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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Thursday

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Travellers returning to Canada from abroad are facing a new order requiring them to self-isolate, the latest measure from a government trying to deal with both a rise in COVID-19 cases and the growing economic fallout.

The measure, which makes some exceptions for health-care workers and truckers, allows for fines and even jail times for people who ignore the order to stay home.

The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) said on Twitter that people coming into Canada at ports of entry will be asked to make a declaration.

“We are implementing the Quarantine Act to keep all Canadians safe,” Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday, calling decisions by some to ignore the call to self-isolate for two weeks “disappointing” and “dangerous.”

When asked why the quarantine measure wasn’t introduced sooner, Trudeau said “the vast majority” of Canadians have been following public health guidelines and taking the precautions necessary to protect themselves and others. But, he said, “there have been too many people who have not,” which required the use of a rule with enforcement measures.

WATCH | Trudeau addresses new self-isolation rule for incoming travellers:

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that while many Canadians have followed instructions to self-isolate, many haven’t — so further enforcement measures are needed to protect Canadians from COVID-19. 1:24

Speaking outside his home at Rideau Cottage on Thursday, Trudeau said his government, chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and the country’s premiers had all been clear that people needed to follow the call for a 14-day quarantine when entering Canada. But given that some travellers were not self-isolating, tougher measures were needed, he said.

Contact information will be collected from incoming travellers when they pass through the border for followup, which could include random checks to ensure they are complying with the quarantine.

Tam said at a briefing Thursday that any incoming traveller who is sick will be immediately isolated. People who are seriously ill will be sent to hospital and those with less severe symptoms who can safely go directly home are allowed to do so.

“A quarantine order is put on them; we of course follow them in collaboration with local public health.”

People with symptoms who can’t get home will be housed in a location serving as a federal quarantine, Tam said.

People who are asymptomatic are allowed to go home with an order to get there “as fast as possible” and stay put. 

The government will do random checks on the asymptomatic people, in collaboration with local public health, through measures like phone calls, Tam said. She said the use of the Quarantine Act is a “serious reminder” of the need for self-isolation for returning travellers — and reiterated the possibility of “hefty penalties,” including fines and even jail time.

During the same briefing, Tam provided what she called “a snapshot of the severity” of COVID-19 in Canada. She said roughly six per cent of cases require hospitalization, 2.6 per cent are critical and one per cent are fatal. 

“The fact that Canada’s fatality rate is at one per cent indicates that the health-care system is not currently overwhelmed, but these fatalities could be reduced further by preventing illness in our most vulnerable populations,” she said.

WATCH | Canada’s chief public health officer warns young people are also at risk for COVID-19:

The coronavirus is not just a threat to older people, says Dr. Theresa Tam. 0:45

U.S. looking to arm the border

The number of confirmed cases in the United States jumped to more than 82,000 Thursday, according to a tally by Johns Hopkins, making it the hardest-hit country in the world in terms of reported cases.

Also Thursday, both Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland confirmed Global News reports that the U.S.is considering putting soldiers near the Canadian border to intercept illegal migrants because of concerns related to COVID-19, despite the fact that Canada has just over 4,000 reported cases.

“Canada is strongly opposed to this U.S. proposal and we’ve made that opposition very, very clear to our American counterparts,” Freeland told reporters during a daily noon-hour briefing. 

According to a source with knowledge of the White House proposal, no decision has been made yet.

“We had some troops up in Canada, but I’ll find out about that,” said U.S. President Donald Trump when asked about the proposal during an evening task force briefing in Washington. 

He went on to say that the U.S. does, in fact, have troops along the border with Canada to help keep illegal trade from entering the U.S.

Canada and the U.S. have the longest unmilitarized border in the world. Earlier in the day, Trudeau told reporters, “it is very much in both of our of interests for it to remain that way.”

‘We need to work together’

Prior to his daily briefing Thursday, the prime minister spoke with leaders of the G20 nations via video conference and said they agreed that co-ordinated efforts are needed to protect people’s health and the economy — though Trudeau did not detail exactly how that effort would unfold.

