Alarm bells ringing as COVID-19 cases surge in parts of Canada


The federal government says it’s concerned that the second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic has the potential to far more harmful than the first that started in March.

The combat the second wave, it announced rent relief for small businesses and a continued wage subsidy.

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic Leblanc announced money for Canada’s north and that each territory will get a top up fund.

Air carriers that serve the north will get $41 million to help with losses.

“Our government also understands just how critical northern air services are from insuring food supply chains remain intact, providing medical care and transportation needs to some of Canada’s most remote communities,” he said.

As for Thanksgiving, Canada’s Chief Public Health Office Theresa Tam said the future is in the hands of Canadians.

“This is often a time for family gatherings and celebrations inside cozy homes. But our celebrations need to look different this year.  Keep it small, keep it safe and protect your family friends and yourselves.”

Trudeau said another shutdown like the one in the spring won’t be necessary because Canadians know more about COVID-19 this time around.

Reporter / Ottawa

Originally from the Cree Nation of Chisasibi on the eastern coast of James Bay, Quebec, Jamie has lived in Ottawa since 2015. Trained in journalism at Carleton University, he has worked as a freelance print journalist and as a writer/researcher for the Cree unit of CBC North out of Montreal. Jamie was hired as the reporter/correspondent for the Ottawa bureau in October 2019.