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From City Hall.

If you need to use City Services, please go online first, or call 311 for help. City Hall is closed, and only those that need direct help, or meetings can enter. This was done to protect City staff who are working in the building.

All City playgrounds are now closed.  

If you are heading west, please respect our neighbours in Canmore and Banff by not visiting the town site. The weather is great, and you can certainty go for a walk, but all washroom facilities are closed. Same as Nose Hill, and all parks across the City. Keep your distance from other Calgarians, and do not litter.

From Ottawa:

This is from Enterprise, but is a good summary of what is happening today. Calgary Transit, and all city servies are running.

“In his strongest language to date, Prime Minster Justin Trudeau told Canadians to “go home and stay home” at his news conference this morning.

Saying that “enough is enough,” the Prime Minister said the government is willing to take any measure, including enforcement, to ensure that Canadians stay safe.

Asked if provincial borders should be closed to travel, the Prime Minister said he would be speaking to provincial premiers tonight about additional steps that are required to prevent the spread of the disease.

New funding announced for vaccine development and testing

The Prime Minister announced new funding of $192 million for the development of a COVID-19 vaccine. This announcement includes agreements with Canadian institutions including National Research Council and labs including AbCellera in British Columbia and BlueDot in Toronto.

He issued a call to action to all post-secondary institutions asking for help in fighting COVID-19, noting that “we need all hands on deck” and referencing www.buyandsell.gc.ca, the centralized website for government RFPs. 

Emergency Services Act

The Prime Minister said that the federal Emergency Services Act overrides provincial and municipal authority, taking powers from the provinces and putting them at the federal level.

He said this would require discussion with the provinces and that no province has formally or officially asked the federal government to invoke the act.

He added that the federal government is watching the situation closely.

Other updates:

  • A federal advertising campaign is being launched that will span across Canada. Trudeau noted that there is now no excuse for not knowing public health best practices during the pandemic.  
  • An additional $5 billion in lending capacity is now available for farmers and producers through Farm Credit Canada to keep food growing and getting it on the tables of Canadians.
  • Three flights to Peru and one each from Ecuador, Salvador and Guatemala have been scheduled today to bring Canadians there home.”
  • The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee will not send athletes to the 2020 Olympic and Paralympic Games.

From Edmonton:

AHS is adjusting its testing protocol, focusing on groups at highest risk of local exposure. This means that returning travellers will no longer be tested.

The province says it is working with daycares to open up to 15,000 child care spaces for parents providing essential services. The spaces will begin re-opening this week.

The province has announced 33 new cases of COVID-19 in Alberta.

Two more COVID-19 cases were confirmed on the University of Calgary campus this weekend. All faculty and staff of the university are now ordered to work from home indefinitely.

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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