wreak havoc on already stressed families, leading to more domestic violence, child abuse and mental health trauma.
Trudeau calls Payette ‘excellent’ governor general, says no plans to replace her
The comments follow allegations that employees in Payette’s office at Rideau Hall have been subject to workplace harassment as well as reports of her having incurred a variety of extraordinary costs since she was named Governor General.
Western alienation, economic recovery priorities over an election: O’Toole
“I’m not here for an election,” O’Toole said. “I’m here for the relaunch of our economy post-COVID.”
Canada mulls global vaccine contribution as Trump turns back on alliance
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Monday the government’s latest move in its plan to pre-buy tens of millions doses of potential vaccines, adding deals with two American companies working on promising candidates.
From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country
Plans are being made across the country for how to safely send students back to school in the fall as the COVID-19 pandemic continues. Here is a look at what the various provinces have said about getting kids back to classes. — BRITISH COLUMBIA British Columbia has laid out its plan for studies to resume in “learning groups” this fall. School districts are to post final back-to-school details...
City of Toronto registration of short-term rentals to launch September 10
This September, the City of Toronto will launch a new online registration system for short-term rental operators who are renting their homes on a short-term basis for a period of less than 28 consecutive days. Beginning September 10, 2020, short-term rental operators will need to start registering with the City in order to operate in Toronto. Registration is a necessary...
FILIPINOS IN CANADA BID FAREWELL TO AMBASSADOR GARCIA
Filipinos throughout Eastern Canada gathered on August 25, 2020 for two unprecedented farewell events held in honor of outgoing Philippine Ambassador Petronila P. Garcia. In the first event, members of different Filipino community organizations in Ottawa, ON, Montreal, QC, Fredricton, NB, Halifax, NS, and Summerside, PEI, congregated online in a despedida for the Ambassador hosted by the Embassy of the Philippines in...
Duterte to consider proposed Sulu-wide martial law: Palace
Section 18, Article 7 of the 1987 Constitution states that a president can declare martial law and suspend the writ of habeas corpus for a period not exceeding 60 days, in case of invasion or rebellion.
Duterte to Robredo: ‘Please don’t add fuel to the fire’
“We will also continue to respond to the arising challenges in our pandemic, re-calibrating our strategies, if we must, based on science and data,” he said.
Phil Gov’t ‘saving lives’ from virus, hunger: Finance Exec
The Philippines’ mortality ratio is at 2.5 people per 100,000 population, as compared to the United Kingdom at 70, Spain at 61, Sweden at 57, and the United States at 52, he said.
‘This shouldn’t have happened:’ Father attributes son’s death to COVID-19 rules
“The risks are that some people don’t get the essential and urgent services because so much of the workforce and the resources of the health system move towards responding to COVID,” said the health systems researcher.
General community quarantine (GCQ) in Makati City: Go out only for essential purposes
MANILA – The Makati City government on Saturday reminded anew its residents of the minimum health standards and precautions to be observed under the general community quarantine (GCQ). Under the city’s Executive Order No. 22, only limited movement of residents to accessing essential goods, services, and going to workplaces will be allowed. In an advisory, the city government mandated all residents...
Court of Appeals turns down Ressa’s plea to travel to US
The Office of the Solicitor General (OSG), the CA said, also successfully demonstrated that Ressa’s intended travel is not necessary and urgent “because there are other ways for her to participate” in the US event.
Pinoy blast survivors recount tales of horror
In a fearless and selfless act, Pilipinas shielded the two kids in her care, protecting them from the debris being blasted inside the room-- a "tsunami" of shards of broken glasses rushing in.
Bill Morneau leaves cabinet, federal politics, as suddenly as he arrived
OTTAWA — William Francis Morneau leaves federal politics as suddenly as he burst onto the Ottawa scene less than five years ago. In November 2015, the newly elected Liberal member for Toronto Centre became the first rookie MP in nearly a century to step into the high-profile and demanding role of finance minister. He set about implementing pillars of Prime Minister Justin...
LOCAL CHURCH EXTENDS HELP TO COMMUNITIES IN DC, MARYLAND, AND VIRGINIA
WASHINGTON – To celebrate the one year anniversary of AID TO HUMANITY- US Tour by the Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) or Church of Christ in Washington, DC – a week-long gift-giving and community outreach events took place from August 12th to 16th, 2020 — visiting twelve (12) prominent locations in the states of Washington, DC., Maryland, and Virginia. Members of...
Lawsuit to challenge Quebec back-to-school plan requiring in-person attendance
Sending her children to school “would mean my child is in a class for five or six hours a day, with 35 students, without a mask, without social distancing, when at home I can guarantee several basic security measures,” she said in a phone interview.
JERSEY CITY PRIEST ARRESTED ON CHARGES OF CRIMINAL SEXUAL CONTACT AND HARRASSMENT
PRESS RELEASE: Hudson County Prosecutor Esther Suarez has released the following information: On August 14, 2020, at approximately 11:00 a.m., members of the Hudson County Prosecutor’s Office Special Victims Unit arrested Donato Cabardo, age 56, of Jersey City. Cabardo was arrested in connection with alleged sex crimes that occurred in the rectory at St. Paul of the Cross Church in...
B.C. officials announce 236 COVID-19 cases over three days, say penalties coming
“This new normal is going to be in place for a long time and the way that we address that, the way that we deal with that as a society, inevitably, has to be by choice and by engagement.”
Finance Minister Bill Morneau resigns, plans to run for head of OECD
OTTAWA — Bill Morneau is resigning as the federal minister of finance and a Liberal MP. Morneau says he is putting his name forward as a candidate to be the next secretary general of the Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he accepted Morneau’s resignation earlier Monday and that Canada would “vigorously support” his efforts to take on...
Top militant linked to beheadings surrenders in the Philippines
Anduljihad Susukan is the highest-ranking commander of the small but brutal Abu Sayyaf group to be taken into custody so far this year. The military has been waging a years-long offensive against the Abu Sayyaf, which has been blacklisted by the United States and the Philippines as a terrorist organization for past bombings, ransom kidnappings and beheadings.
Asylum seekers on front lines of COVID-19 to have a chance at permanent residency
Quebec has housed many of the nearly 60,000 people who requested asylum in Canada after crossing on foot into the country from the U.S., the majority using an entry point in Quebec called Roxham Road.
Canada-U.S. to extend border restrictions until Sept. 21
The Canada-U.S. border has been closed to so-called “discretionary” travel like vacations and shopping trips since the pandemic took hold of the continent in mid-March.
World Travel & Tourism (WTTC) Urgently Calls On Canada To Help With Travel Recovery Plan
London, UK: The World Travel & Tourism Council (WTTC) has urgently called on the Canadian government for strong leadership and unprecedented international collaboration, to save the struggling Travel & Tourism sector and recover the millions of jobs already impacted. Over 100 of the world’s major travel and global business leaders, from major airlines, airports, hotels, tour operators and travel companies, have backed the...
Andrew Scheer marks final day in Commons as Conservative party leader
“Our party is united, Andrew Scheer's family is intact and he will continue to fight to build a better country. That’s a legacy of leadership he can be proud of.”
