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latest CoronaVirus news

April 06, 2020

  • Canada based company Medicom to begin manufacturing N95 masks in Canada as foreign countries curb exports.
  • The daily number of deaths in Spain has fallen for a fourth consecutive day as Monday’s death toll due to Covid-19 was 637 which is the lowest recorded since 24 March.
  • The death count in the USA to exceed 10,000 today as total infected cases exceed 337,971.

March 30, 2020

  • Ontario reported on Monday 351 new novel coronavirus cases, the largest single-day increase by far.
  • The growth in coronavirus cases in Spain appears to be slowing as 6,400 cases were confirmed on Monday, the lowest increase in new cases for a week. The total of deaths reached 7,340 after 812 new fatalities.
  • Trump: 1 million have been tested in US for coronavirus, the US has more than 16,000 confirmed virus cases and nearly 3,000 deaths.
  • Macy’s will furlough the majority of its 125,000 employees

March 29, 2020

  • Sophie Grégoire Trudeau says she has recovered from COVID-19, after contracting the illness while on a trip to the United Kingdom earlier this month.
  • 211 News Cases in Ontario today as the Virus Spread is on the rise
  • More than a million Canadians have applied for employment insurance due to the coronavirus outbreak
  • 5 Toronto firefighters test positive for coronavirus
  • Canada has a total of 5,866 COVID-19 cases with 63 deaths mas of March 29, 2020.

March 28, 2020

  • Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: anyone exhibiting symptoms of coronavirus will not be allowed to travel by plane or train. The restrictions come into effect at noon Monday and apply to anyone showing signs of the virus, which include a cough, fever and difficulty breathing.
  • US President Donald Trump has said he is considering imposing a quarantine on New York in a bid to slow the spread of the coronavirus.
  • An LCBO employee working at the Allen and Rimrock Roads location in Toronto has been tested positive.
  • Canadian Air and Transport Security Authority (CATSA) also confirmed Friday one of their screening officers at Toronto Pearson Airport had also tested positive for COVID-19.
  • The USA has crossed 100,000 cases now, at least 1,590 people have died in the US, with at least 402 of those deaths reported on Friday alone.
  • Spain now has the second-highest number of deaths from coronavirus in the world – after Italy. 832 people died from coronavirus in the last 24 hours, its deadliest day since the outbreak began.

March 27, 2020

  • US President Donald Trump has signed a $2.2 Trillion bailout bill passed by Congress, the largest fiscal stimulus in US history. This bill will bring relief to companies and average Americans, more than 3.3 million of whom are out of work due to the global CoronaVirus pandemic
  • Ontario issue Amber alert to all people who travelled out of Canada and are back. The Government is also using the system to alert residents to stay home for all non essential requirements.
  • Ontario announces 135 new cases of coronavirus, bringing the provincial total to 993. So far 18 people have died.
  • UK Prime Minister Boris Johnson tests positive for coronavirus. The British Prime Minister has mild symptoms and will continue to lead the UK’s response to the pandemic. He will self-isolate in Downing Street.
  • Italy, so far the worst-hit country from the Covid-19 Virus has confirmed 969 more deaths from the coronavirus in the past 24 hours, taking the country’s total to 9,134. The only hope is that the number of new infections is decreasing.
  • Bank of Canada cuts key interest rate to 0.25% due to COVID-19

March 24, 2020

  • Worldwide CoronaVirus infections have reached 400,000 cases, a new milestone in the number of infections, according to data collated by Johns Hopkins University.
  • The 2020 Tokyo Summer Olympics and Paralympic Games have also been postponed by a year because of the global coronavirus pandemic.

March 23, 2020

2:00 pm: Ontario’s Premier Doug Ford has announced the shutdown of all non-essential services across the province in an effort to slow the spread of COVID-19. Grocery stores, pharmacies, and takeout restaurants will be allowed to stay open. The Premier also sais that essential manufacturer and supply chain providers will also open. The order is effective for 14 days. The Government will release the names of the Businesses that will remain open.

11:00 am: Ontario reports 78 new COVID-19 cases, bringing the provincial total to 503.

10:30 am: Prime Minister Trudeau to address the nation after call with premiers about COVID-19 response. Trudeau remains in self-isolation and will be speaking from his residence at Rideau Cottage. He has been holding daily briefings for more than a week since in self-isolation as his wife Sophie was tested positive for COVID-19 after returning from UK.

10:00 am: Canada declined to sent its Contingent to Tokyo Olympics for 2020 which means the games are almost set to postpone until the Covid-19 Virus in controlled.

March 22, 2020

Italy today reported 651 deaths due to virus bringing the total deaths at 5,476 due to coronavirus. Italy has banned any movement inside the country and closed all non-essential businesses. Italy has the most affected country and trying hard to control the infections. Today’s death rate shows a drop-down in the number of deaths suggesting that Italy has peaked the virus infections and hopefully the death rate and new infection rate will be down now onwards.

