Is B.C.’s COVID-19 death rate really as low as official numbers show?

If all excess deaths were due to COVID-19 but not reported as such, it would still put B.C. below Quebec and Ontario, every major state and the vast majority of western European countries — but it wouldn’t make B.C. look as much of an outlier, or perhaps deserving of praise in international media.

Is B.C.’s COVID-19 death rate really as low as official numbers show?

If all excess deaths were due to COVID-19 but not reported as such, it would still put B.C. below Quebec and Ontario, every major state and the vast majority of western European countries — but it wouldn’t make B.C. look as much of an outlier, or perhaps deserving of praise in international media.

Moth’s former name dropped by these bug experts after it came under scrutiny for being offensive

Bug experts are dropping the LDD moth’s common name because it’s considered an ethnic slur. The Entomological Society of America, which oversees the common names of bugs, is getting rid of the common name of the gypsy moth and the lesser-known gypsy ant.

Tribunal Initiates Expiry Review—Flat Hot-rolled Carbon and Alloy Steel Sheet and Strip from Brazil, China, Ukraine and India

The Canadian International Trade Tribunal today initiated an expiry review of its order made on August 12, 2016, in Expiry Review No. RR-2015-002, to determine if the expiry of the order is likely to lead to continued or resumed dumping of flat hot-rolled carbon and alloy steel sheet and strip, originating in or exported from… Continue reading Tribunal Initiates Expiry Review—Flat Hot-rolled Carbon and Alloy Steel Sheet and Strip from Brazil, China, Ukraine and India

Minister Bibeau re-opens the Local Food Infrastructure Fund with over double the funding this year for projects to improve food security in communities across Canada

Today, the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, the Honourable Marie-Claude Bibeau, announced a top-up of $10 million for the Local Food Infrastructure Fund, which will re-open for applications on Monday, July 12. With this additional funding to address pandemic-related food security pressures, the Fund is supporting $23 million in projects in 2021-22.

Minister Wilkinson and California Governor Gavin Newsom discuss collaboration on clean transportation efforts

Last week, Minister Wilkinson spoke with the Governor of the State of California, Gavin Newsom, about shared opportunities to collaborate on clean transportation, climate resilience, nature conservation, and policies that create good jobs and new careers in the low-carbon economy to complement ongoing work at the federal level.

$19 million to modernize health, social services and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Today, the governments of Canada and Quebec provided further details on 20 infrastructure projects that aim to maintain, upgrade, or modernize many health, social services and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Backgrounder : $19 million to modernize health, social services, and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean

Joint funding from the Government of Canada and the Government of Quebec is allocated to 20 infrastructure projects in health, social services and post-secondary education establishments in Saguenay–Lac-Saint-Jean.

Nearly $39.7 million to bring high-speed Internet access to 5,300 households in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region by September 2022

The announcement was made today by the Honourable Diane Lebouthillier, Minister of National Revenue and Member of Parliament for Gaspésie–Les Îles-de-la-Madeleine; Caroline Proulx, Quebec’s Minister of Tourism and Minister Responsible for the Lanaudière Region and the Bas-Saint-Laurent Region; Gilles Bélanger, Parliamentary Assistant to the Premier of Quebec (high-speed Internet) and Member of the National Assembly… Continue reading Nearly $39.7 million to bring high-speed Internet access to 5,300 households in the Bas-Saint-Laurent region by September 2022

New national chief commits to whistleblower policy after being accused of bullying and harassment

Just days after a report on allegations of bullying and harassment against Chief RoseAnne Archibald was leaked — and hours after she was elected the new national chief of the Assembly of First Nations — Archibald said this morning she would support the implementation of a whistleblower policy at the AFN.