rights reserved. By Allan Woods Quebec Bureau. Numbers of cases will increase in the next few weeks, but epidemiologists will have a difficult time telling what proportion of that increase is due to expanded testing, and what proportion is due to the effects of relaxing restrictions. Questions to Ontario’s health ministry on this subject were diverted to the finance ministry. Dr. Horacio Arruda, Quebec’s director of public health, said the reopening of non-essential retail stores is also driven by public-health concerns, not economic imperatives. Exposing customers to infection was not an option. “We’re probably going to want to keep a closer eye on hospitalizations and ICU occupancy, with the challenge that those are delayed,” said Tuite. Closed Captioning and Described Video is available for many CBC shows offered on CBC Gem. Zinszer was, however, heartened to see the Montreal-area store openings delayed twice last week, to May 25 from an original date of May 11, because it indicated that authorities are willing and able to react quickly to a changing public-health situation in the province’s largest city and its hospitals. "Through 2019, Ontario households will reap the benefits of a robust business sector," the conference board's latest report says. Republication or distribution of this content is It is a priority for CBC to create a website that is accessible to all Canadians including people with visual, hearing, motor and cognitive challenges. SM. to colleagues, clients or customers, or inquire about Real estate now accounts for a bigger portion of Ontario's GDP — at 13.2 per cent — than manufacturing, at 12.1 per cent. Other public-health experts say they would have preferred a slower, more cautious approach for Quebec, which as of Friday had recorded 2,725 deaths from COVID-19 and a total of 36,150 cases. Before joining the CBC in 2005, Mike filed stories from 19 countries in Africa as a freelance journalist and worked as a newspaper reporter in B.C. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. Due to space requirements, some students will return to different classrooms led by different teachers, perhaps in different schools altogether. Dionne Aleman is a professor of industrial engineering at the University of Toronto. “So if we start seeing those increase, that suggests that those are transmission events that happened a week or two ago. Statistics Canada figures show the average weekly earnings of Ontarians grew just 1.1 per cent in 2016. It is unclear if the same benchmark applies going forward. Star Newspapers Limited and/or its licensors. “We have the OK of public health.”. Chouinard, the dress designer, believes it’s only a matter of time before the virus roars to life again. Nanos's polling firm tracks our mood about the economy using the Bloomberg Nanos Canadian Confidence Index and it suggests this province is feeling more upbeat than the rest of the country. Quebec is like any other Canadian province in that respect. On this long Victoria Day weekend, millions of Ontarians are enjoying a new level of freedom as the government begins to ease up on some of the coronavirus restrictions in place since early March. But that carries a caveat: much like looking at a star, when epidemiologists track COVID cases, they’re looking at things that happened in the past. This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. That's because wages aren't growing at anywhere near the pace of the gross domestic product (GDP). “Do I open my store? Comments are welcome while open. Secondary school students won’t be going back to class until the fall. Values reached all-time highs, as the economy was doing better than ever before. Graduations are up in the air, too. presentation-ready copies of Toronto Star content for distribution You realize that, no, no, it doesn’t work.”. After reading it, one parent wrote on Facebook that it sounded “absolutely insane … Our children will be in a jail basically.”. When do we say that we tried this, and transmission is increasing — we’re seeing more cases in the community? TROIS-RIVIÈRES, QUE.—Few people were more excited with the Quebec government’s plan to reopen stores and schools in the epicentre of Canada’s coronavirus outbreak than Annabelle Chouinard. "There's a collision between the psychology of consumer confidence and the reality of the economic numbers," said Nik Nanos, executive chair of Nanos Research. Her research involves developing pandemic models to simulate infectious disease outbreaks in urban environments, first during the H1N1 epidemic, and now with COVID. Ontario Finance Minister Rod Phillips will be chairing the newly created Jobs and Recovery sub-committee of cabinet. Ontario's economy is surging after years of lagging behind the oil-producing provinces. But many things have changed since then. Canada Health Act. permissions/licensing, please go to: www.TorontoStarReprints.com. Whatever the criteria are for determining success or failure in the current stage of the province’s reopening, it seems certain that there will be an uptick in COVID-19 cases in the next few weeks. Sun., May 17, 2020 timer 5 min. By Steve McKinley Halifax Bureau. No drama, gym, art or music instruction, either. Those results could then be used to predict the impact of a wider loosening of restrictions. But the manner in which the government has chosen to roll out its reopening has made it that much more difficult to monitor the effects of the easing of public health restrictions. “It’s an appropriate move,” Tuite said. She said success or failure in the first stage of the province’s reopening will largely be determined by people’s behaviour. Despite that chill, there are signs that Ontarians' consumer confidence is on the upswing. The Ontario government says it needs another week of COVID-19 data before deciding if the province is ready to move into the next stage of the reopening plan. Ontario businesses surveyed by the Bank of Canada say sales are up and they're looking to invest in new equipment and hire additional staff. Look no further than its next door neighbour, Quebec. “You think, OK, the client will go in the fitting room, but they can’t touch the curtain. Comments on this story are moderated according to our Submission Guidelines. She reorganized her fitting rooms. She will complete the 156 outstanding dress orders, collect the remaining payments to minimize her financial losses, and shut down her store at least until the fall. There is no single economic engine for Canada. “I arrived (last) Monday morning and the telephone wasn’t ringing,” she said, “because buying a dress is no one’s priority.”. The government will continue to plan for what comes next and provide more details on each stage when ready.”. “Generally, in a pandemic, the second wave is worse than the first wave,” she said. This copy is for your personal non-commercial use only. "We saw this trend emerge with the drop in the price of oil," Nanos said in an interview with CBC News. The owners of stores selling items with hard surfaces can conceivably spray and wipe every trace of one customer before the next comes along, but a single wedding gown takes an hour and a half to properly clean with a vapour machine. Chouinard prides herself on offering not just dresses, but the dress-shopping experience. Or do I wait?”, Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited. “Hopefully, just that information alone will mean that we sort of bucked the trend in expected second waves that we’ve seen in historical pandemics … and that will still put a damper on the usual very large second peak.”, Copyright owned or licensed by Toronto Star Newspapers Limited.
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