“We need to work together to have an impact that goes beyond our borders,” he said, noting that there’s a need to flatten the curve and slow the spread of COVID-19 worldwide, not just in Canada. 

Trudeau also spoke about a temporary program his government unveiled Wednesday, as well as a plan to temporarily increase the Canada Child Benefit beginning in May. The government says the Canada Emergency Response Benefit (CERB) is designed to get money into the hands of people who are losing income because of the pandemic. The CERB collapses two previously announced programs into one in a bid to streamline the process of applying for the funding, which will provide eligible workers $2,000 a month for four months.

Meanwhile, the number of new cases in Italy grew by more than 6,000, pushing the worldwide total to more than half a million, based on a count kept by Johns Hopkins University, with nearly 23,000 deaths. The dashboard, which draws data from a range of sources — including the World Health Organization and national health departments — lists the number of cases that are recovered or resolved at almost 115,000. 

Spain’s death toll has risen above 3,400, eclipsing that of China, where the virus was first detected in December, and is now second only to that of Italy, which has 7,500 deaths. Lidia Perera, a nurse at Madrid’s 1,000-bed Hospital de la Paz, said more workers were desperately needed. “We are collapsing,” she said. 

The novel coronavirus, which has been labelled SARS-CoV-2, was first reported in China in late 2019. The virus causes an illness called COVID-19. It causes mild or moderate symptoms for most people, but for some, especially older adults and people with existing health problems, it can cause more severe illness or death. There are no proven treatments or vaccines, but researchers around the world are looking for both.

China temporarily barring most foreigners

Mainland China reported a second consecutive day of no new local infections as Hubei province opened its borders, but imported cases rose.

China announced late Thursday that it is temporarily barring all foreign nationals from entry starting Saturday, as it seeks to curb the number of imported COVID-19 cases.

Diplomatic workers will be exempt, while foreign nationals coming to China for “necessary economic, trade, scientific or technological activities or out of emergency humanitarian needs” can still apply for visas, the Chinese Ministry of Foreign Affairs said.

“The suspension is a temporary measure that China is compelled to take in light of the outbreak situation and the practices of other countries,” the ministry said in a statement.

Read on for a look at what’s happening in Canada and the United States.

Here’s what’s happening in the provinces and territories

As of 6:30 p.m. ET Thursday, there were more than 4,000 confirmed and presumptive cases of COVID-19 in Canada, with 39 deaths and 228 cases listed as recovered or resolved. (Not all provinces are listing details about recoveries.) One Canadian has also died abroad, in Japan. 

For a detailed look at the latest numbers, visit CBC’s coronavirus case tracker.

British Columbia released a list Thursday of essential and non-essential services, in light of the provincial state of emergencyThe province defines essential services as “essential to preserving life, health, public safety and basic societal functioning.” Non-essential services can only stay open if they can demonstrate they are complying with public health orders.  Read more about what’s happening in B.C.

Alberta, which has granted power to law enforcement agencies to enforce public-health orders, reported cases in two residents and a worker at a group home for adults with disabilities. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, said: “Over the past two days, despite the aggressive measures already in place, it’s become clear that additional measures are needed.” Read more about what’s happening in Alberta, including information on a long-term care home in Calgary with six confirmed cases.

Saskatchewan is expanding the list of businesses that need to close during the COVID-19 outbreak. The province is also lowering the number of people permitted at a public gathering to 10, down from 25. Read more about what’s happening in Saskatchewan, including a plan in Regina to get bagged lunches to kids who are not in class because of school closures.

Manitoba’s top public health officer says the province is expanding its criteria for COVID-19 testingDr. Brent Roussin says all symptomatic health-care workers and people who live or work in remote communities, group settings and First Nations will be tested. Read more about what’s happening in Manitoba and get details on how COVID-19 testing works in the province.

Ontario reported 170 new cases on Thursday, its highest single-day increase in COVID-19 cases to date. The province says it will ramp up its capacity to conduct approximately 18,900 COVID-19 tests a day by mid-April. It currently does 3,000 COVID-19 tests daily, and will increase to 5,000 later this week. There is currently a testing backlog of nearly 11,000 cases, which the province hopes to have cleared by early next week.  Read more about what’s happening in Ontario.

