Posts Tagged ‘coronavirus’

COVID-19 having ‘profound effect’ on Canadian lives, especially psychologically: survey..

April 9, 2020

Extreme concern about loved ones’ health. Fears of Canada’s hospital system becoming overwhelmed. An alarming number of women — one in 10 — afraid of violence erupting in their home.

In just a few weeks, the COVID-19 pandemic has prompted seismic changes in Canadian society, already having “a profound effect” on the health and behaviour of Canadians, a new survey released Wednesday by Statistics Canada reveals.

Canada’s good to go for 3M medical masks — until Trump changes his mind again..

April 8, 2020

Yesterday evening, 3M was widely reported to have issued a news release saying it would continue to export the U.S.-made medical face masks to Canada. The deal with the White House is said to hinge on a plan by 3M to import more than 166.5 million of the masks from a facility it owns in China.

“Canada looks to have secured a vital supply of face masks from the United States,” the National Post, champion of globalization, sighed with relief. Ford’s estimate of the original shipment size was adjusted to half a million.

US blocks millions of N95 face masks headed for Canada..

April 6, 2020

US officials have stopped nearly three million specialized masks from being exported to Canada’s most populous province, amid mounting fears that Ontario will run out of supplies for medical staff battling coronavirus by the end of the week.

Air quality has improved during the COVID-19 pandemic and may help people live longer. These satellite images show more…

April 5, 2020

As global activity grinds to a halt due to efforts to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, scientists have been tracking significant improvements in air quality worldwide, which one researcher says will translate into a reduction in thousands of premature deaths and illnesses caused by continued exposure to dangerous gases.

Ottawa is handing out $2,000 cheques to out-of-work Canadians. Could a basic income be next?..

April 5, 2020

Ottawa responded March 26 with the Canada Emergency Relief Benefit (CERB), a monthly payment of $2,000 for four months that will go to any worker who earned at least $5,000 in the past 12 months and has lost their job as a result of the pandemic.

At grocery stores, things are different, very different..

April 4, 2020

The panic buying has ended. Toilet paper is restocked, and at some stores, on sale. There are no scenes of empty produce aisles or home cooks wondering what to do with the obscure pasta shapes because the spaghetti is gone. But there’s still a heaviness in the air at every supermarket, I went to this past week, although perhaps it was because I was breathing through a face mask.

Trudeau threatens retaliation after Trump keeps shipment of masks intended for Canadian doctors..

April 4, 2020

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has warned Donald Trump that his decision to stop a US manufacturing company from sending respirators to Canada could prompt retaliatory measures.

Seventy-six per cent of Canadians are voluntarily self-isolating to fight COVID-19, poll finds..

April 2, 2020

Three-quarters of Canadians are “voluntarily self-isolating at home” due to the COVID-19 pandemic and a staggering 96 per cent believe physical distancing can slow the rate of infections, a new poll has found…

Their work is keeping Canada safe. But they earn a fraction of the national average..

March 31, 2020

They’re the workers keeping Canada safe and healthy in the midst of a pandemic. But some — like cashiers — bring home just around a quarter of the average Canadian’s annual income.

From food processing to warehouses to delivery services, the workers deemed essential to maintaining the country’s vital supply chain are significantly more likely to be low-wage and racialized compared to the rest of the labour market, according to new statistics from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives.

In some cases, they are bringing home less than half of the average Canadian worker a year.

Five ways to mobilize for social change during a pandemic..

March 30, 2020

These recent weeks of state and corporate responses to the coronavirus pandemic have made inequalities and the need for structural change all the more evident.

In Canada, it quickly became apparent that the promise of mortgage deferrals for struggling homeowners really amounted to ultimately paying more for your home and the banks profiting yet again from your labour.

There is also the contrast of the Trudeau government’s coronavirus relief package allocating $305 million to Indigenous communities, while it considers a $15 billion “bailout” for transnational oil and gas corporations.

And there’s the exemption from social isolation measures for the man camps so that the building of the Coastal GasLink gas pipeline, the Trans Mountain pipeline, and the Site C hydroelectric dam on Indigenous lands can continue without free, prior and informed consent.

So how do we challenge this from home?