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PM, opposition leaders booking AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine appointments

Apr 20 2021 — Rachel Aiello — With Ontario now allowing adults aged 40 and older to sign up for AstraZeneca COVID-19 appointments, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland are in the process of booking their first doses, as opposition leaders schedule their shots too. Asked Tuesday whether he was planning on getting a shot soon now that he […]

It’s time for adult supervision or a premier replacement in Doug Ford’s Ontario

Apr 20 2021 — Don Martin — Whenever Doug Ford puts on that feel-your-pain “folks, I’m being honest with you” face, his pandemic-fighting plan from yesterday is about to be slammed into reverse – and replaced by something even worse. I’ve been watching politicians since covering Calgary city council alongside a television reporter and future premier named Ralph Klein – yes, I’m […]

Budget 2021: Government unveils $101.4B in new spending, with deficit declining

Apr 19 2021 — Rachel Aiello — The federal government is unveiling $101.4 billion in new spending, aimed at both supporting the country through the third COVID-19 wave, and stimulating the economic recovery post-pandemic, in a historic budget presented by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland. From extending pandemic business and health supports, to putting $30 billion towards a national […]

Ontario gives police authority to stop people, vehicles, ask purpose of travel

Apr 16 2021 — — The Ontario government is giving police temporary powers to enforce its stay-at-home order and allowing them to stop individuals and vehicles and ask their reasons for leaving their homes. Solicitor General Sylvia Jones made the announcement Friday afternoon as part of the new measures introduced by Premier Doug Ford’s government to stop the further spread […]

Ontario turns to other provinces for ‘urgently needed’ help with overloaded ICUs

Apr 16 2021 — — Premier Doug Ford’s government is reaching out to every single province and territory asking for help with health-care resources as the third wave of COVID-19 inundates Ontario’s intensive care units (ICU) and overwhelms physicians and nurses. In a letter sent to the other provinces and territories, Ontario’s Ministry of Health is acknowledging that the province’s […]

Folly green giant meets Big Brother in Conservative carbon scheme

Apr 15 2021 — Don Martin — For a few hours there, it looked like Justin Trudeau had something to worry about. After all, the prime minister wants a Neanderthal to fight in the next election and Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole would’ve been dragging his knuckles around the campaign trail if he didn’t put a climate change plan on the platform. On […]

Feds plan to push ahead with J&J vaccine procurement despite U.S. pause

Apr 14 2021 — Sarah Turnbull — The federal procurement minister says the government will welcome the millions of Johnson & Johnson doses they’ve already purchased, so long as Health Canada deems that vaccine safe and effective for use. Asked at a House of Commons committee whether Canada should cancel its contract with the supplier given the rare risk of blood clots […]

PM talking to opposition leaders ahead of budget, as O’Toole balks at basic income

Apr 12 2021 — Rachel Aiello — Ahead of next Monday’s 2021 federal budget being presented, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has planned conversations with the opposition party leaders this week, talking first to his Conservative and Bloc Quebecois counterparts on Monday. Up first will be Trudeau’s lunchtime chat with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole, who is pledging to push the prime minister about […]

Forget the birth certificate. The job should dictate the jab, starting with teachers

Apr 8 2021 — Don Martin — Consider the Canadian teacher, now one of the most vulnerable professions in this pandemic. They’re surrounded by hundreds of rambunctious students infected with an energetic outbreak of spring fever. Masks regularly slip or get removed. Student groups soak up the sun between classes in close potentially-contagious circles. The youngest yearn to reach out and touch […]

Ontario issues stay-at-home order and declares third state of emergency

Apr 7 2021 — — Ontario has declared its third state of emergency since the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic and will be implementing a provincewide stay-at-home order as of Thursday. Premier Doug Ford made the announcement Wednesday after hours of discussion with his cabinet. The stay-at home order will go into effect at 12:01 a.m. Thursday and will last […]

Ontario cabinet considering issuing stay-at-home order, sources say

Apr 6 2021 — — Ontario’s cabinet is discussing whether to issue a stay-at-home order after a request was made by three of the province’s top doctors, sources have confirmed to CTV News Toronto. On Tuesday, Premier Doug Ford hinted that further restrictions could be coming. Multiple sources have since confirmed to CTV News Toronto that a stay-at-home order is […]