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Post Edmonton Mask Exemption Cards


City of Edmonton offering mask bylaw exemption cards to those with conditions.



The City of Edmonton has launched a new program meant to help those with conditions that make it difficult to wear a mask identify themselves as being exempt from the city’s mandatory mask bylaw while in public spaces.

According to Ward 3 City Coun. Jon Dziadyk, the exemption card program was officially launched this weekend at a series of recreation centres around the city.

“What we have developed is a card system that will indicate to those challenging someone not wearing a mask that they indeed are exempt,” Dziadyk said Sunday. “A lot of people are quite happy to receive these cards.”

According to the city, while the new rules mean face masks are required indoors, there are exceptions to the bylaw, including those with physical or mental concerns. Those who have limitations in wearing a mask do not need to explain why, but Dziadyk explained the card program was launched after hearing about some tension in public spaces.
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“A lot of people have medical or other exemptions, and it might not be clear to the naked eye what those exemptions are, so there has been reports of some friction amongst customers,” he said.

“I think that we can trust the public to ask for the card if they require one.”

However, one Edmonton physician says that he believes there are actually very few people with legitimate medical exemptions.

“There are very, very few medically indicated reasons for not wearing a mask,” Dr. Darren Markland, an intensive care physician at the Royal Alexandra Hospital, said Sunday. “And they all tend to revolve around neurological or psychiatric conditions.

“I’m not saying these aren’t real things, but they are the minority of cases.”

Markland said that he was not surprised to see masks come out as a political issue in many regions of the world, including in Edmonton.

“Mask policy was going to be contentious no matter how we brought it out,” he said. “Masks work because people want to use them. If you are concerned about your fellow citizen, and you are concerned about keeping the pandemic in check until we have a cure or a vaccine, then you’re going to do a mask and you’re going to do it properly.

“Once you go to mandating masks, that changes the situation dramatically,” Markland said. “Suddenly you are imposing your will on somebody.

“And if they disagree with that then there will be technical issues with wearing a mask improperly.”

Markland added that he believes the new exemption card program “completely invalidates the bylaw.”

Coun. Dziadyk said Sunday that he believes the majority of people will still be wearing masks, even with the card system. “Everyone needs to wear a mask indoors unless you are exempt,” Dziadyk said, adding that Edmontonians should also be following public health orders including social distancing and frequent hand washing.

Markland said that he wants all Edmontonians to realize that COVID-19 is still a very real risk.

“I see the worst-case scenario as an intensive care physician,” he said. “I see young people who die from this. We know it can affect every organ in the body,” Markland said. “It can leave people with permanent forms of arthritis or kidney failure.

“Just like everyone was thinking they were going to win the 50/50, no one thinks they’re going to lose the COVID game.

“We’ve got to keep on, we’ve got to keep being strong about this. Because come fall, we’re going to see the second resurgence.”

Mask exemption cards are available at the following locations in Edmonton:
Terwillegar Community Rec Centre
Clareview Community Rec Centre
The Meadows Community Rec Centre
Commonwealth Community Rec Centre
Kinsmen Sports Centre, Bonnie Doon Leisure Centre
The Jasper Place Leisure Centre

Those who request a card will not be expected to provide proof of why they need it.

City council approved the bylaw in a 10-3 vote on July 29. Councillors Jon Dziadyk, Tony Caterina and Mike Nickel voted against the bylaw. It came into effect Aug. 1.



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Well, of late we have acquired the West Nile Virus found in mosquitoes about 1/2 hr from where I live. We have also had and are having over 400 people ill from eating onions with samonella from the U.S. (one company) This includes red, white, sweet onions. We don't need any more from Mother Nature ty.
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Yes moe I see that 50 states are also affected but I was just putting in Canada news sorry bout that. All of North American is under attack from one way or another and Mother Nature shows no mercy. These things have to include floods, tornadoes, fires, and both countries wanting to ditch their country heads. I guess it has to be to try to make sense of all the years the world has been used and abused by us.
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Post Covid Outbreak At FGF Brands


More than 180 workers at Toronto bakery contracted coronavirus in May.



The outbreak took place at FGF Brands, an industrial bakery from May 18, and was lifted by Toronto Public Health on June 24.

