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...

Less than 24 hours after acknowledging election loss, Trump again bucks up supporters

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...

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...

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

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...

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...

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

‘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.”

COVID-19 crisis cascading in U.S. as presidential election drama recedes

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...

Over 500 People Receive Free Flu Shots and Care Packages thru INC Aid to Humanity in Norfolk, Virginia

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,...

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...

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

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.  ...

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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

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...

Parliament Hill security boosted after reports of harassment

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...

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...

Five highlights from the speech from the throne

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...

Reactions to the minority Liberal government’s speech from the throne

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....

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

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...

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....

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...

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...

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 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...

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...

From masks to cohorting, a guide to back-to-school rules across the country

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...

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...

Bill Morneau leaves cabinet, federal politics, as suddenly as he arrived

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

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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...

US Covid-19 cases surpass 4.8M: Johns Hopkins University

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...

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.

Iglesia Ni Cristo Celebrates 106 years of Global Civic Prominence

Iglesia Ni Cristo Celebrates 106 years of Global Civic Prominence

The Honourable Elizabeth Dowdeswell. Lieutenant Governor of Ontario, greets INC:
"It is with pleasure that I congratulate the Canadian congregations of the Iglesia Ni Cristo on the Church's 106th anniversary. The challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic notwithstanding, this is a significant moment that is sure to be the source of happy memories for years to come."

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...

Military issues new orders in effort to crackdown on ‘hateful conduct’

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.

No gain in becoming president unless you’re corrupt, PRRD to Sara

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

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...

Canada’s 153rd birthday!

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,...

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...

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...

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.

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.

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...

$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...

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

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...

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...

Officers charged in Floyd death

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...

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...

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...

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.

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...

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...

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.”

A look at how provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown

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...

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...

More COVID-19 restrictions being lifted across the country

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

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)

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...

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...

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...

PHL President Rodrigo Duterte to heed NTC decision on ABS-CBN franchise issue

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...

How provinces plan to emerge from COVID-19 shutdown

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

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...

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...

Philippine Arena now open to isolate Covid-19 patients

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...

“We Heal as One” COVID-19 facility at the Philippine Arena to open ahead of April 29-schedule

“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)

$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

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...

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

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)...

30,809 CONFIRMED AND PRESUMPTIVE COVID-19 CASES IN CANADA

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...

25,682 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada

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...

22,148 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada

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

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...

16,497 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada, April 6

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:...

PHL government to turn the massive Philippine Arena to a “mega-quarantine facility” for COVID-19 patients

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

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

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...

Assistance for Employers:  COVID-19 Wage Subsidy

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

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...

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...

$2,000 per month for Canadians from new emergency COVID-19 benefits, PM says

$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

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....

1,189 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada

1,189 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada

The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 1:44 p.m. ET on March 21, 2020: There are 1,189 confirmed and presumptive cases in Canada. _ Ontario: 377 confirmed (including 2 deaths, 6 resolved) _ British Columbia: 348 confirmed (including 9 deaths, 5 resolved) _ Alberta: 195 confirmed (including 1 death) _ Quebec: 181 confirmed (including 5...

Morneau to unveil $20 billion or more to cushion financial shock of COVID-19

Morneau to unveil $20 billion or more to cushion financial shock of COVID-19

Federal aid of $20B is expected to include measures to get direct payments to Canadians so that they can afford to follow the advice of health professionals to stay home as much as possible to prevent the spread of infection — possibly through a temporary increase in the Canada Child Benefit and grants to workers who don’t qualify for employment insurance.

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

Ontario Enacts Declaration of Emergency to Protect the Public

We are facing an unprecedented time in our history," said Premier Ford. "This is a decision that was not made lightly. COVID-19 constitutes a danger of major proportions. We are taking this extraordinary measure because we must offer our full support and every power possible to help our health care sector fight the spread of COVID-19. The health and well-being of every Ontarian must be our number one priority."

Canada bans entry to foreigners and symptomatic people- to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19

The Canadian government has banned all foreigners, non-Canadians, no PR cards from entering the country, to keep Canadians safe from COVID-19. Exceptions are being made for permanent residents, U.S. citizens, diplomats, crew and immediate family members of citizens. Starting Wednesday, only four Canadian airports will have incoming international flights, including Toronto and Vancouver. The prime minister also said no one...

140 Confirmed Covid-19 cases in the Philippines

MANILA – The Department of Health (DOH) on Sunday reported 29 new confirmed cases of coronavirus disease 2019 (Covid-19), bringing to 140 the total number of infected persons in the country. In its latest medical bulletin, the DOH also reported three new deaths, increasing the death toll to 11. They are patient 9, an 86-year-old American man from Marikina City; patient...

324: The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 15, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 15, 2020: — Ontario: 145 confirmed (5 cases resolved) — British Columbia: 73 confirmed, including one death (6 cases resolved) — Alberta: 39 confirmed — Quebec: 39 confirmed — Manitoba: 7 total (4 confirmed, 3 presumptive — New Brunswick: 6 (5 presumptive, 1 confirmed) — Saskatchewan: 6 presumptive — Canadians quarantined at CFB...

List of cancellations and closures in Ontario amid COVID-19 outbreak

Toronto, March 14, 2020: As the COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve, a multitude of events and popular attractions have been cancelled or closed. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and restaurants remain open in Toronto. Here is a list of cancellations and closures: All publicly funded schools in Ontario will be closed for two weeks after March Break, March 14 to April 5....

252 COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 14, 2020

252 COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 14, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 14, 2020: — Ontario: 103 confirmed (five cases resolved) — British Columbia: 73 confirmed, including one death (six cases resolved) — Alberta: 39 confirmed — Quebec: 24 confirmed — New Brunswick: Two confirmed — Manitoba: Four confirmed — Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: Four confirmed — Saskatchewan: Two confirmed — Prince Edward Island: One confirmed...

The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 13, 2020

The latest numbers of COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 13, 2020

— Total: 159 (155 confirmed, four presumptive; 11 cases resolved) The latest numbers of confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada as of March 13, 2020: — Ontario: 60 confirmed (five cases resolved) — British Columbia: 53 confirmed, including one death (six cases resolved) — Alberta: 23 confirmed — Quebec: 17 confirmed — New Brunswick: one confirmed — Manitoba: three presumptive — Saskatchewan: one presumptive — Canadians quarantined at CFB Trenton: one...

NEWS ALERT: Prime minister’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tests positive for COVID-19: PMO

NEWS ALERT: Prime minister’s wife, Sophie Gregoire Trudeau, tests positive for COVID-19: PMO

OTTAWA — The Prime Minister’s Office says Sophie Gregoire Trudeau has tested positive for the novel corona virus. Following medical advice, the prime minister’s wife is remaining in isolation for the time being. The PMO says in a statement that she is feeling well, is taking all the recommended precautions and her symptoms remain mild. It says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is...