Avril 2020
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Le 30 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
'Insanely foolish and negligent’: Critics slam Quebec’s plan to lift COVID-19 restrictions as too much too soon (The Star)
The province with the most COVID-19 deaths and infections is taking what one expert calls an "insanely foolish" risk by staging Canada's most aggressive plan to lift restrictions imposed during the coronavirus crisis. 

Amir Attaran
Did the WHO mishandle the global coronavirus pandemic? (CBC News)
Experts say agency made mistakes but responsibility also lies with member states

Amir Attaran
Shockproofing Canada: Here’s what it will take to reopen the economy  (Asume Tech)

 

Le 29 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Breaking down the plan to reopen Ontario’s economy (Global News)
Professor Amir Attaran of the University of Ottawa reacts to Premier Doug Ford’s plan to reopen Ontario’s economy.

Amir Attaran
Coronavirus 'travel bubble' idea gains steam but wouldn't work for Canada, U.S.: expert (q107.com)
As provinces and countries begin to look towards easing coronavirus restrictions, some are taking an approach reminiscent of school days gone by: pick a best friend and stick with them.

Marie-Eve Sylvestre & Suzanne Bouclin
Ontario’s Safe Streets Act will cost lives amid the coronavirus pandemic (The Conversation Canada)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, officials in many Ontario cities have moved to protect the homeless population. At the same time, police are still enforcing the province’s punitive Safe Streets Act against people surviving on the street. This enforcement must stop if we are to avert a public health catastrophe.

 

Le 28 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Heading towards the summer of our discontent, where normal is now nostalgia (THE STAR)

Amir Attaran
Predicting COVID-19’s path is tough. So is it fair to say Ottawa ‘botched’ it? (THE STAR)

Duff Conacher
The shameful behaviour of Canada’s greedy, gluttonous banks (Ottawa Life Magazine)
Canada’s banking sector is an oligopoly consisting of six large banks (‘The Big 6’) who control an overwhelming proportion of the banking business across the country. They gouged out record profits of more than $46 billion in 2019 – the tenth year in a row, and more than doubled their 2010 profits in part by firing thousands of people, shifting jobs overseas (or using temporary foreign workers), cutting services, and hiking fees and credit card interest rates even as the Bank of Canada’s prime rate dropped to record low levels.

 

Le 27 avril 2020

Stewart Elgie
Corporate Knights TV: Watch our first episode on Building Back Better post-COVID (Corporate Knights)

Amir Attaran
Ignoring US Alarms, Alberta Meat Packers Spawned Canada’s Biggest Outbreak (The Tyee)
As the virus gripped US plants, the union pleaded for a shutdown. They were rebuffed.

Amir Attaran
Ontario could learn a lot about data collection and testing from four countries ahead of the COVID-19 curve (THE STAR)

Amir Attaran
Ontario has struggled with COVID-19 data and testing. Places that mastered both are now lifting lockdowns (OurWindsor.ca)
While Canada has endured more than a month of physical distancing measures, some countries around the world are beginning to ease up on restrictions in the hope of returning to something resembling normalcy.

Amir Attaran
The what, how and why of reforming the WHO (CBC News)
Even people who deplore Donald Trump's decision to withdraw funding for the World Health Organization still think there's plenty of grounds for criticizing the WHO. Amir Attaran is a professor in the Faculty of Law and School of Epidemiology and Public Health at the University of Ottawa. He has worked extensively with the WHO and has tough words for it, for Trump's scapegoating of it, and for Canada's own public health response to the pandemic.

Adam Dodek
Une fac de droit débloque 250 000 $ pour créer des stages (Droit-Inc.com)
La Section Common Law de l’Université d’Ottawa est bien au fait de tous les stages perdus par ses étudiants en raison de la pandémie de la COVID-19.

 

Le 24 avril 2020

Teresa Scassa
Concerns about low uptake, flawed pandemic data linger as provinces pursue digital contact tracing (CBC News | Politics)
Developers say they're in contact with multiple provinces

Amir Attaran
Do we have the data we need to reopen Canada? One epidemiologist says we better get serious, fast (THE STAR)
Like the rest of the world, Canada has been in lockdown for over a month to slow the spread of COVID-19. Authorities are saying the first wave of infections may have peaked. Provincial governments have been talking about easing some restrictions as early as next month. But health officials like Dr. Theresa Tam are warning against letting their guard down too soon.