Ministers face grilling over WE affair and a cow chase: In The News for Aug. 11
The Far West Herald is one of the two Filipino Canadian newspapers subscribing to the Canadian Press. It offers news and feature stories that matter to Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs) and Canadians with Filipino descent.
Ottawa sets minimum unemployment rate at 13.1 per cent for EI calculation
OTTAWA — The federal government has temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent to calculate employment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those people living in regions with an unemployment rate lower than that threshold will have their EI benefits calculated at that rate. In regions with a higher unemployment rate, benefits will be calculated using the actual...
Philippines logs record 6,958 new Covid-19 cases
MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Monday reported record-high 6,958 new Covid-19 infections, raising the overall tally to 136,638. The DOH said the additional cases reported were based on the total Covid-19 tests done by 74 out of 99 operational laboratories. Majority of the newly announced cases are from the National Capital Region (NCR) with 4,163 cases, Laguna with...
400 Pinoys from Lebanon returning to the Philippines: envoy
"The President (Rodrigo Duterte) heard the clamor of our kababayans. This chartered flight is the most concrete, immediate, and timely assistance that the Department of Foreign Affairs could provide given the current situation in Lebanon
Philippine President Duterte accepts Russia’s Covid-19 vaccine offer
In a public address in Davao City, Duterte said he is “very happy” by the news that Russia would provide vaccines free of charge.
Liberals turn over thousands of pages on WE decision
Committee members are hoping the documents will shed light on the discussions that led to the decision to have WE run the Canada Student Services Grant, before the deal was cancelled in early July.
Parents, teachers press Quebec to revise back-to-school plan amid COVID-19
“There is no perfect decision, but as a government, make a call, acknowledge peoples’ anxiety, acknowledge parents, and say: ‘Listen, we hear you, here’s what we’re going to do,'”
Ten workers test positive for COVID-19 at pork processing plant in Manitoba
“We are confident that our workplace is safe and we will continue operating,”Maple Leaf Foods president and CEO Michael McCain said.
Philippine media enjoy freedom in reporting
MANILA – Philippine media workers continue to enjoy their freedom in writing any news report concerning the administration of President Rodrigo Duterte, Malacañang said on Saturday. “Media remains alert and vibrant in their reportage of the government and the actions of officials,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said in a statement. Roque was responding to the July 3-6 poll conducted by the...
Ex-Manila mayor Alfredo Lim dies of Covid-19
Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said ex-mayor Alfredo Lim would be remembered for his tough stance against criminality and drugs.
Department of Health (DOH) proposes higher Covid-19 bed allocation
On Wednesday, the reported 3,462 new Covid-19 infections, raising the country’s overall tally to 115,980.
US Covid-19 cases surpass 4.8M: Johns Hopkins University
August 5, 2020– The number of coronavirus disease (Covid-19) cases in the United States surpassed 4.8 million on Wednesday, reaching 4,802,275, according to the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University. Meanwhile, the US national death toll from the disease rose to 157,551, according to the CSSE. The hardest-hit state California recorded 527,074 cases, followed by...
Toronto-area Liberal MP Michael Levitt puts family first, announces resignation
n a Facebook post, Levitt says he has loved being a Member of Parliament but the intense, “all-encompassing” job has taken a toll on his family — especially since the COVID-19 crisis hit Canada five months ago.
Lebanese-Canadians look for ways to help while grappling with Beirut tragedy
“There’s a sense of mixed emotion, of guiltiness for being grateful that we’re in a great country like Canada, and at the same time feeling very guilty that we can’t be back home with family members and friends and actually help out with the disaster,”
Canada signs deals with Pfizer, Moderna to get doses of COVID-19 vaccines
In July, Public Services and Procurement Canada issued bids to supply 75 million syringes and other vaccine administration supplies like alcohol swabs and bandages, to be delivered by the end of October. The goal is to have enough supplies to give every Canadian two doses of a vaccine.
Minister Anand anticipates delivery of approved vaccines in 2021.
Feds earmark $3.3B for provinces, territories for COVID-19 infrastructure
The federal government is envisioning the money will be used to retrofit schools, hospitals and long-term care facilities to better limit the spread of the novel coronavirus, as well as build more bike lanes and walking paths for people to get outside.
Canada Revenue Agency extends tax payment deadline to Sept. 30
Anyone who doesn’t file their income taxes on time could be cut off from income-tested benefits like the Canada Child Benefit, or have to repay some of the money from those benefits if there’s a large change from the previous tax year’s return.
Commons finance committee to hash out details of Trudeau testimony on WE deal
The program is supposed to provide grants of $1,000 for every 100 hours of volunteering, up to a maximum of $5,000 as part of a government aid program to help defray the cost of school in the fall.
...It has been all but frozen since, with the department in charge saying it’s working on a transition plan.
Towards tourism recovery: Staying afloat amid Covid-19
"If you close the business, you have no value. If you sell the business, you have value. But if you revive the business, it has even greater value. If you want to turn around, you can but you might have to find new partners. Don't close,"
Over 7K personnel to secure President Duterte’s 5th State of the Nation (SONA)
Presidential Communications Secretary Martin Andanar, however, said Duterte might deliver his SONA at the Malacañan Palace in Manila, in case one of those invited to attend the annual event at the Batasang Pambansa tests positive for the Covid-19.
Philippines Covid-19 cases breach 80K; recoveries now 26,110
Overall tally of COVID-19 cases in the Philippines: 80,448, bringing the total number of recoveries to 26,110 and the total number of deaths to 1,932.
PHL Labor department says over 100K overseas Filipino workers (OFWs) back to their homes
With the surge in the number of returning OFWs, Labor Secretary Silvestre Bello III, in a press release, said the government will exhaust all means to help OFWs regain jobs they lost abroad due to the pandemic.
Tam to young people: stop spreading COVID-19, don’t infect parents, elders
Tam says that age group - aged 20-29 accounted for the highest incidence rates for COVID-19 cases in the past two weeks.
Air Canada Implements New Biosafety Protocols as it Begins Re-opening its Award-Winning Maple Leaf Lounges
MONTREAL, July 23, 2020 – Air Canada today announced the gradual re-opening of its Maple Leaf Lounges, featuring new biosafety protocols for the well-being of customers and employees. The Maple Leaf Lounge at Toronto Pearson, D gates re-opens on July 24 to eligible customers travelling on a domestic or international flight, with the Maple Leaf Lounges located in the domestic departure...
More COVID-19 deaths at for-profit nursing homes in Ontario, study finds
“We did find evidence that for-profit LTC homes have larger COVID-19 outbreaks and more deaths of residents from COVID-19 than non-profit and municipal homes,” the study finds. “Those with older design standards appear to show worse outcomes.”
Philippine posts 51% drop in crime rate since start of quarantine
The data covers the eight focus crimes of murder, homicide, physical injury, rape, robbery, theft, car theft, and motorcycle theft.
“Kabos Padatoon” (Kapa) Community Ministry victims in Caraga want ‘donations’ back
KAPA Community Ministry founder Joel A. Apolinario and some top members of the Ministry are facing criminal charges for syndicated estafa for investment fraud by selling securities to the public without a government license.
