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City of Calgary

The Chairman of the Board of the Calgary Stampede has announced that the 2020 Calgary Stampede will be cancelled for the first time in 97 years due to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Calgary Stampede reports that the Stampede contributes $500M a year to Alberta’s economy and $700M a year to the National economy.

The 2020 Calgary Folk Fest Music Festival has been cancelled.

The City of Calgary’s Safekeeping Program run by the Animal Services Team can care for pets for up to 14 days if citizens are ill.

City flags remain at half-mast to honour the lives that were lost in Nova Scotia. The City also recognizes those that we have lost due to COVID-19.

The City has cancelled community spring clean-ups. Extra bags can be left out beside black and green carts

Extra Waste can be put out now for Black & Green Carts: If bagged properly, can place extra at curbside beside the cart.

With spring, some Calgarians are smelling foul odours…it is from storm ponds with plant material that is degrading.

From sanitizer to food donations, The City enables businesses looking to pivot to new ventures: If you’re a local business thinking of changing your operations, or just want advice on what to do, contact the Planning Services Centre at (403) 268-5311 open from 8 a.m. to 4:15 p.m. or speak to us over live chat at www.calgary.ca/livechat.

Edmonton

Premier Kenney announced that Alberta will send 25 ventilators to Quebec, the hardest hit Canadian province.

The Minister of Children Services reminds Albertans to be alert for children in distress. Children are at a higher risk for neglect and abuse during times of uncertainty and crisis. Call the 24-hour child abuse hotline at 1-800-387-KIDS (5437) or 9-1-1 if you think a child is being abused, neglected or sexually exploited.

A new initiative, Alberta Cares Connector will link the non-profit and voluntary sector with local charities, to help Albertans in need.

Ottawa

Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program

The Prime Minister noted that the federal government has reached a cost-sharing agreement with all provinces and territories to implement the Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance program for small businesses that have been hit particularly hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. The program will provide forgivable loans to qualifying small commercial property owners to cover 50 per cent of monthly rent payments for April, May and June. The loans will be forgiven if the owner agrees to reduce eligible businesses’ rent by at least 75 per cent for the three months.

All businesses that have had to temporarily cease operations and pay less than $50,000 per month in rent or have experienced at least a 70 per cent drop in pre-COVID-19 revenues will be eligible for the rent relief. The program is also being made available to non-profits and charities who have been impacted by the pandemic. For more details please see: link

More updates on rent relief for larger corporations are expected to be announced in the coming days.

Reopening the Economy

Trudeau said that he will discuss the reopening of the Canadian economy during his upcoming First Minister’s meeting, emphasizing that Canada is a large country with a vast economy, and it will take time for the country get back to the status quo. He pointed out that his government will be working closely with all provinces and territories to establish principles and guidelines to gradually reopen the economy. “We are not out of the woods yet, and it is very important for all Canadians to follow the recommended instructions provided by our public health officials,” he said. “That is the only way for us to make it through this together.”

Funding for Research

Trudeau announced $1.1 billion for a national medical and research strategy related to COVID-19, on top of the $275 million in research funding announced in March.

Investments announced today include:

  • $115 million for research into vaccines and treatments under development in hospitals and universities across Canada;
     
  • $662 million to support clinical trials of vaccines and treatments in Canada; and
     
  • $350 million to expand national testing and modelling.

The PM noted that the country is now carrying out over 20,000 COVID-19 tests daily, almost double from where we were at the start of April, but said this must be expanded further before restrictions can be safely lifted. He committed to testing at least one million Canadians in the next two years.



Immunity Task Force

The PM also announced a COVID-19 Immunity Task Force led by top doctors and scientists to focus on blood testing to track and understand immunity to this novel coronavirus. The task force will include Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s chief public health officer, and Dr. David Naylor, who has advised Liberal and Conservative governments on health and science issues.



Long-Term Care Crisis

Addressing the crises unfolding in long-term care homes across Canada, the Prime Minister called the situation “unacceptable” and said Canadians are right to be “angry, frustrated and scared.” 

He  confirmed that the federal government will be responding to requests from Ontario and Quebec and sending in support from the Canadian Armed Forces to assist in long-term care facilities. But he added that this is at best a short-term solution, asserting, “it’s not up to the military to take care of our elders.”

Sean Chu

Sean Chu

Sean Chu arrived in Calgary from Taiwan in 1985 speaking not a word of English, and within 7 years he was a sworn officer with the Calgary Police Service. From that point on Sean worked with the Calgary Police Service as on Officer for 21 years in a number of roles until 2013.

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