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Tam warns that full vaccination does not equal full protection from COVID-19

May 8 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — Canada's chief public health officer reminded Canadians on Saturday that even those who are fully vaccinated remain susceptible to COVID-19. Speaking at a virtual townhall for Yukoners, Dr. Theresa Tam said the risk of asymptomatic infection and transmission is far lower for anyone who receives two shots of the Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, or Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccines. "But […]

Government docs suggest months of inaction on ‘gap’ in passenger refund rules

Apr 28 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Internal documents suggest it took about half a year for the federal government to take action on air-passenger refunds after it first identified "gaps" in the rules. Emails between Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency, the federal airline watchdog, reveal that back in May 2020, officials highlighted regulatory blind spots around reimbursing […]

Government docs suggest months of inaction on ‘gap’ in passenger refund rules

Apr 28 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Internal documents suggest it took about half a year for the federal government to take action on air-passenger refunds after it first identified "gaps" in the rules. Emails between Transport Canada and the Canadian Transportation Agency, the federal airline watchdog, reveal that back in May 2020, officials highlighted regulatory blind spots around reimbursing […]

Human Rights Watch demands action against Israel, accusing it of ‘apartheid’ crimes

Apr 27 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — An international human-rights organization is calling on the Trudeau government to take action against alleged "crimes against humanity" by the Israeli government, which it labels an "apartheid" state. The demand from Human Rights Watch comes alongside a new report from the group that accuses Israeli authorities of methodically discriminating against Palestinians within both […]

Human Rights Watch demands action against Israel, accusing it of ‘apartheid’ crimes

Apr 27 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — An international human-rights organization is calling on the Trudeau government to take action against alleged "crimes against humanity" by the Israeli government, which it labels an "apartheid" state. The demand from Human Rights Watch comes alongside a new report from the group that accuses Israeli authorities of methodically discriminating against Palestinians within both […]

NDP’s excess profits tax would reap $8 billion for government, budget watchdog says

Apr 27 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer says a hypothetical tax on big corporations' excess profits would generate $7.9 billion for the federal government. The estimate Tuesday by budget officer Yves Giroux, in response to a request from the NDP, was calculated by looking at companies whose profits exceeded their 2020 expectations. The would-be tax rate […]

Excess profits tax would reap $8 billion for government, budget watchdog says

Apr 27 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The parliamentary budget officer says a hypothetical tax on big corporations' excess profits would generate $7.9 billion for the federal government. The estimate Tuesday by budget officer Yves Giroux, in response to a request from the NDP, was calculated by looking at companies whose profits exceeded their 2020 expectations. The would-be tax rate […]

Trudeau’s chief of staff knew of allegation against Vance, ex-PMO adviser suggests

Apr 23 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A former senior adviser to the prime minister gave testimony before a parliamentary committee Friday suggesting Justin Trudeau's chief of staff Katie Telford knew about a misconduct allegation against Canada's then-top military commander three years ago. Elder Marques, who worked in the Prime Minister's Office, said Telford or her assistant contacted him on […]

Trudeau’s chief of staff knew of allegation against Vance, ex-PMO adviser suggests

Apr 23 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A former senior adviser to the prime minister gave testimony before a House of Commons committee Friday suggesting Justin Trudeau's chief of staff Katie Telford knew about a misconduct allegation against Canada's then-top military commander three years ago. Elder Marques, who worked in the Prime Minister's Office, says Telford or her assistant contacted […]

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 […]