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Withered public health agency forced to scramble on COVID-19, auditor general finds

Mar 25 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — A withered Public Health Agency of Canada dithered on pandemic preparedness, the federal auditor general has concluded, leaving officials no choice but to scramble to respond to COVID-19. And if such a scramble is to be avoided in the future, auditor general Karen Hogan found, it's time for an independent review of the […]

China slams Canada’s treatment of First Nations in response to sanctions

Mar 23 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — China lashed out Tuesday against Canada and other western countries, saying they have no right to criticize the regime's human-rights record, considering their own. The criticism was part of the China's response to the sanctions against the regime this week over alleged human-rights violations against minority Muslims in Xinjiang region. Canada, the U.S., […]

U.S, U.K., Canada levy sanctions against China over actions against Uyghur Muslims

Mar 22 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Canada, the United Kingdom, the United States and the European Union levelled sanctions against Chinese officials Monday over human rights violations against minority Muslims in that country.  "These measures reflect our grave concern with the gross and systematic human rights abuses taking place in the region," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said at an […]

Tory grassroots vote against putting line saying “climate change is real” into policy

Mar 20 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Efforts to enshrine the reality of climate change in official Conservative party policy failed this weekend, marking a blow to Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's efforts to position his party as serious on environmental issues.  A vote on the matter came at the party's official policy convention, which concluded on Saturday. Though the party's […]

O’Toole pledges Conservatives would restore one million jobs within a year if elected

Mar 19 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole unveiled elements of his election pitch to Canadians Friday, seeking to ease his party's jitters that they're without an offering solid enough to woo voters away from the Trudeau Liberals.  His marquee speech to the party's policy convention contained what he billed as a "recovery plan" that would within […]

Carve-outs to mandatory hotel quarantine announced for temporary foreign workers

Mar 16 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Temporary foreign workers will no longer be totally exempt from mandatory hotel quarantines imposed on all incoming non-essential travellers, the federal government announced Tuesday.  The new rules are among several adjustments to the management of the program for the start of this year's growing season.  “We are doing everything necessary so they can […]

Erin O’Toole says a Conservative government wouldn’t cut foreign aid

Mar 16 2021 — Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole reversed his predecessor's position on foreign aid spending Tuesday, saying that if elected, a Conservative government wouldn't cut that budget.  But he said he would look to mirror previous Conservative foreign aid programs that tied funds to specific, measurable outcomes.  "I want to maintain and modernize and make more […]