Covid19 North America 

COVID-19 exposing Canada’s dependency on temporary foreign workers in the agri-food sector

Edible mushrooms are a cash crop for Canada’s agricultural capitalists, and the multimillion-dollar industry is tied to high foreign demand. Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, however, the domestic mushroom industry has faced a 30 to 50 percent loss in production that has forced the closure of many farms, and placed the health and status of the majority of the industry’s foreign workers at risk. Nearly 200,000 tons of mushrooms are produced in Canada annually, according to Statistics Canada. The province of Ontario accounts for half of national mushroom…

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Covid19 Europe 

Kazakhstan to offer COVID-19 survivors treatment at health resorts

In Kazakhstan, coronavirus survivors are to be offered treatment at local sanatoriums and health resorts, Kazinform correspondent reports. The Social Health Insurance Fund has agreed on providing rehabilitation to those affected by the COVID-19 virus starting August, according to the Fund’s Board Chairman Bolat Tokezhanov. He also said that medical rehabilitation treatment had shrunk by half in the country. The Fund and the Health Ministry are working on ways to rehabilitate those affected by the virus as both have sanatoriums, rehab centers, and health resorts at their disposal. The idea…

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Covid19 North America 

Cable Bahamas axes 87 staff on furlough

Cable Bahamas’ top executive yesterday admitted that hopes the COVID-19 crisis would “be short term” have been dashed as it permanently terminated 87 staff. Franklyn Butler, its president and chief executive, told Tribune Business that the pandemic’s “harsh reality” meant the BISX-listed communications provider had no choice but to “right-size to survive” given “growing” challenges in collecting revenues due from customers. The move, which cuts the combined workforce at Cable Bahamas and its Aliv mobile affiliate by 11.5 percent, is effectively turning the 96 temporary lay-offs unveiled in early April…

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Covid19 North America 

Supreme Court of Canada rules genetic non-discrimination law is constitutional

The Supreme Court of Canada Friday, in a 5-4 split decision, ruled that the 2017 Genetic Non-Discrimination Act has a criminal law purpose and is within Parliament’s jurisdiction under its criminal law powers defined in the Constitution Act, 1867. Justice Andromache Karatkatsanis, writing for the majority, found the law addresses “the threat of harm to several overlapping public interests traditionally protected by criminal law.” She said the law protects “autonomy, privacy, equality and public health.” The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act was born as a private member’s bill in the Senate. S-201…

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Africa Agriculture Government 

Kenya: Construction Works of 102 MW Kipeto Wind Farm Complete

The Kipeto job, originally established by Craftskills, a Kenyan designer and minority equity shareholder, will supply the Kenya Power under a 20-year power purchase agreement which was signed back in 2015. China Machinery Engineering Corporation was originally contracted to perform engineering style, procurement and building of the wind farm at an agreement cost of over USD 212M. Read more In October 2018 the sole task investor, the United States Federal government’s Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), along with the project sponsor, Actis, asked for the African Trade Insurance Firm (ATI)…

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