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Letters to the Editor: Wednesday, March 25, 2020 – The Daily Courier

Rollback wages of elected officials Dear Editor: City of Kelowna officials are looking for ways to provide relief for taxpayers. Perhaps their first consideration should be to have all elected representatives and non-unionized employees take an immediate permanent role back of compensation of 20%. A similar rollback should also be taken by the regional district […]

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Morning Brief: Deal finally made on COVID-19 aid package – iPolitics

Mar 25, 2020 Welcome back, readers. A little over 13 and a half hours after the House of Commons kicked off a streamlined emergency sitting to sign off on the government’s $82 billion COVID-19 aid package, MPs were finally able to begin their speed-read of the omnibus bill to implement the various financial measures included […]

by ahnationtalk on March 25, 202024 Views

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Media advisory: Government of Canada officials to hold a news conference on coronavirus disease (COVID-19)

March 25, 2020, OTTAWA, ON – Government of Canada officials will hold a news conference to provide an update on coronavirus disease (COVID-19). Date March 25, 2020 Time 12:00 PM (EDT) Location West Block, Room 225 Parliament Hill Wellington Street, Ottawa, Ontario The media availability will also be held by teleconference. Toll-free (Canada/US) dial-in number: […]

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks with First Ministers on efforts to address the impacts of COVID-19

March 24, 2020 Yesterday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland spoke with First Ministers to discuss COVID-19 and the ongoing collective efforts to protect the health and safety of Canadians. First Ministers talked about the need to move forward with measures to support families and small businesses, and Prime Minister Trudeau […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202058 Views

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MNO: Deep Roots, Common Ground

Métis leaders, citizens, federal government representatives, legal experts, academics, and First Nations advisors who have successfully negotiated modern day treaties and self-government agreements gathered in the National Capital Region, in the spirit of sharing and collaboration for the first-ever National Conference on Métis Self-Government on March 9-10, 2020. “This conference is born out of a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202030 Views

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Canada failing to honour spirit of Labrador Inuit Land Claims Agreement by refusing access to northern shrimp

March 24, 2020 In recognition of the latest scientific information for northern shrimp, the Nunatsiavut Government is calling on the Government of Canada to protect the interests of Labrador Inuit over those of non-adjacent users in Shrimp Fishing Areas (SFA) 4 and 5. “Both SFAs are directly within and adjacent to the Labrador Inuit Marine […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202094 Views

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‘Enough is enough,’ Trudeau says to Canadians ignoring COVID 19 advice – APTN News

March 23, 2020 Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s tone hardened Monday as he warned Canadians ignoring COVID-19 mitigation measures that “enough is enough.” Trudeau said across the country, people need to realize that ignoring social and physical distancing protocols is putting others at risk, from the elderly to the essential workers. “Enough is enough. Go home […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202025 Views

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First Nation chief in Saskatchewan makes headlines in U.S. for COVID-19 preparation – APTN News

March 23, 2020 The chief of the Pasqua First Nation in Saskatchewan has drawn the attention of a magazine in the United States because of his planning for the COVID-19 virus compared to President Donald Trump. Matthew Peigan says he started paying attention to how the COVID-19 events were unfolding on the other side of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202024 Views

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Morning Brief: Liberals’ emergency bill seeks to give government unprecedented tax and spending powers – iPolitics

Mar 24, 2020 Welcome back, readers. A bill to be introduced by the federal Liberals on Tuesday would grant them sweeping powers to spend government funds and raise taxes without getting Parliament’s approval, Global News reported on Monday night. Opposition parties were surprised by the bill’s contents, which would give Finance Minister Bill Morneau powers […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202051 Views

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Alberta’s energy ‘war room’ has gone very quiet during the COVID-19 pandemic – rabble.ca

March 23, 2020 For those of you worried about the prolonged silence from Alberta’s energy war room, it turns out the nine-member staff of Canadian Energy Centre Ltd. are just taking a little breather while they figure out what to do next. Back when Jason Kenney was running for his present job as premier of […]

by ahnationtalk on March 24, 202024 Views

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Maintaining trade with U.S. will lead to quicker economic recovery: Bill Blair | Power & Politics

