Canada election saw 62% voter turnout amid COVID-19 challenges

Sixty-two per cent of eligible voters cast ballots in last week’s federal election – about average turnout for recent Canadian elections despite the challenges of the COVID-19 pandemic. Elections Canada … Read More

Poll workers say COVID-19 safety measures missing during federal election

A polling station officer was scared of contracting COVID-19 on Monday because Elections Canada didn’t require workers to be fully vaccinated or allow them to request proof of a medical … Read More

Bloc leader calls on Justin Trudeau to hold summit on health transfers with premiers

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 22, 2021 2:29 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet … Read More

As Canada went to polls, here are 5 non-election stories you may have missed

Canadians went to the polls Sept. 20 to choose their next government in the 44th federal election. Polls in many provinces have closed and preliminary results are trickling in. Read … Read More

B.C. man in COVID-19 isolation frustrated he won’t be able to vote in federal election

What’s more important: The fundamental right to vote, or the quarantine rules amid a global pandemic that’s so far killed more than 4.5 million people? It’s a question that one … Read More

Canada election: How parties vow to prevent the next pandemic

Canada wasn’t ready for the COVID-19 pandemic. That’s the conclusion of experts, health-care workers and even the Auditor General. And during the 2021 federal election, parties have pledged to make … Read More

Pandemic elections: What other countries have voted during COVID-19?

For the first time in Canada’s political history, federal elections are being held during a global pandemic. When Justin Trudeau called the snap vote last month there was a chorus … Read More

Shoal First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

Shoal Lake First Nation lifts 24-year boil water advisory, but there’s more to do: experts

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has ended its boil water advisory, signifying the beginning of a new era for one Indigenous community after nearly 25 years of limited access to … Read More

Tory candidate says she ‘misspoke’ in opposing vaccine passports

Conservative candidate Rosemarie Falk says she misspoke when she told an interviewer that her party does not support vaccine passports for entry into or departure from Canada. She made the … Read More

Tory candidate says she ‘misspoke’ in opposing vaccine passports — twice

Conservative candidate Rosemarie Falk says she misspoke when she told an interviewer that her party does not support vaccine passports for entry into or departure from Canada — despite making … Read More

Trudeau defends 400-person indoor rally, says it followed COVID-19 protocols

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted September 15, 2021 11:52 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is … Read More

‘Getting dangerous’: Calls grow for federal action amid Canada’s nurse shortage

Two decades into a career she once loved, Toronto emergency room nurse Nancy Halupa says she is almost ready to throw in the towel. “I don’t think I can do … Read More

Trudeau defends retort to heckler who targeted wife: ‘He went after my family’

WARNING: This story contains language that may be offensive to some readers. Discretion is advised. Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is standing behind comments he made to a protestor who directed … Read More

Trudeau to protesters: ‘Isn’t there a hospital you should be going to bother right now?’

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau on Monday appeared to taunt angry protesters who attempted to drown out a planned interview in British Columbia, by asking them if there was “a hospital … Read More

September a ‘critical time’ for Canada’s COVID-19 fight, experts say

September is a pivotal month for Canada’s fight against the COVID-19 pandemic, according to public health and infectious disease experts. Students across the country are returning to school, fully vaccinated … Read More

Trudeau stands by conditional health transfers, says he wants results

By Mia Rabson The Canadian Press Posted September 10, 2021 2:21 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau … Read More

‘No. Absolutely not’: Trudeau says he doesn’t regret calling election during 4th wave

After weeks of being hammered by opposition leaders for plunging the country into a federal election during the fourth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is standing … Read More

O’Toole promises to increase health transfers — but bulk of money won’t come for years

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says that his approach to improving Canadian health care rests upon increasing health transfers to the provinces  — though the bulk of the promised money won’t … Read More

Toronto health workers voice COVID-19 concerns during Trudeau’s election stop

Health-care workers shared concerns over staff shortages and burnout with the federal Liberal leader during a Sunday campaign stop at a Toronto hospital that was surrounded by anti-vaccine protests earlier … Read More

Abortion is already legal in Canada. Here’s what Liberals are actually proposing

Each new federal election cycle in Canada seems to bring with it the perennial question of what parties say they would do to protect or improve abortion access, and the … Read More

Trudeau expected to release Liberal election platform on Wednesday: sources

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau is expected to release the party’s election platform at a campaign event on Wednesday morning, according to campaign sources. Trudeau is scheduled to make an announcement … Read More

