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Ford to Trump: ‘Give your head a shake’
By TVO Current Affairs - Published on Aug 08, 2020
File photo of Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland (Sean Kilpatrick/CP)

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Canada responds to new U.S. tariffs

Ottawa is hitting back after U.S. president Donald Trump announced a new 10 per cent tariff on Canadian aluminum. Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said, “Canada will respond swiftly and strongly." That’s expected to include $3.6 billion in punitive counter-measures. "The United States has taken the absurd decision to harm its own people at a time when its economy is suffering its deepest crisis since the Great Depression," she said.

Premier Doug Ford urged Ontarians to buy locally made goods. “Hit ’em where it hurts,” he said at a press conference. He then turned his attention to Trump, saying, “give your head a shake.” 

Canada’s unequal recovery

Canada added more than 400,000 new jobs in July, according to StatsCan data. That means the country has recouped more than half of the jobs lost to the pandemic since March. The unemployment rate is 10.9 per cent, down from 12.3 per cent in June.

However, the recovery has not been equal for everyone. South Asian, Arab, and Black workers had seasonally unadjusted unemployment rates of 17 per cent or more, with rates even higher for women. The rate for those who do not identify as either a visible minority or Indigenous is 9.3 per cent.

Ford stands by school-reopening strategy

Ford said the province will be “flexible” in its school-reopening strategy but said he has no intention of revisiting it. He said that while the plan is imperfect, it is the best “in the entire country.”

The plan has received increased criticism, including from Toronto Public Health, which is urging the city’s school board to implement smaller class sizes than what is mandated by the province. The Toronto District School Board, meanwhile, says it needs more funding to deal with the pandemic.

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