Friday, March 13, 2020

Ottawa Observations: Friday, March 13, 2020

Our compilation of some of the stories of note from the day, reviewing the political developments from the Federal scene for  Friday, March 13, 2020 

Canadians held in China / China tensions

China allows Michael Kovrig telephone call to sick father

The Global Coronavirus (COVID-19)

Government asks Canadians to avoid all non-essential international travel
Coronavirus has your kids home for March Break and beyond: Here are tips to keep them entertained
Two Canadian teams of scientists isolate coronavirus to speed up research effort
Provincial governments aim to mitigate impact of coronavirus with school closures
As employers send workers home, some tech companies stand to benefit from COVID-19 crisis
Shoppers flee as Loblaws employees tackle man with gun
Universities prepare to shut down classes, shift teaching online
Scenes from the national COVID-19 emergency in the United States
Major Canadian insurance companies won't cover coronavirus treatment for travellers to 'high-risk' countries
To fight coronavirus, Guatemala bans arrivals from US and Canada
Bare store shelves, long lines at grocers amid coronavirus stockpiling
Pay attention, Trump: Trudeau's coronavirus response is a lesson in leadership
Coronavirus shows Trump is an emperor with no clothes - and the country may soon be Biden's for the taking
Make no mistake: Italy is not an outlier in this global pandemic
Museums forced to close doors at busiest time of year
As Commons approves USMCA, Trudeau says Canada is exploring whether to close border to contain coronavirus
Government warns against all international travel, limits inbound flights to stop spread of COVID-19
Trudeau offers assistance, more money to help Indigenous communities with COVID-19
Parliament suspended 5 weeks amid COVID-19 concerns after passing trade deal, spending bills
Ottawa announces $10 billion business credit line, plans to roll out stimulus package as COVID-19 spreads
No need for Trudeau to be tested, despite wife's COVID-19 diagnosis, experts say
Canadian military bans international travel in response to COVID-19 
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau tests positive for coronavirus
Ottawa issues extraordinary appeal to Canadians amidst COVID-19 - outbreak - don't leave
Alberta provides paid job-protected leave in self-isolation tied to coronavirus
'Immediate suspension' of gatherings over 250, no non-essential travel outside of Canada: Ontario's chief medical officer
Justin Trudeau won't close the border. At least for now. Here's why
Ottawa commits billions to help people hit by the economic fallout of COVID-19
'A nightmare scenario' - Indigenous communities are bracing for COVID-19
Hoarding? Hustling? Isolation? All parts of life in the time of coronavirus
Gamblers still enjoying Casinos amid COVID-19 outbreak
Trudeau government sends mixed signals on the border
Battleground hospital - the fight against COVID-19
We're not ready for coronavirus but we can be
A time for sacrifice
Overdue but decisive action from Liberals greatly reduces gloomy prospects for Canada
Federal Ministers announce International travel restrictions to prevent coronavirus spread
How EI benefits for COVID-19 quarantines will work under the new rules
America's botched coronavirus response reflects no glory on Canada
Donald Trump declares national emergency
As coronavirus panic mounts, grocery shopping starts to look apocalyptic
Why viruses always win: COVID-19 has no life to lose
'I do not show any symptoms': Trudeau says there's no need for him to be tested for COVID-19
What a coronavirus quarantine could do to your mental health
These Canadians who caught Novel coronavirus say they barely knew they were infected
Ottawa to allow Federal bureaucrats to work from home if possible to prevent coronavirus spread
Federal ministers announce international travel restrictions to prevent coronavirus spread
Federal government announces aggressive measures to battle COVID-19 as parliament suspended until April
Would Donald Trump 'take responsibility?' No way, not on Oval Office Opposite Day
The unbearable lightness of Donald Trump in a coronavirus crisis
Will Canada close its border with the United States?
The coronavirus knows no borders. Just ask Sophie Grégoire Trudeau
BC confirms 11 new novel coronavirus cases, 3 linked to North Vancouver hospital
BC to unveil stimulus package to deal with economic effects of coronavirus, premier says
UBC, SFU, UVic moving to online instruction amid coronavirus crisis
New Brunswick's chief medical officer of health supports possible closure of schools
PEI implements mandatory self-isolation for anyone returning from international travel
Canada's House of Commons suspending for 5 weeks as officials battle coronavirus spread
Coronavirus travel ban is ineffective, experts argue
2 Atlantic Canadian provinces quarantine employees who attended Toronto mining convention
Canadians should postpone, cancel non-essential foreign travel amid coronavirus: officials
We need a far better Global Virus Monitoring system
COVID-19 brought to you by Globalization
BC bans large public gatherings, urges no International travel
Canada issues COVID-19 advisories about travel, including self-isolation, air travel regulation changes, and more
UBC and SFU move to online classes as postsecondaries respond to COVID-19 recommendations
Dr. Bonnie Henry reveals existence of 11 new COVID-19 cases in BC, bringing provincial total to 64
Stock up on food, toilet paper, but avoid panic buying, says Health Canada
Premiers warn billions more needed from Feds to weather COVID-19 crisis

Coastal GasLink protests

Minimal hit to economic growth from rail blockades, PBO says in new report

Globe and Mail

Ottawa steps up to prop up economy as Canada struggles with coronavirus concerns
Canada's economy is heading towards a recession as virus, oil prices take bite out of growth
Alberta takes a fresh hit as oil crash reverberates across the province
The Bank of Canada's rate cut could fuel the real estate market amid COVID-19
Bank of Canada makes emergency interest rate cut


Canada is asking for more time to enact a promised ban on shipping plastic waste
Poll finds health care top issue in most provinces- and most governments don't get a passing grade
Transport Canada posed questions about Boeing's 737 Max as early as 2016, documents show

Toronto Star


Toronto Sun


National Post

RBC, CIBC, Bank of America join economists predicting Canada will slump into recession this year
Even in the midst of a health crisis climate fanatics never miss an opportunity






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