Credit:CBC News Canada and the United States have agreed to restrict non-essential travel across the border as both countries try to slow the spread of the novel coronavirus — but they insist key supplies will still flow.

by pmnationtalk on March 23, 202088 Views

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IRC – Public Announcement to Beneficiaries Re: Support Funds due to COVID-19

March 22, 2020 Please be advised that IRC’s Health & Wellness Division is receiving a high-volume of COVID-19 Funding requests from two support programs: Child First Initiative and On the Land Fund. While we have staff working hard daily (including after hours and weekends) with the Federal Government to coordinate all these efforts, response time […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202035 Views

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AMC responds to release of Manitoba provincial budget

March 20, 2020 Treaty One Territory, Manitoba – Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC) Grand Chief Arlen Dumas is expressing concern about the lack of First Nations investments contained within yesterday’s provincial budget. Manitoba Finance Minister, Scott Fielding unveiled Budget 2020, as a “way of moving Manitoba forward and building a brighter future for all Manitobans.” […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202038 Views

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UBCIC: The Time Is Now! Prime Minister Justin Trudeau must immediately declare a National State of Emergency

(xwməθkwəy̓ əm (Musqueam), sḵwx̱ wú7mesh (Squamish) and səl̓ ilwətaʔɬ/sel̓ ílwitulh (Tsleil-Waututh)/Vancouver, BC – March 23, 2020): The First Nations Leadership Council (FNLC) is calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to immediately declare a national state of emergency in response to the COVID-19, before the pandemic sweeps through Canada’s most vulnerable communities, including First Nations. Reports […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202053 Views

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Statement from the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans, and the Canadian Coast Guard on federal-provincial collaboration related to impacts of COVID-19

From: Fisheries and Oceans Canada March 20, 2020 Ottawa, ON – During these unprecedented times, it is more important than ever that we work across all levels of Government to ensure Canadians are safe and local economies are supported. Today, provincial Fisheries and Aquaculture ministers from across Eastern Canada joined me for a call to […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202048 Views

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Government requests recall of the House of Commons to help workers and businesses during COVID-19 crisis

March 22, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect the health and safety of all Canadians, stabilize our economy, and help workers and businesses as COVID-19 continues to spread. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced that the Government House Leader has asked the Speaker of the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 202087 Views

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iPolitics AM: Trudeau to hold virtual huddle with premiers ahead of daily briefing – iPolitics

Mar 23, 2020 ALSO TODAY: Ministers expected to provide COVID-19 update With the House set to reopen tomorrow for a one-day emergency sitting to sign off on his government’s $82 billion COVID-19 aid package, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will once again emerge from Rideau Cottage later this morning to deliver an on-camera update on the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 23, 2020109 Views

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How First Nations are preparing for COVID-19 | Power & Politics

Credit:CBC News Manitoba’s southern chiefs have declared a state of emergency for 34 First Nations over the outbreak of the coronavirus, as First Nations throughout the country raise concerns about whether they have the necessary resources to respond to the pandemic.  

by pmnationtalk on March 22, 2020144 Views

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Nunatsiavut Government: Election for President set for May 5

March 20, 2020 Nunatsiavut’s First Minister Tyler Edmunds announced today that the election for President of Nunatsiavut will be held on May 5, 2020, as per Section 3.4.3 of the Labrador Inuit Constitution. Polls will be open from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m., Atlantic Standard Time (AST). Nominations will close at 12 noon. (AST), on […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2020147 Views

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Federal northern affairs minister reassures NWT residents they are not being forgotten during coronavirus outbreak – CKLB News

March 20, 2020 The federal minister of northern affairs wants to reassure residents of the Northwest Territories that they are not being forgotten by the Government of Canada during the coronavirus outbreak. There are still no confirmed cases in the NWT. Minister Dan Vandal appeared live by phone on Denendeh Sunrise—CKLB’s morning show on Friday. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 2020128 Views

