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OTTAWA — Canada's employment minister says a budgetary pledge for funding to study changes to the employment insurance system reflects realities that improvements to the safety net can't happen overnight. The federal budget proposed $648 million over seven years to fund a long-term technological upgrade to the EI system, the oldest portions of which rely on programming language from the 1960s. At the same time, the budget sets aside $5 million over two years for a long-sought review of EI. The timeline was disappointing to some who wanted a more immediate change to the decades-old system, but reflected the reality of how officials realized more time was required. Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said there is a need to first update aging technological infrastructure before any changes to EI can take effect. She also said the review will focus on thorny policy issues, with gig or self-employed workers being the thorniest of all. "We can't do everything at once," she said in an interview, adding it's not as simple as snapping her fingers to create a "utopian EI system." "There are all these other considerations that we have to take into account." The government has spent years trying to figure out how to adapt the EI program to modern realities with a rapid growth in the gig economy. There were about 1.7 million gig workers in 2016, a 70 per cent jump from a decade earlier, according to Statistics Canada. An April 2018 presentation by Employment and Social Development Canada suggested preparing for labour force changes should consider a "large scale expansion of both labour market and social supports" and eligibility for benefits if the gig economy became the new normal. It suggested officials start thinking about how to overhaul income support programs, including the "possibility of universal or means tested delivery scheme to guarantee (a) minimum standard of living." The drop of three million jobs last March and April threatened to overwhelm the EI system so much so that the government put it on hiatus and put unemployed Canadians onto a pandemic-aid program, the Canada Emergency Response Benefit. But it also highlighted issues long known about the employment insurance system, including how not all workers can qualify for benefits, and more are blocked entirely. "There is a lot of material out there. We're going to build upon that, and really try and strike the balance between needing to engage and needing to act," Qualtrough said. She added consultations will focus on areas of disagreement between employers and worker groups, such as how to calculate premiums and benefits for gig workers, in addition to policy concerns about determining when someone needs aid, given that the nature of gig employment includes ups and downs. Qualtrough said it isn't a simple conversation or policy to provide a broader benefit to more workers in the country while maintaining some oversight to make sure help goes where it is needed. "This challenge of unpacking the spectrum of types of work, and potentially getting out of that frame into one where no matter where you work or how you work, every hour of work is somehow — and it's super challenging — accounted for in a way that you get credit towards some kind of employment insurance scheme," she said. "It's really a difficult nut to crack." In tandem, Labour Minister Filomena Tassi has been speaking for months with platforms and their workers about what changes might be needed in federal labour rules to protect Uber drivers, for instance, while they are on the job. She is set to meet with her provincial and territorial counterparts to talk about the rise in platform work among other issues facing the labour force. The April 2018 presentation, a copy of which was obtained by The Canadian Press under the Access to Information Act, also suggested officials "consider the value and feasibility of new legal protections to create (a) backstop on disruption," outlining examples like a "bill of rights for human workers" and new rules on monetizing users' data. In a separate interview, Tassi said platform workers have told her they don't want to lose the flexibility in their hours the work provides, but also want greater protections while on the job. "We are going to attempt to achieve both things because we don't want to take the benefits away from workers, but at the same time we have to ensure that there are those protections for workers." This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Jordan Press, The Canadian Press
OTTAWA — The three main national parties are firing up their election engines, even as they insist they want to steer clear of a campaign. Liberals, Conservatives and New Democrats are on the move in advance of a potential election this year, recruiting candidates, training volunteers and grappling with how to kiss babies and press the flesh in a virtual, pandemic-restricted world. The uncertainty of COVID-19 has left each party ravenously raising funds and wooing would-be nominees while suspended in a kind of limbo, forced to map out multiple scenarios for an election whose timing under a minority Liberal government remains unknown. The Conservatives are first out of the gate on several tracks, including fundraising, nominations and digital prep. The party says it raised a record $8.5 million in the first three months of the year — a windfall more than twice the size of any other party’s last quarter — and nominated 197 candidates so far, including incumbents. It also set up what communications director Cory Hann calls a "state of the art broadcast studio" in a ballroom at the Westin hotel in downtown Ottawa equipped with stage