On balance, all conditions are in place to maximize our joint efforts and continue to lead together in the fight against COVID-19. It's another opportunity for Canada and the EU to work more closely than ever.
On May 4, the EU joined forces with Canada, France, Germany, Italy, Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway, Japan, and Saudi Arabia, to host the launch of a high-level pledging conference, the Coronavirus Global Response Initiative, writes Brice de Schietere.
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It seems like a lifetime ago that we were going about our everyday business and then, suddenly, we found ourselves in the middle of a health and human crisis of exceptional scale and speed.
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With government expenditures approaching a half trillion dollars over the course of the pandemic, spending allocated to forward-looking research and innovation is comparatively small, with a number of science and policy experts saying Canada needs to ramp up to keep up with some of our international allies.
Some MPs and experts are crying foul over changes to the Canada Elections Act in the ‘omnibus’ Bill C-30, which Canada’s Chief Electoral Officer says should not be used to bring in ‘fundamental’ changes to the law.
CSC says the external reviewers act as a ‘key safeguard’ to the new ‘structured intervention unit' approach, but the researchers say it's precisely that ‘legitimacy’ the oversight lends that makes its failure a problem.