Canadians trapped in the epicentre of the coronavirus in China had to wait in line behind the United States, Japan, South Korea, Jordan, Britain, Portugal, Bangladesh, Egypt, Thailand, and Indonesia to even land a plan in the Wuhan airport.
Canada's Ambassador to China Dominic Barton, pictured on Feb. 5, 2020, before the Special Committee on Canada-China Relations in Ottawa. The ambassador’s two-hour appearance before the committee last week laid rest to the notion that his work will be accomplished in short order. Mr. Barton described the frosty welcome he got during his first meeting with his counterparts in decidedly undiplomatic terms.
The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
OTTAWA—The wheels of justice grind too slowly in Canada.
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The 'biggest point of concern right now' is 'making sure that we keep those shipments of fresh vegetables and other commodities rolling in by truck across the border, truck or train,' says John Manley.
The number of lobbying files connected to COVID-19 has exploded in the last week, with 90 registrations for 55 organizations outlining plans to push federal officials on issues ranging from policy to funding.
In Canada, separate projects are underway that would combine phone location data with positive COVID-19 diagnoses to notify individuals about potential exposure in what their creators say are privacy-friendly ways.