When the health agency first declared the outbreak, in early June after conducting two waves of mass testing for all the team members, a total of 184 cases were confirmed out of a workforce of 2,000 people.

“These cases were largely confined to two facilities in Ontario out of a total of seven facilities that FGF owns and operates. We have NOT had any new cases since then,” Lori Procher, SVP Talent and Development of FGF Brands told Daily Hive in a written statement on Monday.

Procher added that the company took an “aggressive action” beginning at the end of January with the provision masks and gloves for all workers followed by physical distancing in early March.

The bakery’s Pandemic Response Team then developed more measures which include: increasing frequency of sanitizing common areas; installing plexiglass at tables in lunchrooms; hiring four nurses to assist with temperature checks and screening; adding five personal emergency leave days; and reducing non-essential production to have fewer workers on site.

“This has been an extraordinarily difficult time for everyone, and we are proud of each and every one of our Team Members who have come together to ensure that we did our small part in helping keep the Canadian food supply chain moving,” Procher said.

But, Wayne Gates an NDP critic for Workplace Health and Safety said that because the workers did not have access to paid sick days, it contributed to the outbreak.

“Today we learned that many workers became sick with COVID-19 and one worker tragically lost their life at FGF Brands, an industrial bakery in Toronto. They were low-wage, temporary workers with no access to paid sick days when the outbreak began. They came to work when they were feeling sick because they would not be paid if they stayed home,” the statement reads.

Gates added that after the outbreak, the workers were given “just a couple of paid sick days” but that was “too little and too late.”

Lack of access to paid sick time left these workers vulnerable to COVID-19, and led to a massive outbreak at this plant, and the loss of a life.”

She noted that all workers, including temporary workers, must be able to take time off when they become ill without worrying about lost wages or job security.



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Air Canada discontinues service on 30 routes across the country.



Air Canada has announced it’s discontinuing service on 30 domestic routes and closing eight stations at airports across the country amid weakened demand for travel due to the novel coronavirus and measures put in place to limit its spread.

Canada’s largest airline said in a statement Tuesday that most of the route suspensions will occur in the Maritimes, Ontario and Quebec, with a handful of closures affecting western routes between Saskatchewan and Ottawa.

“Air Canada expects the industry’s recovery will take a minimum of three years,” the airline said in a statement. “As a consequence, other changes to its network and schedule, as well as further service suspensions, will be considered over the coming weeks.”

READ MORE: Air Canada has more refund complaints in U.S. than any other foreign airline

The airline industry has been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic as governments implemented travel restrictions, which included limiting non-essential travel.

Since the pandemic began, Air Canada reported a net loss of $1.05 billion in the first quarter of 2020, including a net cash burn in March of $688 million. The carrier also announced in mid-May that it would have to lay off about 20,000 employees, representing more than 50 per cent of its staff.

2:17 [Video on main page] Coronavirus: Air Canada cutting domestic routes.

Air Canada said affected customers will be contacted and offered options by the airline.

3:47 [Video on main page] Coronavirus outbreak: Why won’t airlines give me my money back?

Here are the routes affected:

Maritimes/Newfoundland and Labrador
Deer Lake-Goose Bay
Deer Lake-St. John’s
Fredericton-Halifax
Fredericton-Ottawa
Moncton-Halifax
Saint John-Halifax
Charlottetown-Halifax
Moncton-Ottawa
Gander-Goose Bay
Gander-St. John’s
Bathurst-Montreal
Wabush-Goose Bay
Wabush-Sept-Iles
Goose Bay-St. John’s

Quebec and Ontario
Baie Comeau-Montreal
Baie Comeau-Mont Joli
Gaspé-Iles de la Madeleine
Gaspé-Quebec City
Sept-Iles-Quebec City
Val d’Or-Montreal
Mont Joli-Montreal
Rouyn-Noranda-Val d’Or
Kingston-Toronto
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London-Ottawa
North Bay-Toronto
Windsor-Montreal

Western Canada
Regina-Winnipeg
Regina-Saskatoon
Regina-Ottawa
Saskatoon-Ottawa



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The government awarded this contract to Medicom—a Montreal-based company who do not have any factories in Canada.


Quebec contractor that was given $382 MILLION by Trudeau has failed to ship any masks so far.



A Trudeau-appointed contractor who was tasked by the government to ship masks has failed to ship any. This came in spite of the contractor being awarded $382 million by the Trudeau government.