Infamous Toronto ‘Chair Girl’ fined $2,000, given community service, probation
Marcella Zoia, known as “chair girl” has been sentenced to a $2000 fine, two years of probation and 150 hours of community service after pleading guilty to throwing a chair off a downtown highrise balcony in February 2019.
Zoia will not face any jail time and will not have a social media ban.
ABS-CBN franchise bid denial not prelude to martial law: Panelo
Before the denial of ABS-CBN’s franchise bid, lawmakers at the House of Representatives tackled several issues hounding the network, such as the citizenship of ABS-CBN chairman emeritus Eugenio Lopez III, its issuance of Philippine Depositary Receipts, and its supposed commission of alleged labour and tax violations.
‘Shame campaign’ directed to quarantine violators, not to COVID patients
DILG official explained that his suggestion of a shame campaign is directed not against COVID-19 patients but against quarantine violators such as those who still refuse to wear face masks, observe physical distancing, and abide by the minimum health standards set by the Department of Health
Military issues new orders in effort to crackdown on ‘hateful conduct’
The new order aims to leave no doubt about what constitutes “hateful conduct” by banning anything — words, images or symbols — that encourages, justifies or promotes violence or hatred against individuals or groups.
That includes discrimination based on nationality or ethnic background, race, colour, religion, age, gender, sexual orientation, marital status or disability.
Liberals review rollout of social finance fund to combat pandemic fallout
Government funds would flow if a project, such as finding housing for people for whom current programs haven’t worked, proves successful through detailed data.
Covid-19 tally among Overseas Filipinos exceeds 8,800-mark
"We share the grief of all the affected families and pray for the repose of the souls of their loved ones. We commit to working with our partner government agencies for the repatriation of all other remains as soon as possible," the agency said.
Worldwide Covid-19 cases top 14M: World Health Org
The WHO has received reports of 14,007,791 confirmed cases of Covid-19 and 597,105 deaths as of 10:35 a.m. CEST (0835 GMT) Sunday
Three charged with mischief after statues are covered in paint during protest
A 35-year-old man, a 47-year-old woman and a 35-year-old woman have all been charged with three counts of mischief under $5,000 and conspiracy to commit a summary offence.
Canadians are reluctantly wearing masks as support for mandatory masking climbs
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney addressed the reluctance of some Albertans to wear a mask at a press briefing in Red Deer today, noting the potential for further economic damage if the province needs to go into lockdown again.
Some resistance as Quebec makes masks in indoor public places mandatory
In Quebec, businesses are expected to enforce the new rules and are subject to fines of between $400 and $6,000 if their customers are caught violating the directive.
Lockdown fatigue, ‘invincibility’ causing more COVID-19 infections in young people
“If we start to see an increase in the younger age category there’s no doubt that it’ll eventually spread from the parent to the grandparent, and it can have severe impacts on older populations.”
No gain in becoming president unless you’re corrupt, PRRD to Sara
MANILA – President Rodrigo Roa Duterte told his daughter Sara “Inday” Duterte not to run for president because there is no gain in seeking the highest public office unless one is corrupt, Malacañang said on Tuesday. In a virtual Palace briefing, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque clarified the statement made by the President in a taped speech before soldiers in Jolo, Sulu...
Phil Presidential Spokesperson says ABS-CBN’s Lopezes continue to be ‘major player’
Roque said the President should not be blamed for the network’s shutdown because there is also “documentary evidence” to show that it is a Congressional panel that denied to renew the franchise of ABS-CBN.
Solon proposes to use ABS-CBN frequencies for distance learning
A lawmaker has proposed the temporary use by the government of ABS-CBN’s former television and radio frequencies for effective distance learning.
Sources say Canada, U.S. likely to extend mutual travel ban into late August
“It’s our major defence to prevent ourselves from getting this infection,” Dr. Robert Redfield told a news conference in Charlotte, N.C. “If all of us would put on a face-covering now for the next four weeks, six weeks, I think we could drive this epidemic into the ground.”
The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Wednesday, July 15
As of July 15, 2020, total cases in Canada show 108,726 (13 presumptive, 108,713 confirmed including 8,810 deaths, 72,383 resolved)
Atlantic premiers not ready to lift travel restrictions on rest of Canada
The Atlantic travel “bubble” that opened July 3 allows residents of Nova Scotia, New Brunswick, Newfoundland and Labrador and Prince Edward Island to travel between the four provinces without being required to self-isolate for 14 days.
Huawei hopeful it can provide 5G to Canada despite, Trump, Five Eyes pressure
The US and the UK are two of the so-called Five Eyes -- along with Canada, Australia and New Zealand -- that share a broad range of intelligence in one of the world's tightest multilateral arrangements.
Ethnocultural crime statistics to be collected through police, StatCan co-operation
Data about the experience of different communities is important in understanding how they are represented in Canada’s criminal justice system
Genetic detectives begin work to trace spread of COVID-19 in Canada
OTTAWA — For the last four months, Canada’s public health experts have been racing to stop the spread of COVID-19 by trying to figure out how everyone is getting it, and whom they may have given it to. But even the best efforts have left doctors stymied about the source of more than one-third of this country’s known COVID-19 infections....
Conservatives call for Trudeau to testify at committee on WE Charity deal
OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to testify before a parliamentary committee about his government’s controversial decision to enlist WE Charity to administer a $900-million student volunteer program. Conservative finance critic Pierre Poilievre laid out the demand Sunday amid growing pressure on Trudeau and Liberal cabinet ministers to explain the genesis of the sole-sourced deal with...
Shuttered Service Canada centres to slowly reopen with new COVID-19 measures
OTTAWA — The federal government says it plans to slowly reopen Service Canada centres it shuttered in late March over public health concerns related to the COVID-19 pandemic. Up to 90 centres across the country will gradually reopen in July, starting with 14 on Wednesday. Further openings are to be guided by public health advice as well as how many...
Turbulence in Canadian opinion on airlines COVID-19 response: poll
Seventy-two per cent of Canadians say they're not comfortable flying since a decision by some airlines to relax their own in-flight physical distancing requirements
Phil Consulate in HK repatriates 2 more batches of stranded Overseas Filipino Workers (OFWs)
HONG KONG – The Philippine Consulate General in Hong Kong assisted a total of 190 stranded Filipino nationals in Hong Kong due to the coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) pandemic by arranging special flights for third and fourth batches with Cathay Pacific Airlines on June 27 and 29, respectively. The repatriates were mostly household service workers whose contracts were either terminated or...
Mother longs for lost son after joining the militant group
Theresa got the shock of her life when she saw a video of her son, Frances Ern,saying, “NPA (New People’s Army) ako (I am an NPA member)"
Philippine President Duterte signs anti-terror bill into law
Anti-terror law targets terrorists.
Philippine Senators laud President Duterte for signing anti-terror bill
MANILA – Several senators on Friday lauded President Rodrigo Duterte for signing into law the anti-terrorism bill despite mounting opposition from various sectors over fears that it could be used to silence government critics and stifle dissent. Senator Panfilo Lacson, author of the anti-terrorism bill, credited President Duterte for his strong political will in signing the “landmark legislation” that seeks to...
