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Alberta gives inquiry into oil and gas critics another extension to complete report

Jan 30 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — The Alberta government has given an inquiry into the funding of oil and gas industry critics another deadline extension to complete its report.  The inquiry headed by Steve Allen was to have completed the report by Sunday.  Late Friday, the United Conservative government released an order-in-council amending the inquiry's deadline to May 31.  […]

Ontario adviser urges caution despite dip in COVID-19 cases, vaccine delays draw ire

Jan 28 2021 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — A top science adviser says Ontario is far from in the clear despite a downward trend in COVID-19 cases, while some provinces criticized Ottawa for lower-than-expected vaccine shipments and the pandemic was flagged as an outsized contributor to Quebec's death count last year.  Canada's most populous province reported 2,093 new infections Thursday and 56 more […]

Ontario, Quebec post case records; Trudeau strikes hopeful note in holiday message

Dec 24 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Canada's two most populous provinces reported record daily COVID-19 caseloads Thursday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau acknowledged this won't be the Christmas anyone had hoped for.  Ontario reported 2,447 new infections, topping its previous high a week ago by 15. It also recorded 49 new deaths from the novel coronavirus.  Quebec had 2,349 new infections, […]

Ontario reports new daily COVID-19 record as new measures take effect in Saskatchewan

Dec 17 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Ontario hit a record Thursday for new daily COVID-19 cases as hospitals urged a month-long lockdown, while tougher restrictions took effect in Saskatchewan, Alberta recorded its highest death toll and a vaccine maker said vials may yield more doses than expected.  Priority groups such as health-care workers and seniors began receiving Canada's first doses of […]

COVID-19 vaccines to roll out for priority groups in early 2021; Atlantic bubble pops

Nov 26 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — A top public health official said Thursday that priority groups in Canada should start receiving COVID-19 vaccine doses early next year as new restrictions for those entering New Brunswick effectively popped the so-called Atlantic bubble.  "There has been a great deal of preparation taking place behind the scenes to ensure Canada is well positioned to […]

Quebec proposes ‘moral contract’ for holidays; provinces toughen restrictions

Nov 19 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Quebec's premier has proposed a "moral contract" that would allow for holiday get-togethers, while Manitoba further tightened COVID-19 restrictions and Ontario's premier hinted tougher measures are coming.   Francois Legault said Thursday that there can be gatherings of 10 people between Dec. 24 to 27 in Quebec, provided the province's infection and hospitalization numbers don't […]

Ontario predicts COVID-19 health system strain; Quebec mulls school closures

Nov 12 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — New projections suggest Ontario's surging COVID-19 caseload is likely to strain its health-care system to the point where surgeries will be cancelled, while Quebec's premier is raising the possibility of school closures around the holidays and Alberta is tightening restrictions.  Those were three major developments Thursday as the situation with the stubborn pandemic darkened on […]

Manitoba adds public health enforcers as Quebec resists calls to loosen rules

Nov 5 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Manitoba enlisted more help Thursday to enforce COVID-19 restrictions, while Quebec's premier resisted calls to relax measures in Montreal, and Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia reported their highest number of cases in one day since the pandemic began. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister said that 277 more personnel, including fire safety inspectors, motor carrier enforcement officers […]