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Canada adds 34500 jobs in January, unemployment dips to 5.5 per cent – CTV News



The Canadian economy added 34,500 jobs in January, fuelled by gains in the manufacturing, construction and agriculture industries, Statistics Canada said Friday.

The increase in jobs came as the unemployment rate fell to 5.5 per cent compared with 5.6 per cent in December, according to the monthly labour force survey.

Economists on average had expected an increase of 15,000 jobs for January, according to financial markets data firm Refinitiv.

The goods-producing sector powered the job growth as it gained 49,100 jobs. The manufacturing group added 20,500 jobs for the month, while the construction subsector added 15,800. Agriculture added 11,500.

Meanwhile, the services-producing sector lost 14,500 jobs, weighed down by the loss of 16,000 jobs in the health care and social assistance subsector.

The gain in jobs for the month came as the number of full-time jobs rose by 35,700, while part-time employment fell by 1,200.

Regionally, Quebec added 19,100 jobs in January, while Manitoba added 6,500 jobs. New Brunswick added 4,600. The number of jobs fell by 18,900 in Alberta.

The Bank of Canada kept its key interest rate target on hold last month but left the door open to future rate cuts if weakness seen in the economy at the end of last year is more persistent than expected.

Governor Stephen Poloz has said the central bank will be paying particular attention to developments in consumer spending, the housing market and business investment.

Here’s a quick look at January employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • Unemployment rate: 5.5 per cent (5.6)
  • Employment rate: 61.8 per cent (61.8)
  • Participation rate: 65.4 per cent (65.5)
  • Number unemployed: 1,124,400 (1,143,200)
  • Number working: 19,159,100 (19,124,600)
  • Youth (15-24 years) unemployment rate: 10.3 per cent (11.1)
  • Men (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.9 per cent (4.9)
  • Women (25 plus) unemployment rate: 4.6 per cent (4.6)

Here are the jobless rates last month by province (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • Newfoundland and Labrador 11.9 per cent (11.8)
  • Prince Edward Island 7.5 (7.9)
  • Nova Scotia 7.4 (7.9)
  • New Brunswick 7.5 (7.5)
  • Quebec 5.1 (5.3)
  • Ontario 5.2 (5.3)
  • Manitoba 5.1 (5.0)
  • Saskatchewan 6.0 (5.7)
  • Alberta 7.3 (7.0)
  • British Columbia 4.5 (4.8)

Here are the jobless rates last month by city (numbers from the previous month in brackets):

  • St. John’s, N.L. 7.4 per cent (7.0)
  • Halifax 6.4 (6.6)
  • Moncton, N.B. 5.1 (5.1)
  • Saint John, N.B. 7.4 (7.6)
  • Saguenay, Que. 6.1 (6.2)
  • Quebec 4.1 (3.5)
  • Sherbrooke, Que. 4.6 (4.7)
  • Trois-Rivieres, Que. 5.3 (5.2)
  • Montreal 6.0 (6.0)
  • Gatineau, Que. 4.8 (5.0)
  • Ottawa 4.2 (4.2)
  • Kingston, Ont. 5.7 (5.8)
  • Peterborough, Ont. 7.6 (7.6)
  • Oshawa, Ont. 6.7 (6.1)
  • Toronto 5.5 (5.6)
  • Hamilton, Ont. 4.8 (4.5)
  • St. Catharines-Niagara, Ont. 5.2 (4.8)
  • Kitchener-Cambridge-Waterloo, Ont. 5.4 (5.2)
  • Brantford, Ont. 4.3 (3.8)
  • Guelph, Ont. 5.0 (5.6)
  • London, Ont. 5.0 (5.6)
  • Windsor, Ont. 8.3 (7.6)
  • Barrie, Ont. 5.0 (5.2)
  • Sudbury, Ont. 5.0 (5.4)
  • Thunder Bay, Ont. 5.1 (5.0)
  • Winnipeg 5.2 (5.3)
  • Regina 6.7 (6.0)
  • Saskatoon 5.8 (5.7)
  • Calgary 7.2 (7.1)
  • Edmonton 8.2 (8.1)
  • Kelowna, B.C. 4.2 (4.2)
  • Abbotsford-Mission, B.C. 5.0 (4.9)
  • Vancouver 4.5 (4.8)
  • Victoria 3.5 (3.4)


This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2020.

