coverage on cbc news network and streaming right around the world on our app and on our website we’re standing by on this Monday to hear from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau who will take questions from reporters in a few minutes at 11:15 Eastern from his home we are not expecting anything terribly new in the Prime Minister’s update on this Monday but the Prime Minister is expected to generally update us on some of the measures that the government has taken over the past few months at this point whether it be economic or health measures it is also the first time that the Prime Minister will speak to reporters since the black lives matter protests that happen across the country on Friday and the Prime Minister attended one of those of course on Parliament Hill we heard a little bit earlier from Conservative leader Andrew Shearer and the leader of the bloc qubcois Francois blast-jet and that special hybrid kovat 19 parliamentary committee will also meet later today we’ll bring you live coverage of that and of course the noon briefing with cabinet ministers and public health officials this is also a day in many parts of the country a country where more provinces are reopening or moving into the next phases of that Newfoundland Saskatchewan are lifting more restrictions while Ontario later this afternoon plans to lay out its next steps it’s still in the phase one of things in this province Montreal businesses earlier today announced a government injection of millions in relief funds including some additional commercial rent health for people for businesses in downtown Montreal I will bring in my colleagues now the host of power and politics specially Capella’s and the CBC is David Cochrane good to see you both I hope you had a good weekend as we wait for the prime minister here to emerge and as I said Vashi not necessarily to announce anything huge today but to sort of give us we think an update on where things are at yeah I think an update specifically around uptake of various programs that the government has rolled out and we are entering as you could hear from opposition leaders today sort of a period where a lot of these programs be are coming to their end or close to their end like the Serb or the wage subsidy program but there are sort of promises from the federal government and in some case specific ones others just sort of indications that those programs will continue to some degree and so now we’re starting to get a sense of in what way and to – how much will they continue to what degree I think all those questions are are basically going to be swirling around Parliament over the next week and so the Prime Minister is set to give a bit of an update on the update for those problems and and the programs that I would I would sort of Zone in on right now as of course the number one program would be the wage subsidy that’s something the federal government has explicitly said that it will extend to the end of August it was supposed to end in June the uptake was not great so my understanding is as of last week there about three hundred and twenty-two thousand approved applications they had anticipated a million applications they had also originally anticipated the program would cost about seventy billion dollars total so far they’ve paid out just over nine billion dollars again that’s early last week that’s when the the latest that’s the latest information that’s available so the government had promised to not only extend the program – in order to increase the uptake but also widen the parameters for qualification so you had to show a thirty percent decline in revenue year over year let’s say that’s the kind of baseline qualifier there were some nuances to that but that was getting harder that was hard initially for some businesses even harder as they start to reopen you mentioned Newfoundland and Labrador Saskatchewan lots of businesses starting to reopen to varying degrees and so the need for the program still exists but maybe they can’t show a full 30 percent drop so we’ll be looking to the federal government to get some answers and the prime minister specifically on how they see this program evolving and then also on the serve which we know has been you know had a wild uptake more than eight million unique applicants to that program and the value of that program also increased sort of the amount of money the government had set aside to pay for it had also increased so what does that look like as people get ready to apply for their last month of that two thousand dollars a month will it be extended will there be variances and how its applied I mean again that’s something that Parliament is going to be discussing and then finally you mentioned commercial rent today Quebec announced that they’re gonna sort of give a lot more money to it so that landlords don’t have to pay as much as they were kind of take as much of a hit as they had planned to take so that uptake on that program is also not fantastic as of last week at least 16 landlords had submitted applications on behalf of sixteen thousand tenants representing 60,000 employees for rent subsidies worth 65 million I think they had anticipated it to be about triples at so that could be a delay and the applications are pretty cumbersome so that that could be part of it but we’re also looking for an update on that program if the government is considering any changes on the federal level or if they are expecting other provinces to follow suit with Quebec I would say thank you for all that fast that’s a good great information I would say it lots of people on serve are probably a little bit anxious to to hear more about what the future holds because you say we’re now into if you started when it first became available you’re on your fourth week fourth month rather of that which which ends the beginning of July so people want some clarity around if I don’t have a job to go back to what exactly can I count on in terms of government support David maybe you can pick up there because I we don’t have a lot of indications other than it would be some sort of Serb thing although I do believe that there’s been a suggestion it could be extended even but we don’t we don’t really know more than that yeah I think there’s also the issue rosy of whether you can make any permanent decisions about the life of any of these programs in the absence of knowing whether or not there’s going to be a second wave of this pandemic what’s the severity of it might be how this reopening that we’re seeing across the country could trigger more spread of the virus if you look at the data from the States which is a different experience some of the states that have started reopening like in a big way like Florida California Texas they’ve got some problems you’re you’re seeing a big surge in numbers and the question is do you keep pushing ahead with that or do you go back into a lockdown and and then how do you support people if you have to retreat from these reopening so that creates a public policy problem that is driven entirely by a medical situation and it goes beyond philosophy and ability to pay but as opposed you could stop Serb now but you may very well need to bring it back or do you make it more of a regional thing for example if Prince Edward Island can fully reopen its local economy we don’t exclusive of people coming in and out of the province or if Newfoundland Labrador can do the same thing because of their low case levels and their relative isolation and ability to control access in and out do you make Serb more difficult you make it a bit more like any more generally based so there’s a lot of variables that go into any of these conversations so I suspect we’ll get the math update on that from the Prime Minister this is also Rosie going to be his first public comments since he went to the protests on Parliament Hill on Friday and knelt in solidarity with anti black racism protesters and cabinet is meeting today which it doesn’t normally do on a Monday and I’m told that one of the big issues that they’re talking about at the cabinet table today is is policing it is racism and what next steps would be in what concrete actions the federal government can take you know this is an issue that’s really exploded in the United States but obviously Canada’s not immune from it and certainly not doesn’t have completely clean hands when it comes to dealing with these issues so the something governments at every level of the country are dealing with and the federal cabinet will be dealing with particularly today and we know that the Prime Minister did discuss it with the RCMP Commissioner on Friday but we didn’t really get an update on how that conversation went so perhaps you’ll have more to say about that too thank you both I’ll be back to you momentarily but want to turn our attention to one of the provinces that has done very well in containing the virus and is now actually entering the third phase of its kovat 19 reopening plan and that is Saskatchewan among other things that means that salons spas and some other services can now open their doors just a – is the owner of just for you day spas in Saskatoon and she’s resuming some services today good to see you Jeff well so I’m in Ontario and very jealous of this reopening stage in Saskatchewan because we are obviously nowhere near that but tell me how you have prepared your businesses for for this I’m sure you’ve anxiously been awaiting it but how have you gotten ready for it we open for massage therapy reservations back may 19th so we’ve had a little bit of time but trial and error to see what works what doesn’t work what we needed to do obviously aesthetic services are a little bit more personal we’re right in their space we’re definitely having a closer contact so that means of course more sanitation more policies put in place so we’ve been working really hard we’ve been following the Saskatchewan health authorities guidelines there isn’t really unfortunately an outline for aesthetics specifically there is for massage therapy departments from their insurance providers however aesthetics just doesn’t have that so we’ve really kind of been on our own to figure out you know what level we want to go to how thorough we want to be and so we’ve kind of taken the angle that the safer the better obviously I don’t want to be responsible for anybody yeah getting sick or any sort of you know pandemic growing in our community so so so tell me what that looks like then what has changed practically inside your salons what kinds of things have you had to buy or adjust it is like basically I always I’ve been saying it’s like starting a business all over again I’ve had to relearn everything every policy every protocol had to be rewritten that means extensive PPE so we have our team shows up in the morning in their clothes that they’ve you know wearing from home they change they have keys changing stations where they change into their PPE that means a uniform a clean sanitized apron protection glasses surgical masks and nitrile or hybrid gloves depending on the service and then between every single client there’s an additional time added on each service then they will have to change all of their PPE again so it’s just like coming into a whole new protocol for every single service that we do and we’ve had to cut back on some services that weren’t specifically safe or there was things in that service that couldn’t be done safely so we’ve you know cut those as well it sounds to me like a huge expense as a business owner I mean I guess you don’t have a choice but it sounds like a huge expense it’s it’s incredible the difference that it’s it’s you know our bottom line is significantly different now and not only is our expense for this PPE and sanitation products significantly higher but we’re not allowed to do as many services or we can entice patients a it’s not possible because of the distancing guidelines and having clients further apart from each other and you know times that customers are entering the building had to change so overall our expenses are higher and our income is lower did you ever have a moment where you thought to yourself maybe this just isn’t worth it no I don’t think so I mean at the beginning when we first you know we’re closing down I honestly believed it was going to be a couple of weeks I mean very naive obviously at that