Alberta has announced the latest on CoronaVirus – 33 new COVID-19 cases reported today taking the total toll to 259 infections. According to updated data on Alberta Health Services’s website, 26,999 tests have been done so far.

Toronto to provide free, 24/7 childcare for essential and critical service workers. Precautions will include daily screening of children and families prior to admission, increased cleaning, and reduced group sizes. Visit http://toronto.ca/covid-19 for answers to common questions before contacting the Toronto Public Health COVID-19 Hotline or 311.

Brampton City Hall will be lit yellow every night until April 5 as a sign of hope for our community impacted by COVID-19.

An employee has a confirmed positive case #COVIDー19 who worked at the @TimHortons @petrocanada location at 11980 Highway #10 in #Brampton. The period of concern is from March 9 to 20th. Anyone who went here for gas, coffee or supplies requested to self isolate for 14 days.

Coronavirus cases top 300,000 worldwide

Deaths in New York climbs to 114. Of nearly 30,000 cases in the United States, more than 15,000 are in New York state, including more than 9,000 in New York City.

March 19, 2020

4:00 PM: The death toll in Italy now exceeds that of China due to Covid19. The number of deaths now stands at 3,405, which is more than in China where the virus originated last year. The Death count in China is reported at 3,245 however, the number may be much more as the data sent by Chinese Government is not considered reliable.

7:00 PM: Toronto police have confirmed a civilian member of the force has tested positive for COVID-19, the disease caused by the novel coronavirus. The Infection count in Ontario stands at 258 with addition of 44 new cases reported today.

8:00 PM: Brampton Transit: Starting March 23, Brampton Transit will be operating on a reduced schedule and will implement ways to support social distancing. New Schedule will be published soon.

March 18, 2020

5:10 pm: Now Saskatchewan government declares state of emergency after number of cases doubles

5:00 pm – After Ontario, B.C. declares a provincial state of emergency to respond to COVID-19 where the number of infected cases has climbed to 180.

4:00 pm: All Ford, GM factories in North America to close over COVID-19

23 new coronavirus cases confirmed in Ontario today March 18th, 2020.

USA and Canada shutting down the Border to all non-essential travel in an attempt to curb the spread of coronavirus.

Why Buy a home in Toronto?

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Why-Toronto

Toronto Condo Sale

The time to move has come around again. For whatever reason, the current home just doesn’t fit anymore. Maybe it’s too big, now that the kids are gone. Or, maybe it’s too small with the expected arrival of yet another little one. Maybe in these tough Economic Times, the job you thought would last until retirement has disappeared, and there is no reason to stay in the area anymore. Possibly, you’re not happy with the school system or need a stable Healthcare System. Or maybe it’s just a desire to try something new and different.

Whatever the reason, many people have begun to look northward, into Canada, for their answers to bigger, better or more secure homes and Toronto is the destination to be. Why Toronto? What is it about Toronto real estate that people find so attractive these days?

Why Toronto? 

Toronto is the fifth largest city in all of North America, yet with a population of 5 million (Greater Toronto Area), it can seem grossly underpopulated and spread out according to American Standards. The city has the largest subway system in the North American continent outside of Manhattan. So, if you plan carefully, it might not matter which neighborhood you choose to live in. If the subway goes through, and it probably does, then you almost certainly guarantee yourself an effortless commute to work.

Cultural Dіvеrѕіtу

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Like America, Canada and particularly Toronto, is a Melting Pot of cultures. It is a city made up of many interesting and diverse neighborhoods where crossing streets is like stepping from one country into another. And since Toronto draws its diversity from migrants rather than you sometimes overwhelming aspect of illegal immigration, internal growth is somewhat slower than in America, meaning there is less stress on the schools, public health and safety systems. 

Hosing Market

The current World economic crisis has affected Canada and Toronto in particular as well as the United States. However, Toronto is seeing a boom in housing that has began to reverse the ill fortunes of the past several months. The introduction of Mortgage Stress test and series of increase in the interest rate had affected the Toronto Housing market but the new sales numbers in spring are healthy signs that the Toronto Real estate market is booming again. Toronto’s condo market in particular has been a story of rising prices, rising rents despite a slump in the last two years. The Market for Toronto Condos for sale is ever strong  and experts are attributing the up-tick to stored consumer confidence, lower interest rates and pent up demand. 

Cоmраrаblе Living

Overall, living in Toronto would not be a great change from living farther south in America. The demographics are similar. English is spoken in both. However, many Canadian speak french as well. Sports aficionados will find plenty to cheer about in Toronto with baseball, football, Basketball, Cricket, Curling and more as anyone can desire. The Cost of living is also similar with America’s cost of living being only slightly higher.  The USA ѕpends more money on education, but the schools are comparable and literacy rates are the same within Canada as they are in the states. One of the few differences would be holidays. Canada gets more statuary holidays than the US counterpart. 

Before Making the Move

Despite all the good things that you’ve heard about moving to Toronto, it would be wise to check out the city first before making the final decision. Make it your next vacation stop. Spend some time in the various neighbourhoods. See which one could possibly contain your family’s dream home.  