Carissima Mathen
Lawyer Mark Andrews won a landmark victory for equality in Canada (The Globe and Mail)

Marie-Eve Sylvestre & Suzanne Bouclin
Ontario's Safe Streets Act will cost lives amid the coronavirus pandemic (Herald Globe)
As the COVID-19 pandemic continues, officials in many Ontario cities have moved to protect the homeless population. At the same time, police are still enforcing the province's punitive Safe Streets Act against people surviving on the street. This enforcement must stop if we are to avert a public health catastrophe.

Amir Attaran
Shockproofing Canada: Here's what it will take to reopen the economy (Financial Post)
Canada needs to become more secure by becoming more self-sufficient. In a new series — Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada — the Post examines how a country made wealthy by globalization and trade can also protect itself against pandemics and other unknown future shocks to ensure some of our immense resources and economic power are reserved for our own security.

Errol Mendes
Weapons used to battle COVID-19 are also laying siege to freedoms (CBC News - Canada)
Clash of values fuelled by the technology, science, government power being used to fight the pandemic

Duff Conacher
Why Canada's big banks can’t afford to screw up their response to the coronavirus crisis (National Post)
COVID-19 has forced everyone to adapt to the new normal. People are stuck at home, the businesses they used to frequent are having to embrace e-commerce and Canada’s big banks — which are more of the strong, silent, oligopoly-type — are being forced into a starring role in the federal government’s response to the coronavirus recession. It is a change of pace for the big banks, which are used to conducting business with Ottawa offstage.

 

Le 23 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
`Worst` of the coronavirus is still to come, says World Health Organization chief (Senegal-Actu.Com)
COVID-19 has claimed the lives of more than 177600 people and infected over 2556500 people across the world.

Amir Attaran
'Immunity passport, please': Should antibody testing be the ticket out of lockdown? (National Post)
Some see them as get out of jail free cards to help economies stagger back to life. To others, the idea of “immunity passports” is COVID-19 madness.

Stewart Elgie
Building green economic recovery for Canada post-pandemic (CBC Listen)

Canadian law schools: Resources if you’re considering whether — and where — to become a lawyer (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
To help aspiring lawyers inform their law school admissions decisions, Canadian Lawyer has compiled a list of all 24 law schools in Canada, including their tuition figures, key faculty members, joint degree programs and licensure requirements in the respective provinces.

Jane Bailey & Valerie Steeves
Online schooling shift raises children’s privacy issues (Western News - Western University)
Schools globally have scrambled to adopt or expand use of technology to minimize learning disruptions related to COVID-19. Educational technology has long posed serious privacy and equality problems, and these problems are now reaching a boiling point.

Amir Attaran
Shockproofing Canada: Here's what it will take to reopen the economy (Financial Post)
Canada needs to become more secure by becoming more self-sufficient. In a new series — Strong & Free: Shockproofing Canada — the Post examines how a country made wealthy by globalization and trade can also protect itself against pandemics and other unknown future shocks to ensure some of our immense resources and economic power are reserved for our own security.

Adam Dodek & Craig Forcese
uOttawa devotes $250,000 to bolster summer student positions and internships in firms, clinics (Law Times)
The initiative creates over 50 new funded summer positions for Common Law students

 

Le 22 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Canada wants an investigation of WHO’s response to coronavirus pandemic (New York Post)
Canada has taken a tougher stance on the World Health Organization’s handling of the coronavirus pandemic, calling for a post-outbreak probe into the UN group’s actions, or lack thereof.

Jane Bailey & Valerie Steeves
Children’s privacy is at risk with rapid shifts to online schooling under coronavirus (The Conversation Canada)
Schools globally have scrambled to adopt or expand use of technology to minimize learning disruptions related to COVID-19. Educational technology has long posed serious privacy and equality problems, and these problems are now reaching a boiling point. Hasty choices now could have long-term impacts.

