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Canada expands Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation agreement
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Canada expands Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) agreement

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada is a founding member of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation APEC As the world continues to address the health and economic challenges of COVID-19, it is more important than ever that Canada works with its international partners to find solutions and sustain economic growth. As a founding member of Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC), Canada needs to Read More…

The immigration challenges facing Canada amid the COVID-19
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The immigration challenges facing Canada amid the COVID-19

Reading Time: 3 minutes Federal Ministers sets immigration road map for provincial counterparts Immigration was a Canadian advantage before the COVID-19 pandemic, immigrants are helping Canadians through the pandemic right now and immigration will be critical to Canada’s economic recovery. The Canadian federal ministers and their provincial counterparts agreed to continue building a strong immigration system Canadians value and Read More…

Ontario Legislature Adjourns, focus remains COVID-19 restart
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Ontario Legislature Adjourns, focus remains COVID-19 restart

Reading Time: 3 minutes Ontario Legislature passed 18 pieces COVID-19 Legislation The Ontario Legislature adjourned after an unprecedented session that saw cross-partisan collaboration in the fight against COVID-19. Since reconvening in February, the legislature passed 18 pieces of legislation, including emergency measures needed to protect public health and prepare for economic recovery. The legislature has now risen until September Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Dr. Theresa Tam – Canada’s COVID-19 Pandemic Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada has flattened the curve of the Pandemic while countries struggle to combat its first wave “There have been 111,697 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,862 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,616,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 42,000 people Read More…

Montreal Chef Jérôme Ferrer to Join Air Canada's Mile High Club
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Montreal Chef Jérôme Ferrer to Join Air Canada’s Mile High Club

Reading Time: 3 minutes Meals Developed by Air Canada’s Celebrated Culinary Panel Return to the Skies Air Canada announced a new partnership with prestigious Montreal-based Chef Jérôme Ferrer, who will design meals for the airline’s Premium Economy and Economy Class customers on all flights departing Canada for Europe and Asia, as well as Australia and South America once these flights resume. Chef Ferrer will join celebrated Canadian Chefs David Read More…

War of the Roads - Quebec and New Brunswick Feuding
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War of the Roads – Quebec and New Brunswick Feuding

Reading Time: < 1 minute Provincial government strongly considering twinning with Quebec regional county municipalities The provincial government is strongly considering twinning with Avignon Regional County Municipality and Témiscouata Regional County Municipality in Quebec to allow residents from these regions to travel to New Brunswick without needing to self-isolate. “There is such a sense of community between the Campbellton region Read More…

Ontario Introduces Measures to Cap Payday Loan Interest Fees
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Ontario Introduces Measures to Cap Payday Loan Interest Fees

Reading Time: 2 minutes Legislation To Help Payday Loan Borrowers in Default and Protect Vulnerable Consumers The Ford government is proposing changes that would provide additional protection for payday loan borrowers by capping interest rates and fees on defaulted loans, ensuring that workers and families who use payday loan services can keep more of their hard-earned money. The changes Read More…

Canada's national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%
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Canada’s national COVID-19 positive rate down to 1%

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada acted fast to contain the COVID-19 pandemic “There have been 109,669 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,839 deaths. 88% of people have now recovered. Labs across Canada have tested over 3,438,000 people for COVID-19 to date. Over the past week, an average of 40,000 people were tested daily, with 1% testing positive. As more Canadians go Read More…

Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies
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Trudeau gives $19B to Premiers to restart their economies

Reading Time: 3 minutes Trudeau government doing everything possible to ensure the provincial economies do not fail Today Prime Ministers Trudeau announced a federal investment of more than $19 billion to help provinces and territories safely restart their economies and make our country more resilient to possible future waves of the virus. “With Canadians doing their part and following Read More…

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Young Canadian Artists Take over Ottawa

Reading Time: 2 minutes Each year the Frankfurt Book Fair by exhibiting highlights top Canadian talent Canadian Heritage salutes the Frankfurt Book Fair by exhibiting two original artworks by three young Canadian artists on two prominent staircases in downtown Ottawa. The art installations represent the theme “Singular Plurality,” Canada’s slogan as Guest of Honour at the Frankfurt Book Fair Read More…

Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce
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Federal Gov. Helps low income Canadians access fresh produce

Reading Time: 3 minutes $1.5 million in funding to support Community Food Centres Canada Maintaining a healthy lifestyle, including healthy eating, plays an important role in the well-being and quality of life of Canadians and helps prevent chronic diseases like diabetes, heart disease and cancer. Unfortunately, there are some Canadians who do not fully enjoy the benefits of continued Read More…

Canada enacts new measures to help international students
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Canada enacts new measures to help international students

