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Class action alleging RCMP abuse of Indigenous people in Northern Canada certified

Jun 23 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A lawsuit alleging RCMP systematically brutalized Indigenous people in Northern Canada can proceed as a class action despite objections from the government, Federal Court ruled on Wednesday. In her decision, Judge Glennys McVeigh rejected the government's arguments that the proposed suit failed to meet the legal grounds for certification although individuals could sue […]

‘Alarming situation’ but help slow in coming for struggling Kashechewan, chief says

Jun 16 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Help for the struggling James Bay community of Kashechewan has been slow in coming, as COVID-19 infections surge through overcrowded homes and isolation facilities remain non-existent, Chief Leo Friday said on Wednesday. The virus has attacked children particularly hard, with those aged 12 and under accounting for more than half the 232 active […]

Travel quarantine rules set to ease for fully vaxed Canadians, permanent residents

Jun 9 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Fully vaccinated Canadian citizens and permanent residents who test negative for COVID-19 will likely soon be exempt from two weeks quarantine on return to Canada, the government announced Wednesday, as millions of doses of the Moderna vaccine were expected to arrive. Starting early next month, the travellers who have received federally approved shots […]

‘Gut-wrenching:’ Rapist killer Paul Bernardo set for second parole hearing June 22

Jun 2 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — Convicted teen killer and serial rapist Paul Bernardo is set for his second parole hearing this month, the Parole Board of Canada announced on Wednesday, dredging yet again heart-cracking memories for his victims' relatives. The families, implacably opposed to Bernardo's release, have been preparing impact statements for the hearing, tentatively scheduled for June […]

Restrictions lifting as COVID infections slow; Ontario resumes non-urgent procedures

May 19 2021 — Colin Perkel, The Canadian Press — TORONTO — A slowdown in new COVID-19 infections across much of the country along with rising vaccination numbers has political and health authorities easing restrictions put in place to curb the pandemic. In one such key development, Ontario's top public health officer said hospitals could resume non-urgent surgeries and procedures, ending a ban that's been […]