Quebec reported a total of 1,629 confirmed cases Thursday, including eight deaths. The province’s director of public health urged people to be honest about travel history and who they have been in contact with. “By not collaborating, you are preventing us from doing an investigation that allows us to help people,” said Dr. Horacio Arruda. Read more about what’s happening in Quebec.

New Brunswick is increasing testing, but still lags behind neighbouring Nova Scotia because of problems earlier in the outbreak. “I want to assure the public New Brunswick is testing more people more widely as the situation evolves,” said Dr. Jennifer Russell, the province’s chief medical officer of health. Read more about what’s happening in New Brunswick, where a high school that sits empty during class cancellation is being used to help the homeless.

WATCH | Fredericton high school housing homeless during outbreak:

To make way for social distancing, the city’s out of the cold shelter has been moved to the Fredericton High School. 1:08

In Nova Scotia, the premier said a new case in the province could be linked to a St. Patrick’s day gathering. Stephen McNeil said it is a reminder of why it is crucial to avoid socializing. “I’m not trying to scare you, I’m actually trying to convince you [that] when we say, ‘Stop gathering and stay home,’ we mean it,” he said. Read more about what’s happening in Nova Scotia.

Prince Edward Island reported four new cases Thursday, bringing its total to nine, and all four were linked to recent international travel. The province has closed a transition facility for people with addictions as part of its fight against the coronavirus. Read more about what’s happening on P.E.I.

In Newfoundland and Labrador, the medical officer of health said the province will move ahead with testing for asymptomatic people who have been in contact with people who have COVID-19. “This is to make sure that we find as many positive people as we can and putting in the appropriate measures to reduce spread,” Dr. Janice Fitzgerald said. Read more about what’s happening in N.L., including the re-arrest of a woman police allege twice violated an isolation order.

In the North, education leaders in the Northwest Territories are recommending schools close for the rest of the academic year. And in Whitehorse, a new testing centre is open for people with “mild to moderate” respiratory symptoms. Read more about what’s happening across Canada’s North.

WATCH | Canadian stuck in Peru worried about his health:

Greg Bestavros says the Peruvian government is threatening to lock everyone down for up to three months to contain COVID-19. 6:38

Here’s a look at what’s happening in the U.S.

From The Associated Press, updated at 6 p.m. ET

The number of confirmed COVID-19 cases in the U.S. rose to 82,404 on Thursday, according to a Johns Hopkins tally. That is more than any other country, overtaking both Italy and China. At the same time, the U.S. death toll topped 1,100, while hospitals and government authorities in New York, New Orleans and other hot spots grappled with a dire shortage of supplies, staff and sick beds.

Medical facilities reported a lack of ventilators and protective masks, as a running tally kept by Johns Hopkins University showed that at least 1,178 people in the U.S. have died. In a news conference, New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo acknowledged issues with the distribution of protective equipment after he was asked about health-care workers in New York City using plastic trash bags to protect themselves. In New Orleans, Louisiana officials said they are considering housing patients in hotels and a convention centre. 

Jobless claims in the U.S. soared to a record 3.3 million on Thursday, more than nearly five times the previous weekly record. The report may understate the problem as the official statistics typically have not included the self-employed or independent contractors. Federal Reserve Chair Jerome Powell said the U.S. already “may well be in recession.”

A modicum of relief will come when the $2 trillion US aid package in Congress passes. Democratic House Speaker Nancy Pelosi said she expects to see it approved in a strong bipartisan vote on Friday, and Treasury Secretary Steven Mnuchin said Americans should receive direct deposits within three weeks of the bill becoming law.

To help businesses cope, the Environmental Protection Agency said in a statement they will ease back on enforcement, following requests by the energy industry and other sectors. Also, Wall Street saw its strongest three-day growth since the 1930s, with the Dow Jones’ increase of 21 per cent since Monday establishing it as a bull market by some definitions. 

