The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford

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Coming up…The latest measures Ottawa is taking to curb COVID-19. How it’s affecting major manufacturing in North America? How does COVID-19 affect pregnant women? And we’ll have a special ROUND TABLE discussion with Catherine Swift, former President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Independent Business, and Marketing Strategist Tony Chapman of Tony Chapman Reactions.   Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, March 18th, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government will spend up to $82 billion on measures to support the Canadian economy through the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau officially announce a temporary closure of the U.S. Canada border to non-essential traffic. Porter Airlines has announced they will be suspending all flights until June 1st. The move takes effect at the end of the business day on Friday, March 20th. Detroit's three automakers have agreed to close all of their factories due to worker fears about the coronavirus. The move by General Motors, Fiat Chrysler and Ford will idle about 150,000 auto workers. EU leaders discuss shutting of borders. EU leaders were debating on a videocall on Tuesday whether to shut down Europe’s external borders and offer economic stimulus as the continent scrambles to contain the quick spread of the disease <<<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>  As expected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau outlined financial relief measures for Canadian workers and businesses to cope with the pressures of the COVID-19 pandemic. Trudeau says the federal government package is worth up to $82 billion The PM says there is a specific focus on workers who can’t because of illness or the need to care for others. The package will also support small businesses who will have difficulties making payroll. And Ottawa will extend the time for businesses and individuals who owe taxes to the government. Finance Minister says these relief measures will focus on business and households right actross the country but admits they will need to pay particular attention to the regions of the country that heavily rely on the resource sector to support their economies. <<<<<<<<>>>>>>>>>  The Prime Minister also told us that Canada and the US have mutually agreed to temporarily close our border to non-essential travel. President Donald Trump “broke the news” earlier in the morning by announcing the measure on his Twitter account. Parliament will likely be recalled next week. In the meantime, the Prime Minister says his government is still considering whether it needs to invoke the Emergency Measures Act. <<<<<>>>>> Today marks the end of the first full week since the World Health Organization declare COVID-19 to be a pandemic.. I know…feels like a long week. And all indications are we’ve got plenty of long weeks ahead of us. So, let’s take the pulse shall we? Time for a Round Table discussion with Catherine Swift, the former President and CEO of the Canadian Federation of Indpendent Business, and Tony Chapman -  marketing strategist with Tony Chapman Reactions and they joined me this afternoon by video conferencing. IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE OR A GOOD NEWS COMMUNITY STORY YOU WANT TO SHARE…send me an email. DAVE@DAVETRAFFORD.COM or connect with me on TWITTER @DaveTrafford. Be sure to subscribe to the show wherever you get your podcasts…And that will guarantee -  I’ll be back tomorrow. Thanks for joining us.. I’m DT.