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Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced last week the Canada-U.S. border will remain closed to non-essential travel until at least Aug. 21. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Protecting Canada’s border against COVID-19

Opinion|Jeff Larsen
With so much essential cross-border movement—including in the agricultural sector and to keep factories supplied—there will inevitably be some imported infections, despite continued tight restriction on non-discretionary travel.
Despite the tragedies of COVID-19, the recovery phase gives us an opportunity for significant policy renewal to help Canada’s sick.
The committee noted that the Public Health Agency of Canada has yet to revise or finalize its guidance for long-term care homes in light of concerns about its current relevance.
‘We need to address poverty and support community programs to prevent many of the situations that police are being asked to handle with guns and handcuffs,' says NDP critic Don Davies.
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In May organizations logged 1,998 lobbying reports, with economic development, health, and industry among the most discussed matters.
Throughout the pandemic, communities have led the way and found innovative solutions to the problems we are all facing.
Opinion|Natan Obed
Inuit-specific and Inuit-determined COVID-19 responses will have the most beneficial impact on our population during this time of uncertainty.
The Liberal government must listen to northerners to ensure they have the support they need to continue protecting the health and safety of residents, while also ensuring the economy can recover.
Other public-health crises aren’t put on 'pause' during a pandemic. The opioid crisis that we were experiencing before COVID-19 did not just fade away.
'We’re living a gigantic world-wide experiment of geology, economy, and psychology, and we will only know later what happened,' says German Ambassador Sabine Sparwasser.
Canadians have a chance to gain more ground in the UN Security Council seat race by sharply contrasting our values with the current American political leadership; a growing divergence that is notable.
‘Until we know where the discrepancies and inequities in health are, we can never tackle them,’ says the Alliance for Healthier Communities.
Most regulators share the common goal of protecting the health and safety of their citizens. So why not accept the results of testing that trusted colleagues have already undertaken?
The narrative of war and rallying support for the battle of our lives and those of our fellow citizens excludes anyone who does not conform to a dominant masculine/feminine binary narrative.
Will the collective shock compel people to think seriously about a fundamental transformation of political motivation to prioritize social justice?
Some 4,000 people, from scientists, to web developers, to architects, have volunteered their time to help Canada fight COVID-19.
Opinion|Jason Millar
There are indications that Canadian contact-tracing apps could hit the app stores as early as this week. That could prove unwise.
Concerns over privacy have often complicated the timeliness and sharing of data needed to assess risk for adverse health outcomes, and privacy zealots in Canada have challenged public health innovations.
Although there have been high-level talks with his office, as the government discusses with app developers, Privacy Commissioner Daniel Therrien says he hasn’t heard any of the finer points.
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