January 25th, 2021

National News

Senator urges study of vexing barriers to using secret information in court cases

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

OTTAWA – A Senate committee should examine the hurdles that make it difficult to use secret intelligence in Canada’s courts, says the government representative in the upper chamber. Sen. Marc Gold says “a fresh look” at the vexing issue would help highlight possible solutions that could make terrorism and espionage cases unfold more smoothly. “This ... Read More »

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Diplomats contact Canadian held for over 2 years in China

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2021

BEIJING – Canadian officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said officials led by Ambassador Dominic Barton were given “on-site virtual consular access” to Kovrig on Thursday. ... Read More »

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Jan. 23, 2021

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 37,742 new vaccinations administered for a total of 776,606 doses given. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 2,049.131 per 100,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the ... Read More »

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. There are 737,407 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 737,407 confirmed cases (65,750 active, 652,829 resolved, 18,828 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,957 new cases Friday from 101,130 ... Read More »

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COVID-19 deaths in long-term care reveal need for home supports: advocates

By Laura Dhillon Kane, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

VANCOUVER – The devastating toll of COVID-19 on long-term care residents in Canada has underscored the need for increased public funding for home care, advocates say. Most seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible, and their families want to support them to do so, but the cost and limited availability of ... Read More »

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Prairie ticket holder wins Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

TORONTO – A ticket holder from the Prairies won Friday night’s whopping $60 million Lotto Max jackpot. The draw also offered six Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each, and one of them was claimed by a lottery player in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Jan. 26 will be approximately $15 ... Read More »

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Friday, Jan. 22, 2021

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 7:30 p.m. ET on Friday, Jan. 22, 2021. There are 737,407 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 737,407 confirmed cases (65,750 active, 652,829 resolved, 18,828 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,957 new cases Friday from 101,130 ... Read More »

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Couple charged after travelling to Yukon to get COVID-19 vaccine

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

WHITEHORSE – A cabinet minister says a couple from outside Yukon travelled to a remote community in the territory this week and received doses of COVID-19 vaccine. Community Services Minister John Streiker says he’s outraged the man and woman allegedly chartered a flight to Beaver Creek, the most westerly community in Canada near the border ... Read More »

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Ontario recovers $11M allegedly taken by senior civil servant accused of fraud

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

TORONTO – A former senior employee with the Ontario government has repaid more than $11 million in COVID-19 benefits the province alleges he took fraudulently, his lawyer said on Friday. The unproven civil claim named Sanjay Madan, who had a senior IT role and helped develop the computer application for applying and approving the benefit ... Read More »

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Trudeau says GG vetting process needs improvement after Payette resigns

By Mike Blanchfield and Joan Bryden, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s admission Friday that he might have to improve the vetting for high-level appointments sparked criticism over why he didn’t figure that out before he chose Julie Payette as governor general. Trudeau named the former astronaut as Canada’s 29th governor general in 2017 after disbanding a non-partisan, arm’s-length committee created ... Read More »

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Ontario recovers $11M taken by senior civil servant in alleged COVID fraud

By Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

TORONTO – A former senior employee with the Ontario government has repaid more than $11 million in COVID-19 benefits the province alleges he took fraudulently, his lawyer said on Friday. The unproven civil claim named Sanjay Madan, who had a senior IT role and helped develop the computer application for applying and approving the benefit ... Read More »

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