Viola Desmond $10 Bill wins international bank note of the Year competition

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Canada’s latest $10 Bill showing Viola Desmond has won a major International Banknote Competition beatings the finalists from Venezula, Switzerland and Russia.
The bill beat 15 other banknotes to win the International Bank Note Society award. The current $10 note is purple, and the obverse features a portrait of Viola Desmond, a Black Nova Scotian businesswoman who challenged racial segregation at a film theatre in New Glasgow, Nova Scotia, in 1946. A successful Nova Scotia businesswoman, she defiantly refused to leave a whites-only area of a movie theatre in 1946 and was subsequently jailed, convicted and fined. Her court case was one of the first known legal challenges against racial segregation brought forth by a Black woman in Canada.

This Bill was introduced on 8 December 2016 by the Minister of Finance and the Governor of the Bank of Canada.

Contemporary Design Solutions for an Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

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Open-Plan Kitchen and Dining Area

Even those people who don’t like cooking like eating tasty and delicious and that means we all deserve a nice kitchen, regardless of our culinary skills. However, not all kitchens are the same, and the majority of people are looking for practicality as much as ingenuity. That’s why they insist on connecting their cooking and dining areas, creating an amazing open-plan area every member of their family – not to mention their guests – is going to love. If you too want to design such an area, here are a few ideas that might help you.

Connecting kitchen island

Everyone loves having a kitchen island and this is probably one of the most practical and functional parts of every modern kitchen. This is where you can prepare and serve your food, as well as use that extra space for storing your pots and pans. But, when you’re creating an open-plan area, such an island can serve another purpose and connect your kitchen to the dining room.

Placing a kitchen island right between these two areas will help you utilize every inch of space it has, and you’ll be able to approach it from both sides. The side closer to your kitchen can be used for preparing the food, and you can equip the other side with some bar stools, connect it to a table and use it for eating. This is particularly useful if you have lots of people over and the dining room can’t accommodate all of them.

Unifying colour scheme

Unifying colour scheme

If you really want to connect your kitchen and dining room into a single unit, you need to pay attention to the colour scheme as well. This is the easiest yet most effective way to create a huge open-plan space and blend everything together, and the best thing about it is that you can do all the work yourself.

Even though most people don’t like painting, applying a new coat of paint on your walls is actually more than they can imagine – all you need is a few hours of free time, a bucket of paint and a few brushes. You can even invite a couple of friends over and turn this project into a fun time you can enjoy with your buddies.

Fix the floors

fix kitchen floor

Most kitchens are equipped with ceramic tiles and the dining rooms with hardwood flooring, and this could be quite a problem when trying to mix these two into one distinct space. One of the ways to do that is by installing brand new floors in the entire open-space area and opt for materials that will work well in the kitchen and the dining room at the same time.

Cork, bamboo, and vinyl are among the most practical and easy-to-maintain materials for your floors, so take them into consideration first. Don’t forget to add some rugs, though, especially if you prefer walking barefoot. A visually appealing modern rug can also add some charm to your new cooking and dining space, so be sure to find one that matches your colour scheme and works for you the most.

Using the same materials

Using the same materials

Both your kitchen and your dining room feature tons of different surfaces – from your countertops and your cabinets to your cupboards to your dining room table – and using the same material is another way to put these two areas together. Though most people prefer quartz and marble for their kitchen countertops, these materials can turn out to be too different from the rest of your new kitchen/dining room area, so going in another direction might be a better idea.

Using wood, for instance, could be a good solution – not only do wooden countertops look amazing and unusual, but wooden cabinets are what most people are already using. The same goes for your dining room furniture, i.e. your table and your cabinets, so using this material is probably the easiest way to solve all your problems.

Turning your kitchen and dining room into one open-plan area could seem like the hardest thing in the world, but if you know what you’re trying to achieve and aren’t afraid of experimenting, you could easily create a cosy, inviting and welcoming space everyone in your family is going to love.

Types of Residential Houses

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The homes in Canada are as diverse as the population of Canada. Here is a list of different types of houses available in Ontario Canada.

Bungalows

Bunglow

The bungalows have been a popular choice amongst Canadian residents given the ease of use as this type housing style lack of stairways with the primary living area contained on one floor and are predominantly low rise home . In Ontario, the bungalows dates from the early 1900’s, but gained its greatest popularity during the post­ war years of the late 1940’s.

 

One and one-half Storey:

1 and half storey

The one and one ­half storey was popular post war era but now not very popular unline 2 storey home. Typically, about 60% of the total living area is contained on the first floor. From a cost perspective, this style is more cost effective than the bungalow, by providing more square footage on the same building coverage (or foot print) on the land.

 

Two-Storey Home

2 storey home

The two ­storey home is arguably the most popular Home Style in Ontario. This type of home offer a mix of large living area combined with a separate level for sleeping areas. Two storey designs are very popular in the Greater Toronto Area especially the suburbs of Toronto such as Mississauga, Vaughan, Milton, Oakville, Markham and Brampton. These homes offer a vast variation in terms of interior design, roof design and floor layouts.

