Trudeau to highlight interest-free loans to help small businesses weather COVID-19 pandemic

While Canadian businesses wait for Parliament to approve a $73-billion wage subsidy program, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to highlight today another measure that will tide some companies over in the meantime. At his daily briefing on the deadly…

Canadian military intelligence unit issued warning about Wuhan outbreak back in January

A small, specialized unit within the Canadian military’s intelligence branch began producing detailed warnings and analysis about the emergence of the deadly novel coronavirus in Wuhan, China in early January, CBC News has learned. The medical intelligence (MEDINT) cell within Canadian…

War-torn Yemen confirms 1st coronavirus case; braces for outbreak

Yemen reported its first case of the novel coronavirus on Friday as aid groups try to prepare for an outbreak in a country where war has shattered the health system and spread hunger and disease. The news came after a nationwide…

The post-pandemic question: when this ends, how do we get our country back?

Speaking to the nation for the 25th consecutive morning today, Justin Trudeau officially introduced Canadians to the “new normal” — a prolonged period of uncertainty, economic sacrifices and restrictions meant to at least limit the toll of a disease that…

Canadians would not have backed strict pandemic measures in mid-January, says official

Closing the border and telling the public to self-isolate at home in the early days of Canada’s COVID-19 outbreak would have done more harm than good, according to a national public health organization. Ian Culbert, executive director of the Canadian…

U.S. has recorded over 16,000 coronavirus-related deaths

New York state reported a record number of coronavirus deaths for a third consecutive day, though its trends on hospitalizations were more hopeful. The state’s death toll from the pandemic grew by 799 to 7,067 people, a significant portion of…

Canada strikes new deal with Saudi Arabia, clearing way for armoured vehicle sales

Canada has struck a new contract with Saudi Arabia that eventually will allow it to resume exports of light armoured vehicles to the kingdom, the foreign affairs minister announced Thursday. Francois-Philippe Champagne said the revised $14 billion agreement — which for years…

Even with strict containment measures, COVID-19 could claim 22,000 lives, federal officials project

Federal health officials are saying there could be nearly 32,000 cases of COVID-19 and between 500 and 700 deaths in Canada by April 16 — and anywhere from 11,000 to 22,000 deaths over the course of the pandemic, even with relatively strong control measures…

Former Supreme Court justice Peter Cory remembered for integrity, wisdom

Former Supreme Court of Canada justice Peter Cory has died. According to a written statement from the top court, Cory passed away April 7 in Mississauga, Ont., at the age of 94. Cory served on the Supreme Court for 10 years until his retirement in 1999. Prior…

Tight control measures for COVID-19 continue across China after Wuhan reopens

Tight control measures for COVID-19 remain in place across China after Wuhan lifted its lockdown yesterday as imported and asymptomatic cases continue to rise. Wuhan city saw more than 620,000 public transport passengers on Wednesday, the day the city’s 76-day lockdown was…