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Emergency measures should be used to address crisis in seniors’ care in British Columbia

It is not acceptable at any time that the province simply hands over the funds and refuses to take any responsibility for what the operators do with it. The COVID-19 pandemic and its impact on seniors makes this situation an emergency.

Meeting on the crisis in seniors’ care, Comox Valley, February 24, 2020.

By BARBARA BILEY

The neo-liberal anti-social measures that have been implemented by successive governments over the last several decades have resulted in a crisis in seniors’ care in many parts of the country. The proliferation of private seniors’ homes, many replacing what were public homes, has created a perfect storm, which has been activated in all its fury with the current COVID-19 pandemic. Continue reading

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Problems with the Employment Insurance measures

Workers speak about their concerns | PIERRE CHENIER*

The $82 billion aid package for Canadians announced by the Trudeau government on March 18, to cope with the COVID-19 pandemic, includes $27 billion for direct supports to Canadians. Some of the measures concern Employment Insurance (EI) and it is already clear that they are inadequate. Continue reading

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Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to Fight COVID-19

The present aim of maximum private profit has obviously failed with regard to having a secure supply chain of necessary health care products or it would not be a matter of discussion and concern | Commentary by K.C. ADAMS

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Canada’s Plan to Mobilize Industry to fight COVID-19. He said the plan will “create pathways to deploy resources to domestic manufacturers and businesses so they can help during this critical time. […] The Plan introduces new measures to directly support these businesses to rapidly scale up production or re-tool their manufacturing lines to develop products made in Canada that will help in the fight against COVID-19. These products could include critical health and safety supplies and equipment, including personal protective equipment, sanitization products, diagnostic and testing products, and disease tracking technology. […] It focuses on domestic capacity building, innovative solutions, and procurement of essential supplies.” Continue reading

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Beware of the fend-for-yourself aspect of federal economic response to COVID-19

Our Security Lies in the Fight to Defend the Rights of All | TML Weekly

This past week the federal government made a series of announcements which it says are aimed at coping with the consequences of the COVID-19 pandemic. Government ministers have repeatedly stated that their aim is not perfection but speed and asked for the cooperation of the public, if implementation does not go smoothly. Overall, an impression is created that the government has everything under control and Canadians can rest assured they are being looked after. Continue reading

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Latvian Exhibit in Ottawa: Canadian War Museum should be condemned for falsifying what Canadians stand for

Exhibition at Canadian War Museum (Embassy of Latvia)

The Canadian War Museum in Ottawa is featuring a special exhibit titled “The Latvian Tragedy – 1941.” The exhibit coincides with Latvia’s use of March 16, to hail Nazi collaborators in that country as freedom fighters and to declare that in 1941 the Soviet Union, which was the first country to seriously prepare to counter the Nazi assault on itself and all of Europe, was the invader, not Hitler’s Germany. The exhibit runs from March 3-22, 2020.[1] Continue reading

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Open Letter to François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs on the issue of extraterritorial application of US sanctions against Cuba

Canadian Network on Cuba 

Vancouver monthly pickets against U.S. blockade of Cuba, February 17, 2020

Re: Western Union and U.S. Economic Sanctions Against Cuba

I am writing to you on behalf of the Canadian Network on Cuba (CNC), which represents Canada-Cuba friendship and solidarity organizations across Canada, ranging from Vancouver to Halifax and with over 50,000 in membership. One of the CNC’s principal objectives is advocating that Canadian foreign policy regarding Cuba remains based on equality and respect for sovereignty and the right of self-determination. Continue reading

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World Health Organization advice to public for COVID-19 containment

The World Health Organization has issued the following advice to the general public on basic protective measures against the new Coronavirus COVID-19:

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