DAY 21 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford


The COIVD-19 Daily Podcast     This is DAY 21 of the COVID-19 pandemic.   3 weeks ago, March 10th, Canada had 96 confirmed COVID-19 cases. Today, at the time of this recording, Canada has nearly 82 hundred cases. More than half of all Canadian cases to date are in the province of Quebec/ Here’s what you need to know on Tuesday, March 31, 2020 Business is putting the common good ahead of the bottom line. Industries across Canada are stepping up to help fight the COVID-19 outbreak. Non-medical industries are retooling to manufacture made in Canada medical supplies.   The help can’t come soon enough. Quebec’s premier says the province could run out of key medical supplies in 3 to 7 days   Ontario Premier Doug Ford extends state of emergency for another two weeks   Food industry 'decimated' as consumers abandon restaurants, report finds   Air Canada to temporarily lay off 16,500 staff   Lines of urns in Wuhan prompt questions about the veracity of China's COVID-19 death toll   Moscow orders partial lockdown as coronavirus cases in the capital pass 1,000 mark   US President Donald Trump says US in good shape to meet 'peak'   <<<<>>>>  Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the federal government is spending $2 billion to procure more diagnostic testing, ventilators, and personal protective equipment for front-line workers in the COVID-19 fight, with some supplies set to be ready within days. Trudeau says a handful of companies are close to or have already signed contracts with the government to help boost the health sector’s stockpile of medical supplies. Every sector of the economy has been staggered by the COVID-19 outbreak but there are questions and concerns that restaurants may not recover. David Lefebvre is a VP at Restaurants Canada. He tells BNN Bloomberg it’s nothing short of carnage. Today marks the end of the first quarter for 2020. The TSX closed the day up 2 and a quarter per cent…but down more than 20% since the first of the year. <<<<<>>>>>  This pandemic has shaken our health and wealth to their core…and in the coming months governments and business will be forced to recalibrate our approaches to everything from government service delivery to long standing corporate cultures. Tony Chapman at Tony Chapman Reactions is a marketing strategist and host of the podcast Chatter that Matters. He says we will have to act quickly to respond to the lessons learned from this crisis. An important part of the culture change will include a broader corporate focus on social purpose, i.e., placing the interests of corporate stakeholders, employees, and consumers on par with corporate shareholders. Faith Goodman is the CEO of Goodman Sustainability Group and says we’re already seeing several large Canada companies step up and put “community first”. <<<<>>>>  IF YOU HAVE A STORY ABOUT YOUR EXPERIENCE 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.