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Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin under military investigation, is no longer leading vaccine campaign

May 14 2021 —

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, the military commander leading vaccine logistics at the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC), has left his post and is now the subject of a military investigation, according to a statement from the Department of National Defence. The brief statement does not describe any allegations against Fortin or explain the nature of […]

May 14 2021 —

Preliminary talks on lifting restrictions along the Canada-U.S. border are underway, according to an official with direct knowledge of the file. CBC News has confirmed initial conversations between Canada and the U.S. are happening at the officials level, meaning the politicians who ultimately will make the decision are not directly involved in those talks yet. […]

May 14 2021 — Murray Brewster

The Canadian military has put another senior officer in charge of its personnel command after the former commander, Vice-Admiral Hayden Edmundson, stepped away earlier this year following allegations of sexual assault and misconduct. The announcement, made Friday by the acting chief of the defence staff, is part of a broader shakeup of the senior ranks. […]

May 14 2021 —

Months before the Liberal government removed a section of Bill C-10 in a controversial amendment, Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault was told by officials within his own department that it was an “important limitation” on regulatory powers. A briefing note prepared for Guilbeault in December 2020, and obtained through access to information, outlined which online services […]

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A crisis of confidence in the Canadian Armed Forces

May 14 2021 — Paul Wells

In May 2019, 2,622 members of the Canadian Armed Forces filled out a survey on their feelings about their work environment and career prospects. In one question, respondents were asked whether they agree with the statement: “I have confidence in the leadership of the CAF.” Among regular force personnel, the term for full-time members as […]

Vaccine hesitancy spreads as provinces hit the AstraZeneca pause button

May 13 2021 — Don Martin

The original public health message from just five or six weeks ago was short, simple and effective. Vaccines are the gateway to a near-normal summer and the best vaccine is the first one available. But like everything else about COVID-19 in Canada, the only constant is inconsistency and the only consistency is confusion. So now, […]

Do you have friends? Maybe politics isn’t for you

May 14 2021 — Susan Delacourt

Everything anyone needs to know about friends and politics was captured before the cameras on Thursday when Premier Doug Ford explained how he had to let down his “buddies” who want to golf during the now-extended lockdown. “I talk to my buddies. I know what happens,” Ford said. “They pick up another buddy, two or […]

Doug Ford is pulling a vanishing act — again

May 14 2021 — Matt Gurney

Premier Doug Ford‘s press conference on Thursday went about exactly the way you would have expected. It was perhaps one of the least-surprising press conferences I have ever seen. Much of what was announced was not only predictable but had been predicted. Ontario will, as widely rumoured, extend the current stay-at-home order until at least […]

UCP caucus expels the latest dissident, but the fight may not be over

May 13 2021 — Don Braid

MLA Todd Loewen’s demand that Premier Jason Kenney resign was serious business. But it quickly descended into farce, as the full UCP caucus agonized toward his inevitable expulsion at 7:40 p.m. Thursday. The virtual caucus meeting where UCP MLAs voted on Loewen’s fate was at times chaotic, and possibly the leakiest private meeting in Alberta […]

Jason Kenney is in trouble, but the question is how deep?

May 13 2021 — Lorne Gunter

Let me begin with an admission: Jason Kenney and I have been friends for 30 years. He was a frequent dinner guest in our home before he became a senior federal cabinet minister and ceased having time for social functions. But I wouldn’t be much of a friend if I didn’t tell him the truth. […]

Canada’s top scientists just made vaccine hesitancy worse

May 14 2021 — Max Fawcett

For months, the doctors and public health experts at Canada’s National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) were clear: take the first vaccine you’re offered. But now, in the wake of new data about an extremely rare complication called vaccine-induced immune thrombotic thrombocytopenia — blood clotting, essentially — those experts have changed their tune.

May 14 2021 — K.W. Grafton

A new bill tabled in the National Assembly of Quebec legislature by Coalition avenir Quebec (CAQ) member (Borduas) Simon Jolin-Barrette, minister responsible for the French language, aims to amend the Constitution of Canada and establish Quebec as a sovereign nation – with French as it’s official and common language (which most Canadians thought was the case already). […]

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May 13 2021 — Chris Selley

As countries and jurisdictions around the world reopen, Canadian vaccination rates continue to increase, and case numbers in those provinces that tend to drive national narratives — Ontario, Quebec, British Columbia, and more recently even Alberta — are on moderate to steep declines, a certain desperation seems to be taking hold among lockdown advocates. It […]

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May 13 2021 — Elliot Hughes

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland has been busy advocating for building back better toward a more inclusive society. Many observers lauded her recent budget for taking progressive action on child care, climate change, and Indigenous reconciliation. Yet when it comes to the banking sector, Freeland refrained from action despite the need for reform in a critical […]

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May 12 2021 —

Standing up to Big Pharma is good politics – especially for a progressive. Yet when US President Joe Biden announced his support last week for a temporary waiver on vaccine patents, the lack of commitment in Ottawa’s response left some people wondering if the government was opposed. Why the reticence? The idea of a waiver […]

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Entertainment Plus

The Tragically Hip to perform with Feist on Juno Awards broadcast June 6

May 13 2021 —

The Tragically Hip will perform with singer-songwriter Feist during CBC’s broadcast of the Juno Awards next month. Organizers of Canadian music’s biggest night say the performance will take place in Toronto. The Tragically Hip say they’re “huge fans” of Feist and have known her for 20 years, noting they toured together in 1999. Feist says […]

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