The City of Toronto announced this week that it is partnering with Vaccine Hunters Canada, a volunteer-run group that alerts the public of any available appointments for COVID-19. Vaccine Hunters Canada has been highly effective in assisting Canadians across the country in booking vaccine appointments – but the group also shows how governments have struggled when it comes to communication around the vaccine rollout. Sean Speer, fellow in residence at the Public Policy Forum, said it is “indefensible” that governments were not adequately prepared for the rollout of vaccines. On this episode of Crisis Management, Speer explains why it is “fundamentally wrong” that Vaccine Hunters Canada is doing a better job than governments at communicating and executing vaccine distribution.
After months of increased pressure on the province, the Ontario government unveiled a program this week that will allow workers to take three paid sick days through the COVID-19 pandemic. Employers will be required to pay workers up to $200 per day for up to three days, and the province will then reimburse the companies for those sick days. The program is much needed, says Sean Speer, fellow in residence at the Public Policy Forum. On this episode of Crisis Management, he explains why businesses should be facing similar pressure that was placed on the province to introduce paid sick leave. "It's good that we've finally seen this come out of the provincial government, but bad that we haven't seen more employers commit to take this one," he said.
Rapidly rising house prices in Canada’s biggest markets is locking out a growing number of first-time home buyers. The federal government announced a new foreign buyers tax to help bring more supply onto the market, but some question its effectiveness in bringing prices down. We’ve been getting monthly updates from the ground floor from Realosophy Realty’s John Pasalis and Oakwyn Realty’s Steve Saretsky, who help make sense of it all, with advice for anyone buying or selling a home. They shared their thoughts on where they see the markets going and why the new rule is a case of smoke and mirrors. Jessy Bains is a senior reporter at Yahoo Finance Canada. Follow him on Twitter @jessysbains. Download the Yahoo Finance app, available for Apple and Android.