Despite the economic pain, Federal Reserve chairman Jerome Powell said in an interview that it is listening to pandemic experts, with the first priority limiting the spread of the virus in the country. He expects the economy to recover in the second half of the year, though White House pandemic expert Dr. Anthony Fauci warned on Thursday that the novel coronavirus is so unpredictable at this point, there could be an uptick in cases again next winter.

Meanwhile, Defence Secretary Mark Esper said the Pentagon will only provide broad statistics on coronavirus numbers within the military, to prevent enemies from knowing about specific clusters. The U.S. air force and navy told Reuters the vast majority of their cases are of personnel who are stationed domestically.

Workers construct what is believed to be a makeshift morgue behind a hospital during the outbreak of COVID-19 in Manhattan on Wednesday. (Carlo Allegri/Reuters)

New York state is the epicentre of the domestic outbreak in the U.S., accounting for more than 30,000 cases and close to 300 deaths, most of them in New York City. 

A makeshift morgue was set up outside the city’s Bellevue Hospital, and the local police, their ranks dwindling as more fall ill, were told to patrol nearly empty streets to enforce social distancing.

Here’s what’s happening in Italy, Spain and some other areas of Europe struggling with COVID-19

From The Associated Press, Reuters and CBC News, updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

In Spain, the coronavirus death toll rose to 4,145 on Thursday, up from 3,434 on Wednesday. Spain’s coronavirus lockdown was extended on Thursday to last until at least April 12 as the country struggled to tackle a fast increase in the death toll. In Madrid, Spain’s worst-affected region, hearses continued to arrive at the city’s ice rink, which was converted into a makeshift morgue after authorities said existing facilities lacked resources.

“It is not easy to extend the state of emergency,” Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez said in parliament. “I am convinced the  only efficient option against the virus is social isolation.”

Cases in Italy grew by more than 6,000 on Thursday, pushing the worldwide total beyond 500,000 and dashing hopes that the epidemic might be in retreat. Officials said 712 people died of the illness in the last 24 hours, pushing the total tally to 8,215, over double that seen anywhere else in the world. The relentless rise in Italy is despite stringent lockdown measures introduced progressively since Feb. 23 to try to stop the spread, which authorities had hoped would be having more of an effect by now.

Volunteers pack food inside a Trussell Trust food bank in Oldham, northwest England, on Thursday. The organization said the outbreak presents an unprecedented challenge and uncertainty. (Oli Scarf/AFP/Getty Images)

Germany has increased its ability to test for the virus to 500,000 a week, which the head of the country’s Robert Koch disease control centre says is the highest worldwide, both in absolute numbers and per capita. Germany has reported more than 40,000 cases of COVID-19 but just 239 deaths, according to a Johns Hopkins tally. The relatively low death toll has widely been attributed to early and aggressive testing, among other factors.

Some lockdown measures in the U.K., which significantly restrict the social interactions of Britons, could last up to six months, Britain’s deputy chief medical officer said on Thursday. “That would not be an implausible outcome,” Jenny Harries said at a news conference, while adding that the steps already in place have begun to show results. Meanwhile, Finance Minister Rishi Sunak called the U.K.’s economic intervention “one of the most significant” by any government ever, while noting there are still challenging times ahead.

France has begun evacuating its citizens infected with the coronavirus from the Alsace epicentre on board a special medicalized high-speed train. France’s health minister said that the TGV train-turned-hospital is a “first in Europe.” Around 20 patients were being evacuated from Strasbourg to hospitals in the Pays-de-la-Loire and other regions Thursday morning, thanks to the medical locomotive. It consists of five cars, each one kitted out with medical material and attended by an anesthesiologist-resuscitator, an intern, a nurse anesthetist and three nurses. The train has been employed to relieve the French region worst hit by the coronavirus that has already claimed nearly 1,700 lives in France — though that number only includes those dying in hospitals. Nearly 3,375 people in the country are also in need of life support due to the coronavirus, French public health officials reported on Thursday.

