• G20 A ‘Missed Opportunity’ For Progress On COVID, Climate Change

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined leaders from the world’s 20 richest nations on Sunday in a promise to work together to keep trade flowing, fight climate change and provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries.The promises are contained in a final communique issued by G20 leaders at the end of two days of largely closed-door virtual discussions ostensibly focused on co-ordinating an international response to the pandemic.Despite the pledges, however, experts say the summi
  • Alberta Health Is Trolling Critics On Twitter And Blocking Debate

    The Alberta government is engaged in an aggressive social media campaign to defend its controversial health-care reforms and suppress dissent via its army of press secretaries and issues managers. Their conduct raises concerns regarding the appropriate use of social media by the government.Tweets by politicians and their staff are often politically motivated or present information with a partisan spin. The public presumably knows to filter information from these accounts accordingly. Even then,
  • Almost Half Of Canadian LGBTQ Athletes Face Harassment After Coming Out

    TORONTO — Chris Voth’s sexuality cost him a job with a professional volleyball team overseas four years ago. The Winnipeg native, who has never named the team nor country, was told outright that the club wasn’t interested in having a gay player. The 30-year-old came out publicly seven years ago because he hoped to be a role model for young LGBTQ athletes, and given the chance to go back and change that, he wouldn’t. But Voth was disheartened to learn that t
  • Ontario Hasn’t Inspected 98% Of Care Homes For PPE, Infection Protocol

    TORONTO — The Ford government proactively inspected 11 — or less than two per cent — of the province’s 651 long-term care homes from March 1 until October 15 this year, the province’s commission said in a report Friday. The government’s 2018 decision to cut proactive inspections meant issues with infection prevention and personal protective equipment (PPE) weren’t identified ahead of the COVID-19 pandemic, the commission said.  Under the p
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  • 1 in 3 Kids Who Test Positive For COVID-19 Have No Symptoms

    It has been a blessing, during the COVID-19 pandemic, to see that children have mostly been spared the most serious outcomes. While there has been a relatively small number of deaths and hospitalizations among children in Canada, many ― known as “silent carriers” ―  experience no symptoms at all.Watch the video above to learn more about children and COVID-19 symptoms.  A recent observational study by Canadian researchers, on children in Alberta under t
  • Canada Posts Surprisingly Strong Job Growth In November, Just Not For Women

    The number of jobs nationwide grew by 62,000 in November, Statistics Canada reported Friday, triple the number experts had expected and giving hope that the second wave of COVID-19 restrictions will do less damage to the economy than the first one.Canada’s jobless rate dropped to 8.5 per cent in November, with almost all job growth concentrated in full-time work, StatCan said. That’s down from a peak of 13.7 per cent in May.Watch: These jobs will be in big demand in the post-pandemic
  • Shawn Mendes On Why Breaking Toxic Masculinity Stereotypes Is So Important

    Shawn Mendes isn’t going to apologize for crying.In his new Netflix documentary, “Shawn Mendes: In Wonder,” the pop star shows his vulnerable side as he completes a new album (“Wonder,” out today) during a pandemic, battles health issues while on a world tour, and performs at an iconic venue in his hometown. Incidentally, he also reveals his toned physique while taking a shower.And while many male pop stars — and many males in general — still feel pressu
  • Whoever You’re Shopping For This Holiday, adidas Has You Covered

    Shopping for the whole family during the holidays can be overwhelming. Everyone’s a little bit different, after all, with their own interests and tastes. What might be the perfect gift for your sports-loving partner will not be the right fit for you fashion-forward children, and vice versa. adidas might actually have you covered on all fronts, though, with the iconic, three-striped imprint offering a wide line of clothing items tailor-made for all the fitness lovers and pop culture stans i
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  • COVID-19 Vaccine Approval Could Be Days Away, Officials Say

    Senior Health Canada officials said Thursday they could be just days away from approving a COVID-19 vaccine as many provinces reported increasing hospitalizations and Quebec cancelled plans to allow gatherings over the Christmas holidays.Chief medical adviser Dr. Supriya Sharma said final documents from the American drugmaker Pfizer are expected Friday. They are to include which production lots of the vaccine will be shipped to Canada and when. Sharma wouldn’t put an exact date on app
  • Prairie Provinces Become Epicentre Of Canada's COVID-19 Crisis

    EDMONTON — The three Prairie provinces have become the epicentre of COVID-19′s second wave in Canada — surpassing Ontario and Quebec, the two most populous provinces that were initially the hardest hit.Some infectious disease experts say the exponential growth in cases on the Prairies can be linked to pandemic fatigue and a reluctance by politicians to impose stricter health measures in the fall.“Ten infections in Manitoba means something completely different than 10 infe
  • Quebec Backtracks, Says COVID Risk Too High To Allow Christmas Gatherings

