National Newswatch

From Alberta’s oil sands to tariffs, how Biden’s presidency could change Canada

Jan 20 2021 — — No more trade wars. A multi-billion dollar Alberta pipeline on the chopping block. A jolt of interest — and major investments — in cutting-edge green technology. Canadians can expect some major changes under incoming U.S. President Joe Biden, who campaigned on a platform that diverged drastically from Donald Trump’s policies in both substance and tone. […]

‘Show Canada the respect’: Kenney asks Biden to hear case for Keystone XL

Jan 18 2021 — — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is urging United States President-elect Joe Biden to reconsider his reported decision to block the Keystone XL pipeline extension when he takes office on Wednesday. On Sunday, CTV News reported Biden planned to sign an executive order to scrap the US$8 billion-cross-border pipeline that would transport 830,000 barrels of oil from […]

Biden to prioritize blocking of Keystone XL pipeline extension

Jan 17 2021 — — A source close to the transition team of U.S. President-elect Joe Biden has told CTV News that the new president will kill the Keystone XL pipeline after taking office. According to the transition briefing documents, reviewed by CTV News’ Washington Bureau Correspondent Richard Madan, the plan to use an executive order is listed under Wednesday, […]

Canadians leaving big cities at record numbers: Statistics Canada

Jan 17 2021 — — Canada’s biggest cities are experiencing a record-breaking loss of people as urbanites move to smaller bedroom communities in search of affordable homes. According to a new Statistics Canada report, Montreal and Toronto both saw a record loss of people from July 2019 to July 2020 as urban-dwellers moved to the suburbs, smaller towns and rural […]

Vaccine manufacturers concerned about provinces delaying second doses: Anand

Jan 16 2021 — Rachel Aiello — While Canada’s top immunization experts have signed off on provinces delaying the administration of the second Pfizer and Moderna doses in an effort to begin vaccinating more people with a small supply, Procurement Minister Anita Anand says she’s heard concerns from the manufacturers that may impact future deliveries. In an interview on CTV’s Question Period […]

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 […]