Global News shows that the USA-Canada border has been closed for more than a year, with no clear plan or deadline for when COVID-19 travel restrictions will ease. On Thursday, the land border closure was extended another month until at least June 21.
Some officials say both countries should allow quarantine-free, cross-border travel for fully-vaccinated people, with one USA lawmaker pushing for both governments to provide a “vision” for how it can be reopened.
But as Jackson Proskow explains, neither government is showing signs of budging soon.
Debate on whether Canadian students should return to classroom amid COVID-19
Global News shows that most school-aged children in Alberta will return to in-person learning after the May long weekend, though the province remains in the grips of its third COVID-19 wave.
Ontario’s top doctor, Dr. David Williams, says he’d like to see schools in that province return soon as well.
As Heather Yourex-West reports, with one month left until summer break, many are questioning whether the benefits of reopening schools are worth the risk.
Majority of Canadians support COVID-19 vaccine passports for concerts, travel: Ipsos poll
A poll conducted exclusively for Global News by Ipsos found that a majority of Canadians supported using COVID-19 vaccine passports in order to travel, attend university or go to a concert.
The poll found 72 per cent in favour of such a tool when flying on a plane, while 67 per cent supported using them to attend indoor concerts or attend post-secondary education.
However, support for mandatory vaccines has dropped compared to a month ago, with only 63 per cent supporting the idea. It also showed Prime Minister Justin Trudeau had lost some support but 54 per cent of Canadians still approved of the federal government’s response to the pandemic.
Push for vulnerable Canadians their 2nd COVID-19 vaccine dose
Global News shows that urgency is growing to get the most vulnerable Canadians fully vaccinated against COVID-19 as the supply of vaccines continues to grow as more shipments arrive.
While nearly all elderly Canadians living in long-term care homes have been fully vaccinated for some time now, there is still a large population living in community settings that have yet to receive two doses.
As Mike Le Couteur reports, less than 10 per cent of all seniors have received both vaccine doses.
The Big Shift: Is Canada ready for the EV revolution?
Global News shows that the electric vehicle revolution is in full swing, but is Canada ready to become a major player? For The New Reality, Mike Drolet goes inside a Quebec plant that’s leading the way in electric vehicle production and finds out whether our power grids are ready for the big shift.
Canada: Manitoba reports highest COVID-19 infection per capita rate in Canada as hospitals are strained
Global News shows that Manitoba has now surpassed Alberta to become Canada’s worst COVID-19 hotspot, as the province sees the country’s highest active infection rate per capita.
Over the last week, 232 of every 100,000 people tested positive for COVID-19 in the province and it is now putting a serious strain on its hospitals and intensive care units.
Brittany Greenslade reports on how the province got here and what’s being done to get it under control.
Canada: Calls grow to shut down Alberta’s oil sands as COVID-19 outbreaks worsen
Global News shows that as Alberta’s COVID-19 crisis continues to worsen, calls are now growing from labour leaders to temporarily shut down operations in the province’s valuable oil sands.
Despite a surge in infections amid 12 sites, the plants are still operational, staff continue to live in close quarters, and workers are still flying in and out from across the country. The biggest outbreak is at Canadian Natural Resource’s Horizon oil sands, which has seen over a thousand COVID-19 cases among workers, as well as two deaths.
Heather Yourex-West looks at how the situation there has grown out of control.
AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine paused in 2 Canadian provinces
Global News looks at Ontario halting first doses of AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine amid an increased risk of a rare blood clot linked to the shot. The decision also comes after Alberta made a similar move, saying it’s primarily because of the vaccine’s dwindling supply. Eric Sorensen reports on the growing uncertainty and the evolving science around the vaccine.
See also another story about calls from labour leaders that are growing for Alberta to shut down the province’s oil sands operations, as COVID-19 outbreaks within them continue to worsen and more workers fall ill. Heather-Yourex West looks at the biggest outbreak at Canadian Natural Resource’s Horizon oilsands site, and how it managed to grow out of control.
Canadian government announces $740 million in spending to support nation’s airports
Global News shows that Canadian Transport Minister Omar Alghabra laid out Tuesday how approximately $740 million in funding to help Canada’s airports amid the COVID-19 pandemic would be distributed. He was joined by National Revenue Minister Diane Lebouthillier and Gudie Hutchings, parliamentary secretary to the minister for women and gender equality and rural economic development.
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COVID-19 variant first seen in India designated as global concern, WHO says
Global News shows that the World Health Organization (WHO) said Monday the coronavirus variant first identified in India, the B.1.617, was being designated as one of global concern, citing preliminary studies showing it spreads more easily.
The variant has already spread to other countries and many nations have moved to cut or restrict movements from India.