Amir Attaran

 

COVID-19 is latest twist in Canadian family’s nightmare (THE STAR)

 

Le 21 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Australian Economics professor argues (Dissecting Leftism)
Australian  Economics professor argues that Australia would have been 'better off' WITHOUT a lockdown

Amir Attaran
Federal government has limited ability to ramp up COVID-19 testing nationwide, say officials (CBC.CA News)
Testing criteria are set by the provinces — and the country isn't testing nearly enough people

Michael Geist
Google and Facebook must share advertising revenue with Australian news agencies (THE STAR)

Amir Attaran
Ontario may be at COVID-19 peak, but testing woes could stall reopening (National Observer)
Though community spread of COVID-19 in Ontario appears to be peaking, the province cannot consider reopening businesses and schools without fixing its lagging testing program, experts say.

Jennifer L. Herbst
Rationing care in Canada and U.S. in the face of COVID-19 (IPolitics)
"[Both Canada and the U.S.] share similar challenges — and pitfalls — in determining who gets care when there’s not enough to go around.  And the problem is that even our best evidence-based, data-driven triage protocols still reflect and exacerbate historic and systemic inequities outside the hospital.

 

Le 20 avril 2020

Duff Conacher
$750 for doing chin ups in a park. Sitting on benches banned. Do emergency measures go too far? (THE STAR)
A Toronto lawyer gets a $750 ticket for doing chin-ups on a bar in Centennial Park. An Oakville father gets one for bringing his three sons rollerblading in an empty parking lot. Lingering on park benches has been outlawed and could also result in a fine.

Amir Attaran
The road map to reopening Canada's economy: Watch for these markers (National Post)
Phase two of four involves a gradual reopening but, crucially, provinces should be ready to go back to phase one if the country suffers a second wave of infections

 

Le 17 avril 2020

Sarah Berger Richardson
Concerns about food supply grows as pandemic crisis deepens (National Observer)
As COVID-19 continues to batter the economy, an increasing number of sectors are sounding the alarm about Canada's food security.

Amir Attaran
Coronavirus: ‘Incomplete’ data for Canada hurts ability to model pandemic, scientists say (Global News)
Several scientists say the publicly-available COVID-19 data from Canada’s public health agency is “incomplete” and hurts their ability to build accurate pandemic models and forecasts that can help inform decision-makers.

Amir Attaran
Coronavirus Update: China Responds To Reports It Waited Six Days To Act On Outbreak In Wuhan (International Business Times)
Chinese officials pushed back on reports Thursday that the government was aware of the coronavirus outbreak in Wuhan, but waited nearly a week to warn the public about the highly contagious pathogen.

Amir Attaran
QUI. Avertit Trump au sujet du coronavirus tôt et souvent (Ze Mag)
Le 22 janvier, deux jours après la première publication par les autorités chinoises de la grave menace que fait peser le nouveau virus sur la ville de Wuhan, le chef de l'Organisation mondiale de la santé a organisé le premier de ce qui serait des mois de briefings médiatiques presque quotidiens, tirant la sonnette d'alarme, disant au monde de prendre l'épidémie au sérieuxMais avec ses responsables divisés, l'OMS, ne voyant toujours aucune preuve d'une propagation durable du virus en dehors de la Chine, a refusé le lendemain de déclarer une urgence mondiale de santé publique Une semaine plus tard, l'organisation a inversé le cap et a fait la déclaration

Sarah Berger Richardson
Sarah Berger Richardson: COVID-19 disruption reveals challenges in our meat supply (The Province)
While supply chains struggle to keep up, COVID-19 is revealing how the erosion of local slaughterhouses in recent years has jeopardized the quality and reliability of our meat supply.

Colleen Flood
The future of long-term care homes (CBC Listen)
A professor with research experience in public and private health care systems weighs in on the challenges facing long-term care homes during the COVID crisis.

Thomas Burelli, Audrey Ferron-Parayre, David Robitaille, Terry Skolnik, Céline Castets-Renard, Jennifer Quaid, Julie Paquin, Jérémie Torres-Ceyte, Sarah Berger Richardson, Mistrale Goudreau & Michelle Giroux
Un cours sur les aspects juridiques de la pandémie (Droit Inc.)
L’Université d’Ottawa propose dès sa session d’été un cours sur les enjeux sociojuridiques de la pandémie de la COVID-19.

