Anand doesn’t rule out using Canada’s Emergency Act to help curb third wave of COVID-19

0
18
Anand doesn’t rule out using Canada’s Emergency Act to help curb third wave of COVID-19



[]).push(function () { viAPItag.display(“vi_1088641796”) }) || []).push(function () { viAPItag.display(“vi_1088641796”) })

Supply Minister Anita Anand is not ruling out any options that could help Canada curb its third wave of COVID-19, including invoking the Canadian Emergencies Act.

When asked if Canada would consider the law on Sunday, she replied West Block Mercedes Stephenson’s federal cabinet would meet again this weekend and again early next week to “consider all options”.

The Canada Emergencies Act would give the federal government the power to issue orders and quickly reallocate public funds.

Read more:

Coronavirus: How the Emergency Act could help Canada’s struggling economy

Canada stopped before declaring a federal emergency in the first wave last year, but many provinces have already declared public health emergencies and invoked emergency measures.

The story continues under the ad

The law itself has never been used in Canada.

The now repealed War Measures Act, which allowed the federal government to take action to ensure safety and security during national emergencies, has been invoked three times in Canada: during World Wars I and II and during the October 1970 crisis, when members of the Front de Liberation du Québec kidnapped then Deputy Premier Pierre Laporte and British diplomat James Cross.

Anand’s comments follow a dark time for Canada’s response to the pandemic.



3:13
Coronavirus: Trudeau says Ottawa will always support provincial restrictions, not interested in imposing Federal Emergency Act

Coronavirus: Trudeau says Ottawa will always support provincial restrictions, not interested in imposing Federal Emergency Law – January 5, 2021

The country is experiencing a severe third wave driven by new, more transmissible variants of the coronavirus that threaten to overwhelm Canada’s health care systems. Many provinces are stalling after reporting record daily cases of the virus.

But none have been hit as hard as Ontario, where severe hospitalizations and intensive care cases are skyrocketing. The province reported a record 4,812 new cases of the virus on Friday.

The story continues under the ad

A record 1,955 people were hospitalized for COVID-19 and there was an all-time high of 701 patients in intensive care units, as well as 480 patients in intensive care units on a ventilator. Health officials say that number could increase to 18,000 cases per day.

Ontario reported another 4,362 cases of the virus on Saturday. Hospitalizations increased by 110 – another pandemic high.

Read more:

How can the federal government step up its response to coronaviruses? Experts are divided

Anand said the federal government is working to help provinces and territories “in any way they can.” She said the federal government had purchased several mobile health units for the COVID-19 hotspots in Toronto and Hamilton, one of which is located at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto.

“That’s something we can do from a federal government perspective, is provide these hospitals, basically, to help address capacity issues,” she said.

Anand ducked the question of whether the federal government had failed in its vaccine deployment, saying more than 12.7 million doses of the vaccine had been delivered to Canada. She noted that the country ranked second out of all G20 countries for immunization rate and reiterated that Canada was doing well for a country with no domestic production.

The story continues under the ad

Click to watch video: `` Coronavirus: Minister of Supply Continues to Defend COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Canada Despite Supply Chain Hiccups ''




9:01
Coronavirus: Minister of Supply continues to defend COVID-19 vaccine deployment in Canada despite supply chain hiccups



Coronavirus: Minister of Supply Continues to Defend COVID-19 Vaccine Deployment in Canada Despite Supply Chain Hiccups – February 7, 2021

“We are doing all we can in a fiercely competitive global environment… with no domestic production right now… to bring in as many vaccines as possible,” she said.

She also stressed the importance of following public health guidelines, insisting that vaccines are only part of the elimination of COVID-19 in the country.

“We have to remember that vaccines are a very, very important part of the fight against the pandemic,” she said.

“But other measures such as social distancing, staying at home, isolating and wearing masks and reducing travel, all of these are also important in dealing with the pandemic.”

© 2021 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.

[]).push(function () { viAPItag.display(“vi_1088641796”) }) || []).push(function () { viAPItag.display(“vi_1088641796”) })

LEAVE A REPLY

Please enter your comment!
Please enter your name here