Tag: pandemic

Canada Covid-19 Updates Editorials Education Matters English Featured GTA Ontario

Overcrowded classrooms during the pandemic? It’s not my fault…

TORONTO – Rule number one: it’s not my fault. In the chaos in which Ontario’s Education sector finds itself, characterized by accusations, invective, controversies, complaints, retaliation and divisions, we have witnessed the most classic blame game on the responsibilities in a situation that is becoming unsustainable, especially in the Toronto Catholic District School Board. To try to understand what is happening, we must necessarily start from a fact: starting from October 12 there has been a merger of dozens of classes in many schools of the Catholic Board, with the consequent increase in the number of students in the individual classrooms. (more…)

Canada English Featured News Updates

The Rising Food Prices during this Pandemic

TORONTO – A friend once commented on the price of a Big Mac, that if you eat it regularly, like once a week, you don’t notice the price increase because it’s in the cents. But, if you order it, say, once every six months, or in my case, in a gap of almost two years because of the pandemic, you feel the crunch, as I did when I ordered two Big Mac meals three weeks ago. I paid $23 and some cents! My friend then added, it’s good if you have the coupon because you pay just a little over half of the regular price. The question that begs answering is, how often does Big Mac come up with coupons. (more…)

Culture English Featured News Updates World News

“Classicalia”, an online classical music competition to help young musicians during pandemic

VIENNA – “13 talented musicians from around the world will get the chance of a lifetime to travel to Vienna, perform with a symphony orchestra in one of the most prestigious concert halls in the world, and be recorded live for international television including PBS SoCal”: the announcement is from Classicalia, organization founded by an international team with decades of experience in the classical music industry. The online classical music competition was launched in summer 2021 “to provide an opportunity for young instrumentalists and singers to learn from the feedback of expert judges, compete internationally, and for 13 winners, to step into an international spotlight”.   (more…)

Canada Canadian Federal Election English Featured Politics

The election will be a referendum on how Trudeau handled the pandemic

TORONTO – The federal vote on September 20 is a gamble for Justin Trudeau. At the polls, the election will inevitably turn into a sort of referendum on how the outgoing prime minister managed the Covid-19 emergency and, in the future, on how the country can get out of the economic crisis caused by the pandemic. According to the polls, the Liberal leader at the starting line is ahead of the other candidates for the leadership of Canada, although the goal of achieving a parliamentary majority – unlike the vote two years ago – still remains a long way off.  (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English News Updates Ontario

Ontario above the 300 new cases: “The fourth wave of the pandemic has already begun”

TORONTO – The fourth wave of the pandemic? It has already begun. And it mainly affects the unvaccinated, even if – in some cases – those who have already received the vaccine get sick as well. This is what emerges from the latest data relating to infections: the daily count of Covid-19 cases in Ontario continues to fluctuate between 300 and 400 new infections per day and infectious disease experts warn that an increase in cases is expected in the next weeks. (more…)

Canada Covid-19 Updates English Featured News Updates Ontario

School and pandemic: a Minister in isolation, absent School boards and non-existent plans

TORONTO – Safety plans, guidelines, mask use, physical distance, maximum limit of students, vaccination obligation for school staff. These are some of the issues on which, just over six weeks before the beginning of the school year, our political class should start a serious and constructive debate, incorporating the indications and inputs of the provincial scientific community, trade associations and school provveditorati. In Ontario, at least for now, everything is silent. (more…)

Business & Economy English News Updates World News

H&M, Nike and Primark use pandemic to squeeze garment workers

In a hard-hitting new research report, the Nederland based Clean Clothes Campaign finds that H&M, Nike and Primark have driven factory workers in their supply chains in Bangladesh, Cambodia and Indonesia into desperation during the COVID-19 pandemic. Interviews conducted with 49 garment workers in these countries demonstrate that the Coronavirus-induced crisis continues to have a devastating impact on the wages, working conditions, and labor rights of garment workers. (more…)

English Health & Medicine News Updates

The 50-year-old Pandemic

On June 10, 2021, BBC reported that a new discovery reduces the rate of Dengue infections by 77%.  The World Mosquito Programme performed an experiment whereby mosquitoes were infected with the Wolbachia bacteria that outcompeted the Dengue virus (DENV).  These Wolbachia-laced mosquitoes and their eggs were re-released into Yogyakarta city in Indonesia.  The World Mosquito Program proudly reported that this trial results in an 86% reduction in Dengue hospitalizations.  And in a world that has health care systems non the verge of collapse from the COVID-19 pandemic, reducing the overall burden on hospitals makes a big difference. (more…)

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G7: target end pandemic in 2022, Canada will donate 13 million doses

Article By Francesco Veronesi — Translation and Video: CNMNG Staff

The joint effort of the G7 countries will be aimed at ending the Covid-19 pandemic in 2022. This is what was reiterated yesterday by the great of the Earth in the final communiqué of the summit in Cornwall. (more…)

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Fighting the pandemic and economic recovery, at the start of the G7 summit in Cornwall

Article by Francesco Veronesi — Translation and Video: CNMNG Staff

Global contrast to the pandemic, common strategy on the vaccine front, the investigation into the origins of Covid. This weekend’s G7 Summit in Cornwall, England will revolve around these three themes. (more…)

Canada English Featured Filipino Opinion

Censuses During this Pandemic and China’s Demographic Crisis

This article discusses numbers for this is what census is all about – numbers. More importantly, it discusses how these numbers affect people’s lives. So, brace yourself for this number-filled article.

It’s census time in Canada. We are reminded of this daily through ads on tv and on social media like Facebook. I filled up mine online and sent it on the same day that I received the questionnaire. Unlike the 2016 census wherein religion was not asked, this year’s questionnaire saw the re-appearance of this issue. (more…)

English Ontario Politics

Ontario NDP wants public inquiry into province’s pandemic response

 “People have a right to know what the Ford government got right and what il got wrong.” This is what NDP leader Andrea Horwath said yesterday morning, during a press conference held in front of Queen’s Park, during which she called for an independent judicial inquiry into the government’s response to the Covid-19 pandemic. “A judicial inquiry is absolutely necessary – said Horwath – it is necessary because we no longer want to see a government that makes a health emergency like the one we have experienced worse rather than better. The bottom line is that we can’t move forward without providing clear answers to Ontarians, without bringing them justice.” (more…)

Bengali Business & Economy English

Freeland says Corona pandemic provides an opportunity for ‘national child care’

Chrystia Freeland Official Portrait/ Portrait officiel
Ottawa, ONTARIO, Canada on 20 November, 2019.
Credit: Mélanie Provencher, House of Commons Photo Services

Toronto, April 9: Yesterday, Canada’s Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland said in a conversation with former Minister Ken Dryden that the current government’s corona recovery plan has provided an opportunity to fulfill a long-standing commitment to ‘child care’. (more…)

English Health & Medicine News Updates

Happiness thrives, despite a global pandemic

EnglishItalianPortugueseSpanishGermanDutchFilipinoPolishChinese (Simplified)ArabicBengaliGreekTurkishKoreanJapanesePersianRomanian TORONTO – Spring is in the air; the weather is warming up and the longer daylight hours are some elements that invoke happiness. While feelings of joy and delight may be difficult to muster up during a global pandemic, some countries manage quite well on the jubilation spectrum.

In the annual World Happiness Report, (published by the UN Sustainable Development Solutions Network on March 19), Finland reclaims top spot among the 95 countries included in the 2021 report. In fact, five Nordic nations, Finland, Iceland, Denmark, Norway and Sweden, have consistently ranked within the top ten for the past several years. (Graph 1) (more…)

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