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Former Health Minister Joins ‘Front Line’ Fight Against COVID-19 – HuffPost Canada

Jane Philpott says she’s back to work as a doctor amid the pandemic. Canada’s former federal health minister, Dr. Jane Philpott, is one of the thousands of health-care professionals who have “returned to the front lines” because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Philpott, a longtime family physician before entering the political arena in 2015, said on […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202029 Views

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Confederacy of Treaty Six – Statement for General Release: A reminder to support one another and our leadership during these difficult times

March 20, 2020 During these times of unease, it is normal to fear the unknown. Many of us will search for some of these answers and direction within our leaders. We at The Confederacy kindly ask everyone, to keep our Chiefs and Council Members in our prayers during these difficult times. Our Chiefs carry burdens […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202072 Views

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Media Statement – Premier Caroline Cochrane hosts COVID-19 call with Indigenous and community leaders

Northwest Territories Premier Caroline Cochrane today hosted a telephone briefing and discussion on COVID-19 planning and preparedness with mayors and chiefs from community governments, as well as leaders of NWT Indigenous governments and organizations. The Premier was joined on the call by MP Michael McLeod, Minister of Municipal and Community Affairs, Paulie Chinna, as well […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202067 Views

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Nunatsiavut Government: Budget focuses on governance, infrastructure and enhancing programs and services

March 19, 2020 The Nunatsiavut Government’s 2020-21 balanced budget focuses on investments in governance, infrastructure and improving the lives of Labrador Inuit. “When we started down the road of self-government, there was a vision of Labrador Inuit taking control of our own affairs, making decisions that are relevant and culturally-appropriate, and successfully affecting change on […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202053 Views

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Makivik suspends the Volunteer Nunavik Income Tax Program

March 19, 2020 – Kuujjuaq , Nunavik – Makivik has made the decision to suspend the Nunavik Volunteer Income Tax Program in response to the threat of the COVID-19 Pandemic. The suspension is scheduled to last until March 30. The volunteer tax program assists Nunavik beneficiaries by providing tax filing services and each year the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202029 Views

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Nunavut announces support for hunters, daycares during COVID-19 pandemic – Nunatsiaq News

19 March 2020 Nunavut’s hunters and trappers organizations will each receive $25,000 to support community-organized harvesting to help with food insecurity during the COVID-19 pandemic, Nunavut Premier Joe Savikataaq announced at a daily press conference on Thursday, March 19. Licensed daycares in the territory will also receive a total of $531,000 to support workers who […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202027 Views

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Morning Brief: Feds finalizing plan for more ventilators, medical equipment – iPolitics

Mar 20, 2020 Good morning, readers. The federal government is finalizing details of a plan that would boost the production of ventilators, as well as other necessary medical equipment amid the COVID-19 outbreak, CBC News is reporting. The government hopes that, instead of encouraging other industries to re-tool their production lines — a move the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 20, 202023 Views

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MB Government: Budget 2020 Delivers Significant Tax Reductions

March 19, 2020 Budget 2020 continues moving Manitoba forward and building a brighter future for all Manitobans, Finance Minister Scott Fielding announced today as he presented the provincial budget in the Manitoba legislature. “In just four years, Manitoba has made tremendous progress on the road to recovery,” said Fielding.  “Budget 2020 continues the hard work […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 2020122 Views

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Non-Insured Health Benefits program updates March 2020

COVID-19 pandemic updates The NIHB program is continuing to provide benefits and services while following public health guidance and recommendations from health professionals as the situation evolves. The NIHB Drug Exception Centre, Dental Predetermination Centre and regional call centres continue to operate and receive calls from providers and clients. Please note that wait times may […]

by aanationtalk on March 19, 202085 Views

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QIA suspends the Compassionate Bereavement program in light of COVID-19

