National Newswatch

Canada reports 28 cases of rare blood clots following AstraZeneca vaccinations

May 13 2021 — John Paul Tasker — After distributing more than 2.3 million AstraZeneca vaccine doses nationwide, public health officials have so far identified 28 suspected cases of a rare but serious condition called vaccine-induced thrombotic thrombocytopenia (VITT). Dr. Howard Njoo, Canada’s deputy chief public health officer, said Thursday that 18 of those cases have been verified through testing while 10 more […]

Trudeau, Tam say all vaccines are safe and effective after NACI guidance causes confusion

May 4 2021 — John Paul Tasker — A day after the National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) said viral vector COVID-19 vaccines like those offered by AstraZeneca and Johnson & Johnson are not the “preferred” products, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians today that all vaccines approved for use in this country are safe and effective. Speaking to reporters at […]

COVID-19 vaccine maker Providence says it’s leaving Canada after calls for more federal support go unanswered

Apr 30 2021 — John Paul Tasker — The head of a homegrown company behind a promising COVID-19 vaccine says he’s ready to pull his company out of Canada and take its product elsewhere after calls for more substantial federal support went unanswered. Brad Sorenson, the CEO of Calgary-based Providence Therapeutics, told CBC News he’s had enough of the “runaround” from federal and […]

Vaccine envy: Why can’t Canada make COVID-19 doses at home?

Apr 28 2021 — John Paul Tasker — With the third wave of the COVID-19 pandemic raging on, the demand for vaccine doses continues to outstrip Canada’s relatively thin supply. Canada’s domestic vaccine manufacturing capability has been hollowed out, leaving the country entirely dependent on foreign sources for the doses that promise an eventual return to normal life. When the pandemic began, Canada […]

Moderna delays expected to push back vaccine deliveries by more than a week

Apr 15 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Moderna is facing a persistent “quality assurance” backlog at its production facilities — a roadblock that has resulted in days-long delivery delays for doses destined for Canada, the military commander leading vaccine logistics said today. There aren’t any production issues with the shots themselves but the process of double-checking each batch — and then getting […]

Trudeau slams ‘disconnected’ Conservatives in sharply worded speech to party faithful

Apr 10 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Liberal leader says the Conservatives would have been unreliable pandemic stewards. In his most sharply partisan speech in months, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told Liberal policy convention delegates Saturday they must redouble their efforts to secure victory at the polls to prevent the “disconnected” Conservatives from governing. In a 20-minute virtual address to thousands of […]

B.C. delegates call for ‘green new deal’ as federal Liberals debate future of climate policy

Apr 9 2021 — John Paul Tasker — Youth wing proposes a policy resolution to implement a universal basic income in Canada. As the federal government pushes to lower greenhouse gas emissions and accelerate the transition to cleaner fuel sources, delegates at the Liberal Party’s policy convention will debate how to craft a “just transition” for energy workers who will lose their jobs […]

Erin O’Toole says Conservatives must change or risk losing again to Trudeau

Mar 19 2021 — John Paul Tasker — In his first major speech since winning the party’s leadership race last year, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said today the party must appeal to more voters or risk losing more elections. During a 30-minute address to party delegates assembled for a three-day policy convention, O’Toole said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau continues to enjoy support despite […]