Canada eyeing multi-stage approach to reopening the border to travellers

Canadian officials envision a multi-phase reopening of the border that would begin with fully vaccinated travellers being allowed to enter starting this summer. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau alluded to some details of the plan Monday. Talks with the U.S. have ramped up as criticism of Canada’s restrictions escalates.

New Alzheimer’s drug approved in U.S. despite concerns about effectiveness

U.S. government health officials on Monday approved the first new drug for Alzheimer’s disease in nearly 20 years, disregarding warnings from independent advisers that the much-debated treatment hasn’t been shown to help slow the brain-destroying disease.

Damning report finds ‘persistent and unyielding’ anti-Black racism in Ontario’s public service

The head of the public service in Ontario has apologized to employees for systemic anti-Black racism with the organization, following a damning external review that found discrimination and harassment within it are “persistent and unyielding.”

‘Full-go mode’ for 2021 CEBL season, says commissioner Mike Morreale

After one false start, Canadian Elite Basketball League commissioner Mike Morreale says it’s “full-go mode” for the 2021 season. As pandemic restrictions begin to loosen across the country, the CEBL has been given the green light from the four provinces in which it plays to move forward.

Parliamentary Secretary Ehsassi to talk about Budget 2021 with Yukon Chamber of Commerce

Ali Ehsassi, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry (Innovation and Industry), will deliver a speech to the Yukon Chamber of Commerce, followed by a virtual Q&A session on investments announced in Budget 2021: A Recovery Plan for Jobs, Growth, and Resilience.

Department of Finance launches consultations on investment tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage

Today, the Department of Finance is launching consultations with stakeholders on the recent federal budget’s proposal to introduce a new investment tax credit for capital invested in carbon capture, utilization, and storage (CCUS) projects. Canadian innovators and engineers have developed some of the leading global technologies for CCUS, which are in demand as more countries… Continue reading Department of Finance launches consultations on investment tax credit for carbon capture, utilization, and storage

Canadian women fall to Japan, have lost 6 straight sets in Volleyball Nations League

An up-and-down debut performance by Canada’s women in Volleyball Nations League continued with a second straight defeat Monday as Japan recorded its fifth sweep in eight matches, prevailing 25-16, 25-15, 25-15 in preliminary round play in Rimini, Italy.

Media Advisory – Etobicoke, Ontario

Members of the media are invited to attend an important infrastructure announcement in Toronto with The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; Yvan Baker, Member of Parliament for Etobicoke Centre; The Honourable Kinga Surma, Ontario’s Associate Minister of Transportation and Member of Provincial Parliament for Etobicoke Centre, on behalf of The Honourable Laurie… Continue reading Media Advisory – Etobicoke, Ontario

Statement from the Public Health Agency of Canada Announcing the New Chair and Vice-Chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization

On June 9, 2021, the four-year term of the current NACI Chair, Dr. Caroline Quach-Thanh, will be completed. The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) gratefully recognizes Dr. Quach-Thanh for her outstanding contribution over the past 12 years as a member, Vice-Chair and Chair of the advisory committee, including her leadership during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Deputy Prime Minister’s Remarks on the new Canada Recovery Hiring Program and extension of business support measures

Today, I am providing further detail about the Canada Recovery Hiring Program. This will be key to helping small and medium-sized businesses across Canada bounce back from the uncertainty and turmoil of the past 15 months.

Carbon dioxide levels hit 50% higher than pre-industrial time

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration said the average carbon dioxide level for May was 419.13 parts per million. That’s 1.82 parts per million higher than May 2020 and 50 per cent higher than the stable pre-industrial levels of 280 parts per million, said NOAA climate scientist Pieter Tans.

Projects selected under the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge to help promote vaccine confidence

The Government of Canada announces the selection of 20 finalists under the Vaccine Community Innovation Challenge to launch projects to increase people’s confidence in COVID-19 vaccines and reinforce public health measures in their communities.