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Disney to lay off nearly 28K workers at California, Florida locations due to coronavirus – Global News



U.S. President Donald Trump would not say during his first debate with former Vice President Joe Biden Tuesday if he will urge his supporters to stay calm in the event of a contested election in November.

Asked by moderator Chris Wallace, Trump said he is urging people to be poll watchers to stop fraudulent activity both in polling places and with mail-in ballots, which Trump has repeatedly said will be a “disaster.”

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“I hope it’s going to be a fair election. If it’s a fair election, I am 100 per cent on board,” Trump said. “But if I see tens of thousands of ballots being manipulated, I can’t go along with that.”

“What does that mean?” Wallace asked. “Does that mean you’re going to urge your people to take to the streets?”

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“It means you have a fraudulent election,” Trump replied.

“These people aren’t equipped to handle it, number one. Number two, they cheat,” he continued.

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Biden, when asked the same question, promised to not declare victory until the election results are independently certified.

“Here’s the deal: we count the ballots,” he said. “Some of these ballots in some states can’t even be opened until Election Day. And if there’s thousands of ballots it’s going to take time to do it.”

Trump also said he’s counting on the Supreme Court to settle any dispute in the final electoral count. By that time, the court will likely include Trump’s third nominee, Amy Coney Barrett, creating an unbreakable conservative majority if the Republican-led Senate votes to confirm her before Nov. 3.

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“I’m counting on them to look at the ballots, definitely,” he said. “I hope we don’t need them in terms of the election itself, but for the ballots I think so.”

Trump has already refused to confirm whether he’ll accept a peaceful transfer of power if he loses the election.

For months, the president, Attorney General Bill Barr and other fellow Republicans have argued that mail-in ballots — which is being expanded or introduced in nearly every state due to the novel coronavirus pandemic — will lead to widespread fraud, while providing little concrete evidence. They have voiced support for solicited absentee ballots, which Trump himself has used to vote.

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While Trump tried to point to examples of election fraud during the debate, those were full of mischaracterizations. A story about a group of Trump’s so-called poll watchers being turned away from an office in Philadelphia, for example, was due to many reasons beyond hiding fraud, local media has pointed out.

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Biden pointed out during the debate that members of the military have been voting by mail since the Civil War, and refuted Trump and Republicans’ arguments that mail-in voting will lead to widespread fraud.

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“Why is it for them somehow not fraudulent,” Biden asked, speaking of military members. “It’s the same process. It’s honest.”

Biden closed by promising that not only would he accept the results if he loses, but so would Trump.

“Once the winner is declared and all the ballots are counted, all the votes are counted, that’ll be the end of it,” he said.

“If we get the votes, he’s going to go. He can’t stay in power. It won’t happen. So vote,” he said earlier, directly addressing the camera.

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These COVID-19 symptoms are more concerning for kids than the sniffles: B.C. doctor



When it comes to COVID-19 symptoms, there are some that parents of young kids should be more wary of, a B.C. doctor says.

Dr. Rhonda Low, a physician based in Vancouver, says sneezing and sore throats don’t necessarily mean parents need to sound the alarm or keep their kids at home. This comes more than a week after health officials suddenly changed screening requirements for students heading to class.

“Talk about making parents nuts because kids have runny noses and sore throats all year, as soon as school starts,” she said about the old requirements on CTV Morning Live Tuesday.

Low says according to current data, kids under the age of 10 aren’t likely to have COVID-19 if they just have a runny nose.

“The chance of them having COVID is only about seven per cent,” she said. “If a child has a sore throat, the chance of them having COVID is only about 13 per cent.”

The new checklist for schools says kids should stay home if they have fever, chills, a cough or shortness of breath, loss of taste or smell, diarrhea, nausea or vomiting. But if they have a runny nose, a sore throat, headache, fatigue or body aches, they are no longer required to be absent.

Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, addressed the changes last week.

“There are so many things that cause children to have one symptom that has nothing to do with an infection,” she said.

