National Newswatch

Ford Fumbles: Ontarians most likely to blame their provincial government for “preventable” third wave

Apr 23 2021 — — Nearly twice as many Canadians say third wave was preventable as say it was inevitable. It was Ontario’s lost weekend. Within a span of 48 hours, after public health officials implored the Ford government to implement changes aimed at protecting and prioritizing front-line workers as new COVID-19 infections ravaged the province, it instead closed playgrounds […]

Trudeau to receive 1st dose of AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday

Apr 23 2021 — — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau will receive their first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine on Friday, according to the prime minister’s office. The prime minister’s itinerary for Friday says the couple will receive their shots at 12:45 p.m. in Ottawa. Trudeau, 49, told reporters Tuesday that his office was […]

B.C. officials to announce travel restrictions today to limit COVID-19 spread

Apr 23 2021 — — British Columbia’s solicitor general is to announce provincial travel restrictions today to help limit the spread of COVID-19. Mike Farnworth is expected to give details of what the government views as essential travel while B.C. considers using roadblocks to discourage people from leaving their health authority region. He has described the checkpoints as a type […]

Canada to ban flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days

Apr 22 2021 — David Cochrane — The federal government will ban passenger flights from India and Pakistan for 30 days in response to rising COVID case counts in India and mutations of the coronavirus. At a press conference in Ottawa this evening, Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said the ban on direct flights from those countries will take effect tonight at 11:30 […]

Journal de Montréal accused of fuelling prejudice against Indian community with front page

Apr 22 2021 — — The front page of the province’s most popular daily newspaper reverberated throughout the National Assembly Thursday, as politicians from all parties denounced it, saying it stigmatizes Quebec’s Indian community. The premier also weighed in, though his comments were not as forceful as those made by opposition party members and one of his own ministers. Thursday’s […]

Ford apologizes after public backlash to enhanced police powers, playground closures

Apr 22 2021 — — Ontario Premier Doug Ford apologized to Ontarians Thursday morning, days after his government faced intense backlash for introducing a number of additional COVID-19 restrictions that were not recommended by health experts and then nixed earlier this week. Ford, who is currently isolating at his late mother’s home in Etobicoke after a staff member tested positive […]

Doug Ford’s popularity plummets as pandemic takes its toll

Apr 22 2021 — Eric Grenier — If Ontario Premier Doug Ford is defeated in next year’s provincial election, he might look back at this past week as the beginning of the end for his government — the moment when his pandemic-fuelled popularity came to a sudden halt. As the province’s third wave hit record highs in daily COVID-19 case counts and […]