Government of Canada launches two initiatives in support of the 50 – 30 Challenge

Today, the Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Innovation, Science and Industry, launched two initiatives that will help Canadian businesses and organizations that have signed on to the 50 – 30 Challenge quickly and effectively adopt diversity and inclusion best practices and policies in support of their 50 – 30 Challenge commitments.

Canada and FCM invest in asset management in a community in Yukon

With funding from MAMP, the Village of Carmacks will conduct a detailed inspection and assessment of assets and a review of current and historical maintenance practices and competencies. These will be used to develop an updated asset management plan that incorporates the more detailed condition assessment insights to build on the existing Asset Management Plan.… Continue reading Canada and FCM invest in asset management in a community in Yukon

$34.7 million to bring high-speed Internet access to nearly 5,400 households in the Montérégie region by September 2022

Thanks to a total investment of $34.7 million, made as part of Canada–Quebec Operation High Speed, 5,380 households in the Montérégie region will have access to Cogeco high-speed Internet services by September 2022.

Canada and FCM invest in asset management in Alberta communities

This is why the Government of Canada is investing $985,500 in 21 new projects in Alberta communities through the Municipal Asset Management Program (MAMP), delivered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) on behalf of the federal government. The program helps municipalities strengthen local infrastructure planning and decision-making by increasing local asset management capacity through… Continue reading Canada and FCM invest in asset management in Alberta communities

Media Advisory – Kingston, Ontario

Members of the media are invited to attend an important virtual infrastructure event with Mark Gerretsen, Member of Parliament for Kingston and the Islands, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Communities and Infrastructure; Stephen Crawford, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville, on behalf… Continue reading Media Advisory – Kingston, Ontario

Canada and Ontario partner with the YMCA of Central East Ontario to invest over $22.4 Million in the YMCA Centre for Life in Belleville 

Today, Neil Ellis, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Agriculture and Agri-Food, and Member of Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Todd Smith, Ontario’s Minister of Children, Community and Social Services and Member of Provincial Parliament for Bay of Quinte, on… Continue reading Canada and Ontario partner with the YMCA of Central East Ontario to invest over $22.4 Million in the YMCA Centre for Life in Belleville 

Quebec’s residential school system started later than most in Canada — and also has history of abuse

The effects of the residential school system are downplayed in Quebec’s provincial school curriculum, but testimony and documentation brought forward at recent federal and provincial inquiries shows their devastating impact on Indigenous people in Quebec.

Government of Canada to make an important announcement

Ottawa, Ontario – The Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, the Honourable Bernadette Jordan, along with the Honourable Jonathan Wilkinson, Minister of Environment and Climate Change Canada, and Parliamentary Secretary Terry Beech will make an important announcement regarding the protection and restoration of Pacific wild salmon populations.

Brayden Bushby, convicted in trailer-hitch death of Indigenous woman, sentenced to 8 years in prison

A man convicted of manslaughter in the 2017 death of an Indigenous woman after she was struck by a trailer hitch from a moving vehicle was given an eight-year prison term Monday in Thunder Bay, Ont., with the judge telling Brayden Bushby: “You targeted a vulnerable woman.”

Canada and Ontario invest over $26 million to support regional community centres in partnership with Parry Sound and Huron East

Today, the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Federal Minister of Infrastructure and Communities; the Honourable Laurie Scott, Ontario’s Minister of Infrastructure; His Worship Jamie McGarvey, Mayor of the Town of Parry Sound; and His Worship Bernie MacLellan, Mayor of the Municipality of Huron East, announced joint funding to improve access to regional recreational facilities that will promote… Continue reading Canada and Ontario invest over $26 million to support regional community centres in partnership with Parry Sound and Huron East

Media Advisory – Waterloo, Ontario

Members of the media are invited to attend an important virtual infrastructure event with the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, on behalf of the Honourable Catherine McKenna, Minister of Communities and Infrastructure; Stephen Crawford, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Infrastructure and Member of Provincial Parliament for Oakville, on behalf… Continue reading Media Advisory – Waterloo, Ontario