The government awarded this contract to Medicom—a Montreal-based company who do not have any factories in Canada, according to Blacklock's Reporter.

"To date the Public Health Agency has not received surgical masks from Medicom’s Canadian production facility," said a Public Health Agency spokesperson.

Medicom hubristically asserted that these masks would arrive quickly. Despite this having proven untrue, the Trudeau government is yet to pull the contract.

Medicom were awarded an unprecedented ten-year contract. All of this took place without bidding. The reason for this (if one is to be generous) is due to the Trudeau government's decision to speed up post-pandemic policy.

The government, with the help of the NDP, partially suspended the power of parliament—meaning the ability to scrutinize dodgy legislation was lost.

In June, government officials testified that there was a necessity for Canadian-made medical products and that these products would arrive in the summer.

"We would hope that very soon, I would say in the summer period, it would be up and running and beginning manufacture in Canada," said the Liberal deputy minister for industry.

As of August 10, this medical equipment is yet to arrive.

Medicom closed their last Canadian factory last year. Despite this, the Quebec firm were given $4 million by the Trudeau government to set up a factory in Montreal.

"Today, Canada has no domestic N95 or surgical mask production capacity and is completely reliant on imports," said a Trudeau government official.

"The COVID-19 pandemic has revealed a pressing and critical need to build domestic capacity, mitigating the risk of shortages in the near and long term."



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Trudeau should be shot and pi^^ed on twice. He is a real crook and is bleeding the Canadian people in more ways than one. (No I did not vote for him)
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The COVID Alert app, launched Friday July 31, 2020 in Ontario, tracks the locations of phones relative to other phones, and notifies users if they have been in proximity to another app user who has been confirmed to have COVID-19.


New COVID-19 notification app rolls out in Ontario.



The new app, called COVID Alert, will warn users if they have been near someone who has tested positive.

Residents of Ontario can now download a new app that can tell them whether they have been near someone who has tested positive for COVID-19 over the previous two weeks.

But while government officials say the goal is to make the COVID Alert contact notification app available across the country and are in talks with other provinces, they can't state yet when it will be available outside Ontario. The Android version can be found here.

They also haven't explained why only one province has agreed to adopt what was supposed to be a national app.

COVID Alert is the federal government's latest move in the battle to prevent the spread of COVID-19 as Canada's economy gradually reopens. Here's how it works:

* You start by downloading the app to your smartphone.
* That will allow the phone to use Bluetooth technology to exchange signals with nearby phones.
* If someone tests positive for COVID, their public health authority will give them a one-time key to enter into the app.
* The app will then send out notices to every phone that has been within two metres of the infected person's phone for at least 15 minutes over the previous 14 days — as long as those other phones also carry the app.
* Those who receive a notification will receive instructions on what to do next.

Officials say that the app will become more effective as more people download it — and they stress that it's a notification app, not a contact-tracing app.

App is voluntary.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has downloaded the app.

"I want to be clear — this app isn't mandatory," he told reporters. "It's completely voluntary to download and to use."

Watch: [Video on main page] Prime Minister Justin Trudeau explains new COVID Alert app.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told reporters in Ottawa how the new federal COVID app will warn Canadians if they have been near someone who has tested positive for the virus. 2:32

Other provinces, such as New Brunswick, have worked to develop their own apps. Alberta launched a contact tracing app called ABTraceTogether on May 1.

Trudeau said the federal government is close to working out an agreement with the Atlantic provinces to integrate their systems with the app. The federal government says it is also talking with other provinces and territories about integrating their systems but hasn't indicated when other provinces might adopt the app.

While anyone across Canada can download the app, they will receive alerts only if they have been near someone who has tested positive in a province that has integrated the app with its testing system, and who has downloaded the app.

While the Android version requires users to turn on their location settings, officials maintain the app will not know a user's location, name or address. It also won't track exactly when the user was near someone who tested positive, or whether they are currently near someone who has tested positive.

For users of Apple devices, the app works on the iOS 13.5 operating system and newer systems. That means the app might not work on some older smartphones, and some users might have to upgrade their operating systems or purchase new phones. Several readers contacted CBC News Friday to say they were unable to download the app on an iPhone 5 or iPhone 6.

