National Newswatch

Delivering new services ‘complicated,’ Freeland says of planned dental care program

Aug 9 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The government is working hard to meet its end-of-year deadline to deliver dental-care coverage to kids, the deputy prime minister said Tuesday, but added providing new services is "complicated." The Liberals agreed to offer dental coverage to low- and middle-income children by the end of the year as part of their confidence and […]

Feds silent on enforcement as national long-term care standards get final ‘tweaks’

Aug 4 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Jane Sustrik remembers the sense of fear hanging over her in those early months of the pandemic. Dozens of residents from her mother's congregate living home in Edmonton died of COVID-19, as Sustrik read reports of the abysmal conditions in long-term care homes across the country and the number of residents falling victim […]

Canada’s top doc encourages safe sex, fewer partners to prevent spread of monkeypox

Jul 27 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Men who have sex with men should practise safe sex and reduce their number of partners to limit the spread of monkeypox in Canada, Dr. Theresa Tam advised Wednesday.  The World Health Organization declared the virus a public health emergency of international concern over the weekend. Tam, the chief public health officer, said […]

Feds seek dental-care program ideas from industry, no details on shape it will take

Jul 25 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government has asked the private sector to weigh in on how companies could play a role in Canada's national dental-care plan.  The Liberals set aside $5.3 billion over the next five years to launch a dental-care program for uninsured low- and middle-income families.  The have committed to starting with kids under […]

Canada shares expertise on moving grain from Ukraine, but faith in Russia ‘nil’

Jul 22 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada is working to help get much-needed grain out of Ukraine to famine-threatened parts of the world, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday, now that the embattled country and Russia have signed deals to allow that to happen. Russia and Ukraine signed separate agreements Friday with Turkey and the United Nations, clearing the […]

Canada’s Immigration Department revamps anti-racism strategy following criticism

Jul 22 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal Immigration Department has updated its anti-racism strategy following criticism during the Ukrainian refugee crisis, but groups representing applicants and refugees say it's unclear what will change for people who rely on the system. The Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada document released this week says the department needs to be more open-minded […]

Feds announce $1 million fund to reach communities affected by monkeypox

Jul 21 2022 — Laura Osman, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — The federal government plans to give $1 million to community organizations across the country to provide gay and bisexual men with information about monkeypox and combat stigma around the disease. Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says the RÉZO community organization in Montreal will receive $150,000 to support local and provincial outreach efforts, and AIDS […]