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August 12, 1530h EDT
Ontario Finance Minister Hon. Rod Phillips has released the government’s first quarter finances for the 2020-21 fiscal year. The economic statement provides an update to the March 2020 Ontario Action Plan in response to the COVID-19 global pandemic. #ON

August 07, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada is investing $13.5 million in funding to support the Toronto Aboriginal Support Services Council (TASSC). #CA

August 07, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada is expanding the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program to include the new COVID-19 Resilience funding stream worth up to $3.3 billion. The new funding is expected to support provinces and territories in their COVID-19 recovery efforts. #CA

August 07, 1930h EDT
The provincial government is providing an additional $48 million to support individuals struggling with homelessness during the COVID-19 pandemic. #AB

August 07, 1930h EDT
In collaboration with the federal government, the Government of Ontario announced an investment of over $230 million to support the reopening of licensed child-care and early years programs in the province. #ON

August 07, 1930h EDT
Through the Ontario Trillium Foundation, the provincial government is investing $83 million to provide grants to eligible non-profit organizations, including food banks, child and youth programs, and Royal Canadian Legion branches. #ON

August 07, 1930h EDT
The Government of Québec announced the lifting of the cancellation of festivals and events in all regions of the province. #QC

July 24, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada unanimously passed legislation Bill C-20, An Act Respecting Further COVID-19 Measures. #CA

July 24, 1930h EDT
The Government of Canada announced up to $2 billion in federal funding will be made available to cities and towns across Canada to support front-line workers and critical municipal services during the COVID-19 pandemic. #CA

July 24, 1930h EDT
The Government of Alberta will receive $45 million for a one-year extension to child-care funding under a renegotiated bilateral agreement with the federal government. #AB

July 24, 1930h EDT
The Government of British Columbia is earmarking up to $1 billion of additional spending targeted to address COVID-19 impacts and restart plans of local governments and public transit services. #BC

July 24, 1930h EDT
The Government of Manitoba is launching an $8 million RestartMB Event Attraction Strategy to support the province’s economic re-start strategy. #MB

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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