Officials said the government has been working with federal Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien's office to address any privacy concerns.

Therrien endorsed the app on Friday, saying that he plans to download it himself.

"Canadians can opt to use this technology, knowing it includes very significant privacy protections," he wrote in a statement.

Voluntary nationwide contact tracing app coming soon, says Trudeau.

New COVID-19 contact tracing app to be tested in Ontario starting in July.


Ontario Information and Privacy Commissioner Patricia Kosseim agreed, saying her office's review found strong measures to protect privacy.

"I support the use of exposure notification technology to help control the spread of COVID-19, provided it is used in the way it's been designed to respect the privacy of Ontarians," said Kosseim. "This app will only work if people trust their personal information will be protected and choose to use the technology."

Therrien and Kosseim said, however, that their endorsements are conditioned on the app's use being voluntary and the government continuing to monitor it.

Cybersecurity expert Steve Waterhouse said Canada joins about 40 countries around the world that have launched apps to help curb the spread of COVID-19.

He said Canada's Bluetooth-based app is less invasive than the GPS-based tracking apps some other countries have adopted.

"It is designed to simply detect how close we are to another device and then report if we have been so much time in close proximity of that device," Waterhouse told Radio Canada.

He said some questions remain unanswered — such as how portable the app will be.

"If one travels across Canada with different provinces, will the application be supported by all of the various jurisdictions across the country?"



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Air travellers must now provide medical proof when refusing to wear masks.



Canadians boarding flights without wearing a mask now have to provide medical proof showing that they are unable to wear one, says a federal travel order.

Since April 20, it has been mandatory to wear non-medical masks on flights unless passengers said they had “breathing difficulties unrelated to COVID-19,” according to CTV News.

Passengers are no longer able to simply say they can’t wear a mask under a revised Transport Canada order that was issued on Friday. The order states that travellers have to show a medical certificate proving they cannot wear a mask due to a medical reason.

Wearing a mask is also required while travellers are making their way through airports, other than when going through security.

Some exceptions include infants and people who do not have the ability to remove their mask by themselves.

The order defines a mask as: “Any non-medical mask or face covering that is made of at least two layers of tightly woven material such as cotton or linen, is large enough to completely cover a person’s nose and mouth without gaping and can be secured to a person’s head with ties or ear loops.”

The new update to the federal order is one of many that have been made throughout the pandemic. Mandatory temperature checks were also implemented under the order.



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Post COVID-19 Test Kits Testing Poorly


Trudeau Liberals gave biomed lab $149 MILLION for faulty COVID-19 test kits.


The test kits were given the $149 million green light on March 27. By May 1,
the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg reported that the kits were testing poorly.



The Trudeau government dished out nearly $150 million in taxpayer dollars on COVID-19 test kits that did not work, the Department of Health admitted yesterday.

According to Blacklock's Reporter, the Department of Health, the "Spartan Cube," funded by the government and designed by Spartan Bioscience Inc., "successfully detected positive samples only 47 percent of the time using samples tested in three different provinces."

The test kits were given the $149 million green light on March 27. By May 1, the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg reported that the kits were testing poorly.

"This device will no longer be authorized for sale," said staff in a memo. "No distribution is allowed. The Cube is authorized for research use only."

The company was given high praise by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at his daily press conferences, telling reporters on March 20 that Spartan was among the "many businesses" that stepped up during the pandemic's starting phases.

Industry Minister Navdeep Bains also praised the company's potential, with the government hoping that the biomedical company would be able to design tests that would be used nation wide.

"If successful, its diagnostic platform and COVID-19 test could be used in airports and clinics," said Bains. "The device could read the test results within thirty minutes. We're working with Spartan to ensure Canadian supply of this equipment."



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Conservative leader Andrew Scheer is expected to mark a political milestone today: his final time rising in the House of Commons as leader of Her Majesty's Loyal Opposition.

Today's Commons sitting is one of two scheduled for August, but the second comes after party members will elect Scheer's replacement, bringing an end to the long and sometimes painful process for Scheer that began just after last fall's federal election.

...His failure to defeat the Liberals was linked in part to Scheer's personal inability to clearly articulate his position on social conservative issues. There were also factors that ate away at his credibility -- a claim to being an insurance salesman when he never completed the licensing requirements and not disclosing he was a dual American-Canadian citizen.
It was also discovered that he had billed the Conservative party for his kids’ private Catholic school, private security, an extra housekeeper, his minivan and clothes for his family.

