Canada: COVID-19 Pandemic And Its Impacts On Canadian Immigration

13 April 2020 by  Daniel C. Lee Alexander Holburn Beaudin + Lang LLP On March 11, 2020, the World Health Organization assessed COVID-19 as a pandemic. The Canadian government has unveiled aggressive new measures to contain the coronavirus and this has direct impacts on Canadian immigration. This bulletin will provide a summary of the key immigration updates for the period between March 13, 2020 and March 23, 2020. Air Travel As at Wednesday, March 18, 2020 at 12:00 pm EST,...
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Hawaii in top 3 lowest COVID-19 infection rate, highest mask use; state looks to limit hotel rooms; Kauai makes masks mandatory; unemployment system meltdown irks legislators, more news from all the Hawaiian Islands

Hilo Farmers Market during COVID-19 ©2020 All Hawaii News Hawaii’s coronavirus infection rate among the lowest in the U.S. — so far. Despite the discouraging stream of announcements of new coronavirus cases that have been detected in Hawaii, data compiled by Johns Hopkins University shows that as of Monday this state had the third- lowest per capita infection rate of any state. Star-Advertiser.Hawaii ranked in top 3 mask wearing states according to geotagged Twitter data. KITV4.=====Hawai...
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Covid 19 got me thinking

I don't believe it's been 5 years since I last posted anything. I guess Life got in the way but I promise travelling never stopped. The current Pandemic got me thinking about what freedom really means Freedom of movement freedom of choice freedom t
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International students now eligible for PGWP with online courses.

Online course work will not spell ineligibility for international student graduates seeking Canadian work experience. By  Kareem El-Assal  And  Shelby Thevenot International students starting their Canadian study program in the coming weeks will not be penalized for online coursework if they eventually apply for a Post Graduation Work Permit (PGWP). The PGWP allows international students to work in Canada for up to three years. It is a way to get Canadian work experience, which is highly ...
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Constitutional, legal and libertarian objections to lockdowns

This is a placeholder post. Again, subject to time. What good are constitutional rights if they are violated when Americans get sick? – By Andrew P. Napolitano Wednesday, March 25, 2020 this one (above) is the BEST article on this topic, a must read by everyone in the world. Americans Need To Start Pushing Back […]
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Economic consequences of lockdowns – including their regressive impacts

Lockdowns are nothing short of suicidal. Upper class elites are very relaxed about them (at least for now), but the poor are beginning to suffer very badly. There is a lot of literature floating around. I’m unable to spend time to bring all this together, but a few links below when I find time. The […]
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They’re All Famous at Running Reindeer Ranch in Alaska

As I cozied into the plush leather seat aboard the Denali Star, the historic blue and gold Alaska Railroad lurched forward. We moved along the rails at a lumbering pace, on a panoramic northbound journey from Anchorage to its terminus in Fairbanks. With eight hours Read More The post They’re All Famous at Running Reindeer Ranch in Alaska appeared first on .
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An incredibly expressive Japanese man

Just over 3 weeks ago, I made what turned out to be my last train journey and bar visit of the pre-coronavirus era, as shortly afterwards, it became apparent that Japan was not going to avoid the pandemic, and with photo work having already dried up, staying near home seemed both the safest and most sensible thing to do. Now, of course, Tokyo is in a state of emergency, and after an initially slow, worryingly indifferent start, more non-essential shops and services have started to close. Bars, o...
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Effect of weather on coronaviruses

This is a placeholder post. There is some evidence for a strong likelihood of the virus being seasonal. Which makes India’s lockdown in spring/summer even more unjustified. Source I couldn’t locate it readily at, though. It seems to have been published on Yahoo finance. But here’s another chart somewhat similar to it. Source: […]
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Full Of Beans! 5 Minute Prep WFH Bean Salad {Vegan}

This bean salad is for when you have no time but want something delicious, healthy and full of goodness and fibre. Best of all the main ingredient is a tin of 3 or 4 bean mix!
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Notre Dame

Last year at this time we were in Japan. It was quite a shock, as it was with the world, to learn that Notre Dame was burning. I watched a special just last night on what they have done so far this year in the rebuilding. Mostly it has been shoring up the building so that there isn’t further collapse. They went through the rubble on the floor down below where the burning roof collapsed like archeologists at a long buried site collecting the large pieces first and then all of the small pieces lik...
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Oil slumps on worries that supply cuts are playing catch-up to falling demand - Reuters

