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Legault government taps Environment Minister Benoit Charette to oversee racism fight

Legault government taps Environment Minister Benoit Charette to oversee racism fight

Quebec Premier Francois Legault has enlisted his environment minister to spearhead the fight against racism in the province, naming Benoit Charette to the newly created post on Wednesday.
Excessive isolation in Canada's prisons amounts to torture, criminologists report

Excessive isolation in Canada's prisons amounts to torture, criminologists report

OTTAWA — A new report says too many federal inmates in isolation aren't getting a few hours a day out of their cells, pushing them into territory that could be described as inhuman treatment or even torture.

COVID-19 quarantine screening officer charged with extortion, sexual assault

TORONTO — A quarantine screening officer who allegedly demanded cash from a woman before sexually assaulting her at her home faces related charges, police said on Wednesday.
Desmond inquiry: psychologist says soldier showed no signs he was an abusive husband

Desmond inquiry: psychologist says soldier showed no signs he was an abusive husband

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — An inquiry investigating why a former soldier killed his family and himself in 2017 heard Wednesday from a psychologist who said she didn't detect warning signs about domestic violence when he began treatment in 2011.
PBO's latest estimate says warships will cost $77B as estimated price jumps $17B

PBO's latest estimate says warships will cost $77B as estimated price jumps $17B

OTTAWA — Parliament’s budget watchdog is predicting another multibillion-dollar increase in the cost of a new fleet of warships for the Royal Canadian Navy, pegging the price for what was already the largest military procurement in Canada’s history a
Canada heralds first COVAX vaccine in Africa; NDP criticizes Canada for using program

Canada heralds first COVAX vaccine in Africa; NDP criticizes Canada for using program

OTTAWA — International Development Minister Karina Gould says the first injection of a COVID-19 vaccine in Ghana is a significant milestone for a new global vaccine-sharing program created to bring doses to low-income countries.
From hockey rinks to Canada's Wonderland, notable sites become vaccine clinics

From hockey rinks to Canada's Wonderland, notable sites become vaccine clinics

From hockey arenas to Montreal's Olympic Stadium, sites across Canada that are usually dedicated to sports, business or entertainment are being repurposed to serve the goal of mass vaccination.
Presidential envoy John Kerry, Canada's Wilkinson discuss shared climate priorities

Presidential envoy John Kerry, Canada's Wilkinson discuss shared climate priorities

WASHINGTON — The spirit of cross-border co-operation is lingering as Canada's environment minister talks climate change priorities with presidential envoy John Kerry.
Feds need plan to vaccinate urban Indigenous people, friendship centres say

Feds need plan to vaccinate urban Indigenous people, friendship centres say

OTTAWA — As many Indigenous people who live in urban areas are left unsure how they will be vaccinated against COVID-19, an organization that serves them is calling on Ottawa to allocate vaccine shots for them.
Conservatives' Erin O'Toole hitting turbulence after six months as party leader

Conservatives' Erin O'Toole hitting turbulence after six months as party leader

OTTAWA — The fight to win the leadership of his party could be nothing compared to what Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole has ahead: keeping his party together as he tries to win over voters who haven't voted for it recently.