Category Archives: Social

Ottawa and First Nations in P.E.I. sign agreement to establish national park reserve

LENNOX ISLAND, P.E.I. — A pristine chain of islands with white-sand beaches, described as Prince Edward Island's last coastal wilderness, could soon become Canada's next national park. Parks Canada signed a provisional agreement Wednesday with two Firs...

Fitness centres can reopen in B.C., other COVID restrictions remain

VANCOUVER — A group representing the fitness industry is hailing the reopening of gyms and other fitness facilities in British Columbia while the province's top doctor described her decision Tuesday as a "cautious step" in lifting COVID-19 restrictions...

Homeless shelters face added strain amid Omicron, high rates of people on streets

OTTAWA — Staff at shelters and homeless agencies are struggling to support people living on the streets as the highly transmissible Omicron COVID-19 variant sweeps through communities. Deirdre Freiheit, president and CEO of Shepherds of Good Hope in Ot...

Synagogues told ‘be vigilant’ after Texas hostage siege; Toronto police boost patrols

OTTAWA — Jewish community leaders have advised Canadian synagogues to increase their level of vigilance in case of a copycat attack following a hostage taking at a Texas synagogue this weekend.  Police in Canadian cities including Toronto have also inc...

N.S. government seeks delay in housing rights hearing for people with disabilities

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia's government is asking to delay a human rights case involving access to housing for people with disabilities until the country's top court rules on the matter. The province's Court of Appeal ruled in October that the long

Study suggests Alberta First Nations people tend to get lower level of emergency care

EDMONTON — Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients, even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of

Iqaluit seeks alternate water source after recurrence of fuel odour issue

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The City of Iqaluit says it is working to find an alternate source of drinking water following a recurrence of fuel odours in its municipal water distribution system. In an update posted to social media on Sunday, the

‘We’re getting through this’: Nunavut hamlet fighting COVID-19 and TB at same time

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Eric Lawlor was in a meeting about a tuberculosis outbreak in his community in December when he got a call from Nunavut's top doctor telling him a resident had just tested positive for COVID-19. The mayor of Pangnirtung

B.C. says gender on ID cards can now be changed without doctor’s confirmation

VICTORIA — The British Columbia government says gender markers on provincial identification cards can now be changed without the confirmation of a doctor or psychologist. Grace Lore, parliamentary secretary for gender equity, says the change will reduc...

Latest wave of COVID-19 cases may have peaked in parts of B.C., says health officer

VANCOUVER — COVID-19 modelling released by the British Columbia government shows challenging days ahead for the health-care system even though the latest wave propelled by the Omicron variant may have peaked in parts of the province. Provincial health ...