Mississauga or Brampton: Where to buy a home

 

Split level

split-level-home

The split level home is also called Tri-level home is mix of bungalow, split entrance bungalow and the two­ storey.  The most common split-levels built at that time were the side split and the back split. The main level typically contains common living areas (a living room, kitchen, dining room, and/or family room).Side and back splits can involve three or more levels of living area depending on size; e.g., lower family room, main level living room, dining room and kitchen, and upper-level bedrooms.

Attached or Dettached

attached home

Attached homes in Ontario are more preferred and have the highest valuation in terms of price and demand. Lot of immigrant population prefer to buy fully detached homes. Detached homes as the name says are detached homes without sharing all wall with neighbours.

Semi-detached

semi-detached home type

 

Semi­detached homes are another popular home style where homes are attached to neighbours home on one side while the other side is detached.

Townhouses

townhouse

Row housing has also become a popular alternative in which three or more units are joined together by common party walls. Each townhouse unit typically contains a full basement, main level living area and upper level for bedrooms. Many variations exist in the marketplace. Town houses are attractive from a developer’s perspective given higher densities available. Two examples are illustrated. Townhouses are normally grouped in sets of three to six units. Townhouses are either offered as freehold (the owner holds title to the structure and the land) or condominium (the unit owner owns the structure as defined in the condominium documentation) and shares the land as a common element with other unit owners.

Check out our other articles:

Tips for first time home buyers

Should you buy a house or a Condo

Stay home and watch these existing Live Streams

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With the extended stay at home orders, here are some existing Live streams you can view and kill time and see how the world is doing in these torrid times.

Shibuya Crossing is basically the Times Square of Tokyo, and during rush hour and other popular times, things can get pretty crazy. Things are very slow and watch how people are trying to maintain a fair amount of distance in wake of CoronaVirus Epidemic.

Italy is currently under complete lock down but you can still live stream the Venice and other locations and see how the Virus has badly affected the World Famous Italy.

Courtesy of Explore.com, you can now live-stream the Northern Lights straight into your front room. The live cam is located at the Churchill Northern Studies Center in Manitoba, Canada, directly underneath the aurora oval. With the arctic dark most of the day and the skies clear, now’s the perfect time to tune in.

If you are interested in Space activities, you see the Earth from space seen from the International Space Station

You can even watch Mr. Beans 24 x7 with the following live stream:

Beach lovers who are missing Thailand can live stream Crystal Bay Yacht Club Live Stream From Lamai, Koh Samui, Thailand

or you can watch Banzai Pipeline–one of the most infamous surf breaks in the world.Banzai Pipeline–one of the most infamous surf breaks in the world.

Missing Europe? Watch live Diretta da Piazza del Comune, Assisi, Umbria, Italia

Watch live streaming video in 4K of Times Square, New York City at your home. This Times Square once full of people looks deserted with only a few strolling. Let’s hope the sanity returns soon and we need the same world-famous New York Times Square bustling with people.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mRe-514tGMg

Missing travelling Canada. You are watching a live stream of Revelstoke, British Columbia, Canada, for people who enjoy watching trains.

The best way to counter a dull moment is to fill your time with meaningful activities. it’s important to stay safe indoors to protect ourselves and others but don’t limit yourself and try existing things to spend your time wisely.

Equifax® offering Free Credit Report for 1 Month due to Covid-19

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Companies in Canada are coming to assist in whatever way they can. In response to COVID-19 (Coronavirus), Equifax is offering a FREE credit report to all Canadian consumers. You will have to pay nothing and get a full Credit report. You will get the following:

  • Online access to your Equifax credit report
  • An easy-to-read summary of the information on your Equifax credit file
  • Access to customer care representatives 7 days a week2

The Product is active for 30 days.

You can access the offer here: https://www.consumer.equifax.ca/personal/products/credit-report/

211 News Cases in Ontario today as the Virus Spread is on the rise

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Ontario today reported 211 new cases of Covid-19 infections bringing total in the province to 1355. This is a huge surge as this is the first time that the cases have crossed 200.

The number of COVID-19 total cases in Quebec was 2,498 as of March 29th, 2020.

The number of COVID-19 total cases in Alberta was 621 as of March 29th, 2020.

The number of COVID-19 total cases in Canada was 5,655 as of March 29th, 2020.

USA on the other hand is leading the tragic race for CoronaVirus. New York City is by far the biggest pandemic hotspot in the United States, the US itself has overtaken China now as the country with the most cases of the virus, it is the new global Epicenter with more that 130,000 confirmed cases in the United States. That’s the latest number from Johns Hopkins University, far more than China.

There’s no doubt that social distancing will save many lives, but the economic shutdown also has a human cost. The financial crash of 2008 resulted in unemployment, increasing to 212 million across the world. The resulting poverty and poor health caused an estimated, 260,000 additional cancer deaths and 10,000 additional suicides. Every death is of course a tragedy. But once we’re over the peak in cases begin to fall, the government will have to balance life saved through social distancing with the lives lost by prolonging the economic pain. Staying home, you can save you, your family and society from this infectious disease. That’s the priority number one.