Reading Time: 2 minutes International students can now work longer hours with penalty Canada has implemented a number of temporary policy changes intended to support international students, learning institutions and other stakeholders in Canada’s education sector in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic. International students who had a valid study permit, or who were approved for a study permit Read More…

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30th Anniversary of the Oka Crisis

Reading Time: < 1 minute 30th Anniversary of the Oka Crisis. Indigenous Solidarity. The 78-day confrontation that took place throughout the summer of 1990 “Thirty years ago, on this day, an armed standoff began in Kanesatà:ke and resulted in the deployment of the Canadian Armed Forces to Kanesatà:ke and Kahnawà:ke. This conflict was rooted in a centuries old land dispute Read More…

Ontario Taking Bold Action to Address Racism in Schools
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Ontario Taking Bold Action to Address Racism in Schools

Reading Time: 3 minutes Black, Indigenous and racialized students should see a change to curriculum New Changes to Advance Equal Opportunity for Black, Indigenous and Racialized Students Bold new changes to the Ontario education system that will help break down barriers for Black, Indigenous and racialized students and provide all students with an equal opportunity to succeed. As part Read More…

Prime Minister appoints Bob Rae as Ambassador to the United Nations
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Trudeau appoints Bob Rae as Ambassador to the United Nations

Reading Time: 2 minutes Blanchard as he leaves his post as Canada’s Ambassador to the United Nations Today, Prime Minister Trudeau announced the appointment of the Honourable Bob Rae as the Ambassador and Permanent Representative of Canada to the United Nations (UN) in New York. Rae brings a wealth of experience to the role, most recently serving as Canada’s Read More…

65% of Canada's Covid19 Cases have recovered
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65% of Canada’s Covid19 Cases have recovered

Reading Time: 2 minutes 65% of Canada’s Covid19 Cases have recovered. Face masks and social distancing are still in effect In lieu of an in-person update to the media, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement today: “There have been 105,091 cases of COVID-19 in Canada, including 8,663 deaths. 65% of people have now Read More…

Ontario commits $150M for Indigenous and homeless shelters
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Ontario commits $150M for Indigenous and homeless shelters

Reading Time: 2 minutes New Investment Will Be Used to Develop Long-Term, Innovative Housing Solutions The Ontario government is providing municipalities and urban Indigenous community partners with an additional $150 million to continue to protect vulnerable people from COVID-19 by improving homeless shelters and creating opportunities for longer-term housing. This investment more than doubles the funding currently flowing to Read More…

Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada
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Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada. COVID-19 has wiped out a billion off the company’s balance sheet Today Air Canada announced the indefinite suspension of service to 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.  These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are being made as a Read More…

Toronto makes masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces
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Toronto makes masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces

Reading Time: 3 minutes Toronto makes masks mandatory in enclosed public spaces. The new bi-law goes into effect July 7, 20, 12:01 am With an abundant of COVID-19 cases spreading throughout Ontario, today, Toronto City Council voted unanimously in favour of requiring masks or face coverings in all enclosed public places as of July 7 to help stop the Read More…

Toronto City Council ratifies collective agreement with CUPE
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Toronto City Council ratifies collective agreement with CUPE

Reading Time: 2 minutes Toronto City Council ratifies collective agreement with CUPE. Agreement includes A cap on erectile dysfunction drugs Toronto City Council unanimously ratified the four (4) five-year agreements with the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Local 79, the union representing the City’s 24,000 inside workers. This follows the ratification by CUPE Local 79 members on June Read More…

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Quebec fines company $1,500 for having an English website

Reading Time: < 1 minute Quebec fines company $1,500 for having an English website. Quebec’s Language is offensive to Anglophones The Office québécois de la langue française announces that, on January 13, 2020, the company Exeter Construction inc. was found guilty of an offense under section 52 of the Charter of the French language. The company was fined $ 1,500. The company, located Read More…

Chief Coroner for Quebec investigating CHLSD COVID-19 Deaths
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Chief Coroner for Quebec investigating CHLSD COVID-19 Deaths

Reading Time: 2 minutes Chief Coroner for Quebec investigating CHLSD COVID-19 Deaths. Over 31 seniors died at the CHLSD senior’s home The Chief Coroner for Quebec, Pascale Descary, has ordered a large public inquiry into certain deaths that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in CHLSDs, private residences for seniors and other accommodation for vulnerable or loss of autonomy people. This entirely Read More…

Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies
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Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Eases Restrictions on Wedding and Funeral Ceremonies. Covid-19 has temporarily halted celebrations Ontario is easing the restriction on the number of attendees permitted at indoor and outdoor wedding and funeral ceremonies, in recognition of the importance of being with loved ones during the moments that matter most. Based on positive public health trends the Read More…