lights, multiple cameras and a massive background screen. "It allows us to beam the leader across the country, whether it be through a Zoom meeting or a live stream or press conferences," Hann said. The Tory election budget of $30 million also means Leader Erin O’Toole could spend indulgently to criss-cross the country preaching his message, one church basement at a time, should public-health measures allow it. For the NDP, ground zero is a basement. Jennifer Howard, campaign director and chief of staff to Leader Jagmeet Singh, spends her days in the depths of her south Ottawa home among "my many chargers and my earbuds … and about three baskets of laundry to fold." Like other parties, the NDP is planning a heavier focus on online campaigning and social media advertising, which can micro-target voters by age and location to provide more bang for your buck. Party brass have met with strategists who helped run U.S. President Joe Biden’s field operations last year as well as organizers from British Columbia to New Zealand to soak up lessons from elections fought in the grips of COVID-19. Morale remains a concern on all sides. Howard hopes her party can grow camaraderie among the grassroots without the hothouse of bricks-and-mortar headquarters or late-night beers and bull sessions. "You do it because you believe in something, but there's also a great social element to it," she said of pre-COVID campaigning. "Somebody brings in donuts at the end of a hard night and you sit back and talk about politics. And when we're all in our homes doing our work, you lose that." To stoke team spirit, the NDP created what she calls a "virtual campaign office." Launched last month, the private Team Jagmeet Facebook group posts how-to guides on digital promotion and upbeat messages from online organizers to spread the orange gospel. The party also aims to capitalize on Singh's social media savvy, which can offer a casual tone and light-on-politics message piped out via Instagram and TikTok. Recent posts show the 42-year-old politician dancing to hip-hop beats in a Montreal square and tying his hair in a Sikh warrior knot, part of an effort to establish an emotional connection with digital natives. "It might not be possible to do door-to-door campaigning in some parts of the country, which has been a lot of the kind of bread and butter of NDP style grounds campaigns," said NDP national director Anne McGrath, noting leaders' social media game could be all the more critical. The NDP has nominated 65 candidates, with 33 more nomination dates scheduled before the end of June. The party snagged a $22-million loan to anchor an election budget of $24 million, said officials, who hope to make gains after shedding seats in 2019 and 2015. The Greens have named five candidates, including all three MPs and Leader Annamie Paul, who remains without a seat in the House of Commons. The party said it has received more than 200 applications, with some 20 likely candidates vetted so far. The Liberals have nominated 152 candidates — 129 are incumbents — as of this week. Four incumbents have said they won't seek re-election so far, including organizing heavyweight and former cabinet minister Navdeep Bains, the Grits' campaign co-chair. The Liberals hope to build on their relative popularity despite an initially shaky vaccine rollout and a widening fundraising gap with the Tories, with support particularly strong in vote-rich Ontario, according to recent polls. A national convention last month marked the largest policy gathering in the party's history, with more than 4,000 faithful in virtual attendance. More than half were first-time attendees, "and that energy has carried strongly into their new involvement as active volunteers," said party spokesman Braeden Caley. Political telemarketing has also made a comeback, with millions more Canadians at home during the day. The Liberals' "virtual weekends of action" — the 12th since spring 2020 occurred Saturday — deploy Grit volunteers to phone local residents in more than 200 communities. The calls see canvassers chat up seniors, pitch neighbours and request feedback on policy or involvement in the looming campaign. Back in her basement, Howard looked past her screens and cords to the tulips and daffodils sprouting in her backyard. The campaign gizmos may have advanced, she said, but the perennials of politics — connecting with voters, hearing their concerns, revving up the base — remain the same. How Canadians respond to those entreaties, both newfangled and old-fashioned, will play out at a date yet unknown. — With files from Stephanie Taylor and Joan Bryden This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press
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OTTAWA — On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours. It was a sharp turn around in a little over three months, from the country's worst ever death toll in the pandemic, to almost none. It's also something, health experts say, Canadians can look to with hope. "The U.K. shows the best way forward for Canada," said Dr. Fahad Razak, an internal medicine specialist at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto. The way, said Razak, is about getting more vaccines into arms, and keeping smart public health measures in place for as long as possible, to let the vaccines do their thing. In January, the U.K. saw record numbers of new cases, deaths, hospitalizations and intensive care admissions. They were three to five times the worst numbers Canada has ever seen. On January 8, more than 68,000 people were diagnosed with COVID-19, on Jan. 20, more than 1,820 people died. There were that month, more than 39,000 people in hospital on the worst day, and more than 