Ontario releases the list of essential Businesses open during CoronaVirus Shutdown

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Ontario releases list of essential workplaces

Ontario Government has released the list of essential workplaces that can remain open during the shutdown due to COVID-19 (2019 novel coronavirus). Here is a list:

Supply chains

  1. Businesses that supply other essential businesses or essential services with the support, supplies, systems or services, including processing, packaging, distribution, delivery and maintenance necessary to operate

Retail and wholesaling

  1. Businesses engaged in the retail and wholesale sale of food, pet food and supplies, and household consumer products necessary to maintain the safety, sanitation and essential operations of residences and businesses, including grocery stores, supermarkets, convenience stores, markets and other similar retailers
  2. Businesses that provide essential items for the health and welfare of animals, including feed, animal food, pet food and animal supplies including bedding
  3. Beer, wine and liquor stores and alcohol producers, and stores that sell beer and wine through arrangements with authorized providers; cannabis stores and cannabis producers
  4. Gas stations, diesel, propane and heating fuel providers including providers of motor vehicle, aircraft and water/marine craft fuels
  5. Motor vehicle, auto-supply, auto and motor-vehicle-repair, including bicycle repair, aircraft repair, heavy equipment repair, watercraft/marine craft repairs, car and truck dealerships and related facilities
  6. Hardware stores and stores that provide hardware products necessary to the essential operations of residences and businesses
  7. Business providing pharmaceuticals and pharmaceutical services, including pharmacies and dispensaries
  8. Businesses that supply office products and services, including providing computer products and related repair and maintenance services, for individuals working from home and for essential businesses
  9. Safety supply stores (e.g. work clothes, Personal Protective Equipment)

Food services and accommodations

  1. Restaurants and other food facilities that prepare and serve food, but only for delivery or takeaway, together with food delivery services
  2. Hotels, motels, shared rental units and similar facilities, including student residences

Institutional, residential, commercial and industrial maintenance

  1. Businesses that provide support and maintenance services, including urgent repair, to maintain the safety, security, sanitation and essential operation of institutional, commercial, industrial and residential properties and buildings, including, property management services,plumbers, electricians, custodial/janitorial workers, cleaning services, security services, fire safety and sprinkler systems, building systems maintenance and repair technicians and engineers, mechanics, (e.g. HVAC, escalator and elevator technicians), and other service providers who provide similar services

Telecommunications and IT infrastructure/service providers

  1. Businesses engaged in providing or supporting Information Technology (IT) including online services, software products and related services, as well as the technical facilities such as data centres and other network facilities necessary for their operation and delivery
  2. Businesses providing telecommunications services (phone, internet, radio, cell phones etc.) as well as support facilities such as call centres necessary for their operation and delivery

Transportation

  1. Taxis and other private transportation providers providing transportation services necessary for activities of daily living
  2. Businesses and facilities that provide transportation services to businesses and individuals including by air, water, road, and rail including providing logistical support, distribution services, warehousing and storage, including truck stops and tow operators
  3. Businesses that provide materials and services for the operation, maintenance and safety of transportation systems (road, transit, rail, air and marine) including delivery of maintenance services such as clearing snow, response to collisions, and completing needed repairs to the transportation systems

Manufacturing and production

  1. Businesses that extract, manufacture, process and distribute goods, products, equipment and materials, including businesses that manufacture inputs to other manufacturers (e.g. primary metal/ steel, blow molding, component manufacturers, chemicals, etc. that feed the end-product manufacturer)
  2. Businesses, facilities and services that support and facilitate the two-way movement of essential goods within integrated North American and Global supply chains

Agriculture and food production

  1. Businesses that farm, harvest, process, manufacture, produce or distribute food, including beverages, crops, animal products and by-products, aquaculture, hunting and fishing
  2. Businesses that support the food supply chain including assembly yards, livestock auctions, food distribution hubs, feed mills, farm equipment suppliers, feed suppliers, food terminals and warehouses, animal slaughter plants and grain elevators
  3. Business that support the safety of food including animal and plant health and animal welfare
  4. Businesses that provide veterinary services, and that supply veterinary and animal control medications and related supplies and testing kits
  5. Businesses that help to ensure safe and effective waste management including deadstock, rendering, nutrient management, bio hazardous materials, green waste, packaging recycling

Construction

  1. Construction projects and services associated with the healthcare sector, including new facilities, expansions, renovations and conversion of spaces that could be repurposed for health care space
  2. Construction projects and services required to ensure safe and reliable operations of critical provincial infrastructure, including transit, transportation, energy and justice sectors beyond the day-to-day maintenance
  3. Construction work and services, including demolition services, in the industrial, commercial, institutional and residential sectors
  4. Construction work and services that supports health and safety environmental rehabilitation projects