March 19, 2020 The Qikiqtani Inuit Association (QIA) is suspending the Compassionate Bereavement program until further notice. This decision was made in response to instructions from public health authorities to stop all non-essential travel in order to prevent the spread of COVID-19 throughout Nunavut. QIA staff are working with families currently travelling under our Compassionate […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202035 Views

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Speech: The future of the petroleum industry in Alberta

March 6, 2020 It’s such a great pleasure to meet students from all across Alberta, across Canada, and from around the world. I had no idea just how international this student body was. It reminds me that what we say is true, that we, here in Alberta, have done something amazing. We have built a […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202040 Views

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Op-Ed: Indigenous peoples’ right to consent already exists in Canada, UNDRIP or not – UM Today

March 19, 2020 — The following is an op-ed written by Brenda Gunn, associate professor, Robson Hall Faculty of Law, that originally was published by the Globe and Mail on March 17, 2020. Canada claims to be a peaceful country – one that respects human rights. Yet that notion is seriously undermined when Canadian political […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202069 Views

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National Chief Perry Bellegarde Bulletin – March 18, 2020 – Covid-19 and Canada’s Economic Response Plan

National Chief Perry Bellegarde Bulletin – March 18, 2020 – Covid-19 and Canada’s Economic Response Plan SUMMARY:  The Prime Minister announced on March 18 the “Government of Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan” which includes a number of areas that directly or indirectly impact First Nations. The announcement includes $305 million for an Indigenous Communities Support […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202083 Views

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Prime Minister Excludes Off-Reserve and Non-Status Indigenous People from COVID-19 Response

March 18, 2020 (Ottawa, ON) – Despite Prime Minister Trudeau’s claims to be addressing Indigenous needs in COVID-19 response planning, meetings have included only three out of five National Indigenous Organizations (NIOs). These meetings have excluded the Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP) and the Native Women’s Association of Canada (NWAC). CAP is the federally recognized […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202031 Views

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NTI Statement regarding the Declaration of a Public Health Emergency

Nunavut Tunngavik Incorporated (NTI) applauds the decision by the territorial Chief Public Health Officer to declare a public health emergency in Nunavut in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. The Government of Canada must acknowledge and address Nunavut’s vulnerability to the COVID-19 pandemic by addressing the immediate risks, as well as persistent social and economic inequities […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202027 Views

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PCMNO hold productive meeting in Toronto

The Provisional Council of the Métis Nation of Ontario (PCMNO) met in downtown Toronto from February 29 to March 1, 2020. Much of the late February session featured updates from both Métis Nation of Ontario (MNO) branches and committees, including proposed next steps in an engagement plan with communities on Métis Child and Family Services. […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202026 Views

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A summary of COVID-19 emergency funds – APTN News

March 18, 2020 On Wednesday, the federal government announced an $82-billion financial aid package to help the country through the COVID-19 pandemic. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s government will provide $27 billion in direct support to Canadian workers and businesses to help them get through the economic crisis sparked by global outbreak of the novel coronavirus. […]

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The voices of pro-development First Nations elected chiefs have been marginalized – The Globe and Mail

The entire country has received a lesson in Indigenous governance this past month, especially regarding the difference between elected political and hereditary chiefs. In the Kainai Blood Tribe, I am both the elected chief and the hereditary chief. My clan has represented the political and economic leaders of the Kainai for more than eight generations, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202075 Views

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COVID-19 relief funds for Nunavut and Inuit will start flowing soon, says Dan Vandal – Nunatsiaq News

18 March 2020 Northern affairs minister says air force barracks in Iqaluit could be put to emergency use Northern Canada’s share of the massive $82-billion COVID-19 economic relief package that the federal government announced today will start flowing soon, says Northern Affairs Minister Dan Vandal. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Bill Morneau announced […]

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Morning Brief: Ontario lawmakers converge at Queen’s Park for emergency session – iPolitics

