Government will be culpable for mass unemployment if they go ahead with furlough cuts, Labour warns

The Independent employs reporters around the world to bring you truly independent journalism. To support us, please consider a contribution. Ministers will be “culpable” for mass unemployment if they go ahead with planned blanket cuts to the furlough scheme, Labour has warned. Business groups and opposition politicians said on Friday night that firms will likely have to let their staff go...

The Time a New York Governor Disobeyed the Federal Government

Of course, selective enforcement of the Constitution was not exactly new in the 1920s. The 11 states in the old Confederacy had essentially voided the 14th and 15th amendments through Jim Crow laws and state-sanctioned terrorism by white supremacists. The 14th Amendment’s right to equal protection under the law and the 15th Amendment’s abolition of whites-only voting laws were little more...

Chinese government reveals draft list of animals which can be farmed for meat

Beijing temporarily banned all trade in wild animals for food following the outbreak, which has now spread globally to infect more than 1.6 million people, but the new law has yet to be finalized.China's Ministry of Agriculture issued a draft list of animals considered fit to be used as livestock on Wednesday night, including dietary staples such as pigs, cows, chickens and sheep, as well as...

Government sets target for 100,000 daily coronavirus tests by end of April

The latest headlines in your inbox The Government has set a target of carrying out 100,000 tests for coronavirus every day by the end of April. Health Secretary Matt Hancock announced he is "setting the goal" for 100,000 tests as he conducted his first press briefing since leaving self-isolation for Covid-19. Mr Hancock said the UK lacked a large diagnostics industry so was having to build from...

Broadbent pushes B.C. government for justice-based accessibility law

Shane Simpson, Minister of Social Development and Poverty Reduction, at a community consultation session for new accessibility legislation in Vancouver on Nov. 2, 2019. Gerry Kahrmann / Postmedia News Files As the B.C. government develops accessibility legislation, a left-wing think-tank is calling on policy-makers to consider how historical injustices and continuing discrimination have led to a...

ASM wants government mediator to help define equitable agglo payments

Beaconsfield Mayor Georges Bourelle, right, with Montreal West Mayor Beny Masella: suburban mayors say the city's capital works budget does not address their concerns. Pierre Obendrauf / Montreal Gazette The Association of Suburban Municipalities (ASM) says its members are paying Montreal too much for services and is asking the Quebec government to step in to help negotiate a new way to...

Alberta government giving itself the power to tell new doctors where they must work in province

EDMONTON — In a bid to address doctor shortages in some areas, the Alberta government is in the process of giving itself the power to tell new doctors where they must go if they want to practise medicine in this province, a move those in the profession are roundly condemning.It’s a plan that has been tried in other provinces, not altogether successfully, and is just one of a suite of ideas...