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Bill on single-game sports passes third reading — but not for first time

Apr 22 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Lawmakers passed a bill to legalize single-event sports betting Thursday, sending the legislation to the Senate and bringing the country a step closer to looser gaming laws. The bill aims to amend Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single games of football, hockey and other sports — currently illegal except for horse racing […]

Bill on single-game sports passes third reading — but not for first time

Apr 22 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Lawmakers passed a bill to legalize single-event sports betting Thursday, sending the legislation to the Senate. The would-be law aims to amend Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single games of football, hockey and other sports, which is currently illegal except for horse racing. The private member's bill from Conservative MP Kevin Waugh […]

Three confidence votes to determine fate of minority Liberal government

Apr 21 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A pair of proposed changes to the federal budget put forward by opposition parties will determine whether the minority Liberal government will fall, triggering a process that could culminate in an election. The government said it has informed opposition parties that two votes in the House of Commons — on a Bloc Québécois […]

Federal Budget 2021: Liberals top up long-term plan for affordable housing

Apr 19 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government topped up its housing and infrastructure plans in Monday's budget, but held back on an overhaul as homes and cities grow increasingly unaffordable. In the first budget in more than two years, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland refreshed the Liberals' 10-year, $70-billion housing strategy with an additional $2.5-billion commitment. Some 60 […]

Federal Budget 2021: Liberals top up long-term plan for affordable housing

Apr 19 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government topped up its housing and infrastructure plans in Monday's budget, but held back on an overhaul as homes and cities grow increasingly unaffordable. In the first budget in more than two years, Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland refreshed the Liberals' 10-year, $70-billion housing strategy with an additional $2.5-billion commitment. Some 60 […]

Alberta confirms country’s second blood clot after AstraZeneca vaccine dose

Apr 17 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — COVID-19 alarm bells sounded across the country Saturday, with Alberta confirming Canada's second rare blood clot case in a patient who received the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine and two long-standing infection hot spots registering concerning new peaks in virus-related hospitalizations. At the epicentre of the national outbreak, meanwhile, the Ontario government walked back some widely criticized new […]

WestJet CEO Ed Sims finds Air Canada aid package ‘bittersweet’ as talks drag on

Apr 15 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — WestJet CEO Ed Sims says the federal government's aid package for Air Canada could be "problematic" unless his company gets equitable treatment, as talks over pandemic relief continue between Ottawa and Canadian carriers. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, Sims told employees the government is now the fourth-largest shareholder in their […]

WestJet CEO Ed Sims finds Air Canada aid package ‘bittersweet’ as talks drag on

Apr 15 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — WestJet CEO Ed Sims says the federal government's aid package for Air Canada could be "problematic" unless his company gets equitable treatment, as talks over pandemic relief continue between Ottawa and Canadian carriers. In a memo obtained by The Canadian Press, Sims told employees the government is now the fourth-largest shareholder in their […]