4,000 in intensive care. Now, after half the British population has had a single vaccine dose, one-quarter have had two, and the entire country faced a strict lockdown with a gradual, staged, reopening, the U.K.'s picture isn't just better, it's a whole new world. Every one of those statistics is down. New cases? Down 96 per cent. Deaths? Down 99 per cent. Hospitalizations and ICU patients? Down 97 per cent. "This is the remarkable effect of getting those vaccines into people's arms, and effective and smart restrictions on public health measures," said Razak. "This is the effect, you're seeing it right now." Britain, like Canada, is one of the only countries in the world to delay second doses for several months, so that more people can get protected from at least one dose faster. It was, in both countries, an experiment with many critics. With a pandemic underway and the need to get clinical trials completed quickly, vaccine makers had generally tested their products with three and four-week delays between two doses. But with the B.1.1.7 driving crisis-levels of infections, and loaded with vaccine science that says delaying a second dose often generates a stronger immune response, Britain decided to push the second dose to 12 weeks. Canada decided in March to delay second doses for most people up to 16 weeks, as production issues delayed deliveries and doses were in short supply. Razak said it was, in both cases, "absolutely the right decision." "We're going to see the benefit of that if we continue our aggressive vaccine rollout," he said. The U.K. — which was in a strict nationwide lockdown in January and February — is gradually returning to normal. Kids are back in school, hair salons are open, restaurant patios are hopping, and even small backyard gatherings are allowed. It has all been done in calculated stages, with restrictions gradually lifting every few weeks starting in early March. Next week, on May 17th, comes one of the biggest steps forward yet: restaurants will be allowed to have indoor dining and people can entertain up to 6 friends and family from two households indoors. Outdoor gatherings will be increased to a limit of 30 people. Children's play places, movie theatres, hotels and indoor fitness classes, will once again be allowed. On the 21st of June, the British government hopes to be able to lift all restrictions completely. They can do that, said Razak, because there are more people vaccinated, and therefore fewer people available for the virus to infect. The U.K. was fast out of the gate with vaccines, having made smart deals to get early doses from Pfizer, investing heavily in Oxford-AstraZeneca early on, and expanding production to make some of it at home. In January, it outpaced even the United States in vaccinations, trailing only Israel and the United Arab Emirates in doses given per person. Still the U.K. is not without supply woes. Vaccinations slowed considerably in April, as AstraZeneca couldn't get all its deliveries to the U.K. and Moderna reduced British deliveries along with Canada's. Canada, with vaccine deliveries in May expected to be greater than the last five months combined, is catching up. It outpaced the U.K. in much of April, and expects to get a first dose to everyone over the age of 12 by the end of June. The U.K. is targeting that by the end of July. Dr. David Naylor, co-chair of Canada's National COVID-19 Immunity Task Force, said the sharp down curve of British COVID-19 statistics can happen here. "I would be not surprised and very relieved if we actually see a pretty significant pickup (in) the drop in case counts when we once we get about 40% first doses, which we're heading toward quickly," Naylor said. On Friday, Canada hit 14 million people vaccinated with at least one dose, more than 37 per cent of all Canadians. At current rates of vaccination, Canada should get to 40 per cent by mid-week. With vaccines coming in faster now, the 50 per cent marker should come before Victoria Day. "When we get about 50% then I think we should see a lot more light at the end of the tunnel," said Naylor. "I just hope there isn't a bunch of premature opening up at that time, because that could that could set us back." Razak said there is no magic formula for when and how to lift restrictions but he said it has to be driven by the data. If it is done too quickly, before enough people are vaccinated and the virus has limited places to take hold, a fourth wave is very likely. Naylor said, if things are done right there is no reason why Canada can't be where Britain is now, in the not too distant future. "We are in a position here with this flood of effective vaccines to really go after this virus and get ourselves out of limbo and get our lives back," he said. This report by The Canadian Press was first published May 9, 2021. Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press
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Seated inside Tokyo's new $1.4 billion National Stadium, Sebastian Coe again tried to reassure athletes and skeptical residents of Japan that the postponed Olympics will be safe when they open in just under 11 weeks. An IOC member and two-time Olympic gold medalist, Coe heads track and field's world governing body World Athletics, which ran a test event on Sunday with 420 athletes — only nine of whom entered from outside Japan to compete. The Olympics and Paralympics will draw 15,000 athletes and tens of thousands of officials, judges, media and broadcasters.
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Hoshiarpur (Punjab) [India], May 9 (ANI): Punjab Police on Sunday arrested a man and his friend allegedly for killing his sister, solving a murder case over the span of two weeks.