January 24th, 2022

National News

Spending a ‘marked departure’ from former B.C. legislature clerk’s duties, Crown says

By Amy Smart, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

VANCOUVER – A book on beekeeping, a wood splitter and a cushion decorated with the Union Jack and the words “God Save the Queen,” are among the items that a special prosecutor alleges former B.C. legislature clerk Craig James improperly paid for with government dollars. David Butcher began arguments Monday in James’s B.C. Supreme Court ... Read More »

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Mystery persists in Canada-U. S. border tragedy; accused human smuggler freed on bond

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

FARGO, N.D. – Efforts to identify four family members who died at the edge of Canada’s frigid hinterland plodded along Monday as a U.S. judge released the man at the centre of what investigators say was an organized human-smuggling enterprise. Indo Canadian community leaders say they’ve been fielding phone calls from people in India, fearful ... Read More »

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Federal government investigating cyberattack amid tensions with Russia

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

OTTAWA – Federal cybersecurity agencies confirmed Monday a recent cyberattack against Global Affairs Canada amid escalating tensions over a potential Russian invasion of Ukraine. The federal government is not saying who it suspects was behind the Jan. 19 attack, which has left some diplomats without access to some online services almost a week later. But ... Read More »

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Saskatchewan eschews more COVID-19 rules, Ontario saw high absences in some schools

By Adina Bresge, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

Saskatchewan’s premier said his government will refrain from imposing new COVID-19 restrictions in a shift toward learning to live with the virus Monday, just as new StatCan data illustrated the human toll of the pandemic and Ontario revealed many of its schools were hit by high rates of absences. Premier Scott Moe said his Saskatchewan ... Read More »

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Florida man charged in Canada-U. S. human-smuggling scheme freed on appearance bond

By James McCarten, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

FARGO, N.D. – A Florida man charged for his role in a human-smuggling scheme that turned deadly at the Canada-U. S. border will be allowed to go home to await trial. Steve Shand, 47, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before U.S. district court Judge Hildy Bowbeer agreed to release him from a North ... Read More »

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Slow down trucker vaccine rule, business groups say as PM, Tories trade barbs

By Mike Blanchfield and Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

OTTAWA – Business leaders are urging Ottawa to ease vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers to relieve the congested supply chain with the United States, while Liberals and Conservatives sparred over the extent of the problem and how to resolve it. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended the mandate Monday as a necessary step to keep supply ... Read More »

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Florida man charged in Canada-U.S. human-smuggling scheme freed on appearance bond

By The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

FARGO, N.D. – A Florida man charged for his role in a human-smuggling scheme that turned deadly at the Canada-U.S. border will be allowed to go home to await trial. Steve Shand, 47, waived his right to a preliminary hearing before Magistrate Judge Hildy Bowbeer agreed to release him from a North Dakota detention centre. ... Read More »

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Federal government investigating cyber attack amid tensions with Russia

By The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

OTTAWA – The federal government says the country’s cybersecurity agencies are investigating a recent attack against Global Affairs Canada. The government is not saying who it suspects was behind the Jan. 19 attack, which has left some diplomats without access to some online services almost a week later. The attack came one day before the ... Read More »

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StatCan: COVID-19 led to more than half-a-year drop in life expectancy in 2020

By Melissa Couto Zuber, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

Statistics Canada says the COVID-19 pandemic contributed to an average seven-month decline in national life expectancy, the largest decrease recorded since 1921 when the vital statistics registration system was introduced. The federal agency released preliminary data Monday showing national life expectancy, which is estimated on an annual basis, was 81.7 years for those born in ... Read More »

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Business groups says slow down vaccine rule as PM, Tories trade barbs

By Mike Blanchfield and Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

OTTAWA – Business leaders are urging Ottawa to ease vaccine mandates for cross-border truckers to relieve the congested supply chain with the United States. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau defended Monday the mandate as a necessary step to keep supply chains open, arguing that COVID-19 itself is the biggest risk to Canada’s economy. But in separate ... Read More »

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Kids vaccine rate still low despite rampant spread of Omicron variant

By The Canadian Press on January 24th, 2022

OTTAWA – One member of the COVID-19 Immunity Task Force says the timing of the Omicron outbreak in Canada may have hurt the uptake of pediatric vaccines, just when kids need them most. Child-sized doses of Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine were approved for children aged five to 11 on Nov. 19, 2021, and many provinces began ... Read More »

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