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LeBlanc ‘very confident’ provinces can handle ramped-up vaccine delivery

Feb 21 2021 — Raisa Patel — Ottawa won’t foot hotel quarantine bill for those who can’t pay, minister says. Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc says he has full confidence that Canada’s provinces will be able to handle the influx of COVID-19 vaccine doses arriving in the country in the weeks and months ahead. “We’re going to see a significant ramp-up in […]

Annamie Paul says now is the moment for the Greens, but will voters agree?

Oct 4 2020 — Raisa Patel — Newly minted Green Party Leader Annamie Paul says the party she now helms is the one Canadians need to guide them through “the challenges of this time,” an ambitious pitch one observer says she will have to champion in a field of stiff political competition. “I think the challenge for the party today remains: what does […]

Commons to convene Monday to debate wage subsidy extension, disability payments

Jul 18 2020 — Raisa Patel — The House of Commons will meet Monday to debate legislation on extending the emergency wage subsidy and providing one-time payments to Canadians with disabilities struggling during the pandemic — a bill the Bloc Québécois says it intends to support. In a statement released Saturday, House Leader Alain Therrien said his party would like to see […]

Financial scrutiny, back-to-work bonus among Conservative demands ahead of fiscal snapshot

Jul 5 2020 — Raisa Patel — Uncovering what’s become of Canada’s deficit, implementing a bonus for workers returning to their jobs during the COVID-19 pandemic and boosting funding for the country’s auditor general are among the Official Opposition’s top priorities ahead of Wednesday’s fiscal snapshot. “We need the government to tell us next week, ‘How big is the deficit, how big […]

MPs vote overwhelmingly to call on Pope again for residential schools apology

May 1 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons voted Tuesday to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash introduced the motion, which […]

MPs vote overwhelmingly to call on Pope again for residential schools apology

May 1 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Members of Parliament on all sides of the House of Commons voted Tuesday to extend a formal invitation to Pope Francis to apologize in person to Indigenous Peoples for decades of abuse meted out in residential schools across Canada. New Democrat MPs Charlie Angus and residential school survivor Romeo Saganash introduced the motion, which […]

Keep potent, boozy drinks out of young hands, substance abuse experts urge

Apr 30 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Substance abuse experts, medical professionals and industry leaders kicked off what they hope will become a national conversation Monday about keeping pre-mixed drinks loaded with alcohol, caffeine and sugar off shelves and away from young people. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Abuse was among the groups that testified before a House of Commons committee […]

Keep potent, boozy drinks out of young hands, substance abuse experts urge

Apr 30 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Substance abuse experts, medical professionals and industry leaders kicked off what they hope will become a national conversation Monday about keeping pre-mixed drinks loaded with alcohol, caffeine and sugar off shelves and away from young people. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Abuse was among the groups that testified before a House of Commons committee […]

Keep potent, boozy drinks out of young hands, substance abuse experts urge

Apr 30 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Substance abuse experts, medical professionals and industry leaders kicked off what they hope will become a national conversation Monday about keeping pre-mixed drinks loaded with alcohol, caffeine and sugar off shelves and away from young people. The Canadian Centre on Substance Use and Abuse was among the groups that testified before a House of Commons committee […]

Abortion pill Mifegymiso prescribed more than 4,000 times since hitting shelves

Apr 27 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Health Canada says Canadian pharmacies doled out 4,253 doses of the abortion pill Mifegymiso in 2017, the first year it was marketed in this country. The information came in a response to a parliamentary order paper question posed by Conservative MP Arnold Viersen in February. Joyce Arthur, the executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, said […]

Abortion pill Mifegymiso prescribed more than 4,000 times since hitting shelves

Apr 27 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — Health Canada says Canadian pharmacies doled out 4,253 doses of the abortion pill Mifegymiso in 2017, the first year it was marketed in this country. The information came in a response to a parliamentary order paper question posed by Conservative MP Arnold Viersen in February. Joyce Arthur, the executive director of the Abortion Rights Coalition of Canada, said […]

PBO pegs cost of extended drug patents at $270M a year for feds, $392M for Cdns

Apr 26 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — An extension of drug patent protections in the Canada-EU free trade deal could end up costing Canadians an estimated $392 million a year, and federal coffers up to $270 million more annually, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer. The report released Thursday sets out to put a price tag on a central — […]

PBO pegs cost of extended drug patents at $270M a year for feds, $392M for Cdns

Apr 26 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — An extension of drug patent protections in the Canada-EU free trade deal could end up costing Canadians an estimated $392 million a year, and federal coffers up to $270 million more annually, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer. The report released Thursday sets out to put a price tag on a central — […]

PBO pegs cost of extended drug patents at $270M a year for feds, $392M for Cdns

Apr 26 2018 — Raisa Patel — OTTAWA — An extension of drug patent protections in the Canada-EU free trade deal could end up costing Canadians an estimated $392 million a year, and federal coffers up to $270 million more annually, says a new report from the parliamentary budget officer. The report released Thursday sets out to put a price tag on a central — […]