May 10th, 2021

National News

‘Pandemic of hate’: Leaders, experts warn anti-lockdown protests linked to far right

By Stephanie Taylor, The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

OTTAWA – Online conspiracy theories about COVID-19 and protests against public health orders are helping to spread dangerous ideas laden with racism and bigotry, says a network monitoring hate groups in Canada. The executive director of the Canadian Anti-Hate Network said since last year people espousing hateful beliefs have linked themselves to conspiracy and anti-lockdown ... Read More »

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Review of federal prison isolation units ‘not adequate,’ new report says

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

OTTAWA – A study has found shortcomings with the process intended to serve as a check on new units for isolating federal prisoners from the general jail population. In response to criticism of solitary confinement, the government ushered in “structured intervention units” for inmates requiring isolation to allow better access to programming and mental-health care. ... Read More »

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‘We will do everything we can,’ B.C. police say to reassure public amid gang violence

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

BURNABY, B.C. – Top police officials in British Columbia are trying to reassure the public about safety after a gang war left two men dead and an innocent bystander hurt this weekend. Officers say they have charged Ahmed Tahir with a shooting in Burnaby on Saturday that left a 19-year-old man dead and injured the ... Read More »

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Ontario likely to mix 1st and 2nd vaccine doses amid lack of AstraZeneca supply

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

TORONTO – Ontario will likely mix and match COVID-19 vaccine doses in light of uncertain future supply of all the shots approved for use in Canada. Health Minister Christine Elliott says it’s likely that recipients of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may receive a different shot for their second dose. The province is waiting for the results ... Read More »

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Boost in near-term funds, risk should lure more social-finance investors, Hussen says

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

OTTAWA – Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says he expects changes to federal strategy to finance experimental ways to deliver social services should more easily, and quickly, bring in needed private-sector backers for the plan to work. Hussen says the changes respond to the concerns he heard from social-purpose organizations over the last year as ... Read More »

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Public health tweets struggled to reflect local realities at start of pandemic: study

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

A new study that examined thousands of tweets from Canadian public health officials during the first few months of the COVID-19 pandemic suggests many struggled to tailor messaging to local communities. The study published online this month in the journal Health & Place analyzed close to 7,000 tweets from public health agencies and officials at ... Read More »

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Iqaluit elders home evacuated after staff member tests positive for COVID-19

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

IQALUIT, Nunavut – An elders home in Iqaluit was evacuated on the weekend after a staff member tested positive for COVID-19. Four of the home’s six residents were flown to a seniors living residence in Ottawa, while two others were transferred elsewhere in the territory. Chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson says staff at ... Read More »

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Suspected targeted shooting in Burnaby, B.C., might be linked to YVR attack: police

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

BURNABY, B.C. – Homicide investigators expect to release more information about a series of deadly shootings in Metro Vancouver, including the latest where a man was killed Sunday outside the airport. Police say the slaying of a 19-year-old man in Burnaby on Saturday and the death of the 28-year-old man at the Vancouver airport’s departure ... Read More »

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Vaccine rollouts expand, but COVID-19 caseloads still high in some provinces

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

There are signs of hope that Ontario and Quebec are making progress in the fight against COVID-19, even as provinces to the east and west continue to struggle. Ontario’s hospitalizations and active cases continued a slow decline today, as the province announced it is now receiving enough vaccine to allow health-care workers to begin booking ... Read More »

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Canada’s privacy watchdog investigating Pornhub over alleged non-consensual content

By The Canadian Press on May 10th, 2021

OTTAWA – A federal watchdog says he is investigating Pornhub over potential privacy breaches related to non-consensual content posted online. At a parliamentary committee today, privacy commissioner Daniel Therrien says his office is looking into the pornography site and Montreal-based parent company MindGeek, following testimony from women who say Pornhub brushed off their pleas to ... Read More »

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