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Coronavirus: What’s happening in Canada and around the world on Tuesday

The latest: British Columbia’s provincial health officer is calling for patience among essential workers waiting for a vaccine that’s being prioritized for people in areas where COVID-19 transmission is highest. Dr. Bonnie Henry said firefighters, police and paramedics are being vaccinated with the Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna vaccines over the next few weeks alongside staff at schools […]

With their father on life support, a Labrador family calls for review of air ambulance system

Howard Russell’s son, Clifford Russell, says his father waited for a medevac for almost 36 hours. (Submitted by Mallory Harrigan) A Labrador family is calling for systemic change to the province’s air ambulance system following an ordeal that left their father on life support, after he waited almost 36 hours for medical transportation. Clifford Russell says his 73-year-old father, […]

State actors are looking to join political parties to ‘exert influence,’ chair of security committee warns

Foreign governments are looking to meddle in Canada’s democratic institutions and the government’s foreign interference warning system should alert Canadians to state actors’ “traditional” election tricks, says the chair of one of Canada’s national security committees. Liberal MP David McGuinty, who has headed the secretive National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians since its inception, said the internal panel […]

Liberals, Bloc vote to end Commons defence committee hearings on military misconduct

One of two parliamentary investigations into sexual misconduct in the Canadian military is being shut down. The governing Liberals, with the support of the Bloc Québécois, forced a motion through the House of Commons defence committee on Monday that effectively ends its hearings into misconduct this week and sends the issue on to the report-writing stage. Both the Opposition […]

Alberta legislature Speaker apologizes for condemning new COVID health restrictions

The Speaker of the Alberta legislature is apologizing for publicly condemning the government’s new COVID-19 health restrictions. Nathan Cooper, in a speech read aloud in the debate chamber on Monday, said it’s paramount that the Speaker remain neutral. “The principle of the impartiality of the chair is fundamental to a healthy, functioning democracy,” said Cooper. […]

Liberals and Bloc vote to end Commons committee hearings on military misconduct

One of two Parliamentary investigations into sexual misconduct in the Canadian military is being shut down. The governing Liberals, with the support of the Bloc Québécois, forced a motion through the House of Commons defence committee today that effectively ends defence committee hearings on the topic this week and moves on to the report-writing stage. Both the Opposition Conservatives […]

Longtime B.C. resident whose driver’s licence renewal took months suspects he was racially profiled

After a months-long investigation into whether he lives in B.C., a 20-year resident suspects he was racially profiled. Dion Drakes, a 44-year-old marketing and financial consultant, was put under a residency investigation by the Insurance Corporation of British Columbia (ICBC) after attempting to renew his driver’s licence. Drakes says he has lived in Canada for 39 years, in B.C. […]

All adult residents living and working in Whistler now eligible for COVID-19 vaccine

 All adults who live and work in Whistler, B.C., will be eligible to get a COVID-19 vaccine starting Monday, according to Vancouver Coastal Health. The health authority says it’s launching the two-week vaccination program because of increasing transmission of the virus in the ski resort community. It says there were 1,505 confirmed cases of COVID-19 […]

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