Category Archives: Science

Assisted-dying bill wins approval in principle over Conservative objections

OTTAWA — Over the objections of dozens of Conservatives, the House of Commons gave approval in principle Thursday to a bill that would make it easier for dying Canadians to get medical help to end their suffering.Conservatives, including Leader Erin

The latest COVID-19 developments in Canada

The latest COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:30 p.m. B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry says the latest COVID-19 death in the province reminds people that the virus can’t tell the difference between the size of gatheri...

N.B. reports four new COVID-19 cases, declares outbreak at seniors residence

FREDERICTON — Public health officials in New Brunswick are reporting four new cases of COVID-19 in the province.  One of the cases is in the Four Seasons Residence, an adult special care home in Balmoral, near Campbellton, N.B., leading officials ...

Ethics watchdog clears Morneau of accepting gift from WE Charity

OTTAWA — The federal ethics watchdog has cleared former finance minister Bill Morneau of failing to disclose a gift from WE Charity. In a letter to Morneau, ethics commissioner Mario Dion says he accepts that the former minister "genuinely believed" he...

Federal election during the pandemic would be challenging but feasible: PHAC official

OTTAWA — A senior official at the Public Health Agency of Canada says holding a federal election during the COVID-19 pandemic would be feasible, despite the logistical challenges that Elections Canada would face. Dr. Barbara Raymond, an executive medic...

Canada’s ban on big cruise ships extended until February

OTTAWA — Transport Minister Marc Garneau says big cruise ships will be banned from Canadian waters at least until the end of February now. The same extension is being applied to the ban on smaller vessels carrying 12 or more passengers

Alarm bells ring over COVID-19 and long-term care; Ontario sees slowing virus growth

Politicians, advocates and public health officials were ringing the alarm Thursday over COVID-19's impact on long-term care homes as new modelling out of Ontario projected the virus will spread at a more gentle rate than feared.  Green party Leade...

More pandemics coming if environmental issues not dealt with: report

An international group of scientists has concluded pandemic problems are just starting unless the world moves to deal with the issues creating them. "The factors driving pandemics are human activities — unsustainable growth in livestock production, def...

Cost for cancer-fighting drugs triples in Canada but still no national drug plan

Sales of medications to treat cancer have nearly tripled in Canada over the past decade, reaching $3.9 billion last year, a report by a federal agency says. The Patented Medicine Prices Review Board has released data showing cancer medications account ...

Ho, no, no: Experts advise preparing for a scaled-back COVID holiday season

TORONTO — It's unlikely most Canadians will enjoy a holly jolly Christmas season of gatherings, carolling and travel, say public health experts who encourage those who revel in holiday traditions to accept more sacrifices ahead. As the pandemic's secon...