    MONTREAL — The Quebec government backtracked Thursday on its plan to allow holiday gatherings over four days at Christmas, saying the COVID-19 situation in the province was unlikely to improve enough for them to be safe.Premier Francois Legault announced that in the province’s red zones, which cover the most densely populated areas of the province, multi-household gatherings of up to 10 people will no longer be allowed between Dec. 24 and Dec. 27.“New cases leads to more hospit
  • Liberals Table UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Promising To Put Colonialism ‘Behind Us’

    OTTAWA — The Liberal government introduced long-awaited legislation Thursday to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, which Justice Minister David Lametti described as a significant step forward on the path to reconciliation.“It has the potential to be transformational,” Lametti told a news conference after tabling Bill C-15 in the House of Commons.“We’re at a starting line putting 150 plus years, longer than that, of colonial
  • Princess Diana’s Brother Just Bought A Home In Canada

    You can add Princess Diana’s brother to the list of rich and famous people who own property in Muskoka, Ontario’s prestigious cottage country.Earl Charles Spencer just bought an $8 million cottage on Arthurlie Bay, on Lake Rosseau. But he also made the unusual choice of also purchasing a large, untouched property on a different Muskoka lake. Spencer and his Canadian wife Karen now own most of the waterfront on the small Silver Lake, and the forest behind it, the National Post reporte
  • Prince George’s Favourite Food Is Spaghetti Carbonara — Even If The Queen Doesn't Like It

    Prince George reportedly loves pasta. Tiny princes, they’re just like us!More specifically, his favourite meal is spaghetti carbonara, according to celebrity chef Aldo Zilli.Zilli knows Prince William through Centrepoint, a charity that works with homeless youth. He told the Daily Mail he’s learned quite a bit about William’s three children George, 7, Charlotte, 5, and Louis, 2.“Apparently his little boy’s favourite is spaghetti carbonara, so I’m waiting
  • Vancouver Choir Turns ‘All I Want For Christmas Is You’ Into Pandemic Anthem

    Christmas 2020 is set to be a holiday like no other, so it makes sense that we need Christmas music suited for this unique year.Thankfully, a Vancouver choir has delivered just that.The Virtual Pop Choir in Vancouver has produced a very 2020 version of Mariah Carey’s beloved Christmas classic “All I Want For Christmas Is You” and it perfectly captures the year’s mood. From replacing the song’s titular lyrics with “I will social distance from you” to
  • An Ontario Grandmother Shares What It's Like Being A Kinship Caregiver Of Two

    “You have a grandson and he needs a home.”Earlier this year, Rhonda*, 56, found herself responsible for a newborn overnight, after answering a phone call from Children’s Aid Society (CAS). Her estranged daughter had given birth to a boy, they told her, but wasn’t able to take the baby home. Unless Rhonda stepped in, her youngest grandson would likely go into foster care. Rhonda and her husband made the decision to bring him home quickly — after a
  • Carly Rae Jepsen’s New Video Is An Ode To Christmas Gone Wrong

    Carly Rae Jepsen is here to make you glad you’re not seeing your whole family for the holidays this year.The Canadian pop star just released a video for her newest song, “It’s Not Christmas Till Somebody Cries.” The video is a satisfyingly wacky and often literal accompaniment to the song, about the kind of familial strife that often breaks out at the Christmas dinner table.We’ve all experienced the kind of Christmas conflict the song describes: fights about po
  • Manitoba Premier Says ‘This Year, You Don’t Need To Like Me’ Amid Sliding Approval Rating

    Canada’s least-liked premier has an emotional plea for Manitobans as lockdowns continue amidst the COVID-19 pandemic’s surge: “This year, you don’t need to like me.”In an emotional speech Thursday, Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister called on residents to listen to public health guidance and follow the rules, even if they “don’t care for” him personally.“If you don’t care for me I understand, I totally do,” Pallister said. &ldq
  • Canada's Economy Already Suffering Effects Of Climate Change: Report

    A federally funded research group says the costs of climate change are already taking a chunk out of the growth of Canada’s economy.In a report released today, the Institute for Climate Choices adds those costs are only the start of what’s coming.And the report finds Canada is well behind other jurisdictions in Europe and the United States in preparing for them.Watch: 2020 is on track to be one of the three hottest years on record. Story continues below. It says costs from healt
  • Erin O’Toole Sidesteps Questions On Tory MP Derek Sloan Sponsoring Petition Questioning Safety Of COVID-19 Vaccines

    Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole wouldn’t say Thursday if he has a problem with MP Derek Sloan’s sponsoring of an electronic petition that falsely casts doubt on the safety of COVID-19 vaccines at a time when the Tory leader is pushing to see vaccinations in Canada.At a press conference in Ottawa, O’Toole faced several questions about Sloan’s involvement with an e-petition that calls COVID-19 vaccine developments “rushed,” and claims that “bypassin
  • Is It Safe To Have A Small Party For Christmas? Experts Weigh In

