March 8th, 2021

National News

Inuit group’s board says no to proposed expansion of Nunavut iron ore mine

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

IQALUIT, Nunavut – An organization that represents Inuit in Nunavut’s Baffin Island region says it will not back a proposed expansion of an iron ore mine near Pond Inlet. The Qikiqtani Inuit Association’s board of directors voted late Friday not to support the proposal. Baffinland Iron Mines wants to double production at its Mary River ... Read More »

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Alberta Appeal Court orders 3rd trial for parents in toddler’s death

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

CALGARY – Alberta’s top court has ordered a third trial for a couple originally convicted then found not guilty in the death of their ill toddler. The Alberta Court of Appeal granted Monday a request by the Crown to overturn the 2019 acquittal of David and Collet Stephan. David Stephan responded to the decision in ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: Alberta Appeal Court orders 3rd trial for parents in toddler’s death

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

CALGARY – Alberta’s top court has ordered a third trial for a couple originally convicted then found not guilty in the death of their ill son. The Alberta Court of Appeal has granted a request by the Crown to overturn the 2019 acquittal of David and Collet Stephan. The Stephans were accused of not seeking ... Read More »

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Commons committee expands probe to include allegations against current defence chief

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Members of the House of Commons defence committee have agreed to invite several senior Liberal government officials to testify as part an expanded probe into allegations of misconduct against the military’s top brass. The committee members will also ask Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan back to clarify what opposition members say are contradictions between ... Read More »

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Pfizer first expected vaccine wouldn’t be approved in Canada until February

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – The president of Pfizer Canada says when the company signed a purchase agreement last August it didn’t expect its vaccine to get approved here until February. Cole Pinnow also told the House of Commons health committee today that changes to the dosing schedule and conflicting advice could make more people vaccine hesitant. On ... Read More »

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Restrictions easing in some provinces as U.S. issues advice to those fully vaccinated

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

Restrictions meant to stem the spread of COVID-19 are easing in parts of Ontario and Quebec, as well as all of New Brunswick. Ontario is lifting stay-at-home orders today in Toronto, Peel Region and North Bay – the last three regions subject to the government’s strictest measures. Residents in five regions of Quebec, including the ... Read More »

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Rolling back progress for women should not be COVID-19’s legacy: Trudeau

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the legacy of the COVID-19 pandemic should not be rolling back progress Canadian women made before the crisis. Speaking at a virtual Daughters of the Vote event organized by Equal Voice, Trudeau says the pandemic has been especially hard for women, who are leaving the workforce at a ... Read More »

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Low-wage women hit hardest by COVID-19, report says

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – A new report says low-income women are facing the steepest climb out of the economic hole opened by COVID-19 that will need to be addressed by any federal efforts to aid in a recovery. Employment among women remains about 5.3 per cent below where it sat in February 2020 just before the first ... Read More »

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MPs vote to issue summons for Kielburger brothers to testify at ethics committee

By The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Members of the House of Commons ethics committee have unanimously voted to summon WE Charity co-founders Craig and Marc Kielburger to testify. Last week, they declined requests to do so, a fact that MPs from all parties expressed concerns about on Monday. A summons from a Commons committee has legal force, and the ... Read More »

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Virtual voting for House of Commons moves into next phase with debut of mobile app

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on March 8th, 2021

OTTAWA – Members of Parliament are set to start voting on bills and motions using their mobile devices. The debut of a mobile voting app is the latest adaptation of the parliamentary process during the COVID-19 pandemic. It comes nearly a year since Parliament shut its doors as part of the national lockdown to slow ... Read More »

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