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Alberta’s disaster risk assessment plan in poor shape: auditor general

EDMONTON — Alberta is doing a poor job of anticipating and preparing for disasters despite increasing risks from factors such as climate change, says the province's auditor general. In a report released Tuesday, Doug Wylie said Alberta doesn't have a p...

Trudeau pledges extra $400 million in humanitarian aid to fight COVID-19

OTTAWA — Aid agencies welcomed Canada’s commitment on Tuesday of an extra $400 million in development and humanitarian spending to combat COVID-19. The new money will go to "to trusted partners on the ground fighting COVID-19," Prime Minister Justin Tr...

Feds pledge $440 million to join international vaccine program

OTTAWA — Canada will spend $440 million to join an international program that is trying ensure COVID-19 vaccines aren't just hoarded by rich countries, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. But Canada is spending more than twice that to gain its

Canada nears end to long, tortuous search for military rescue planes

OTTAWA — The Canadian military's long search for new rescue planes is nearly over as the federal government is formally showing off the first of 16 new aircraft on Canadian soil today. The unveiling at Canadian Forces Base Comox, B.C., follows

Politicians must not pressure Health Canada to approve rapid COVID-19 tests: Freeland

OTTAWA — The federal government is "lining up advance deals" to buy rapid tests for COVID-19 so as soon as the technology is approved for use in Canada, it can be put to work, says Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland. But

Feds promise help for surging COVID-19 test demand but won’t OK rapid-test tech yet

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to do more to help provinces respond to soaring demands for COVID-19 testing but there is still no indication of when the government will approve the tests that can deliver results in

All evacuation alerts now lifted near only remaining wildfire of note in B.C.

NELSON, B.C. — Evacuation alerts have now been lifted for the only remaining properties in British Columbia still affected by a wildfire. The Regional District of Central Kootenay says it has removed alerts covering 46 properties in the Slocan Valley b...

Public health officials urge Canadians to limit contacts again as COVID-19 cases rise

OTTAWA — Canada will see a dramatic resurgence of COVID-19 cases unless people limit contact with others in coming days, the country's chief public health officer warns. Dr. Theresa Tam said Tuesday the public has a vital role to play in

COVID-19 task force worries Trump’s rush to approve vaccine will spook Canadians

OTTAWA — Members of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine task force are casting worried eyes at the Trump administration’s political push to get a vaccine approved before the U.S. presidential election in November.  Dr. Joanne Langley, the ta...

NDP’s Singh not itching to force an election, focused on getting help for Canadians

OTTAWA — New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says he’s not interested in forcing a federal election with a second wave of COVID-19 looming, if he can work with the Liberals to bring much-needed help to struggling Canadians.Singh’s comments Friday were