point there was a lot of tears but you know I kind of went into survival in like fight mode to protect my business is in my 150 staff across the province and we worked really hard while we were closed to kind of get creative and continue sales and we did lots of promotions and things to make sure we had a bit of a cushion when we did reopen and then of course we didn’t just come into it blindly we’ve been working around the clock to make sure that we were prepared so that we could continue and I think because the business was strong going into this pandemic I think will come out of it quite strong as well so what are you what are you expecting for today my sister’s in Manitoba and she’s already had her nails done and I’m very jealous of it all but what are you expecting in terms of people showing up because I guess they have to decide what they’re willing to manage in terms of risk – I really do think that we maybe the lines would be a little slower once they got reopened we opened our booking lines about a week ago after reservations starting today when we were booked solid very very quickly we’ve been very open and upfront about our sanitation policies about all of the extra things that we’ve been doing to go above and beyond to make sure and ensure the safety the Saskatchewan Health Authority has been checking in which is really great for our industry to hold us business owners accountable and make sure that everything is continued to be done safely and I’m really just ecstatic that our clients and our customers are being so supportive and are excited to get back in good well I wish you luck to luck thank you for telling us about how you’ve adapted lots of people obviously looking forward to the same thing happening in their province thank you just a – appreciate it that’s just a – we spoke to her in Saskatoon as we await the prime minister here going to come out of his home and give us a bit of an update on the situation his government’s response – Kovach 19 I’ll bring back my colleagues Bashi and David it’s so interesting to talk to people in other parts of the country because of course Ontario really far behind in terms of reopening at this stage we’re still in phase 1 although the premier expected to talk about what phase 2 would look like although we understand not to give a date on what when phase 2 is and there’s been some pressure on premier Ford as of late to talk more about the regional reopening it’s because the situation really about 3/4 the Kovach 19 cases are in and around Toronto in the GTA and and it’s sort of at some point lots of people are asking does it make sense to have the same measures in place across the province if it’s not the same situation across the province Vashi so it’ll be interesting to see how they how they manage that later this afternoon when they update people yeah and that conversation has really last week and it’s interesting that you that you bring it up because what I found from talking to a number of Mayors is even it really does depend on where you live a but even some who are seeing more positive results for example or and by positive I mean the virus is is you know a lot more dormant there than it is in the GTA for example are not a hundred percent sold on regional opening and I think it’s be a regional approach rather to reopening and I think it speaks to the intricacies of doing that and you can just imagine for example in Kingston where things are going really well there must be a huge amount of anxiety around like let’s get things going right like why are our restaurants closed when we have barely any cases and everyone’s recovered versus in peel or in Mississauga where the mayor’s are already you know have been saying for weeks whoa whoa whoa we’re already going too fast what happens if someone wants to go for dinner and drive two hours into Kingston like there’s some anxiety there around how are you gonna manage things you can’t I mean how do you how do you navigate borders within a province it’s a really really difficult question to answer and I think it gives us a little bit of a window into why it is taking so long to answer that question I mean the premier at first said he was totally against it in Ontario that he said I’m open to it nothing’s off the table but there really hasn’t been much movement since then and I do think it speaks to how complicated that might be but at the same time it’s a hard reality to ignore right if you are living in one of those areas that is not hit that bad right now your businesses are suffering your economy is suffering because you can’t reopen because of something that’s happening in a very different place in the province and so it’s a it’s it’s gonna be I’m interested to see what they say from the province today about what this phase 2 will look like if it does include any kind of regional approach how they might tackle that but I think it gives us an the fact that they don’t have a date attached to it give us an idea of you know again still how far things are behind here versus other places I mean we’re still limited to groups of five just so people know we haven’t nothings increased you’re just seeing the same five people all the time and and there are other provinces David where they have managed to do this Alberta opened up you know basically the whole province except for Calgary and and now Calgary has moved into a different phase as well so it’s not like it can’t be done these regional reopens although certainly there’s there are complications to it it can be done if you have a handle on on testing and on tracing and Ontario has had some challenges in that particular area and and I think there is probably a reflexive instinct to go a little bit slower than faster because a reopening that happens too fast leads to a reclosure that happens too abruptly and this is the challenge that we’re going to face in this patchwork approach to this this quilt-like approach to this where the we talked about the Prime Minister we see him every single day but it’s really the Premier’s who are driving this they were driving the National Response in terms of what closes what reopens what the restrictions are and the federal government trying to help coordinate a way that that there could be a consistent level of safety with an inconsistent approach though to to reopening and I don’t mean inconsistent in a negative way it’s just an uneven approach because it’s all different depending on where you are and I know in places where the case loads are low there’s a frustration that it is going too slow but you know as we saw in New Brunswick with that doctor who came back and didn’t self isolate properly and wasn’t quite clear on where he had been all it takes is one slip-up for potentially hundreds of people to be exposed and we get into the larger population centers like here in central Canada it becomes you know a tricky thing so we’re entering a very difficult phase I think for a lot of the political leaders because the economic pain is more and more pronounced with each month and starts to pile up and that creates a pressure on an agitation for people who are very concerned about their financial and business losses the weather is good in most parts of the country now people want to get outside kids are going crazy and want to get out and see the friends but you know the virus doesn’t care about any of this and that becomes the other side of the conversation and the other side of you have to weigh and you just look at just how significant that chore and that task is Rosie the Prime Minister put fourteen billion dollars on the table last Thursday in the phone call with the premiers and the universal reaction is almost that that is nowhere close to being enough so this is a massive financial undertaking to make sure it’s done properly as well and to make sure that local services can meet the extra strain and the extra need and it’s just not something that can be done quickly at all yeah and that 14 billion dollars it was very clear that that was the beginning of a negotiation in terms of how that money would be used what kind of strings would be attached all the provinces never like to hear that so we are waiting to hear more perhaps this week about where they’re at with those talks as the prime minister has been having these weekly calls with premiers and certainly the Deputy Prime Minister is on every premier speed dial from what I understand so there’s lots of talks going on behind the scenes as we wait for the prime minister who might emerge at any moment that we haven’t been given our two-minute warning I’ll just dip quickly to David’s home province in Newfoundland and Labrador because that is another province moving into the next phase of its reopening groups of up to 20 people now permitted in Newfoundland Chris O’Neill Yates is in st.
John’s to give us a picture of how the reopening is going there Chris well hi Rosie I’ve walked down and been on this street many times in the last three months and this is the first sign of activity it’s Water Street our main street here and restaurants here will be allowed to open today with the usual provisos of social distancing there won’t be any buffets your tofu Chinese buffet will not be open today here on Water Street normal any of them as well people today can go out and get a haircut which a lot of people like me get your nails done get a tattoo but also things like funerals and weddings you know things that people have been putting off those things can happen as you said with a limit of 20 people some recreational facilities such as pools some sports will be allowed for the tourism industry here this is you know welcome news even though tourists are not allowed in there’s a big encouragement on on the part of tourist operators in the government though to encourage people to travel at home but all this is being done with a real note of caution this province has taken a very conservative approach you know to opening – opening things up again to some semblance of normality because we saw a while ago you know you were talking about one what one case could do we have one case at a funeral home some time ago and it led to over a hundred people coming down with with Kovach 19 so we’re catching the virus testing positive for it so it’s being done really cautiously but you know people here are ready for it it’s been it’s been three months it has been christen it’s good to see you and good to see what Water Street reopening if anyone’s ever been there quiet Water Street is not a normal thing so it’s nice to see some opening signs behind you there thank you so much yeah okay okay we are waiting for the prime minister to come out today I was just wondering who would rush out to get a kovat 19 tattoo in New Zealand Labrador maybe some people want to mark the occasion but but this is of course a part of a larger picture of provinces starting to reopen across Canada at to varying degrees here’s the Prime Minister on this Monday morning now to give us an update on his government’s approach to all of this morning everyone I want to begin this morning by reflecting on the reports and videos that have continued to surface in the last few days of violence against black Canadians and indigenous people and I want to talk about what this means for a path forward as a country on Friday I went to a rally on Parliament Hill to show my support and listen to what community leaders and black Canadians are calling for I hear you and I see you as you call out systemic discrimination racism and unconscious bias as you call for action and as you call for it now our communities are suffering from inequality and racism at this time including during this pandemic all you have to do is look at a map of the cases of kovat 19 in Toronto and Montreal to see that black Canadians are harder hit by kovat 19 I am here and I am listening to the demands of black Canadians I hear you denounce systemic discrimination racism unconscious bias things that persist in our society and I’m ready to take action that many people in this country simply do not feel protected by the police in fact they’re afraid of them that alone would be bad enough but systemic discrimination and racism in Canada goes much further than just policing is about poverty and mental health it’s about the fact that people are all too often treated like criminals instead of