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City of Calgary

The City of Calgary State of Local Emergency (SOLE) and the Order restricting organized and team sports both currently remain in effect.

As part of the Solutions for Achieving Value and Excellence Program, or SAVE, the City announced that it is looking to identify at least $74M in operational savings by 2022.

 

 

 

Edmonton

 

Stage 2 Starts on June 12th

What can open with restrictions:

  • K-12 schools, for requested diploma exams and summer school, following guidance
  • Libraries
  • More surgeries
  • Wellness services such as massage, acupuncture and reflexology
  • Personal services (esthetics, cosmetic skin and body treatments, manicures, pedicures, waxing, facial treatment, artificial tanning)
  • Indoor recreation, fitness, and sports, including gyms and arenas
  • Movie theatres and theatres
  • Community halls
  • Team sports
  • Pools for leisure swimming
  • VLTs in restaurants and bars
  • Casinos and bingo halls (but not table games)
  • Instrumental concerts
  • The 50 per cent capacity limit for provincial campgrounds is also being lifted. Over the coming days, the online reservation system will be updated and sites will come online in phases. By July 1, all camping sites will be open for reservations. First-come, first-served sites may open sooner. Information on additional sites will be added to parks.cawhen they become available.
  • Events and gatherings can be larger in stage two.
  • Maximum 50 people:
    • Indoor social gatherings – including wedding and funeral receptions, and birthday parties
  • Maximum 100 people:
    • Outdoor events and indoor seated/audience events – including wedding and funeral ceremonies
  • No cap on the number of people (with public health measures and physical distancing in place):
    • Worship gatherings
    • Restaurants, cafés, lounges and bars
    • Casinos
    • Bingo halls

There is more flexibility for ‘cohort’ groups – small groups of people whose members do not always keep two metres apart:

  • A household can increase its close interactions with other households to a maximum of 15 people
  • Performers can have a cohort of up to 50 people (cast members or performers)
  • Sports teams can play in region-only cohorts of up to 50 players (mini leagues)
  • People could be part of a sports/performing and household cohort

Everyone is encouraged to follow public health guidelines and notify others in the cohort(s) if they have symptoms or test positive for COVID-19. If they do test positive or have symptoms, mandatory isolation is required.

Still not approved in stage two

  • Social gatherings that exceed above listed maximums
  • Regular in-school classes for kindergarten to Grade 12. Classes will resume September 2020
  • Vocal concerts (as singing carries a higher risk of transmission)
  • Major festivals and concerts, large conferences, trade shows and events (as these are non-seated social events and/or vocal concerts)
  • Nightclubs
  • Amusement parks
  • Hookah lounges (permitted for food and drink only)
  • Major sporting events and tournaments
  • Non-essential travel outside the province is not recommended. This recommendation will not be lifted until stage three of the relaunch strategy.

The success of stage two will determine when Alberta progresses to stage three. Factors are active cases, health-care system capacity, hospitalization and intensive care unit (ICU) cases, and infection rates. For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.

 

Free Face Masks

Government’s relaunch strategy includes providing free non-medical masks to Albertans who need them.

A&W, McDonald’s Restaurants of Canada Ltd. and Tim Hortons are partnering with the Alberta government to distribute non-medical masks at no cost through their drive-thru locations across the province, to help prevent the spread of COVID-19. Distribution will start in early June.

Government is also working with municipalities, First Nations communities, Metis Settlements and local agencies to distribute the non-medical masks to those who need them, such as people who depend on public transit.

This initiative is part of Alberta’s Relaunch Strategy to safely begin removing public health restrictions and reopen our economy. For more information, visit alberta.ca/RelaunchStrategy.

“I want to thank A&W, McDonald’s Canada, Tim Hortons, and all of the other organizations and municipalities that have come together to help us distribute millions of masks. The collective response from leaders in government, public, and private sectors has been overwhelming and I am incredibly grateful to everyone involved.” Tyler Shandro, Minister of Health

 

 

Ottawa

Upcoming Legislation

Prime Minister Trudeau announced that draft legislation will provide support for Canadians with disabilities, an expansion to the wage subsidy, leniency for Canadians unable to meet judicial timelines such as bankruptcy, and offer further flexibility to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) while providing consequences for those “knowingly and wrongfully” accessing the CERB. The Prime Minister stressed that the government will not punish those who make mistakes in claiming the CERB, only those deliberately defrauding the system.



