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Bloc Leader Slams Trudeau Over ‘Unacceptable’ Handling of COVID-19 Vaccine Orders

Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is blasting the prime minister’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling Justin Trudeau’s pledge that vaccines will start to arrive in the coming months “unacceptable.”

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Ontario’s COVID-19 Response Hampered by ‘Delays and Confusion in Decision-Making:’ AG

Ontario’s auditor general says the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was slower and more reactive than that of other provinces, hampered by “delays and confusion in… Read more »

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Test of Emergency Public Alert System Expected Today Across Canada, CRTC Says

Most people across Canada can expect an interruption today by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on television, radio and sent to mobile devices as… Read more »

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November 30: See the Last Lunar Eclipse of 2020

Weather permitting, you can experience a penumbral lunar eclipse on November 30, 2020. This is the fourth lunar eclipse of 2020. The best part is, you will be able to see the eclipse irrespective of your location in Canada.

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Quebec Tightens Christmas Gathering Rules as Province Reports Dozens of Deaths

The Quebec government has tightened its rules surrounding Christmas gatherings, specifying on Tuesday that people will only be able to attend two holiday events during a four-day window.

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2021 Grammy Nominations: Justin Bieber Lead Canadians with Four Nominations

Justin Bieber is coming out on top as the leading Canadian nominee at the Grammys. The Stratford, Ont.-raised pop superstar picked up four nominations this year, including… Read more »

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COVID-19 Rapid Tests Deployed to Some Ontario Hospitals, Long-Term Care Homes: Govt

The Ontario government says it has started distributing COVID-19 rapid tests, with the new tools already being used in some hospitals and long-term care homes. Premier Doug… Read more »

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Lack of Canadian Vaccine Production Means Others Could Get Inoculations First: PM

A lack of vaccine-production capabilities in Canada means the United States, Britain, Germany and other countries could have some of their citizens inoculated against COVID-19 before Canadians… Read more »

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Assisted-Death Bill Sends Wrong Message to Indigenous People, Advocates Say

Assisted-dying legislation sends the wrong message to Indigenous communities, advocates said Tuesday as voices opposed to the bill continued to ring out on Parliament Hill. Indigenous elders… Read more »

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Quebec City Set to Kill White-Tailed Deer Relents, Will Move to Relocate Them Instead

A Quebec municipality that had planned to cull about 15 white-tailed deer in the coming days relented late Monday amid pressure on officials to relocate the animals…. Read more »

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Miss Vickie’s Chips Recalled in Alberta, Manitoba and Saskatchewan Due to Possible Glass Pieces

Miss Vickie’s Canada says some of its potato chips that were part of a recall in Eastern Canada earlier this month due to possible glass contamination were… Read more »

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Small Businesses Seek Changes to Ontario Lockdown Rules as Big Box Stores Remain Open

The country’s largest organization of small businesses is calling on the Ontario government to think twice about its lockdown policies that force most small businesses to shut… Read more »

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Ontario Appoints Retired Gen. Rick Hillier to Lead Province’s Vaccine Rollout

Ontario has appointed retired Gen. Rick Hillier to lead the province’s vaccine rollout. Hillier previously served as the chief of defence staff of the Canadian Forces for… Read more »

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Federal Rent Subsidy Program for Businesses Hurt by COVID-19 Opens Today

Businesses struggling to pay the bills because of the COVID-19 pandemic will be able to start applying today for a long-awaited new commercial rent-relief program offered by… Read more »

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Quebec Judge Orders Hudson’s Bay to Pay Rent to Landlords at Multiple Shopping Malls

A Quebec judge has ordered Hudson’s Bay Co. to pay rent at several of its department stores in the province, saying the retailer cannot take the law… Read more »

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N.L., P.E.I. Leave COVID-19 Atlantic Bubble

Prince Edward Island and Newfoundland and Labrador announced Monday they are temporarily pulling out of the Atlantic bubble as COVID-19 cases rise in the region. “After careful… Read more »

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Slain OPP Officer to Have Procession From Toronto to Manitoulin Island

An escort home is planned today for an Ontario Provincial Police officer killed in the line of duty last week. The provincial police union says two OPP… Read more »

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Religious Minorities Say Quebec’s Christmas Gathering Plan Shows a Double Standard

Members of religious minority groups in Quebec are decrying the provincial government’s plan to allow Christmas-time gatherings in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, calling the move… Read more »

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Environment Canada Issues Snowfall Warnings as Storm Hits Ontario, Quebec

The first significant snowfall of the winter is expected to hit much of southern Ontario and Quebec today. Environment Canada has issued snowfall warnings or weather advisories… Read more »

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Canada, Britain Strike New Trade, Beating Brexit, Incorporating Expiring EU Pact

Canada and Britain have struck a new trade deal, beating the Dec. 31 Brexit deadline that would have triggered new tariffs on a range of Canadian exports…. Read more »

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Shoe Retailer Caleres to Close 133 Naturalizer Stores in U.S., Canada

More than 130 Naturalizer stores in the United States and Canada will be closed by early 2021 as Caleres Inc. adopts a digital sales strategy for the… Read more »

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Ontario Moving Toronto, Peel Region into Lockdown

Toronto and neighbouring Peel Region will move into lockdown next week as the Ontario government tries to bring soaring COVID-19 infections in the two hot spots under… Read more »

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Trudeau Warns That COVID 19 Crisis Could Determine Canada’s Future

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada’s future hangs in the balance if people don’t reduce their contacts to rein in the spread of COVID-19. Trudeau addressed reporters… Read more »

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Tam Warns of ‘Urgency’ to Lower COVID-19 Infections as Latest Modelling Paint Dire Scenario

Canada’s chief public health officer says there’s “urgency” to bring infections down as officials released dire new forecasts indicating that COVID-19 case counts have far surpassed levels… Read more »