Trudeau joins G20 pledge to fight climate change, give COVID-19 aid to poor countries

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau joined leaders from the world’s 20 richest nations on Sunday in a promise to work together to keep trade flowing, fight climate change and provide COVID-19 vaccines to poor countries. The promises are contained in a final communique issued by G20 leaders at the end of two days of largely closed-door virtual discussions ostensibly

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COMMENTARY: It’s not too late for a creative and aggressive testing and tracing strategy

We may be at the point now in Canada where anything short of more restrictive lockdown measures will be unable to stem the rising tide of COVID-19 cases. It’s frustrating, too, because it feels like we’ve backed ourselves into this corner where we have very limited and unpalatable options. That cases are surging as we enter the latter stages of

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Conservatives ask languages watchdog to probe WE Charity decision

OTTAWA — The federal Conservatives are asking the official languages commissioner to investigate the government’s choice of WE Charity to run a student grant program, saying the move showed contempt for francophones. Conservative MP Richard Martel alleges in a letter to commissioner Raymond Theberge that the youth group did not have the ability to deliver the multimillion-dollar Canada Student Service Grant program

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Possibly moving young offenders from Edmonton to Calgary during pandemic ‘doesn’t make sense’: Union

The union representing correctional workers in Alberta says the government pondering possibly moving young offenders from Edmonton to Calgary during the coronavirus pandemic is dangerous, and “there’s really no reason for it.” According to the AUPE, members working at the Edmonton Young Offenders Centre approached them this week, saying they’d heard “the move was possibly imminent.” “The reasoning behind it

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Hamilton has 12 new COVID-19 cases, almost 8,000 tests completed in long term care homes

Hamilton, Ont., reported 12 more cases of COVID-19 on Thursday, putting the city’s overall number of cases at 512 with 507 confirmed positive and five probable cases. The city still has 25 deaths connected to COVID-19 as of May 14. Hamilton hospitals have 22 patients in care units — 12 at Hamilton Health Sciences and 10 at St. Joseph’s hospitals.

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Toronto sees nearly 600% increase in stunt driving during coronavirus pandemic outbreak: police

There has been a large spike in the number of stunt driving and speeding incidents on Toronto roads since coronavirus-related restrictions have taken effect, according to figures provided by the Toronto Police Service. Between March 23 and April 27, Toronto police said there were 222 stunt driving incidents. There were 32 incidents during the same period in 2019. It marks

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Toronto bylaw officer assaulted while enforcing physical distancing rules, police say

Toronto police say a bylaw officer was punched in the face while enforcing physical distancing rules in Scarborough. Police said the incident occurred in the area of Morningside Avenue and Ellesmere Road around 1:50 p.m. on Friday. A municipal bylaw officer approached two men for the purpose of enforcing physical distancing rules, at which point one of the men allegedly

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COVID-19: Advocates urge Hamilton police not to fine homeless, call for more hygiene, rest stations

Those who work with Hamilton’s vulnerable residents are urging the city to provide more support for those who are homeless during the coronavirus pandemic — including by not handing out fines to those who gather in public. Keeping Six and the Hamilton Social Medicine Response Team (HAMSMaRT) said they confirmed that at least two people who are homeless in Hamilton

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