Budget puts abortion access on table in future health funding discussions with provinces

The federal government says any future negotiations on increasing health funding to the provinces will be linked to discussions about sexual and reproductive health services – including abortion. This commitment was included in the Liberal government’s new budget, which Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland tabled in the House of Commons on Monday. “The government is committed to working with provinces and […]

Canada names two-time world hockey champion Roberto Luongo as 2021 men’s team general manager

Former star goalie Roberto Luongo was named general manager of Canada’s men’s team at this year’s world hockey championship. In a press release Tuesday, Hockey Canada said Luongo will oversee all hockey operations, including the selection and evaluation of staff and players for the tournament from May 21 to June 6 in Riga, Latvia. Shane Doan and Scott Salmond have […]

British Prime Minister Boris Johnson vows to shut down Super League

English opposition to the Super League escalated on Tuesday when the Premier League threatened to take action against the six rebel clubs and Prime Minister Boris Johnson considered introducing laws to prevent them from forming the new competition European. Divisions within Super League clubs have also developed with Manchester City manager Pep Guardiola arguing that joining a largely closed competition […]

EU regulator supports use of Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine despite discovery of possible link to blood clots

The European medicines regulator has discovered a possible link between Johnson & Johnson’s COVID-19 vaccine and rare blood clotting problems in adults who have received doses in the United States, but has supported its overall benefits against any risk. The European Medicines Agency (EMA) said on Tuesday its safety committee concluded that a warning about unusual blood clots with low […]

OHL ends season after government does not approve return to play

The Ontario Hockey League has canceled its 2020-2021 season due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Tuesday’s decision means the Ontario League will be the only one of Canada’s three major junior hockey leagues not to hold a 2020-2021 campaign. The league says it reached an agreement on a return-to-play plan with the Ontario government earlier this month. However, the OHL says […]

Chadian army says Idriss Deby, president of the country for 30 years, killed in action

Chadian President Idriss Deby died while visiting troops on the front lines of a fight against rebels in the north, the army said on Tuesday, the day after Deby was declared the winner in a presidential election. Deby’s son, Mahamat Kaka, has been appointed interim president by a transition board of military officers, spokesman Azem Bermendao Agouna said in a […]