Canada’s long-term care system failed elders, before and during COVID-19: report
Recommendations include implementing national standards for care homes, better data collection and infection-control standards, as well as higher pay, more full-time positions and better benefits for workers, including sick leave and mental health support.
A look at how provinces plan to emerge from the COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces and territories have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador is joining the other Atlantic provinces in lifting travel restrictions within the region today, with an agreement that’s causing a mix of anxiety and excitement among...
Mandatory mask policies raise accessibility concerns for vulnerable populations
In communities with high rates of COVID-19, it’s good practice to wear a mask in high-traffic, indoor spaces,.
COVID-19 reshapes Canada Day celebrations from big parties to online shows
Heading into Canada Day, the country had 104,204 reported cases of COVID-19, including 8,591 deaths and 67,954 recoveries
Virtual Canada Day citizenship ceremony celebrates nurses, care workers
OTTAWA — When Sweeny Karande was in her nursing program in India, her teacher presented her with an award as the best outgoing student. “This is just the beginning,” her teacher said. “You can’t stop here.” Karande took those words to heart. The next nine years were full of new beginnings as she journeyed from India to Ontario to Nova Scotia and...
Kielburger backtracks after saying PM’s office contacted WE about $900M program
“all discussions came at the instigation of departmental officials and they led discussions with respect to contract and program parameters.”
6 months on, WHO chief says Covid-19 is far from over
"Six months ago, none of us could have imagined how our world – and our lives – would be thrown into turmoil by this new virus. The pandemic has brought out the best and the worst of humanity," said Tedros.
Canada’s 153rd birthday!
Toronto unites online this year for Canada Day. On July 1, join morning, afternoon and evening livestream programs showcasing Toronto’s brightest talent. Enjoy music, dance, comedy, CN Tower Canada Day Light Show and much more on Canada’s 153rd birthday. Participate in virtual Canada Day programs from home and download a Celebration Kit with interactive and creative activities for the whole family. Plus,...
Canadian seniors to receive special payment in early July
Canadian seniors across the country are facing significant health, economic, and social challenges due to COVID-19. Physical distancing is weighing heavily on those who are separated from their families and rely on help to get groceries and other essential items. We need to support seniors and to be there for them, as they have been for us. The Prime Minister,...
Statistics Canada says economy posted record 11.6 per cent plunge in April
The agency said Tuesday gross domestic product fell 11.6 percent in April with non-essential businesses shut for the full month following a 7.5 percent decline in March.
Canada commits $300M to global COVID-19 fight but PM urged to spend $1.5 billion
Access to Covid-19 Tools (ACT) Accelerator is the “robust mechanism” the world needs to co-ordinate the fight against the pandemic while supporting the existing health systems of vulnerable countries.
Philippines: Quarantine rules still in effect even sans Bayanihan law
As of June 27, 2020, the Philippines has recorded 34,803 confirmed Covid-19 cases, with 9,430 recoveries and 1,236 deaths. MANILA – The nationwide quarantine protocols to stop the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) remain in effect even after Republic Act (RA) No. 11469 or the “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act” has expired, Malacañang said on Saturday. In a press statement, Presidential Spokesperson...
Judges group slams ‘abusive criticism’, attacks vs. judiciary
Maria Angelita Ressa and Reynaldo Santos Jr. were ordered to pay the complainant, businessman Wilfredo Keng, PHP400,000 in moral and exemplary damages
Ressa ‘politicized’ press freedom: Palace exec
MANILA – Presidential Human Rights Committee Secretariat (PHRCS) Undersecretary Severo Catura on Monday night cautioned against the politicization of human rights, particularly of press freedom, in relation to the cyber libel conviction of Rappler chief executive officer Maria Ressa. During an online program “Biblia at Politika”, Catura said politicizing human rights could weaken societal structures and undermine the government’s efforts to...
Red Cross to send 900 workers to Quebec care homes as military withdraws
The Red Cross workers headed for Quebec will remain at the homes until Sept. 15, by which time thousands of workers hired by the province are expected to be trained and ready to take over the jobs.
UN experts show ‘bias’ vs. Duterte gov’t
"The Philippines has continuously discharged its obligations to punish violations of human rights. We have legislation and mechanisms against torture and enforced disappearances, laws to enforce international humanitarian law, and penal laws that have been crafted to protect and promote human rights as enshrined in our Constitution,” Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said.
Philippine hoops ‘greatly benefited’ from Cojuangco’s role
"Eduardo ‘Danding’ Cojuangco Jr. left an indelible mark in the country not just as a brilliant businessman but also as a passionate sportsman," the SBP said in a statement on Wednesday.
Jump in coronavirus cases jolts NBA
The NBA is set to return with a 22-team format at Walt Disney World Resort near Orlando, Florida, with a tentative start date of July 31.
But the league is still wrestling with the virus, which has killed more people in the United States than any other country, and a surge in case numbers not seen since April, including in Florida.
“Bating Filipino”, the new way of Filipino greeting that shows sincerity and respect
"Bating Filipino' intends to replace the usual handshake to reduce the transmission of the virus causing COVID-19.
How provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces and territories have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador The province entered “Alert Level 3″ on June 8 in its five stage reopening plan. It means groups of up to 20 people are now permitted, as long as they...
Philippines Covid-19 cases rise to 27,238; recoveries now 6,820
MANILA — The Department of Health (DOH) on Wednesday reported 457 additional coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases, raising the overall tally to 27,238. The DOH said 115 of the new cases are “late” or results belatedly reported and were only verified recently, while 342 are “fresh cases” or results released since Monday. Of the fresh cases, 144 are from the National Capital...
Canada’s COVID-19 caseload surpasses 100,000
Canada has officially recorded a grim milestone of 101,700 cases of COVID-19 across the country.
$500-a-week COVID-19 benefit to be extended eight weeks: PM
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government’s signature benefit for people whose jobs have vanished amid the COVID-19 pandemic will be extended by eight weeks. The Canada Emergency Response Benefit has paid $500 a week for a maximum of 16 weeks depending on when people signed up for the help either because they lost their jobs or saw...
Canada-U.S. border restrictions extended 30 days, until July 21
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada and the United States will continue to limit non-essential travel between the two countries until at least July 21. Despite mounting pressure from business interests and border communities, however, Trudeau is offering no clues about how the border restrictions will be eased when the time finally comes. The 30-day restrictions were first imposed in...
Filipino Heritage Month and Philippine Independence Day celebrations in June
Heritage and cultural celebrations marked with simple, memorable alternatives that respect physical distancing Culture is as essential to our lives as roots are to a tree; it is the sum of all forms of thought, ideas, and beliefs that are a part of us, just as they are a part of those that have come before us over the course...
