April 15, 2021 00:43 (IST)
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Canada: Ontario sees second-highest Covid single-day spike with 4,401 new infections

Ontario/IBNS: Ontario has been hit hard by 4,401 fresh cases of Covid-19, the second-highest single-day spike in the province despite public health units having logged a 9.5 per cent test positivity rate, one of the highest in the Canadian district.

Canada sees its biggest job increase since Sep 2020 after it added 259,000 jobs in Feb

Ottawa/IBNS: Canada saw its biggest job increase since September 2020, when it added 259,000 jobs in Feb, Statistics Canada said on Friday.

Will come out of this pandemic as more resilient country: Justin Trudeau on National Observance Day for COVID-19

Ottawa/IBNS: While reflecting on the year that has passed since the World Health Organization declared COVID‑19 a pandemic, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declared Mar 11 as the National Day of Observance for COVID-19 and said that his country will come out as more resilient out of this crisis.

Canada Housing First program provides safety to homeless people in the pandemic, say advocates

Canada/IBNS: Canadian provinces and cities including Regina, Edmonton, Calgary, Vancouver, Victoria, Hamilton, and Fredericton, experiencing frigid temperatures are being provided with an essential lifeline right now by the Housing First program in providing safe permanent housing to homeless people, without preconditions, addiction, and mental health challenges, media reports said.

Canada PM Justin Trudeau discusses delay in Pfizer doses with CEO by phone

Ottawa/IBNS: After learning from Pfizer on Thursday that delays to COVID-19 vaccines' shipments are going to be even worse than previously thought, Canada's Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, spoke to the biopharmaceutical's CEO-Albert Bourla by phone on Thursday.

First Nations in Western Canada hit hard by COVID-19

Canada/IBNS: Canadian federal officials are alarmed by the rising curve of COVID-19 outbreaks in people of First Nations in Western Canada, making up half the number of hospitalizations in some provinces.

Statistics Canada to do large scale hiring ahead of 'contact-free' census

Canada/IBNS: In its attempt to perform a contact-free or physically distanced census during the COVID-19 pandemic, Statistics Canada said in a press release published this week that it is looking to hire approximately 32,000 field staff to survey the Canadian population this spring.

Ontario extending emergency orders to protect vulnerable populations

Ontario/IBNS: In consultation with the Chief Medical Officer of Health, the Ontario government is extending most orders currently in force under the Reopening Ontario (A Flexible Response to COVID-19) Act, 2020 (ROA) for additional 30 days, with the exception of drinking water systems and sewage works.

UK think tank warns gov't peak of living standards crisis if COVID-19 benefits terminated

Moscow/Sputnik: The Resolution Foundation called on the UK government on Monday to not cancel the 20 pound ($27) uplift to Universal Credit benefits, warning that the worst hit of the pandemic on living standards of low-income households was still ahead despite the vaccine-driven economic recovery.

Pride Toronto announces new skillshare program to support Toronto’s vibrant LGBT2Q+ communities

Toronto/IBNS: An announcement was made recently by Pride Toronto regarding transforming its new office inside the Museum of Contemporary Art (MOCA) into a new multi-functional rental studio and the skillshare program directed to supporting Toronto’s vibrant LGBT2Q+ communities, Pride Toronto November newsletter reported.

Canada Conservatives skeptical if Liberals meet target to end First Nations' boil water advisories

Ottawa/IBNS: COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized some of the Liberal government's key deadlines of its reconciliation agenda including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations by March 2021, media reports said. 

UN and partners press for seafarers to be designated ‘key workers’ during COVID pandemic

New York: The UN Secretary-General has again appealed for governments to act on behalf of hundreds of thousands of seafarers and other maritime workers stuck at sea for endless months, in some cases more than a year, due to the COVID-19 pandemic. 

Canada-US border closure could last for months as many Canadians prefer so amid pandemic

Ottawa/IBNS: The alarming rate of increase in COVID-19 in many US states has led to the extension of Canada-US land border closure to non-essential traffic until at least Aug 21 affecting the lives of many people on both sides, media reports said.

Manitoba faces unexpected fiscal impacts, must restart our economy: Premier Brian Pallister

Manitoba/IBNS: Manitoba government's release of its economic and fiscal update assessing the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic was announced June 30 by Manitoba's Premier Brian Pallister and Manitoba's Finance Minister Scott Fielding, media reports said.

COVID-19 boosted chance for Trudeau's Liberal Party to secure majority govt in Canada: Poll Tracker

Ottawa/IBNS: Canada's Liberal Party under the leadership of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau seems to enjoy great support at present, not seen post-2015 election, boosting his chance of securing a majority government in the country, media reports said citing the latest projections from the CBC's newly re-launched Poll Tracker.