The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford


This is DAY 13 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on MONDAY, MARCH 23RD, 2020 JUSTIN TRUDEAUS SAYS “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” Stay home. CANADA’S FIRST MINISTERS MEET TO COORDINATE THEIR COVID-19 PLANS. ONTARIO IS THE LATEST PROVINCE TO ORDER THE CLOSURE OF NON-ESSENTIAL BUSINESSES VANCOUVER CITY COUNCIL SAYS “ENOUGH IS ENOUGH” after local residents ignore calls for physical distancing. TORONTO DECLARES A STATE OF EMERGENCY British Prime Minister Boris Johnson Puts U.K. on Three-Week Lockdown as Virus Spreads IOC MEMBER DICK POUND SAYS THE TOKYO SUMMER OLYMPICS WILL BE POSTPONED. Pound told Reuters that a one-year postponement looked like the best solution. AND THE US SENATE FAILS TO ADVANCE EMERGENCY LEGISLATION TO SUPPORT AMERICANS AFFECTED BY COVID-19. <<<<<>>>>>  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau made it clear, it’s time to smarten up. Trudeau made the comments at his Monday morning media briefing outside his official residence in Ottawa. The unvarnished message comes after weekend news stories were filled with images of hundreds of Canadians ignoring the calls for physical distancing. Parliament will convene Tuesday morning to pass emergency legislation designed to support Canadians affected by the COVID-19 outbreak. Trudeau says there will be special measures for Canada’s agricultural sector There is also a push to develop treatments and a vaccine here in Canada.Trudeau says the federal government is prepared to invest $192 million in that effort The first ministers will convene virtually this evening and Trudeau says they will discuss and assess whether Ottawa should invoke the federal Emergencies Act. Every province has invoked their own emergency legislation. <<<<<<<>>>>>  In Vancouver, there was no shortage of images and videos showing local residents who were ignoring the calls for physical and social distancing. One television newscast included video of what appeared to be a wedding being carried out on a beach. CTV’s Melanie Nagy says local leaders are more than frustrated by what they saw. Vancouver Council met Monday and voted in favour of a motion to declare  city-wide state of emergency. The motion makes it an offence not to comply with the state of emergency bylaw, and imposes a fine of up to $50,000.   In Toronto, Mayor John Tory wasn’t far behind. <<<<<<<>>>>>>  The House Of Commons will be in session Tuesday for an historic and extraordinary sitting. Only 32 members will be in attendance along with the Speaker as the government introduces the emergency legislation intended to support Canadian families and businesses cope with the effects of the COVID-19 outbreak. Scott Reid was an advisor to former Prime Minister Paul Martin. I spoke to him earlier today about what’s coming.. <<<<<<>>>>>>  How government’s respond to this crisis in the coming days will be felt around boardroom tables and kitchen tables around the world. Following the money will require as much detail as scrutiny as following the research efforts to find a vaccine. Amanda Lang is a financial commentator at BNN Bloomberg. I spoke to her on Sunday morning about the fatal effects this crisis could have on small and medium sized companies across Canada. <<<>>>>  Late Sunday, the Canadian Olympic Committee said Canada will not send athletes to the Summer Games in Tokyo. This afternoon, Reuters is quoting IOC member Dick Pound as saying the games will not go ahead as planned. Veteran Olympic broadcaster – TSN’s Brian Williams told John Moore at Newstalk 1010 in Toronto the IOC is tone deaf on the issue. There’s nothing official from the IOC yet, but Dick Pound has indicated postponement is the preferred option. <<<<<>>>>>  So this brings us to the end of day 13 of the COVID-19 pandemic and every day we see a predictable spike in the number of cases being reported in Canada and around the world. And we are reminded that what you and I do, or fail to do, to help curb COVID 19 will be reflected three weeks from now. For some context: Three weeks ago today CANADA had 27 confirmed cases. As of yesterday, that number has grown to more than 14 hundred cases. WHAT ARE YOU DOING TODAY…TO MAKE A DIFFERENCE?                                  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. DISCLAIMER: THE VIEWPOINTS EXPRESSED IN THIS PODCAST REPRESENT THE OPINIONS OF THE HOST AND PARTICIPANTS AS OF THE DATE OF PUBLICATION AND ARE NOT INTENDED TO BE A SUBSTITUTE FOR MEDICAL ADVICE AND BEST PRACTICES BY LEADING MEDICAL AUTHORITIES AS THE INFORMATION SURROUNDING THE CURRENT CORONAVIRUS PANDEMIC IS CONSTANTLY EVOLVING.