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Protective equipment and empty waiting rooms: Massage therapy in the new economy – News Talk 650 CKOM

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The province has hit the second phase of the reopening plan and on Tuesday, massage therapists are among those allowed to go back to work.

Cathedral Sports Massage will have its doors open for the first time in weeks but the experience is going to be a lot different for clients.

Owner Courtney Probst said for one, clients will be asked to stay in their vehicles until they’re called for their appointment.

“There’s going to be no use of the waiting room at all, just for ease of social distancing as well as keeping the disinfecting area as small as possible,” said Probst.

Clients will also be asked to sign a waiver saying they aren’t sick and haven’t been in contact with anyone who has tested positive for COVID-19. They’ll also be encouraged to pay using eTransfer.

“ETransfer will really just decrease the amount of time the people are in the common area so they can just come straight into their treatment room, get their treatment, eTransfer us, and then go straight out. There’s no need for them to loiter around in the waiting room,” said Probst.

There are other, smaller changes as well: Clients will be asked to touch as few things as possible, they’ll be asked to use hand sanitizer as soon as they walk in the door, and they’ll be asked to put their clothes in a sanitizer bin during the appointment instead of just hanging them on the wall.

Massage therapy, by its nature, is a very close-working environment between the therapist and clients so the therapists have to wear full personal protective equipment (PPE) at all times. That includes medical-grade masks, safety goggles or glasses, and an apron.

“The medical-grade masks was something that I struggled with (obtaining), just because there’s a shortage out there and you don’t really want to take them away from the people who need them either,” Probst said.

“But in order to keep ourselves and everybody safe, we did what we could and we did end up securing some and we hope to have a more reliable source going forward. And we’ll just continue to, hopefully, have masks on hand so we can continue to be open.”

Probst said the staff has been doing a lot of work on learning how to properly wear the PPE and how to take it on and off effectively.

In the first phase of the reopening plan, some businesses didn’t open right away either because of concern from workers or a lack of proper equipment. Probst said she wanted to open on the first day of the second phase solely because her employees wanted to get back to work and wanted to serve clients.

“Our clients, they rely on us — especially (because) we do have a lot of essential employees that come to us for treatment. So our poor nurses that have been working their butts off haven’t been able to come in for their regular massages that they typically do,” said Probst.

While Probst personally would have liked there to be more time between the first two phases, she said she hopes everything will work out with this phase and they can keep going.

“Overall, I think the government is doing their best to try and give us as much support as they can even though I know this is completely uncharted territories for them, just as it is for us,” said Probst.

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Saskatchewan says economy is rebounding despite 12.5% unemployment rate – Globalnews.ca

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The Saskatchewan government is feeling confident its economy is on the rebound.

This comes despite the unemployment rate being 12.5 per cent at the end of May, according to Statistics Canada’s latest Labour Force Survey released Friday.

By the end of April, the unemployment rate in the province was 11.3 per cent. Saskatchewan’s unemployment rate is, however, the second-lowest among provinces and below the national average of 13.7 per cent.


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“The Saskatchewan workforce is still being seriously affected by the COVID-19 pandemic but there are a number of signs that show Saskatchewan’s economy is both recovering faster, and was less impacted, than other provinces,” said Jeremy Harrison, immigration and career training minister, in a statement.

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“We have the second-lowest unemployment rate in Canada and the number of people working rose in May, which is a strong, positive sign in the COVID-19 era.  The Saskatchewan economy is positioned to strongly improve as we move forward with the Re-Open Saskatchewan plan.”

In Saskatchewan, there were 600 more jobs in May than April, while 87 per cent of those working in February were working in May.


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Since February, the number of hours worked in the province has dropped by 9.1 per cent. It’s the second-lowest decline in provinces. Nationally, the average decline in the number of hours worked over that same period is 19.3 per cent.






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“Looking forward, we are seeing positive economic news in Saskatchewan, including announcements about helium and lithium recently,” Harrison said.

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“These new investments will bring jobs and investment to communities across the province and will help lift our economy out of the current challenges facing markets globally.”


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The province said businesses in Saskatchewan are faring better than other jurisdictions, claiming to have closed fewer than other provinces did.

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“This speaks to the strength of Saskatchewan’s economy and a strong reopening plan aiding in economic recovery,” the province said in a release issued on Friday.

Despite the optimism from the provincial government, the Saskatchewan NDP has laid out three actions it believes the province should take right now to strengthen the economy going forward.

First, to put Saskatchewan businesses and workers first through a Sask-first procurement plan that helps keep jobs in the province. Secondly, make the Saskatchewan Small Business Emergency program more accessible.






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Finally, to end the six-month lockout between Regina’s Co-op Refinery and its workers, which would put 800 Saskatchewan people back to work.

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“New Democrats have urged Premier Moe and this Sask. Party government to protect jobs and small businesses, but clearly not enough has been done,” Opposition Leader Ryan Meili said.

“We know that Saskatchewan’s economy was already shrinking before COVID – and now the Premier’s lack of action to put Saskatchewan workers and businesses first is making things worse.”

