COVID-19: Week of March 30
Updated: Apr 6, 2020
Here is a list of some of the updates from this past week at the federal level and in Ontario and Alberta. Here is my initial post from last couple of weeks. This post may be updated as circumstances change or a new post may link back to this post. This post is non-comprehensive and there may exist additional changes or notices elsewhere that are not summarized below. Readers should consult professional advice, legal or otherwise, when it comes to their own circumstances/situation.
Canada announces the death of a prisoner who has died of natural causes by an illness but does not disclose whether it is COVID-related.
Canada provides more information about applying to CERB including the best days to apply according to your date of birth month and with a high level summary of eligibility.
Indigenous, Territorial and Federal leaders mobilize funding to support unique northern physical distancing initiative.
Update on COVID-19 Testing and Port-Cartier Institution, a federal institution.
COVID-19: the Government of Canada Provides Relief to the Broadcasting Sector.
NFB releases some resources for learning from home
CERB provides emergency income support to workers who have stopped working, are without employment or self-employment income for reasons related to COVID-19
There was some bridge closures over in QB.
MPs and senators received a pay raise.
The Province issued several new orders under its Emergency Management and Civil Procedure Act (EMCPA):
O. Reg. 116/20 - ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT - WORK DEPLOYMENT MEASURES FOR BOARDS OF HEALTH
O. Reg. 114/20 - ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT - ENFORCEMENT OF ORDERS
O. Reg. 107/20 - ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.1 (2) OF THE ACT - MEETINGS FOR CORPORATIONS
O. Reg. 106/20 - ORDER MADE UNDER THE ACT - EXTENSIONS AND RENEWALS OF ORDERS
O. Reg. 105/20 - ORDER MADE UNDER THE ACT - EXTENSION OF EMERGENCY
O. Reg. 104/20 - EMERGENCY ORDER UNDER SUBSECTION 7.0.2 (4) OF THE ACT - CLOSURE OF OUTDOOR RECREATIONAL AMENITIES
Notably, Individuals will be required to provide correct identification promptly if an officer has reasonable and probably grounds there is violation of an order under EMCPA. I wrote concerns here.
Other items of interest:
Businesses can help Ontario fighting COVID-19 through innovation and providing products or services.
Ontario extends school and childcare closures.
Ontario will release some modelling data sometime today.
Ontario provides support for victims of crime in response to COVID-19.
Ontario courts release notices regarding COVID-19 addressing open court principle, among other things.
Late last week, Ontario updated the list of essential businesses.
The Court of Queen’s Bench is encouraging Albertans to access alternative dispute resolution mechanisms for non-urgent matters, including mediation and arbitration.
Canada Energy Centre slashes budget.
Provincial investment into KXL pipeline.
Alberta prioritizes emergency legislation, including among other things “modernizing the Public Health Act”.
Childcare is extended to anyone who works in the critical areas outlined as essential by the Alberta government.
Alberta extends expiry dates of some regulations.
Alberta outlines the penalty for violating an order under the Public Health Act.
Some things on electronic documents.
Alberta suspends limitation periods.
Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements due to COVID-19.