Firefighters battle 5,000-hectare blaze near Ashcroft, B.C., as 306 fires burn

B.C. wildfire crews continued battling more than 300 blazes Sunday morning, with a significant focus on controlling a 5,000-hectare fire near Ashcroft in the province’s central interior. Authorities are also urging residents fleeing smoky skies to leave fully booked hotels to wildfire evacuees.

Minister of Indigenous Services visits First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, has just concluded a trip to seven First Nations communities in Nova Scotia and New Brunswick. The first multiple-stop trip since before the onset of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Ottawa still mulling whether officials will attend Olympics, days before it starts

With five days to go before the Olympics Games kick off, the Canadian government still isn’t saying whether a federal delegation is heading to Tokyo. A rising rate of infection over the past month and ever evolving rules and restrictions in Japan have kept Ottawa on edge about sending over its usual contingent of dignitaries.

Canada needs to jump-start a stalled first-dose campaign to avoid a fourth wave, experts say

Canada has gone from a vaccine laggard to a world leader in COVID-19 immunizations in just a few months’ time — thanks to an ambitious vaccination campaign that has so far blunted the spread of the much more virulent delta variant. But experts say we still need to get many more people vaccinated to avoid… Continue reading Canada needs to jump-start a stalled first-dose campaign to avoid a fourth wave, experts say

‘I tried to be tough,’ says survivor of Marieval Indian Residential School sharing her story for 1st time

Marieval Residential School survivor Phyllis Kretschmer says she was taken from her happy home and sent to a cold place devoid of any heart or actual education. With almost all the people she knew from Marieval gone, she’s sharing her story for the first time so what happened there isn’t forgotten.