    “Coronavirus fatigue” is real. According to a new poll from IPSOS, half of Canadians says they’re tired of COVID-19 restrictions. Many families sacrificed their traditional Thanksgiving celebrations in October, but some still chose to gather, with just a few loved ones. We are seeing the consequences now in case spikes across the country. According to a HuffPost Canada story published just before American Thanksgiving, Canada had over 185,000 COVID-19 cases on Oc
  • Cosy Sweaters For Women And Men To Keep You Warm Through The Canadian Winter

    We’re headed into an unprecedented winter, and Canadians can go one of two ways: embrace the cold and stock up on winter gear, or stay inside and find new ways to keep ourselves entertained as we ride out the COVID-19 pandemic.Whether you’re the outdoors type, or you prefer snuggling up on the couch with a tea and a good book, you’re going to want to be wearing a comfy sweater to get you through the holidays.So, in the spirit of trying to keep everyone as comfortable as possibl
  • Cross-Country Workers Targeted By Abuse, Threats During Pandemic

    ST. JOHN’S, N.L. — As Geoff Neville waited this week in a Montreal airport to begin his second day of travel from Nunavut to St. John’s, N.L., he said he tries to empathize with the angry people online who say he shouldn’t be allowed to go back home.“They’re looking for someone to blame. And they think the rise in cases is the rotational workers, so, let’s blame those guys,” he said. “I don’t think they’re bad people, it’s j
  • Canada’s Big-City Housing Markets Shatter Records In November, Defying COVID-19’s Second Wave

    A spike in COVID-19 cases, new restrictions on activities in many parts of the country, and even the collapse of oil prices all combined doesn’t seem seem to be enough to stop the juggernaut that is Canada’s housing market.Real estate boards in the country’s largest metro areas reported sharp sales increases in November even as sellers pulled back in many markets, reducing listings. The result was a rapid spike in selling prices.Sales in Greater Toronto jumped more than 24 per
  • Trudeau Says He Sees No Path For Basic Income Right Now

    OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shared his thoughts about a universal basic income during a virtual town hall Wednesday, saying it’s an idea worth discussing but one the government isn’t itching to move ahead on.The NDP have advocated the idea of basic income in the House of Commons during the pandemic, calling it a tool that could help eliminate poverty by ensuring Canadians have enough money to meet the basic necessities of life in food, clothing, and shelter. &nb
  • Military Prepped To Distribute Vaccine As Soon As 1st Doses Ready

    OTTAWA — The Canadian Armed Forces received formal orders last week to start planning for the distribution of COVID-19 vaccines, though the military’s top commander says preparations have been underway for longer — and that his force will be ready.The order is contained in a planning directive issued last week by chief of the defence staff Gen. Jonathan Vance. It lays out in detail for the first time how the military expects to help with vaccine distribution.It notes the possib
  • Canada Resumes Deportations Despite Pushback From Refugee Advocates

    MONTREAL — Refugee advocates are criticizing Canada’s decision to resume deportations before the country irons out the details of a program to grant permanent residency to asylum-seekers who have been working in the health-care system during the COVID-19 pandemic.Frantz Andre, who advocates on behalf of asylum seekers, says the decision has heightened the feelings of insecurity among the essential workers dubbed “guardian angels” by Quebec Premier Francois Legault.The Can
  • Half Of People In Territories Report Being Assaulted Since Turning 15: StatCan

    The director of a Yukon women’s advocacy group says she’s not surprised by a new survey that shows more than 60 per cent of the territory’s residents reported being physically or sexually assaulted at least once after their mid-teens.Statistics Canada says more than half of women and men living in Canada’s three northern territories reported being victims of at least one sexual or physical assault after the age of 15.Reports of sexual and physical assault were highest amo
  • William Shatner Drags Alberta For Not Adopting Federal COVID Alert App

    Captain Kirk has some words about Alberta’s COVID-19 pandemic response. In a tweet Wednesday, Canadian actor and longtime “Star Trek” star William Shatner called attention to the province’s unwillingness to adopt the federal COVID Alert app.Now you just need to get Alberta on board I’ve heard that certain people have an issue with the app because they have their own app.🙄 I guess if you block off🚧 Alberta there app may work but people do travel.
  • You Can Soon Buy A Candle With A Scent Like Drake's 'Musk'

    You know that feeling, when you’re decorating your home, and you can just tell something’s missing?If for you that something is the smell of Drake, then you’re in luck.The details are scarce, but at some point in the near future, the Toronto rapper is dropping a candle line. And among the five scents he’s teased so far, one smells like him.Drake first teased the idea over the summer, when he posted an Instagram story featuring four candles in royal blue glass candleholder