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COVID-19 Daily Rundown March 27, 2020

The Bank of Canada has made a second cut to the interest rate Friday, lowering it to 0.25 per cent. 

Additionally, the wage subsidy was boosted to 75 per cent by the government Friday for small and medium businesses to avoid layoffs.

According to worldometer.com, Canada now has 4,689 cases of the Coronavirus and 53 deaths. 

Here’s a roundup of the top stories from each province: 

CAF

Posting season, among other fundamental procedures of the Canadian Armed Forces, will see significant changes this year as the military continues to adjust to the growing COVID-19 pandemic. Read in detail here. 

To catchup regarding modifications to Operations, visit here.

British Columbia 

Limitation periods to commence court proceedings in British Columbia have been suspended, and statutory decision-makers have been provided discretion to waive, suspend or extend time periods related to their powers, in the midst of the COVID-19 crisis. On a positive note, the province reported that social distancing has seemed to slow the spread of the virus in the province. 

Alberta 

Alberta finally joined other provinces today in providing security for Albertans who rent. Effective immediately, tenants cannot be evicted for non-payment of rent before May 1; rent will not increase while the province is in a state of emergency, and as of April 1, late fees cannot be applied to rent payments for the next three months. 

Saskatchewan 

Hospital supplies, such as masks, gowns, and shields, are possibly being stolen from hospitals the province reported today as it grapples with nine new cases. 

Manitoba 

The province declared that public gatherings can now no longer be larger than 10 people. The decision was made after the province reported its first death. 

Quebec 

The province’s Coronavirus cases have jumped to more than 2,000 as the province reported it now has 10 additional deaths from the virus. 

New Brunswick 

New Brunswick is currently investigating its first possible case of community transmission. The province is now at 45 cases. 

Nova Scotia 

Nova Scotia announced rent relief for small businesses today. The province outlined a three-month rent-deferral program for small business operators who are forced to close under the Public Health order.

PEI

Islanders Helping Islanders was launched today by the province to help compile volunteer services from individuals, groups, and organizations. These volunteers can assist in anything from grocery drop off to senior check-ins. 

Newfoundland and Labrador

The province announced 20 new cases, bumping up the total to 102. The province also reported its first citizen hospitalized due to the virus. 

Yukon

Yukon declared a state of emergency today with the confirmation of its fourth case. The decision was made to better implement policies to slow the spread of the virus. 

NWT

 NWT also declared a state of emergency today. The state of emergency is in effect until April 7. The decision was made to better implement policies to slow the spread of the virus. 

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Mishall Rehman

Originally from Atlanta, GA, Mishall is a freelance journalist pursuing her passion for writing in her new homeland Canada. She currently lives in Trenton, ON with her husband.

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