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Health, Society

Ottawa pledges $300 million to global fight against COVID-19

Canada is committing $300 million to the international effort to fight COVID-19 and to making sure countries around the world will have access to a vaccine when one is developed. Prime Minister Trudeau made the announcement on Saturday at a »

International, Society

Pride Day in Toronto is marked by anti-racist protest

It was a Pride Day of a different sort Sunday in Toronto–marked by a virtual parade and a very real anti-police protest in front of City Hall. Instead of tens of thousands singing and dancing their way through the streets »

Economy, Society

Half of Canadians would support 30-hour work week: poll

Support for the idea of a shorter work week is growing in popularity in Canada as the COVID-19 pandemic continues to upend the working lives of Canadians, according to a new study by the Angus Reid Institute. More than half »

Health, Indigenous, Society

New report details (added) grim realities homeless women face

A new study paints a bleak portrait of the effects the COVID-19 pandemic is having on homeless women in Canada. It says homeless women are largely invisible and are falling through major gaps in support systems–and into dangerous situations. And »

Society

McDonald’s ends Beyond Meat trial run

McDonald’s is no longer offering its plant-based burger after a six month trial. Last year, the fast food chain had partnered with Beyond Meat to launch a 12 week trial of the P.L.T.  (plant, lettuce, tomato) in select restaurants in »

Health, Society

Quebec ending daily COVID-19 updates

The Quebec government will no longer be giving daily COVID-19 updates after June 26, according to a press release from Quebec’s health ministry from yesterday. Today, the provincial government gave its last daily COVID-19 update today, and will only provide »

Economy, Politics, Society

Trudeau launches federal pandemic service grant program for student volunteers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Thursday the launch of a new student grant program, which will provide up to $5,000 in one-time payments to post-secondary students and recent graduates for volunteering in pandemic-related programs, depending on the number of hours »

Society

More bad economic news for Canada: layoffs and a credit downgrade

The bad news keeps whacking Finance Minister Bill Morneau in the kisser. And it keeps on coming. At least, it sure seems that way. Morneau–to understate–has a very full plate these days. Never mind that on Monday, Canada’s new central »

Society

Carole Dawson, who spent a lifetime caring for others, dies at 75 from COVID

Carole Dawson, a residential school survivor who spent her life helping others overcome trauma and addictions by finding culturally appropriate health care for Indigenious people, has died from COVID-19. Dawson was 75 and living in a long-term health care facility »

Indigenous, Society

Charges dropped against First Nations chief involved in violent arrest

A confrontation that ended with the violent arrest of a northern Alberta First Nations chief by an array of RCMP officers in the early morning hours in a parking lot in the town of Fort McMurray in March took another »