India’s oxygen crisis during COVID-19 pandemic raises concerns for developing nations
Global News shows that there’s growing concern that the shortage of oxygen devastating COVID-19-ravaged India could happen in other developing nations.
International aid is now arriving in the country, with a Canadian plane having landed carrying vials of the antiretroviral drug remdesivir and ventilators. And there is now an effort being made by countries like Canada that aims to provide poorer countries with medical supplies.
Redmond Shannon explains how The Every Breath Counts Coalition is working to keep the crisis seen in India from reaching those countries.
Canada: Alberta government faces backlash ahead of tougher pandemic measures
Global News shows Canada: Alberta: tougher pandemic restrictions on gatherings and businesses go into effect on Monday, as the province battles Canada’s biggest surge of COVID-19. But as Breanna Karstens-Smith reports, Alberta is also battling some of the staunchest opposition to its public health measures aimed at halting the spread of the virus.
Canada: Alberta’s oil sands a hot spot for COVID-19 outbreaks
Global News shows the news about COVID-19 in Canada. The good news is the progress on vaccines with more doses arriving and in the pipeline, provinces are ramping up their rollout to younger Canadians. The bad news is the virus is still spreading faster in some provinces than vaccines are arriving. One of Canada’s COVID-19 hotspots is Alberta’s oil sands, where more than a dozen outbreaks have made hundreds of workers sick. Heather Yourex-West looks at the vaccination efforts underway, since the problem goes beyond that province’s borders.
Canada’s 3rd COVID-19 wave creates “zigzag” economy
Global News shows that Canada’s economy is zigzagging through the third COVID-19 wave. Statistics Canada says the country lost 207,000 jobs in April, reversing substantial progress made in March.
A spike in COVID-19 variant cases led to renewed public health restrictions and raised concerns about longer-term economic consequences from the pandemic.
The unemployment rate rose to 8.1 per cent from 7.5 per cent in March, Statistics Canada reported. It would have been 10.5 per cent had it included in calculations Canadians who wanted to work but didn’t search for a job.
Canada urged to return vaccine shipments as India’s COVID-19 crisis deepens
Global News shows that India has recorded its deadliest day in the pandemic on Sunday, with over 3,600 COVID-related fatalities – the 4th straight day deaths in that country were over 3,000.
The devastating second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic in India has overwhelmed the country’s hospitals, morgues and crematoriums.
The country added 392,488 new infections on Sunday alone, pushing its total case load to 19.56 million.
As the country continues to reach grim milestones while medical supplies dwindle, more countries are stepping up to help. Canada itself has already committed $10 million in aid through the Indian Red Cross.
India’s COVID-19 crisis: Growing fears that international aid may be too late to avert disaster
Global News shows that International aid has finally arrived in India, as the health-care system grapples with a worsening COVID-19 crisis.
The world’s second-most populated nation is embroiled in a health crisis, with hospitals and morgues overwhelmed. On Thursday, India’s total COVID-19 cases surpassed 18 million. Over the past week, the country has continuously set new global records for daily infections and deaths.
Canada: Trudeau says COVID-19 vaccine certificates “to be expected” as part of pandemic
Global News shows that while there is no definitive answer on whether Canada will mandate COVID-19 vaccination certificates, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday they are “naturally to be expected” as part of the pandemic.
“As was the case pre-pandemic, certificates of vaccination are a part of international travel to certain regions and are naturally to be expected when it comes to this pandemic and the coronavirus,” Trudeau stated. “How we actually roll that out in alignment with partners and allies around the world is something that we’re working on right now to coordinate.”
Canada sees 1st death from blood clot linked to AstraZeneca’s COVID-19 vaccine
Global News in Canada shows that a 54-year-old Montreal woman has died due to developing a blood clot in her brain after receiving the AstraZeneca vaccine, making it the first the death related to a COVID-19 vaccine in Canada. But with only 4 cases of rare complications from the 400,000 AstraZeneca shots administered in Quebec, the risk remains very low for getting a blood clot. As Mike Armstrong reports, Quebec’s health officials are not budging on the current vaccine strategy despite new developments, insisting the vaccine’s benefits continue to outweigh the rare risk.
Canada tax season 2021: Filing returns further complicated by COVID-19 finances
Global News shows that despite COVID-19 wreaking havoc on people’s finances throughout the pandemic, many Canadians found relief from the various financial aid programs like the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB). But as the personal income tax deadline approaches, Canadians are also facing more complicated rules in filing their tax returns. Being late may not only garner penalties, it can now also withhold those important pandemic benefits. As Anne Gaviola explains, how and when you file your taxes are more important than ever.
