DAY 45 - The COVID-19 Daily Podcast with Dave Trafford
This is DAY 45 of the COVID-19 pandemic. Here’s what you need to know on Friday, April 24, 2020 <<<<>>> Canada’s star power is getting set to support food banks across this country. This weekend, Canada’s major broadcasters will be presenting Stronger Together: Tous Ensemble at 630 Eastern Time Sunday evening. It will feature performers, artists, activists and athletes in a multi-platform presentation…all in an effort to help Food Banks Canada raise $150 million for its immediate needs. Chris Hatch is the President and CEO at Food Banks Canada. <<>> For all of the anxiety that comes with the COVID-19 pandemic, it has been matched by innovative and creative solutions to pressing problems. That includes staffing shortages for healthcare facilities. The Ontario Medical Association has partnered with a BookJane.com to help address some of those pressures. We’ll have more on that coming up in the podcast. And we’ll hear how the Construction industry is preparing to get back to work while ensuring workers stay healthy and safe. Small business in Canada can count on rent relief from Ottawa. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced measures that will lower rents by 75% for three months. <<>> The prime minister also says the federal government will be working with the provinces as they prepare to re-open their economies. But in an effort to manage expectations, Trudeau made it clear this would not be like flipping a switch. Yesterday, Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe presented his five phase plan to get that province back to business. Today, New Brunswick revised it Emergency Order easing restrictions on a number of business and activities. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister says he will unveil his plans next week. Two US states, Georgia and Oklahoma began reopening their economies today – despite warnings from public health officials. This is the same day the COVID-19 death toll surpassed 50 thousand in the US. Las Vegas casinos will NOT be opening any time soon, despite the calls by that city’s mayor to let people get back to work. Neither the gaming industry, casino executives nor Nevada’s governor are prepared to get back to business in the near future. The company that makes Lysol disinfectant has found it necessary to issue a public statement warning people should, under no circumstance, inject or ingest Lysol. US President Donald Trump suggested injecting disinfectant could kill the coronavirus. He also claimed that UV light may be curative. Trump offered the musings during his daily White House briefing on COVID-19. <<<>>> With few exceptions, construction sites have been shut down across the country. Some projects have been deemed as essential and, in those cases, public health protocols have been put in place. But what will these sites look like once we begin to re-open the economy and the construction sector? Richard Lyall is the President of RESCON, the Residential Construction Council of Ontario. He says there are plenty of lessons to learn from this pandemic. <<<>>> 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.
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