Friday, January 15

Government

Business, Emergency Alert, Government

Ontario issues an alert notifying residents that a stay-at-home order is already in effect

The Ontario government has issued an emergency alert to mobile phones to notify residents of their stay-at-home order. The alert was sent out at 10:10 am ET and notifies residents that the order is now in effect. “Leaving home only for essential purposes such as food, medical care, exercise, or work. Is the law. Stay home, stay safe, save lives, ”says the alert.
Business, Government, innovation minister, Minister François-Philippe Champagne, Navdeep Bains

François-Philippe Champagne is sworn in as new Minister of Innovation

The former Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, has assumed the position of new Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. Champagne was sworn in on January 12 practically amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. The appointment follows Navdeep Bains' decision not to run in the upcoming federal election and to leave the cabinet to spend more time with his family. In a statement, the Prime Minister's Office stated that “in his new role, Minister Champagne will draw on his extensive business experience in the fields of energy, engineering and innovation to help our economic recovery from the global pandemic of COVID-19, create new jobs for Canadians and grow our middle class. " The statement notes that Champagne "deeply understands the needs and priorities of Canad...
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Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains would leave the cabinet

Navdeep Bains has reportedly decided not to run for the next election and will no longer be the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry. The current Minister of Foreign Affairs, François-Philippe Champagne, will replace Bains, as informed by the CBC, which cites sources who have knowledge of the cabinet mix. The shakeup is expected to occur on January 12 around 9 a.m. ET, and will be the first virtual cabinet shakeup due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. Bains was appointed Minister of Innovation, Science and Economic Development in November 2015. During his time in office, Bains created a policy directive that requires the Canadian Radio, Television and Telecommunications Commission (CRTC) to consider affordability and fair...
Business, Government, Huawei, Meng Wanzhou, meng wanzhou extradition hearing

Attorneys for Huawei’s CFO argue that extradition would violate international law

Attorneys for Huawei's CFO Meng Wanzhou argue that Canada would be violating international law if it extradited her to the United States. His defense team argues that the United States cannot punish foreign nationals for extraterritorial actions, as reported by the CBC. Court documents released on December 18 detail the defense team's argument, which claims that Canada would be complicit in violating international law if it sent Meng to the United States to face fraud and conspiracy charges. “As customary international law is part of Canadian law, it would be an abuse of this court's process, compromising the integrity of the Canadian judicial system, to order arrest based on an extradition request that is contrary to such laws. ...
5G & Infrastructure, Business, Government, minister monsef, ubf, universal broadband fund

The first project to receive funding from the Universal Broadband Fund is approved

The federal government approved the first project to receive financing from the Universal Broadband Fund. Rural Economic Development Minister Maryam Monsef announced that the ready-to-use project approved for funding will provide high-speed Internet access to rural Albertans. Netago Internet will receive $ 1 million to provide access to 7,179 underserved homes in Starland County and Stettler County in Alberta by November 15, 2021. Monsef said in a sentence that this project “will create jobs, increase health and safety, and ensure a stronger economic recovery for Albertans. It is the first of many projects our government will support to ensure that all Canadians have access to this essential service. " The federal government lau...
Artemis II, Business, Government, innovation minister

Canada signs agreement with the US to send astronauts around the moon

The federal government has announced that Canada will join the US in the first manned mission around the moon in more than 50 years. This mission will make Canada the second country to send an astronaut into deep space. It is worth noting that the trip will not consist of an actual moon landing. The mission, which is called 'Artemis II', is planned for 2023 and is part of a larger effort led by the United States to build a space station that will become known as the 'Lunar Portal'. "It will provide a living space for astronauts, research laboratories and mission control for future human exploration of the moon," said Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains of the space station during the December 16 announcement. The agreement between...
Business, federal government, Government, suicide prevention service

Parliamentarians vote for the establishment of a national triple-digit suicide prevention hotline

