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Head of National Microbiology Lab resigns

The head of the National Microbiology Lab in Winnipeg has suddenly resigned to work with a bio-research institute in the United Kingdom. Dr. Matthew Gilmour is leaving to work for the Quadram Institute Bioscience, and will be filled in for by his adviser, Dr. Guillaume Poliquin, until a permanent replacement can be found, according to Canada's chief medical officer, Dr. Theresa Tam. "Join me in wishing Dr. Gilmour and his family the very be..

Air Canada to lay off 20,000 workers as pandemic collapses travel industry

Air Canada plans to cut its workforce by at least half as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to wreak havoc on the airline industry, according to an internal memo obtained by CBC News. Effective June 7, "approximately 50 to 60 per cent" of the company's 38,000 employees will be laid off, the company said in the memo sent to all staff on Friday. "We estimate about 20,000 people will be affected." Air Canada said the move comes after a "fundame..

B.C. announces part-time, voluntary return to school June 1

B.C. Premier John Horgan says some children will start to return to classrooms on a part-time, voluntary basis beginning June 1. The gradual reopening will apply to all students from kindergarten to Grade 12. Schools will have to abide by rigorous cleaning procedures and follow provincial health guidelines, he said. "These steps will pave the way for a full start back in September," Horgan said. B.C. schools were closed to in-class learning Ma..

Remains of 2nd Canadian military helicopter crash victim identified

Officials have identified the partial remains of Capt. Brenden Ian MacDonald, the second victim to be found after last month's military helicopter crash into the Mediterranean Sea. The Department of National Defence says the Office of the Chief Coroner of Ontario used DNA to identify the partial remains, which were recovered as part of the search that followed the April 29 Cyclone crash that claimed six lives. "The CAF community expresses i..

COVID-19 in Quebec: What you need to know on Sunday

The latest: Quebec has 37,721 confirmed cases of COVID-19, and 2,928 people have died, an increase of 142 from yesterday's numbers. Both the number of people in hospital (1,831) and the number in intensive care (199) dropped slightly from yesterday. Here's a guide to the numbers. Elementary schools and daycares outside the Montreal area reopen on Monday. They've been closed since March 16. The Abitibi-Témiscamingue, Outaouais, Sag..

Quebec Cargill meat-processing plant to shut down after COVID-19 outbreak

A meat-processing plant in Chambly, Que., will shut down "for the health and safety of employees" after an outbreak of COVID-19. Its owner, Cargill, says 64 employees have the disease, which amounts to about 13 per cent of workers at the facility about 35 kilometres south of Montreal. The union representing the plant workers, the United Food and Commercial Workers (UFCW), says 171 employees are already at home either because they are sick or hav..

B.C.’s reopening plans are coming. Here is what 5 sectors want to know

It's been nearly two months since society started to shutter as the pandemic and its devastating effects swept British Columbia. Wednesday marks the 100th day since the province's first confirmed COVID-19 case. It's also the day Premier John Horgan is set to unveil B.C.'s reopening strategy, including details of how and when we can start to return to at least a semblance of normal. Here's a sampling of what players in f..

Demands grow for national, universal long-term care in response to pandemic

The COVID-19 crisis has exposed critical vulnerabilities in Canada's network of long-term care facilities. Now, momentum is building in support of major reforms to improve care for the country's elderly by making long-term care a publicly funded, universal system. Painting a grim picture of the situation in seniors' homes across the country, Amanda Vyce, representing CUPE members who work as care aides, said residents are often lef..

Why Legault’s plan to reopen Quebec leaves some more anxious than others

Quebec Premier François Legault tapped the brakes Monday on his plan to reopen daycares, elementary schools and businesses by the end of the month. With the outbreak of the novel coronavirus not yet under control in Montreal, Legault announced stores in the greater metropolitan area won't be able to open until May 18. His original timeline had them opening next week. But since he released that plan, pressure had mounted on the premier to re..

Ottawa to appoint new Bank of Canada head on Friday

Finance Minister Bill Morneau is poised to announce the next governor of the Bank of Canada, changing the leadership of the country's central bank as it navigates the uncertainty of a pandemic-driven recession. Multiple sources confirm the announcement will be made early Friday as Justin Trudeau's Liberal government is ready to announce Stephen Poloz's successor, whose term as governor ends in June. The news of the impending anno..

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