Coronavirus Updates: Week of April 20th

April 24th, a.m. headlines


Scotiabank Arena has been turned into a giant kitchen. Maple Leaf Sports & Entertainment is preparing 10,000 meals a day to go to Toronto’s front-line health-care workers and their families as well as the city’s most vulnerable..​

An Air Canada plane has arrived at Pearson Airport from China, carrying millions of masks for front line workers. The masks will be inspected before they’re distributed. ​

An emotional Premier Doug Ford says his mother in law – who lives in an Ontario long term care home – has been diagnosed with COVID-19

Rent help for small businesses

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to announce rent relief today for small businesses that can’t afford to pay May 1st rent. ​


The Sucker Creek First Nation in 350 kilometres north of Edmonton is dealing with its first positive case of COVID-19, along with a flood.

An Indigenous woman incarcerated in Quebec is filing a class-action lawsuit against Correctional Services Canada. Joelle Beaulieu, says it failed in its duty to protect vulnerable inmates from the spread of COVID-19. More than half of the 82 inmates at Joliette Women’s Institution are infected with the coronavirus.

Buffy Ste. Marie, Michael Buble, Celine Dion and Alessia Cara are among the performers for this Sunday’s Stronger Together concert for COVID-19 relief. 106.5 ELMNT FM will be broadcasting the show starting at 6:30 Sunday evening

April 22nd, a.m. headlines

We could be under a state of emergency for a while longer. Mayor John Tory will ask Toronto City Council to extend it when council holds its first-ever online meeting on April 30.

If you plan to take the car to the gas station for a fill-up the price of gas is expected to drop by 7-cents at midnight.

The COVID-19 pandemic appears to be influencing crime trends across the country. Toronto, Ottawa, Edmonton, Vancouver and York Region police forces are all reporting increases in business break-ins, and stunt driving. Reckless driving charges in Toronto in April have exploded by 550%

The Toronto Real Estate Board is letting us know how the coronavirus pandemic is affecting the price of your home. The Board says by the end of the year it will probably be worth what it was worth at the end of last year.  Home sales were down by 69 percent the first two weeks of April compared with the same time last year.

Today is Earth Day — a day annually set aside to celebrate the environment​


Ottawa has allocated 15-million dollars to Indigenous organizations and communities that provide services to Indigenous people living in urban centres, but the urban Indigenous population is feeling short-changed by the federal COVID-19 response, according to the National Association of Friendship Centres

April 21st, a.m. headlines

The Trudeau government is set to announce more COVID-19 financial relief measures today to help the homeless, women’s shelters, and local organizations that provide practical support to seniors, such as delivering groceries or medication. The government is also expected to provide more details today about the timing and roll-out of the massive $73-billion wage subsidy program.

The Ontario legislature is flying the flag of Nova Scotia this morning as a show of support for the province grappling with one of the worst mass killings in Canadian history.

Loblaws says healthcare workers showing healthcare ID, will get to skip lineups to enter most stores. At Shoppers Drug Mart, they will receive priority at the pharmacy counter, as well as checking out.

Premier Doug Ford says the province is working on a plan to gradually help Ontario resume a more normal routine


The Ontario Golf Industry is campaigning to have golf courses opened. There are over two million golfers in Ontario. The highest participation rate of any sport in the province.

A new poll suggests a majority of fans wouldn’t feel safe attending a game without a vaccine for the coronavirus. Pushback from Novak Djokovich. The tennis star says he would refuse an anti-coronavirus vaccination if it becomes compulsory for tennis players.

Major League Baseball players are bracing for a battle with owners over the possibility of reduced salaries if games are played in empty ballparks.


Over the past weekend we had One World Together at Home. This Sunday evening at 7 we get an all Canadian one-hour show called Stronger Together. Celine Dion, Shania Twain, Alessia Cara, Michael Buble, Bufffy St. Marie are among the many who will perform. The event is in support of Food Banks Canada

A cluster of COVD-19 cases on Cormorant Island, B.C., has led to the declaration of a local state of emergency for the ‘Namgis First Nation. Cormorant Island is a short ferry ride from northern Vancouver Island, and home to roughly 1,500 people.