receiving the support that they need we as governments need to work together we as leaders need to recognize that these problems are tied to Inuk economic inequality and the racialization of poverty and we need bold measures to address this our government promised to address systemic racism and injustice we knew that this work had to be informed by the lived experiences of racialized communities and indigenous peoples so we listened and we worked together to change things we invested in mental health resources and youth programs for black Canadians we worked to close the gaps and services for indigenous communities we funded Statistics Canada so they could create a gender diversity and inclusion statistic up and this work culminated in the release of Canada’s anti racism strategy for 2019 2022 and the creation of an anti racism Secretariat just last fall we appointed a minister to focus specific on diversity and inclusion together we have made progress progress that has meant support for groups like the Black Health Alliance a new school for indigenous kids but I hear you when you say that it isn’t enough I hear you when you say that it doesn’t solve systemic racism and I agree with the many disturbing reports of violence against black Canadians and indigenous people we know that we need to do much more and we need to do it now I had a discussion with cabinet on Friday that will continue later today I also spoke with Commissioner lucky of the RCMP this morning the Commissioner assured me that she will use all available tools to take quick solid action on our call one of the things we discussed was the adoption of body cameras I’m committing to raising this with the provinces this week so we can move forward as quickly as possible Minister Blair has also reaffirmed to me his commitment to improving indigenous policing and later today I have a stocktake on reconciliation to discuss our work with indigenous communities I am committing to you that this work will continue to accelerate the pace of change because you deserve real commitments as quickly as possible that addresses the root causes of these problems these shows drive xiangxi things must change but fixing centuries of injustice exclusion and violence are not things that can happen overnight we have to work together and we have to work hard today I am pledging to continue to lead the charge and our government will be working as well and as quickly as possible to build a country that is more just and better with you there’s no doubt that the last few months have been harder than anyone could have expected this pandemic has meant different challenges for everyone but no matter who you are and no matter what your deal with a little bit of help can make all the difference maybe your employer has been able to keep you on the payroll because of the wage subsidy a program that’s supporting two and a half million jobs perhaps you got some extra help through the Canada Child Benefit or you’ll receive more money with the top up to your old age security well you might even be one of the five hundred thousand young people who has accessed the student benefit helping you pay for next year’s tuition well cool they didn’t even want in recent months we’ve been working hard to help people get through this crisis and the programs that we introduced and the investments we’ve been making are making a real difference I’m thinking for example of a story that Anthony house father told me about a Montreal firm called Franklin Empire in his writing that manufactures electrical goods that family business has been around for four generations and employs more than five hundred people in Quebec and Ontario the business was doing fine but when the pandemic hit they had to shut down their production line they wanted to keep their employees but they couldn’t do that on their own and that’s where the emergency wage subsidy subsidy comes into play they were able to rehire all their employees and with our help provide them with a full salaries we’re talking about five hundred persons and their families now receiving their paycheck as usual in spite of the pandemic and this is only one example but it does show why programs like the emergency wage subsidy are so important but we know that there’s still a lot of work to be done I know that the federal government would contribute 14 billion dollars towards a safe restart agreement with the provinces and territories for the things that all Canadians need as we get our country back up and running right now we’re working with the Premier’s on what this restart could look like in the coming months and as we do that we’re staying focused on people’s new realities if you work in a hospital or in a business that’s reopening you’ll need PP to stay safe if you’re back on the job you might need transit childcare or the option to take time off if you’re ill if you’re a senior or at higher risk from kovat 19 you may need some extra support these are the things that Canadians are thinking about so it’s what we’re thinking about to the provinces and territories are all facing different realities right now and we have to consider that as we look to the next step but wherever you live we are working with your premier to reach a restart agreements that will allow us to protect your health and safety together in addition to cooperating on that agreement the Premier’s and myself have also discussed about Canadians who are separated from their family members because of the border closure obviously we want families to be together but our priority remains the safety of all Canadians so we will be introducing a limited exemption that will allow members of the immediate family of citizens or permanent residents to enter Canada mainly spouses children and the parents of minor children but I want to be absolutely clear any person entering Canada will have to self isolate for 14 days I know that Minister Mendocino will have more to say about this later today this is an incredibly difficult time to be apart from a spouse a child or mom and dad we hear that that’s why we’re bringing in a limited exemption to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada I want to be clear though anyone entering the country will be required to quarantine for 14 days and if you don’t follow these rules you could face serious penalties I know that Minister Mendocino will have more to say about all this later today just seek I know that after this difficult spring a lot of people are hoping that the summer will be easier to deal with things are starting to improve for many people but we know there is still a lot of work to be done and Canadians can count on our support in the months and weeks to come Thank You mr.
Dick you somebody today from New Jersey Thank You Missy first question Ryan Lilly Toronto Sun line open good morning prime minister you you’ve spoke often about the need for the provinces to be cautious in reopening last week you specifically said that you want to be clear we’re not over the woods the pandemic is still threatening the health and safety of Canadians so I want to ask you about the fact that so many Canadians did participate in protests over the weekend some were wearing masks some were not some were social distancing and others were not but a lot of Canadians are looking and saying I’ve lost my job because I followed rules I couldn’t go to a family’s funeral family members funeral because I followed the rules what do you say to Canadians who are sitting and saying I understand the issues of racism I understand the issues the protests were protesters were raising but I’ve lost out on nearly three months of my life due to this can you continue to support the lockdown measures that have been in place we’ve seen thousands of Canadians come out this weekend and over the past days to highlight their deep concerns and stand in solidarity with racialized Canadians and indigenous Canadians again as you pointed out we saw many many efforts made to wear masks to continue social distancing it is important that we follow public health advice throughout even as we protest and demonstrate in order to create a better world we have to get that balance right and I continue to exhort Canadians to do just that to demonstrate to talk about inequality and systemic discrimination that exists in Canada particularly for racialized Canadians and indigenous Canadians we also saw that many people have made an effort by wearing a mask and keeping the proper distance from others and they’ve been following public health advice and we need people to continue to follow that public health advice even when they are demonstrating it’s important that we be careful and that we continue to get through this crisis Prime Minister there was an Ottawa restaurant allowing customers to eat their pizza socially dissidents on a patio they’re facing an 880 dollar fine for violating the same emergency orders that you violated that many of the people that the protest violated so can you continue to say that we’ve got to have these lockdown measures in place when there is obviously a difference of how they are applied between people meeting on their driveways people eating pizza and people protesting thank you for your question Brian I mean there’s a lot of people wondering about what exactly is the right thing to do what the coming weeks and months will hold for us one of the things that we’ve seen very clearly from other jurisdictions including places like South Korea and others where a strong handling of the crisis at the beginning has given way to some resurgence is here and there is that as we loosen some of the population control measures as people are returning to work in some ways seeing businesses reopen we need to step up in other ways we need to continue socially distancing we need to wear masks where appropriate but we also need to make sure that we are stepping up on things like contact tracing and exposure notification and massive testing there are many more things we need to do even as we restart the economy we need to bring in other measures as well to ensure that we can handle any resurgence all this is difficult and frustrating and longer than we’d hoped it would be in many ways but at the same time we know that the cost of having to return into social isolation returned into lockdown because of a massive resurgent is not one that anyone wants to bear which is why we are being very cautious going forward and we continue to encourage people to follow all public health advice and guidance thank you operator next question Thank You Missy person get still will you be tested now since you were in the middle of a crowd on Friday as much as possible to the best of my abilities you must wear a mask wash your hands regularly and use discrimination and have been enduring the right across the country we must keep our distance from others and do everything we can to pretend prevent further spread of the virus we’ve seen that people feel a deep need to stand in solidarity with racialized Canadians with indigenous Canadians who continue to face unacceptable levels of systemic discrimination in this country this is a time for people to make sure their voice is heard but it’s also a time in which we need to follow Public Health instructions as best as possible which is why I and many others wore masks even as we tried to keep our distances in in that those massive crowds but we need to make sure we’re getting that balance right of looking to build a better world looking to ensure that real change happens and now and into the coming months while at the same time ensuring that we slow and decrease the spread of kovat 19 what did it mean to you could you explain that to us for me it meant showing respect for all the people demonstrating around me it meant things are not right that we have a system that continues to discriminate against black Canadians racialized Canadians indigenous Canadians and we must acknowledge the fact that even though we live in an extraordinary country maybe the best country in the world we still have a lot of work to do to ensure that so everyone feels everyone in Canada feels that they live in the best country in the world that is not the reality for everyone and for me kneeling was a sign of respect and solidarity with them thank you see person castellan music sealer devar good morning mr.