Toronto becomes the fastest growing city in Canada and U.S
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Toronto becomes the fastest growing city in Canada and U.S

Reading Time: 2 minutes Toronto becomes the fastest growing city in Canada and U.S. Cultural diversity makes Toronto appealing The city of Toronto is the fastest growing city and the Toronto CMA is the fastest growing metropolitan area in all of Canada and U.S. in terms of population growth, according to the latest research  from the Centre for Urban Research and Read More…

Quebec Minister Blais introduces historic caregiver bill
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Quebec Minister Blais introduces historic caregiver bill

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec Minister Blais introduces historic caregiver bill. The province has seen high numbers of seniors death Quebec’s Minister for Seniors and Caregivers, Marguerite Blais, tabled today in the National Assembly a bill to recognize and support caregivers. This historic legislative change for Quebec aims to bring to the fore the issue of caregivers in government actions, regardless Read More…

Federal Government invests $57M into Ontario small businesses
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Federal Government invests $57M into Ontario small businesses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal Government invests $57M into Ontario small businesses. Small businesses going digital with Google Today, the federal and provincial governments announced a $57 million investment to help small businesses across Ontario go digital by building on Toronto’s investments into Digital Main Street and, most recently, ShopHERE powered by Google. This announcement represents an investment of Read More…

Disconnected! Quebec tables Bill 492, aimed at employers
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Disconnected! Quebec tables Bill 492, aimed at employers

Reading Time: 2 minutes Disconnected! Quebec tables Bill 492, aimed at employers. Working at home has blurred the lines of work-life balance At a time when a record number of Quebecers have to work from home, it is time more than ever to regulate the right to disconnect, insists the manager for Québec solidaire in matters working, Alexandre Leduc . The member Read More…

Ontario Takes Steps to Protect Seniors in Care Homes
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Ontario Takes Steps to Protect Seniors in Care Homes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Takes Steps to Protect Seniors in Care Homes. Seniors remain the most vulnerable to catching COVID-19 Province Makes Regulatory Amendments in Response to Pandemic Today, the Ontario government made amendments to the Retirement Homes Act, 2010 regulation, enabling the Retirement Homes Regulatory Authority (RHRA) to better support seniors living in retirement homes during the COVID-19 outbreak.  Read More…

Quebec Ombudsperson investigating COVID-19 death to seniors
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Quebec Ombudsperson investigating COVID-19 death to seniors

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec Ombudsperson investigating COVID-19 death to seniors. Over 31 Deaths At Quebec’s CHSLD Seniors Home Quebec Ombudsperson Marie Rinfret has announced an impartial and independent investigation into the Ministère de la Santé et des Services sociaux and certain public health institutions. With CHSLDs seniors home being hammered by COVID-19, the Québec Ombudsman expressed her concerns Read More…

Quebec launches COVID-19 Confidential workers initiative
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Quebec launches COVID-19 Confidential workers initiative

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec launches COVID-19 Confidential workers initiative. Workers can now anonymously voice their concerns Today Health and Social Services Minister Danielle McCann launched the We Listen to You initiative, which will allow all workers in the health and social services network to express themselves with complete confidentiality. The establishment of the onvousecoute@msss.gouv.qc.ca mailbox will create a new communication channel to share what Read More…

A Sence Of Urgency To Protect Ontario's Children With COVID-19
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A Sence Of Urgency To Protect Ontario’s Children With COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes A Sence Of Urgency To Protect Ontario’s Children With COVID-19. Kawasaki Syndrome In Kids Similar To COVID-19 Recent reports in Canada and internationally indicate that there may be an increase in multisystem inflammatory vasculitis, a rare but serious multisystem inflammatory illness which appears to be similar to Kawasaki Syndrome that impacts children who have been Read More…

Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19
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Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Extends Electricity Rate Relief During COVID-19. Families, Farms and Small Businesses To Benefits Residential, farm and small business customers continue to benefit from temporary relief measure. Ontario is extending the emergency electricity rate relief to families, farms and small businesses until May 31, 2020 during the COVID-19 outbreak. Customers who pay time-of-use electricity rates Read More…

Ontario Increases Daily Testing And COVID-19 Contact Tracing
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Ontario Increases Daily Testing And COVID-19 Contact Tracing

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Increases Daily Testing And COVID-19 Contact Tracing. Ontario Increases Testing To 16,000 Per Day Ontario has significantly increased testing and contact tracing capacity, allowing health experts to identify cases of COVID-19 and support efforts to stop the spread of the virus in the community, long-term care homes, and other congregate settings. In partnership with Read More…

