Ottawa will ‘absolutely not’ compensate civilian servants who refused COVID-19 vaccination and were placed on unpaid leave

Ottawa will ‘absolutely not’ compensate civilian servants who refused COVID-19 vaccination and were placed on unpaid leave

Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc makes an announcement on ending vaccine mandates for some travellers, transportation workers and federal employees in Ottawa on June 14, 2022.PATRICK DOYLE/The Canadian Press Civil servants who were placed on unpaid leave for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19 will not be compensated for eight months of lost pay now … Read more

Tory MP who opposes COVID-19 vaccination rules is escorted off Parliament Hill

Tory MP who opposes COVID-19 vaccination rules is escorted off Parliament Hill

OTTAWA — A Conservative MP who hadn’t been inside the Parliament buildings since a COVID-19 vaccination mandate for MPs was imposed last year decided to challenge that rule this week — and has now been escorted off the property. Cathay Wagantall had claimed to have a medical reason she couldn’t be vaccinated against COVID-19 when … Read more

Ottawa grapples with ‘Rolling Thunder’ protest

Ottawa grapples with ‘Rolling Thunder’ protest

OTTAWA — Canada’s capital city grappled with an echo of the so-called “Freedom Convoy” Saturday as hundreds of flag-bearing demonstrators converged in downtown Ottawa under the banner of the “Rolling Thunder” biker rally. Despite organizers’ claims that the rally was an event solely intended to honor veterans, the demonstration evoked many of the same beliefs … Read more

Everyone using the ‘F-word’ in this Conservative leadership race

Everyone using the ‘F-word’ in this Conservative leadership race

OTTAWA — To singer Janis Joplin, freedom was just another word for nothing left to lose. To candidates in the race to become the next leader of Canada’s federal Conservative party, freedom is the word they hope to trade on to win. The belief that some freedoms are fundamental is baked into the party’s DNA. … Read more