Trudeau I’d like to come back to the 14 billion dollars you promised to the provinces did you agree on how the money would be shared between the provinces mr. Lugo was saying it should not be the traditional formula the per-capita formula because an in fact it should be based on the effect of the pandemic here in the province in other words Quebec and Ontario should receive more what do you think of that well Quebec and Ontario will be receiving more because of their population we recognize that jurisdictions who have not have had that many cases of Kovac covet 19 have still had to suspend certain services and they do have additional cost to bear in order protect against a second wave and all of that our discussions and negotiations that are ongoing with the provinces the fact is that we are here to ensure that every single Canadian right across the country has access to whatever they need whether it is personal protective equipment or childcare or help for our seniors or help for our municipalities so that we can restart the economy safely yes and I’d like to come back to what you said in your speech cameras for police officers what is your position on this should the RCMP officers wear them and when you discuss this with the provinces or when you did discuss it what was their response or reaction were they open to the idea well I did speak to the Premier’s of the need to take concrete action we did not directly speak body cameras for police but that is certainly something that I will be raising with them in the coming days our weekly call of course at the federal level we have a responsibility for the RCMP but the provinces have their own responsibility for the provincial and municipal police forces so we will have to work together but certainly there is no doubt that body cameras are a very important part of this it shows transparency and I think it would be very important for police officers to have them in this country on Thursday last week with the premiers I highlighted the need for us to take concrete direct actions to move forward on systemic discrimination in this country on moving forward together on making real change so that more Canadians can feel safe and respected in their own country this is a challenge that has gone on for far too long and requires concerted action across all orders of government in regards to body cameras it didn’t come up in our conversation last Thursday but certainly moving forward this week it will come up as you know the federal government has jurisdiction over the RCMP but there are many other provincial and municipal police forces that should be looking at greater transparency measures as well and I will certainly be talking about the province with the provinces and premiers about the need to move forward on measures like body cameras Thank You operator last question on the phone don’t test you on today’s phone yes thank you Elsie last question Christie Kirkup The Globe and Mail line open good morning Prime Minister in recent days Athabasca chippewa on First Nation chief Allen Adham has alleged that he was beaten by the RCMP he has shared pictures of his bloodied face and swollen eye given this incident and many others that have come too late how can Canadians be confident but there are mechanisms in place to ensure that there is someone policing the police we have obviously all seen and been deeply alarmed by the pictures that chief Adams shared obviously Minister Miller has engaged with the chief directly multiple times over the past days we need to do more we need to take significant measures to move forward we brought in an RCMP management board a number of years ago when we as we committed to that is helping with Oh a civilian oversight over the RCMP but there is more to do and that is a conversation I had with Commissioner lucky this morning and I will continue working with her and with all of our partners on ensuring that we bring forward significant concrete and rapid measures to address these issues is a velocity we were all disturbed by the photograph shared by the chief a few days ago Minister Miller has been in direct communication with him and I spoke to him to smoother and I spoke to Commissioner Lucky of the RCMP this morning we have to work together to expedite change within the RCMP now we did bring in additional measures in recent years to ensure greater accountability within the RCMP but we know that there’s a lot more to be done and we will be working together in the coming days to bring in new measures Prime Minister five years ago the Truth and Reconciliation Commission highlighted systemic issues between police and indigenous people the national public inquiry that your government called on missing and murdered indigenous women did the same have you given any consideration to appointing someone in your cabinet to assess allegations of systematic racism and to be tasked with taking action on we have not waited for those reports to move forward we have been taking action on these systemic challenges whether it was bringing in a new review and oversight management boards for the RCMP whether it’s moving forward on statistics Canada being better able to work with disaggregated data whether it’s working more directly with community organizations and giving them the funds to be able to develop programs that can help there are many things we’ve done including directly within the national police force in terms of bringing forward significant measures and transformations but there is much much more to do we appointed a minister of diversity inclusion for the very first time last fall and she has been tasked with looking directly at these issues and our Minister of Public Safety has of course the mandate to ensure that we are fighting against systemic discrimination in in everything we do we know you denounced a systemic racism but for years commissions and experts have been recommending sorts of things and there are still and that are still waiting for concrete results for example an investigative Bureau that would be looking at incidents associated with police brutality against indigenous people will we see an organization like that in Canada soon well we will very quickly be looking at all the measures that are currently in place in terms of transparency accountability and so on and we are ready to do anything necessary we are prepared to introduce new structures or strengthen existing structures that’s exactly the kind of conversation I had with the Commissioner this morning and those are the conversations we are also having having in cabinet we know we have to take concrete steps and we know we need to strengthen the current system and perhaps add things to it and that’s what we’re looking at this week one year ago the investigation on missing and murdered indigenous women recommended that civilian groups be asked to monitor the police right across the country and I think the people are wondering what you’re waiting for to do that when will those groups be put in place well the RCMP has created advisory groups in every region to work with the indigenous people but we know there has to be more done and that’s what we’re looking at this week we’re going to have conversations about where we can go a bit further where we have to go a lot further in order to ensure that we are acting taking concrete actions that we’re not just talking about intentions but then we’re taking concrete action that will transform this country over the past years about fighting against systemic discrimination whether it has been creating better oversight of the RCMP which we’ve moved forward on whether it’s the RCMP Commissioner setting up indigenous advisory councils right across the country to better respond to what they’re doing we’ve done a number of things but we we have to do much more and that’s what we’re talking about this week looking at concrete measures where we can strengthen certain existing bodies where we might need to bring in new bodies where we can move forward on different different measures there’s a range of things that obviously we need to do the intention has been there to fight systemic discrimination in this country we now need to do even more in terms of actions to get should get make sure that gets done mr.
Tom Perry CBC I’d like to ask you about your own decision to attend the rally on Friday this was clearly something that was important to you but you’ve been telling Canadians for weeks to avoid doing things that are important to them so why did you decide to go in against your own advice and also you’re asked earlier whether you’re gonna get tested are you I will continue to follow Public Health protocols in terms of getting tested I’m open to getting tested obviously but when I was in isolation because I was in proximity with my wife who had tested positive it was determined at the time that I didn’t need to get tested because I was isolating and I showed absolutely no symptoms I continue obviously to show no symptoms in regards to the rallies it was important for me to attend I think to look out the windows of my office and see thousands upon thousands of young people of Canadians of all ages stand in solidarity to wanting to see change happen I felt it was important for me to be part of that to be able to listen to be able to hear people and to be able to understand and to share with people how important it was to act on it I as best I could followed social distancing measures wearing a mask keeping keeping distance where possible but I recognize that it is a difficult situation where we’re trying to balance very important competing interests but for me it was important that I be there to hear those Canadians dress you know think we’re in a situation now where we’re constantly being called upon to make difficult choices course we must try to follow Public Health recommendations that’s what I tried to do but I also felt it was very important that the Prime Minister be there to listen and hear the voices of thousands of Canadians who want us to act quickly to counter systemic discrimination that exists in this country that is the choice that I made and I believe it was the right choice ago myself isolated when Sophie tested positive for covin 19 and being told that since I had no symptoms I had no need to be tested but I’m always open to be tested again this is something that you think should happen then you think that the RCMP officers should be wearing these cameras and also in your conversations with the commissioners she’s saying that not does she think that her officers would be willing to wear these cameras I think these are discussions we need to go forward on on the logistics on the cost on that on the costs to provinces where there is a contract policing in place but the challenges that I’ve heard are more logistical and economic concerns about remote areas and and the way those cameras would work but yes it is something that is in my in my opinion what we need to move forward with discussions with the Commissioner this morning we talked about body cameras associated with those cameras are you have to do with logistics and economics they’re not substantive they’re also some technical challenges so I think we agree that we have to move forward with body cameras for RCMP officer hello Prime Minister it’s Annie Bergeron Oliver with CTV national news you took Annie at Friday’s rally showing your support for the black lives matter movement many of the protesters we spoke with said that they appreciate the symbolism but they want concrete actions to show that that was not just a photo-op you mentioned body cameras in your speech but many advocates say that’s simply a band-aid solution so I’m wondering what firm steps will you take immediately to begin addressing systemic racism in Canada well I think first of all body cameras is a significant step towards transparency and we’re as I said going to work on that this week we’re also going to move forward on looking at various review structures and oversight commissions at the policing level to make sure that they have the powers and the abilities to do what needs to be done but when we talk about systemic racism it’s easy and important to look at policing in this country as being a key challenge but the drivers of systemic racism racism are far greater than just policing their social economic factors there are inequalities long-standing inequalities the racialization of poverty is a reality in this country and we need to make sure that we are addressing all of those at the same time that is why as a cabinet as a government as a country we will have many important conversations but I hear very clearly that as much as we have made strong efforts over the past years on stepping forward in the right way it hasn’t been enough we have to do much more and we will you’ve also said that the protests are calling for action now and one of the clear calls that we’re hearing is to reduce police budgets and to redirect money to better support black communities Minneapolis announced that it will do just that and I’m wondering whether you will review the RCMP budget I think there’s always a need to review every dollar every public dollar spent to ensure that we’re getting the best results out of it that what we’re doing is the best thing to keep Canadians safe that’s something that Canadians expect of their governments and we will continue to do that to ensure that budgets are spent appropriately the budgets themselves are appropriate and make sure that we’re also investing in all the things that need to be invested in to ensure truly safer communities there’s no set down that’s I think people to be constantly reviewing budgets and expenditures to be sure that we are investing money in the right things and that were developing the right programs and tools to keep all Canadians safe and that’s something we will continue to do Prime Minister the migrant workers Alliance for Change says more than a thousand complaints on behalf of migrant farm workers went unheeded by federal and provincial authorities ahead of these recent kovat 19o Prix why didn’t your government do more to ensure these essential workers were safe no one in Canada should be at greater risk of kovat 19 and we know we need to do better by migrant workers temporary foreign workers in Canada have an extremely important role to play in our agricultural systems we’ve had many discussions with agricultural industry and with migrant worker organizations to ensure that we were putting measures in place that would allow both isolation and the important work in assuring Canada’s food supply continues of course we will be continuing to listen to them listening to them and looking how we can make things better going forward cramped living conditions working long hours in close proximity advocates have complaining about these issues for decades well your government consider giving migrant workers permanent resident status so they can assert their right to a safe workplace we need whether they’re permanent residents or whether they’re simply temporary foreign workers we need to do a better job of protecting temporary agricultural workers in this country temporary foreign workers in this country we have taken a number of steps but there’s more to do and we will do it merci beaucoup say ski miracle phone suppressers LG yes it or not that is