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March 25: B.C. cancels summer games, bans evictions during COVID pandemic

There are now 3,350 positive cases of COVID-19 in Canada including 1,199 from B.C. to Manitoba.

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British Columbia has canceled the summer games and released new legislation that bans evictions during the outbreak.

The Summer Games were scheduled for July 23-26 in Maple Ridge. The province will still host the summer games in 2024.

“Keeping British Columbians safe and healthy is our top priority. Through conversations with leadership at the BC Games Society, it became clear that there was no viable path forward to host the Games this year and that they must now be cancelled,” Tourism Minister Lisa Beare, MLA for Maple Ridge-Pitt Meadows, said in a release.

“I’m so thrilled that the Maple Ridge council, BC Games Society, School District No. 42 and the local organizing committee were able to respond quickly, and that we can now all look forward to the 2024 BC Summer Games in Maple Ridge.”

Future evictions are protected under new legislation but previous evictions may still be legal. Landlords are asked to contact the Residential Tenancy Branch for situations they believe are a matter of public health and safety.

The province is also offering a $500 rebate for landlords in the meantime, however the province cannot guarantee that the money will be available by April 1. Premier Horgan suggested that tenants work to ensure they rely on open communication with their landlord and is expecting landlords and tenants “find a way to work this out together.”

Alberta

The province announced 61 new cases of COVID-19 bringing the province’s total to 419.

There has been a potential outbreak at a facility for disabled Albertans, as well as positive cases in care facilities in Edmonton.

“This step is serious and it is necessary,” Alberta Chief Medical Officer of Health, Deena Hinshaw said Wednesday,

Alberta is increasing powers of enforcement officials to enforce public health orders.

Returning travellers must self-isolate for 14 days.

“These are no longer just recommendations,” said Premier Jason Kenney.

“It’s not a hint, it’s not a suggestion, this is an absolute requirement.”

Alberta has roughly 580 ventilators including ventilators for children, Kenney said.

“Equipment in Alberta will be for Albertans,” he said.

Daycare services are being expanded to include care for all essential businesses, over an above healthcare professionals.

Additional COVID-19 information for Alberta residents can be found here.

Manitoba

The province identified 14 new cases, the province’s largest jump in one day. The province now has 35 cases.

New cases include a child under the age of 10 as well as well as a woman in her 60’s who is in critical condition in hospital.

Dr. Brent Roussin said that he is aware of one case that involves a healthcare worker in the province, but said the employee was not working when they were diagnosed.

Additional COVID-19 information for Manitoba residents can be found here.

Saskatchewan

14 new cases have been confirmed in the province, bringing its total to 86.

There are currently four people in hospital with COVID-related illnesse, according to a government press release.

57 per cent of positive cases in males and 43 per cent in females.

Four cases are between 0 and 19 years, 69 cases between the ages of 20 and 64 and 13 cases have been identified in residents who are 65 years of age and older.

Additional COVID-19 information for Saskatchewan residents can be found here.

Provincial tallies:

  • Quebec: 1,339 confirmed and presumptive cases, including 1 recovered and 6 deaths
  • Ontario: 688 cases, including 5 recovered and 9 deaths
  • British Columbia: 659 confirmed cases, including 5 recovered and 14 deaths
  • Alberta: 419 confirmed cases including 2 deaths
  • Saskatchewan: 86 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Nova Scotia: 68 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Manitoba: 35 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • New Brunswick: 26 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Newfoundland and Labrador: 24 confirmed and presumptive cases
  • Prince Edward Island: 3 confirmed cases
  • Yukon: 2 confirmed cases
  • Northwest Territories: 1 confirmed case

There are now 3,350 positive cases of COVID-19 in Canada including 1,199 from B.C. to Manitoba.

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
dmaclean@westernstandardonline.com
Twitter @Mitchell_AB

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UPDATED: Saskatchewan election called

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

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Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe will send the province into an election Tuesday.

Moe took to twitter Monday night to tell voters they would be going to the polls in the middle of a COVID-19 pandemic.

“Tomorrow, I will ask Lt. Gov. Russ Mirasty to dissolve the Legislature,” Moe tweeted.

“This will be quite a different #skvotes campaign –but a very important one that will ask Saskatchewan voters one question: Who do you trust to lead Saskatchewan’s economic recovery?”

When the legislature was dissolved, Moe’s Saskatchewan Party held a 46-13 lead over the NDP.

Moe was sworn in as premier in 2018.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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CORY MORGAN WEBCAST: Wild goose hunt, Alberta style

An interview with Jason Siliker of Canadian Premier Hunts on the multiple times that the RCMP interrupted his goose hunt.

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B.C. Liberals vow to cancel PST for one year; return at 3 per cent

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Andrew Wilkinson

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B.C. Liberals say, if elected, they will help the economy recover by removing the 7 per cent provincial sales tax for one year.

After a year, a Liberal government would set the PST at 3 per cent until the economy recovers.

The federal GST is currently 5 per cent.

“British Columbians have lost confidence in the direction of the province and the weak economic record of the NDP. B.C. families and small businesses need help now, which is why a B.C. Liberal government will immediately eliminate the PST for one year — saving you money right away, getting more people working, and bringing investment back to B.C.,” said B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson.

“Countless people are still out of work, small businesses are facing bankruptcy, and the public health threat from COVID-19 is still very real.

“Eliminating PST puts more money in people’s pockets, stimulates growth for struggling small business, and helps British Columbians who are struggling to get by. This is a vital step to rebuild our economy.”

The Liberals say a family of four earning $60,000 per parent will save $1,714 in the first year, followed by an additional $979 in the second year. 

“Everybody pays the PST, so everybody saves under the B.C. Liberal plan,” said Wilkinson.

The Canadian Taxpayers Federation is applauding the pledge.

“We pay the PST on everything from used cars to toilet paper so this would save everyone a lot of money,” said Kris Sims, B.C. Director of the CTF.

“The best way to save people money is for governments to stop taking so much of it in the first place.

“We hope all of the parties can match or beat this promise so we can get serious about tax cuts during this election.”

In the 2019-20 budget year, British Columbians paid more than $7.5 billion in the PST.

“We need to do all we can to jolt our economy back to life and eliminating the PST would clear a lot of hurdles for working people and struggling businesses to get things rolling again,” said Sims.

“People know how to spend their money much better than the government does.”

B.C. residents go to the polls Oct. 24.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
dnaylor@westernstandardonline.com
TWITTER: Twitter.com/nobby7694

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