March 31st, 2020

National News

New ventilators promised in days as industrial response to COVID-19 kicks in

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

OTTAWA – Hundreds of ventilators are now in production as part of the federal government’s efforts to shore up national stockpiles of crucial equipment needed to fight COVID-19. Thornhill Medical, a Toronto-based company, says it’s making 500 ventilators that will arrive at hospitals and health-care facilities in early April. The company is one of three ... Read More »

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Goodale appointed special adviser to Canada on Ukraine airliner crash in Iran

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

OTTAWA – Former Liberal cabinet minister Ralph Goodale has been appointed a special adviser to the Trudeau government into Iran’s downing of a commercial airliner in January. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Goodale will examine the lessons learned from the Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 as well as other air disasters, including Ethiopian Airlines Flight ... Read More »

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Disinfect mail boxes and entertainment to ‘feed and fuel’ the soul; In The News for March 31

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of March 31 … COVID-19 in Canada … Governments must be as transparent as possible with Canadians about response measures for COVID-19, says former Liberal public ... Read More »

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Transparency on COVID-19 response crucial: former public safety minister Goodale

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

OTTAWA – Governments must be as transparent as possible with Canadians about response measures for COVID-19, says former Liberal public safety minister Ralph Goodale. The cascade of daily briefings from the prime minister all the way down to local health officials are essential to that process, but he said it’s equally important that the government ... Read More »

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Father of Humboldt Bronco disappointed Saskatchewan has relaxed trucking rules

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

REGINA – A father whose son was killed in the Humboldt Broncos bus crash says he’s worried Saskatchewan’s move to relax some trucking rules during the COVID-19 outbreak may mean drivers will be pushed past their limits. Scott Thomas’s son Evan died two years ago when an inexperienced semi driver blew through a stop sign ... Read More »

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COVID-19 silver lining: experts predict innovation in medicine, education, remote work

By Giuseppe Valiante, The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

MONTREAL – Despite years of discussions between politicians and doctors, the Quebec government couldn’t find a way to pay its general practitioners for phone and video consultations with patients. Then the COVID-19 pandemic hit. Premier Legault called a public health emergency March 14, sweeping aside legislative hurdles as well as the bureaucratic inertia of Quebec’s ... Read More »

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Hope floats: Alberta town ravaged by flood rolls out parade float for COVID-19

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

HIGH RIVER, Alta. – A parade float parked on a downtown street in High River, Alta., seems strangely out of place in a world dealing with the COVID-19 pandemic. But longtime Mayor Craig Snodgrass says with people forced to stay away from family and friends, the town was asked to bring out the float as ... Read More »

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Walkers, grocery store customers courteous with physical distancing

By Camille Bains, The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

DELTA, B.C. – Walkers offer a nod, a smile or a “hello” to each other but only after stepping aside to leave a wide berth on trails at a park they’ve escaped to in the age of physical distancing. Jeff Radons ventured out of his home and into his “backyard” at Watershed Park in Delta, ... Read More »

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Canadians asked to wash mailboxes, keep dogs at bay, to ensure safe mail delivery

By The Canadian Press on March 31st, 2020

OTTAWA – The union representing Canada Post employees is asking Canadians to disinfect their mail boxes to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. And the post office itself is asking Canadians with dogs to keep their doors closed during deliveries, where possible. The Canadian Union of Postal Workers says daily washing and disinfecting of letter ... Read More »

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B.C. court considers ways to deliver Meng decision in socially distant manner

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

VANCOUVER – The B.C. Supreme Court is considering creative ways to deliver a decision in an extradition hearing for Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou as a global pandemic restricts travel and gatherings. Associate Chief Justice Heather Holmes convened a meeting Monday between Crown prosecutors, defence lawyers, Meng and her interpreter via teleconference. The United States is ... Read More »

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Vancouver Convention Centre picked for off site COVID-19 treatment centre

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on March 30th, 2020

VICTORIA – Vancouver’s waterfront convention centre is being prepared as a health facility in British Columbia’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, Health Minister Adrian Dix said Monday. The centre, which hosts about 500 trade shows, conventions and exhibitions annually, is being viewed as a pandemic overflow location that could provide 271 treatment beds, he told ... Read More »

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