Reports of large gatherings on Six Nations of the Grand River near Hamilton has forced officials to beef up check points to screen who gets into the community.

April 20th, a.m. headlines

The province of Ontario now has a total of 10-thousand-578 confirmed cases and a death toll of 553.​

Even as most Canadians are being told to work from home, Members of Parliament are poised to return to the House of Commons today thanks to an impasse between the four main political parties.

Many Canadian farmers are worried that a delay in the arrival of temporary foreign workers because of COVID-19 could result in decreased production and possible food shortages

Mandatory Masks

As of today, Canadians are required to wear face masks when they get on a plane. The non-medical mask or face coverings must cover the mouth and nose during travel, and at screening checkpoints.

Price of Oil Plunges

US oil prices have plunged to a 20-year low. Demand has dropped dramatically because of the coronavirus restrictions, leaving so much extra supply that countries are finding it hard to find space to store it.

Covid-19: Broadway Star

A Canadian Broadway star and film actor has had his leg amputated because of COVID-19. Nick Cordero had been on a ventilator and unconscious after contracting COVID-19 in Los Angeles.


Measures taken to ward off COVID-19 in Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation near Hamilton seem to be working. Six residents have recovered from the virus, and no new cases are confirmed. ​

Some First Nation communities across Canada have issued lockdowns, erected checkpoints, and implemented curfews to curb the spread of the pandemic.

The Métis Nation-Saskatchewan has declared a state of emergency in response to the spread of COVID-19. It’s working to increase support for the roughly 75,000 Métis people in the province

The man who wrote what is considered the first published Inuit novel has died. 78 year old Markoosie Patsauq is the author of Harpoon of the Hunter. He died at his First Nation home in Quebec.

The chief of a First Nation north of Winnipeg has been re-elected in a vote where special precautions were taken because of COVID-19. The band handed out a personal protective equipment kit to each voter​.

April 17th, a.m. headlines


A second health-care worker has died in Ontario after contracting COVID-19. Sienna Senior Living confirmed in a statement that a woman in her 50s has died. She worked at Altamont Care Community, a long-term care centre in Scarborough

At 11 this morning long-term care and hospital workers across Ontario will stand in their workplaces for a minute of silence and reflect on the nearly 1,000 health-care workers who have tested positive for COVID-19, as well as all of the patients they’re caring for .

The Toronto Zoo is looking for financial help to feed its animals during COVID-19 closure. The zoo says it costs about $1 million dollars a year to feed the animals.

More people are smoking pot

Ontario’s cannabis distributor has seen online orders triple since COVID-19 started, and almost a third of the orders are coming from new customers.​


The White House has unveiled its three-phase plan for re-opening the U-S economy. The new guidelines are aimed at easing restrictions in areas with low transmission of the coronavirus.


Canadian Rangers are in Northern Ontario to help Moose Factory First Nation get ready for the pandemic.
They’re helping set up remote health care clinics, and preparations for community health care checks. ​

In the US Coronavirus cases across the Navajo Nation have reached one thousand, with 41 deaths.

April 16th, a.m. headlines


Toronto now has 2,670 cases of COVID-19, and there are more than two million world-wide. ​

Long term care homes are hit hard. Eatonville Care Centre in Etobicoke, has 54 confirmed cases and the home has reported at least 30 deaths.​

Mayor John Tory has announced that the city has launched a new web portal, DonateTO: COVID-19, to support relief efforts.

33 TTC bus operators at the Queensway Division walked off the job last night over COVID 19 safety concerns.

Community Resources

Numbers to Helplines

Kids Help Line


Distress Centres of Toronto


Toronto Seniors Helpline for support, questions and referral


Gerstein Centre

416 929-5200

Spectra Helpline

416 920-0497 or 905 459-7777

for Brampton and Mississauga residents

Community Crisis Line Scarborough and Rouge Hospital:

416 495-2891

for 24/7 telephone crisis support.

Oakville Distress Centre

905 849-4541

for residents of Halton Region (Burlington, Halton Hills, Milton and Oakville)


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