Arcand Sounds The Alarm On Quebec's COVID-19 Mismanagement
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Arcand Sounds The Alarm On Quebec’s COVID-19 Mismanagement

Reading Time: 2 minutes Arcand Sounds The Alarm On Quebec’s COVID-19 Mismanagement. Legault Is Not Meeting WHO Recommendations Pierre Arcand, the Leader of the Official Opposition sounds the alarm about the worrying situation that affects Montreal in the fight for Covid-19. Hospital emergencies are overflowing, the situation in CHSLDs nursing homes is still not under control and community transmission continues. These Read More…

Ontario Unveils COVID-19 Guidelines To Reopen The Province
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Ontario Unveils COVID-19 Guidelines To Reopen The Province

Reading Time: 4 minutes Ontario Unveils COVID-19 Guidelines To Reopen The Province. This Will Be Done In Safely In Three Phases Premier and Ministers Commit to New Phased Approach for a Safe Restart and Recovery The Ontario government released A Framework for Reopening our Province, which outlines the criteria Ontario’s Chief Medical Officer of Health and health experts will use to Read More…

Quebec Grants $ 4M To Medicom Produce N95 And Surgical Masks
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Quebec Grants $4M To Medicom To Produce N95 Surgical Masks

Reading Time: 2 minutes Quebec Grants $ 4M To Medicom To Produce N95 And Surgical Masks. Medicom Will Expand Its Factory Creating 33 New Jobs Today, Québec Premier François Legault along with members of his cabinet announced a $4 million loan to the Medicom company, through Investissement Québec, to accelerate the establishment of a factory in Montréal which has Read More…

Ontario Investing $20 Million To Advance COVID-19 Research
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Ontario Investing $20 Million To Advance COVID-19 Research

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ontario Investing $20 Million To Advance COVID-19 Research. Province Calls For Innovations To COVID-19 The Ontario government is investing $20 million to advance medical research and develop tools and resources to combat COVID-19 and other infectious diseases through the Ontario COVID-19 Rapid Research Fund. The government is calling on all of the province’s world-class research institutions, Read More…

Free Ipads, Free High-Speed Internet For Ontario Students
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Free Ipads, Free High-Speed Internet For Ontario Students

Reading Time: 2 minutes Free Ipads, Free High-Speed Internet For Ontario Students. Rogers Also Offering Highspeed For $9.99 A Month Ontario Establishes Key Partnerships to Make Home Learning More Accessible iPad with Free Rogers Wireless Data Will Support Learning at Home The Ontario government has partnered with Rogers Communications and Apple to help meet the educational needs of students Read More…

161 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Toronto, 269 Probable
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161 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Toronto, 269 Probable

Reading Time: 2 minutes 161 New Confirmed Cases Of COVID-19 In Toronto, 269 Probable, 208 Are In Hospital With 85 In ICU. The City of Toronto’s COVID-19 Enforcement Team – a partnership between Toronto Police Service and the City – continues to carry out enforcement blitzes in parks across the city, enforcing closures and physical distancing to protect the Read More…

Much Needed Tax Relief For Northern Ontarians, Totaling $15M
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Much Needed Tax Relief For Northern Ontarians, Totaling $15M

Reading Time: 3 minutes Much Needed Tax Relief For Northern Ontarians, Totaling $15M In Wake Of The Deadly COVID-19 Pandemic. During the COVID-19 outbreak, the Ontario government is deferring $15 million in property taxes for people and businesses in parts of Northern Ontario located outside of municipal boundaries. This tax deferral builds on the $10 billion in cash flow Read More…

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Bell Media’s $3M Investment Into Quebec Station

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bell Media acquires Quecbec’s V Interaction Today, the CRTC authorized Bell Canada’s application to acquire V Interactions and imposed conditions of licence to guarantee adequate levels of investments in local programming and original French-language Canadian programming. V Interactions is the licensee of a French-language television network named “V” and of five French-language local television stations Read More…

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2 Convicted Felons Being Held In Supermax Penitentiary Test Positive For Coronavirus

Reading Time: 2 minutes Public health has confirmed that two inmates have tested positive for COVID-19 at Port-Cartier Institution in Quebec, a maximum-security facility. These are the first confirmed cases related to inmates in a federal correctional institution. Prior to the two inmates being diagnosed, nine employees who work at the same institution also tested positive for COVID-19. All Read More…

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Buy Canadian Policy In Force

Reading Time: 2 minutes The COVID-19 outbreak continues to evolve rapidly which is why the Trudeau government is mobilizing Canadian businesses and manufacturers to help fight the spread of the virus and protect the health and safety of all Canadians. Prime Minister Trudeau announced Canada’s Plan to Mobilize various industries to fight COVID-19, which will create pathways to deploy Read More…