Financial activities

  1. Capital markets (e.g., the TSX)
  2. Banking activities related to credit intermediation; credit unions
  3. Insurance
  4. Businesses that provide pension services and employee benefits services
  5. Businesses that provide financial services including payment processing, the payroll division of any employer (as defined by the Employment Standards Act/Occupational Health and Safety Act), any entity whose operation is the administration of payroll, banks and credit unions

Resources

  1. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of mining materials and products (e.g. metals such as copper, nickel and gold) and that support supply chains in Northern Ontario including:
    1. Mining operations, production and processing
    2. Mineral exploration and development
    3. Mining Supply and Services that ssupport supply chains in the mining industry including maintenance of operations, health and safety
  2. Businesses that provide chemicals and gases to support the natural resource sector analytical labs and drinking water and wastewater sectors and other essential businesses
  3. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of forestry products (e.g. lumber, pulp, paper, wood fuel, etc.)
  4. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of aggregates to support critical infrastructure repairs and emergency response requirements (e.g. sandbags, armour stone barriers, etc.)
  5. Businesses that ensure global continuity of supply of petroleum and petroleum by-products

Environmental services

  1. Businesses that support environmental management/monitoring and spill clean-up and response, including environmental consulting firms, professional engineers and geoscientists, septics haulers, well drillers, pesticides applicators and exterminators, management of industrial sewage/effluent (e.g. for mining operations), and environmental laboratories

Utilities and community services

  1. Utilities, and Businesses that support the provision of utilities and community services, including by providing products, materials and services needed for the delivery of utilities and community services:
    1. Waste collection, waste/sewage treatment and disposal, operation of landfills, and hazardous waste disposal
    2. Potable drinking water
    3. Electricity Generation, transmission, distribution and storage
    4. Natural Gas distribution, transmission and storage
    5. Road construction and maintenance
    6. Police, fire, emergency services including coroner services and pathology services
    7. Corrections and courts services
    8. Other government services including licenses and permits
  2. Businesses engaged in or supporting the operation, maintenance and repair of critical infrastructure (railways, dams, bridges, highways, erosion control structures, etc.)

Communications industries

  1. Newspaper publishers
  2. Radio & Television Broadcasting
  3. Telecommunications providers

Research

  1. Businesses and organizations that maintain research facilities and engage in research, including medical research and other research and development activities
  2. Businesses that provide products and services that support research activities

Health care and seniors care and social services

  1. Organizations and providers that deliver home care services
  2. Retirement homes
  3. Long-term care facilities
  4. Independent health facilities
  5. Laboratories and specimen collection centres
  6. Manufacturers, wholesalers, distributors and retailers of pharmaceutical products and medical supplies, including medications, medical isotopes, vaccines and antivirals; medical devices and medical supplies
  7. Manufacturers, logistics and distributors of products and/or services that support the delivery of health care in all locations (including but not limited to hospitals, labs, long-term care homes, other residential health care, physicians, nurse practitioners and midwives, and home care services)
  8. Businesses that provide products and/or services that support the health sector or that provide health services, including mental health and addictions and counselling supports
  9. Businesses that sell, rent or repair assistive/mobility/medical devices, aids and/or supplies
  10. Businesses that provide personal support services (many seniors and persons with disabilities, who can afford to, hire individuals to assist with the activities of daily living)
  11. Health care professionals providing emergency care including dentists optometrists and physio-therapists
  12. Not-for-profit organizations that provide critical personal support services in home and also provide residential services for individuals with physical disabilities (such as the Centre for Independent Living and March of Dimes)
  13. Businesses and all other organizations that support the provision of food, shelter, safety or protection, and/or social services and other necessities of life to economically disadvantaged and other vulnerable individuals, including but not limited to food banks, violence against women emergency shelters, homeless shelters, community housing, supportive housing, children’s aid societies, residential services for adults with developmental disabilities and for children, and custody and detention programs for young persons in conflict with the law

Justice sector

  1. Professional and social services that support the legal and justice system

Other businesses

  1. Rental and leasing services, including automobile, commercial and light industrial machinery and equipment rental
  2. Businesses providing mailing, shipping, courier and delivery services, including post office boxes
  3. Laundromats, dry cleaners and laundry service providers
  4. Professional services including lawyers and para-legals, engineers, accountants, translators
  5. Businesses providing funeral, mortician, cremation, transfer, and burial services, and any related goods and products (such as coffins and embalming fluid)
  6. Land registration services, and real estate agent services and moving services
  7. Businesses providing security services including private security guards; monitoring or surveillance equipment and services
  8. Businesses providing staffing services, including temporary help
  9. Businesses that support the safe operations of residences and essential businesses
  10. Businesses that provide for the health and welfare of animals, including veterinarians, farms, boarding kennels, stables, animal shelters, zoos, aquariums, research facilities and other service providers
  11. Child care services for essential workers, and home child care services of less than six children
  12. Businesses providing cheque cashing services

Business regulators and inspectors

  1. Organizations, including Administrative Authorities, that regulate and inspect businesses

The complete list and details are available here

Canada’s Health Minister issue warning people to comply in wake of CoronaVirus

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Canada’s Health minister Patty Hajdu has asked Canadians to strictly comply and take the self-isolation and social distancing recommendations very seriously else the government will take stronger measures. Here are some of excerpts of Health Ministers warning.

