National Newswatch

Outgoing mayors in Calgary, Edmonton reflect on wide-open races to replace them

May 24 2021 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta's two big cities will get new mayors this fall and voters will choose whether to build on the progressive legacies of Calgary's Naheed Nenshi and Edmonton's Don Iveson or swing toward a more conservative vision. Both outgoing leaders have championed major transit investment, pushed for greater social inclusion and tackled other complex […]

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

May 7 2021 — Lauren Krugel — 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 — 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 […]

Alberta to begin vaccinating meat-plant workers this week: health minister

Apr 26 2021 — Lauren Krugel — CALGARY — Alberta is to begin offering COVID-19 vaccines to thousands of meat-packing employees across the province starting this week, but a union leader says some workers are reluctant to receive a shot from the government or an employer they don't trust.  The provincial government said that, starting Tuesday, vaccines will be offered to more […]

U.S. issues advice to those fully vaccinated, but no shift in Canada yet

Mar 8 2021 — Lauren Krugel — New U.S. guidelines say people fully inoculated against COVID-19 can drop some precautions when gathering with others, but at least two provincial health ministers say existing public health advice holds for now. The Centres for Disease Control and Prevention said Monday that Americans who have waited two weeks since their second required shot can spend […]

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

Feb 17 2021 — Lauren Krugel — 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 — 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 […]

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