National Newswatch

1M vaccine doses to be delivered every week in next phase of COVID-19 immunizations: Fortin

Jan 14 2021 — Rachel Aiello — When Canada enters Phase 2 of the national mass COVID-19 immunization effort in April, federal officials are planning to receive “more than” one million doses of approved vaccines every week, on average. Maj-Gen. Dany Fortin, who is leading Canada’s logistical rollout and distribution of vaccines from the Public Health Agency of Canada, called the second […]

Hillier’s can’t-fail vaccine mission finally armed for battle

Jan 13 2021 — Don Martin — The retired top general of Canada’s military, who guided the combat mission in Afghanistan and ran disaster deployments against floods and fires, now faces the most important mission of his career: getting almost 15 million Ontarians vaccinated against COVID-19 in 250 days or less. His first shots in confronting an enemy that never appeared in […]

Huawei CFO Meng’s family granted federal travel exemption to visit Canada

Jan 13 2021 — — Immigration Canada has granted the husband and two children of detained Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou COVID-19 travel exemptions to visit her in Vancouver. Meng’s lawyers stated in court Tuesday that her husband Liu Xiaozong and two children applied for the exemption to travel from China at the end of 2020. Syrine Khoury, a spokesperson for […]

Ontario issues stay-at-home order, immediately declares second state of emergency

Jan 12 2021 — — The Ontario government has issued a stay-at-home order for the province beginning on Jan. 14 and has immediately declared a second state of emergency for the province. Premier Doug Ford announced on Tuesday at Queen’s Park that the new stay-at-home order, which will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, will require everyone to […]

Ontario daily COVID-19 deaths expected to double in February, overwhelm health system: modelling

Jan 12 2021 — — Ontario health officials have said that without a “significant reductions in contacts,” the health system will be overwhelmed amid a rising number of COVID-19 infections and mortality will exceed the first wave totals, even with their vaccination efforts. In modelling data released late Tuesday morning, officials said they expect the daily COVID-19 mortality rate in […]

Canada locks in 20 million more Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine doses

Jan 12 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Canada has exercised an option with pharmaceutical giant Pfizer-BioNTech to secure an additional 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced. The federal government had already secured 20 million Pfizer doses, and that amount has now doubled by exercising an option in the contract that allowed Canada to access up […]

Feds looking at declaring Proud Boys a terrorist organization in wake of U.S. rioting

Jan 10 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Canada could soon be adding more extremist groups like the Proud Boys to Canada’s list of recognized terrorist organizations, in light of the pro-Trump rioting in the U.S. Capitol, according to Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period, Blair said Canadian national security officials are actively gathering […]

Thousands of Canadians still travelling to Hawaii, despite pandemic

Jan 9 2021 — — In the wake of several Canadian elected officials being caught travelling over the holidays – despite federal health guidelines stating non-essential travel should be avoided – it turns out the Canadian public has also been travelling. Travel data uploaded by the state of Hawaii shows Canadian travellers have been visiting the islands in droves, by […]

Blair ‘has no time’ for partisan outrage over immunizing inmates

Jan 9 2021 — — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair is accusing the Conservatives of inflaming the debate around inmates who’ve received the COVID-19 vaccines, saying he has “no time” for such rhetoric. Six hundred federal inmates have already begun receiving Moderna’s COVID-19 vaccines as part of a pilot project. As part of this initial rollout, 1,200 doses are being […]

WestJet announces plans to cut equivalent of 1,000 jobs, reduce flights

Jan 8 2021 — — Citing “volatile demand” and “instability in the face of continuing federal government travel advisories and restrictions,” Calgary-based WestJet has announced plans to slash jobs and its flight schedule. Airline officials say approximately 30 per cent of its current flight schedule for February and March will be removed, a decline of nearly 80 per cent compared […]