Canadian expert says he is confident COVID-19 vaccine is months, not years away
OTTAWA — One of Canada’s preeminent infectious disease experts says he is confident a vaccine for COVID-19 will be ready in months, not years. Dr. Gary Kobinger, director of the Research Centre on Infectious Diseases at Laval University in Quebec, says there are more than 100 possible vaccines in development for COVID-19 around the world. With so many resources and people working on the...
MESSAGE OF PRESIDENT RODRIGO ROA DUTERTE IN CELEBRATION OF THE 122ND ANNIVERSARY OF THE PROCLAMATION OF PHILIPPINE INDEPENDENCE
One of the most significant dates in the Philippines ’ history is Independence Day (Araw ng Kasarinlan or Araw ng Kalayaan) because it marks the nation’s independence from the Spanish rule on June 12, 1898. June 12 is an annual national holiday in the Philippines and celebrated by Filipinos around the world.
Ontario to Resume Family Visits in Long-Term Care Homes, Retirement Homes, and Other Residential Care Settings by June 18.
TORONTO — In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government announced the gradual resumption of visits to long-term care homes, retirement homes, and other residential care settings. Family and friends will be allowed access to these settings beginning June 18, 2020. Long-term care homes will allow outdoor visits of one person per resident each week at...
Toronto police chief to resign: ‘I look forward to being a full-time dad’
“You’re responsible for solving most of the cases that were presented in this city…. You’re responsible for working us through the good, the bad, the indifferent. You’re the ones that came to the table to keep us in check whenever it was necessary.”
Ontario Permits More Businesses and Services to Reopen in the Coming Days
RESTRICTIONS BEING EASED IN COMMUNITIES WHERE IT IS SAFE TO DO SO TORONTO — Today, the Ontario government announced that it is getting more people back to work and more recreational activities open by moving forward with a regional approach to Stage 2 of reopening the province. In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health and local health officials,...
Global coronavirus death toll surpasses 400,000
The number of global novel coronavirus cases surpassed 6.91 million, while the death toll topped 400,000 mark, a running tally by the US-based Johns Hopkins University showed. The data released Sunday showed that the worldwide number of recoveries exceeded 3.09 million. The US remains the worst-hit country with over 1.92 million infection cases, while the death toll in the country...
Troops could be called to testify in lawsuits against long-term care homes
OTTAWA — Members of the Canadian Armed Forces working inside long-term care homes could find themselves testifying about the state of those facilities in relation to lawsuits against the institutions. The unusual scenario follows the deployment of hundreds of service members in April and May to more than two-dozen nursing homes in Ontario and Quebec hit hard by COVID-19. Damning...
Ontario Extends Declaration of Emergency until June 30
Extension is key to protecting Ontarians as province safely reopens.
Trudeau joins anti-racism protest on Parliament Hill
“We see you and we are listening,” Toronto police Chief Mark Saunders, who is black, tweeted after the meeting. “We have to all stay in this together to make change.”
Officers charged in Floyd death
American anti-racism protests … Prosecutors charged three more police officers in the death of George Floyd and filed a new, tougher charge against the officer at the centre of the case, delivering a victory to protesters who have filled the streets from coast to coast to fight police brutality and racial injustice. The most serious charge was filed against Derek Chauvin, a former Minnesota...
Philippine News: Ex-Supreme Court justice cautions vs. media ownership for ‘dual citizens’
Article XVI, Section 11 of the 1987 Constitution requires that ownership and management of mass media shall be limited to citizens of the Philippines, or corporations, cooperatives or associations, wholly-owned and managed by these citizens.
A look at how provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador announced on May 29 that “bubbles” that had been limited to two households could invite six additional people into their circle. Small gatherings for...
New Canadian modelling shows COVID-19 waning but relaxing restrictions still risky
Canada has had 93,441 positive cases and 7,543 deaths OTTAWA — Canada’s top doctor says the country has been successful at slowing the spread of COVID-19 but is warning that relaxing public health restrictions too quickly or too soon could lead to a rampant resurgence of the disease. Dr. Theresa Tam presented a new report on the novel coronavirus in...
Ex-US president Bush on Floyd: Time to ‘listen’
While noting that "looting is not liberation, and destruction is not progress," Bush said the "tragedy" of Floyd's death "raises a long overdue question: How do we end systemic racism in our society?"
11 arrested, dozens of businesses damaged after Montreal anti-racism rally
MONTREAL — Quebec authorities spoke out Monday about the need to fight racism while condemning the looting and vandalism that followed a Montreal demonstration demanding justice for a black man who died following police intervention in Minnesota. Eleven people were arrested after tensions flared between pockets of protesters and police on Sunday night following a demonstration to denounce racism and police impunity in both Canada and the United...
Global coronavirus cases exceed 6M mark
The total number of global confirmed coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) cases surpassed 6 million; fatalities of 372,035; while the number of recoveries topped 2.53 million.
A look at how provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador Newfoundland and Labrador announced on May 29 that “bubbles” that had been limited to two households could invite six additional people into their circle. Small gatherings for funerals,...
Ontario Extending Covid-19 Emergency Orders until June 9
To build on the progress we have made to contain COVID-19, people should continue to follow these simple public health guidelines, practise physical distancing, wear a mask when it is a challenge to physical distance, and wash their hands regularly. If you think you have COVID-19 or may have been exposed to the virus, go to an assessment centre and get tested. Please stay safe.
Twenty-nine of Canada’s 48 national parks to reopen to day-use visitors June 1
“Many have stuck very, very close to home,” he said. “One of the key things for us is trying to give Canadians opportunities to get out, as summer comes, to enjoy nature.
“It’s part of what Canada is for most Canadians.”
Military reports ‘shocking’ conditions in Ontario nursing homes
TORONTO — A new report from the military helping battle COVID-19 in five long-term care facilities in Ontario has revealed extreme neglect and exposed the extent of the ugly conditions facing residents, prompting Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to offer help for what he called an infuriating situation. The report found people left in filth for weeks, others left on the floor...
Guns, drugs, cash seized in organized crime probe of Toronto area tow truck industry
Police: competition for control of towing market has led to murders, arsons, assaults
Federal deficit likely now at $260 billion due to COVID-19, Parliamentary Budget Officer (PBO) says
OTTAWA — Parliament’s spending watchdog says the estimated federal deficit for the year has likely risen to about $260 billion with new measures rolled out in recent weeks. Budget officer Yves Giroux previously estimated the federal deficit at $252.1 billion this fiscal year on account of a sharp increase in spending on emergency aid and a subsequent drop in economic activity related to...
ABS-CBN didn’t comply with franchise terms, laws: House leader
ABS-CBN allegedly violates the categorical 50-year limitation imposed on franchises; foreign ownership of mass media companies; workers' rights; and Philippine tax laws.
Ontario Premier says anyone who wants a COVID-19 test will be able to get one
The Ministry of Health said it completed 11,383 tests yesterday, which is still well below the province’s capacity of 21,000 tests per day.
Toronto officials say crowds eased at park flooded by thousands on Saturday
Toronto remains one of the hardest hit cities by COVID-19 and the total number of confirmed cases in the city topped 10,000 on Sunday.
