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OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says it’s not appropriate for former governor general Julie Payette to receive the customary benefits afforded to those who’ve left the post.  Payette resigned last week ahead of the release of a report concluding she oversaw a highly toxic work environment at Rideau Hall.  Former governors general are entitled […]

TORONTO — Great Canadian Gaming Corp. says Rod Baker has stepped down as president and chief executive of the company. Baker has also resigned as a member of the company’s board of directors. Great Canadian says Terrance Doyle, president of strategic growth and chief compliance officer, has been appointed as interim chief executive. The company […]

Police in Waterloo Region say a church allegedly held an in-person service yesterday despite a court order compelling it to comply with provincial pandemic rules. Investigators say they are working with public health officials to ensure “appropriate action” is taken regarding the Trinity Bible Chapel in Woolwich, Ont. They say the church already faces “numerous” […]

TORONTO — Scientists and health experts are launching a nationwide campaign to counter misinformation about COVID-19 and related vaccines. The #ScienceUpFirst initiative is an awareness and engagement campaign that will use social media to debunk incorrect information and boost science-based content. The campaign team says in a news release that it emerged from conversations between […]

OTTAWA — The federal government’s handling of COVID-19 vaccination campaign is set to dominate the agenda when Parliament resumes today. Members of Parliament are expected to work together to again allow virtual attendance in the House of Commons as many provinces remain in lockdown during the second wave of the pandemic. They are also set […]

TORONTO — Schools in seven public health units across southern Ontario reopen for in-person classes today.  Education Minister Stephen Lecce says that means 100,000 students will be returning to the classroom for the first time since before the winter break.  The province is implementing more safety measures in areas where schools are reopening, including requiring […]

TORONTO — A court hearing is scheduled today in the case of Jacob Hoggard, the frontman for the Canadian rock band Hedley, who is charged with sex-related offences. Pre-trial motions are expected to get underway, with a trial set for April — though there may be further delays due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Hoggard has […]

PETERBOROUGH, Ont. — A man and a woman in their 60s have died after a weekend house fire in Peterborough, Ont. A news release from Peterborough Police Service says officers and fire services attended the home on Gillespie Avenue early Saturday morning. Officials say a 69-year-old woman and a 65-year-old man are dead. Police are […]

OTTAWA — Members of Parliament will return to the House of Commons on Monday following a month-long break that was anything but restful for the main federal parties, who are coming back battered and bruised from different controversies. One of the first orders of business will be for MPs to decide how Parliament will continue […]

TORONTO — The Canadian military is set to help with COVID-19 vaccine distribution in Indigenous communities in northern Ontario. Federal Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says on Twitter the Canadian Armed Forces will support vaccine efforts in 32 communities of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation. The move comes after a request from the province for assistance […]