Danielle Smith personally calling event organizers with vaccine mandates

Danielle Smith personally calling event organizers with vaccine mandates

EDMONTON—Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says that she’s personally calling event organizers and businesses with vaccine mandates in place and asking them to reconsider. The premier’s comments came Monday in response to questions from reporters about her government’s decision not to follow through on her promise to protect unvaccinated people under the province’s Human Rights Act … Read more

Municipalities attack Doug Ford’s housing bill

Municipalities attack Doug Ford’s housing bill

Mississauga City Councilor Carolyn Parrish stops short of calling it panic. But in her 38-year political career, she says she has never seen the kind of stunned apprehension that Ontario’s More Homes Built Faster Act has evoked among municipal officials. Known as Bill 23, the sweeping act aimed at building 1.5 million more homes in … Read more

Trudeau offers olive branch but no apology for vaccine mandate

Trudeau offers olive branch but no apology for vaccine mandate

If convoy participants were searching for an olive branch from the prime minister, Justin Trudeau seemed to extend one Friday. He did not apologize for imposing vaccine mandates. Those mandates, he noted, were put before the electorate and supported by a majority of voters. But unlike some of his more forceful comments, Trudeau struck an … Read more

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

‘They’re nervous as hell’: Gun deaths highlight simmering traumas inside Toronto schools

In the halls at Woburn Collegiate Institute, students knew a fight was brewing before class let out at 3:15 pm on Halloween. Outside, the anticipation was palpable as at least one teen pulled out her cellphone and started filming, her voice rising as at least four boys appeared to get into it — one backing … Read more

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

Why Rocket Doctor and other Ontario virtual care sites face a crash

During the pandemic, Rocket Doctor appeared to be on an upward trajectory. About 250 physicians in Ontario were using the company’s cloud-based system to provide virtual appointments. On weekends doctors saw 600 to 1,000 patients and the virtual spots would be booked by Friday afternoon. The emergency department at Georgian Bay General Hospital was using … Read more

What’s behind Pierre Poilievre’s controversial drug policy?

What’s behind Pierre Poilievre’s controversial drug policy?

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Pierre Poilievre is promising a new approach to managing Canada’s toxic drug crisis, but what he’s saying about that crisis is an irresponsible distortion of the facts, his critics charge. His promises — which include the suggestion he’d scale back safe-supply programs in favor of putting more resources into addiction treatment … Read more

NATO-trained Afghan soldiers are joining the Russian army to fight Ukraine

NATO-trained Afghan soldiers are joining the Russian army to fight Ukraine

A former Afghan platoon commander says he was doing manual labor on the Iranian island of Kish when he received a phone call. He says he listened carefully as a former comrade made a proposal: Join a new army and fight for a new cause. That army was Russia’s, and the cause was the war … Read more

Prime suspect in disappearance of Canadian snowbird wants to cut deal, new film reveals

Prime suspect in disappearance of Canadian snowbird wants to cut deal, new film reveals

A new documentary delving into the disappearance of Canadian snowbird Malcom Madsen in Mexico four years ago reveals that the primary suspect in the case is willing to cut a deal with prosecutors in exchange for information about the location of the Ontario man’s body. The offer to shed light on the whereabouts of the … Read more

Was Justin Trudeau caught off-guard or doing Canada proud?

Was Justin Trudeau caught off-guard or doing Canada proud?

OTTAWA—Was China’s president dressing down Prime Minister Justin Trudeau or was Canada standing up to China? Reactions Wednesday to the brief but tense encounter between the two men suggests both interpretations are possible and the incident serves up a taste of the complex China-Canada relationship, highlighting the struggle of crafting a foreign policy approach for … Read more

PCs to revamp regional governments in Peel, York, Halton, Durham

PCs to revamp regional governments in Peel, York, Halton, Durham

Premier Doug Ford’s Progressive Conservatives are planning major changes to regional municipal governance as part of their “strong mayor” push. Three years after abandoning a push for regional reform, Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark has tabled legislation Wednesday that would revamp how that layer of government works in the regions of Peel, York, Durham, Halton, … Read more