Category: Special Sections

Judge questions the court’s role in managing public health orders to ban church gatherings

The chief justice of the British Columbia Supreme Court says the attorney general is putting the court in an “impossible position” by asking for an injunction ordering three churches to stop in-person religious services until their challenge of public health orders is heard. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson says public health orders already prohibit such gatherings and it’s within the power […]

How N.L.’s unprecedented election suspension is a caution about coronavirus variants

Voters were supposed vote in a provincial election in Newfoundland and Labrador Saturday. But even before Friday night’s shocking news of the discovery of a coronavirus variant in St. John’s, the entire election was already in disarray.  With astonishing speed, Newfoundland and Labrador — which at times has had no active cases of COVID-19, and only weeks ago […]

Vaccines intended for N.S., N.B. to be diverted to Northern Canada

The federal government is diverting portions of vaccine shipments from at least two provinces to help supply Canada’s north.   Provincial health officials in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick said Friday that some doses planned for their provinces would instead go to Canada’s northern territories. “While we know this is concerning to hear, we also understand the federal government’s rationale,” […]

N.L. records 50 new COVID-19 cases, as visitor restrictions tighten for seniors’ homes

Newfoundland and Labrador’s top doctor announced 50 new cases of COVID-19 Friday, in a whirlwind week that has brought metro St. John’s to a standstill. Schools and non-essential businesses in the capital and surrounding municipalities were closed Thursday to regain control of this week’s spiralling outbreak, forcing nearly half the province’s population into its second […]

Hamilton police investigating video of officer lunging at woman

Hamilton police are investigating a video that surfaced on social media Thursday and appears to show an officer lunging at a woman. In a news release Friday morning, Hamilton Police Service described the video as “concerning” and said its professional standards branch is leading the investigation. Officers shown on the video — which is footage from a surveillance camera —were […]

Commissioner for inquiry into anti-Alberta energy campaigns is independent and objective: lawyer

The commissioner heading Alberta’s inquiry into alleged foreign-funded attacks on the energy industry is independent and objective and should be allowed to complete the inquiry, a court heard Friday. “This is not a biased Calgary professional with an agenda. This is a citizen, a laudable citizen,” said David Wachowich, the lawyer for commissioner Steve Allan. […]

Pucks shatter, blades break: Alberta players brave cold for 252-hour hockey game

Brent Saik laughs when asked how 40 players competing in a multi-day hockey game, to break the Guinness World Record for the longest game, are handling the bitter cold on an outdoor rink. “It’s been horrible,” the event’s founder told The Canadian Press. “We didn’t expect to dress for cold … for the entire time.” Pucks shatter as […]

Trudeau expected to give update on travel restrictions today

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and members of his cabinet are expected to announce more details about incoming travel restrictions Friday morning. A spokesperson for the prime minister said Trudeau will have more details on restrictions for returning travellers — both air and land — at 11:30 a.m. ET. Public Safety Minister Bill Blair, Procurement Minister Anita Anand, Intergovernmental Affairs […]

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