Medical staff gather for a transfer operation of people infected with COVID-19 from the Strasbourg railway station to western France hospitals, in Strasbourg, France on Thursday. (Christian Hartmann/Reuters)

Sweden saw a surge in the number of deaths that could change the Scandinavian country’s rather lax approach to keeping primary and elementary schools, restaurants and bars open and even encouraging people to go out and enjoy the spring sun. Health officials have within the past 24 hours seen an increase of 18 deaths since Wednesday, bringing the total to 62 deaths in the country of 10 million. Some 2,510 people have tested positive, of which 176 are in intensive care.

The head of Stockholm’s health service, Bjorn Eriksson, said “the storm is over us,” hours after Anders Tegnell of the Public Health Agency of Sweden told a news conference that the situation was “stable.”

In neighbouring Denmark, the response has been much more swift. The government restricted public assembly to 10 or fewer people, closed its borders, and has ordered the closure of schools, universities, daycare centres, restaurants, cafes, libraries, gyms and hair salons. And in Finland, the government said it will in an exceptional move block the movement of citizens into and out of a key southern region that includes the Nordic nation’s capital, Helsinki, to prevent the spreading of coronavirus to other areas. The Uusimaa region includes Helsinki and the move affects the daily lives of some 1.7 million people, nearly a third of Finland’s population.

Here’s what’s happening around the world, including Iran and South Korea

From Reuters, The Associated Press and CBC News, updated at 3:30 p.m. ET

Iran started an intercity travel ban, a day after Tehran warned the country might face a second outbreak. Meanwhile, the United States blacklisted five Iran- and Iraq-based companies and 15 individuals on Thursday for supporting terrorist groups, its third round of sanctions on Iranian targets in the last two weeks even as Tehran battles the coronavirus outbreak. Iran has reported 2,234 deaths and 29,406 infections so far.

South Korea’s central bank says it will temporarily provide an “unlimited” amount of money to eligible banks and other financial institutions for three months through repurchase agreements as it tries to calm financial markets rattled by the global coronavirus crisis. The country has 9,241 reported cases, the Korea Centers for Disease Control and Prevention said, with 132 deaths. The country warned it would deport foreigners while its citizens could face jail if they violate self-quarantine rules after a surge in imported cases. 

In Japan, Prime Minister Shinzo Abe convened a coronavirus task force meeting, instructing all 47 prefectural leaders to plan contingency measures to fight the virus in response to assessments that the coronavirus is now rampant in the country. The task force is backed by a special law passed this month that allows Abe to declare a state of emergency, though top officials say such a declaration is not planned immediately. Japan has about 2,000 cases, including 259 in Tokyo.

India, which is under a strict lockdown for a three-week period, announced a $22.6-billion US economic stimulus plan providing direct cash transfers and food security measures to give relief to millions of low-income residents.

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Bangladesh is deploying soldiers and police to enforce a nationwide 10-day shutdown to slow the spread of the virus. Experts say Bangladesh, a nation of 160 million people, is at high risk of increased infections because hundreds of thousands of overseas Bangladeshi workers have returned home in recent weeks from Italy and other virus-affected nations. Meerjady Sabrina Flora, director of the country’s Institute of Epidemiology, Disease Control and Research, said five more cases of the virus were confirmed, bringing the country’s total to 44, including five deaths. 

In South Africa, officials identified quarantine sites across the country on Wednesday, as the number of confirmed coronavirus cases rose to 709. Ethiopia’s government told G20 finance ministers and central bank chiefs in a call ahead of Thursday’s summit that Africa needs a $150 billion emergency financing package due to the impact of the virus.

The Indonesian government reported 20 new deaths in the previous 24 hours. That brings the country’s death toll in the COVID-19 outbreak to 78, the highest in the Southeast Asia region.

In Brazil, the country’s governors are defying President Jair Bolsonaro over his call to reopen schools and businesses, dismissing his argument that the “cure” of widespread shutdowns to contain the spread of the coronavirus is worse than the disease. Brazil’s Supreme Court upheld virus mitigation plans that had been challenged by Bolsonaro. As of Thursday, the country had more than 2,550 cases and 59 deaths.