Amir Attaran
WHO, Now Trump's Scapegoat, Warned About Coronavirus Early and Often (Yahoo! News)
On Jan. 22, two days after Chinese officials first publicized the serious threat posed by the new virus ravaging the city of Wuhan, the chief of the World Health Organization held the first of what would be months of almost daily media briefings, sounding the alarm, telling the world to take the outbreak seriously.

 

Le 15 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Canada Fumbled Its COVID-19 Response and Must Catch up, Say Experts (The Tyee)
Offering fixes, critics argue we were unprepared and still lag.

Amir Attarran
Coronavirus Death Toll Already Higher Than Canada Projected (Vice (CA))
Canada's COVID-19 death toll by mid-April surpassed 1,000, which is higher than officials projected, and the country's GDP shrank by 9 percent in March, according to Statistics Canada.

Amir Attaran
COVID-19 numbers are likely to be far higher than Ottawa predicts, researchers say (THE STAR)
OTTAWA –Canada has passed the crest of the first wave of the coronavirus pandemic but COVID-19 could infect many more people than federal officials have estimated if isolation measures are relaxed too soon or too broadly, according to a new study.

Michael Geist
Internet users may face higher prices, fewer options in COVID-19 fallout (The Globe and Mail)
Canadian internet users could be left with fewer choices and higher prices if independent providers, which are facing rising costs stemming from the COVID-19 pandemic, close up shop, consumer advocates say.

Amir Attaran
iPolitics AM: Trudeau, Scheer set to go before the cameras as new data on economic impact of COVID-19 (IPolitics)
As Canada closes in on the one-month anniversary of the rolling cross-country shutdown that now extends from coast to coast to coast, two key fiscal metrics are set to be released this morning.

Colleen M. Flood
Liberty vs. Security in a Pandemic (TVO)
How much should government be able to infringe on people's civil liberties in order to keep society safe during the COVID-19 outbreak in Canada? The Agenda explores the options available to officials trying to curb the spread of the coronavirus, including if it would be justified for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to invoke the Emergency Measures Act.

Vanessa Gruben & Alicia Czarnowski
What can we expect from healthcare workers facing the deadly demands of COVID-19? What can they expect from their employers, governments and us? (Policy Options)
Thousands of healthcare providers around the world are working tirelessly on the frontlines of the COVID-19 crisis. They are being called upon to care for infected patients, to work outside their usual specialties, and to make difficult decisions about patient care. Many are placing their health and their lives at risk to combat this pandemic. The risks are starkly illustrated in hard-hit Italy – more than 8,300 healthcare providers have been infected by COVID-19, and over 60 have died, and those numbers keep rising. Similar experiences are occurring in many other European countries. This is not surprising. During the 2003 SARS outbreak, 45 percent of individuals diagnosed with SARS in Ontario were healthcare workers.

Pénurie de juristes bilingues : la solution du côté de l’immersion ? (L'Eau Vive)
Le manque de juges, avocats, procureurs et greffiers bilingues en milieu minoritaire est une réalité de longue date. Mais l’immersion, de plus en plus populaire au pays, pourrait constituer une piste de solution.

Amir Attaran
Some of Canada's COVID-19 scenarios 'unexplained and doubtful', new report argues (Global News)
Modelling by Canadian public health officials of the coronavirus pandemic, released last week, fell short of explaining the assumptions behind some of the projections, according to a new report that described them as “unexplained and doubtful.”

Duff Conacher
Mortgage Deferral or Mortgage Forgiveness (AM800 CKLW)

Amir Attaran
Trudeau, ministers back Dr. Tam and Health Canada after Jason Kenney attacks pandemic response (CBC.CA News)
Andrew Scheer says he supports provinces going around Health Canada if there is a 'legal mechanism' to do so

Stewart Elgie
What Canada's Covid-19 economic stimulus plan should look like when it comes (MACLEANS)
Three lessons for stimulating a smart, post-COVID economic recovery that puts people to work today building the economy of tomorrow.

 

Le 14 avril 2020

Duff Conacher
‘It feels greedy’: Big banks charging interest on interest for deferred mortgage payments (CBC News)
Amanda Merle had just quit her job in January, so when the pandemic hit and the job market dried up, she was relieved to see her bank was offering some relief by allowing her and her husband to defer the mortgage payments on their Toronto home.

