According to a new poll, more than half of Canadians think 2019 was a generally bad year for Canada.
Among the results, 75 per cent of Canadians expect an increase in global temperatures in 2020 while over six in 10 Canadians said they believe gender wage equality won’t be reached this year.
Jennifer McLeod, Ipsos vice president of public affairs, said a majority of Canadians are actually still feeling positive for this year — despite their view of 2019 as well as the negative predictions they’ve made for 2020.
“You know, while some things that Canadians are worried about have met these negative predictions … I do think that on the whole, they are feeling positive,” said McLeod.
The poll also found that about three-quarters of Canadians feel that 2020 will be better overall year than 2019, as well as about four in 10 feel that the global economy will be better.
“Though Canada isn’t quite as optimistic about this as some other countries, you know that’s still not a bad number — we’re looking for that silver lining,” she said.
Canada’s outlook on the last year was still not as negative compared to other countries around the world, the poll found.
Almost two-thirds of those polled globally thought of 2019 as a bad year for their country compared to 54 per cent of Canadians.
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When it comes to their personal experience, only 42 per cent of Canadians thought last year was bad for them and their family compared to 50 per cent of those polled everywhere on average.
McLeod said that although she wasn’t surprised by the results, what stood out the most to her were the predictions on both climate change and loneliness.
“It’s turned into the issue of our generation,” McLeod said of climate change.
“We see that this is continuously an important issue for Canadians today and it has been a growing issue over the last (few) months. Environmental responsibility is important to most Canadians.”
One question on the Ipsos poll asked whether or not a person would feel lonely most of the time in 2020, a question Canadians measured 29 per cent in compared to the global average of 33 per cent.
McLeod attributes it to the prevalence of mental health issues.
On a lighter note, Ipsos also asked how likely it would be for aliens to visit Earth in 2020 — a scenario only 1 in 10 Canadians thought was likely.
“Some might see that as a good thing, some might see that as a bad thing but it’s just a minority of Canadians that feel that way,” said McLeod.
This Ipsos poll was an online survey of 22,512 interviews conducted between Nov. 22-Dec.6, 2019. The results were weighted to balance the demographics of the adult population among the countries surveyed. The precision of the Ipsos online poll with an unweighted probability sample and 100 per cent response rate would have an estimated margin of error of plus or minus 3.1 percentage points for a sample of 1,000, and an estimated margin of error of plus or minus 4.5 percentage points 19 times out 20 per country of what the results had been if the entire country’s adult population had been polled.
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
Toronto dad calls on Ottawa to help get his stranded toddler out of Wuhan – CBC.ca
A Toronto man is calling on the Canadian government to help him and his wife get their 15-month-old daughter out of Wuhan, China amid the coronavirus outbreak.
Richard Fabic, 45, says he is worried about his daughter Chloe, nicknamed Coco, and frustrated that the government has not taken action.
He has tweeted to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne but has not yet received a reply from either. He has received a response from a spokesperson for his MP.
“I’m certainly scared, worried, frustrated with the lack of response that I hear. I feel helpless. There’s not much I can do,” Fabic told CBC Toronto on Tuesday.
“I missed her before, but now, I miss her more.”
Fabic, who works in cyber-security, said he has support from friends. But he added: “There’s only so much you can talk it out.”
Wuhan, a city in central China, is under quarantine because of the coronavirus, which has sickened nearly 6,000 people and killed at least 132.
Fabic said he and his wife, Yunfei Li, who is in Victoria, would like the government to follow the lead of other countries, including the U.S. and Japan, and begin airlifting Canadians, including their daughter and her grandparents, out of Wuhan.
“What I would like is a clear plan of action from the government,” Fabic said.
Li went to Wuhan with her parents and Chloe to visit relatives in early December. Li’s family is from Wuhan. She has a number of cousins with children around the same age of Chloe.
The plan was to stay for three weeks, then Li was to leave early. She was to return to Toronto, then head to Victoria, where the couple, their daughter and her grandparents are all moving because Li has accepted a new position.
Chloe was to stay in China while couple got ready for move
Li was to set up their new home and Chloe was to stay back in Wuhan with her grandparents to give Li time to get organized. The grandparents have been living in Toronto.
Li did leave early at the end of December, then the new coronavirus hit. Chloe and her grandparents are still there.
“Really, we were dividing and conquering the tasks,” Fabic said.
“Over here in Toronto, my job was to get ready for the move, pack everything up and send it over. Her job was to find a place in Victoria and then unpack and then I would meet her there. And then everything was ready, our daughter would meet us there.”
The couple is shipping everything in their condo to Victoria. According to the plan, when Chloe finally went to Victoria in March, her new life would be set up for her. Now, Fabic doesn’t know how long Chloe will be in China.
“We were planning for kind of that next chapter, that next phase of life. Then the Wuhan crisis occurred,” Fabic said.
The week before the quarantine, Li’s parents said they had heard nothing indicating the magnitude of the problem. On Tuesday, Fabic and Li realized they needed get the three of them out. Then on Wednesday, the airport and public transportation were shut down. Fabic said Chloe and her grandparents had “no way” to leave.