the Prime Minister of Canada on this Monday giving his daily briefing which is usually about Kovac 19:00 although today primarily the discussion around anti black racism protests and policing although a little bit of news there on exemptions for people looking to reunite their families if they’ve got sort of separated between Canada the United States over the course of the past few months I’ll bring in boshy kappa listen david cochran to walk us through their what we heard so it is interesting how events sometimes overtake these press conferences and it no longer becomes solely focused on the pandemic but in this case very much in response to what we have seen from politicians and people on the street about what the past couple of days anti black protests Bashi yeah and lots of interesting comments there to dissect i think none more significant than the prime minister near the end there initially talking about his his discussion with RCMP commissioner brenda lucky this morning and broaching the subject of body cameras for our CMP officers but then when pressed by various reporters including our colleague tom he basically endorsed the the use of our moving forward he said moving forward we agree we have to move forward with body cameras that was his exact wording for RCMP officers that is significant he mentioned that he would be talking to Premier’s for example about policing in general and body cameras for policing in general because of course jurisdiction is very different when it comes to various police forces and even in some cases the RCMP in various provinces but where the federal government does have jurisdiction is over certain RCMP members in certain area are CP members rather in certain areas of the country and I’m thinking specifically following the events of last week in Nunavut where a number of investigations have been launched six actually since January into the conduct of RCMP officers there I spoke with the mayor and deputy mayor of Iqaluit who for example have taken it upon themselves at the municipal level to introduce various motions and statements in support of making those body cameras mandatory for RCMP officers so for the prime minister to come out and said that say that is something he endorses I think is is significant whether it affects the policy direction of the RCMP going forward is is a different subject I say they’re not different subject but it’s certainly a different question I have not heard commissioner lucky recently talk about it he mentioned that in their discussions she brought up some of the challenges via economical be it technical there have been two I think distinct studies that have been done or trials I should say on the use of body cameras it would be interesting to find it from the RCP exactly the reasons that they’ve held back on moving forward but if it is economic let’s say if it is technical now that the Prime Minister has pronounced his support for that what exactly is the federal government prepared to do to make sure that the RCP can move forward and address those challenges and how quickly could that happen and then where does the conversation go with the various provinces who again as I mentioned do have jurisdiction over various policing forces and even even in the municipal level rather to a certain degree depending on the city that you’re in I think I think this is a definite shift in that conversation I mean the fact that it’s being studied for a number of years but not really uniformly acted upon tells you that there you know that there there was this discussion to be had I think that given the number of questions the Prime Minister got about sort of the symbolism associated with a lot of what he said and done in the last week in support of those protesters you know the question has often been to him well what are you going to do about it and he acknowledged in his speech today that that there is more to do could this be you know an actual tangible action taken in light of everything that’s gone on over the last two weeks it sounds like he’s in support of doing it I think there’s you know questions remain about how exactly that happens yeah it was interesting that he he spoke to Commissioner lucky on Friday and it sounds like he spoke to her again this morning in light of some of the things that we saw over the weekend namely the allegations from chief Adam that he was physically assaulted by RCMP and those those pictures that we’ve seen everywhere of the nature of what the assault was which seemed very severe obviously there are conversations happening and spurred on by events in this country very much David and I wonder too about body cameras for the RCMP you know the RCMP are often in remote areas of the country sometimes on their own in patrol cars and and whether having body cameras would be of help in policing and in sort of the oversight of police as there are you know policing forces in this country that I have moved in this direction as well Calgary is the the biggest city where all the officers now have body cams yeah the RCMP is in northern Canada remote Kent at a rural Kane and provide some municipal policing as well but something the Prime Minister said very early in his remarks where you said the reality is that many people in this country simply do not feel protected by the police in fact they’re afraid of them and vasiliy outline some of the instance of the past week we had that 22 year old man and none of it an indigenous man you know knocked to the ground by the door of a pickup truck that was captured on camera but we also have the 26 year old Chantelle more shooting death in New Brunswick killed during a wellness check by a police officer and of course the Allen Adham altercation with the RCMP which the police do not deny happen they just say that it was justified one of those was caught on film two of those were not and the reality is in this day and age with the issue of police use of force so front and center you simply can’t rely on citizens with cell phones to capture all of these moments and you know it happened in Nunavut look at look at the situation in Buffalo for example I know it’s another country in another police force but we by now a lot of people have seen the image of the man being shoved to the ground by a police officer his head hitting the concrete and blood going everywhere the official police report of that incident was that he slipped and fell when the video shows that he was clearly shoved so it’s an issue where the Prime Minister has acknowledged that people in the country do not feel safe they feel threatened by police they’re afraid of police when this technology does exist let’s face it money is no object right now in terms of dealing with issues there’s billions of dollars being spent every week this seems like something he’s put serious momentum behind and if then if the National Police Force suddenly gets kitted out with body cameras the way they all get pepper spray baton a gun in a car it’s going to be very difficult for municipal and provincial police forces to I think ignore that because you will have a national standard that is will be applied by the RCMP the current that will create significant political pressure downward for other police forces to get in line so I think it was a couple of interesting things for the prime minister there to acknowledge up front that the severity of the problem acknowledge that the federal government including his have simply not done enough and then promised change and right off the bat one immediate thing would be the idea of moving ahead with body cameras for the National Police Force yeah just to give another recent example would be the the death of regis krichinsky Paquette who fell her death after police responded to a essentially was a mental health call and and chief Saunders in Toronto has said that he also is open to body cameras even suggested maybe he could get them in place by September but that to another place where certainly her family feels like body cameras and and more evidence of what happened would be helpful in understanding how a woman called Verte was called for help and ended up dead when police went into the apartment so lots of things there obviously to take in let’s just quickly go into the exemption part because there are lots of people that have tweeted we’ve seen stories about families separated between Canada the United States and now the government allowing an exemption for a very particular set of people who have been separated from their family Bashi yeah and this is something that the Prime Minister hinted I think it was a few weeks ago that they were considering I’ll read the exact wording limited exemption at the border he says we will introduce to allow immediate family members of citizens or permanent residents to come to Canada the Prime Minister also added the caveat that they will like everyone else who crosses the border have to self isolate have to quarantine for 14 days following following when that happens I don’t know the details on exactly when they’re going to introduce it or if they have to do anything other than just you know decide that that’s going to be the case but you’re right that there have been a lot of anecdotal stories of people who are separated right from especially their immediate families so think kids parents that kind of thing and separated at the border and unable to reunite with them and so this looks like it will provide the ability to do so I’m curious to find out if it will be reciprocated on the other side of the border or how that exactly is going to be coordinated or looked at and the timeline for that so as soon as I do get those details I’ll make sure or maybe there might be a press release already out that I haven’t been able to see but we’ll make sure and share those as soon as we can the CBSA isn’t us as of basically midnight tonight June 28th 23:59 foreign nationals were immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents who do not have at 19 or exhibit any signs or symptoms of Cove at 19 and who do not have reason to believe they have Cove at 19 will be exempt from the prohibition on entry to Canada if entering to be with immediate family members for a period of at least 15 days so you have to do the 14 day quarantine you can’t border hop come in and out and then that’s followed by a very specific list of spouse or common-law partner a dependent child parent or step parent of who exactly qualifies but essentially that the ban on that on the family unification thing if you’re coming here for a serious chunk of time that kicks in essentially at midnight tonight okay thank you both I’ll come back to you both if you don’t mind as we await the press conference with cabinet ministers and public health officials the Immigration Minister Marco mendocino will be there to go through some of those details we just heard they’re from fasci and David obviously they’re the the news from the prime minister’s briefing today really very much in response to those anti black racism protests that we’ve seen in the United States and now in this country and the Prime Minister’s you know admission that this government has done things needs to do more will continue a conversation with cabinet this afternoon in order to do so and his his essentially his endorsement that body cameras for the RCMP is something that we need to move in the direction of and we know he’s been speaking to the Commissioner so we’ll see where that conversation goes later today we have heard though over the past number of weeks of course that we are an awfully long way away from getting back to normal there is a hunt going on obviously for the Kovach 19 vaccine big challenges with patient testing tracking treatment my next guest is part of a Vancouver team Co developing a potential antibody treatment and the first human trial for that right now has already begun joining me from Vancouver is Karl Hansen he’s CEO of EPs salera nice to see you great to see Rose Mary I know the government has supported absol era in in this bid so give us a sense of what you’re doing and how it might help the rest of us well ours about the company Vancouver that has developed a technology that lets us scan decode and analyze natural immune systems earlier in March we applied that technology to look through the natural immune response of a cubed 19 survivor to isolate an antibody that can potently block the virus and recently we have partnered with Eli Lilly a global Pharma in the US and together we have taken this into a Phase one clinical trial to test for safety the next steps from which would be to test canvas antibody help patients to get better faster and ultimately you can prevent patients from being infected so do we know at this stage whether once you’ve had Kovac 19 you are then immune from it or do we still not sure that there’s there’s good evidence that most patients mount a robust immune response against Coe in 19 there are some reports of patients that have been infected twice but those reports are quite rare and I think that the data is not yet conclusive on that so the preponderance of evidence would suggest that once you’ve been infected or you had mount a good immune response that you are protected from the virus so once you are done this this phase here of the trial using humans what are you hoping will be the outcome what is what is on the other side of that for the rest of us great question so maybe the first thing I would I would highlight is the speed at which this is going so typically once an antibody goes into the clinic it would take anywhere from two and a half years to five years to get an approval obviously no one has the time to wait for that right now and so we’re working closely with regulatory agencies to expedite this process the first trial which is the phase one that started and was announced last week is intended to test the safety of the antibody in patients that are already infected the next trials will be in patients that are earlier on in the infection and we expect that there’ll be a series of additional trials designed to test use cases for this antibody either on patients that are very sick help them get better or even on patients that have not yet been exposed to protect them from infection in the meantime while we’re developing a vaccine you talked about the speed of this I’ve talked to many scientists working from different places in the country on a vaccine or or antibody tests have you ever seen in your life anything like this in terms of the sharing of information and the the cooperation between scientists absolutely not so that the speed is unprecedented I think it speaks to the level of cooperation I was talking to the company recently and and made the analogy it’s like running a marathon in an hour so this is not just fast this is completely unprecedented and and it’s been made possible because companies and governments regulatory agencies and and the private sector have come together in a way that is truly unprecedented to bring the best technologies forward and that is really being driven by an urgent need and a desire by the biotech industry to do something about it so so where would you say we are in terms of the timeline I think the last time we asked the prime minister about this you know he was still saying maybe next year maybe beyond certainly that’s what dr.