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No In, No Out; Canada/US Border Shut Down

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S.-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $2.4 billion dollars in daily trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with Read More…

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Canada Expedite Covid-19 Tests In Wake Of Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Early diagnosis and isolation of patients infected with COVID-19 are essential to slowing the spread of the novel coronavirus across Canada. Since the symptoms of COVID-19 are similar to those of a cold or flu, diagnostic testing is important for clinical care and public health management. “COVID-19 is a rapidly evolving global health crisis, and Read More…

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Provincial Parks Closed, Camping Season In Jeopardy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parks Canada announced under the advice of public health experts, they are taking all steps necessary to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily Read More…

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Emergency Covid-19 Loans For Canadians Abroad

Reading Time: < 1 minute François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, as announced by the Prime Minister today. In light of the multiple measures implemented by governments throughout the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Canadian Government is advising all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until Read More…

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Trudeau Government Steadfast Handling Covid-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutes On March 13th, 2020 the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada in view of the worldwide pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation globally, and to self- isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada. Today the Federal Government has imposed stricter guidelines for travelling in and out Read More…

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Director of Military Prosecutions Withdraws All Charges Against Chief Military Judge

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Director of Military Prosecutions announced that he has withdrawn all charges filed against the Chief Military Judge, Colonel Mario Dutil. Colonel Mario Dutil was originally charged under the National Defence Act by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service on January 25, 2018 with one count each of an act of a fraudulent nature, willfully making a Read More…

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Warm Welcome For Bosnian Chairman To Canada

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau met with Željko Komšić, Chairman of the Presidency of Bosnia and Herzegovina.  Prime Minister Trudeau and Chairman Komšić spoke about the positive bilateral relationship between Canada and Bosnia and Herzegovina, including a long history of friendship and significant people-to-people ties. The Prime Minister and the Chairman discussed their shared interest in sustaining Read More…

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Canadians Return Home From Infected Grand Princess Cruise Ship

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Government of Canada repatriated Canadians who were trapped aboard the Grand Princess cruise ship back onto Canadian soil. Before boarding, passengers were screened for symptoms. Anyone exhibiting symptoms of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19) was not permitted to board. At 6:15am ET Monday, 228 passengers arrived on the plane at Canadian Forces Base (CFB) Trenton.  Upon landing, the returning passengers were Read More…

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Government Of Canada Evacuating Canadians On Board Grand Princess Cruise Ship

Reading Time: < 1 minute François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, Patty Hajdu, Minister of Health, and Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, announced that the Government of Canada has secured a plane to repatriate Canadians on board the Grand Princess off the west coast of the United States, following an outbreak of COVID-19 on the cruise ship. This decision was made following a Read More…

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Prime Minister Trudeau Celebrates International Woman’s Day

Reading Time: 2 minutes On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the accomplishments and leadership of women in Canada and around the world, and recommit ourselves to moving forward to a future in which everyone has an equal chance to succeed. We all have women in our lives who inspire us every day. This year’s theme, Because Of You, honours those who Read More…

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Trudeau Government To Reduce Wireless Cost By 25%

Reading Time: < 1 minute More than ever, Canadians are relying on wireless services for their everyday needs, making access to high quality and affordable wireless services absolutely essential. The Trudeau government is offering Canadian consumers more affordable options by helping to reduce the cost of mid-range wireless services by 25 percent and further increasing competition. To help Canadians get Read More…

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Government If Canada Investment $500,000 Into Indigenous Forestry Ventures

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s forest sector continues to be an important source of employment across the country, including in rural, remote and Indigenous communities in Ontario. That is why Canada is investing in projects to equip Indigenous communities with the tools to build greener businesses and promote economic stability in the forest sector. Paul Lefebvre, Parliamentary Secretary to Read More…

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Trudeau Sets Date To Meet With National Indigenous Leaders And First Ministers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council on March 12, 2020. They will discuss how the Federal Government can work together to advance the priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. “Canadians have been clear about the importance Read More…

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Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 To Take Part In U.S. Marine Corps Trials

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Members of Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 are set to take part in the 10th annual U.S. Marine Corps Trials being held February 28 to March 12, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California. The Marine Corps Trials is an adaptive sports competition for Read More…

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Over 1 million Canadians Have Been Lifted Out Of Poverty Under Trudeau Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes Leading up to the 2015 federal election, the leader of the Liberal Party Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to grow the middle class and improve the standard of living for many Canadians living in poverty. Once elected, Prime Minister Trudeau implemented a Poverty Reduction Strategy and set measurable targets that are aligned with the Read More…