“We couldn’t do anything,” he said.
Fabic said he is worried about any exposure to the coronavirus as well as access to food. “She’s really young. I’m not sure her immune system can take this,” he said.
China has taken drastic measures to limit the spread of the coronavirus, and last week, it cut plane, train and bus links to Wuhan, a city of more than 11 million people. China has quarantined several other nearby cities since then, cutting off an estimated 19 million people.
Couple has obtained consular case number
According to Fabic, Li called Canadian consular officials repeatedly and was finally given a consular case number on Sunday.
Global Affairs Canada said in an email to CBC Toronto on Tuesday that it cannot comment.
“Due to the provisions of the Privacy Act, we are unable to provide information on specific cases,” said Angela Savard, media relations spokesperson for Global Affairs Canada.
Champagne, the foreign minister, said on Tuesday that Ottawa is “looking at all options” to help Canadians quarantined in China during the outbreak.
Global Affairs Canada in contact with Canadians in Wuhan
Champagne said 250 Canadians have registered with Global Affairs Canada to say they are in Wuhan and 126 of them have asked for help to get home. He said his officials are trying to contact each one of them to assess their needs.
“Every Canadian that has reached out to us for consular assistance will receive it,” he said.
He said Canada will tailor its response based on what it finds after all the Canadians asking for help have been contacted.
He noted the number of Canadians seeking help keeps changing as more and more people register via the Global Affairs Canada website — the previous day, the number of Canadians registered in the region was 167.
Champagne said help could include sending a plane to fly them home, but that Canada is also working with other countries in similar situations. Canada doesn’t have a diplomatic office in Wuhan but other countries do and are airlifting their workers. In some cases, private citizens are leaving alongside the diplomats.
Champagne said Ottawa is in contact with the Chinese government about making sure Canada can help its citizens.
B.C. confirms province's first presumptive positive case of new coronavirus – CTV News
The first presumptive positive case of novel coronavirus has been detected in British Columbia, health officials confirmed Tuesday.
The B.C. Centre for Disease Control said one patient appears to be infected with the newly discovered coronavirus and is currently in isolation at home.
The individual is a 40-year-old male who travels to China regularly and was in Wuhan city on his most recent trip, officials said. He lives in the Vancouver Coastal Health region.
“This is a gentleman who is well aware of what is going on in China and when he went home he voluntarily self-isolated,” said Dr. Bonnie Henry at a news conference Tuesday.
The man contacted a health-care provider on Jan. 26 to let them known he had travelled to Wuhan and was experiencing symptoms.
That health-care provider gave a diagnostic test, which came back positive on Monday night.
The man was monitoring his own symptoms carefully and his family is also being monitored by Vancouver Coastal Health. Henry said the man arrived back in Vancouver last week and his symptoms began showing more than 24 hours after arriving home.
“This person is currently doing well and does not need hospitalization,” Henry said. “This person was not symptomatic on his flight.”
Henry said there is no evidence that the virus spreads when a person is asymptomatic.
“That’s reassuring to us and that’s certainly in line with other coronavirus infections that we’ve seen in the past like SARS and MERS,” Henry said.
Right now the man’s case is considered “presumptive positive” because confirmation is done by a second test at the National Microbiology Laboratory in Winnipeg.
“The sample is on its way to Winnipeg,” Henry said. “But given the history of travel, the contact that this person had in Wuhan city and the symptoms they were showing, we are confident that this truly is a case of this novel coronavirus.”
Henry said NML’s test result is expected in about 48 hours, but that she is confident in the result found by the B.C. lab’s test.
Case no surprise, officials say
Henry added that with the high amount of travel between Metro Vancouver and China, the presumptive positive case didn’t come as a surprise.
“This first case is not unexpected to us,” she said.
“This does not change what we are doing in British Columbia … I would have been surprised if we did not have one or two cases.”
Henry cautioned against listening to rumours of B.C. cases, saying that the provincial ministry will continue to update the public if more cases are confirmed.
“There has been a small number of people around the province that have been tested for this novel coronavirus and we have a very low threshold for that testing,” Henry said. “There have been a number of tests that have been done; this is the first one that has been positive.”
Prevention and screening measures
In a news release from the ministry of health, the province said the general public doesn’t necessarily need to take extra measures to protect themselves from the virus.
“It is not necessary for the general public to take special precautions beyond the usual measures recommended to prevent other common respiratory viruses during the winter period,” the news release said.
“Regular handwashing, coughing or sneezing into your elbow sleeve, disposing of tissues appropriately and avoiding contact with sick people are important ways to prevent the spread of respiratory illness generally.”
Previously, the BC Centre for Disease Control has developed a diagnostic test for the novel coronavirus and health-care workers have been asked to record the travel history for anyone reporting respiratory symptoms.
Travellers passing through Vancouver International Airport are also being screened when they arrive at the airport, particularly if they’ve visited Wuhan, China, where the virus is believed to have originated.
Other cases in Canada
In Ontario, two cases have been recorded. One case has been confirmed while the second is considered presumptive positive.
Symptoms of the virus include a runny nose, headache, cough, sore throat, fever and a general feeling of being unwell.
