Emergency order allows Ontario to take over long-term-care homes; Ottawa to give details on emergency aid for small businesses
The latest novel coronavirus news from Canada and around the world Wednesday (this file will be updated throughout the day). Web links to longer stories if available.
9 a.m.: Statistics Canada has released data showing there were more deaths in nine provinces and territories in the first three months of this year, compared to the same period in 2019.
Ontario — the second-hardest hit province by the COVID-19 pandemic — is excluded from the data released Wednesday.
The federal agency found “notable variations” in the number of deaths that occurred weekly in all jurisdictions — but noted that some variations are expected year over year.
8:10 a.m.: A new emergency order allows the Ontario government the control the…