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Canada Locks Up Key CARICOM Allies In Bid For UN Security Council Seat

Reading Time: < 1 minute Bridgetown, Barbados – Global Affairs Canada François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs concluded a successful series of meetings with leaders of the Caribbean Community (CARICOM) in Bridgetown, Barbados on behalf of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. Over the past two days, Minister Champagne and CARICOM leaders discussed solutions to the impacts of climate change and ways Read More…

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Oath Of Canadian Citizenship Will Recognize Rights Of First Nations, Inuit And Métis Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. The bill responds to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by inserting text that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The proposed amendment to the Read More…

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Canadian Flag Celebrated Its 55th Birthday

Reading Time: < 1 minute In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the ongoing issue of the lack of an official Canadian flag, sparking a serious debate about a flag change to replace the Union Flag. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. Wikipedia February 15, Read More…

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Hon. Mitzie Hunter On The Verge Of Political History

Reading Time: 2 minutes As the world celebrates Black History Month, there is one woman who hopes to make history as Canada’s first black woman to lead a provincial party and to bring that party into power by defeating Premier Doug Ford. Meet Mitzie Hunter, a 48-year-old Jamaican born, fearless woman who wants to lead Ontario’s Liberal Party.  “ Read More…

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Government Of Canada Launches School Bus Seatbelt Pilot Program

Reading Time: < 1 minute Each day, Canadian children travel to and from school every day on 51,670 school buses. In July 2018, Transport Canada published new requirements to support the voluntary installation of three-point seatbelts on school buses. Today, the Minister of Transport, the Honourable Marc Garneau, announced that the Government of Canada is launching a pilot project introducing Read More…

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Prime Minister Concludes A Super Productive Visit To Senegal

Reading Time: 3 minutes Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today concluded a successful visit to Senegal. The visit focused on deepening the two countries’ already strong ties through trade and investment and advancing shared priorities like democracy and governance, gender equality, and fighting climate change. Both Canada and Senegal will benefit from a stronger relationship. Senegal’s young and growing population, Read More…

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Trudeau Wraps Meeting With African Leaders Then Heads To Kuwait To Meet Troops

Reading Time: 2 minutes Trudeau called for cooperation among international partners and governments to create economic opportunity and prosperity that is broadly shared ADDIS ABABA, Ethiopia, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau convened a meeting for African heads of state, foreign ministers and representatives of the United Nations and other multilateral bodies on Monday to discuss ways to secure peace Read More…

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Meets With President of Ethiopia Zewde Sahle-Work

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Justin Trudeau today met with the President of Ethiopia, Zewde Sahle-Work. Prime Minister Trudeau and President Sahle-Work discussed opportunities to deepen trade and investment linkages, creating jobs and opportunities for people in Canada and Ethiopia. The Prime Minister expressed Canada’s interest in entering into negotiations on a Foreign Investment Protection Agreement with Ethiopia. Read More…

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Trudeau Announces Bi-Partisan National Security And Intelligence Committee

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadians count on our security and intelligence community to respond to evolving threats in a way that protects their safety and security and upholds their rights and freedoms. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians – a multi-party committee first established in 2017 that Read More…

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House Of Commons Finance Committee No Women Members For NDP, Bloc And Conservatives

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa- The House of Commons is getting down to work with the establishment of various standing committees. The first to be called back to work is the important Finance Committee which met on Wednesday. This committee is mandated to conduct a wide-ranging consultation on the priorities of Canadians for the yearly Canadian government’s budget due Read More…

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MP Pat Finnigan Takes Leadership Role To Address Meth Crisis.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Liberal Member of Parliament Pat Finnigan is raising eyebrows in Ottawa by increasing awareness about the terrible toll meth use is having in Miramichi. Recently a Community Advisory Committee has been formed and held their second meeting looking at how to address this growing problem. This is one of the most serious issues facing Read More…

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Canada Summer Jobs 2020: Employer Application Season Kicks Off

Reading Time: < 1 minute Investing in young people is key to ensuring Canada’s prosperity. Getting a good quality summer job is a great way to help young Canadians gain valuable skills and workplace experience toward starting a meaningful career – all while helping build our workforce. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Read More…

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Canadian & UK Invests £2 Million In New Technology For Farmers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Farmers are confronting a significant test to sustain a worldwide populace of around 9 billion by 2050. They are being asked to produce more crops however in a manner that is environmentally efficient that will not diminish or contaminate soil conditions. Both the UK and Canada perceive the monetary significance of farming and have been Read More…

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Indigenous Innovators Building The Foundation For Affordable Homes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parksville, Traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation Territory, British  The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated 24 Indigenous innovators on moving forward in developing their ideas under the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative. The 24 innovators come from all regions of Canada and their ideas cover a range of new ways to respond to Indigenous social Read More…

