Yesterday Ontario reported only 112 new COVID19 cases. That is the lowest total since June 26th, when we had 111. Majority of the new cases came in three areas: Toronto, York and Peel made up 70% of the new cases. However, 28 of the province’s 34 public health units reported five or fewer cases, with 23 of them reporting no new cases at all. Only two new deaths were reported. So where does the province stand now? There are 1,766 people in Ontario infected with COVID19. Back on April 25 we had almost 5,700 active cases.
Liberal Fiscal Snapshot / Basic Income:
With the Liberal government set to provide a fiscal update on Canada’s finances today, the parliamentary budget officer says Ottawa could spend another $98-billion-dollars on providing a basic income to nearly all Canadians for six months. Senator Yuen Pau Woo — who asked for the costing — says a basic-income program could fill in the gaps in Canada’s social safety net. He admits the costs are extremely high, but says Canada will likely have to spend large sums of money on income support into 2021 as a result of the COVID19 pandemic.
Tomorrow afternoon, I’ll present Canada’s Economic and Fiscal Snapshot, updating Canadians on our #COVID19 response plan and our economy. Tune in on Facebook at 1:40PM: https://t.co/jgiKQjhTOi pic.twitter.com/vtjLHUB4bc
— Bill Morneau (@Bill_Morneau) July 8, 2020
Ontario Legislation Controversy:
Premier Ford is defending legislation introduced yesterday that will allow the extension of some pandemic emergency orders over the next year. Ford denies that continued use of the measures is a power grab and says the bill is needed to protect Ontario in the event of a resurgence in COVID19 cases. He says it will allow his government to move quickly on public health measures as Ontario further eases its pandemic lockdown and will expire in a year. The legislation would allow the province to issue emergency orders even after a state of emergency is ended, which is not allowed under current legislation. Ontario is expected to table a motion today to extend the province’s state of emergency until July 24th.
Here is Premier Ford’s News conference from yesterday:
Service Canada Reopening:
Service Canada centres will begin to gradually re-open across the country today after being closed in late March over COVID19 public health concerns. Today’s re-open will begin with 14 centres. Over the past few weeks, the government has upgraded the facilities to include clear barriers at counters and reduce seating in waiting areas.
Throughout the COVID-19 pandemic the Government of Canada has been there to help Canadians. Tomorrow we will begin reopening the Service Canada Centres to continue supporting Canadians. https://t.co/3aKMmeGT7a pic.twitter.com/zGs9d4gxlD
— Ahmed Hussen (@HonAhmedHussen) July 7, 2020
Relief For Canadians With Disabilities:
The federal government says it is still working on a way forward on the benefit program to help people with disabilities with the additional coasts associated with COVID19. A payment worth up to $600-dollars was contained in legislation that failed to pass last month after the Conservatives refused to support it unless the Liberals agreed to have the House of Commons fully resume. The Tories argue the bill isn’t necessary, because it would go to Canadians already receiving the disability tax credit. The Conservatives say the government could forward the money directly using an information-sharing agreement with the Canada Revenue Agency.
This doesn't clear up why and how the decision was made in the first place.
It doesn't answer how young Canadians and countless organisations across the country will get the support they need.
The Prime Minister still needs to answer for this scandal. https://t.co/kjhVSUnamk
— Jagmeet Singh (@theJagmeetSingh) July 3, 2020
The Organization for Economic Co-operation and Development’s latest forecast says the Canadian unemployment rate is projected to have peaked at 11 per cent in the second quarter of this year, which ended June 30th. That surpasses the previous peak of 8.7 per cent for the third quarter of 2009, during the global financial crisis. The organization says jobs should return as lockdowns end, but it still expects an unemployment rate of 7.7 per cent by the end of 2021 in a single-hit scenario and 8.4 per cent if there is a second wave of infections.
Canadians On Flying:
Even as a new study finds Canadians are not comfortable flying on airlines that have dropped their seat distancing policies, Canada’s two largest airlines have come under fire from those passengers who have boarded their planes. As of this month, Air Canada and WestJet are no longer blocking the sale of adjacent seats, although both say all those on board will be required to wear masks. Yet some passengers report first-hand experiences in which masking protocols were not followed during a flight. A survey conducted by Leger and the Association of Canadian Studies found only 22 per cent of Canadians polled were okay with flying in a full plane without physical distancing.
Andrew Scheer Caught Without Mask:
On the same day a mandatory mask order came into effect for Toronto two political leaders were spotted bare-faced in the city’s international airport. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and federal Conservative leader Andrew Scheer were photographed in a lounge area — sitting with a couple of others — and while all were spaced apart, no one in the group was wearing a mask. Later, a contrite Pallister admitted the error, while Scheer’s office suggested that the outgoing Tory leader must’ve taken off his mask to take a call.
It's time for the Justin Trudeau to fix CERB so it’s more flexible and generous for workers.
— Andrew Scheer (@AndrewScheer) July 7, 2020
Brazilian President Tests Positive:
After months of downplaying the virus’ severity, Brazil’s president says he has tested positive for COVID19. Wearing a mask, Jair Bolsonaro told reporters he is already taking hydroxychloroquine — an anti-malarial medicine un-proven to treat COVID19.
America Withdraws From WHO:
The Trump Administration has told Congress the nation has formally withdrawn from the World Health Organization, which is seeking to organize an international response to the coronavirus pandemic. News of the move broke on a day U.S. deaths to the virus topped 130,000 and the country was on the cusp of 3 million infections. President Trump announced the move in May after repeatedly accusing the international group of catering to China and failing to protect other nations from the outbreak.
Here is Vice President Pence talking about the decision:
Coronavirus infections are now on the rise in 40 states across the US as Sunbelt states including Texas, Arizona and California continue to report record hospitalizations and cases. The number of cases across the United States has now surpassed 2.9 million and more than 130,000 Americans have died from COVID19. Sixteen states have posted record daily case counts this month alone and new COVID19 cases have risen nationally every week for five straight weeks, according to a Reuters analysis of data from The COVID Tracking Project.
Texas New Record:
Texas has blown past its record for daily new coronavirus cases, reporting 10,028 new cases yesterday. The increase marks a continued and steady surge in COVID-19 infections, with the previous daily record of 9,300 new cases recorded on Wednesday, July 1, according to Johns Hopkins University data.
Trump Disagrees With Fauci:
Yesterday, President Donald Trump said he disagrees with the assessment of the country’s top immunologist, Anthony Fauci, on the dire situation the United States faces as cases of the novel coronavirus continue to spread. “The current state is really not good,” Fauci, head of the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases, said in a Facebook and Twitter livestream on Monday. “We are still knee-deep in the first wave of COVID19 infections,” he said. Trump, speaking yesterday in a TV interview, disagreed with Fauci, a key player on the White House’s own Coronavirus Task Force. “I think we are in a good place,” Trump said in an interview on the “Full Court Press” news show hosted by a former Fox News anchor, adding: “I disagree with him.” “Dr. Fauci said don’t wear masks, now he says wear them,” he continued, adding that the immunologist has said numerous things that according to Trump was bad advice.
Waterloo / WDG Numbers:
Yesterday Waterloo Region Public Health only reported 2 new COVID19 cases and 8 more are now resolved. That leaves just 68 active cases in the area. The death toll remains at 116. In Wellington-Dufferin-Guelph there was only 1 new case and 4 more resolved, leaving 31 active cases in the Region.
Contains files from The Canadian Press
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