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Potential crisis in Canadian politics: WE scandal fallout grows

New turbulence in the political currents in Ottawa The ethics scandal over the Liberal government’s awarding of a multi-million dollar contract to the WE Charity has entered a new phase this week, and one possibly even more concerning to the »

Economy, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canada to spend $1.5B to maintain its fleet of frigates well into 2040s

The federal government announced Tuesday a $1.5-billion program for maintenance contracts with shipyards in three provinces to keep Canada’s fleet of 12 frigates operational until a new generation of warships replaces them in the 2040s. The Davie shipyard in Quebec »

International, Politics

Activists say Ottawa must do more to pressure China over Hong Kong rights

As Canada and China continue to spar politically–a dispute that has seen two Canadians held in detention for over 600 days and four others sentenced to death in less than two years–activists told a House of Commons committee on Tuesday »

International, Politics, Society

Kamala Harris’ selection as Joe Biden’s VP cheered in her Montreal high school

When Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden named California Sen. Kamala Harris as his running mate on Tuesday, the historic announcement was cheered by a suburban high school in Montreal. Westmount High School already counts songwriter Leonard Cohen among its famous »

Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Tam says Canada won’t ‘cut corners’ to develop COVID vaccine

Canada’s chief public health officer says she won’t cut corners to get a vaccine candidate for COVID-19 approved. Dr. Theresa Tam made the comment at a media briefing in Ottawa on Tuesday following an announcment earlier in the day by »

Internet, Science & Technology, Politics

Canada names final ship in its Arctic patrol fleet after WW II navy pilot

The Royal Canadian Navy says its sixth Arctic patrol vessel will be named after Lt. Robert Hampton Gray, a Second World War navy hero. With the addition of these new ice-capable warships the military will be able to beef up »

Politics, Society

Millions of dollars promised for more police camera surveillance

The premier of Canada’s most populous province, Ontario, announced millions of dollars for police to acquire more closed-circuit TV cameras. Premier Doug Ford announced a $6 million dollar grant programme available to regional police forces in the province over the »

Health, Politics, Society

Ontario Human Rights Commission issues damning report on profiling in Toronto

In the spring–after George Floyd was killed by a Minneapolis policeman–many, many Canadians took to the streets to protest what they said was a scourge not limited to our neighbours to the south. Systemic racism, demonstrators said, is very much »

International, Politics, Society

Canada announces additional $25M in aid for Lebanon

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will be providing an additional $25 million in assistance for the “people of Lebanon” following last week’s explosion in Beirut that killed at least 171 people, injured 6,000 and left hundreds of thousands homeless. »

Economy, Indigenous, International, Politics

Canadian oil company stops operations in Peru after deadly Indigenous protests

Canadian oil company PetroTal says it has shut down work at its Bretana Oil Field in northeastern Peru following Sunday’s deadly clashes that took the lives of three Indigenous protesters and injured about a dozen people. In a communique released »