National Newswatch

Other provinces looking at Saskatchewan’s plan to tie COVID-19 vaccines to reopening

May 11 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Neighbouring provinces are eyeing Saskatchewan's plan to ease COVID-19 restrictions in tandem with vaccination rates, but experts are warning the approach could lead some to a false sense of security.  Saskatchewan's "reopening road map" outlined last week says public health measures are to start to relax three weeks after 70 per cent of […]

Manitoba, Nova Scotia cracking down amid surge in COVID-19 cases

May 7 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Manitoba introduced tougher COVID-19 public health measures and Nova Scotia announced it would restrict entry amid a surge in infections, as Ottawa introduced new ways for small and medium businesses to access rapid tests to thwart workplace outbreaks. Dr. Jazz Atwal, Manitoba's deputy chief public health officer, called the recent rise in cases in Manitoba […]

Doctors, Ryan Reynolds and other celebs team up to tackle vaccine hesitancy

Apr 28 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Doctors and other front-line professionals, backed by Canadian celebrities, have banded together to get accurate vaccine information to those most at risk of contracting COVID-19.  The This Is Our Shot campaign launched Wednesday was driven largely by groups that have been reaching out to and advocating for racialized communities bearing the brunt of […]

Toronto top doctor, Indigenous services minister sound alarm over COVID-19 variants

Feb 17 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Officials expressed growing concern Wednesday over highly transmissible new COVID-19 variants taking hold in Canada's biggest cities and in First Nation reserves across the country.  Toronto's mayor, top doctor and emergency management boss announced they want the metropolis to remain under Ontario's toughest restrictions until at least March 9, two weeks longer than planned. "I […]

Court told Alberta commissioner should continue foreign funding of oil critics probe

Feb 12 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A court has been told that a man leading an inquiry into alleged foreign-funded anti-Alberta energy campaigns should be allowed to continue his work because accusations of bias are unfounded and his investigation is in the public interest.  Court of Queen's Bench Justice Karen Horner heard submissions from lawyers representing inquiry commissioner Steve […]

‘Political gunfight:’ Environmental law group challenges Alberta oil inquiry in court

Feb 11 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — An environmental charity is arguing an inquiry into alleged foreign-led campaigns targeting the oil and gas sector set out to label green groups as anti-Alberta and disrupt their funding before hearing any evidence — accusations government lawyers say are without merit.  Ecojustice is asking a Calgary judge to shut down the inquiry, arguing […]

Ontario to begin reopening economy next week, Trudeau seeks to allay vaccine angst

Feb 5 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — The prime minister on Friday sought to quell angst over delays in vaccine delivery while British Columbia extended restrictions on gatherings to stem the spread of new, more transmissible variants of the COVID-19 virus.  Justin Trudeau said his government knew all along that short-term delays in vaccine shipments would be possible and planned accordingly.  "But […]