Canada denies entry to exiled Catalan separatist leader Puigdemont
The Societe Saint-Jean-Baptiste (SSJB), which works to promote the French language and culture, as well as Quebec Independence, Ottawa’s decision to bar Puigdemont from entering Canada was “absolutely shameful’’.
“Canada is once again acting as the accomplice of Spanish authoritarianism,’’ SSJB President Maxime Laporte, said in a statement.
Laporte said a lawyer hired by Puigdemont will contest Ottawa’s decision in the Federal Court on Monday.
“We will spare no effort to have Mr Puigdemont come to resound here in Quebec his liberating words. We demand that Ottawa immediately review its position,’’ Laporte said.
Puigdemont, who is currently living in exile in Brussels, was supposed to begin his tour of Quebec in early April.
He was expected to visit the provincial legislature known as the National Assembly and hold a press conference to talk about Catalan independence.
However, days before his planned departure, Puigdemont, received an email from Canadian authorities informing him that his Electronic Travel Authorisation (eTA), an entry requirement for visa-exempt foreign nationals travelling to Canada by air, has been revoked.
A spokesperson for the federal immigration minister said that in general, immigration officers make a determination based on the information provided by the applicant, however, they cannot comment on individual cases for privacy reasons.
Protesters rally to demand justice for George Floyd in Vancouver, Canada
Canada extends cruise ship ban to end of October
Canada has decided to extend its ban on the operation of cruise ships in Canadian waters to protect coastal communities as the COVID-19 pandemic is unabated, Canadian transport ministry announced Friday.
Cruise ships with overnight accommodations allowed to carry more than 100 persons are prohibited from operating in Canadian waters until Oct. 31, 2020.
As of July 1, 2020, all other passenger vessels must follow provincial, territorial, local and regional health authority requirements for timelines and processes to resume operations.
Passenger vessels with the capacity to carry more than 12 persons continue to be prohibited from entering Arctic coastal waters, including Nunatsiavut, Nunavik and the Labrador Coast until Oct. 31, 2020.
Beginning July 1, 2020, passenger vessels will be allowed to operate in inland rivers and lakes in the Northwest Territories, Nunavut and Yukon in the country.
Essential passenger vessels, such as ferries and water taxis, should continue to operate using mitigation measures. These could include reducing the number of passengers or using alternative practices such as keeping people in their vehicles, when safe to do so, or enhanced cleaning and hygiene measures to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.
Those who do not comply with the prohibitions could be subject to a penalty of 5,000 Canadian dollars (about 3,600 U.S. dollars) per day for an individual and 25,000 Canadian dollars (18,000 U.S. dollars) per day for a corporation.
In March, the ministry announced a ban on cruise ships carrying more than 500 passengers until July 1.
Canada’s GDP sees worst showing in Q1 since 2009 due to COVID-19 pandemic
According to Statistics Canada, it came as gross domestic product (GDP) suffered a big drop in March as restrictions against the spread of COVID-19 began rolling out during the month.
The downturn in GDP, the sharpest since the first quarter of 2009, reflects measures rolled out in March to contain the COVID-19 pandemic, such as closures of school and non-essential businesses, border shutdowns and travel restrictions, as well as events earlier in the quarter, mainly the Ontario teachers’ strike and rail blockades in February.
The country’s GDP fell 7.2 percent in March from February, the most severe month-on-month fall, while annualized growth for the first quarter decreased by 8.2 percent, the largest since the depths of the Great Recession.
Household spending was reduced by 2.3 percent in the first quarter of 2020, the steepest quarterly drop ever recorded. Spending reductions were influenced by substantial job losses, income uncertainty and limited opportunities to spend because of the mandatory closure of non-essential retail stores, restaurants and services, and restrictions on travel and tourism activities.
The March and April falls are likely to be the largest consecutive monthly declines on record, said the country’s statistics agency.
Canada’s current account deficit up
Canada’s current account deficit increased 1.8 billion Canadian dollars (about 1.3 billion U.S. dollars) in the first quarter of this year to 11.1 billion Canadian dollars (8.2 billion U.S. dollars), according to Statistics Canada on Thursday.
Statistics Canada attributed the increase to a higher trade in goods and services deficit and it was partially offset by a higher surplus for investment income.
