Category Archives: National

New drug price regulations could save Canada billions of dollars: PBO report

OTTAWA — New drug price regulations set to come into effect next month could lower spending on patented drugs by about seven per cent over the long term and save billions of dollars, the parliamentary budget officer reported Tuesday. Health Canada

Police face growing questions, calls for investigation into false Parliament bomb tip

OTTAWA — Police are facing mounting questions about the origin of a false bomb tip that led to the arrest of two Sikh rally organizers near Parliament Hill on Saturday, with some calling for an investigation into those who alerted

Federal COVID-19 vaccine mandates to be suspended for domestic, outbound travellers

OTTAWA — The Canadian government will "suspend" COVID-19 vaccine mandates for domestic and outbound international travellers and federally regulated workers, ministers announced Tuesday. The new rules will come into effect on June 20, though the requir...

177 Ukrainian refugees land in Newfoundland on second provincially-chartered flight

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — As a plane carrying 177 Ukrainian refugees touched down in St. John's, N.L., Tuesday night, Pamela Ryder Lahey was at the front of the crowd inside the airport waiting for five young people to walk through

‘Whisky war’ with Denmark over tiny Arctic island ends peacefully with deal

OTTAWA — Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly has struck a historic deal with Denmark, settling a dispute stretching back five decades over a 1.3-square-kilometre island in the Arctic. Joly and the Danish foreign affairs minister Jeppe Kofod signed an...

Key enterprises could face penalties under federal bill to bolster cybersecurity

OTTAWA — Key enterprises in the banking and telecommunications industries would be among those required to bolster cybersecurity and report digital attacks — or possibly face penalties — under a federal bill introduced Tuesday. The legislation is inten...

Medicine professor says no need to panic over COVID-19 reinfection

An expert says Canadians don't need to panic about COVID-19 reinfections even as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has tested positive a second time for the virus.  Stephen Hoption Cann, a clinical professor with the University of British Columbia's facult...

Federal government now posting passport wait times online as long lineups continue

OTTAWA — Passport offices are still dealing with a surge of applications, the minister responsible says, and wait times are "far from acceptable." Karina Gould says those long wait times are her top priority, but she cannot say when things may

Two Sikh rally organizers say they were wrongly arrested amid Parliament bomb scare

OTTAWA — Two organizers of a Sikh event near Parliament Hill on Saturday say they are still in shock after being wrongfully arrested in connection with a bomb threat, an experience one of the men described as "disrespectful" and "harassment." Officials...

Watchdog nominee Philippe Dufresne stresses privacy as a ‘fundamental right’

OTTAWA — Philippe Dufresne, the government's nominee to be the next federal privacy watchdog, says coming legislation must recognize privacy as a "fundamental right." Dufresene told a House of Commons committee scrutinizing his nomination that he would...