Teresa Tam is saying as well are we any or have we shrunk the timeline because of the way you’re all cooperating and working together would you say that we are getting close to some sort of solution here five months ago you had suggested that someone could go from initiating a program which we did in March to a phase 1 clinical trial I think you would rightly have thought that science fiction so we had gone into this projecting that we were ambitiously looking to start a clinical trial in July since then that we managed to beat that deadline on the clinical trial development it’s difficult to speculate exactly when the trials would be approved because it depends on the outcome it depends on the patients that we’re looking to treat but there’s good hope and I think probably reason to suspect that this could be in place by the end of the year and various companies have already moved to large scale manufacturing at risk so that they’ll be able to provide the large number of doses that would be needed to meet the patient need amazing I I know I did hear the government last week saying that they had procured or they were procuring 37 million syringes in order to deal with this just this thing if we get closer than we think I’ll end on this maybe and it’s something again that the government has talked about in cooperation with Gavi and other organizations and that’s the equity of a distribution of a vaccine you know whether the fact that Canada has invested in EPS olara does that give Canadians an advantage to getting the vaccine is that something that you talk about inside the company it’s obviously a topic inside the company in in our communities and with government every indication from our partners from the government is that the the laser focus is on bringing something to the clinic that is safe and effective and then doing whatever is needed pulling out the stops to get that therapy to as many patients as are required those are efforts in the developed world there’s also some very strong efforts to make these medicines accessible to developing worlds and of course that’s something that we all want to happen ok mr.
Hansen I know you’re super busy at but this is such important work thanks for allowing us to to pick your brain and highlight it today appreciate it thank you me that’s Carl Henson’s he’s CEO of Epsilon they are doing those antibody treatment tests in the clinical trials right now so that’s sort of encouraging news that all this is happening and we seem to be moving in the direction on a number of fronts in terms of getting a vaccine or some sort of treatment again hearing mr. Hansen say it could be towards the end of the year I hadn’t I’m not sure I’d heard that timeline before but that’s some good news for all of us so obviously we are waiting right now for cabinet ministers to emerge here they’re a little bit late for their briefing and public health officials to give us the picture of what is happening in the country right now but I’ll bring back my colleague smashy cappellas and David Cal Karina’s we await for that I should say I am going to speak to the premier of the Northwest Territories shortly about how they are moving into the next phase of their reopening but but probably also a little bit around this policing issue because of course she would be on the calls with the the Prime Minister that they are having now in a weekly basis and and one of those conversations we know is around policing and certainly the Prime Minister wants to talk more about body cameras this week okay everyone has moved into their positions as I was at and as I was yammering on so I will come back to you both in a little bit thank you very much here now this is the president of the Treasury Board John you killed both of them all the good morning everyone thank you for being with us again today we’ll have a pleasure of hearing from dr.
Teresa Tom who is Canada’s chief public health officer from dr. new who is deputy chief Public Health Officer and from Minister mark Comaneci know who is minister of immigration refugees and citizenship dr. Tom good afternoon Bonjour end of the day Sunday June the 7th there are now 95,000 699 confirmed cases of kovat 19 including 7800 deaths 54,000 233 or 57% have now recovered labs across Canada have tested over 1 million 896 a thousand people for covert 19 to date with about 5% of these testing positive overall over the past week we have been testing an average of 33,000 people daily and these numbers can change quickly and they are now being updated once daily in the evenings on Canada’s EA / coronavirus across the country the kovat 19f to slow down with daily case counts continuing to decrease even in Canada’s most affected provinces Ontario and Quebec the trouble spots where covert 19 transmission is continuing include a number of outbreaks but more concerning still are areas with communities spread of the virus although outbreaks are problematic they can be easily easier to manage with contact tracing and targeted Public Health control measures especially if tied to a single setting community transmission on the other hand can be harder to manage depending on how widespread virus activity is this is why some of Canada’s hotspots have been a persistent challenge contributing to fluctuations in the national growth rate provinces have been mobilizing more testing to trace and control any lingering chains of transmission in these most affected areas taken together these trouble spots remind us we’ve got to continue our path down the curve with extreme care maintaining physical distancing and hygiene practices everywhere to make sure that there are no new flare-ups I know it’s been difficult dealing with these weeks and months of uncertainty and despite the fact that we’re not there yet and that we still don’t know what lies ahead there is one thing that has become clear is that Canadians will unite with determination to get through adversity together and we’ll keep on doing it to protect our families our communities and our society when we began this journey I had believed in the strength of Canadians but what I have seen over these difficult months has been so much more than I imagined and it’s enough to give me assurance we’ll get through the uncertainties our head – thank you Betsy thank you very much dr.
Tom dr. new piece now see the day Sunday June 7 there are now 95 thousand six hundred ninety nine confirmed cases including seven thousand eight hundred deaths 54,000 233 or 57% have now recovered labs across Canada tested over 1 million eight hundred ninety six thousand people for Kovac nineteen to date with about five percent of these testing positive overall over the past week we have been testing an average of 33,000 people daily these numbers change quickly and are now being updated once daily in the evenings on canada dot CA / coronavirus across the country the Kovach 19 epidemic is continuing to slow down with daily cases continuing to decrease even in canada’s most affected provinces Ontario and Quebec the Trop we’re Kovach 19 transmission is continuing include a number of outbreaks but more concerning still are areas with community spread of the virus outbreaks are problematic they can be easier to manage with contact tracing targeted Public Health control measures especially if tied to a single setting community transmission on the other hand can be harder to manage challenge contributing to fluctuations in the national growth realizing more testing to trace and control any lingering chains of transmission in these most affected areas taken together these trouble spots remind us that we’ve got to continue our path down with extreme care maintaining physical distancing and hygiene practices everywhere to make sure that there are no new flare-up I know it’s been difficult dealing with these weeks and months of uncertainty with determination to get through adversity together and keep on doing it to protect our families our communities and our society when we begin this journey I have belief in the strength of Canadians I’ve seen over these difficult months has been so much more than I imagined and it’s enough to give me assurance through the uncertainties – thank you necie doctor thank you doctor news now give the floor to Malcolm endo chino the Minister of immigration refugees and citizenship Marco Thank You general everyone I’m pleased to be here today to make an important announcement regarding the measures we are taking to protect the health and safety of all Canadians at our borders in response to the Cova 19 pandemic Canada entered into a reciprocal agreement with the United States banning all non-essential travel between our two countries similar restrictions were put into place for all other international travel we also made sure when these special measures came into force that the flow of goods and essential services into Canada would continue unimpeded by allowing temporary workers students and visa holders to enter in a safe and orderly manner all of whom are subject to the mandatory 14-day isolation period upon arrival this approach has ensured we continue to get access to the food fuel and medical supplies we need without putting in jeopardy the health and safety of Canadians while the border measures have been part of the government’s overall response to kovat 19 we also recognize that they have had a significant impact on personal and discretionary travel in some cases and as a necessary precaution to reduce the risks associated with kovat 19 families have been separated under the terms of the non-essential travel agreement between Canada and the United States we acknowledge that this has been difficult where appropriate our officials at the border have exercised their discretion responsibly to resolve individual matters on a case-by-case basis over the last several weeks we’ve worked hard to address the question of how best to keep families together in a compassionate way but measured against the ongoing concerns related to the transmission of the virus following a review of our current policies and in consultation with our public health care experts as well as the provinces and territories we now have a path forward today I’m pleased to announce an exemption under the current travel restrictions that will allow the immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents to enter into Canada a number of important conditions must be satisfied before this exemption will apply first immediate family members will be defined as spouses common-law partners dependent children and their children parents and legal guardians second immediate family members must plan to stay in Canada for at least 15 days and third all other public health care protocols including screens at the border remain firmly in place here I would make specific reference to the fact that anyone permitted entry under the immediate family exemption will still have to self quarantine for 14 days as soon as they enter Canada to be clear the immediate family exemption does not mean the border will now be open to weekend travellers or those seeking just to attend a personal or social gathering for people traveling from abroad they must still have a valid visa or electronic travel or authorization the purpose of this measure is not to allow people to come and go into Canada whenever they like but rather to help Canadian families reunite during this unprecedented time today’s announcement represents a responsible step an incremental step one that we will monitor carefully as we continue to maintain the integrity of our borders well child we just three so hood then I’ll say today I’m pleased to to the immediate families but only if they wish to enter Canada for a minimum of 15 days immediate family members will be defined as follows exposes dependent children and their children