January 25th, 2022

National News

NDP calls on government to give emergency one-off payment to desperate seniors

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – New Democrats say the federal government should give the most cash-strapped seniors a one-off emergency payment to help them pay for basics, including food and rent. Rachel Blaney, the NDP’s spokeswoman on seniors, says during the winter some low-income seniors can’t afford their rent, and are on the streets or living in their ... Read More »

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Prime minister calls freezing deaths of four near U.S. border mind-boggling, tragic

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

Canada is doing all it can to stop people from risking their lives by crossing the border illegally, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday. Trudeau was responding to the deaths of a family that tried to walk across the Manitoba-United States border in frigid conditions. “It is so tragic to see a family perish like ... Read More »

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Ukraine embassy calls on Canada to send weapons, expand training and sanction Russia

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – The Ukrainian Embassy in Ottawa is calling on the Trudeau government to provide weapons to Ukraine’s military, impose further sanctions on Russia and extend and expand the Canadian military training mission of its forces. The blunt Ukraine statement was sent to The Canadian Press by its embassy after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced ... Read More »

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Ottawa’s talks with Quebec shipyard to build much-needed icebreakers shrouded in fog

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – Questions are swirling over yet another delay in Ottawa’s nearly $100-billion plan to rebuild the fleets of Canada’s navy and coast guard, only this time the delay isn’t due to the stalled construction of a ship. The federal government announced in December 2019 that Quebec shipyard Chantier Davie was the only company to ... Read More »

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O’Toole’s flaws must be part of Conservative election report: Sen. Batters

By Amy Forliti And Steve Karnowski, The Associated Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – The Conservative senator ousted for spearheading an effort to review Erin O’Toole’s leadership says a forthcoming report of the party’s election loss must confront its most serious flaws – including its leader’s. Saskatchewan Sen. Denise Batters was shown the door to the national Conservative caucus last year, after launching a petition for members ... Read More »

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$28-million class-action settlement in sex abuse case against Clerics of St-Viateur

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

MONTREAL – Lawyers say a $28-million settlement has been reached for more than 375 sexual abuse victims of Quebec-based Catholic religious order the Clerics of St-Viateur. Montreal law firm Arsenault, Dufresne and Wee said Thursday the settlement must be approved by the Quebec Superior Court during a Feb. 17 hearing. The law firm says the ... Read More »

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Omicron may be peaking but COVID-19 isn’t done with us yet: Tam

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – Canada’s chief public health officer says there are positive signs the Omicron wave is peaking in Canada but we shouldn’t start choreographing a COVID-19 victory dance just yet. Dr. Theresa Tam says case rates, the share of tests coming back positive, and wastewater surveillance are all pointing towards the spread of COVID-19 slowing ... Read More »

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Canada contributes $50 million at start of regional summit to discuss Haiti’s future

By Mike Blanchfield, The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – Canada is committing an additional $50 million in humanitarian aid to help embattled, poverty-racked Haiti, International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan said Friday. Sajjan announced the new funding at the start of an online meeting convened by Canada to help the Caribbean nation, which has been roiled by unrest since the summer, when President ... Read More »

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Canada gives $120M loan to help bolster Ukraine against Russia threats

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

OTTAWA – Canada is giving Ukraine a $120-million loan to help bolster its economy and aid as it faces a hostile buildup of Russian forces on its borders. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the loan today, saying he was answering a request from the Ukrainian government for support. Trudeau has yet to say whether Canada ... Read More »

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Coroner to probe second death this month of Montreal homeless person in frigid cold

By The Canadian Press on January 21st, 2022

MONTREAL – A second person experiencing homelessness in Montreal has died this month after spending the night outside in frigid temperatures. Ambulance service spokesperson S├ębastien Coulombe says a 911 call alerted paramedics to a woman in her 60s early Thursday morning in downtown Montreal. Medics found the woman in cardiopulmonary arrest near a metro station ... Read More »

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