COVID-19 News

Students who collect emergency COVID-19 aid must attest they’re looking for work (CBC News)

From CBC News:  Students who collect emergency financial aid will be required to confirm that they’re looking for summer work and will be connected with a government job bank to help employers struggling with shortages of labour.
Legislation providing $9 billion in assistance to students who saw their summer employment prospects dry up due to the COVID-19 crisis — which was adopted at second readings and at all stages in the House of Commons tonight and sent to the Senate — says applicants must “attest to the fact that they are seeking work.”

Here’s why your Zoom wedding might not stand up in court (Financial Post)

From the Financial Post –  Spring is wedding season — or at least it was, before the pandemic hit.
Couples who have had venues booked and plans in place for many months have been faced with a choice of either postponing their marriages indefinitely or making alternative plans.
In Ontario, provincial regulations preclude gatherings of more than five people unless they are from a “single household,” making even the smallest wedding a practical impossibility.

Refugees face more hardship settling during lockdown, advocates say (CBC News)

From CBC News – Hamzeh Alnas came to Canada to start a new life. 
After fleeing Syria’s civil war, the 26-year-old arrived in British Columbia on Jan. 15, 2020, with his partner, Julia. They began working two weeks later at the Four Seasons hotel in Whistler. 
But then on Jan. 25, Canada registered its first “presumptive case”

CRA could have a ‘field day’ with questionable COVID-19 claims, investigators warn (CBC News)

From CBC News – New federal benefit programs aimed at helping shuttered businesses and people now out of work could pose a dilemma for those who tend to skirt Canadian rules and laws. 
Anti-fraud and legal experts warn that anyone making questionable claims during the COVID-19 pandemic are still subject to the Canada Revenue Agency’s (CRA) powers — which include the ability to perform audits,

Many Ontario workers are trying to refuse work due to COVID-19 fears — but the government isn’t letting them (Toronto Star)

From the Toronto Star – Since the start of the COVID-19 outbreak, workers who fear contracting the virus have filed more than 200 work refusals. But the Ontario Ministry of Labour has not upheld a single one, after quietly establishing an internal committee to oversee inspectors’ enforcement efforts during the pandemic,

Ford ‘won’t set hard dates’ for reopening, saying Ontario must see drop in new COVID-19 cases first – CBC News

From CBC News: Ontario must see a “consistent two-to-four week decrease in the number of new daily COVID-19 cases” before the government can start loosening restrictions and begin reopening the economy, says a new framework for reopening released Monday.
The province will reopen its economy through a three-stage process in the coming weeks and months,

City of Toronto sued by homeless advocates arguing shelter spacing violates Charter

From CTV News –  A group of organizations that support Toronto’s homeless population are launching legal action against the City of Toronto, saying its failure to keep some beds in its shelters at least two metres apart constitutes a violation of residents’ charter rights.
Lawyers from the Advocacy Centre for Tenants Ontario,

Civil liberties group warns of ‘invasion of privacy’ after Ontario gives police COVID-19 test data

From CBC News –  A Canadian civil liberties organization is sounding the alarm on what it says is “an extraordinary invasion of privacy” after Ontario moved to provide police forces with the personal information of people who have tested positive for COVID-19 — including names, addresses and dates of birth.
Earlier this month,

Trudeau announces $9B in financial aid for students struggling because of pandemic

From CBC News – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $9 billion in financial aid for post-secondary students in response to claims that too many young people were falling through the cracks in existing COVID-19 support programs.
Students will be eligible for $1,250 a month from May through August. That sum can go up to $1,750 if the student is caring for a dependent or has a disability.

Ontario to allow people on social assistance to keep part of emergency benefits

From Niagara Falls Review – Ontarians on social assistance who have lost their jobs due to COVID-19 will be allowed to keep a portion of federal income support being offered to most other Canadian workers struggling to make ends meet during the pandemic.
“These are unprecedented, and uncertain times, especially for individuals receiving social assistance,”

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