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Feds increase wage subsidy from 10 to 75%

“We’re helping companies keep people on the payroll so that workers are supported and the economy is positioned to recover from this. That is our priority,” Trudeau said.

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The details are scant at this time but some small and medium-sized businesses may be eligible for payroll assistance to keep employees during the shutdown.

Last week, the federal government had offered a 10 per cent assistance with small business payroll but Trudeau said during the news briefing Friday from Rideau Cottage in Ottawa that it wasn’t enough.

It’s becoming clear that we need to do more – much more – so we’re bringing that percentage up to 75 for qualifying businesses,” he said.

“This means people will continue to be paid even though their employers have to slow down or stop their business.”

Wage subsidies will be backdated to March 15, 2020.

The subsidy brings Canada in line with European countries who are also offering wage assistance for employees between 70 and 75 per cent, including the U.K. and Norway.

Trudeau also announced guaranteed interest-free loans for one year available to small businesses -up to $40,000 – with the potential to have a portion of the loan forgiven.

More information is set to be released between March 27 and March 30.

“We’re helping companies keep people on the payroll so that workers are supported and the economy is positioned to recover from this. That is our priority,” he said.

“We’re thinking about that family-owned restaurant that’s been around for years, (and has) had many of the same employees for years. Employees who’ve been there through slowdowns, good times and bad times, and now in this moment of crisis, they’re having to lay these people off at their time of need.”

No one has been able to say with certainty just how long “this moment of crisis” will last.

Leaders and health officials have emphasized the responsibility lies with each person to self-isolate if ill and consistently practice social distancing to “flatten the curve” and reduce the spread of the virus.

“We know we’re talking about weeks and possibly months,” Trudeau said.

Every province in Canada has implemented some form of social gathering restriction which has impacted event venues, popular gathering places like restaurants, bars, and pubs, as well as indoor recreational businesses.

P.E.I. announced a complete shutdown of non-essential businesses on March 19 with only 3 positive cases of COVID-19. Ontario and Quebec closed all non-essential businesses as of midnight March 24 with more than 700 and 1,300 cases, respectively.

Deirdre Mitchell-MacLean is a Senior Reporter with Western Standard
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BREAKING: CBC loses lawsuit against CPC for using clips in ads

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

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The CBC has lost its lawsuit against the Conservative Party of Canada over its use of CBC material in ads during the 2019 federal election.

In October 2019, the CBC served notice it wanted the Conservative Party of Canada and its executive director, Dustin Van Vugt, to acknowledge the party “engaged in the unauthorized use of copyright-protected material.”

The lawsuit alleged CBC clips used in CPC ads were “taken out of context and are edited and relied on to make partisan points for the benefit” of the party.

The clips were taken from The National and from the “Power Panel” segment of Power and Politics.

“The CBC has not established that it has suffered some adverse impacts from the Respondents’ use of its Works in the ‘attack ads’, nor should such adverse impacts be assumed,” said the ruling by Federal Court Justice Michael L. Phelan.

“The CBC expresses concern that its material is being used in a non-partisan way which affects its journalistic integrity and damages its reputation for neutrality.

“There is no objective evidence of the likelihood of any reputational damage. After all the years of political coverage in multiple democracies, there was no evidence presented that a broadcaster’s segment disclosed in a partisan setting reflected adversely on the broadcaster.

“The role of the CBC itself has been a political topic. There may be situations in the future where the manner of use and distribution of CBC material may adversely affect the CBC – however, that is not the case here.

“Given the Court’s findings that the Respondents’ use of CBC copyrighted material was for an allowable purpose and was “fair dealing”, this matter must be dismissed with costs at the usual scale.”

The ruling delighted Conservative MP Pierre Poilievre.

“CBC was supposed to cover the Conservative Party fairly during the election. Instead, CBC was launching a failed lawsuit against the party. Today, CBC lost that lawsuit. They should apologize for launching it & reveal the legal bills they charged taxpayers,” he tweeted after the ruling.

“CBC sued to stop Conservatives from using footage showing Trudeau in a bad light. The state broadcaster was protecting Trudeau, not copyright. Remember that next time you see another glowing CBC story about the Prime Minister.”

You can read the courts full judgement here.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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NDP slam UCP for keeping Legislature closed

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the ongoing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic.”

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Alberta’s NDP is blasting the UCP government of Premier Jason Kenney for extending a shutdown of the legislature because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

“While millions of Albertans continue to go into work, Jason Kenney and his UCP MLAs are refusing to show up,” said NDP House Leader Christina Gray in a statement.

“We’re in the midst of a crisis and we have critical work to do.”

Debate in the house was set to resume Wednesday after an earlier shutdown, but the UCP pushed back the date until May 25.

Speaker Nathan Cooper said the continuing closure was because of “ongoing health concerns arising from the pandemic,” Cooper said in a memo.

“The opportunity for Members to vote virtually may be possible upon the resumption of the Spring Sitting the week of May 25th. To facilitate this, I will be hosting a number of training sessions next week. Further details will be provided to you on Friday.”

Earlier during the spring sitting, the province amended the standing orders to allow the option to adjourn the Assembly in response to public safety concerns.

The shutdown is in contradiction to what Kenney said in April.

“Millions of Albertans, thank God, still have jobs, show up every day and they expect us, their elected representatives, to do the same thing,” he said in the Legislature.

Kenney in April

The UCP Cabinet will continue to meet virtually and Legislative committees will also continue their work with MLAs participating remotely. 

If an emergency arises, MLAs can be called back.

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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BC RCMP capture kids playing on highway

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. on May 11, when Surrey RCMP were called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

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BC RCMP officers weren’t kidding around when they were called to some immature antics on a local highway.

RCMP officer takes goat into custody. Courtesy RCMP

The baaaaad drama began about 6 p.m. May 11, when Surrey RCMP was called to a report of four goats on the loose in the 15600 block of Hwy. 10.

“Members quickly worked together to secure the goats, who were taken into police custody unharmed,” said Cpl. Vanessa Munn.

“All goats have been reunited with their owner who is thankful that police located the goats and not a kid-napper.”

Goat in custody. Courtesy RCMP

Dave Naylor is the News Editor of the Western Standard
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