January 24th, 2021

National News

Health Canada approves Spartan Bioscience’s previously recalled rapid COVID-19 test

By Victoria Ahearn and Nicole Thompson, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

TORONTO – The federal government has approved an Ottawa company’s made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test, Health Canada confirmed Saturday as the nation’s top doctor warned the virus’s impact on the health-care system showed no signs of abating. The test developed by Spartan Bioscience is performed by a doctor and provides on-site results within an hour, a ... Read More »

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Spartan Bioscience says Health Canada has approved its rapid COVID-19 test

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

TORONTO – An Ottawa company says it’s received approval from Health Canada for its made-in-Canada rapid COVID-19 test. Spartan Bioscience says it’s now authorized to sell the diagnostic test, which is touted as providing on-site results within an hour. The company originally unveiled a rapid test for COVID-19 last spring but had to voluntarily recall ... Read More »

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Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole defends decision to back, then oust, Sloan

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

OTTAWA – Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he was once willing to give his former leadership rival Derek Sloan the benefit of the doubt, but no longer. And he dismissed the idea that kicking Sloan out of caucus this week has pitted him against one of the party’s most powerful wings, social conservatives, whose support ... Read More »

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Non-essential travel ban would violate Constitution but courts might allow it: expert

By Jacob Serebrin, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

MONTREAL – Fear that Quebecers will catch a new variant of COVID-19 on vacation is what’s driving demands by the Quebec premier for Ottawa to ban non-essential flights to the country. Premier Francois Legault repeated once again this week that his government believes it was vacationing Quebecers during spring break in 2020 who brought the ... Read More »

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Senator urges study of vexing barriers to using secret information in court cases

By Jim Bronskill, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

OTTAWA – A Senate committee should examine the hurdles that make it difficult to use secret intelligence in Canada’s courts, says the government representative in the upper chamber. Sen. Marc Gold says “a fresh look” at the vexing issue would help highlight possible solutions that could make terrorism and espionage cases unfold more smoothly. “This ... Read More »

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Diplomats contact Canadian held for over 2 years in China

By The Associated Press on January 23rd, 2021

BEIJING – Canadian officials have met online with former diplomat Michael Kovrig, who has been held in China for more than two years in a case related to an executive of Chinese telecoms giant Huawei. Canada’s Foreign Ministry said officials led by Ambassador Dominic Barton were given “on-site virtual consular access” to Kovrig on Thursday. ... Read More »

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A look at COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada on Jan. 23, 2021

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

The latest numbers on COVID-19 vaccinations in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. In Canada, the provinces are reporting 37,742 new vaccinations administered for a total of 776,606 doses given. The provinces have administered doses at a rate of 2,049.131 per 100,000. There were zero new vaccines delivered to the ... Read More »

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The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. ET on Saturday, Jan. 23, 2021. There are 737,407 confirmed cases in Canada. _ Canada: 737,407 confirmed cases (65,750 active, 652,829 resolved, 18,828 deaths).*The total case count includes 13 confirmed cases among repatriated travellers. There were 5,957 new cases Friday from 101,130 ... Read More »

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COVID-19 deaths in long-term care reveal need for home supports: advocates

By Laura Dhillon Kane, The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

VANCOUVER – The devastating toll of COVID-19 on long-term care residents in Canada has underscored the need for increased public funding for home care, advocates say. Most seniors want to stay at home for as long as possible, and their families want to support them to do so, but the cost and limited availability of ... Read More »

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Prairie ticket holder wins Friday night’s $60 million Lotto Max jackpot

By The Canadian Press on January 23rd, 2021

TORONTO – A ticket holder from the Prairies won Friday night’s whopping $60 million Lotto Max jackpot. The draw also offered six Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each, and one of them was claimed by a lottery player in Quebec. The jackpot for the next Lotto Max draw on Jan. 26 will be approximately $15 ... Read More »

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