I think I had some pretty strong words yesterday, and I would stand by those words I would say that people need to take this seriously, that various different levels of government have various different quarantine acts and measures what that could include up to and including financial monetary penalties and in some cases arrest.

She says, “provinces and territories and the federal government will be using the tools that they have to ensure that people comply. What we would like to see obviously is Canadians to comply willingly in the spirit of generosity towards their citizens. “Furthermore she said, “we understand this is hard for people to understand who are in an area where maybe they don’t have even one case yet, but people need to understand that the what protects them from having one case is the behaviorists are choosing today. So I mentioned walking outside and you mentioned being outside and in various different settings. We’re not saying that people shouldn’t go outside, unless they are symptomatic if people are symptomatic, they have to stay in their house and stay in the room, and not interact with other healthy people or asymptomatic people, that is all cases, all the time, there is no exceptions. If people are not symptomatic and are feeling fine, it is safe to go outside, but even then, they should be practicing, maybe we should be calling it physical distancing staying six feet away from people making sure that you’re not crowding people, you know, I heard reports of people walking on the seawall for example in Vancouver last yesterday, but I think every, every region and every province has having examples of this. This is very serious and just because you’re not feeling the illness or you don’t have necessarily in your community even one case, what we’re trying to do so diligently together at all levels of government is prevent this disease from spreading towards other communities and everybody has a part to play in that. So, you know, I will reiterate what I said it is essential that people are following the advice of public health and the advice is getting stronger and stronger with that stronger advice will becoming we’re becoming more and more penalties that people don’t listen.”

The Virus has infected close to 1500 people in Canada till now 69 Deaths reported so far. Close to 90 thousand people have been tested so far.

$82 Billion aid Package announced by Trudeau

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced $82 billion rescue package to fight against CoronaVirus or “Covid 19.” Trudeau has also confirmed that Canada and the U.S. will “temporarily restrict” border crossings and business with only happen for non-essential travel. The Government of Canada is taking immediate, significant and decisive action to help Canadians facing hardship as a result of the COVID-19 outbreak.
New measures include:

Temporary Income Support for Workers and Parents who are without paid sick leave (or similar workplace accommodation) who are sick, quarantined or forced to stay home to care for children.

For Canadians who lose their jobs or face reduced hours as a result of COVID’s impact, the Government is:

Introducing an Emergency Support Benefit delivered through the CRA to provide up to $5.0 billion in support to workers who are not eligible for EI and who are facing unemployment.

The Canada Revenue Agency will defer the filing due date for the 2019 tax returns of individuals. For individuals (other than trusts), the return filing due date will be deferred until June 1, 2020.

The Canada Revenue Agency will allow all taxpayers to defer, until after August 31, 2020, the payment of any income tax amounts that become owing on or after today and before September 2020.

The Govt is also working to help Businesses keep their workers. To support businesses that are facing revenue losses and to help prevent lay-offs, the government is proposing to provide eligible small employers a temporary wage subsidy for a period of three months. The subsidy will be equal to 10% of remuneration paid during that period, up to a maximum subsidy of $1,375 per employee and $25,000 per employer.

The Business Credit Availability Program (BCAP) will allow the Business Development Bank of Canada (BDC) and Export Development Canada (EDC) to provide more than $10 billion of additional support, largely targeted to small and medium-sized businesses.

For more info on packages, you can visit Govt of Canada website here.

Home Purchase Bidding wars and CoronaVirus

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Toronto including the rest of the GTA including Mississauga, Brampton, Caledon, Vaughan, Richmond Hill, Scarborough have recently seen a mad rush for homes after a long period of slowdown. Multiple offers for homes going for sale is a common scennerio and there is an insane amount of mad rush to acquire a newly listed home at any cost. Toronto home sales in February up 45.6 per cent from year ago and likewise the numbers are positive for all other cities.

The Bidding wars are happening evening amidst the onset of CoronaVirus, a contagious Virus affecting the Globe. While the world is reeling under the effect of ConronaVirus, people of the GTA are in mad rush to acquire homes at any cost. Little do they realize that this Virus is going to have a major impact on the Canadian economy and can push the World including Canada into a major Financial recession even worst than that of 2008. Such is an impact of the CoronaVirus that The Bank of Canada had a cut its trend-setting interest rate by half a percentage point to 1.25 per cent down from 1.75 per cent despite healthy economic numbers. The Government is aware that they need to keep the economy floating and push people to buy more. Another cut is the rate is possible in April dropping the mortgage loans down further. The in turn may push the Home bidding wars further leading to a catastrophic system. The home buyers will be inticed further to buy homes well over asking price without realizing that a possible recession due to CoronaVirus may wreck havoc to their investments.

