“I will never get my children tested again, I can guarantee you of that” – Forced to isolate for 24 days

What started with Laura’s son staying at their Grandmothers led to her family being forced to isolate for 24 days. After the visit, Laura’s mom became sick (fatigue) and went to get tested (strongly suggested by work) and found out she had a positive PCR test. This led Laura to get her son tested…

Is this the post-pandemic economy? Income for motor vehicle manufacturing down massive 45.8% with retail sector down 17.8%

According to Stats Canada’s fourth-quarter financial report, the income from the retail sector, manufacturing sector, petroleum and coal manufacturing, the food and beverage stores industry, exports of motor vehicles and parts and the motor vehicle and trailer manufacturing all showed income losses in the fourth quarter.

Canada aligns poverty reduction strategy with UN’s SDGs – Goal #1 “End poverty in all its forms everywhere”

In 2018, the Government of Canada committed to reducing poverty through what they called the “Opportunity for All – Canada’s First Poverty Reduction Strategy.” The first report on “Canada’s progress” was tabled in parliament yesterday by Ahmed Hussen the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development – but what did Canada commit to in their poverty reduction strategy?

Guaranteed Basic Income Bill has now been tabled in Canada – Bill C-273

The Liberal member of parliament from Davenport Toronto – Julie Dzerowicz has tabled a private members bill (C-273) that aims to “establish a national strategy for a guaranteed basic income.”

Face-masks cause harm – a review of scientific reports of harms caused by face masks, up to February 2021

A researcher at the Ontario Civil Liberties Association, Denis Randcourt has released a working paper reviewing scientific reports of harms caused by face masks. Denis Randcourt is also a member scientist of PANDA which says that they consider explanations that allow them to count the human costs of COVID-19 globally.

*Analysis: Where do people get their news from on social media?

A Pew Research Center study titled “News Use Across Social Media Platforms in 2020” shines a light on where Americans were getting their news from on social media in 2020. The report also breaks gives some interesting insights into what social media platforms were most popular among Democrats and Republicans.

Unifor loves the idea of “Build Back Better” – advocate for list of very expensive items

Unifor, who represents more than 300,000 members is calling for “the federal government to prioritize improvements to income security, pandemic supports, industrial strategy, critical infrastructure, and public services in the union’s federal budget recommendations, with the goal to #BuildBackBetter from COVID-19.”

Canadian Tire Corporation e-commerce sales up 183% in 2020 as others struggled due to Government lockdowns and policies

The Canadian Tire Corporation which includes Marks Work Warehouse, SportsCheck and Canadian Tire has seen an explosion in retail sales and online e-commerce sales. Retails sales when excluding petroleum were up 11% for the CTC – mainly driven by the retail sales of Canadian Tire growing by 17.6%.

Reduce MPP’s wages to CERB level until they end lockdowns – Bill to be introduced by Ontario independent MPP Roman Baber

Removed from Premier Ford’s PC party, for speaking out against lockdowns, now independent MPP Roman Baber has once again found himself at the centre of attention. This time he’s introducing a bill that would cut Ontario MPP’s wages to the same rate as the CERB benefit….

Immune support capsules to be tested against COVID-19 – Montreal Heart Institute study

The trial, run by The Montreal Heart Institute says “The main aim of this study is to determine the effects of short-term treatment with hesperidin on COVID-19 symptoms in comparison with a placebo.” The release says the “treatment effects will be observed through a symptoms diary that will be completed by participants throughout the study and by taking the oral temperature daily.”