PM: Deal on boosting pay of essential workers being finalized

At noon, the federal governent will announce a new, $500-million fund for the culture sector, which Trudeau says will assist artists, cultural organizations and athletes during the pandemic.

Canada joined the European Union (EU) and other countries on Monday in a global effort to develop a vaccine for COVID-19 when its five provinces began easing restrictions on businesses and services imposed during the pandemic. "Everyone has their own story but it all boils down to a very hard time for a lot of people", he said.

"We recognize that as the economy starts to re-open, people will be getting back to work, leaving the emergency response benefit and perhaps going on to the wage subsidy as employers bring people back on get them back to work as our economy picks up over the coming weeks and months", he said.

Since February, those losses translate to -12.5% in full-time work, and -29.6% in part-time work.

Stewart said three health care workers have died from Covid-19 among her membership, and the lack of personal protective equipment has been an ongoing issue, as has been the guarantee of earning a living wage.

The goal of the EU-initiated "Coronavirus Global Response" is to raise more than 8 billion USA dollars for medical research, and the Canadian government has so far committed 604 million dollars toward vaccine development and finding treatments for the disease.

Government scientist steps down after breaching his own advice on social distancing
The lockdown, which prevents people from meeting anyone who lives outside their household, is set to be reviewed on Thursday. The woman reportedly visited the scientist's house on March 30 and again on April 8, during the country's lockdown period.


New data Tuesday showed nearly 7.5 million people have received emergency federal aid that started flowing a month ago.

About about six in 10 applicants for the CERB were between 25 and 54 years old, Statistics Canada said, with an overall split between men and women.

The 16-week benefit would run out in July for the first wave of applicants.

Julian said the problem with running the money through the provinces is that it could mean more delays to workers who desperately need the cash. The unemployment rate in the province climbed to 17 per cent, the highest rate among all provinces and the highest rate for Quebec itself in over more than four decades of comparable data.

"Producers will be compensated for extraordinary costs related to feeding market-ready cattle being held back right now", says Kenney.

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