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Premier Doug Ford enlists former head of the Canadian Armed Forces to oversee COVID-19 vaccine distribution in the province

Nov 23 2020 — Robert Benzie — The former head of the Canadian military will lead Ontario’s charge to distribute the COVID-19 vaccine, the Star has learned. Retired Gen. Rick Hillier has been enlisted to chair the province’s new task force on the vaccine. Hillier, who was chief of the defence staff of the Canadian Armed Forces from 2005 to 2008, was […]

As cases rise, Atlantic bubble is burst for at least two weeks

Nov 23 2020 — — The Atlantic bubble is no more. The government of Newfoundland and Labrador announced Monday that all incoming travellers will be expected to isolate for 14 days, regardless of where they’re coming from. Premier Andrew Furey said the bubble will be paused for two weeks. Furey said the province will continue to monitor the COVID-19 situation […]

Albertans asking #WhereisKenney as province sets COVID-19 record again

Nov 23 2020 — — Alberta set a record 1,584 new coronavirus cases Sunday – and #WhereisKenney began to trend on Twitter as critics accused Alberta’s premier of failing to show leadership – or even speak to Albertans about the crisis. Jason Kenney was still self-isolating after a close contact tested positive for the disease – but many wondered why […]

Retailers urge Ontario government to reconsider COVID-19 lockdown

Nov 23 2020 — — Ontario’s move to limit non-essential retailers in Toronto and Peel Region to just curbside pickup or delivery could kill off thousands of small stores that count on make-or-break Christmas sales to survive, retail-industry associations say. The Retail Council of Canada (RCC) and the Canadian Federation of Independent Business (CFIB) are pressing Ontario Premier Doug Ford […]

AstraZeneca says late-stage trials of its COVID-19 vaccine were ‘highly effective’ in preventing disease

Nov 23 2020 — — AstraZeneca said Monday that late-stage trials showed that its COVID-19 vaccine with Oxford University was up to 90 per cent effective in preventing disease. The results are based on interim analysis of trials in the U.K. and Brazil of a vaccine developed by Oxford University and manufactured by AstraZeneca. No hospitalizations or severe cases of […]

Cabinet member backtracks after saying Kenney is waiting to act on COVID

Nov 22 2020 — — A member of Jason Kenney’s cabinet is backtracking on a comment that seemed to suggest Alberta was waiting for hospitals to reach their limit before tightening COVID-19 restrictions. The move comes amid mounting calls for the premier to impose tougher public health measures. Jason Luan, the associate minister of mental health and addictions, says he […]

COVID-19 cases keep surging in Canada as four provinces report new one-day highs

Nov 21 2020 — — Four provinces reported new highs for daily COVID-19 infections on Saturday as the virus continued its siege on some of the country’s most vulnerable areas. Health officials in New Brunswick, Ontario, Saskatchewan and Alberta all reported new single-day peaks in diagnoses, recording 23, 1,588, 439 and 1,336 new cases respectively, as the nation’s top doctor […]