Employers worry about safety, cash flow, second wave in COVID-19 restart
“Without revenues coming back to where they were, there’s just going to be some unfortunate outcomes,” said Bridgitte Anderson, president of Greater Vancouver Board of Trade.
“This continued new normal is likely going to continue on through the summer for sure and into the fall. This is a very gradual recovery and unfortunately that brings along with it a lot of pain.”
Federal government probing ways to address COVID-19 impact on women
Statistics Canada reported this month that 1.5 million women lost jobs over March and April, a 17 per cent drop in employment from February levels.
Coronavirus: how provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Find out how your province is emerging from a COVID-19 lockdown, and whether you can golf, dine, or attend a church gathering, or send your kids to school.
Philippine Arena mega swabbing facility opens
The swabbing facility follows protocols based on the end-to-end T3 Management System against Covid-19, which is designed to test, trace, and treat patients.
Canadians should wear masks to protect others when in public: Tam
The advice is slightly stronger than the suggestions over the last couple of weeks that people should consider wearing a face mask in public. It is a complete turnaround from her advice seven weeks ago that people who are not sick should not be wearing a face mask at all.
A look at how provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Newfoundland and Labrador The province has entered “alert level four” in its five-level reopening plan, allowing some businesses such as law firms and other professional services to reopen along with...
Health and Safety Top Priority as Schools Remain Closed
"Today's announcement gives parents certainty, knowing that their children can continue to learn safely at home and that we have a plan for child care as we work to gradually reopen more of our economy, when it is safe to do so."
Malacañang Palace distances from SC’s handling of ABS-CBN case
MANILA – Malacañang on Tuesday declined to issue any comment on the way the Supreme Court’s (SC) is handling the issue concerning the expired 25-year legislative franchise of broadcast firm ABS-CBN Corp. In a virtual presser aired on state-run PTV-4, Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque said the Palace would defer to SC’s judgment on the issues hounding ABS-CBN’s franchise that expired on...
U.S. agrees to Canada’s request to extend non-essential travel ban into June
The ban, which prohibits discretionary travel like vacations and cross-border shopping without restricting trade, commerce and essential employees, was set to expire Thursday until the U.S. agreed to Canada’s request to extend it to June 21.
A list of provincial decisions on schools amid COVID-19 pandemic
“The safety of our children is my number-one priority. After consulting with our health experts, we can’t open schools at this time. I’m just not going to risk it,” Ford said during his daily briefing on Tuesday, May 19.
Some businesses wary about reopening as more provinces ease COVID restrictions
Some stores, however, said they’re holding off on reopening their doors for now despite the provincial permission, citing health and financial concerns.
FOUR DECADES OF FAITHFUL, INSPIRING, ANOINTED MINISTRY
"The Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) has set its sights on the global campaign against poverty. It's a cause we've committed to champion and sustain as a church."
TORONTO, May 29, 2019, Brother Eduardo V. Manalo
More COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across the country
Some Quebec schools were reopening and more Ontario retailers were offering curbside pickup on Monday as Ottawa promised to help some of the country’s biggest employers stay afloat during the COVID-19 pandemic. Quebec, which accounts for more than half of the country’s roughly 69,000 novel coronavirus cases, was reopening elementary schools and daycares outside the Montreal area. Quebec students were to be subject to...
Global coronavirus recoveries top 1.4M as cases surpass 4M mark
May 11, 2020: The number of recoveries worldwide from the coronavirus disease (Covid-19) outbreak exceeded 1.4 million early Monday, according to a running tally by US-based Johns Hopkins University. A total of 1,408,705 recoveries were recorded across the globe, while 282,694 have lost their battle against the pandemic. More than 4.1 million people have contracted the disease, the data showed....
Metro Manila mayors sought another 15-day extension of the Enhanced Community Quarantine (ECQ)
MANILA – Malacañang on Monday said it will be more difficult to observe social distancing and other protocols against coronavirus disease (Covid-19) if more areas shift from enhanced community quarantine (ECQ) to less-stringent general community quarantine (GCQ). Presidential Spokesperson Harry Roque made this reaction four days before the ECQ being implemented in areas with high cases of Covid-19 expires on May...
Iglesia Ni Cristo (INC) vows ‘all-out aid’ and assistance to government efforts, to poor, and front-liners
“INC Executive Minister Brother Eduardo V. Manalo has directed the church to give all-out aid and assist government efforts to quickly alleviate hunger by distributing food packs around the country, maximizing the logistics advantages of having churches and district offices all over the archipelago,”
Statistics Canada says nearly two million jobs lost in April
OTTAWA, May 8, 2020 — The Canadian economy lost almost two million jobs in April, a record high, as the closure of non-essential services to slow the spread of COVID-19 forced businesses to shutter temporarily. The loss of 1,993,800 comes on top of more than one million jobs lost in March, and millions more having their hours and incomes slashed. The unemployment rate...
Press freedom very much alive in the Philippines: Parlade
MANILA – Press freedom in the Philippines is very much alive contrary to claims of some groups that media freedom in the country is under threat following the cease-and-desist order by the National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) against ABS-CBN Tuesday. This, according to Southern Luzon Command chief, Lt. Gen. Antonio Parlade, Jr., in reaction to Amnesty International Philippines Section Director Butch Olano’s...
Ontario Further Eases Restrictions on Retail Stores and Essential Construction During COVID-19
All retail stores with a street entrance can begin offering curbside pickup and delivery on Monday, May 11, must follow health and safety guidelines.
Cainta mayor’s shoe auction fetches P1-M to help soften ECQ economic impact in his hometown
CAINTA, Rizal – An auction of rare collectible athletic footwear has fetched PHP1 million as of Tuesday, the proceeds of which will help soften the enhanced community quarantine’s (ECQ) economic impact in this town east of Manila. Cainta Mayor Johnielle Keith Nieto made this announcement after auctioning-off three pairs of shoes daily for the past three weeks, most from his personal...
Canada’s COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000; feds announce help for farmers
Canada has now seen 62,000 COVID-19 cases and killed 4,000 from coast to coast. Despite the increases, the chief public officer says there's a continual slowing down.
In Ottawa,Trudeau announced $252 million for an agri-food sector.
While 7.5 million have already received emergency federal aid.
ABS-CBN to stop its broadcast operations on May 5 in compliance with the NTC order
The Cease and Desist Order from National Telecommunications Commission (NTC) covers 42 television stations across the country, including the flagship Channel 2, 10 digital broadcast channels, 18 FM stations, and 5 AM stations.
PHL President Rodrigo Duterte to heed NTC decision on ABS-CBN franchise issue
Department of Justice Secretary Menardo Guevarra on Monday reiterated that ABS-CBN network may continue operating while its franchise renewal is ongoing in Congress, contrary to the position of Solicitor General Jose Calida, who wants to shut the network down using a quo warranto petition. That’s two of President Rodrigo Duterte’s crucial Cabinet men clashing on whether network giant ABS-CBN can...
Fort McMurray cleans up from flood on anniversary of 2016 wildfire evacuation
FORT MCMURRAY, Alta. — As residents of Fort McMurray continued to assess their flood-damaged homes and businesses and began the difficult task of cleaning them this weekend, they also marked the anniversary of the start of an evacuation that emptied the northern Alberta city four years ago. “It was evident on May 3, 2016 and it is evident today: we are a region of...
