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Kenney outraged over Trudeau’s Senate appointment as Banff Mayor Karen Sorensen appointed as independent

Jul 29 2021 — — Premier Jason Kenney said Prime Minister Justin Trudeau “showed contempt for democracy in Alberta” by appointing a “hand-picked representative of Alberta” to the Senate in advance of provincial elections. On Thursday, Karen Sorensen resigned as mayor of Banff to represent Alberta in Ottawa after being chosen by Gov. Gen. Mary Simon. Sorensen was first elected […]

Favourable vs. Capable: Party leaders earn more warmth from Canadians than trust when it comes to the job of PM

Jul 29 2021 — — Liberals, New Democrats twice as likely as CPC voters to say they’ll vote by mail if able. The interruption of summer reverie, brought to Canadians by political volunteers acting on behalf of their leaders, is already underway. Robo-texts from party chatbots asking who they’ll support. Phone calls from real people asking households whether they’ll take […]

Winnipeg Catholic priest accuses residential school survivors of lying about abuse for money

Jul 29 2021 — — A Catholic priest has been banned by a Winnipeg archdiocese from speaking publicly after accusing residential school survivors of lying about sexual abuse to get more money from court settlements, of spreading falsehoods about residential schools, and joking about shooting those writing graffiti on churches, among other comments. The statements were made over weeks of […]

Millions meant for residential school survivors spent on Catholic Church lawyers, administration: documents

Jul 29 2021 — — The Roman Catholic Church spent millions of dollars that were supposed to go to residential school survivors on lawyers, administration, a private fundraising company and unapproved loans, according to documents obtained by CBC News. The documents include a host of other revelations. They appear to contradict the Catholic Church’s public claims about money paid to […]

Peter MacKay hired bodyguards for his family during Conservative leadership race, records show

Jul 28 2021 — Stephanie Levitz — Peter MacKay hired “emergency close protection” after threats were made against his wife during his failed bid for the leadership of the federal Conservative party last year. Financial returns released Wednesday show MacKay spent upwards of $5 million on his leadership bid — including $124,000 for security guards — and still owes $800,000. His return […]

Up to $2 million available for Northwestern Ontario farmers

Jul 29 2021 — Alex Binkley — Details to come out soon.   Ottawa—The Ontario government will make up to $2 million in financial aid available for farmers in Northwestern Ontario struggling with a prolonged drought that has gripped the area. Agriculture Minister Lisa Thompson and Northern Development Minister Greg Rickford, the MPP for Kenora-Rainy River, said July 27 the goal of […]

Green party bleeding cash amid legal battles with Annamie Paul

Jul 28 2021 — — The Green party is poised to shell out hundreds of thousands of dollars on legal battles with leader Annamie Paul, worsening an already rough financial situation as a federal election nears. At a meeting of the Greens’ federal council last night, executives of the party said it spent about $100,000 on legal fees in July, […]

Alberta to eliminate COVID-19 quarantine rules as cases rise among the unvaccinated

Jul 28 2021 — — Alberta is lifting much of its remaining COVID-19 restrictions in the coming days as the disease continues to infect unvaccinated Albertans. Chief Medical Officer of Health Dr. Deena Hinshaw, in her first appearance since June 29, said the province will shift its public health response and lift a number of measures related to quarantine, isolation […]

Canada not among countries exempt from quarantine for travel into England

Jul 28 2021 — — The government of the United Kingdom announced today that travellers to England who have been vaccinated against COVID-19 in the European Union or United States will be exempt from mandatory quarantine upon arrival — but fully vaccinated travellers from Canada will still have to undergo quarantine.