National Newswatch

Quebec offers 3rd dose of COVID vaccine to AstraZeneca recipients who want to travel

Jul 26 2021 — — The Quebec government says fully vaccinated residents who have received the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine can receive a third dose of an mRNA vaccine before travelling. Quebec is offering the extra shot because some countries don’t recognize the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine made at the Serum Institute of India, and Canadians who have received it could find themselves […]

Mary Simon officially becomes Canada’s first Inuk Governor General

Jul 26 2021 — — Mary Simon has officially become Canada’s first Indigenous governor general. Simon — an Inuk from Kuujjuaq in northeastern Quebec — was appointed by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fill the role earlier this month and took her oaths this morning in a ceremony at the Senate chambers in Ottawa. The swearing-in ceremony is, for the […]

Election sign for Black candidate burned, destroyed in Truro, NS

Jul 26 2021 — — Police in Truro, N.S., are investigating after a provincial election sign was damaged early Sunday morning. The Truro Police Service got the call about the damaged sign supporting Liberal candidate Tamara Tynes Powell at about 3 a.m. local time. Posts on social media show a large election sign torn and burned, and the wooden stakes […]

COVID-19 no longer top issue facing Canadians ahead of possible election: poll

Jul 26 2021 — — As rumblings of a possible federal election continue across the country, a new poll has found that, for the first time since the start of COVID-19, the pandemic is no longer the top issue on most Canadians’ minds. The new Ipsos polling, done exclusively for Global News, comes as provinces continue their reopening efforts and […]

Tory riding associations’ war chests larger than other parties, analysis shows

Jul 26 2021 — — An in-depth analysis by The Canadian Press of federal parties’ financing at the grassroots level shows Conservative candidates’ riding-based war chests are flush with cash, dramatically outpacing their political rivals. A review of the most recent financial statements filed by riding associations to Elections Canada show that Conservative associations have, on average, just under $61,000 […]

Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil wins gold in 100m butterfly event

Jul 25 2021 — — Canada’s Maggie Mac Neil has won the gold medal in the 100-metre butterfly swim event at the Tokyo 2020 Olympics. Mac Neil, who is a part of the women’s 4 x 100-metre freestyle relay team who won silver Saturday, beat out China and Australia for the top spot.

Pandemic pares back pomp of Mary Simon’s installation ceremony as governor general

Jul 25 2021 — — When Mary Simon walks into the Senate on Monday to be installed as the country’s next governor general, she will find the upper chamber sparsely populated. The installation ceremonies for Simon’s predecessors have attracted hundreds of people packed tightly into the Senate, including cabinet ministers, senators, MPs, justices of the Supreme Court of Canada, dignitaries […]

RCMP spied on Canadian nationalist committee as it pushed pro-independence agenda

Jul 25 2021 — — Canada’s spy service closely monitored the burgeoning nationalist movement in the 1960s and ’70s, poring over pamphlets, collecting reports from confidential sources and warily watching for signs of Communist infiltration, once-secret records reveal. The RCMP’s security branch, responsible for sniffing out subversives at the time, quietly tracked the rise of the Committee for an Independent […]

International passengers at Pearson airport may have to line up by vaccination status

Jul 25 2021 — — International travellers arriving at Canada’s largest airport may now be funnelled into different customs lines based on their vaccination status. Toronto’s Pearson International Airport said Saturday it may be splitting passengers coming from the U.S. or other international destinations into vaccinated and partially or non-vaccinated queues. “This is a measure to help streamline the border […]

B.C. welcomes 100 firefighters from Mexico to help fight raging wildfires

Jul 25 2021 — — British Columbia’s public safety minister heaped praise on 100 firefighters from Mexico who arrived in the province Saturday to work “shoulder to shoulder” with local crews battling hundreds of wildfires. Mike Farnworth personally welcomed the firefighters when their plane arrived in Abbotsford, telling reporters that he “cannot thank these men and women enough for answering […]