Liberals pledge $4.5B for mental health; will create transfer for provinces, territories

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted August 31, 2021 11:23 am Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Justin Trudeau says a re-elected … Read More

Liberals pledge billions for Indigenous mental health, housing in new plan

The Liberals promised Monday to pour billions of dollars into housing and mental health for Indigenous communities if re-elected, a move they said would help address long-standing gaps in supports … Read More

Balance the budget or spend, spend, spend? Canadians divided amid pandemic election

There appears to be no clear consensus among Canadians on whether the most responsible path out of the social and economic shocks of the COVID-19 pandemic is to keep on … Read More

COMMENTARY: Hey voters, do not fear the Saskatchewan MRI

Saskatchewan was thrust into the national spotlight this week as Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau threatened to reduce funding to the Prairie province over its private MRI policy. What’s the … Read More

Hey voters: Do not fear the Saskatchewan MRI

Saskatchewan was thrust into the national spotlight this week as Liberal Party Leader Justin Trudeau threatened to reduce funding to the Prairie province over its private MRI policy. What’s the … Read More

Conservatives request probe into freeze on COVID-19 briefings during election

The federal Conservatives are asking for an investigation into whether there was “political interference” behind the decision by the Public Health Agency of Canada to freeze all COVID-19 briefings during the … Read More

Federal COVID-19 briefings stopped during election, sources say. Experts concerned

The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) hasn’t held a single COVID-19 briefing since the announcement of the federal election on Aug. 15 and doesn’t plan to provide any more … Read More

Politicizing COVID-19 vaccine mandates could backfire, experts warn

Standing in front of a crowd of reporters on Friday, Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau once again shared his position on a vaccine mandate — and slammed the Conservatives for theirs. … Read More

O’Toole to allow safe injection sites, fund opioid recovery centres

By Staff The Canadian Press Posted August 22, 2021 2:04 pm Smaller font Descrease article font size –A Larger font Increase article font size A+ Federal Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole … Read More

What is ‘conscientious objection’? Here’s why major parties are talking about it

As the campaign for the 2021 federal election continues, one controversial topic looks to be coming right to the forefront — whether health-care professionals are obligated to provide care for … Read More

Trudeau doubles down on mandatory COVID-19 vaccines for domestic travel

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policies for some sectors and public spaces are quickly emerging as one of the key proposals being put to Canadian voters during the first week of the … Read More

Here’s where the major party leaders stand on mandatory COVID-19 vaccination

Recent surges of cases of the COVID-19 Delta variant are prompting political leaders and health-care experts around the world to search for ways to limit the spread of the virus. … Read More

Notice offering options for federal workers who refuse vaccines was ‘erroneous’: Trudeau

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, who is campaigning for re-election, says a notice posted online advising of “alternative” options for federal workers who refuse the COVID-19 vaccine was taken down because … Read More

Mandatory COVID-19 vaccines a hot-button issue as election race kicks off

Not even 24 hours had passed on the federal election trail before it became obvious what the first wedge issue of the race would be: mandatory vaccinations. Liberal Leader Justin … Read More

Liberals in process of verifying COVID-19 vaccines for election candidates: official

The federal Liberals now say the party is in the process of verifying whether their candidates for a hotly anticipated election are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The update comes after … Read More

Liberals, Conservatives won’t say if election candidates have COVID-19 vaccine

Canada’s Liberal and Conservative parties won’t say if they’ve mandated COVID-19 vaccination among their candidates — or even whether they’re asking them about their vaccination status — as rumours swirl … Read More

Trudeau suggests mandatory COVID-19 vaccines under review for some workers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he has asked the country’s top bureaucrat to look into mandating COVID-19 vaccination for workers in the federal public service and potentially federally regulated workplaces, … Read More

As COVID-19 variants surge, most Canadians worry about a potential 4th wave

Cases of COVID-19 are surging among the unvaccinated and as Canadians prepare to head to the polls in an anticipated fall election, new polling suggests most people are worried about … Read More

COVID-19 disinformation likely to target Canadian voters in next election, agency warns

The federal cybersecurity agency is warning Canadians are likely to run into some effort by foreign actors to influence or interfere with their right to vote in a possible looming … Read More

Canadians could vote over 3 days if next election held amid coronavirus pandemic

The federal Liberals are proposing to temporarily spread voting over three days if there’s a federal election during the coronavirus pandemic. A bill tabled in the House of Commons on … Read More

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