Oil slumps on worries that supply cuts are playing catch-up to falling demand - Reuters:Oil prices dropped sharply on Tuesday, with U.S. prices sliding back toward $20 a barrel, as investors bet that fuel demand destruction caused by the coronavirus pandemic would be too much for producers embarking on record global output cuts to offset.Global oil-producing nations are expected to reduce production by as much as 19.5 million barrels per day, but those cuts are being implemented slowly and in so...
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HTNG and Hospitality Upgrade Launch New Career Center Portal to Serve the Rapidly Evolving Hospitality Job Market

CHICAGO (April 14, 2020) - Hospitality Technology Next Generation (HTNG) and Hospitality Upgrade today jointly announce the launch of the HTNG Career Center, a premier, industry-exclusive job portal designed to connect qualified hospitality professionals with potential employers, and provide a wide range of helpful career and recruiting resources to the hospitality market.
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Saudis Set to Pump at Will Until May as Oil Inventories Swell - Bloomberg

Saudis Set to Pump at Will Until May as Oil Inventories Swell - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia and other Gulf suppliers may have agreed to cut oil production again starting next month, but by all indications the taps are set to remain wide open until then -- swelling crude stockpiles for at least a few more weeks.The kingdom’s crude exports so far in April stand at 9.3 million barrels a day, according to tanker-tracking data compiled by Bloomberg. That compares with 6.8 million barrels a day through the...
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Jah Glory Rendiamo grazie a Dio in Africa

Capita spesso in Africa di trascorrere tutta la giornata compressi su di un sudicio e surriscaldato taxi in compagnia di un'altra decina di sventurati passeggeri nel disperato tentativo di riuscire a percorrere senza intoppi quella decina di chilometri c
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Exclusive: #Saudi Aramco in talks with banks to borrow about $10 billion - sources - Reuters

Exclusive: Saudi Aramco in talks with banks to borrow about $10 billion - sources - Reuters:Saudi Aramco, the world’s largest oil producer, is in early talks with banks for a loan of about $10 billion to help finance its acquisition of a 70% stake in Saudi Basic Industries Corp (SABIC), according to three banking sources. Aramco (2222.SE) agreed last year to buy the controlling stake in SABIC from the kingdom’s wealth fund for $69.1 billion, sealing one of the biggest-ever deals in the global ch...
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5 Hiker-Friendly Movies for Outdoor Lovers

I tried upping my street cred (okay, hiking cred) recently while having pints with a group of fellow hikers. Emboldened by a pint (or two) of IPA, I claimed out aloud: “You know, you could say that I’ve hiked with Robert Redford and Martin Sheen.” The deafening silence was quickly followed by an outburst of derisive laughter that basically suggested: “Dream on, dude!” While I haven’t actually hiked with either of these stars—I have shared the same hiking trails, albeit at different times. Robert...
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Lockdown in Paris: Day 31

The leaves are coming in on the London plane trees in Paris, so soon I won't be able to see much from my windows.  In case you’re already counting down the days to May 11th when President Macron announced France would “start reopening schools”, today the country has 762 new deaths in the past 24 hours, for a total of 15,729 Covid-19 victims. On the positive side, the total number of patients on life support has gone down for the sixth day in a row. After a warm weekend a cold wind arrived in P...
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Oil slides 6% as producer cuts fail to banish demand fears - Reuters

Oil slides 6% as producer cuts fail to banish demand fears - Reuters:Oil prices fell around 6% on Tuesday as investors doubted that record OPEC+ supply cuts would soon balance markets as demand plunges due to the coronavirus pandemic.Brent crude futures LCOc1 fell $1.74, or 5.5%, to $30.00 a barrel by 12:57 p.m. EDT (1657 GMT). U.S. West Texas Intermediate (WTI) crude CLc1 was down $1.51, or 6.7%, at $20.90 a barrel.Global oil producers worldwide are expected to cut overall output by roughly 19....
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‘It’s eerie’: tropical north Queensland tourism goes into coronavirus hibernation

