National Newswatch

Blair ‘very confident’ federal vaccine passport coming by U.S. border reopening on Nov. 8

Oct 16 2021 — Rachel Gilmore — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he’s ‘very confident’ that Canadians will have a national vaccine passport in place by the time the U.S. border reopens for non-essential travel on Nov. 8. While Blair said he always tries to “overperform and under-promise,” he noted that work on the federal proof of COVID-19 vaccination system has […]

Supply chain snarls: Freeland says Canada watching ‘very, very closely’ for spillover

Oct 14 2021 — Amanda Connolly — Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada is watching the situation “very, very closely” at Canadian ports and the impact on businesses as the world continues to struggle with a COVID-19 supply chain crunch that has snarled everything from appliance parts to car tires and semiconductors. Freeland spoke from the Canadian embassy in Washington, D.C., […]

Gabby Petito was strangled to death, likely weeks before body found: coroner

Oct 12 2021 — — Gabrielle ‘Gabby’ Petito was strangled to death, a coroner said on Tuesday afternoon following weeks of speculation over the 22-year-old woman’s autopsy. Petito’s remains were identified on Sept. 21 shortly after her body was found along the border of Grand Teton National Park. Teton County medical examiners had ruled her death as a homicide but […]

Health-care staff shortages could be on the way as COVID-19 vaccine mandates loom

Oct 12 2021 — — Canada is preparing for the worst as provincial COVID-19 vaccine mandates threaten to plunge the country into a sharp uptick of health and long-term care worker shortages and layoffs. For hospitals and nursing homes, a shortage of workers would strain the already overburdened workforce dealing with nearly two years of the pandemic. The uncertainty sparked […]

Plane carrying 4 people crashes at Westlock Regional Airport north of Edmonton

Oct 10 2021 — — Emergency crews responded to the Westlock Regional Airport late Sunday morning after a plane carrying four people crashed at the airport north of Edmonton. RCMP said officers, EMS and firefighters responded to the airport around 11:10 a.m. after a plane flipped and sustained serious damage. Three of the plane’s occupants were transported by ground ambulance […]