DAY 43 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 43 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Wednesday, April 22, 2020 <<<<>>> Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced measures to support university students who have lost summer or post-graduation jobs. The PM unveiled a $9 billion package in support. Ontario Premier Doug Ford had to clarify comments he made Wednesday morning on CFRA radio in Ottawa. The premier suggested to Bill Carroll the province would be loosening lockdown restrictions by the Victoria Day weekend in May. Later, Ford said, "There’s never going to be one date that we just open up the economy. We’re going to open it up with a trickle, and just let it flow from there." He stressed, those decisions would only be made with the considered advice of provincial public health officials. Today, Premier Ford and Quebec Premier Francois Legault have both requested military support to help cope with staffing shortages at provincial long term care homes. 125 personnel have already been sent to Quebec. Legault is requesting another 1000 members. While US states and the Trump administration muse about re-opening economies across the country, the Centres for Disease Control and Prevention is warning the US could be hit by a second wave of COVID-19 that is worse than the outbreak we’re seeing now. A new study suggests Coronavirus patients treated with malaria drug hydroxychloroquine are more likely to die. President Donald Trump has been promoting the drug as an effective treatment for COVID-19. Today, the New York Times is reporting, Dr. Rick Bright, one of the top US vaccine experts, says he was forced out of his job because he questioned the effectiveness of hydroxychloroquine as a COVID-19 treatment. <<<>>> Six weeks into the coronavirus pandemic and it’s become increasingly clear that our work life, our school days and our recreation time will return slowly. And that has posed financial challenges for postsecondary students who were counting on post-grad jobs or summer employment to help them pay for their education. Today, Prime Minister Trudeau laid out a $9 billion plan to support university and college students. <<<>>> Among the support initiatives announced by Ottawa is a $350 million package to help charities. But MACLEANS magazine asks whether that’s enough. The Emergency Coalition of Canadian Charities had called for $10 billion in stabilization funding. As CTV’s Jill Macyshon reports, charities and the services they provide have become a foundational element of the Canadian economy. <<>> The lockdown of our economy is having obvious effects on our job numbers, productivity, and it’s placing particular pressures on suppliers. The hospitality sector may be among the hardest hit by this pandemic. More than half of the restaurants and bars are closed because of the lockdown orders. And Restaurants Canada says nearly 1 in 5 restaurants will go out of business as of May 5th. The downstream effect of that is breweries, distilleries and wineries are feeling pressured. Restaurants, bars and hotels would account for a significant amount of their overall sales. We have a world class and robust wine industry in this country. Andre Proulx is a Wine Writer and Toronto Life Columnist as well as a producer at Newstalk 1010 radio in Toronto. <<<>>> 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.