“It’s a balancing act to make sure children are able to attend school as much as possible and minimizing the risk that they pose.”

Some of the symptoms that are still on the screening checklist are more concerning for young kids.

“The most important symptoms that seem to indicate that we should get your child tested for COVID are a fever and a cough,” Low said. “And those two are present in about two-thirds of cases.”

And Low says new research confirms what health experts have understood since earlier in the pandemic: kids under 10 are less likely to become infected, even with similar exposure to COVID-19 as adults.

“But the role of kids transmitting to others and adults is still not really clear,” Low said.

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Three Shoppers Drug Mart workers test positive for virus in Belleville stores – Belleville Intelligencer



Medical officer of health Dr. Piotr Oglaza stands outside Hastings Prince Edward Public Health.

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Three employees at a trio of Shoppers Drug Mart store locations in Belleville “have tested positive on a presumptive test for COVID-19”and are in isolation away from work, said parent firm Loblaw Companies Limited.

Word of the three cases follows public notification by Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health of two positive cases of COVID-19, one recorded Tuesday and another reported Thursday in the region.

The transmission origin of Tuesday’s case is listed as pending while Thursday’s case was attributed to close-contact transmission.

Loblaw Companies said on its website that given “the important role we play in our communities, we are prepared for all possible situations, including a positive test for COVID-19 in our stores.”

All public safety measures are taken by Shoppers Drug Mart to clean and sanitize stores following a positive test of an employee, the firm said.

“In these cases, we work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores.”

The company said for “transparency, we regularly update the sections … with all positive COVID-19 cases in our stores by province in the last 15 days. For privacy, we will not release any personal information about our colleagues and employees.”

One infected employee working at Shoppers’ 150 Sidney Street location worked their last day Sept. 23, said the company, while another infected employee at Shoppers’ 405 Dundas Street location worked their last day Sept. 20, the company confirmed.

The employee at Quinte Mall’s Shoppers Drug Mart location at the Quinte Mall’s 390 North Front Street location worked their last day at the store Sept. 22, said the firm.

Quinte Mall property management did not return a phone call by The Intelligencer placed Monday for comment on any possible actions, if any, were needed to protect mall visitors.

Dr. Piotr Oglaza, medical officer of health for Hastings-Prince Edward Public Health, declined comment Monday on the Shoppers’ employee testing positive on a presumptive test at Quinte Mall and whether there was a safety concern for a privately-owned mall that sees high footfall daily on its premises.

Oglaza told The Intelligencer in an interview the health unit is bound by provincial health privacy provisions not to release information that could lead to the identification of an individual.

However, speaking in general terms, Oglaza said identifying an individual case and issuing a public COVID-19 advisory can be warranted if the health unit deems a public health safety risk to the public when proper contract tracing cannot locate all people who have been exposed to an infected person.

In the case of a COVID-19 outbreak earlier this year at a Kingston beauty services salon, for example, health unit officials there made the name of the spa public to trace all customers who may have visited the spa in order to conduct further contact tracing to find, isolate and stem any further spread of the virus.

Oglaza said contact tracing in all 54 local cases so far listed by HPE Public Health up until Tuesday’s latest additional case confirmation has been successful to the point that there has been no need to make any public appeals in the health unit’s catchment area.

Contact tracing is key to countering more anticipated cases in a second wave, Oglaza said, because health officials can rapidly identify, trace and isolate new infections to avoid community spread throughout Hastings and Prince Edward catchment area.

“There is a role, time and place for public announcements. That’s when we are unable to trace contact if the nature of the setting is challenging, impossible, and if there is a risk if we don’t get to the public,” Oglaza said.

“In cases of COVID-19, our work is really focusing on as quickly as possible connecting with the person who has been confirmed and getting from them a detailed history of who they’ve been in contact with over a certain amount of time we deemed they were infectious and then getting that list of individuals and connecting with them directly.”

“In that situation, once these contacts are basically identified,” Oglaza said, “connected with all the measures that are in place, there really is no need for anything more for the public to know other than there is a case and it’s being handled by us because any more information provided by a case could potentially lead to identify who that individual is and we’re not a position to do that.”

“This is personal health information,” Oglaza said.

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