As leader of the Opposition, Scheer made about $264,000 a year. He also receives a $2,000 car allowance. He and his family live rent-free in the official Opposition leader’s residence, Stornoway, although they continue to maintain a home in Regina.

The vote for Sheer's replacement is taking place by mail, and all ballots must be back by Aug. 21. A winner is expected to be announced within days, and very likely before the next sitting of the Commons on Aug. 26.
Candidates Erin O'Toole and Derek Sloan are both MPs, so could easily slide into the Opposition leader's seat -- and the official residence of Stornoway -- if they win.

Neither of the other two candidates, Peter MacKay and Leslyn Lewis, currently holds a seat in the Commons. Should either of them win, they would likely appoint someone to lead the party in the Commons until they could win their own spot.

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Are the Liberals shopping for a new leader?

The Trudeau government's troubles arising out of its close relationship with WE Charity keep growing.

This past spring, the WE organization entered into a sole-sourced agreement with the government to manage nearly a billion dollars of public money. Then, Canadians found out WE had paid the prime minister's mother and brother to make speeches, and that the finance minister's daughter worked for WE.

WE pulled out of the agreement and reimbursed the government for any money it had received, while both PM Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau apologized for failing to recuse themselves when the cabinet made its decision on WE.

But the bad news kept on coming.

First, we learned that the agreement was not with the principal charity, WE, founded by brothers Craig and Marc Kielburger in the 1990s, but with a recently formed spinoff organization, which has a very thin resumé of accomplishments.

Then, on Tuesday, July 22, Morneau revealed that he and his family had received more than $40,000 worth of paid travel from WE, which he only, belatedly, repaid last week.

Add to that the swirling concerns about the way WE manages its affairs -- mixing profit with charity and holding tens of millions of dollars in prime real estate in Toronto -- and you have the recipe for a political disaster for the governing Liberals.

Nobody wants to force an election
For the time being, the government seems to be safe, however, despite the opposition parties' rhetorical outrage. Nobody in Parliament seems to have the slightest interest in bringing down this minority government in a time of pandemic.

In fact, just as the WE scandal was reaching a boiling point, all parties in the House of Commons put partisan interests aside to quickly enact new government COVID-19 spending measures. Those measures include an extension of the wage subsidy, which enables struggling businesses to keep their staff working, and funds to aid Canadians living with disabilities.

While Charlie Angus of the NDP -- to choose one opposition party -- was effectively eviscerating Trudeau and Morneau for their ethical lapses, his leader, Jagmeet Singh, was taking credit for a number of the new spending measures the Liberals adopted.

On the Liberals' agreement to increase support for disabled Canadians, Singh explained his party's role this way:

"The earlier proposal by the government, if you recall, would only help about 40 per cent of Canadians living with disabilities. We were able to push them to include more help to more Canadians living with disabilities, which gets the number of a majority of Canadians that live with disabilities. It's still not enough but we're going to continue fighting."

On the new wage subsidy provisions Singh boasted that "we broadened the scope of the wage subsidy program so that more people would get the help they need to get employed or to stay at their jobs."

The Conservatives said that in exchange for their support for fast passage of the new spending measures they got the government to agree to continued sittings, throughout the summer, for the Commons' Canada-China and public safety committees.

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet had been most vociferous in calling for Trudeau to step down because of the WE scandal, and yet the Bloc was the first party out of the gates to offer support for the Liberals' new spending measures, without, apparently, any conditions.

Opposition parties sincerely believe it is their role to hold the government accountable over its management of the WE fiasco -- and, naturally, they also hope to gain political advantage from it. But they're obviously not ready to push the crisis to its limit and vote non-confidence in the government.

Some Liberals are losing confidence in their leader
Indeed, if there is any threat to Trudeau's leadership, it comes from his own party. A good many Liberals are growing weary of the prime minister's questionable judgment, and of the -- at best, inadequate -- advice given by the members of his inner circle.

Disgruntled Liberals could not blame Trudeau's advisers for the vacation he and his family took at the Aga Khan's private Bahamas island, in the winter of 2016-2017, for which the ethics commissioner rebuked him.

