Category Archives: Health

Doctor says multi-day events like weddings linked to higher cases of COVID-19 in B.C.

VICTORIA — The president of British Columbia's largest health authority says multi-day events including weddings, funerals and gender-reveal parties have caused a surge in COVID-19 cases. Dr. Victoria Lee, the CEO of Fraser Health, says different group...

Promised path to residency for “Guardian Angel” asylum seekers yet to open

OTTAWA — A much-heralded program to grant permanent residency to some asylum seekers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to accept a single application.  Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino unveiled the program in ...

First Nation says running water must be restored 24/7 before evacuees can return

The chief and council of a First Nation in a remote part of northwestern Ontario said Thursday that they won't send evacuees home until the community has access to running water 24/7.  The condition is among a list of "minimum demands"

EU reimposes travel restriction on Canada amid rising pandemic numbers

OTTAWA — The European Union's council has reimposed a travel restriction on Canada as it battles a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move reverses a decision in June that lifted entry restrictions on a number of non-EU countries, including

A short snap election would pose voting hurdles, says chief electoral officer

OTTAWA — Canada's chief electoral officer says that in the event of a snap election during the pandemic, Canadians would have better access to the polls with a longer campaign — even though a shorter one appears more likely. Stéphane Perrault

COVID-19 testing option to be tried at Calgary airport, U.S. border crossing

International travellers arriving in Alberta by air or land will have the option to take an expedited COVID-19 test to avoid quarantining for 14 days — a move the premier says would help the province's struggling service and tourism industry. The

Montreal banking on free parking, entertainment to lure holiday shoppers downtown

Montreal's mayor says she hopes her $6-million plan that includes free parking and longer store operating hours will be enough to lure holiday shoppers to the city's hard-hit downtown. Valerie Plante said today many retailers are facing permanent closu...

Quebec pork plant outbreak grows as Alberta looks to boost ailing travel industry

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Quebec pork-processing plant grew Thursday as Manitoba expanded its restrictions and Alberta announced a testing pilot at two international border crossings that it hopes will eventually boost its ailing travel industry.  ...

Ontario reports 841 new COVID-19 cases today, and nine new deaths from the virus

Ontario is reporting 841 new cases of COVID-19 today, and nine new deaths due to the virus. Health Minister Christine Elliott says 335 cases are in Toronto, 162 in Peel Region, 106 in York Region and 72 in Ottawa. The province says

No confidence showdown over sweeping Tory motion on government handling of pandemic

OTTAWA — The Liberals will not turn a Conservative motion into a test of confidence in their minority government — despite arguing the motion is so broad and its demand for documents so massive that it could get in the