‘Totally unacceptable’: U.S. secretary of state calls on China to free Two Michaels

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Antony Blinken told CBC that he has been advocating for the release of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig in talks with Chinese counterparts Author of the article: National Post Staff Antony Blinken, U.S. secretary of state, attends a virtual meeting with Justin Trudeau, Canada’s prime minister, in Washington, D.C., U.S., on Tuesday, Feb. 23, 2021. Photo by Pete Marovich/The New York Times Top politicians in the United States and Canada sounded off on China on the weekend, condemning the detention of Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig and signalling plans to co-operate in securing the release of the two Canadians. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken called the detentions “totally unacceptable,” in an interview with

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Fact check: How much does Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout lag other provinces?

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Canada A province-by-province overview of Canada’s immunization rates Author of the article: Shari Kulha Publishing date: Feb 27, 2021  •  25 minutes ago  •  8 minute read  •  Join the conversation Premier Doug Ford and Health Minister Christine Elliott watch personal support worker Anita Quidangen receive the second dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine on Jan. 4, 2021, becoming the first person in Ontario to receive both doses. Photo by Carlos Osorio /Reuters Critics have been decrying the speed, or lack thereof, at which the Ontario government is vaccinating its people against the coronavirus. Well ahead of the game — according to per cent of population inoculated — are all three territories by a long chalk,

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What slavery looked like in Canada

Breadcrumb Trail Links News A generation before it was the final stop of the Underground Railroad, Canada was the westernmost outpost of a British Empire that was the biggest slave trader in the world Author of the article: Tristin Hopper A runaway slave alert published in the Quebec Gazette on July 29, 1779. Photo by Bibliothèque et Archives nationales du Québec They came in great, dusty columns trudging north; the persecuted refugees of a new country founded on freedom and liberty. These were the United Empire Loyalists; the thousands of men, women and children loyal to the Crown who were forced into Canada by the victory of rebel forces in the American War of Independence. “Neither confiscation of

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Netflix will create CanCon but wants more flexibility than traditional broadcasters get, MPs told

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Canadian Politics Canada ‘Simply imposing the regulatory obligations of licensed Canadian broadcasters on online entertainment services would not be an appropriate approach’ Author of the article: Anja Karadeglija Publishing date: Feb 27, 2021  •  47 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation Bill C-10 specifies that the CRTC has the authority to force online services, like Netflix, to make financial contributions to Canadian content, and impose “conditions” on them. Photo by Olivier Douliery/AFP via Getty Images Netflix is fine with the CRTC requiring it to contribute to Canadian content, but those regulations should be tailored to the streaming service and be less stringent than the rules traditional broadcasters have to abide by,

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The price of worship during COVID: Ontario church is fined and an Alberta pastor sits in prison

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Canada In Canada, Charter freedoms are not absolute — the government can restrict them, but they must justify them, one Ontario lawyer says Author of the article: Tyler Dawson Publishing date: Feb 27, 2021  •  1 hour ago  •  3 minute read  •  6 Comments Supporters protest as Pastor James Coates of GraceLife Church appears in court after he was arrested for holding Sunday services in violation of COVID-19 rules, in Stony Plain, Alta., on Wednesday, February 24, 2021. Photo by Jason Franson/The Canadian Press The authority of God, and the necessity of worship during a time of great tribulation supersedes the imposition of measures to stop the spread of COVID-19, argue a number of

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John Ivison: Good news on the COVID vaccine front, but best to keep the celebrations in check for now

Breadcrumb Trail Links NP Comment Canadian Politics Joe Biden is clearly well disposed toward this country and its prime minister. But he has not committed to carving out a deal with Canada on vaccines Author of the article: John Ivison Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference on the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, joined virtually by ministers and government officials in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021. Photo by Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press By any measure, Friday was a good news day for Canadians. Health Canada approved AstraZeneca’s vaccine, which will mean millions more Canadians will be protected against COVID sooner. The inoculation timelines released by provinces like Ontario are already obsolete, as the 20 million AstraZeneca doses

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Canada’s COVID models have been largely accurate, but worst cases have not materialized

Breadcrumb Trail Links News Canadian Politics Canada Canada’s deputy chief public health officer says the worst case scenarios in the modelling are not meant to panic Canadians, but to show they need to take action Author of the article: Ryan Tumilty Publishing date: Feb 26, 2021  •  54 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  151 Comments Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Howard Njoo: “What you do today certainly will have consequences down the road.” Photo by Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press/File OTTAWA – Coronavirus modelling from the Public Health Agency of Canada has a strong track record of predicting where the virus is going, a troublingly trend given the agency now predicts a potentially steep rise in cases.

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COVID cases are falling globally, but ‘it’s not over for anybody,’ WHO official cautions

Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Canada ‘There are many countries thankfully where (a downward trajectory) is happening, and there are many countries in which that downward trend is not being achieved’ Author of the article: Sharon Kirkey Publishing date: Feb 26, 2021  •  12 minutes ago  •  4 minute read  •  Join the conversation Mike Ryan, executive director of the World Health Organization’s emergencies program, speaks at a news conference on the novel coronavirus in February 2020. Photo by Denis Balibouse/Reuters/File In Texas, state leaders are contemplating lifting the state-wide masking order. In cities across Latin America, they’re pleading for oxygen tanks to keep people from suffocating from COVID. The global picture of COVID is complicated. While the number

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Prince Harry reveals what the Queen got Archie for Christmas — a waffle maker

Breadcrumb Trail Links World News Also, the prince revealed baby Archie’s first word and it wasn’t the typical ‘mama’ or ‘dada’ Author of the article: Bianca Bharti Publishing date: Feb 26, 2021  •  41 minutes ago  •  2 minute read  •  Join the conversation Britain’s Prince Harry and his wife Meghan, Duchess of Sussex, holding their son Archie. Photo by REUTERS/Toby Melville/Pool Prince Harry and Duchess Meghan’s son, Archie, is a boy of eclectic tastes, his father revealed in an exclusive interview with talkshow host James Corden that was released last night. The TV personality and royal sat down sat down in an open-air bus as the two toured Los Angeles, getting up to various hijinks but pausing to

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Prince Harry ‘more comfortable’ with The Crown than British tabloids that were ‘destroying’ his mental health

Breadcrumb Trail Links World News ‘I did what any husband and what any father would do. It was like, “I need to get my family out of here”‘ Author of the article: Bianca Bharti In this file photo taken on March 11, 2019 Britain’s Prince Harry, Duke of Sussex (R) and Meghan, Duchess of Sussex leave after attending a Commonwealth Day Service at Westminster Abbey in central London. Photo by BEN STANSALL/AFP via Getty Images The British tabloids wreaked havoc on the lives of Prince Harry and Meghan before they stepped down from the royal family — so much so, that Harry says he prefers the depictions in Netflix’s The Crown to the tabloids that were “destroying” his

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