Certain Businesses Allowed to Reopen Under Strict Safety Guidelines
By following the proper health and safety guidelines, businesses will be permitted to begin operations on Monday, May 4.
How provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown
Provinces have been releasing plans for easing restrictions that were put in place to limit the spread of COVID-19. Here is what some of the provinces have announced so far: Prince Edward Island Priority non-urgent surgeries and select health-service providers, including physiotherapists, optometrists, and chiropractors, resumed on May 1 under The Renew P.E.I. Together plan. The plan also allows outdoor gatherings and non-contact...
Provinces set to ease restrictions Monday as death toll increases
OTTAWA — Provinces across the country are set to begin easing COVID-19 restrictions on Monday following a weekend in which thousands more cases of the respiratory illness were identified, hundreds more were reported dead and a much-ballyhooed made-in-Canada testing kit was recalled. Ontario, Quebec, Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan are among those set to take another step out of lockdown by allowing...
Lawsuits over COVID-19 handling in nursing homes raise questions about standard of care
While nursing homes can’t be blamed for the pandemic, they can be held accountable for unnecessary and preventable deaths, said Michael Smitiuch, a Toronto-based lawyer who previously led a successful negligence lawsuit against a Brampton, Ont. facility for seniors.
Coronavirus is continuing its spread in 187 countries with 3,253,181 cases, claiming 233,257 deaths
2020 April 30— Coronavirus Disease (COVID-19) has now infected 3.2 million people and so far, claimed 233,014 lives per data shown at COVID-19 Dashboard by the Center for Systems Science and Engineering (CSSE) at Johns Hopkins University (JHU) The increasing number of confirmed cases is now putting pressure on world leaders, as they start planning a gradual easing up of...
Ice jam that caused flooding, evacuation in Fort McMurray melting
The flooding comes as Fort McMurray is dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic and an economic downturn caused by crashing oil prices.
Philippine Arena now open to isolate Covid-19 patients
MANILA – The Philippine Arena can now accept coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19) patients for quarantine after the Iglesia ni Cristo (INC) has turned over its property to the national government as a patient care center (PCC) on Thursday, the Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) said. In a statement, BCDA said the We Heal as One Center-Philippine Arena in Bocaue, Bulacan...
Spread of COVID-19 slows down, but projections show more deaths expected: Tam
The government expects to see between 3,227 and 3,883 deaths by May 5 according to its latest projection
Officials watching rivers as floods chase people out of downtown Fort McMurray
An ice jam, or ice dam, happens when chunks of ice clump together to block the flow of a river. A 25-kilometre ice jam caused major flooding in Fort McMurray communities near the river.
“We Heal as One” COVID-19 facility at the Philippine Arena to open ahead of April 29-schedule
April 27, 2020, Bulacan– Public Works and Highways Secretary Mark Villar announced the opening of the 300-bed quarantine facility at the Philippine Arena Complex’s “We Heal as One” center for suspected COVID-19 cases before April 29 due date. “May mga tatapusin today, at bukas ang final inspection. 80% na siya, electrical works na lang, and installation ng Wi-Fi ng Smart,”...
$9B in new COVID-19 funding for students: Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB) and Canada Student Service Grant (CSSG)
OTTAWA—Students and new graduates who were anxious about their employment prospects, summer jobs, and financial status that were hampered by the ongoing COVID pandemic will soon be able to claim a new Canada Emergency Student Benefit (CESB). Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced this benefit as part of a $9 billion package comprised of new measures aimed at helping young...
Filipino-Canadian Judge, Hon. Steve A. Coroza, appointed a Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario
The Philippine Consulate General in Toronto joins the Filipino Canadian Community in conveying warm congratulations to Justice Steve A. Coroza and his family on his appointment as Justice of Appeal of the Court of Appeal for Ontario. On 06 April 2020, the Department of Justice of Canada announced four (4) appointments under the judicial application process established in 2016. The...
Mourners struggle to grieve Nova Scotia mass-murder victims during pandemic
“COVID-19 is not going to pause because of our pain — we cannot let our guard down,”Dr. Robert Strang, Nova Scotia's chief medical officer of health said.
EARTH DAY 2020: CELEBRATING THE 50TH ANNIVERSARY OF EARTH DAY FROM HOME
Today, Wednesday, April 22, 2020, is the 50th anniversary of Earth Day. Earth Day reminds us to take care of our planet—that our world is warming dangerously. Humans may have neglected it far too long. Failure to act today will deeply affect the future of the next generation. Let us all do our part in taking care of the only Earth...
38,422: confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada
The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4 a.m. ET on April 22, 2020: _ Total: 38,422 (9 presumptive, 38,413 confirmed including 1,834 deaths, 13,178 resolved) Breakdown by province: _ Quebec: 20,126 confirmed (including 1,041 deaths, 4,048 resolved) _ Ontario: 11,735 confirmed (including 622 deaths, 5,806 resolved) _ Alberta: 3,095 confirmed (including 61 deaths, 1,273 resolved)...
37,926: The latest number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada; 1,749 deaths
Tam warned that despite the positive signs, which are a testament to the efforts being made by Canadians, “now is not the time to slow down” physical distancing efforts.
30,809 CONFIRMED AND PRESUMPTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN CANADA
April 17, 2020– More than 2.1 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported across 185 countries, according to official and unofficial statistics compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has led to over 144,000 deaths globally and disrupted the lives of tens of millions. Just across Canada’s border, the US has surpassed Italy as the...
National economic shutdown to last weeks longer, Trudeau says
Statistics Canada showed economic activity collapsed in March, suggesting the drop could be a record nine percent.
Loosening controls too quickly could mean the country gives up the ground gained, he says.
WHO issues guidelines for lifting COVID-19 restrictions. Is Canada ready?
Canadians must get ready for an up-and-down scenario, “where first the government lessens restrictions and then a couple weeks later has to tighten them again in light of new data and new information about where spread is happening or how it’s happening.”
Trudeau: Feds ready to send provinces cash to top-up worker salaries
Some six million people had filed claims by Sunday night for a $2,000-a-month emergency benefit for help during the first four-week eligibility period.
25,682 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada
More than 1.9 million cases of COVID-19 have been reported across 185 countries, according to official and unofficial statistics compiled by researchers at Johns Hopkins University. The ongoing novel coronavirus pandemic has led to over 119,000 deaths globally and disrupted the lives of tens of millions. Just across Canada’s border, the US has surpassed Italy as the country with the...
Long-term care deaths expected to rise as growth of total cases slows: Tam
The total number of deaths projected in Canada — between 4,400 and 44,000 in the best-case scenario — was based on a fatality rate of 1.1 percent.
22,148 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada
There are 22,148 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada as of April 10, 2020: — Quebec: 11,677 confirmed (including 241 deaths, 1,341 resolved) — Ontario: 6,237 confirmed (including 222 deaths, 2,574 resolved) — Alberta: 1,500 confirmed (including 39 deaths, 713 resolved) — British Columbia: 1,410 confirmed (including 55 deaths, 879 resolved) — Nova Scotia: 407 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 93...
