Government of Canada COVID-19 update for Indigenous Peoples and communities, week of June 28

As of June 28, 2021, Canada and partners reported an incredible accomplishment in its vaccination efforts, with more than 44,911,854 COVID-19 vaccine doses being distributed across the country. As of June 29, 2021, in First Nations communities with available information, over 85% of individuals aged 18 and older have received at least one dose of… Continue reading Government of Canada COVID-19 update for Indigenous Peoples and communities, week of June 28

Critics blast Catholic Church for spending after commitment to residential school survivors went unmet

A growing chorus across Canada is demanding the Catholic Church pay the full $25 million it once promised to residential school survivors — saying it’s shameful for the money to remain unpaid while tens of millions are spent on elaborate church buildings.

Government of Canada invests over $620,000 to bring high-speed Internet to 146 more homes in the Carlsbad Springs area, around the communities of Navan, Vars and Blackburn Hamlet

The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted how much we rely on our connections. Now more than ever, Canadians across the country need access to reliable high-speed Internet as many of us are working, learning, and staying in touch with friends and family from home.

Statement by Minister Bennett and Minister Miller on today’s gathering in Lower Post, British Columbia

Today, 46 years to the day after the former residential school closed, the Daylu Dena Council held an important gathering where Survivors shared their experiences at the Lower Post residential school. Those in attendance bore witness to this truth-telling and watched a ceremonial demolition of the school, removing a constant reminder of a very painful… Continue reading Statement by Minister Bennett and Minister Miller on today’s gathering in Lower Post, British Columbia

Britney Spears’s father asks court to probe her allegations about conservatorship

In court filings, Britney Spears’s father, James Spears, emphasized that he’s had no power over his daughter’s personal affairs for nearly two years and asked the court overseeing her conservatorship to investigate her statements last week about the court’s control of her medical treatment and personal life, which she called abusive.

Kim Gaucher, Mandy Bujold blaze trail for future generations of Olympian moms

Within hours on Wednesday, justice was served. Tokyo organizers ruled Olympians like Canadian basketball player Kim Gaucher could bring newborns to the Games, and the Court of Arbitration for Sport ruled that Canadian boxer Mandy Bujold was indeed qualified to box at the Olympics.

Judge rules Ottawa unfairly rejected jobs grant request of Christian university that opposes gay relationships

Redeemer University, a private, Reformed Christian school in Hamilton that’s been criticized for its stand on homosexual relationships, has won a court challenge of the federal government’s refusal to provide the school a summer jobs grant.

Canada Invests in New EV Fast Chargers Across British Columbia

Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver–Sunshine Coast–Sea to Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan Jr., Minister of Natural Resources, announced a $2,350,000 investment to the British Columbia Hydro and Power Authority to install 47 electric vehicle (EV) fast chargers across the province to put British Columbians in the driver’s… Continue reading Canada Invests in New EV Fast Chargers Across British Columbia

Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in flood mitigation to improve community resilience

The Government of Canada and the Province of British Columbia are investing over $24.5 million in 12 projects through the Investing in Canada Infrastructure Program’s new COVID-19 Community Resilience Stream. Canada is contributing over $19.8 million, and B.C. is contributing over $4.7 million. Under the COVID-19 Resilience Stream, the federal cost share for public infrastructure… Continue reading Backgrounder: Canada and British Columbia invest in flood mitigation to improve community resilience

Canada and British Columbia invest in flood mitigation to improve community resilience

Today, Patrick Weiler, Member of Parliament for West Vancouver—Sunshine Coast—Sea-to-Sky Country, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities, and the Honourable Mike Farnworth, British Columbia’s Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, announced funding to increase flood resiliency and improve the safety of residents in 12 communities across B.C.

Former U.S. defence secretary Donald Rumsfeld dead at 88

Donald Rumsfeld, a forceful U.S. defence secretary who was the main architect of the Iraq war until President George W. Bush replaced him as the United States found itself bogged down after 3½ years of fighting, has died at age 88, his family said in a statement on Wednesday.

Minister Ng marks first anniversary of Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement with U.S. and Mexican counterparts 

Today, the Honourable Mary Ng, Minister of Small Business, Export Promotion and International Trade, joined Katherine Tai, United States Trade Representative, and Tatiana Clouthier Carrillo, Mexico’s Secretary of Economy, to mark the first anniversary of the Canada-United States-Mexico Agreement (CUSMA) coming into force.

Parks Canada and Manitoba Metis Federation announce Indigenous Peoples Open Doors Program offering complimentary entry to Manitoba Métis citizens to Riding Mountain National Park 

Parks Canada and Manitoba Metis Federation announce Indigenous Peoples Open Doors Program offering complimentary entry to Manitoba Métis citizens to Riding Mountain National Park

Government of Canada invests in the St. Andrews Lock and Dam 

Today, the Minister of Public Services and Procurement, the Honourable Anita Anand, announced the award of a construction contract worth $40M to M.D. Steele Construction Ltd. a Manitoba-based general contractor, for the rehabilitation of the St. Andrews Lock and Dam (SALD).