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Trudeau says Canada is at a ‘crossroads,’ warns pandemic will be worse this fall

By | September 23, 2020

In a rare televised national address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to the airwaves tonight to warn that Canada is at a “crossroads” as COVID-19 cases spike in some provinces, and with pandemic conditions in the fall expected to be worse than what the country endured when the crisis was just beginning. “We’re on the brink of a fall that… Read More »

As caseloads spike in four provinces, Trudeau warns that pandemic will be worse this fall

By | September 23, 2020

In a rare televised national address, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau took to the airwaves tonight to warn that Canada is at a “crossroads” as COVID-19 cases spike in some provinces, and with pandemic conditions in the fall expected to be worse than what the country endured when the crisis was just beginning. Canada entered an ordered shutdown of economic and… Read More »

Liberals promise to extend emergency COVID-19 supports, build national child-care program in throne speech

By | September 23, 2020

The Liberal government is promising to extend emergency support for Canadians hit by the COVID-19 crisis while building a more resilient economy that empowers women, fights climate change and addresses systemic racism. It also says it plans to impose criminal penalties for those who neglect vulnerable, elderly Canadians after the pandemic exposed shocking gaps in some long-term care facilities.… Read More »

Canada’s top doctor warns of sharp rise in COVID-19 cases if Canadians don’t follow guidelines

By | September 22, 2020

Canada is at a “crossroads” in its pandemic battle and the actions of individual Canadians will decide whether there’s a massive spike in COVID-19 cases coming, according to the latest projections from the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC). Federal health officials presented new modelling today that shows the epidemic is accelerating nationally. They warned that if Canadians don’t step up… Read More »

Federal government’s climate policy hangs in the balance as Supreme Court considers carbon tax

By | September 22, 2020

The battle over Ottawa’s decision to impose a national price on carbon pollution is heading for a final showdown in front of Canada’s highest court this morning. The Supreme Court of Canada will hear arguments over the next two days on the constitutionality of the carbon pricing system — a critical part of the Liberal government’s plan to cut Canada’s… Read More »

Conservative leader tests positive for COVID-19; Quebec premier self-isolating

By | September 18, 2020

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole has tested positive for COVID-19 but is “feeling well,” according to the party. “This evening, Erin O’Toole received a positive test result for COVID-19,” the party said in a statement Friday.  “He is very relieved that his wife and children have tested negative. O’Toole remains in self-isolation and is feeling well.” The test result comes… Read More »

Public Health Agency of Canada president resigns as COVID-19 cases spike

By | September 18, 2020

The president of the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) is stepping down only 18 months into the job, leaving the federal agency tasked with coordinating the country’s COVID-19 response without a seasoned leader. Tina Namiesniowski said she would be stepping aside immediately to make way for a new president. A spokesperson for Health Canada said the government expects… Read More »

Canada’s premiers map out demands ahead of next week’s speech from the throne

By | September 18, 2020

Canada’s premiers are meeting in Ottawa today to map out their demands ahead of next week’s throne speech — demands that include more money to cover ballooning health care costs. Ontario Premier Doug Ford, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Quebec Premier François Legault — the incoming chair of the Council of the Federation — will meet in person, with other… Read More »

Canada’s premiers push for $28B top-up to annual federal health care spending

By | September 18, 2020

Canada’s premiers are demanding $28 billion in additional federal funding to cover their ballooning health care costs — a boost that would bring annual transfers to $70 billion. The premiers have agreed unanimously to call on the Liberal government to address what they call an “absolutely critical” situation. The premiers are meeting in Ottawa today to map out their demands ahead of… Read More »

Federal COVID-19 supports for Canadians with disabilities are too little, too late, advocates say

By | September 18, 2020

More than six months into the global pandemic, the Liberal government is being accused of failing to meet the needs of the Canadians with disabilities who number among those hardest-hit by the public health crisis. Marie-Claude Landry, chief commissioner of the Canada Human Rights Commission, said COVID-19 has “expanded the circle of vulnerability” in Canada — but people with… Read More »