“Complacency is a state of mind that exists only in retrospective: it has to be shattered before being ascertained.”
– Vladimir Nabokov
As countries across the world continue to cope with the devastating impacts of the COVID-19 pandemic, necessary questions are being asked about how governments and the various multilateral and national institutions and organizations designed to prevent these kinds of outbreaks failed.
It will take time to untangle the myriad of geopolitical and governance failures behind the present condition, but it is hard not to see how complacency played a role in our collective pandemic prevention and preparedness.
Confronting the Gendered Economic Impacts of COVID-19 in Ontario
By Claudia Dessanti
Senior Policy Analyst, Ontario Chamber of Commerce
Kawartha Chamber Launches Digital Service Squad to Help Small Businesses Adopt Online Technologies
Receives $45,000 Digital Main Street Grant
The Kawartha Chamber of Commerce and Tourism has received a $45,000 grant from Digital Main Street Ontario for a Digital Service Squad (DSS) to help small downtown businesses use digital technologies to adapt to a rapidly changing environment. Funding for the grant is provided by the federal program FedDev Ontario.
Grants of up to $5,000 available
UPDATE: November 4, 2020 Grant applications are now closed.
Created by RBC, Canada United is a movement to support local businesses in communities across the country. The Canada United Small Business Relief Fund (CUSBRF) was established to help small businesses offset the cost of expenses to reopen safely or adopt digital technologies to move more of their business online.