City of Toronto continues enforcement blitz over the holiday weekend
10-Apr-2020–The City of Toronto continues to respond to the COVID-19 emergency. This weekend, the City’s COVID-19 enforcement team will continue to conduct coordinated enforcement efforts, targeting busy parks across the city. Residents are urged to stay at home and keep their distance from others during this weekend’s holidays, leaving only for essential reasons. All residents are reminded they are an...
COVID cases surge past 19,000 with 501 deaths; Quebec has most fatalities
“Job numbers will come out tomorrow,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Wednesday. “It’s going to be a hard day.”
16,497 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, April 6
The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 2:28 p.m. on April 6, 2020: There are 16,497 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 8,580 confirmed (including 121 deaths, 611 resolved) _ Ontario: 4,347 confirmed (including 132 deaths, 1,624 resolved) _ Alberta: 919 confirmed (including 23 deaths, 279 resolved), 331 presumptive _ British Columbia:...
Changes to emergency-relief program coming to expand eligibility, Trudeau says
The first few hours today, April 6, 240,000 people successfully applied for COVID-19 emergency relief of $500-a-week-payment for workers who have lost all their income.
Over the last two weeks, more than two million people have applied for Employment Insurance (EI) benefits-- a huge spike from records of previous recessions.
PHL government to turn the massive Philippine Arena to a “mega-quarantine facility” for COVID-19 patients
MANILA — The quarantine facilities that the government is preparing to isolate individuals with confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 will be comfortable for the patients, health workers, and other staff, the architect of the new quarantine facilities said Friday. During Friday’s Laging Handa Press Briefing aired over state-run PTV, Bases Conversion and Development Authority (BCDA) President and CEO Vince Dizon thanked...
11,759 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada
The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 11:59 a.m. on April 3, 2020: There are 11,759 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. There are 11,759 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. _ Quebec: 5,518 confirmed (including 36 deaths, 224 resolved) _ Ontario: 3,255 confirmed (including 67 deaths, 1,023 resolved) _ British Columbia: 1,121 confirmed...
Gatherings restricted, schools closed: What’s being done to fight COVID-19
Published: Fri, Apr 3rd, 2020 4:00:06 AM, CANADA: The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every province and territory. Medical officers of health and Canada’s chief public health officer are encouraging people to wash their hands, give each other space and wear a mask if they’re sick. Ottawa has put money into health-care research and the economy. It has also put restrictions on international travel and is enforcing 14-day quarantines...
Ontario to release COVID-19 modelling; Ford says numbers will be hard to hear
TORONTO — Ontario will release data Friday showing how many Ontarians could die from COVID-19 in various scenarios, Premier Doug Ford announced Thursday, warning that the projections will be hard to hear. Ford had resisted calls to release that modelling as recently as Wednesday, saying there were many different scenarios, but said medical experts will now provide a public briefing. “Over the...
Toronto imposes mandatory quarantine for infected to help contain COVID-19
The city’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, notes that two weeks ago, there were 145 cases of COVID-19 in Toronto, with 10 in hospital and no deaths. As of Wednesday, she said, the city has 818 cases, with 75 in hospital and 19 deaths.
Assistance for Employers: COVID-19 Wage Subsidy
April 1, 2020: Today, Finance Minister Bill Morneau, the Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, Mary Ng, and the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, Navdeep Bains, announced the details of the proposed Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy: The Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy would apply at a rate of 75 per cent of the first $58,700 normally earned...
COVID-19 information for landlords and renters
Multiple provinces have placed an outright ban on evictions, while others have placed an effective ban by closing down landlord and tenant boards. It’s April 1st and rent payments are due for millions of Canadians for the first time since the COVID-19 pandemic led to an economic shutdown and many layoffs. Hundreds of thousands of Canadians have signed petitions, asking for the outright cancellation...
9,489 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada as of April 1
Additional Support for Canadian Businesses from the Economic Impact of COVID-19
The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, announced on Friday additional new measures to support small businesses dealing with the economic impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic. These measures will help Canadian businesses protect the jobs that Canadians depend on, and pay their workers and bills during these difficult times. HERE ARE THE DETAILS: Announce a 75 percent wage subsidy for qualifying businesses, for...
Gatherings restricted, schools closed: What’s being done to fight COVID-19
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every province and territory. Medical officers of health and Canada’s chief public health officer are encouraging people to wash their hands, give each other space and wear a mask if they’re sick. Ottawa is pumping billions of dollars into health-care research and the economy. It has also put restrictions on both domestic and international travel and is enforcing 14-day quarantines for travellers returning...
‘Worse than any flu’: Canadians describe how it feels to have COVID-19
MONTREAL — Melanie Fournier went to bed a week ago Thursday feeling grateful that, despite everything going on in the world, she was in the best health of her life. Less than 12 hours later, the 42-year-old Montreal-area woman was racked with coughs that left her gasping for breath and was burning up with fever. “I woke up with a little scratch in my throat...
Canadian among dead after plane catches fire at Manila airport, killing all 8 on board
MANILA, Philippines — A plane carrying eight people, including a Canadian and an American, burst into flames Sunday while attempting to take off from Manila’s airport on a flight bound for Japan, killing all those on board, officials said. The Westwind 24 plane, which was carrying six Filipino crew members and the Canadian and American, was bound for Tokyo on...
3409 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada as of March 26, 2020
A mandatory isolation of 14 days is an order for travellers returning home to Canada according to new measures being enacted under the Quarantine Act.
$2,000 per month for Canadians from new emergency COVID-19 benefits, PM says
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau assured struggling and laid-off workers that they will be able to access new emergency benefits within 10 days of applying. People who have been laid off, those who are sick, caretakers and self-employed workers can receive up to $2,000 a month for four months, the prime minister said Wednesday. Already, the government has processed 143,000 applications....
Liberals rejig benefits for workers affected by COVID-19
The government of Canada will provide 16 weeks of payments to workers whose income drops to zero because of the pandemic. The emergency benefit will include workers who have been furloughed by their employers but technically still have jobs. OTTAWA — The federal government is repackaging two previously promised benefits for Canadians whose working lives are disrupted by COVID-19. Instead, the Liberals say...
Business, labour groups say Liberals’ COVID-19 wage subsidy too little to help
Stimulus bill contains provisions for a 10 percent wage subsidy for 90 days, up to a maximum of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per business. OTTAWA — The federal government’s planned wage subsidy for businesses hit hard by COVID-19 is being panned this morning by a voice for thousands of small businesses and a major union. The Canadian Federation of Independent Business...
Philippine President Duterte granted special powers to address Covid-19 crisis
MANILA — The House of Representatives on Monday night approved on third and final reading a bill declaring a national emergency and granting President Rodrigo Duterte additional powers to address the coronavirus pandemic in the country. The chamber approved House Bill 6616, otherwise known as “Bayanihan to Heal as One Act”, with 284 affirmative votes, 9 negative votes, and no abstention....