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Politics, Society

Ontario legislator kicked out governing party for questioning COVID-19 lockdown

Ontario Premier Doug Ford has kicked a provincial legislator from the governing party caucus for posting an open letter that claims that the province’s pandemic lockdown measures are “deadlier than COVID” and calls for an end to restrictions. In a »

Economy, Society

Pandemic drives record home sales

Between November and December 2020, home sales in Canada jumped by 7.2 per cent to set another new record. Sales were particularly high in Greater Vancouver and the Greater Toronto Area where the month-over-month increase was more than 20 per »

Health, Politics, Society

Most Canadians say discretionary travel should be banned: poll

With large swathes of Canada facing pandemic-related lockdowns, stay home orders and curfews, Canadians are not in a particularly forgiving mood when it comes to compatriots who seek a brief reprieve from these restrictions and the winter doldrums at sunny »

Health, Society

Women, young adults, minorities report declining mental health

Some Canadians say their mental health has worsened during the course of this pandemic, according to polls. A web panel surveyed from January 2 to 3, 2021 found that 24 per cent of women rated their mental health as bad »

International, Politics

Trudeau and Macron discuss COVID-19 vaccine rollout challenges

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and French President Emmanuel Macron discussed on Wednesday the fight against the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccinations efforts in Canada and France as both countries face a surge in coronavirus infections. Both Canada and France have authorized »

Economy

Air Canada to cut 1,700 jobs, reduce capacity by 25%

Air Canada, Canada’s largest air carrier, said Wednesday that it has to cut 1,700 jobs as pandemic travel restrictions force it to further cut capacity by 25 per cent in the first quarter of this year. The reduction in capacity »

Health

First Nations in Manitoba to receive initial shipment of COVID-19 vaccine

First Nations in Manitoba will receive the first shipment of the Moderna vaccine for COVID-19 according to a statement from Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister. Starting on Thursday, Manitoba will be sending 5,300 doses of the Moderna vaccine to support the »

Health

Ontario launches new testing program at Toronto Pearson International Airport

The Province of Ontario launched a new COVID-19 testing program on Wednesday at Toronto’s Pearson International Airport for international travellers in order to quickly identify and stop the spread of the virus. According to a press release from the Ontario »

Health

Vaccination of federal inmates in Canada to begin Friday

Older and medically vulnerable inmates in federal prisons across Canada will begin being vaccinated on Friday, according to an announcement on Wednesday from Correctional Service Canada (CSC).  In a press release, the CSC said that they expect to vaccinate about »

Health, Society

Quebec is first province to impose a curfew

While some remote northern communities in Canada have imposed curfews, Quebec is the first provincial government to impose one as part of increased restrictions to stem the spread of COVID-19. At a news conference on January 6, 2020, the premier »