Some 4,000 people, from scientists, to web developers, to architects, have volunteered their time to help Canada fight COVID-19.
Mona Nemer, chief science adviser to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, pictured on March 23, 2020, speaking with reporters at a COVID-19 media briefing in the West Block on the Hill. Dr. Nemer mandated the creation of the CanCOVID expert network on March 23, 2020. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade
Tara Moriarty, an infectious disease researcher at the University of Toronto, knew something bad was coming.
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While a ‘missed opportunity’ in the earlier days of the pandemic, some observers worry tying strings to provincial and territorial access to potentially life-saving vaccines could be seen as ‘unethical.’
With so much of everyday life migrating online due to the pandemic, says Michael Edwards of Sussex Strategy, the potential for engaging political supporters who weren’t initially comfortable doing transactions has grown.
Conservatives say sending the bill to the Ethics Committee is an attempt to distract the committee from its ongoing work on the WE Charity controversy, while Liberals say Ethics is the natural spot for a privacy bill.
‘I don’t need to hear from Chrystia Freeland … about their most recent budget for 90 minutes in order to understand the decision about prorogation,’ says NDP MP Daniel Blaikie of a Liberal-suggested compromise.