January 18th, 2021

National News

Conservative policy convention will put O’Toole’s pledge of moderation to the test

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – Anti-abortion groups are furiously organizing ahead of the Conservative party’s March policy convention to advance ideas core to their members. Resolutions they’re hoping will be up for votes at the virtual event will test a pledge by leader Erin O’Toole issued Sunday that the party he leads is moderate and pragmatic. Pitches already ... Read More »

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Provinces delaying or revisiting vaccine programs as Pfizer slows dose deliveries

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – At least three provinces are now temporarily delaying or pausing COVID-19 vaccination programs amid fallout from Pfizer’s decision to reduce Canada’s vaccine deliveries over the next month. More than half a million Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 thus far, and more than 822,000 doses of the two approved vaccines have been delivered ... Read More »

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Kenney says killing Keystone sets risky precedent, puts Alberta on hook for $1B

By Dean Bennett, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

EDMONTON – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says cancelling the Keystone XL expansion risks a dangerous precedent for other pipelines stretching from Canada to south of the border. “I’m not sure that people involved in this decision in Washington are fully aware that the border-crossing section of the pipeline was built last year as part of ... Read More »

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Some provinces see positive signs in COVID fight, but hospitalizations a concern

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

MONTREAL – Some provincial authorities saw encouraging signs in the fight against COVID-19 on Monday, even as experts warned that it’s too soon to draw conclusions from the data and urged Canadians not to relax their efforts to slow the spread of the virus. Officials in both Quebec and Manitoba noted that case numbers have ... Read More »

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Rescue society praises B.C.’s teens survival skills after he got lost snowmobiling

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

100 MILE HOUSE, B.C. – The backcountry survival skills of a British Columbia teen who got lost while snowmobiling are being praised by search and rescue volunteers who found him safe. The South Cariboo Search and Rescue Society says the 17-year-old did everything right when things went wrong. The society says in a social media ... Read More »

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Provinces delaying or revisiting vaccine programs as Pfizer delays dose deliveries

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – At least three provinces are now temporarily delaying or pausing COVID-19 vaccination programs amid fallout from Pfizer’s decision to reduce Canada’s vaccine deliveries over the next month. More than half a million Canadians have been vaccinated against COVID-19 thus far, and more than 822,000 doses of the two approved vaccines have been delivered ... Read More »

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Public opposition growing: Petitions against Alberta coal mines top 100K signatures

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

Public opposition to the Alberta government’s plan to expand coal mining in the Rocky Mountains appears to be growing. More than 100,000 signatures have been collected on two petitions opposing the move, one addressed to the federal government and one to the province. A Facebook site called Protect Alberta’s Rockies and Headwaters has more than ... Read More »

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‘Real and present danger’: Nova Scotia crime figure deemed dangerous offender

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

HALIFAX – One of the most notorious crime figures in Nova Scotia has been declared a dangerous offender. Jimmy Melvin Jr. was handed an indeterminate sentence today in Nova Scotia Supreme Court, where the presiding judge described him as a “real and present danger” to the public. In a written decision, Justice Peter Rosinski noted ... Read More »

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Ontario and Quebec report one-day drop in number of new COVID-19 cases

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

MONTREAL – Ontario and Quebec each reported a significant drop in the number of new COVID-19 cases today, but an expert warns it’s too soon to draw conclusions from the data. Quebec reported 1,634 new COVID-19 cases, which included about 200 from the previous day that weren’t noted because of a delay. The province had ... Read More »

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Alberta puts first doses on hold pending vaccine dose delivery improvements

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

OTTAWA – Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says his province is putting a pause on administering the first doses of COVID-19 vaccines because of the uncertainty about when more doses will start arriving in large numbers. Kenney says he is “deeply disappointed” by pharmaceutical company Pfizer’s decision to cut back on promised deliveries of vaccine doses ... Read More »

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Kenney says Alberta has strong legal argument if Keystone project killed in U.S.

By The Canadian Press on January 18th, 2021

CALGARY – Premier Jason Kenney says Alberta has a strong legal basis for seeking damages if the Keystone XL pipeline expansion is killed. Documents seen by The Canadian Press show Joe Biden plans to scrap the project on his first day this week as United States president. Alberta invested $1.5 billion in the expansion last ... Read More »

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