Alexa McDonough was ‘a public servant in the truest sense of the word’, says Nova Scotia premier

Nova Scotia Premier Tim Houston said the hallmark of Alexa McDonough’s political career was the respect she had for the people she represented. “She was a public servant in the truest sense of the word and will be greatly missed by people across Canada,” Houston said in a statement Saturday. McDonough, 77, died Saturday in a Halifax care home after […]

Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly to visit Ukraine as she faces threat of Russian invasion

Canada’s Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly will make a high-stakes visit to Ukraine next week as the country faces an increased threat of invasion by Russian forces. Joly’s office said the six-day trip was intended to “reaffirm Canada’s unwavering support for Ukraine’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” Joly plans to meet Ukrainian Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal and Deputy Prime Minister Olga […]

RCMP contract police headed for federal review

The federal government promises to review the RCMP’s contract policing obligations as critics question the role of the national police in communities. In his mandate letter, new Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino was asked to “conduct an evaluation of contract policing in consultation with provinces, territories, municipalities, Indigenous partners and stakeholders.” The promise of a review comes after years of […]

Antivirals could be a game-changer in the event of a pandemic – and they could soon arrive in Canada

As a pandemic-weary country faces another wave of COVID-19 cases with a strained healthcare system, Health Canada is exploring new products that may offer some relief: antivirals. Two such drugs are making their way through the maze of Health Canada’s approval process: Pfizer’s Paxlovid and Merck’s molnupiravir. These antiviral treatments, which are prescribed by a doctor and given in pill […]

Canada joins Mexico’s official complaint that the United States violates the new trade pact on the supply of auto parts

Canada today joins Mexico’s formal complaint requesting a dispute settlement panel over allegations that the United States is violating the Canada-United States-Mexico Trade Agreement on Trade, the new NAFTA, by insisting on a stricter way of interpreting a key provision concerning auto parts. Motor vehicles are the primary commercial product manufactured between the three countries. Canada argues that the United […]

Ottawa cancels vaccine mandate for truckers at the last minute

The federal government is withdrawing from its vaccine mandate for Canadian truckers three days before it goes into effect. Ottawa announced in mid-November that truck drivers crossing Canada should be fully vaccinated by this Saturday. But on Wednesday evening, spokeswoman for the Canada Border Services Agency, Rebecca Purdy, told The Canadian Press that Canadian heavy riggers will not have to […]