As Port Douglas, Cairns and Airlie Beach turn into ghost towns, businesses are wondering how to survive the dual spectres of a pandemic and global heatingAbout this time of year, the weather in tropical north Queensland takes a turn towards glorious. Last Saturday in Cairns would have made a postcard, had any tourists been in town to experience the onset of the dry season.Hotel occupancy rates in Cairns have fallen to single digits and most tourism businesses have closed their doors – some forev...
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Six ways your RMS can assist with revenue management strategy during a crisis | By Dan Skodol

The hotel industry right now is facing an unprecedented challenge. Perhaps now more than ever, hoteliers must focus on the fundamentals: maintaining communication channels, building trust, and strategizing for when demand starts to pick up again. It's challenging to say the least when we're faced with the reality of today: lack of staff, closed hotels, rapidly changing situations, and revenue issues. But it is achievable, even with light resources.
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Most Popular National Parks

Each of us have our favorite national park. Now that they are closed perhaps we will appreciate them even more. Mine as you may know is Bryce Canyon National Park in Utah. In fact I was just there in November. Above are three of my photos from t
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Stanford and Google create an embeddable COVID-19 map for local journalists

Stanford University’s Big Local News and Pitch Interactive projects, along with the Google News Initiative, are launching a new tool today that allows local journalists to embed customized, up-to-date maps of COVID-19 cases in the United States. The COVID-19 Case Mapper might sound pretty basic — and indeed, Google Data Editor Simon Rogers admitted that he’d expected something like this to exist already. However, while local journalists are doing their best to keep their readers informed a...
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Facebook launches an experimental app for messaging close friends over Apple Watch

Facebook’s internal R&D group has today launched a new app that lets you keep up with your close friends via your Apple Watch. The app is called Kit, or Keep in Touch, and works using a combination of QR codes and Facebook’s existing Messenger service. According to Kit’s App Store description, you get started with the app by first scanning a QR code on your watch or by entering in an access code at You then select the Messenger contact you want to stay in touch with using Kit. Th...
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The Dow Hotel Company (DHC) Offers Tips to Navigate the Pandemic for Management Companies and Hotel Owners

Officials The Dow Hotel Company (DHC), a leading national hotel owner/investor and operator, today provided guidance to fellow hotel owners and operators as the hotel industry continues to seek ways to combat the effects of the coronavirus.
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Amazon fires two more employees who were openly critical of working conditions during pandemic

Two additional employees who were publicly critical of Amazon’s warehouse conditions amid the COVID-19 pandemic have been fired by the company. UX designers Emily Cunningham and Maren Costa were both also members of Amazon Employees for Climate Justice, an organization of employees “who believe it’s our responsibility to ensure our business models don’t contribute to the climate crisis.” The Jeff Bezos-owned Washington Post was the first to report the firings, which come as workers in at leas...
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Saudis Slashing Oil Prices to Asia Shows Supply War Isn’t Over - Bloomberg

Saudis Slashing Oil Prices to Asia Shows Supply War Isn’t Over - Bloomberg:Saudi Arabia might have just signed off on one of the most notable oil output deals in history, but challenges lie ahead as the kingdom faces keen competition from rival suppliers to the prized Asian market.That perhaps explains why the de-facto leader of OPEC slashed its official selling prices to Asian customers for May by larger-than-expected margins this week. Eight of eleven refiners across the region surveyed by Blo...
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Expensify CEO shares high-level keys for keeping costs low and managing expenses

David Barrett Contributor Share on Twitter David Barrett is the founder and CEO of Expensify, an expense-management platform with more than eight million users worldwide. As we find ourselves tumbling toward a global financial crisis, every business is taking a second and third look at expenses going out the door to make sure they really, truly need them. Based on more than a decade of experience processing billions of dollar...
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Next Round of Coronavirus Relief: What the Travel Industry Needs

All but shut down by the coronavirus pandemic, the U.S. travel industry submitted a fresh list of urgent policy requests to Congress to protect the 15.8 million Americans whose livelihoods depend on travel.
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Gili Gede Gili Renggit Gili Layar 3 of many secret Gilis around Lombok which have this out of this world feeling

Around the main island of Lombok there are many many Gilis islands. Some of them inhabited some just some rocks bushes but all having wonderful white sands turquoise waters and stunning views. Being on search for a nice Gili we finally decided to
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