In the financial account, inflows of funds from abroad to finance the current account deficit mainly came from transactions in securities.
Strong foreign investment in Canadian bonds combined with record sales of U.S. shares generated funds inflow of 77.3 billion Canadian dollars (56 billion U.S. dollars) in the Canadian economy in the first quarter.
Meanwhile, both Canadian direct investment abroad and foreign direct investment in Canada slowed. Overall, direct investment activity generated a net inflow of funds totaling 5.5 billion Canadian dollars (3.9 billion U.S. dollars).
Canada’s housing markets to feel pandemic impacts until 2022
Canada will see a historic recession, leading to a significant decline in housing construction and lower housing prices for at least two years due to the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, according to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Thursday.
In a special report, the CMHC said Canada could see declines in output, employment and immigration exceeding those observed during the 2008-2009 recession. The declines will in turn drive large falls in housing starts and sales in 2020. The prices will fall by between nine and 18 percent from where they were before the pandemic.
“Following large declines in 2020, housing starts, sales, and prices are expected to start to recover by mid-2021 as pandemic containment measures are lifted and economic conditions gradually improve,” said Bob Dugan, the CMHC‘s chief economist.
“Sales and prices are likely to remain below their pre-COVID-19 levels by the end of our forecast horizon in 2022. The precise timing and speed of the recovery are highly uncertain because the virus’s future path is not yet known,” Dugan said.
Meng Wanzhou case continues after Canada judge ruling
A Canadian judge ruled on Wednesday that the extradition case against China‘s Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou can proceed.
According to the ruling, the case of Meng meets the Canadian extradition standard of the so-called “double criminality.”
Chinese Foreign Ministry Spokesperson Zhao Lijian on Tuesday urged Canada to immediately correct its mistake, release Meng and ensure her safe return to China. The United States and Canada abused their bilateral extradition treaty and arbitrarily took compulsory measures against a Chinese citizen without cause, Zhao said. “This is a serious political incident that grossly violates the legitimate rights and interests of the Chinese citizen.”
5.2-magnitude quake hits 151km W of Port Hardy, Canada — USGS
An earthquake with a magnitude of 5.2 jolted 151km W of Port Hardy, Canada at 2020-05-23 02:14:51 GMT on Saturday (2020-05-23 10:14:51 Beijing Time), the U.S. Geological Survey said.
The epicenter, with a depth of 10.0 km, was initially determined to be at 50.428 degrees north latitude and 129.5094 degrees west longitude.
New owners pick up dogs via drive-thru method in Burnaby, Canada
A new dog owner picks up her dog from the curbside at the Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) headquarters in Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada, on May 22, 2020. Pacific Assistance Dogs Society (PADS) organized service dogs curbside pickup and new dog owners had to pick up their puppies via the drive-thru method due to the COVID-19 restrictions. (Photo by Liang Sen/Xinhua)
Canada ready to make COVID-19 contact tracing calls daily, Trudeau says
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that his government is ready to track the contacts of those who test positive for COVID-19 by making tracing calls every day.
At his press conference in Ottawa, Trudeau said his government has trained employees who can make 3,600 contact tracing calls a day, and in addition, Statistics Canada has trained another 1,700 interviewers who can make up to 20,000 calls a day.
“We need to accelerate our ability to do contact tracing. After we’ve confirmed and isolated new cases, we have to get in touch with everyone who may have been exposed to the virus and make sure they take measures to quarantine and monitor themselves for symptoms or get tested,” Trudeau said.
Trudeau voiced his hope for more guidance on apps in the coming weeks.
He also said that his government will fund provinces’ efforts to test people for COVID-19 and help different jurisdictions share data.
The prime minister said the measures are essential because COVID-19 remains a serious health threat and the economy can’t fully reopen until Canadians are confident that the novel coronavirus will be contained anywhere new it breaks out.
Canada has reportedly tested nearly 1.4 million people. It nominally has the capacity to test 60,000 people per day, but has been averaging only about 28,000 daily.
Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam said Thursday that, despite the number of tests done, with a population of more than 37 million, the true infection rate remains unknown, and is likely much higher than current data indicates.
As of Friday afternoon, there were 82,420 confirmed cases of COVID-19 and 6,245 deaths in the country, according to CTV.
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