Highlights / Kathleen Harris

Economy, Health

Trudeau unveils multi-billion COVID-19 emergency package

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today announced an $82-billion emergency aid package to help with the fight in the COVID-19 crisis. The federal response, which includes income support, wage subsidies and tax deferrals, represents more than three per cent of Canada’s »

Economy, International, Society

WestJet suspending international flights as of Sunday

Canada’s second-largest airline, WestJet Airways, is suspending all international flights for 30 days, beginning this Sunday. The suspension includes flights to the U.S. The news comes as Air Canada, the country’s largest carrier, is embroiled in a dispute with employees »

Arts & Entertainment, Economy, Health, International, Society

Canada issues tight restrictions on its borders

Canada is closing its borders to people who are not Canadian citizens, permanent residents or Americans as part of the battle against the spread of the COVID-19 virus. Exceptions will be made for diplomats and people with family in Canada. »

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

Ottawa issues warning against international travel

The federal government is warning Canadians against international travel and, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says, it’s also considering closing the Canadian border as part of the country’s reponse to the the global outbreak of COVID-19. Speaking from self-isolation from his »

Economy, Health, International, Politics, Society

Justin Trudeau moving forward with duties, in self-isolation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was set to address the nation Friday, a day after going into self-isolation because his wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, tested positive for COVID-19. A statement from his office said the prime minister “is in good health »

Economy, Health, International, Internet, Science & Technology, Society

Trudeau announces $1-billion package to help Canadians cope with COVID-19

On the same day when the World Health Organization finally–officially–declared COVID-19 a “pandemic,” Canada’s federal government Wednesday announced a $1-billion package to deal with the impacts of the outbreak of the virus in this country. The package includes $500-million to »

International, Society

Bob Rae named special envoy for humanitarian and refugee issues

Bob Rae, who spent seven months in 2017 and 2018 examining the forces that drove over 600,000 Rohingya from their homes in Myanmar to refugee camps in neighbouring Bangladesh, is being named Canada’s special envoy for humanitarian and refugee issues. »

Economy, Health, International, Society

New cabinet committee will deal with COVID-19 outbreak

As governments and health officials around the world continue to deal with COVID-19, Canada’s federal government has struck a new cabinet committee to deal with the novel coronavirus outbreak. The announcement comes a day after the number of COVID-19 cases »

Health, Society

Liberals introduce legislation to expand assisted dying access

Canada’s federal government has introduced legislation aimed at making it easier for Canadians seeking medical help to end their lives. The bill amends a four-year-old law introduced by Justin Trudeau’s Liberal government that followed a landmark 2015 Supreme Court ruling »

Politics, Society

Another day, another Tory leadership candidate drops out

That road opening up for Peter MacKay in the Conservative Party leadership race is starting to resemble a super highway. Three times this week, a prominent candidate believed–at least by assorted pundits–to be capable of giving MacKay a run for »