But many Liberals were, privately at least, extremely unhappy with the entire management of the SNC-Lavalin affair prior to the last election. There did not seem to be any adults in the room when the prime minister and key cabinet ministers made some fateful choices, they said. They attributed the flaws in that process to Trudeau's shunning of seasoned political counsellors in favour of his youth brigade.

In the end, there was no effort at a coup before the 2019 election. Since then, and especially during most of the pandemic, the consensus is that Trudeau had been doing just about everything right. Opinion polls certainly bore out that view.

The entirely self-inflicted WE affair has severely shaken many Liberals' confidence in Trudeau. Some among them are starting to talk about getting themselves a new leader before the next election.

And who could that be?

Everybody mentions Chrystia Freeland, currently deputy prime minister. She has somehow managed to distance herself from the WE decision, even though she was sitting at the table when cabinet took that decision.

Few would doubt Freeland's intelligence and knowledge. She was a rookie in politics when she took over former interim leader Bob Rae's Toronto seat in a byelection before the 2015 vote that swept the Liberals back to power, but has come a long way since then. Her greatest success was in quarterbacking the renegotiation of the NAFTA agreement with the dysfunctional and irrational Trump administration.

Freeland is difficult to categorize, ideologically, and does not seem to belong to either the more progressive or more small-c conservative wing of the party. In her previous roles at trade and global affairs and her current role as, in effect, the government's chief operating officer, she has taken a managerial approach.

She does not give the impression that she has any deeply held ideals or that there is any great goal she wants to accomplish for Canada -- even as the pandemic forces many to reconsider their ideas of economic, environmental and social justice.

As a leader, Freeland would inspire confidence, but would not likely excite.

There are others in the cabinet and the Liberal universe who might be interested in the leadership, should the opportunity present itself.

Among those are Navdeep Bains, minister of industry and science, and Catherine McKenna, who had been environment minister and now heads the big-spending infrastructure ministry.

Current treasury board minister, Jean-Yves Duclos, an economist, might be convinced to run, if for no other reason than to have a Quebec candidate. He would more logically fit in the finance minister job, should the current minister, Bill Morneau, decide to fall on his sword.

A saviour from outside?
There is another name, however, someone outside of politics (for the time being), who does actually excite Liberal insiders: Mark Carney.

The last time the Liberals chose a non-politician they got Michael Ignatieff, and it turned out to be a disaster. But Ignatieff was a lifelong intellectual with zero managerial or leadership experience -- and he had cozied up to the George W. Bush regime in the U.S. He supported the U.S. invasion of Iraq, for instance.

Carney headed both the Bank of Canada and the Bank of England, which gives him well more than a decade in senior managerial leadership roles.

At the Bank of Canada, he took bold action during the crisis of 2008, when, still new to the job, he slashed the interest rate by half a point to help make credit more available to a floundering economy. He was ahead of the curve then. His European colleagues were still raising rates.

Recently, Carney has moved somewhat to the progressive side of the political field, working on climate change for the United Nations. More important, he has written tantalizingly about how the current pandemic has made it necessary for us to radically rethink our ideas of equality, fairness, opportunity and of the sacrosanct market economy itself.

Carney outlined some of his thoughts in an article for The Economist magazine in April. A good deal of what he had to say is tantamount to heresy in the world of investment bankers, where he cut his teeth.

"We have been moving from a market economy to a market society," Carney wrote. "Increasingly, to be valued, an asset or activity has to be in a market. For example, Amazon is one of the world's most valuable companies, yet the Amazon region appears on no ledger until it is stripped of its foliage, and converted to farmland … In this crisis, we know we need to act as an interdependent community, not independent individuals, so the values of economic dynamism and efficiency have been joined by those of solidarity, fairness, responsibility and compassion."

Carney is a banker and an economist, and so one could not expect him to abandon ideas of "efficiency."

But when he evokes solidarity and compassion, Carney opens the door to a far more interventionist, even socialistic approach to governing than we would expect from a one-time denizen of the Wall Street behemoth Goldman Sachs.

He just might be a game changing leader for the beleaguered Liberals.

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Passengers with COVID-19 keep arriving in Canada on international flights

TORONTO -- Eighteen flights arriving in Canada from international destinations since the start of August have had people on board with COVID-19.

