Ottawa will recall parliament, suspended due to the coronavirus pandemic, to vote on emergency economic aid measures, Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Sunday. He sternly reminded everyone who chooses to ignore advice from public health officials and gather in crowds or public places that they are not only risking their safety, but the safety of others. "Well you're not", he said. "Go home and stay home", he said, warning that his administration was prepared to enforce a lockdown if calls to voluntarily self-isolate and social distance are not heeded.
"And we're going to make sure this happens, whether by educating people on the risks or by enforcing the rules, if that's needed", Trudeau added.
"Considering how hard it has been for a lot of the sectors in agriculture, it is wonderful to see this $5-billion announced for FCC to help alleviate some of the cash crunch", Mary Robinson said.
Trudeau has so far resisted the idea of invoking legislation that could allow for a more co-ordinated national response, the Emergencies Act, which vests the federal government with power to override the provinces and restrict the flow of people and goods.
Meanwhile, Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam announced Monday the death toll from COVID-19 in Canada has reached 20. "Listening is your duty and staying home is your way to serve".
The International Olympic Committee announced Sunday that it will make a decision on if the Games are postponed in the next four weeks.
"I know this is a big change, but we have to do this not just for ourselves, but for our grandparents, our nurses, our doctors and everyone working at our hospitals and you kids are helping a lot".
The source says it will be done by moving all of the current time-of-use pricing to off-peak rates.
Trudeau also announced on Monday a collection of new measures the federal government is taking to combat the pandemic.
"We will be signing an agreement with Vancouver-based AbCellera to support their work on drugs to prevent and treat COVID-19". "Canadians must do their part to keep us all safe".
"Enough is enough", said Trudeau. Included in those measures will be the University of Saskatchewan's vaccines and infectious diseases organization, which will get funding for development and clinical trials.
As of Monday afternoon, there were more than 2,000 confirmed and presumptive COVID-19 cases in Canada. We have to remember that vaccines won't be ready overnight.
"We want people to take this seriously", she said. Dr. Michael Warner, a medical director of a critical care unit in Toronto, told CBC News that Ontario was heading toward an "unmitigated disaster" if more was not done immediately to contain the virus.
Trudeau's message to Canadians on Monday was his toughest so far.
Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil said one of his goals for the call is to highlight companies such as Stanfields and Michelin that are available to re-tool in support of efforts to provide more equipment to hospitals and front-line health workers.