parents and legal guardians need to be very clear requirements remain in place any person exempted will have to be quarantined for 14 days after entering the country this does not mean that the borders will be open to travelers for a weekend or those who want to come into the country to attend an event this measure is put in place to help Canadian families reunite and nog to allow people to come and go as they please in closing kovat 19 remains a concern and we must continue to take measures at the border that are necessary from spreading it and the measures today represent an incremental response thank you you talked about the importance of maintaining physical distancing and the images you saw of the protests that happen this weekend thank you for the question to my mind there are two important issues here the first issue is we don’t historic moment in Canada or worldwide really recognize the inequalities in our society in Canada we see systemic racism exists and there is an equality even know in our society in the technical area of Public Health what can we do of course there are many ways to show everyone that something has to be done the system has to change and one of the important things in our democracy is the right to protest I do also understand demonstrations happening during the cold nineteen you have to strike a balance I’m speaking strictly from the standpoint of public health is repeated many times what are the important measures that have to be practiced to minimize the risk that’s physical distancing 2 meters use masks non-medical masks or medical mass seen in these images there were many people who participated in these demonstrations [Music] distance between individuals honestly there is a possibility and given what happened there is some risk that’s the reality I think everyone who participated self-evaluation of their own risk they’ve taken all measures necessary as possible to be as safe as possible that’s it we will see what will happen in the coming weeks thank you no physical distancing in most places people were very close to each other should we expect an increase in the number of cases should the Prime Minister who was present be tested thank you for that question it’s difficult to maintain two leaders in physical distancing it’s important to use other methods particularly masks for protection for all the demonstrators who took part I think they must continue to practice personal public health measures it’s also matter of checking for symptoms because there is a possibility of exposure we know about the incubation period is that normally it takes five six days maybe a week so to have a test immediately just briefly if you want to continue listening I will come back to it but it is on cbc.ca I’ll come back to it very shortly but want to squeeze in an interview here given the time restrictions from the premier we know that there are obviously lots of restrictions being lifted across the country and it means that there are variety of businesses and activities resuming in the Northwest Territories cases of the virus remain relatively low the government is also planning more of the reopening of the economy and Caroline Cochran is the premier and she joins me now from Yellowknife good to see you premier good morning how are you I’m good so tell me when are you moving into phase two in the Northwest Territories could have happened as early as this week it could happen as early as this week we were we went into Phase one and then we had to wait for two rounds of an incubation period to make sure that we had no cases related to community spread so so far we’ve been fine and we’re talking about opening up to Phase two and and what would phase to allow the territory to do it allows more businesses to open up of course with the proper PPE it allows people to social gather more people allowing up to 50 people into a crowd again making sure that they have the social distancing in the mask you are doing quite well up there and it might be obviously because of the the nature of the territory how remote it is and and the way you can control things how many cases have you had in the past couple of months have you had any new cases we’ve had no new cases since we first Cobin 19 hit us in early March we had five cases they were all related to travel so far we’ve had none community spread so we’ve been very fortunate that way so you’ve kept your state of emergency in place in the territory in spite of the fact that you have had no new cases why are you doing that bring up the state of emergency protects the it backs up the chief Public Health Officer it keeps us in awareness in case something were to happen such as price gouging people refusing to open up a major grocery store things like that that we might need to address in a timely manner you’ve talked about potentially bubbling with the territory of Nunavut is that something that is on the table and likely to happen absolutely no no it also has zero cases and so we’re recognizing that our tourism industry has taken a huge hit so we’re hoping that if we could open up to have a travel bubble between Nunavut and Northwest Territories that we would allow more people to actually tour to see the north which would help our tourism business and help the economy within the both territories obviously though that you know it there might be some tourism between the two territories but probably not a whole lot are you not considering opening up the territory in a broader sense to other Canadians and and hoping that they will come and visit or or even up two workers because I know there’s a lot of people that move and in and out of the territory for work yes people who come here for work are more than welcome of course they would have to have the safe self-isolation plans and work permit people that come from from other jurisdictions they’re also welcome but they also need to have a self-isolation plan before they can enter our territory so the tourism is really not on the table then for for you this summer what tourism is on the table I think that it’s important to realize that the North has a lot to offer it’s a beautiful beautiful country up here we have a more pristine landscape than anywhere in Canada the North has a lot to offer and so we are hoping that people will take the advantage and see our beautiful territory yeah but but you have but you’ll have to self isolate when you arrive is that unless you found the territories if you found the territory Northwest Territories or new note once we open travel bubble then you wouldn’t have to self Eisley if you are coming from the south of course you would have to self I sleep I don’t know if you caught the the Prime Minister when he came out at 11:15 this morning premier he talked about how this week he plans to discuss body cameras with with all of you on your weekly call and he said that it is it is in his view probably a good idea for the RCMP to move in that direction you have had cases of police allegations of police abuse with the RCMP in the territories are you how do you feel about the idea of body cameras I think that there’s two sides of the argument of course black lives matter we care about we’re 50 percent indigenous so for us racism is a huge issue it’s something we’re always combating but the RCMP have a tough job as well it can be very scary at times so I understand their need for protection however the use of body cameras will help the public it’ll not only ensure that the public are being treated properly it’ll regain that that social acceptance of the RCMP people are afraid of them right now and so anything we can do to make people realize that the RCMP are our friends that they’re there to protect us and to make sure that they also follow the law no one is above the law how have you been viewing the examples that we’ve seen over the past number of days whether it be the the shooting of Chantal more New Brunswick the allegations from Chief Adam over the weekend that he was abused assaulted by the RCMP when you see that premier what what are you thinking I think that there’s good and bad in everything I don’t want to paint the use paintbrush and say that all RCMP are bad that is totally incorrect RCMP like any other profession come because they care about people within every structure though there are issues there’s concerns and so if there’s people that are abusing their power then definitely they need to be removed you you’ve been having these weekly calls with the Prime Minister can I just ask is there anything else that the Northwest Territories needs because you are in such a different location and have specific needs is there something that you feel you’re not getting or something you need more of the Northwest Territories started out with what we call an opportunity gap it means that we weren’t at the same place as our southern jurisdictions we don’t have the health centers we don’t have the infrastructure we don’t have the roads to access many of our communities so Kovan 19 here’s off guard right across Canada it highlighted our need that we need to be considered not only the same as our southern jurisdictions but actually more so my favorite my biggest fear is that we were behind the ball before we started over 19 and if we don’t get additional federal support we’re going to be really behind and our people who suffer so it’s important that the federal government recognize that we cannot base it on the same pure capital funding it needs to be a special allocation for the for the north and also that we need flexibility they often the the funding that’s let it go by the federal government doesn’t meet our needs so we need flexibility within that as well so the fourteen billion dollars that the the prime minister the federal government has put on the table where would you where would you want much of that money or some of that money to go premier for you well at this point we haven’t gone through it as well we’re still in begin negotiations stage but like I’ve said to the federal government we put people into houses people that were homeless into to care we’ve increased our childcare supports how do I take that back those are wonderful things that have happened horrible that had to happen because of Cove in nineteen but we finally got people into homes and we finally got to adequate childcare how do I take that back I can’t so those are the things that we’re asking for the federal government to consider for us as well and our need for infrastructure we need work we need people to actually have an income in the north our cost of living is at least twice as high as in the south premier good of you to make the time I know you were squeezed for time today I appreciate your making the time for us thank you so much thank you very much have a great day okay you too appreciate it that’s Caroline Cochran she’s the premier of the Northwest Territories we are gonna zip back now to that briefing by public health officials here those a cabinet minister or the minister of immigration recommended change to creating a family exemption for the immediate family members of Canadian citizens and permanent residents it ensures that the public health care controls remain in place so even where this exemption applies everyone entering under it must still abide by the mandatory 14-day isolation period and with regards to those immediate family members who are related to those who hold valid visas here this exemption does not apply but there is still a residual discretion which looks to assess all the circumstances and ensures that the purpose of that travel is necessary without in any way compromising the health and safety of Canadians Thank You Minister we will now turn to the room for questions starting with hi it’s Annie Bertrand Oliver with CTV national news my question is for dr.