According to the federal government, the flights landed in Canada between Aug. 1 and Aug. 4. They all had passengers who tested positive for COVID-19 after arriving in Canada.

Eight of the flights arrived in Toronto, while seven landed in Montreal, one in Vancouver and one in Calgary.

The government is still advising Canadians against non-essential international travel but for those who do, it is mandatory to self-isolate for 14 days, regardless of whether or not they are experiencing symptoms of COVID-19.

Passengers are not notified directly by federal public health authorities to get tested, though the government acknowledges those onboard affected flights "may have been exposed to COVID-19."

Speaking to CTVNews.ca last month, Air Canada spokesperson Peter Fitzpatrick said that anyone concerned they may have been exposed to the disease should contact their doctor.

"However, it is important to understand the incidence of individuals contracting a communicable disease inflight is very low. As evidence, consider what are called 'cluster outbreaks,' where a group of people contract a disease at the same time and location. These are rarely if ever tied to modes of travel, whereas you often see reports of outbreaks arising from funerals, bars or other gatherings," Fitzpatrick said.

An Air Canada fact sheet says, "the reasons for the apparently low rate of in-flight transmission are not fully determined but are thought to include a combination of the lack of face-to-face contact, and the physical barriers provided by seat backs, along with the characteristics of cabin air flow."

Pre-flight screening, temperature monitoring and mandatory face coverings are "also seen to be effective."

Both WestJet and Air Canada, two of the biggest airlines in North America, began selling their middle seats again on July 1 after months where the option was removed to aid in physical distancing.

The international flights since Aug. 1 with COVID-19 cases include:

Air Transat flight TS831 from Punta Cana to Toronto on Aug. 1
United Airlines flight UA375 from San Francisco to Vancouver on Aug. 1
Air Transat flight TS893 from Cancun to Montreal on Aug. 1
Air France flight AF034 from Paris to Montreal on Aug. 1
Air Canada flight AC1297 from Punta Cana to Montreal on Aug. 1
Air Canada flight AC1241 from Cancun to Montreal on Aug. 1
Pakistan International Airlines flight PK797 from Lahore to Toronto on Aug. 2
Etihad Airways flight EY141 from Abu Dhabi to Toronto on Aug. 2
Air Canada flight AC992 from Mexico City to Toronto on Aug. 2
United Airlines flight UA3488 from Newark to Toronto on Aug. 3
Qatar Airlines flight QR763 from Doha to Montreal on Aug. 3
Air Canada flight AC7682 from Chicago to Toronto on Aug. 4
Air Canada flight AC849 from London to Toronto on Aug. 4
Air Canada flight AC879 from Switzerland to Toronto on Aug. 4
Tap Air Portugal flight TP253 from Lisbon to Montreal on Aug 4.
Delta Airlines flight DL7203 from Atlanta to Calgary on Aug 4.
Air Canada flight AC870 from Montreal to Paris on Aug 4.
AeroMexico flight AM680 from Mexico City to Montreal on Aug 4.

The information posted to the government's website is provided by provincial and territorial health authorities, international health authorities and public website.

The data on the government's website is updated once a day.

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Post Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Borrows Over $500 Billion in 4 Months


Despite the federal debt surpassing $1.3 trillion dollars, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that the federal government would not raise taxes.



The Trudeau government borrowed more than $500 billion dollars in just 120 days, the Department of Finance said on Wednesday.

The report shows that between April 1 to July 31, the Trudeau government borrowed $511,400,000,000—more than the total GDP of the small African nation of Sao Tome and Principe.

Despite the federal debt surpassing $1.3 trillion dollars, Finance Minister Bill Morneau said that the federal government would not raise taxes.

“We think that raising taxes would be exactly the wrong response to dealing with this sort of challenge,” said Morneau on July 8. “We want to actually increase demand, demand from people. We want to ensure we put money into the economy.”

When asked about a potential outline for when the government would balance the budget, Morneau said: “When do you think your government will finally balance the books? What year will that be? I’m not programmed in that way,” said Morneau.

The balance has not been balanced since the Harper-era, in 2007.

“Canadians know that we are in a situation where the ability to forecast is extremely difficult,” Morneau continued. “We will of course be intending to talk more about what the path forward is in the fall when we have more information.”



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