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Visa services at Canadian embassy in China contracted out under Conservatives: Blair

Visa services at Canadian embassy in China contracted out under Conservatives: Blair

OTTAWA — Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says he assumes security authorities signed off on an arrangement to allow a company owned by a Chinese police force to run Canada's visa application centre in Beijing.
Michel Girouard resigns from Quebec Superior Court: Canadian Judicial Council

Michel Girouard resigns from Quebec Superior Court: Canadian Judicial Council

OTTAWA — The Canadian Judicial Council says a Quebec judge has resigned after the Supreme Court of Canada declined to hear his appeal.
Quebec starts COVID-19 vaccination bookings for seniors; those in Ontario must wait

Quebec starts COVID-19 vaccination bookings for seniors; those in Ontario must wait

Seniors in Canada's two largest provinces are facing significantly different timelines for vaccinations, as increasing spread of COVID-19 variants causes concern for health officials across the country.
Logging delay agreement for B.C. old-growth tree stand helps endangered spotted owls

Logging delay agreement for B.C. old-growth tree stand helps endangered spotted owls

An agreement to delay logging in an old-growth stand of British Columbia forest has given a one-year reprieve to one of Canada's most endangered species.
Alberta's budget promises more help for COVID-19 with a hard deficit

Alberta's budget promises more help for COVID-19 with a hard deficit

EDMONTON — Alberta’s COVID-19-era budget made a hard landing Thursday with an $18.2-billion deficit but also a promise that good times will return.

B.C. mayor says she's sorry for online post that wasn't meant to be racist

POUCE COUPE, B.C. — The mayor of a village in northeastern British Columbia says she is sorry for an online post that was not meant to be racist against Indigenous Peoples, but now she wants people to stop bullying her.
The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

The latest developments on COVID-19 in Canada on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021

The latest developments on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada (all times eastern): 6:25 p.m. Alberta is reporting 399 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths due to the illness.
Desmond inquiry: psychologist describes spotty treatment, marital difficulties

Desmond inquiry: psychologist describes spotty treatment, marital difficulties

PORT HAWKESBURY, N.S. — A former Canadian soldier who killed three family members and himself in 2017 received sporadic mental health treatment immediately after he left the military in 2015, a fatality inquiry heard Thursday.
Pandemic spending, no tax increases: Some highlights from the Alberta budget

Pandemic spending, no tax increases: Some highlights from the Alberta budget

EDMONTON — Alberta's United Conservative government tabled its budget Thursday. Here are some of the highlights: — No new taxes or tax increases. — Deficit of $18.2 billion on estimated revenues of $43.7 billion. — Spending of $57.
Navy and coast guard's shipbuilding plan plagued by delays, auditor general says

Navy and coast guard's shipbuilding plan plagued by delays, auditor general says

OTTAWA — Federal auditor general Karen Hogan delivered a stark warning Thursday that government mismanagement is threatening to leave the navy and coast guard without the ships they need to defend Canada and protect its waterways.
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