June 16th, 2021

National News

Trudeau, Canadian delegation check-in to quarantine hotel after overseas trip

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Canada’s prime minister has checked in at the final stop from his trip overseas. Trudeau and the rest of the Canadian delegation who travelled to the United Kingdom and Belgium checked in at a three-star hotel near the Ottawa airport Tuesday evening to begin a 14-day quarantine. Canada introduced a rule earlier in ... Read More »

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Canada excoriated as racist failure during farewell speeches by departing MPs

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Canada is being excoriated as a racist failure as MPs who don’t intend to seek re-election say their official farewells. Mumilaq Qaqqaq, the New Democrat MP for Nunavut, says she’s discovered she doesn’t belong in Parliament, where she says she’s been racially profiled by security. She says Canada was built on the oppression ... Read More »

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B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘disturbing,’ calls for changes

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s use of solitary confinement among youth inmates is “disturbing” and the province needs to change its practices to follow international standards, the province’s ombudsperson says. A three-year investigation by Jay Chalke concludes the provincial government’s use of solitary confinement for jailed youth is “unjust and unsafe.” “It’s inconsistent with the youth ... Read More »

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Tories demand Trudeau fire defence minister over response to military misconduct

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – The federal Conservatives are demanding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau fire Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan following what they describe as years of mismanagement and coverups. Opposition Leader Erin O’Toole threw down the gauntlet in the House of Commons Tuesday, saying Sajjan’s record as defence minister speaks for itself as he listed past controversies. Those ... Read More »

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LeBlanc signals some cautious easing of pandemic travel restrictions coming soon

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc is signalling that Canadians can expect an announcement on easing travel restrictions by Monday. But he is warning that the relaxed rules won’t necessarily go into effect immediately. And he’s stressing that the restrictions will be phased out slowly and cautiously and only so long as vaccination rates ... Read More »

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COVID-19 depleted staff at Quebec long-term care home where 100 died, inquest hears

By Clara Descurninges, The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

MONTREAL – A Quebec long-term care home hard hit during the first wave of the COVID-19 pandemic was plunged into a crisis as infections mounted among managers and staff, a coroner’s inquest heard Tuesday. The head of the regional health authority in Laval, north of Montreal, said the CHSLD Ste-Dorothée was missing its senior staff, ... Read More »

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B.C. ombudsperson labels youth confinement in jail ‘unsafe,’ calls for changes

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

VICTORIA – A three-year investigation by British Columbia’s ombudsperson concludes the provincial government’s practice of placing jailed youth in solitary confinement is “unjust and unsafe.” Jay Chalke, whose office investigates complaints against provincial and local authorities, says in a release that the confinement also disproportionately impacts Indigenous youth. Chalke says B.C.’s laws should be changed ... Read More »

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Five MPs join national security and intelligence committee of parliamentarians

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – The committee of parliamentarians that oversees the security and intelligence community is almost doubling in size with the addition of five MPs. The Prime Minister’s Office has appointed Conservatives Leona Alleslev and Rob Morrison, Liberals Peter Fragiskatos and Iqra Khalid and the Bloc Québécois’ Stéphane Bergeron to the committee. They join Liberal MP ... Read More »

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Green Leader Annamie Paul facing no-confidence motion from party brass

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Green Leader Annamie Paul is facing a no-confidence motion that could ultimately oust her from her perch atop the party. The leader of the Greens’ Quebec wing, Alex Tyrrell, says the federal party’s governing body is poised to kick off a process tonight that aims to dethrone Paul less than a year after ... Read More »

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Canada’s vaccine targets based on models before troublesome Delta variant well known

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Canada is on the cusp of its hitting its first national vaccination target, but chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Delta variant of the virus that causes COVID-19 might mean the country has to up its game again. Federal modelling done in April and May suggested that if 75 per ... Read More »

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Liberal government moves to define ‘elder abuse’ to better target ways to stop it

By The Canadian Press on June 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – The federal government is launching a consultation on how it should define elder abuse, an exercise that would bring more targeted programs and policies for Canada’s aging population. About one in 10 seniors are affected by abuse or neglect, often by those who are close to them. And while there are signs and ... Read More »

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