Trudeau announced that Canada now has approved a COVID-19 antibody test. It is called DiaSorin LIAISON, and was approved yesterday by Health Canada.
On keeping employees connected to employment, in addition to the wage subsidies and rent support, Trudeau announced that previously announced $1B will be made available through the six regional development agencies (including Community Futures). This will provide regional relief for tourism and rural operations.
Students and recent graduates will be able to apply to the Canada Emergency Student Benefit, starting on Friday. This benefit pays $1,250 a month. Go to the CRA website and register for online access through “My Account.”
From the Q&A
On requiring masks, Trudeau said these decisions were regional and provincial. Wearing masks can help, but social distancing is more effective.
On wearing a mask at the Trenton ceremony, that was a request of the organizers.
On opening the border, the carefully chosen words said that the “communications and collaborations with our partner have been exceptional.” He sees no reason for that to change. So, he seems to be continuing to verbally appease the ego of one to minimize the risk of an international tantrum with political fallout for Canada. The current agreement to keep the border closed is set to expire on May 21. Pushed by another reporter for clarity, Trudeau would only say that “conversations [with Trump] have always been positive.” Trudeau noted that even with essential goods crossing the border, the border has always been a vulnerable point of access. A third reporter noted that border countries have to make plans depending on what the federal government decides. Again, “Things are going well,” said Trudeau, not committing to anything further. To be noted, many states are re-opening the economy in spite of a lack of decline in cases. This is causing concern for Canadians.
Canadians have been asked to cease economic activity in order to save lives. Keeping Canadians safe comes first. The opening of the economy is carefully and gradually happening throughout the country. There will be delicate balancing that needs to be made. The economic opening is being led by the provinces.
On transit, that is a responsibility of the provinces and municipalities. The federal government has invested in transit, but the administration of these investments is driven by provinces and municipalities. Trudeau noted that working from home has significantly changed the demand for urban transit as well as transit revenues.
On senior homes, conversations need to happen among the different levels of governments and among Canadians. The current vulnerability experienced by seniors in care is not acceptable. The reporter asked, Why not act right now instead of waiting for the dead body count to be completed. Trudeau reiterated that this is a provincially-driven matter, and the federal government will be there to help.
On the massive debt being accumulated, Trudeau maintains that keeping Canadians financially solvent will help the economy rebound. Things are changing very quickly. Budgets normally set out expenditures for the next year; right now, things are changing by the day and by the week. When asked why not provide a fiscal update and a modified temporary budget, Trudeau noted that they are operating at the speed of change as it is happening on the ground. Their priority is keeping Canadians safe. Trudeau notes they have been transparent on the costs of every program that is being rolled out.
The role of the federal government is to support the provinces, who are individually managing the crisis. Canada provides equipment, funding, collaboration, etc., and the administration of the programs falls to the individual territories and provinces.
When asked about China, Trudeau said that “very strong” questions will be asked of many countries “including China” about their behaviour during the pandemic. The priority right now is to keep Canadians safe. “And that’s where it will stay.”
- 2,275 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, 646 (up) hospitalized, and 95 (down) in ICU: Jan 14, 2022
- Latest epidemiological modelling for BC (if you’ve never watched one of these, this is a good one to start with)
- 2,554 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, 534 (up) hospitalized, and 102 (same) in ICU: Jan 13, 2022
- 2,239 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 500 (up) hospitalized, and 102 (up) in ICU: Jan 12, 2022
- 2,239 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 469 (up) hospitalized, and 97 (up) in ICU: Jan 11, 2022
- 6,966 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, 431 (up) hospitalized, and 95 (up) in ICU: Jan 10, 2022 (3 days)
- 3,144 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, 349 (up) hospitalized, and 93 (up) in ICU: Jan 6, 2022
- 3,223 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, 324 (up) hospitalized, and 90 (up) in ICU: Jan 6, 2022
- 3,798 new BC COVID-19 cases, no deaths, 317 hospitalized, and 83 in ICU: Jan 5, 2022
- 2,542 new BC COVID-19 cases, 4 deaths, 298 hospitalized, and 86 in ICU: Jan 4, 2022
- 9,932 new BC COVID-19 cases, Jan 3, 2022 (3 days)
- 3,795 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Dec 31, 2021
- 4,383 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Dec 30, 2021
- 2,944 new BC COVID-19 cases Dec 29, 2021; New order delays K-12 for one week
- 1,785 new BC COVID-19 cases Dec 28, 2021
- 6,288 new BC COVID-19 cases (2,552, then 2,023, then 1,713) Dec 27, 2021 (3 days)
- 2,441 new BC COVID-19 cases, 4 death, Dec 24, 2021 (was 789 cases a week ago)
- 2,046 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Dec 23, 2021 (was 753 cases a week ago)
- 1,474 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Dec 22, 2021 (was 584 a week ago)
- 1,308 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Dec 21, 2021
- 2,550 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Dec 20, 2021
- 789 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Dec 17, 2021
- Massive spike: 753 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Dec 16, 2021
- 584 new BC COVID-19 cases, 7 deaths, Dec 15, 2021
- 519 new BC COVID-19 cases, 0 deaths, Dec 14, 2021
- 1,129 new BC COVID-19 cases, 5 deaths, Dec 13, 2021 (3 days)
- 437 new BC COVID-19 cases, 3 deaths, Dec 10, 2021
- 341 new BC COVID-19 cases, 9 deaths, Dec 9, 2021
- 379 new BC COVID-19 cases, 6 deaths, Dec 8, 2021
- 326 new BC COVID-19 cases, 1 death, Dec 7, 2021