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B.C. officials to announce travel restrictions today to limit COVID-19 spread

Apr 23 2021 — — British Columbia’s solicitor general is to announce provincial travel restrictions today to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Mike Farnworth is expected to give details of what the government views as essential travel while B.C. considers using roadblocks to discourage people from leaving their health authority region. He has described the checkpoints as a type […]

Bill on single-game sports passes third reading — but not for first time

Apr 22 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Lawmakers passed a bill to legalize single-event sports betting Thursday, sending the legislation to the Senate and bringing the country a step closer to looser gaming laws. The bill aims to amend Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single games of football, hockey and other sports — currently illegal except for horse racing […]

Senate OKs bill to fight hate crimes against Asian Americans

Apr 22 2021 — Mary Clare Jalonick, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Senate on Thursday overwhelmingly passed a bill that would help combat the rise of hate crimes against Asian Americans and Pacific Islanders, a bipartisan denunciation of such violence during the coronavirus pandemic and a modest step toward legislating in a chamber where most of President Joe Biden's agenda has stalled. The measure […]

Bill on single-game sports passes third reading — but not for first time

Apr 22 2021 — Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — Lawmakers passed a bill to legalize single-event sports betting Thursday, sending the legislation to the Senate. The would-be law aims to amend Criminal Code provisions around gambling on single games of football, hockey and other sports, which is currently illegal except for horse racing. The private member's bill from Conservative MP Kevin Waugh […]

MPs adopt motion calling for flights from COVID-19 hot spots to stop

Apr 22 2021 — — MPs unanimously agreed Canada should suspend international flights from countries where COIVD-19 outbreaks are raging just a few hours before the federal government is expected to announce new restrictions on incoming travel. The House of Commons adopted a motion from the Bloc Québécois this afternoon calling for flights carrying non-essential travellers from certain countries, such […]

Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

Apr 22 2021 — Maan Alhmidi, The Canadian Press — OTTAWA — International graduates and essential workers eligible to apply for permanent residency under a new program say requiring them to retake language proficiency tests is unreasonable, especially during a global pandemic. Akshay Aman, a law clerk graduate currently working as a security officer in Toronto, said international students have already passed language tests and […]

Housing agency ends Trump-era anti-transgender shelter rule

Apr 22 2021 — Ashraf Khalil, The Associated Press — WASHINGTON — The Department of Housing and Urban Development is withdrawing a Trump-era policy that would have allowed taxpayer-funded homeless shelters to deny access to transgender people. The move is partially symbolic; the proposed policy never truly took hold on the ground and was still being hotly debated last fall when former President Donald Trump […]