COVID-19 roundup: Ask what your innovators can do for your country

    Jim Balsillie, Council of Canadian Innovators, appears as a witness at a Commons privacy and ethics committee in Ottawa in May 2018. The Canadian Press/Sean Kilpatrick

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    It’s day 76 since Canada’s 100th coronavirus case. The number of cases is 85,677 as of publication time, up 978 since yesterday—an eight per cent decrease from the seven-day prior average of new cases. On their respective 76th day, U.S. daily new cases were down 13 per cent from the seven-day prior average; the U.K. was down 28 per cent in daily new cases from the seven-day prior; and in Italy, new cases were down 11 per cent.*

    Lombardy, the region of Italy most affected by coronavirus, registered zero deaths yesterday for the first time since the beginning of the epidemic. The good news was short-lived, with an additional 34 deaths recorded on Monday.

    Crisis talent: Ottawa should set up an “innovation corps” for co-op students whose placements have been cancelled by U.S. firms, Council of Canadian Innovators (CCI) chair Jim Balsillie told a parliamentary committee on Monday afternoon. “We [need] to make sure that these people actually find better jobs in Canada for the summertime … because the border may not open for eight to 12 months,” he said. “We have an unusual opportunity to reverse the brain drain.” The scale-up lobby group has set up a new database for companies to find work-seeking students. 

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