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Hope for a good summer with one dose in arms, if we 'crush' COVID-19: Trudeau

Hope for a good summer with one dose in arms, if we 'crush' COVID-19: Trudeau

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canadians can be hopeful for a summer of backyard barbecues and park picnics but only if we get more vaccinations into arms and don't ease public health restrictions until "cases are way down.
Ontario to pause first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines

Ontario to pause first doses of AstraZeneca vaccines

TORONTO — Ontario will stop giving out first doses of the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine for now due to an increased risk of a rare blood-clotting syndrome linked to the shot, a move the province's top doctor said was made out of an abundance of caution.
Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

Younger adolescents get ready to receive COVID-19 vaccine

MISSION, Kan. (AP) — Parents, schools and vaccine clinics rushed to begin inoculating younger adolescents Tuesday after U.S.
Ontario could reopen more outdoor spaces, science table adviser says

Ontario could reopen more outdoor spaces, science table adviser says

TORONTO — Ontario could safely reopen many outdoor recreational facilities even if it extends a stay-at-home order next week, the province's science advisers said Tuesday.
B.C. pledges to introduce permanent paid sick leave program in January

B.C. pledges to introduce permanent paid sick leave program in January

VICTORIA — Workers affected by COVID-19 in British Columbia will qualify for up to three days of paid sick leave under proposed legislation that Premier John Horgan says will plug holes in a federal plan and lay the groundwork for a permanent program
Manitoba plans to offer COVID-19 vaccines to 18 and up starting Wednesday

Manitoba plans to offer COVID-19 vaccines to 18 and up starting Wednesday

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is preparing to open COVID-19 vaccine appointments to everyone aged 18 and older starting Wednesday.
All parties in the Commons give approval in principle to pandemic election bill

All parties in the Commons give approval in principle to pandemic election bill

OTTAWA — All parties have given approval in principle to a bill aimed at ensuring a federal election could be safely conducted, if need be, during the COVID-19 pandemic.

Crowding in jails close to pre-pandemic levels: Ontario Human Rights Commission

The Ontario Human Rights Commission is sounding the alarm about crowding in provincial custody, saying capacity in correctional facilities has at times come close to pre-pandemic levels even as the third wave maintains its grip on the province.
US casinos match best quarter ever; post-COVID hopes rise

US casinos match best quarter ever; post-COVID hopes rise

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Alaska children 12 and up could soon get virus vaccinations

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Alaska public health officials hope to begin vaccinating children 12 and up against COVID-19 as early as Wednesday. Parents were permitted Monday to sign up their children for appointments after the U.S.