Canada pledges $10M in aid to India as COVID-19 crisis deepens
Global News shows India continues to battle a surge of COVID-19 infections that’s overwhelming its hospitals and dwindling much-needed medical supplies like oxygen. The country is now fast approaching over 200,000 deaths from the coronavirus. Amid several countries already promising to send help, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is now pledging $10 million in aid from Canada to India through the Red Cross. And as Redmond Shannon reports, the new promises have not stopped a number of Indian-Canadians from worrying for their loved ones enduring the deepening crisis there.
India’s health-care system on brink of collapse as countries race to help
Global News shows that India’s health-care system is on the brink of collapse as the country suffers the world’s worst surge of COVID-19 infections and deaths. Inside hospitals, oxygen is running out and the government is pleading for help.
Canadian Market: 1st-time home buyers being priced out
Global News shows that young people in Canada, who are hoping to buy their first home, are being shut out of the country’s hot housing market as prices for real estate soar.
In addition to a lack of supply, experts say they are not competing on a level playing field. Instead, young couples and families are competing with baby boomers who are downsizing and buying homes that would normally be reserved for the first-time buyer.
Anne Gaviola has more on the calls for politicians to step in and cool the market.
The continuum of affordable housing in Canada includes market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), non-market (affordable rental housing, affordable home ownership), government-subsidized housing (emergency shelters, transitional housing and social housing).
A continuum is a continuous sequence in which adjacent elements are not perceptibly different from each other, although the extremes are quite distinct.
Canada: Ontario’s strategy for vaccinating people in COVID-19 hotspots
Take a look at how Global News shows Ontario’s new vaccine strategy of using pop-up clinics in COVID-19 hot spots, as the province looks to recruit help from Atlantic Canada, which comes with its own complications. Mike Drolet looks at how the strategy is working after Ontario reported 4,000 new cases for a 12th day this month.
Canada faces mounting pressure for greater COVID-19 border restrictions
Global News shows that Canada is banning passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days amid concerns over rising COVID-19 cases and a new virus mutation.
Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Thursday that in the last two weeks, more than 100 international flights landing in Canada have carried at least one positive COVID-19 case on board. At least 32 of those flights were from India.
The move by the government comes as it faces mounting calls to bring in tougher restrictions at the border to limit COVID-19 variants. Abigail Bimman reports.
Rogers massive phone service outage frustrates Canadians, company blames software update
Global News in Canada shows that a massive service outage by Rogers on Monday left wireless customers across Canada unable to make calls, send text messages or access the internet.
The company said a recent software update was to blame for the wave of wireless outages affecting Canadians on Monday.
Federal Budget 2021: Canada’s debt set to cross $1 trillion as Liberals extend COVID-19 aid
Global News shows that the first federal budget in more than 2 years extends Ottawa’s COVID-19 so-called “lifeline” for workers and struggling businesses another few months as it aims to pull Canada through the pandemic once and for all.
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland‘s first crack at a budget plan is also widely viewed as a pre-election platform with more than $100 billion in new spending over the next 3 years targeting a wide variety of voters, from seniors and their caregivers, to parents and business owners.
Canada: Provinces mobilize emergency help for Ontario amid COVID-19 surge
Global News in Canada shows how the federal government is coordinating with other provinces to mobilize emergency help to Ontario as cases and hospitalizations of COVID-19 are surging in the third wave of the pandemic.
Budget 2021: What to expect from Canada’s post-pandemic recovery plan
Global News shows that in an interview with The West Block’s Mercedes Stephenson, personal finance expert Preet Banerjee looks ahead to Canada’s first federal budget in more than two years – one that some sources are describing as transformational.
Ontario gets federal pandemic aid as Canada preps for budget
Global News shows that the Canadian government is sending emergency aid to Ontario, with the help of provinces and territories across Canada, as it struggles with thousands of new COVID-19 cases each day.
The news comes as Ottawa prepares to present its first federal budget in two years.
Mike Le Couteur explains what kind of help Ontario can expect, whether it impacts the upcoming budget, and where else federal spending could be going to in the pandemic.
Canadian doctors call for “extraordinary measures” from feds to fight COVID-19 crisis
Global News shows that the Canadian Medical Association (CMA) is calling on the federal government to take a stronger lead in the country’s fight against COVID-19.
In a statement Friday, the national body of physicians and medical experts said Canada was at a “critical juncture” in the coronavirus pandemic and a collaboration between the provinces was needed.
David Akin looks into what doctors and premiers are asking for and the resistance from Ottawa.
Definition of “juncture”:
a particular point in events or time.”it is difficult to say at this juncture whether this upturn can be sustained”
Similar: point; point in time; time; moment; moment in time; stage; period; phase
a place where things join.”the plane crashed at the juncture of two mountains”
Similar: confluence; convergence; meeting; meeting point; conflux; junction