Michael Geist
Canada looking to prepare 'surge' force, use cellphone data to contain COVID-19 (The Province)
OTTAWA — Federal and provincial health officials are recruiting small armies of staff and examining technology options such as cell phone location data as they ramp up Canada’s capacity to do contact tracing.

Michael Geist
Canada watching ‘closely’ after Google ordered to work out repayment to French news organizations, publishers (Niagara Falls Review)
French regulators say Google has caused “serious and immediate harm to the press sector,” push internet giant to work out new arrangements with publishers.

Sarah Berger Richardson
COVID-19 disruption reveals challenges in our meat supply (THE STAR)
First it was toilet paper. Then flour. Then eggs. Will meat be next?

Amir Attaran
Deciding Who Gets Tested Differs across Canada, Causing ‘Chaos and Errors’ (The Tyee)
Self-assessment tools don’t match across provinces, and that’s a problem, finds a study.

Amir Attaran
John Ivison: Federal health agency's report on COVID-19 projections opts for soft-soap over science (National Post)

 

Normality will not come back as before until a COVID vaccine has been developed, the prime minister admitted in his daily briefing.

Amir Attaran
Open league without the audience – put into robots and plastdukker (The KXAN 36 News)
– It is a bit silly that the fans can’t come and cheer for us, but it is not something to do with it. Under the circumstances, with pandemitilstander the world over, it’s great that we still can play, ” says Chiu Chang-Jung, who is manager of the Chinatrust Brother.

Amir Attaran
Professional baseball is back — in Taiwan, where robots will be the spectators (NBCNEWS.com)
The stands will be empty, but for a handful of mannequin robots posing as fans of the champion Monkeys.

Amir Attaran
The Canadian Way of Dealing with a Pandemic: Ineffective, Clueless, and Dishonest (PJ Media)
The only thing certain about the etiology of the COVID-19 pandemic is that it originated in and spread from China. Whether the local origin of the disease was a wet market in Wuhan specializing in bat soup or a Chinese lab with inadequate safety protocols is immaterial. The culprit in the lethal melodrama that is being played out around the globe is China.

Amir Attaran
What We’re Watching: When will the House resume regular sittings? (IPolitics)
House begins final week of five-week hiatus — but could extend it indefinitely with all-party support

Amir Attaran
Where provincial coronavirus screening websites are falling short (MACLEANS)  
A new report says Canada needs a unified approach between the provinces on online screening and testing, and that some patients might be getting bad advice

 

Le 9 avril 2020


Katherine Lippel
Leaving Nobody Behind with COVID-19 (The Canadian Business Journal)
On the heels of the COVID-19 crisis, the federal government has now improved access to Employment Insurance, and some provinces, but not all, have discouraged employers from requiring sick notes. Banks have offered a six month payment deferral for mortgages and organizations responsible for workers’ compensation and occupational health and safety in some provinces have produced timely guidance material.

Teresa Scassa
Montreal computer scientists expect to launch contact-tracing app in less than a week (The Logic)
An early version of an AI-powered app designed by one of Canada’s most prominent computer scientists, which uses artificial intelligence to trace people’s movements and warn them if they’ve come into contact with someone with COVID-19, will be launched in less than a week, The Logic has learned. Both the federal and Quebec governments are considering adopting the app as part of their efforts to combat the pandemic.

 

Le 8 avril 2020

Errol Mendes
B.C. regional district calls for province to close boundary with Alberta (The Globe and Mail)
A regional district in British Columbia is calling for the province to close its boundary with Alberta to all non-essential travel. The Regional District of East Kootenay outlined that request, along with closing private and “backcountry” camping, in a letter to Provincial Health Officer Bonnie Henry. Other provinces have taken steps to require self-isolation for all interprovincial travellers or have set up checkpoints to screen people crossing boundaries.

Jean-Paul Lacasse
L'amour d'une grand-mère et de sa petite-fille au temps du confinement (ICI Radio-Canada.ca)
Katia Bacon vit à Montréal, sa grand-mère, Cécile Bacon, habite dans la communauté innue de Pessamit sur la Côte-Nord. Toutes deux sont confinées, mais trouvent le moyen de rester proches, malgré les 600 et quelques kilomètres qui les séparent.