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2020, Marks The 75 Anniversary Of The Liberation Of Nazi Concentration Camps

Reading Time: < 1 minute On January 27, 2020, Her Excellency the Right Honourable Julie Payette, Governor General of Canada, will travel to Poland and then to Jerusalem to attend the Fifth World Holocaust Forum, “Remembering the Holocaust: Fighting Antisemitism”.  In Poland, she will take part in the commemoration of the 75th anniversary of the liberation of Auschwitz-Birkenau, which was Read More…

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Canadian Government Increases Research Funds For Indigenous Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa —The federal Liberal government has just announced additional funding to help strengthen Indigenous research and training. It has long been known by Researchers that too many researchers build careers without providing benefits to the people used in their studies. This new fund will allow Indigenous peoples to set their own research priorities, guiding how Read More…

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USMCA Reps. Were Not Prepared For The Formidable Negotiating Skills Of Minister Freeland

Reading Time: < 1 minute (WASHINGTON) — In a vote of 89-10, the US Senate overwhelmingly approved the North American trade agreement (USMCA) that replaces NAFTA governing trade with Canada, Mexico and the United States. The impetus for a North American free-trade zone began with U.S. President Ronald Reagan, who made the idea part of his 1980 presidential campaign. After Read More…

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New Federal Safety Requirements In Place Or Fresh Fruits Or Vegetables

Reading Time: < 1 minute Beginning today, new necessities of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into power for most organizations in the fresh fruits, natural products or vegetables (FFV) that import, export take part in the interprovincial exchange. The SFCR makes Canada’s nourishment framework considerably more secure by focussing on anticipation and taking into consideration quicker expulsion Read More…

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The Democratic Republic Of Congo Gets Visit From High Profile Cabinet Minister Gould

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Honourable Karina Gould, Minister of International Development, will embark on a four day diplomatic trip to the Democratic Republic Congo (DRC).   Canada has always remained a strong presence in the African region and has committed over $200 million specifically to improving education, health, agriculture and fighting climate change to the DRC. “Canada has long-standing Read More…

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Canada And Sudan Elevate Diplomatic Relations To Ambassador Level

Reading Time: < 1 minute Over the past sixty years, Canada has maintained diplomatic relations with the Republic of Sudan but never at the Ambassador level until now.  Sudan’s Prime Minister Abdallah Hamdok and Rob Oliphant Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Foreign Affairs made the formal announcement to elevate both countries’ diplomatic status. The significance of having Ambassadors in Read More…

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Canadian Government Establishes International Coordination And Response Group For families Of Victims Of Flight 752

Reading Time: < 1 minute After meeting with the families of Fight 752 to give his condolences and additional support to the grieving families, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government established the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight 752, led by Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The participants are all countries whose citizens who were Read More…

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17 Years Of Boiled Water Advisory On Lac Seul First Nation Lifted By Liberal Government

Reading Time: < 1 minute Lac Seul First Nation (ON) lifted a long-term drinking water advisory from the Kejick Bay public water system on January 7, 2020. The advisory had been in effect since February 2003. Under previous Conservative governments, the basic human rights of the First Nations people were tragically ignored. They were being treated as third-class citizens within Read More…

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Canada Set To Blast Off Two New Astronauts Into Outer Space

Reading Time: < 1 minute Longueuil, Quebec, – Today, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) welcomes two new astronauts into an elite group of Canadians. Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons accepted their certification at a packed ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. This was the first time a Canadian Jeremy Hansen, supervised the NASA graduating class of 2020. Canada has been Read More…

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Iranian Government Denies Shooting Down Plane Carrying Its Own Citizens

Reading Time: < 1 minute Iranian officials have refuted the claims by US President Trump and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau that Ukranian Flight 752 was shot down by the Iranian military. Flight 752 was shot down on Wednesday just minutes after take-off by surface to air missiles based on evidence gathered by Canadian and American intelligence agencies. Several videos Read More…

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63 Canadians Killed In Ukrainian Plane Crash In Iran

Reading Time: < 1 minute A Ukrainian official just stated that 63 Canadians are among those killed in a plane crash near the Iranian capital of Tehran. Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko says Iranian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals were also aboard the plane. The passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off Read More…

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Fake Immigration Consultant Charged With Fraud After Swindling Refugees

Reading Time: < 1 minute A man was summoned to appear in the Montréal courthouse today after being charged on December 5, 2019, with acting as an immigration consultant without being authorized and encouraging individuals to misrepresent material facts on the immigration applications they submitted to Canadian officials. François Teasdale is facing two charges under the Immigration and Refugee Protection Act (IRPA). Read More…