The impact of CoronaVirus if not contained sooner will have a detrimental effect on the Canadian economy. People have cut their travel plans and shopping which is affecting everyone. China had to pay a huge price to contain the Virus which is still not contained. This price tag is going to affect everyone as the Chinese buying power will be affected pushing further looses to the American and European companies. China is considered the manufacturing hub of the world and currently there is a huge shortage of labor. The production lines are down which is affecting the supply chains for all products including Auto, Clothing and even Pharmaceuticals. China’s president Xi Jinping has already warned that the coronavirus would have a “relatively big impact on the economy and society”. The lockdown of the Chinese province Wuhan had brought Chinese businesses in that area to their knees which literally no export. The Businesses are running out of cash and people are being devoid of going out and work. The cost of Virus Control will run into billions of dollars affecting the Chinese economy which is already reeling under trade war with US. The 2003 SARS outbreak, which infected about 8,000 people and killed 774, cost the global economy an estimated US$50 billion. The 2015 MERS outbreak in South Korea, meanwhile, infected 200 people and killed 38, but led to estimated costs of US$8.5 billion. Already the coronavirus epidemic has had a greater economic effect than either of the predecessors.

The outbreak has the potential to cause severe economic and market dislocation. But the scale of the impact will ultimately be determined by how the rest of the world is doing to contain the spread of the Virus. Italy, Iran and South Korea have been largely affected outside china and reporting surge in daily infections and deaths. The number of infections worldwide is more than 107,000, with about 3,600 deaths. These number may not be in correct as some Countries such as Iran may not be providing the correct stats. Iran, one of the worst hotspots outside China, has now confirmed 6,566 infections and 194 deaths. However, the real figure is feared to be much higher. One report on Sunday, quoting a government envoy, said there had been 200 deaths in the northern Gilan province alone – but the figures were later removed.

Other countries have also reported surge in new infections and deaths. Another great recession is imminent unless a remedy to Control the spread of CoronaVirus is introduced soon. Until then, people needs to take caution and make good judgement on purchasing a real estate or any investment for that matter. Let’s sincerely hope this Virus is quickly controlled.

Latest diagnosed coronavirus patient used Toronto transit while symptomatic

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Toronto seems to be becoming the hub of Coronavirus or COVID 19 as reports of new cases are surfacing every day. Currently, there are 22 Confirmed positive cases in Ontario and 72 cases under active investigation as per Health Canada Stats. The first presumptive case of this infection in Ontario was identified on January 25, 2020. As per the latest news, a Canadian patient newly diagnosed with COVID-19 recently travelled to Las Vegas and used public transit in Toronto for several days before he was tested for the virus, according to the Toronto public health authority. Toronto’s Medical Officer of Health Dr. Eileen de Villa said the man used public transit while he was experiencing symptoms from March 2 to 4 before going to the hospital. Metrolinx said it will be removing the affected buses for a “thorough cleaning as a precaution.” The symptoms of the 2019 novel coronavirus, which can include fever and cough, are similar to other respiratory infections, including influenza. 

Coronavirus is a contagious and deadly disease that has infected over 1,00,000 people globally. At Johns Hopkins University in the US, researchers are maintaining an interactive web-based dashboard to track the outbreak in real time. Coronaviruses are spread mainly from person to person through close contact, for example, in a household, workplace or health care centre. 

There is no vaccine available at this time to protect against the 2019 novel coronavirus. The Medical teams and Scientists around the world are working 24/7 to find a cure to this deadly virus. The Government of Canada on Friday increased its funding into Covid-19 research from CAD $7million to CAD $27million.

Helpline Peel Region: For more information about COVID-19, Mississauga and Brampton residents can call 905-799-7700, and Caledon residents can call 905-584-2216. You can also visit the Peel Public Health website, talk to your doctor or call TeleHealth at 1-866-797-0000.

Canada reports it’s first Coronavirus case in Toronto

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Coronavirus, a deadly virus causing havoc in China has landed in Toronto, Canada through a traveler. While, Health officials were expecting this to happen sooner or later, people in Canada are shocked and seems already taking preventive measures to reduce the risk of further damage. The Infected person has not been identified yet but it reported that this man in his 50s who was taken to Toronto’s Sunnybrook Health Sciences Centre with symptoms after travelling from the Chinese city of Wuhan to Guangzhou and then to Toronto on Wednesday. Health officials expect more coronavirus cases, but say risk of outbreak in Canada remains low as they are well prepared to counter any risk. The Greater Toronto Area hospitals are already facing shortgage of doctors and beds on regular basis and any possible outbreak of Coronavirus may create havoc for residents who are in dire need of medical assiatnce. 

As per WHO, Coronaviruses (CoV) are a large family of viruses that cause illness ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases such as Middle East Respiratory Syndrome (MERS-CoV) and Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS-CoV). A novel coronavirus (nCoV) is a new strain that has not been previously identified in humans.

If you are looking for any question or concern on Coronavirus, you can Visit Canada Government website at https://www.canada.ca/en/public-health/services/diseases/coronavirus.html for more details. The virus has so far taken 56 lives in China alone. The Virus is quickly spreading to other parts of the world and can prove a major challenge to nations worldwide.