Amir Attaran
Opinion: Don't play games with unrealistic ideas to return sports amid pandemic (USA Today)
There will be a time for optimistic plans and audacious hopes. Now is not it, however. On the same day the PGA Tour released its revamped schedule for the majors, a scenario was floated Monday night that would allow Major League Baseball to start its season as early as May by sequestering players at stadiums in Arizona. The NBA, meanwhile, was reported to be assessing rapid COVID-19 tests, a sign it too, is looking for ways to speed its return.

Teresa Scassa
Privacy experts raise red flags as Ontario first responders get access to COVID-19 info (Global News)
Ontario’s new emergency order allowing first responders to obtain someone’s personal information and COVID-19 status doesn’t do enough to protect that personal data, privacy experts say.

 

Le 6 avril 2020

Errol Mendes
‘Essential’ Hill workers told to bring ID, permission slip in wake of Quebec border crack-down (The Hill Times)
Quebec authorities have assured the feds that public servants will be able to ‘move freely,’ so they can perform critical federal services, but one law professor says the move could be unconstitutional.

Duff Conacher
Appeal court nixes fresh lobby probe of Aga Khan in Trudeau vacation case (Calgary Sun)
OTTAWA — There is no need for the federal lobbying commissioner to take another look at whether the Aga Khan broke the rules by giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a vacation in the Bahamas, an appeal court has decided.

Jamie Chai Yun Liew
Feds partly responsible for treatment of asylum seekers turned back at Canadian-U.S. border, say refugee advocates (The Hill Times)
'We should be weary of using a crisis like this to turn our back on our human rights obligations,' says University of Ottawa law professor Jamie Chai Yun Liew.

Amir Attaran
Feds should release national COVID-19 modelling information, experts say (Regina Leader-Post)
Justin Trudeau’s reluctance to release projections that model the COVID-19 outbreak was called “indefensible” on Thursday.

Karen Eltis
How to protect your privacy and personal data while using Zoom (CTV News)
TORONTO -- Video conferencing app Zoom is facing increased scrutiny from privacy advocates and lawmakers who warn the app’s privacy settings aren’t secure enough to handle the millions of users flocking to its service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amir Attaran
Is Canada bad at sharing public data? COVID-19 rekindles an old debate (CBC.CA News)
Ottawa under pressure to make predictions, as data flows freely among other countries. A debate that normally resides in the realm of wonkery roared to public attention this week, with Ottawa's reluctance to release projections of the pandemic death toll. Is Canada bad at sharing public data?

Teresa Scassa
Lyon: Cellphone tracking might help stamp out COVID-19. But at what cost? (Ottawa Citizen)
Recently, Toronto Mayor John Tory “misspoke” at a TechTO event regarding the possibility of using cellphone tracking surveillance in the struggle against COVID-19. Ottawa’s medical officer of health, Vera Etches, noted that officials want to know if people are heeding safe-distance advice and suggested location data from phones could help; she later said there was no plan in place to use it.

Carissima Mathen
Provincial border checkpoints barring entry, restricting travel raise constitutional questions (CBC News - Canada)
So far, 8 provinces and territories have set up such checkpoints and travel restrictions. While the coronavirus pandemic has prompted a shutdown of non-essential travel at the Canada-U.S. border, a number of provinces have also set up checkpoints at their borders to restrict traffic, raising questions about the constitutionality of such measures.

Karen Eltis
Zoom face à une confidentialité accrue, un jeu de sécurité en montée en flèche (La Minute)
TORONTO – L'application de vidéoconférence Zoom fait face à un examen accru de la part des défenseurs de la vie privée et des législateurs qui avertissent que les paramètres de confidentialité de l'application ne sont pas suffisamment sécurisés pour gérer les millions d'utilisateurs qui affluent vers son service pendant la pandémie de coronavirus.

 

Le 3 avril 2020

Amir Attaran
'Shocking' and 'indefensible': Feds should release national COVID-19 modelling information, experts say (National Post)
Justin Trudeau’s reluctance to release projections that model the COVID-19 outbreak was called “indefensible” on Thursday.

Duff Conacher
Court nixes fresh lobby probe in Trudeau case (Orangeville (Metroland Media Group)
OTTAWA — There is no need for the federal lobbying commissioner to take another look at whether the Aga Khan broke the rules by giving Prime Minister Justin Trudeau a vacation in the Bahamas, an appeal court has decided.