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The Top Reasons Why American Weed Is Better Than Canadian Weed

Reading Time: 4 minutes Markian Hawryluk: MarkianH@kff.org, @MarkianHawryluk DENVER — In a large warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients, sprays them with filtered water and pumps extra carbon dioxide into the air. LivWell releases three types of insects to clear the plants of unwanted pests without the use of toxic pesticides. Every part of the Read More…

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Minister MacAulay Honours Veterans; Commissions National Monument For Canadians Who Served In Afghanistan

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of having a special place to honour the more than 40,000 Canadians in uniform—as well as the hundreds of civilians and government officials—who served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. Canada owes deep gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadians who lost their lives or were injured—physically and psychologically—in Canada’s mission in Read More…

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Trudeau Government Commits $3Billion To Help Canadian Chicken Farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping farmers and other businesses in the province’s broiler chicken egg and hatcheries sector enhance traceability of its products. With cost-share funding of up to $141,450 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission (OBHECC) will upgrade its systems that track Read More…

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Quebec Premier To Teach Unbiased Politics To Youths

Reading Time: 2 minutes QUEBEC, The 70th legislature of the Quebec Youth Parliament (PJQ) welcomes a hundred young parliamentarians and journalists to the National Assembly. Coming from all over Quebec, the participants, aged 18 to 25, will experience the Quebec parliamentary system by debating social issues in a non-partisan way. During this legislature of the Quebec Youth Parliament, four bills Read More…

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Two Canadian Federal Prison On Lockdown

Reading Time: < 1 minute On December 22, 2019, at about 9:50 p.m., a lockdown was put in place at Matsqui institution, a medium-security federal institution located in Abbotsford, British Columbia and few days prior at the medium-security unit at Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ontario. A number of unauthorized items and contraband were found during the high-risk search including Read More…

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Trudeau Liberals On Target To Meet Climate Change Goals

Reading Time: 2 minutes From forest fires and floods to heat waves and coastal erosion, Canadians are living the impacts of a warming climate every day. Fighting climate change presents an enormous opportunity – to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and also to position Canada for economic success as demand for clean technology accelerates around the world. Read More…

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Defense Minister Sajjan Suprise Visits Troops In Europe And The Middle East

Reading Time: 2 minutes December 20, 2019 – Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Canada is dedicated to strengthening its multilateral efforts to make the world more just, safe, prosperous, and sustainable. Those who wear the Canadian Armed Forces (CAF) uniform support this commitment by working tirelessly to defend Canada and promote Canadian values and interests at Read More…

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First Nations Control Of First Nations Education Becoming A Reality By The Federal Government:

Reading Time: 2 minutes Fighting The Aboriginal Industry Winnipeg- Full authority & control for First Nations education is being transferred to the Stoney Nakoda First Nation in Alberta in line with UNDRIP protocols by the federal government. A non-Indigenous school though is unhappy with new funding arrangements & is pushing back against the loss of power & funding due Read More…

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New Measures In Place To Block Annoying Telemarketers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Canadians will soon have access to a call blocking system that better protects themselves against unsolicited and illegitimate calls. The CRTC required telecommunications service providers to implement this system within their networks by December 19, 2019. With the implementation of this system, calls with caller identification (caller ID) information that either exceeds 15 digits or Read More…

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Government Announces Climate Action Incentive Payment Amounts For 2020

Reading Time: 2 minutes December 16, 2019 – Minister of Finance Bill Morneau announced the 2020 Climate Action Incentive payment amounts for residents of provinces that have not adopted the federal system or otherwise met the federal stringency requirements for pricing carbon pollution: Ontario, Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta. Individuals will be able to claim these amounts through their 2019 Read More…

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Quebec Minister Of The Environment Given Ultimatum On Climate Change

Reading Time: 2 minutes MADRID , Dec. 14 2019 / CNW Telbec / – As COP25 ended yesterday, the person responsible for Québec solidaire in matters of the environment and the fight against climate change, Ruba Ghazal , urges the Minister of the Environment, Benoît Charette , to set up four concrete measures to decarbonize the Québec economy by 2050. “In the fight against climate change, the Paris Agreement Read More…

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Inmate Serving 8 Year Sentence For Armed Robbery, Dies In Custody

Reading Time: < 1 minute On December 8, 2019, Robert Ryan, an inmate from Beaver Creek Institution, died while in our custody. At the time of his death, Mr. Ryan, 29 years-old, had been serving a sentence of 8 years and 1 month for Robbery, Break and Enter, Unauthorized Possession/Fire Arm, Possess Property Obtained by Crime and Assault with a Read More…