Saskatchewan continues its reopen plan with Phase 3 beginning on June 8.

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Uncertainty abounds as Nova Scotia economy reopens – TheChronicleHerald.ca

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Premier Stephen McNeil is encouraging people to “think local,  support local” as the province’s economy reopens Friday but the future of many small businesses struggling to meet government public health guidelines remain uncertain.

“Businesses will require our support on a go-forward basis,” said McNeil Thursday, before facing criticism from opposition leaders for what they deemed a poorly orchestrated and communicated reopening plan that has left businesses scrambling to reopen.

“There should be a massive information exercise by the Province of Nova Scotia that gives Nova Scotians confidence in the system that’s in play,” said Tory Leader Tim Houston.

Government announced its plan to reopen sectors of the economy, including restaurants and bars, salons and gyms last week. The premier has faced ongoing criticism for not offering clear direction on what specific public health requirements, including equipment, businesses need to meet in order to reopen.   

“The lack of information over the last few weeks and couple of months has really put businesses at a disadvantage,” said Houston. “I’m hearing from lots that are having difficulty getting supplies that they think they need for disinfecting. There’s a whole host of businesses that still don’t know what they’re required to do and what their customers are required to do.”

The province is offering a $25-million grant program that offers up to $5,000  for small business, non-profits and other operations, including dental offices.  The program is intended to help those groups with the costs of buying equipment and cleaning supplies needed to reopen. 

Sectors, including barber shops and hair salons, are frustrated over the limit of 10 occupants permitted in their businesses. Restaurants will essentially be reduced to half capacity. Many businesses are unable to secure protective equipment and cleaning supplies in time to reopen.

Meanwhile, many small businesses are still pleading for rent relief.  The federal Canada Emergency Commercial Rent Assistance Program, offering to cover 75 per cent of  rent for small businesses, has had limited uptake largely because it’s optional for landlords.

Business Minister Geoff MacLellan admitted that businesses would require added financial assistance at least through the initial months of the reopening. He said that’s especially true given that tourism numbers are predicted to drop dramatically this summer, a primary source of for many businesses reopening.

“I think that’s inevitable, to be honest,” said MacLellan. 

His department is working directly with associations representing businesses working to get their reopening plans approved by public health and government.  

“We’ll open up and see how things go the first few days,” said MacLellan. “I’m absolutely certain we’ll hear back from those associations.”

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Economy adds surprise 290,000 jobs in May; unemployment rate at record level – The Globe and Mail

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A worker unloads a delivery of 200,000 masks at a Vancouver city depot, on June 3, 2020.

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Canada added 290,000 jobs in May after two months of brutal layoffs, a surprise turn for the job market as provinces have only recently begun to ease lockdown restrictions.

Despite the gain, the unemployment rate rose to 13.7 per cent, the highest since comparable data became available in 1976, as more people started seeking jobs.

“The surprisingly positive readings on employment paint a more optimistic picture of the early part of the recovery, but there’s still a long road back,” said Royce Mendes, senior economist at Canadian Imperial Bank of Commerce, in a note to clients.

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About three-quarters of May’s increase was in full-time positions, while the goods-producing sector (5-per-cent gain) snapped back more forcefully than services (1-per-cent gain).

In turn, men saw stronger employment growth (206,000) than women (84,000). Statistics Canada noted that among parents, women registered fewer job gains than men and were more likely to lose hours.

The total number of hours worked in all industries climbed 6.3 per cent in May, following a plunge of nearly 28 per cent between February and April. There were sizable increases in construction (19 per cent), wholesale and retail trade (11 per cent) and manufacturing (10.9 per cent).

Quebec accounted for nearly 80 per cent of May’s employment increase as it saw a net gain of 231,000 workers. The province allowed the construction industry to return in mid-April and other restrictions began to ease outside the Montreal area in early May.

Ontario was the only province where employment declined last month, although losses were less severe than in March and April. The first stage of the province’s reopening plan took effect after the Victoria Day weekend.

Going into Friday’s job report, it was widely assumed that Canada would experience another month of layoffs. The median estimate from economists was for employment to decline by 500,000 in May, following April’s loss of nearly two million and March’s drop of about one million.

This was partially the result of timing. Statistics Canada surveyed households on their work status between May 10 and 16. By then, many reopening stages had yet to take effect.

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Instead, Friday’s results surprised by showing that employers are already adding to payroll.

As Canada enters its summer months, there are mounting signs of economic activity picking up. Hiring site Indeed Canada has seen a recent uptick in new job postings. Consumer spending, while lower than a year ago, has improved in recent weeks, according to Royal Bank of Canada transaction data. And home and auto sales have perked up, as has business sentiment.

Still, it’s shaping up to be a long recovery in the job market. Many companies are reopening to weaker sales and larger debt obligations, making it difficult to staff at prepandemic levels.

Only 13 per cent of small business owners are planning to add to full-time staff in the next three months, compared to 37 per cent who are planning to cut back, according to recent survey results from the Canadian Federation of Independent Business.

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