Members of parliament have voted in favor of a motion asking the government to establish a national triple-digit suicide prevention hotline. MPs voted unanimously on December 11 to establish a national 988 number that would consolidate all current suicide hotlines, as reported by the CBC. BC Conservative MP Todd Doherty pleaded with the House of Commons to support his motion, declaring that "when minutes count, aid should be only three digits away." Doherty said it is especially important to offer hope to those in need amid the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. “We can leave a legacy of action by breaking down the stigma associated with mental illness and mental injury and removing unnecessary barriers for Canadians who chose to seek he...
alcohol sales, Business, Government, Ontario government

Ontario government makes alcohol takeout sales and delivery orders permanent

The Ontario government has made alcohol sales permanent with takeout and takeout orders. The government has stated that this measure aims to support restaurants that have been affected by the pandemic and will help them rebuild and recover. “We are building on the actions we took at the beginning of the pandemic to support local restaurants, bars and other businesses by providing ongoing help to workers and small businesses as they face these ongoing challenges,” said the Ontario Attorney General. , Doug Downey, in a sentence. Ontario previously approved some of these changes on a temporary basis during the onset of the pandemic, and now permanently allows licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a de...
alcohol sales, Business, Government, Ontario government

Ontario government makes alcohol takeout sales and delivery orders permanent

The Ontario government has made alcohol sales permanent with takeout and takeout orders. The government has stated that this measure aims to support restaurants that have been affected by the pandemic and will help them rebuild and recover. “We are building on the actions we took at the beginning of the pandemic to support local restaurants, bars and other businesses by providing ongoing help to workers and small businesses as they face these ongoing challenges,” said the Ontario Attorney General. , Doug Downey, in a sentence. Ontario previously approved some of these changes on a temporary basis during the onset of the pandemic, and now permanently allows licensed restaurants and bars to include alcohol with food as part of a de...
Business, federal government, Government, Netflix, Netflix Tax, spotify

Experts say the new tax on digital giants will likely raise prices for consumers

Experts say the federal government's decision to tax digital giants like Netflix and Amazon will lead to price increases. In its fall economic statement, the government unveiled a plan to force foreign tech companies to charge HST and GST for services sold to Canadians. The new policy would apply to "foreign providers selling digital products or services to consumers in Canada." Basically, it would apply to services like Amazon Prime Video, Spotify, and Airbnb. The government has stated that Canadian companies already collect these taxes and that foreign companies should do the same. University of Ottawa professor Michael Geist outlined in a blog post that "the reality is that when applicable, sales taxes are paid by consumers, not businesses." “Canadian resident businesses are si...
Amazon, Business, Chrystia Freeland, Government, Netflix, Netflix Tax

The federal government will tax digital giants like Netflix and Amazon

The federal government plans to force multinational tech companies like Netflix and Amazon to charge HST and GST on services sold to Canadians. Canada's Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland made the announcement when the government delivered the 2020 Fall Economic Declaration on November 30. The government notes that this will apply to "foreign providers selling digital products or services to consumers in Canada." "Canadians want a tax system that is fair, where everyone pays their fair share, so that government has the resources it needs to invest in people and keep our economy strong," Minister Freeland told the House of Commons. "That is why we are advancing the implementation of GST / HST in multinati...
Business, covid alert, Government, Northwest Territories

COVID Alert App Now Available in the Northwest Territories

The federal government's COVID Alert exposure notification app is now available in the Northwest Territories. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that people in the region can now receive unique keys from the health authority to use with the COVID Alert app. “The COVID Alert app is a tool that the people of the Northwest Territories can use to protect themselves, their loved ones, and their communities from COVID-19. As more people use it, we can slow the spread of the virus and help prevent future waves, ”Trudeau said. in a sentence. The app has been downloaded more than 5.5 million times since it was launched on July 31. It is currently fully functional in Saskatchewan, Manitoba, Ontario, Quebec, New Brunswick, Nova Scoti...