Teresa Scassa & Colleen M. Flood
Using the Emergencies Act to ramp up testing and track COVID-19 (Ottawa Life Magazine)
The Prime Minister is called upon almost daily to explain why the federal government has not invoked the Emergency Act. Canadians perceive the COVID-19 pandemic to be an emergency and rightly so. The problem is that the Act can only be employed when an emergency rises above the ability of any one province to cope with the situation and there is, as a consequence, a risk to other provinces.

Amir Attaran
Worst-case scenarios aren’t the only ones (Keizertimes)
In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call on COVID-19 and warned, as The New York Times reported, that 160 million to 214 million Americans could become infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million might die.

Le 1er avril 2020

Amir Attaran
Editorial: Canadian aid to China is being repaid (Welland Tribune)
China has mobilized its industries to mass-produce the protective gear so much in demand elsewhere — including here in Canada where COVID-19 is on the rise.

Colleen Flood & Teresa Scassa
Emergencies Act different than ‘any other law of Canada’ (Canadian Lawyer Magazine)
Is COVID-19 an emergency that ‘cannot be effectively dealt with under any other law of Canada’?

Amir Attaran
Healthcare workers at hospital in Canada told to wear masks until grossly soiled (BlogTO)
The safety of frontline workers in Ontario is being put under immense pressure as hospital shortages are becoming severe across the province. Mask rationing has been experienced throughout Ontario’s hospitals as healthcare workers are told to ration their use to one or two per day.

Karen Eltis
How to protect your privacy and personal data while using Zoom (CTV News)
TORONTO -- Video conferencing app Zoom is facing increased scrutiny from privacy advocates and lawmakers who warn the app’s privacy settings aren’t secure enough to handle the millions of users flocking to its service during the coronavirus pandemic.

Amir Attaran
Opinion: Olympic leaders misguided in setting new date for Tokyo Games (USA Today)
In these extraordinary times, in the midst of sickness and death and despair and uncertainty throughout the world, we now know the 2020 Tokyo Olympic Games will begin July 23, 2021, one day earlier than they would have started this summer.

Chidi Oguamanam
Public health, Africa and COVID-19 (The Punch - Nigeria)
I am resident in two worlds of blunt contrasts. On a good note, daily at every turn, those contrasts offer privileged lessons on the richness and complexity of the human experience, of our world.  In this observatory, it is irresistible not to have a geopolitical perspective on the dynamic of Africa’s relationship with the global south. And since the formal declaration of COVID-19 a global pandemic on March 11, 2020 by the World Health Organisation’s Dr. Tedros Adhanom Ghebreyesus, the reality of that stark contrast has never been more evident. Ghebeyesus is an Ethiopian, an African. He has the unenviable task of steering the world’s topmost health authority at a time of the worst pandemic in living memory. He has been calm and stable. He has managed to be both a purveyor of bad news and hope with an uncommon sense of balance between the reality of danger and the optimism of survival.

David Sweanor
Reynolds company testing tobacco's possible role in developing COVID-19 vaccine (Winston-Salem Journal)
A biopharmaceutical company owned by Reynolds American Inc. has launched testing to determine whether tobacco plants can play a role in developing a coronavirus vaccine.

Amir Attaran
This week, we'll see if Canada's curve actually starts to flatten (Macleans.ca)
Politics Insider for Mar. 30: Cracking down on domestic travel, additional funding for vulnerable Canadians and a reluctantly postponed Tory race

Colleen M. Flood & Teresa Scassa
Using the Emergencies Act to ramp up testing and track COVID-19 (Focusonvictoria)
THE PRIME MINISTER is called upon almost daily to explain why the federal government has not invoked the Emergencies Act. Canadians perceive the COVID-19 pandemic to be an emergency and rightly so. The problem is that the Act can only be employed when an emergency rises above the ability of any one province to cope with the situation and there is, as a consequence, a risk to other provinces.

Amir Attaran
Worst-case scenarios aren't the only scenarios (The Huntsville Item)
In February, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention held a conference call on COVID-19 and warned, as The New York Times reported, that 160 million to 214 million Americans could become infected and 200,000 to 1.7 million might die.

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