January 15th, 2021

National News

Racism towards Cowichan Tribes in COVID-19 fight is denounced by federal minister

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

VICTORIA – Federal Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller is denouncing racist comments being directed towards a British Columbia Indigenous community that’s fighting a COVID-19 outbreak. Miller says recent comments posted online urging businesses in the Duncan area not to serve Indigenous customers are “disgusting” and “unacceptable.” He says Canadians do not support such behaviour and ... Read More »

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Alberta surgeon who hung a noose in a hospital found guilty of unprofessional conduct

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

GRANDE PRAIRIE, Alta. – A surgeon in northwestern Alberta has been found guilty of unprofessional conduct for hanging a rope in the shape of a noose on an operating room door. The College of Physicians and Surgeons of Alberta says that Dr. Wynand Wessels acted with the intention of sending a message that could be ... Read More »

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A chance to win: Nunavut community holds raffle for those getting COVID vaccinations

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

ARVIAT, Nunavut – The Nunavut community hit hardest by COVID-19 is offering cash prizes for people who get vaccinated. Arviat, a community of about 1,800 people on the western shore of Hudson Bay, had 222 of the territory’s 266 COVID-19 cases. The hamlet’s office says anyone who gets a shot can have their name entered ... Read More »

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Husband of Quebec doctor who took her own life shines light on pandemic burnout

By Sidhartha Banerjee, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

MONTREAL – The husband of a Quebec emergency room doctor who took her own life this month wants to shine a light on the mental health toll endured by those on the front lines of the COVID-19 crisis. Dr. Karine Dion killed herself earlier this month and her husband David Daigle says he has no ... Read More »

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Ontario expedites COVID-19 vaccinations in long-term care as military lends support

By Paola Loriggio, The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

Canada’s largest province plans to administer the first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine in all nursing and high-risk retirement homes by the middle of next month as it works to boost its immunization capacity. The Ontario government says it is stepping up immunizations in long-term care homes now that it has protocols in place to ... Read More »

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Closing arguments delayed by illness of man who stabbed high school students

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – Final arguments in a hearing for a man who stabbed two high school students in Abbotsford, B.C., have been postponed because the man is ill. Gabriel Klein was convicted of second-degree murder and aggravated assault in March for the 2016 attack that killed 13-year-old Letisha Reimer and injured her friend. The ... Read More »

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Parole board refuses release of Allan Legere, dubbed the ‘Monster of the Miramichi’

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

The Parole Board of Canada has refused both the day parole and full parole of serial killer Allan Legere. The convicted murderer, rapist and arsonist, who will turn 73 in February, escaped from custody on May 3, 1989 after being convicted of murder. He carried out four more brutal murders, several arsons and a sexual ... Read More »

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Bloc takes aim at new transport minister, pointing finger at ‘Islamic movement’ ties

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

OTTAWA – The Bloc Québécois is seeking to sow doubt about Canada’s new transport minister Omar Alghabra over his association with what it calls “the political Islamic movement.” Leader Yves-François Blanchet says in a release that “questions arise” due to the minister’s former role as head of the Canadian Arab Federation. But the Bloc leader ... Read More »

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Seven residents at Montreal care home get COVID despite receiving first vaccine dose

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

MONTREAL – Seven residents of a Montreal long-term care centre who received a first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine have contracted COVID-19. Management at the Maimonides Geriatric Centre informed patients in a notice sent Tuesday, noting that residents were infected within the first 28 days of receiving their first of two vaccine doses. Quebec has ... Read More »

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Vaccine panel considers ways to maximize COVID-19 protection as supply trickles in

By The Canadian Press on January 13th, 2021

Canada’s panel of vaccine experts is considering how to maximize COVID-19 protection with the current supply of vaccines as Ontario strives to administer the first dose in all of its nursing homes by the middle of next month. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization says briefly delaying the second dose of a vaccine could allow ... Read More »

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