Category Archives: National

Some restrictions back in one area of B.C. as COVID-19 cases rapidly rising

KELOWNA, B.C. — Officials have reinstated some COVID-19 restrictions in part of a health region in British Columbia's Interior after an outbreak led to rapidly spreading infection driven primarily by unvaccinated residents between the ages of 20 and 40...

First Nations group says all residential schools need to be investigated

WINNIPEG — A First Nations advocacy group in Manitoba is urging RCMP across the country to open criminal investigations into all former residential schools following a decade-long investigation into allegations of sexual abuse at a former residential s...

Governor General will agree to a Trudeau request to call snap election: experts

OTTAWA — The long-standing tradition of the Governor General acceding to Canadian prime ministers' requests to dissolve Parliament will practically push Mary Simon to accept a plea from Justin Trudeau to call an election, a constitutional law expert sa...

England, Scotland exclude Canadians from new exception to quarantine measures

OTTAWA — Fully vaccinated Canadian travellers have been left out of plans to ease quarantine restrictions for entry to England and Scotland. The United Kingdom countries announced Wednesday that travellers who were fully vaccinated in the United States...

Green party bleeding cash amid legal battles with Annamie Paul

OTTAWA — The Green party is poised to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal battles with leader Annamie Paul, worsening an already rough financial situation as a federal election nears. At a meeting of the Greens' federal council

Alberta to end isolation rules for COVID-19 cases, close contacts as cases rise

CALGARY — Alberta is ending isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts as cases climb in the province. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, announced a two-phased approach Wednesda...

Group calls for integration of early childhood education and school systems

Canada is losing out on the benefits of early childhood education due to a disconnect between daycares and schools, says a newly released report that recommends integrating child care into the broader education system.  The research from People for Edu...

Ottawa hands N.L. $5.2 billion for troubled Muskrat Falls hydro project

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was in Newfoundland and Labrador Wednesday to announce a $5.2-billion deal to help the province cover the costs of a troubled hydroelectric project ahead of an expected federal election call. Trudeau's v...

Access requester told to wait five years for public health agency head’s email, texts

OTTAWA — A requester seeking access to a week's worth of emails and messages from the head of a federal agency embroiled in controversy has been told to wait five years or more for a response under Canada's information law. The

Farmers say heat wave, drought show vulnerable agricultural sector needs support

When an unprecedented heat wave "cooked" the cherries growing at his family's farm in Oliver, B.C., Pravin Dhaliwal tried to see past the financial loss to the passion that spurred him to follow in the footsteps of his father and