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August 27, 1530h EDT
Alberta Finance Minister Hon. Travis Toews has released the government’s first quarter finances for the 2020-21 fiscal year. #AB

August 24, 0800h EDT
Hon. Erin O’Toole is the new leader of the Conservative Party of Canada, receiving 57% of the vote on the third ballot. Effective immediately, Ontario Member of Parliament O’Toole will replace Hon. Andrew Scheer as party leader. #CA

August 21, 1930h EDT
The Federal government has announced significant changes to the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) and the Employment Insurance (EI) programmes. #CA

August 21, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada is investing $4 million across sixteen projects in Northern Ontario to stimulate local tourism and economic growth. #CA

August 21, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada provided an update on the current impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on Indigenous Peoples and communities. #CA

August 21, 1930h EDT
The Government of British Columbia has extended the provincial state of emergency through to Tuesday, September 1, 2020. #BC

August 21, 1930h EDT
The Manitoba government announced stronger restrictions for the Prairie Mountain Health region. #MB

August 21, 1930h EDT
Premier Stephen McNeil announced that post-secondary students entering the province from outside Atlantic Canada will require a COVID-19 test and will be mandated to self-isolate for 14 days. #NS

August 14, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada launched a new  $31 million Canada Health Community Initiative to support local governments and community partners as they adapt to local economic, health and social challenges due to the COVID-19 pandemic. #CA

August 14, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada is investing an additional $305 million to support Indigenous Peoples during the COVID-19 pandemic. #CA

August 14, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada launched an updated Canada Emergency Wage Subsidy online calculator. #CA

What you should read today

Dexamethasone is first life-saving coronavirus drug

It cut the risk of death by a third for patients on ventilators. For those on oxygen, it cut deaths by a fifth.

The drug is part of the world's biggest trial testing existing treatments to see if they also work for coronavirus.

Source: BBC

'Companies set to ramp up competition to survive next phase of pandemic

Businesses have moved beyond the initial shock and crisis management phase of the coronavirus pandemic, and are shifting their focus to fundamental changes that will reshape their companies, according to the latest survey of top corporate executives from accounting firm PwC.

Source: Axios

The Pandemic Hunger Crisis Is Only Just Getting Started

In California, food banks are struggling to keep up with surging demand.

The Atlantic


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