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Back to school plan a potential boon for hard-hit Labrador, say MHAs

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After months of grappling with province-wide education restrictions, Labrador students — and their largely exhausted parents — could see relief in September, regional MHAs say.

What works on the island doesn’t work in more remote parts of the province, Torngats MHA Lela Evans told CBC News on Tuesday.

As students hunkered down to study from home computers in March, treacle-slow Internet speeds, even in more populated areas of Labrador, made online classes an impossibility for some students, she said.

“We have not had investment in our infrastructure that is successful,” Evans said, referring specifically to Internet connectivity along the north coast. “We have not had things that other people in the province have access to.”

Her concerns were previously echoed by families across Labrador struggling with virtual classrooms. 

Spotty Internet connections also mean the province’s $20-million earmarked for September spending on laptops and other distance learning equipment won’t be of much use, she said.

Lake Melville MHA Perry Trimper pointed out one potential back-to-school bright side.

The province’s return-to-school plan announced Monday, which designates in-person learning as the ideal scenario, allows for that in-class instruction to be considered on a regional basis.  That means an outbreak on the island won’t necessarily send kids in Labrador packing.

“The premise is that even if we have [COVID-19 cases] in St. John’s, kids probably still go to school in Makkovik or in Happy Valley-Goose Bay,” he said.

Evans says the pandemic has highlighted the disparities between rural Labrador and more populated parts of the island. (Katie Breen/CBC)

Slew of hardships

The regionalized model was championed by the province in Monday’s report as a way to provide “consistency, stability and equity” for students and avoid province-wide closures.

 It could act as beacon for a region with increased infrastructure difficulties in recent days, including Air Canada’s decision to end many of its flight routes to Labrador and long wait times for ferry reservations along the north coast.

Woodward Group, which operates the Kamutik W that serves six northern communities, said in a statement Thursday that passenger capacity has been severely curtailed by Transport Canada restrictions, and that some passengers “won’t be able to move” between ports.

That leaves many Labradorians facing increased travel costs.

Evans said the disparity between opportunities in remote communities and populated areas, in terms of travel, education and the cost of living, has only been highlighted by COVID-19.

“People are getting tired of hearing about it, but this pandemic is really showing the problems that we’re facing,” Evans said. “In terms of the internet speed, in terms of food security, in terms of all the resources.”

On Thursday, the province announced a one-time $250 pandemic relief grant for households in nine Labrador communities to offset some of the incurred costs of COVID-19 restrictions.

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COVID-19 on P.E.I.: What’s happening Sunday, July 12

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The ferry service between Prince Edward Island and Nova Scotia is back on schedule again after some crossings were cancelled Saturday.

Northumberland Ferries said the cancellations were caused by a technical issue with the shore ramp for the MV Confederation at Wood Islands.

The ferry service began six daily round-trip crossings from Wood Islands to Caribou, N.S., when the Atlantic bubble began July 3.

The downtown farmers market, held outdoors on Queen Street in Charlottetown, opens for the season today from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

To accommodate the market, Queen Street will be closed between Grafton Street and Sydney Street every Sunday from 7 a.m. until 5 p.m., through to Sept. 27.

After being postponed for more than two months due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the 2020 East Coast Music Awards took place on July 11 as a special pre-recorded broadcast. The East Pointers from P.E.I. won for songwriter of the year and contemporary roots recording of the year for Yours to Break.

With COVID-19 shutting down Islanders’ plans for summer travel, at least outside the Atlantic provinces, a lot of people are looking for things to do. Some shared their summer bucket lists.

Fabric stores on P.E.I. are seeing an increase in business as more people are making their own face masks to help stop the spread of COVID-19.

Health PEI told employees in an email earlier this week that all staff who come in contact with patients and who aren’t able to physically distance must now wear medical masks. Officials say the province has enough masks to last eight or nine weeks, if staff use an estimated 100,000 masks per week.

Education Minister Brad Trivers gave more details to CBC News on how schools will operate in the fall — students will not be required to physically distance in classrooms or on buses, he said, but may have to wear face masks in hallways.

P.E.I. has had a total of 33 COVID-19 cases, with 27 considered recovered.

