After downplaying the effectiveness of non-medical face masks, both the chief public health officer and federal health minister now say they would wear them in cases where physical distancing isn’t possible in public. Theresa Tam, the country’s top doctor, said Tuesday that while the scientific research “is not quite there” yet onRead More →

Canadians can begin applying for emergency income support benefits Monday, and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the government is also working on ways to help people who aren’t covered by the programs brought in so far, including students. The Canada emergency response benefit (CERB) will give people who lose their sourceRead More →

While Canada’s chief public health officer has warned that all upcoming religious festivals and holidays should be celebrated “virtually,” it appears many organized religions have already taken steps to keep their congregations safe during the coronavirus outbreak.  “Some important religious observances are coming up including Easter, Passover, Vaisakhi, Ramadan,” Dr.Read More →

Pictures of partying springbreakers flooding the beaches, ignoring calls to practice social distancing to stem the spread of COVID-19, have given a lot of people an image of a generation blithely indifferent to the survival of humanity. But recent polling data in Canada suggests that, just maybe, the kids are alright. There are certainlyRead More →

Indigenous communities will get the supplies and resources they need to prepare for local COVID-19 outbreaks and teams are now ready to deploy to those communities if an emergency flares, say federal officials. “Indigenous Services is here to help adapt and activate plans for your communities. No community will be left behind,” IndigenousRead More →

Canada’s prison system is taking steps to prevent and respond to a potential COVID-19 outbreak with, among other things, a quarantine plan that would be executed under “extreme circumstances.” Correctional Service Canada (CSC) spokeswoman Martine Rondeau said there has not yet been a case of coronavirus in a federal corrections institution. ProtocolsRead More →