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First Nations face governance crisis as pandemic threatens elections

First Nations face governance crisis as pandemic threatens elections

OTTAWA — The chief of an Ontario First Nation says her community is caught up in bureaucratic and "paternalistic" voting rules that could leave it with a governance gap in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic.
COVID expected to kill thousands just in Ontario even with stiff restrictions

COVID expected to kill thousands just in Ontario even with stiff restrictions

TORONTO — As known COVID-19 cases rose nationally and almost all construction in the country's economic heartland was idled on Friday, health authorities in Ontario said the death toll in that province alone could be kept below a still-staggering 15,
Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements over COVID crisis

Alberta suspends environmental reporting requirements over COVID crisis

EDMONTON — Alberta has suspended environmental reporting requirements for industry under emergency powers the province has enacted due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Former Obama security adviser calls on Canada to show global COVID-19 leadership

Former Obama security adviser calls on Canada to show global COVID-19 leadership

OTTAWA — A former top Obama adviser says Canada's disciplined, science-based approach to the COVID-19 crisis should spur it to pursue greater international leadership on global health issues in the fight against the novel coronavirus.
Feds offer full-time work to all military reservists as part of COVID-19 response

Feds offer full-time work to all military reservists as part of COVID-19 response

OTTAWA — The federal government is planning to offer full-time employment to all reservists in the Canadian Armed Forces until the end of the summer as it seeks to bolster the military's ranks and help offset some of the economic damage from COVID-19
Feds urge med students, retirees to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19

Feds urge med students, retirees to volunteer in the fight against COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government is seeking volunteers with medical experience to provide backup support in the fight against COVID-19.
Policing the pandemic will put marginalized communities at risk, advocates say

Policing the pandemic will put marginalized communities at risk, advocates say

Advocates are warning that granting police sweeping new powers in response to the COVID-19 crisis could be used to target marginalized communities.
Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

Trudeau rejects mandatory stay-at-home order for now; COVID deaths up

TORONTO — An already grim employment toll looked set to worsen Thursday as authorities pondered further tightening restrictions on people and businesses to slow the spread of COVID-19 and keep the pandemic from suffocating the health-care system.
CEO out, new board chair in as Liberals shakeup infrastructure bank leadership

CEO out, new board chair in as Liberals shakeup infrastructure bank leadership

OTTAWA — The federal government is shaking up the people in the top spots at the Canada Infrastructure Bank, including saying goodbye to the chief executive and installing a new board chair.
Grassy Narrows signs deal with Ottawa on mercury poisoning treatment centre

Grassy Narrows signs deal with Ottawa on mercury poisoning treatment centre

OTTAWA — The federal government has signed an agreement with Grassy Narrows First Nation that will see a long-promised treatment centre for residents with mercury poisoning finally built in the community.