Ramadan begins tonight. Together we mourn the 2 year anniversary of the Toronto van attacks. Tomorrow is the virtual vigil for a number of deaths in Nova Scotia.
Today, Trudeau announced the investment of $1.1 billion national medical and research strategy. There are three components to this plan:
- Research vaccine and treatment – Investing $115M in research will go towards finding a vaccine. This is in additional to previously announced funding
- Support clinic trials – Investing $662M in clinical trials. Once there is a treatment, this funding will go to support the development, testing, and rolling out of the vaccine.
- Expand modelling and testing – $350M to expand national testing and modelling. This includes a task force of top Canadian health experts that will direct this. They will track immunity to COVID-19, and who has that immunity and how long it lasts. Over 1M Canadians will be tested. This will help us better understand its spread and impact, which will in turn help us defeat it.
Canada is conducting almost 20,000 tests a day across the country. Trudeau noted that the deaths and illnesses currently being experienced in long-term care homes is “unacceptable.” If you are angry, frustrated or worried, you have a right to feel that way. We need to do better to serve our parents, grandparents and elders. The federal government is making the military available (both Quebec and Ontario have asked for assistance), but this is not a long term solution. In Canada, our soldiers should not be looking after our seniors. We will have to ask questions about how we came to this state.
Everyone is doing their part to get through this period. Together, we will get through this if everyone does their part.
From the Q&A
What about small business owners who don’t have a payroll, what is available to them? Trudeau replied saying that they are doing everything they can to help Canadians and he reiterated the existing programs. They do know there are people falling through the cracks, so the government continues to work with industry leaders to address these gaps. We knew from the very beginning that targeted support to those who most need it was the best approach. This will enable Canada to bounce back quickly. They knew they wouldn’t get it perfect from the first start, and the addressing of the gaps continues every single day. This work will continue.
“We will make sure that everyone who needs help, gets it,” said Trudeau.
COVID-19 is hitting every generation across Canada, differently. Will the student funding dis-incentify students from working in jobs where they are truly needed, like farming and elder-care? Every year there are students who are interested in the agriculture. Many are “green” in their focus.
“I have great confidence in our young people,” said Trudeau, adding that he sees them as wanting to be a part of the solution.
Canada will continue having measures in place to protect the borders. Re-opening will be planned and measured.
The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) has put in a request for $10B-$15B today to ask for support to municipalities across Canada. Trudeau noted that municipalities are governed by the provinces, but the work will continue to get Canadians the services and support they need, regardless of the level of government that governs them. Ultimately, Trudeau said, all governments serve the taxpayer.
There are already 350 military personnel on the ground in Quebec to help out.
When asked about the two Canadians who have been detained in China for 500 days now, Trudeau said the work continues to push for their release. The current crisis in China does not permit for consular visits, but the Canadian government continue to push for access.
Anti-Chinese sentiments, and racism in general, will not be tolerated in Canada. (See this article for reference.)
Without a vaccine, there will be no “getting back to normal,” but as we get control of the situation, there will be a slow relaxing of orders. The priority will be to keep Canadians safe.
Trudeau noted that we have been searching for a vaccine for AIDS for decades now, and while a vaccine continues to elude science, Canada has found ways of treating AIDS so that it is manageable.
Dr. Tam would like to see the tests go up to 50,000 to 60,000 a day, others are calling for more than that. The current rate is 20,000 a day.
COVID-19 has highlighted failures in our system, including that elders are most commonly cared for by financially vulnerable Canadians. Canadians will be demanding answers to tough questions in the months and years to come, and rightly so. Something needs to change.
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- 368 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Dec 2, 2021
- 375 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, Dec 1, 2021
- 358 new BC COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths, Nov 30, 2021
- 970 new BC COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, Nov 29, 2021 (3 days)
- 341 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Nov 26, 2021
- 424 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Nov 25, 2021
- 322 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Nov 24, 2021
- 324 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Nov 23, 2021
- 1,052 new BC COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, Nov 22, 2021 (3 days)
- 497 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Nov 19, 2021
- 468 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Nov 18, 2021
- 324 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, Nov 17, 2021
- 338 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Nov 16, 2021
- 1,270 new BC COVID-19 cases, 16 deaths, Nov 15, 2021 (3 days)
- 992 new BC COVID-19 cases, 23 deaths, Nov 12, 2021 (2 days)
- 555 new BC COVID-19 cases, 11 deaths, Nov 10, 2021
- 500 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Nov 9, 2021
- 1,438 new BC COVID-19 cases, 17 deaths, Nov 8, 2021 (3 days)
- 549 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 deaths, Nov 5, 2021
- 596 new BC COVID-19 cases, 8 deaths, Nov 4, 2021
- 430 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Nov 3, 2021
- 406 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Nov 2, 2021
- 1,375 new BC COVID-19 cases, 25 deaths, Nov 1, 2021 (3 days)
- 584 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Oct 30, 2021
- 758 new BC COVID-19 cases, 10 deaths, Oct 28, 2021
- 609 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Oct 27, 2021
- 457 new BC COVID-19 cases, 2 deaths, Oct 26, 2021
- 1,618 new BC COVID-19 cases, 20 deaths, Oct 25, 2021 (3 days)
- 649 new BC COVID-19 cases, 13 deaths, Oct 22, 2021