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Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito loses everything in fire, including Olympic medals

Tragedy struck the lives of Canadian diver Meaghan Benfeito and her partner, football player Alexandre Dupuis, as the condo they shared together in Mirabel, Que., burned to the ground after a fire broke out in their building on Thursday night. The 31-year-old Montreal native was home alone when the blaze started, but she was able to quickly escape to safety. Unfortunately, her belongings […]

Alberta will begin easing COVID-19 restrictions on restaurants, gyms Feb. 8, premier says

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says the province will begin loosening up its health measures on Feb. 8 as part of a new “path forward for easing COVID-19 health restrictions, with clear benchmarks for hospitalizations.” A detailed plan for gradually reopening businesses in the province was outlined by the premier, under which decreasing hospitalization numbers will trigger new levels of […]

Judge’s ruling on Quebec’s Civil Code hailed as victory for trans, non-binary people

A Quebec Superior Court judge is forcing the province to reword several sections of the Civil Code of Quebec because they discriminate against trans and non-binary people. In a landmark decision, Justice Gregory Moore invalidated several articles of the Civil Code, including the one that prevents a person from changing the sex listed on their act of birth […]

Air Transat temporarily shutting down, other airlines offer refunds amid new pandemic measures

Air Transat said Friday it is temporarily suspending all operations until the end of April, as it and other Canadian airlines adjust to new pandemic measures introduced by the federal government to curb international travel. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the new measures earlier in the day — saying Air Canada, WestJet, Sunwing and Air Transat had agreed to suspend service […]

COC has spoken to federal government about COVID-19 shots for Canadian Olympians

The Canadian Olympic Committee has spoken to the federal government about having Team Canada vaccinated prior to going to the Tokyo Olympics.  In an interview with Ian Hanomansing, host of The National, COC boss David Shoemaker said he’s told the government it is the International Olympic Committee’s “desire” to have the team vaccinated ahead of the Games, scheduled […]

Senior public servant named secretary to the governor general following Payette’s resignation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named a senior public servant to lead the Office of the Secretary to the Governor General (OSGG) following the resignations of Julie Payette and her second-in-command Assunta Di Lorenzo amid allegations of misconduct. Ian McCowan, who currently works in the Privy Council Office (PCO) as a deputy secretary to the federal cabinet, will become […]

Trudeau to announce new measures to discourage international travel

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will unveil new measures today to discourage international travel to prevent new, more infectious variants of the coronavirus from entering Canada, according to a government source speaking on background. The source said Canadians can expect to see Ottawa strengthen existing travel restrictions. Trudeau is expected to announce the details during a press conference outside his […]

Can’t afford a luxury playhouse? An Alberta builder is opening a ‘play cottage’ resort

For anyone who’s ever dreamed of escaping reality to live in a fairytale for a little while, Tyson Leavitt is hoping to take your reservation this summer. His Alberta company has been making high-end children’s backyard playhouses for the rich and famous for five years — including kids’ castles, playground pirate ships or tree houses — with some fetching […]

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