Tam as well as Minister Mendocino so we’re opening the border today for family reunifications and you just talked about the need for this 14-day quarantine however with rules loosened right across the country in terms of who can get a test I’m hearing from more and more Canadian international travelers who are getting tested the day they come back into Canada and if that test is negative they are skipping the 14-day quarantine so one is this accurate that international travelers when they land into Canada if they have a negative test they no longer have to no longer have to quarantine and to what assurances do you have that Canadians who are coming in or travelers are indeed abiding by that 14-day quarantine rule so your initial statement incorrect everyone who comes in who is not exempted like essential service worker who’s you know driving a truck who has to go past the border if you are so so then everyone is mandated under the quarantine act to be in quarantine for 14 days and we will examine the role of laboratory testing but if you can imagine if you test negative on the first day that doesn’t actually mean that you’re not actually incubating the virus because we know the incubation period in general is about five or six days they can be as long longer than that so the quarantine act as it stands requires that 14-day mandatory quarantine yeah I have very little to add other than to say that again the exemption for immediate family members still must be subject to the rigorous public health care controls which are in place as a means of reducing the risk of transmission for those entering into Canada okay great you talked about as well that you know a lot of people are asymptomatic and sometimes the test won’t pick it up unless you have enough of the viral load you also mentioned that Canadians should be monitoring themselves for symptoms and keeping an eye on it if they attended any of the rallies across Canada this week so what is your advice to Canadians who attended those rallies including the prime minister would you advise them to remain isolated this week and get a kovat 19 test you know in five to seven days so I think the advice is monitor your symptoms however I think depending on what actually happened to you and you know in terms of during the protest and you’re concerned about having been exposed because people sometimes don’t want the mass properly or they didn’t have access to hand-washing etc and they concern then you know talk to your public health about getting a test I know that for example in Ontario so view in Ottawa the Ontario public health is open to testing people who are concerned about having been exposed so I think definitely call the helpline and follow the instructions the local public health about getting a test as the prime minister to get a test I don’t know his particular circumstances but he should also evaluate what actually happened to him monitor his symptoms and talk to Public Health and get a test as needed I don’t think I would add to that is that even if you did go get a test and it’s negative you’re not in the clear right certainly you still need to keep my entering for symptoms who become ill even after quote following a negative test it’s important to talk again to public health and see if that maybe you should maybe get another test because as dr.
Tam and I mentioned it’s very possible that the vehicle caught the wrong time you may well be infected with the virus but the timing of the tester you end up being negative in you might have a false a sense of assurance saying oh I’m good I don’t have a you know the SARS Kobe – virus and then you know bang three four days later you do become ill and then you might think well I did have the negative test so I can’t have covert nineteen but that might not be the case so thank you doctor just a friendly reminder one question one follow-up right okay this is a question for Minister menechino on temporary foreign workers cramped living conditions working in close proximity and now two deaths this candida need to rethink how to safely deploy temporary foreign workers and farms across the country so they continue they can continue their essential job of putting food on the tables of Canadians and what specifically can be done well let me begin by expressing my sympathy to the two migrant workers that I’m aware of who have passed away from Cova 19 while coming to Canada to ensure that Canadians can still get access to safe and affordable food and it goes without saying that we are concerned about the reports of outbreak outbreaks yet on farms and at food processing plants across the country and we’re working very very closely with our provincial partners as well as as well as the farmers and the employers who welcome the temporary workers we have put into place a number of investments and supports to ensure that every temporary foreign worker can apply their trade in a safe and healthy environment we provided 50 million dollars to farmers which would be distributed to workers $1,500 per individual we have also put into place a number of inspection powers so that the Government of Canada in conjunction with the province can actually go to these sites and evaluate whether or not the distancing the accommodations which were designed to be facilitated by those investments are actually taking place and I know that representatives from our government our level of government are continuing to undertake those inspections and we will continue to examine ways in which we can raise the level of health and safety in our food processing plants and on our farms because we know this is very important and what’s it going to take to make these conditions safer for these workers obviously the cramped living conditions are concerned but what can be done on the ground to make sure that they’re they’re safe well first and foremost we need continued collaboration between our level of government and our provincial counterparts and certainly for my part but I know as well Minister bebo Minister Quatro Minister Jordan have all been and very close and consistent touch with their counterparts as well to ensure that we are protecting the health and safety of migrant workers and indeed all Canadians who work on farms and from that cooperation we hope to exercise the inspection and the regulatory powers which were brought in as a response to Coba 19 and also to look at ways in which we can can deliver the financial support that is necessary to create that space to create those accommodations which allow workers the distance that they need to abide by the 14-day isolation period which is one of the cornerstones of our strategy in welcoming temporary residents and indeed all returning travelers to Canada Thank You Minister I met another Tonio today’s question kissing thank you the next question that pushing distance from Warren Gardner from Politico you go ahead hi this question is for Minister Medici no Brian Higgins a congressman in the United States from the Buffalo area has called for the Canadian and US government to do more to allow families who are separated by the border to see each other but also for Americans who own home in Canada to be able to cross to check on them given today’s announcement about families being able to see each other do you have any response to his ass Americans are those living on this side of the border who do own property in Canada whether they might be able to at some point this summer be able to go check on those property well the first thing that I would say is that the current non-essential travel agreement that we have in place with the United States is the product of extensive collaboration between our two governments which is a reflection of the long-standing relationship in close friendship between our two countries as well as the border that we share it’s important to note that the exemption that we announced today is very incremental it’s very targeted and focused on immediate family members who have relatives who are Canadian citizens and Canadian permanent residents as a way to keep them together throughout this very unprecedented time without in any way compromising the health and safety of Canadians while we manage our response to the pandemic other examples of travel like the ones that you’ve mentioned and that the ones that have been discussed south of the border are not captured by this exemption and so will still be subject to all of the the screens which we have in place in the border which really attempts to focus the the nature of the travel as being essential and non-discretionary the exemption that was announced today is that in effective immediately or is this going to be effective from the next deadline in a couple weeks for the agreement be renewed it’s already come into force and I believe the in effect date is June 5th and we will verify that for you Thank You Minister operator last question please thank you the last question I’d on that gift show you something the biked and our packing ideas that bothered me no I want to make sure of something you say that what was announced is been in effect for three days now the clarification I’m looking to my team here comes into effect today tonight that’s the clarification I apologize midnight tonight okay so to be clear it comes into effect tonight at midnight and then people can come into the country starting tomorrow [Music] everywhere in the world can come back I’m wondering how your government to that exemption at the border with the United States with our counterparts in the yes demonstrations what is the recommendation of public health if you don’t – doctor knew already and the question was whether people should be out protesting during a pandemic his response was people should wear masks and find physical distance when possible which obviously isn’t always possible but that’s a decision people are clearly making based on what they’re willing to risk and their own risks and how important that protest is for them let’s bring back Rashi Capella’s and the CBC’s David Cochran as well to talk through a little bit more of what we heard I’ll just I’ll just sort of recap what we heard there from the Minister of immigration that those measures go into effect as of midnight tonight that will allow some families to be reunited Vashi yeah so that is the the main sort of code related announcement from the federal government today and it is that as of midnight if you are an immediate family member of a Canadian citizen or permanent resident and you’re not exhibiting and this is important any kovat 19 related symptoms or don’t have any reason to believe that you might have contracted the virus you’ll be exempt from the restrictions that are currently in place at the border and of course those restrictions are unless your travel is essential so it has nothing to do with leisure or travel period you you you cannot cross the border and so this provides an exemption as you said at midnight and there’s a list and I’m sure our website will have it soon of exactly who what an immediate family member means so it’s a spouse or common-law partner or a dependent child or a parent or step parent or a guardian or a tutor basically that’s the summary of the list but I’m sure the exact exact wording will be up shortly that is obviously as Minister Medici know said in the context of the bigger agreement with the United States that was just renewed a few weeks ago for another 30 days and that’s the the general timeline of the agreement each time it gets renewed this is really the first sort of relaxing of those restrictions though so keen to see what that means also important that you have to self isolate as anyone does when you cross the border for 14 days that remains a strong caveat to this exemption yeah so it doesn’t mean you can go and visit your family in Canada or the United there’s you know it’s it’s that’s not what this is about this is about reuniting people who were maybe cut off during the pandemic and and need to see one another in those particular circumstances you outlined there and David maybe just will just end on body cameras because we did that was what the Prime Minister talked about today and it was what I put to the premier of the Northwest Territories who seemed very much open to the idea as well while recognizing that that it that there are some limitations obviously to it but that it might be a welcome addition to the RCMP in her territory yeah I mean told by people to senior levels of the government that this the body camera endorsement by their Prime Minister today will be the first in a series of concrete steps on on improving policing and race relations and the confidence of racialized Canadians and indigenous Canadians in policing the specifics of that we don’t really know but you can look broadly at things like better civilian review race-based stats on arrests and then an emphasis on the use of force de-escalation but the body-cam endorsement by the prime minister an important first step on that it’s not definite it’s not done they need to figure out the logistics and the finances of this and raise it with the premiers to see how it trickles down to provincial and municipal levels and also for our CMP officers were contracted to work for provincial governments so it’s not a super quick and easy thing they can do but the Prime Minister’s throwing his weight behind it that’s something that matters okay thank you both very much for your coverage today Vashi cappellas you can watch her at 5:00 Eastern on power and politics and David Cochrane from our parliamentary Bureau thank you both so much appreciate it and that ends our coverage here today for Kovach 19 special a lot of the talk today really about policing we’ll have more of that through the day as the prime minister meets with cabinet later today I’m rosemary Barton CBC news networks continues with Andrew Nichols right now [Music]