Update on Personal Protective Equipment 

The Canadian government announced the launch of a personal protective equipment (PPE) supply hub website to connect businesses with supplies of PPE, and partnerships with three businesses to ensure medical equipment is available for frontline workers. A contract was signed with Oakville-based GL Chemtec International to ensure a supply of chemical products essential to tracing efforts. Clothing manufacturer Joseph Ribkoff, in Dorval, will manufacture 1.2 million medical gowns in Canada, with deliveries beginning in July. The Stevens Company, in Brampton, will provide 15 million shoe covers and five million disinfectant wipes, both made in Canada.

The Prime Minister also noted that the federal government received one shipment of 160,000 litres of hand sanitizer on Saturday, and is expecting seven more ships in the coming days, along with almost one million face shields and seven million pairs of gloves.

 

Targeted Supports for Disabled Canadians

The Prime Minister noted that the federal government will pay a one-time tax-free payment of up to $600 for Canadians with disabilities to help cover the cost of unexpected bills due to the pandemic. This new financial aid will go to all who are eligible for the Disability Tax Credit, as of June 1.

He also announced a national accessibility workplace stream will be established to help people with disabilities find employment and keep good jobs.

Additionally, the government is funding five new projects across the country that will help people with disabilities get supportive devices to overcome barriers in the workplace.  “As we mark national accessibility week, we are reminded that some people are hit especially hard and our government is doing everything possible to make sure the do not fall through the cracks,” Trudeau said.



Statistics Canada Job Report

Statistics Canada released its May job report this morning recording a historically high unemployment rate which rose to 13.7% even as the economy added 290,600 jobs.

“While the numbers show that more Canadians returned to work last month, many continue to face a very tough time,” said Trudeau. “That tell us that while we are moving forward, we still need to be focused on getting people back on track.”

The PM also reported that roughly 1.2 million Canadians who were accessing the Canada Emergency Response Benefit no longer need this help, calling it “encouraging news”.



$14B to Provinces for COVID-19 Efforts

The federal government will offer $14 billion to the provincial and territorial governments to help contain COVID-19, as the country begins to re-start its economy.

 

New COVID-19 Projections

The Prime Minister noted that new modeling projections show that Canada is making progress in the fight against the virus. The data is showing a low number of cases in many communities, and, significantly, health officials have been able to trace where the cases originated. It is an encouraging sign that the virus is slowing down and, in some cases, even stopping. However, Trudeau again cautioned that we are not out of the woods yet and the pandemic is still threatening many Canadians, particularly in long-term care and seniors’ homes.

“So, while we are beginning to loosen up the criteria as we re-open parts of our economy, we will be tightening other aspects to ensure safe and cautious reopening,” Trudeau said.

This will be the third federal modelling update, where officials are expected to detail the overall best- and worst-case scenarios, varying on the degree of actions taken by governments and Canadians.



One-Time Benefit Top-Up for Seniors

Among those impacted the most by COVID-19 have been seniors. Trudeau noted that they have been unable to take public transit and unable to go out to shops to look for sales. Relying on online shopping and delivery has driven up their cost of living. The federal government announced a series of measures back in April to support seniors — including top-up payments of $300 to Old Age Security and $200 to the Guaranteed Income Supplement — and today Trudeau announced those payments will begin to be issued the week of July 6.

Through this measure and others, the government is providing nearly $900 more for single seniors and more than $1,500 for senior couples, on top of their existing benefits, to help these vulnerable Canadians with extra costs during the pandemic.

“The COVID-19 crisis has been tough on seniors and that is why these additional funds will make a difference,” Trudeau said.

More than 4 million low-income seniors have also received a GST credit top-up.

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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