Mar 19, 2020 Good morning, readers. Today, at 1 p.m., Ontario MPs will kick off an emergency sitting at Queen’s Park — but expect sparse attendance inside the chambers, if you’re tuning in. As representatives from the four sitting parties endeavour to debate and pass two pieces of legislation related to COVID-19, they’re also trying […]

by ahnationtalk on March 19, 202042 Views

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Prime Minister’s itinerary for Thursday, March 19, 2020

March 18, 2020 Ottawa, Ontario Note: All times local Ottawa, Ontario 11:00 a.m. The Prime Minister will address Canadians on the COVID-19 situation, and a media availability will follow. Rideau Cottage 1 Sussex Drive Notes for media: Open coverage Media are asked to arrive to the Princess Anne Entrance no later than 10:30 a.m. and […]

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MNO Election 2020 (Updated)

All MNO citizens eligible to vote will be provided with the option to vote electronically or by telephone. In some communities, there will also be the option to vote in person at polling stations with at least one polling station in every region. Voting information will be distributed by email or mail. All MNO electors […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202029 Views

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Government of Nunavut transitioning to work-from-home procedures

IQALUIT, Nunavut (March 18, 2020) – Premier Joe Savikataaq today announced that the Government of Nunavut (GN) will begin transition to have non-essential public servants work from home, in light of the rapidly-changing COVID-19 situation. These measures will fully come into effect by end of day, Friday, March 20. “The health and well-being of our […]

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Canadian government pledges $82 billion to help businesses and residents cope with COVID-19 disruption – inhalton.com

March 18, 2020 On March 18, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced that the government was, in cooperation with the United States, closing the border to non-essential travel. He also announced that the government is providing Canadians with $82 billion in total to help offset financial losses associated with the COVID-19 outbreak. At the press conference, […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202073 Views

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ITK Halts Travel, Continues To Advocate For Unique Inuit Needs Related To COVID-19

Monday March 16, 2020 – Ottawa, Ontario Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami is taking preventative measures in accordance with the COVID-19 recommendations of the Public Health Agency of Canada, Public Health Ontario, Ottawa Public Health, and public health agencies throughout Inuit Nunangat. All public events and working group meetings have been postponed or cancelled. All non-essential duty […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202053 Views

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Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief in self-isolation says meetings have been postponed – CTV News

March 18, 2020 A Wet’suwet’en hereditary chief says all meetings and discussions about a draft deal that centres on Indigenous rights and land titles have been postponed because of the COVID-19 pandemic. Hereditary Chief Na’moks says it is a precaution to ensure the safety and health of their elders. He says they have no set […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202076 Views

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Will Budget 2020 take the Canadian North seriously? – Nunatsiaq News

18 March 2020 “The upcoming Canadian federal budget is a critical opportunity to begin implementing Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework” Note: The 2020 federal budget had been scheduled for release on March 30. But with the suspension of the House of Commons until April 20, it has been postponed to a later date. The […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202040 Views

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Prime Minister announces more support for workers and businesses through Canada’s COVID-19 Economic Response Plan

March 18, 2020 The Government of Canada is taking strong and quick action to protect our economy, and the health, safety, and jobs of all Canadians during the global COVID-19 outbreak. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced a new set of economic measures to help stabilize the economy and help Canadians affected by the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 2020140 Views

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Nunatsiavut Government offices to close to general public

March 17 2020 The Nunatsiavut Government will close all of its offices, including the Illusuak Cultural Centre in Nain, to the general public, effective March 18, 2020. Exceptions will be made to ensure continued essential program and service delivery. Members of the Nunatsiavut Civil Service will have the option to work from home with the […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202029 Views

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iPolitics AM: Trudeau set to roll out emergency aid package for Canadians, businesses hit by COVID-19 cash crunch – iPolitics

Mar 18, 2020 ALSO TODAY: Canada-US deal to restrict ‘non-essential’ border traffic in the works After spending the last few days repeatedly reassuring Canadians that his government was working on a plan to support families and individuals facing a sudden uptick in financial pressure as a result of the COVID-19 crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau […]

by ahnationtalk on March 18, 202075 Views

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