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On June 3, 2020, major changes were announced to theReal
Estate Act
, the legislation that governs realtors, mortgage
brokers, appraisers, and property managers in Alberta. The changes
stem from a 2019 KMPG review which criticized RECA’s former
counsel, following which the council was dismissed and an
administrator was appointed.

While most of changes relate to governance and oversight of
RECA, of particular note to condominium managers is that they will
officially be managed under RECA. The timeline to complete that
process remains unclear as as it depends on how quickly RECA
develops manager licensing requirements.

Another major change for realtors, brokers and managers is that
RECA will not longer be offering educational requirements.
Education will be provided through qualified third parties.

Further changes are summarized below.

Industries Regulated by RECA

  • Condominium managers will be
    regulated by RECA (once the licensing process is developed)

  • Appraisers will no longer be
    regulated by RECA but still must belong to one of three other
    appraisal industry associations

  • All property management, including
    condominium management will be considered a separate activity (not
    as a “trade in real estate”)

Mandate and Education

Ove the next two years, RECA will transition out of providing
licensing education.RECA will now focus onlicensing and
regulation.
Industry Councils will set out education
requirements and third party providers will provide education.

Governance

RECA’s governance will now be split into:

  1. a)a Board of Directors responsible
    for running RECA composed of one member appointed from each
    Industry Council (below), three public members appointed by the
    Minister and a Chair, to be one of thepublicmembers;

  2. b)four separate Industry Councils,
    being
  1. Residential Real Estate

  2. Commercial Real Estate and Commercial
    Property Management

  3. Residential and Condominium Property
    Management; and

  4. Mortgage Brokers

Industry Councils will be made up three elected industry
members, two public Members appointed by the Minster, and a chair
to be elected within each Industry Council.

Bylaws and Rules

RECA bylaws will be passed by the Board of Directors. Industry
Councils will then set rules to establish industry standards
including education and licencing requirements for their
industry.

Roles and Responsibilities

The Executive Director will be responsible for the
administration of RECA, including hiring of a Registrar who will be
responsible for investigations and enforcement. Annual performance
reviews will be conducted for both the Registrar and the Executive
Director. The RECA bylaws will separate roles of the Board, the
Industry Councils, the ED and the Registrar.

Dispute Resolution

To reduce internal conflicts and limit legal expenses, a dispute
resolution will be put in place for the Board and Industry Council
members by the Board that will be used if:

  • a Board Member or Industry Council
    Member has allegedly engaged in a prohibited act under the Real
    Estate Act or

  • if there are conflicts within
    Industry Council, within the Board or between a Board and an
    Industry Council

Prohibited actions include using confidential information for
personal gain, impeding the purposes of the Board or Industry
Council, breaking rules for their industry in the course of
business. Members may be suspended during the dispute resolution
process or removed is it is determined they violated the Act.

Lifetime Withdrawals

Industry Council will not be allowed to accept a withdrawal if
allegations of fraud or criminal activity have been made that
warrant an investigation. This is to ensure these allegations are
fully investigated and referred to the appropriate authorities.

Government Intervention/Oversight

After a review, the Minister will have the power to dismiss
Board members, Industry Council members, or employees if the review
support this action, without further Order. The Minister will be
able to issue orders for RECA to take specific action without doing
a review first.

New Transparency Requirementsfor minutes,
agendas, salaries/honoraria and disclosure of annual business plan
and financial plan

Separation– Board/Industry council
members will not be on hearing and appeal panels. Hearing and
appeal panels will be made up of licensees and members of the
public.

Originally published 09 July, 2020

About
Mackrell International – Canada
– Scott Venturo LLP is
a full service business law firm in Calgary, AB and a member of
Mackrell International. Mackrell International – Canada is
comprised of four independent law firms in Alberta, British
Columbia, Ontario and Quebec. Each firm is regionally based and
well-connected in our communities, an advantage shared with our
clients. With close relations amongst our Canadian member firms, we
are committed to working with clients who have legal needs in
multiple jurisdictions within Canada.

This article is intended to be an overview and is for
informational purposes only.

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