January 25th, 2021

National News

Federal public safety minister suspends sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – Public Safety Minister Bill Blair has suspended the sale of decommissioned RCMP vehicles, two days after a man in Nova Scotia was arrested for allegedly impersonating an officer while driving a fake police car. The suspect’s 2013 Ford Taurus was a decommissioned police car and was allegedly altered to look like an unmarked ... Read More »

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Justin Trudeau mulls mandatory hotel quarantine for returning travellers

By Kelly Geraldine Malone, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

The federal government is mulling a mandatory quarantine in hotels for returning travellers as the country’s top doctor warns that easing COVID-19 restrictions too quickly could cause case numbers to shoot up again. The federal government is also looking at other options that would make it harder for people to return from foreign trips, Prime ... Read More »

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Provinces doing ‘extraordinary’ job to avoid wasting doses of COVID-19 vaccine

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – Health Canada says vaccine clinics are doing an “extraordinary” job preventing many doses of precious COVID-19 vaccine from going to waste. Canada has received more than 1.1 million doses of COVID-19 vaccines from Pfizer-BioNTech and Moderna since mid-December, and has now given at least one dose to more than 767,000 people. A spokeswoman ... Read More »

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Rapid COVID-19 tests important to reopening safely: business group

By Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – A group of large businesses in Banff National Park is proposing a rapid COVID-19 testing project meant to help reopen the economy safely. Yannis Karlos, the head of the group, said rapid testing can guarantee the safety of the community while allowing the return to a semblance of normality in a place heavily ... Read More »

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B.C. announces plan for mass vaccination campaign starting in April

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s oldest residents will be able to pre-register for COVID-19 vaccinations starting in March after the most vulnerable groups have been immunized under a provincial plan announced today. People who register for the age-based plan will get a reminder to book appointments when eligible, but provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says ... Read More »

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Trudeau says viceregal vetting process needs improvement after Payette resigns

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said his Liberal government will look at how it can improve vetting for high-level appointments after the unprecedented resignation of the governor general over allegations of a toxic work environment at Rideau Hall. “We will continue to look at the best way to select people for viceregal appointments,” Trudeau ... Read More »

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New advocacy group launches pre-election ad campaign against O’Toole, Conservatives

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – A new third-party advocacy group is launching an ad campaign aimed at ensuring Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole never becomes prime minister. The Protecting Canada Project will start airing today its first 30-second ad, in English and French, on television and online. The ad predicts that an O’Toole government would cut funding for health ... Read More »

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Ontario and Quebec report decreasing numbers of people in hospital with COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

Ontario and Quebec are reporting a decrease in the number of people hospitalized with COVID-19 as Canada’s largest two provinces remain under significant restrictions. There are 2,662 new cases in Ontario and 87 more deaths. Some 1,512 people are in hospital, a drop of 21 from Thursday. A stay-at-home order went into effect in all ... Read More »

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Trudeau speaks to the Queen after resignation of Julie Payette as governor general

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he spoke with the Queen by telephone today to let her know that Canada’s Chief Justice Richard Wagner is stepping in until Trudeau names a new governor general. Julie Payette announced her resignation from the role on Thursday, about a week after the government received the damning findings ... Read More »

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Rapid COVID-19 tests important to reopen safely: Business group

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

OTTAWA – A group of large businesses in Banff National Park is proposing a rapid COVID-19 testing project meant to help reopen the economy safely. The head of the group Yannis Karlos says rapid testing can guarantee the safety of the community while getting back to a semblance of normality in a place heavily dependent ... Read More »

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Panel of experts appointed to help lead Nova Scotia’s mass shooting inquiry

By The Canadian Press on January 22nd, 2021

HALIFAX – The public inquiry into the April mass shooting in Nova Scotia has announced the hiring of six experts who will help set a course for the investigation. Those joining the inquiry include Thomas Cromwell, a former Supreme Court of Canada justice who will serve as commission counsel. As well, the inquiry has appointed ... Read More »

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