“Anyone who is concerned they may have been exposed to, or are experiencing symptoms of the coronavirus should contact their primary-care provider, local public health office or call 811,” the province said.
The outbreak of the virus began on Dec. 31 with what was initially believed to be a cluster of cases of pneumonia in Wuhan, the capital city of China’s Hubei province.
Officials have since confirmed the patients were actually infected with a virus never previously identified in humans, which has been dubbed the 2019 novel coronavirus, or 2019-nCoV.
Coronaviruses are a “large family of viruses that cause illnesses ranging from the common cold to more severe diseases,” according to Health Canada.
To date, the virus has infected more than 4,500 people and is blamed for over 100 deaths.
With files from CTV News Vancouver’s Andrew Weichel and the Associated Press
Innovation minister mum on whether Canada will mirror U.K. with partial Huawei 5G ban – Global News
Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains isn’t saying whether Canada will look to follow the U.K.’s decision to allow Huawei into non-core parts of its 5G networks.
Officials in the U.K. announced on Tuesday morning that they will allow the Chinese telecom giant to build some parts of their new spectrum but would bar it from working on “sensitive parts” of the infrastructure network. That comes despite warnings from the U.S. that the Chinese firm poses a spying risk and that it might not share intelligence with countries that decide to use its equipment in their development of 5G networks.
Canada is now the only member of the Five Eyes intelligence alliance that has not made up its mind on whether to use Huawei in 5G development and Bains offered no insight when pressed by reporters on Tuesday as to when that decision — in the works for more than a year — could come.
“We have not made a determination at this moment,” said Bains, who was then asked why it was taking so long to make the decision.
“We’re just being very thoughtful and very deliberate. We want to do our appropriate due diligence to make a decision that is in the best interests of Canadians, and we want to make sure that we go about it in the appropriate manner.”
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The federal government launched a review in fall 2018 into whether Huawei poses a security risk.
But it has repeatedly delayed its timeline for announcing the results of that review, initially saying in May of last year it would come before the fall election but then in July 2019 saying the decision would not be made until after the election.
Since October though, there has been no indication of where the government is at and when a decision will come.
Bains said on Tuesday that the government is continuing to talk with its allies to understand the positions they are taking but would not say whether the U.K.’s path was one the Liberal government is considering.
“They’re an ally, and we’re engaged with them. We’re speaking with them, so of course we’re looking at what decisions they’ve made and how they plan to implement those decisions,” he said.
“But we’re not going to make a decision based on one particular jurisdiction, we’re going to look at what’s in Canadians interests.”
Canada should listen to intelligence community when deciding on Huawei
Until Tuesday, the U.K. was the last member of the Five Eyes apart from Canada that had not yet formally announced a decision on Huawei.
The U.S. has urged allies not to use parts from the company, citing Chinese laws requiring Chinese companies to spy for the government if asked to do so.
Huawei Canada has insisted it would refuse such a request and that its technology does not pose a threat.
Still, the U.S., Australia and New Zealand have all implemented bans on the use of Huawei in their 5G development.
New Zealand’s national security agency warned last year that it had identified “significant national security risks” associated with using the company’s technology.
Ward Elcock, former director of the Canadian Security Intelligence Service (CSIS), says he does not think that Canada should look to the U.K. as an example of a path forward and suggested the decision to bar Huawei from core parts of its network makes it clear the U.K. sees concerns.
“The British have clearly said the Chinese are a problem, Huawei is a potential problem, we’ll try and risk manage the system. That’s essentially what they’re doing,” he said in an interview with Global News.
“Risk management is by definition admission that there’s a problem and that even if you are managing the risk, there may still be problems. It doesn’t seem to me that it’s in our interests to accept that risk.”
He added that the U.K. is in a different situation than Canada for several reasons: first, because its networks are not as closely tied to the American networks as Canada’s are; and second, that a British government facing down the market-roiling impact of a hard Brexit is likely looking to limit financial shocks as much as possible.
“We’re a relatively small player so they probably can push the envelope more than we can. They have a communications system that is connected, we have a communications system which is integrated with the American system. I think that makes our problem harder than it is for the U.K.,” he said.
“They’ve just had Brexit. They would like to keep the London financial market as vibrant as it has been over past years. They hardly want to irritate the Chinese.”
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But Elcock said he doesn’t expect to see a similar decision from the Canadian government any time soon.
“Unless it is going to be a pro-Chinese decision — that could come sooner — but if it’s going to be a no, my guess is it won’t come soon because of the case of the Canadians detained in China,” he said, referring to the arbitrary detentions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor by China.
The detentions came in apparent retaliation for the arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou by Canadian authorities in December 2018 in response to an extradition request from the U.S., with which Canada has a longstanding extradition treaty.
The U.S. has since charged Meng and her company with 23 counts of skirting sanctions on Iran and corporate fraud.
Elcock says he thinks it’s clear what could happen to them if Canada were to issue a decision on Huawei that the Chinese government doesn’t like.
“I don’t think there’s not much doubt that, were we to allow Huawei not to compete in the 5G system, the reaction from China would not be positive.”
© 2020 Global News, a division of Corus Entertainment Inc.
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