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OTTAWA — Irwin Cotler, a former Liberal cabinet minster and long-time advocate for human rights, has been appointed Canada’s first special envoy for Holocaust remembrance and combating anti-Semitism. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is announcing the appointment today, saying Jewish communities in Canada and around the world face rising anti-Semitism. Trudeau is affirming Canada’s solidarity with […]

Ontario is reporting 1,373 new cases of COVID-19 today, and 35 new deaths linked to the virus.  Health Minister Christine Elliott says 445 of today’s new cases are in Toronto, while 415 are in Peel Region. Eleven fewer people are hospitalized with COVID-19, according to today’s numbers, for a total of 523. The number in […]

OTTAWA — Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet is blasting the prime minister’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic, calling Justin Trudeau’s pledge that vaccines will start to arrive in the coming months “unacceptable.” Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians yesterday even as he acknowledged that some other countries are likely to start inoculating their citizens first, citing […]

TORONTO — Canada’s main stock index edged lower in early trading, weighed down by losses in the financial, energy and metals and mining sectors. The S&P/TSX composite index was down 4.55 points at 17,269.70. In New York, the Dow Jones industrial average was down 116.88 points at 29,929.36. The S&P 500 index was down 7.78 […]

TORONTO — Ontario’s auditor general says the province’s response to the COVID-19 pandemic was slower and more reactive than that of other provinces, hampered by “delays and confusion in decision-making.” Bonnie Lysyk says outdated provincial emergency plans played a role in slowing down the provincial response in the winter and spring, as did systemic issues […]

TORONTO — A group of Canadian pension plan investment managers is calling on companies to standardize their environmental, social, and governance disclosure to help them in their investment decision-making and better assess and manage their risks. The eight fund mangers together manage a total of about $1.6 trillion in assets. They say they are committed […]

TORONTO — Toymaker Spin Master Corp. has announced a deal to develop toys and games based on the Harry Potter and Fantastic Beasts movies. The company says it has signed a global licensing agreement with Warner Bros. Consumer Products for the Wizarding World franchise. Financial terms of the deal were not immediately available. Spin Master […]

OTTAWA — Consumer rights advocates are criticizing the latest statement on airline refunds from the country’s transport regulator, saying it contradicts federal and provincial rules to the detriment of customers. The Canadian Transportation Agency updated its statement on vouchers last week, writing that “the law does not require airlines to include refund provisions” in their […]

OTTAWA — A new report estimates that hundreds of thousands of women could get back into the labour force if the Liberals follow through on a pledge to create a national child care system. The paper to be released Wednesday makes the case that federal spending to create a national program would “pay for itself” […]

Ontario’s auditor general is set to release a report today on how the province has handled the COVID-19 pandemic so far, including how it has made decisions during the global health crisis. The special report issued by Auditor General Bonnie Lysyk will look at emergency management in the context of the pandemic, as well as […]