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- Manitoba reports four new COVID-19 deaths Fridayby Sam Thompson on June 18, 2021 at 6:21 pm
Public health officials said the new COVID-19-related deaths were women from the Winnipeg region, including one in her 30s, and a woman from the Prairie Mountain Health region.
- You got the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in B.C. What happens now?by Richard Zussman on June 18, 2021 at 6:20 pm
Here are some answers to questions about the AstraZeneca vaccine in B.C.
- Delays, closure on Highway 403 westbound after transport truck loses load on roadwayby Don Mitchell on June 18, 2021 at 6:18 pm
OPP say a cleanup requiring special equipment is causing delays.
- Fraser Health to host 32-hour ‘vax-a-thon’ in Surrey this weekend for people needing 1st doseby Jon Azpiri on June 18, 2021 at 6:16 pm
More than 7,000 COVID-19 vaccine doses will be available to people aged 12 and up who haven’t yet received their first shot.
- Nova Scotia drops course that asked pupils to list benefits of residential schoolsby Aya Al-Hakim on June 18, 2021 at 6:14 pm
A Mi’kmaq poet from Bear River First Nation says she was surprised that no one had noticed the offensive content before
- RCMP dog killed, suspect believed to be armed and dangerous on the loose in northern Alberta: RCMPby Caley Ramsay on June 18, 2021 at 6:14 pm
An RCMP police service dog was killed Thursday in what is still an ongoing situation in northern Alberta involving a suspect who is believed to be armed and dangerous.
- Calgary man convicted of murder in child death to face sentencing in Septemberon June 18, 2021 at 6:13 pm
Justin Bennett was charged a year later following a confession to undercover police officers.
- City of Edmonton to conduct enhanced e-scooter enforcement blitz this weekendby Kirby Bourne on June 18, 2021 at 6:12 pm
On June 19 and 20, City of Edmonton peace officers will be downtown and in Old Strathcona for an enhanced enforcement blitz on illegal e-scooter usage.
- Kelowna RCMP swarm Lower Mission home in suspected drug raidby Doyle Potenteau on June 18, 2021 at 6:08 pm
Tomby Court in Kelowna’s Lower Mission neighbourhood was closed to traffic after police swarmed a home.
- Waterloo Warbirds release flight plan for COVID-19 pandemic honour flightby Kevin Nielsen on June 18, 2021 at 6:05 pm
A trio of warplanes will fly over Guelph, Brampton, Vaughn, Toronto and Waterloo Region on Saturday at around lunchtime to honour Canadians’ efforts as they battled COVID-19.
- Vaccine rule for Springsteen Broadway show adds travel uncertainty for AZ recipientson June 18, 2021 at 5:47 pm
David Screech had already selected his seats and put in his credit card information for ‘Springsteen on Broadway’ tickets when he noticed the COVID-19 vaccine requirements: his two doses of Oxford-AstraZeneca wouldn’t be enough for admission.
- Ford shuffles Ontario cabinet, Rod Phillips replacing Fullerton as new long-term care ministerby CBC News on June 18, 2021 at 5:46 pm
Premier Doug Ford is shuffling his cabinet, with former finance minister Rod Phillips — who resigned from his post following a Caribbean vacation during the COVID-19 pandemic — returning as the new minister of long-term care.
- Doug Ford dumps five ministers in cabinet shuffleby Robert Benzie – Queen’s Park Bureau Chief,Rob Ferguson – Queen’s Park Bureau on June 18, 2021 at 5:31 pm
Premier Doug Ford has dumped five ministers, moved eight others, and promoted seven backbenchers in a major cabinet shuffle with less than year to go before the next election.Ford said Friday his Progressive Conservative government needed an overhaul as Ontario emerges from the COVID-19 pandemic, so he is returning former finance minister Rod Phillips to cabinet in the key role of minister of long-term care.“Our renewed team is well-positioned to deliver on the priorities that matter to Ontarians, including getting more people back to work, making life more affordable, supporting businesses and job creators, and building transit infrastructure,” the premier said in a statement after the first virtual cabinet shuffle in Ontario history.Phillips, who resigned as finance minister on Dec. 31 after a pandemic vacation to the Caribbean island of St. Barts, replaces Merrilee Fullerton, who becomes children, community and social services minister. Fullerton had struggled to explain the problems in nursing homes that led to the deaths of about 4,000 elderly residents earlier in the pandemic. Phillips is seen as a stronger communicator and manager who had performed well in environment and finance before his ill-advised Christmas holiday.Fullerton succeeds Todd Smith, who is the new minister of energy, replacing Greg Rickford, now minister of a merged department of northern development, mining, and natural resources and forestry.Rickford will remain as Indigenous affairs minister atop his other duties.As first reported by the Star on May 31, Ford signalled his displeasure with ministers who questioned the wisdom of his pandemic lockdowns at the cabinet table by demoting them.Gone from the executive council are former natural resources minister John Yakabuski, former environment minister Jeff Yurek, former infrastructure minister Laurie Scott, and former associate energy minister Bill Walker.Only Municipal Affairs Minister Steve Clark, who has privately dissented on the pandemic strategy, survived the purge.Also demoted was veteran agriculture minister Ernie Hardeman, who will be replaced by Lisa Thompson, a long-time agricultural advocate.Thompson, an ex-education minister who was government and consumer services minister, is succeeded by Ross Romano, who was colleges and universities minister.Jill Dunlop, an associate minister, has been promoted to the post-secondary education ministry.Also elevated were associate ministers Kinga Surma, who will be infrastructure minister, and Prabmeet Sarkaria, the new president of the Treasury Board.Other promotions went to: Parm Gill, now minister of citizenship and multiculturalism; Dave Piccini, now environment minister; and associate ministers Stan Cho, Nina Tangri, Kaleed Rasheed and Jane McKenna.The Star reported last month that top Progressive Conservative officials felt the cabinet was “too white and too male.”There are now 18 men and 10 women in the 28-member executive council, including Ford, with six BIPOC members.The premier said he felt emboldened to move because “with 21 per cent of residents now fully vaccinated … we can be confident that the worst of the pandemic is behind us.”His changes come almost two years after his last shuffle and just 50 weeks before the June 2, 2022 election.Among those major players staying put are Health Minister Christine Elliott, Finance Minister Peter Bethlenfalvy (who lost his Treasury Board responsibilities to Sarkaria), Education Minister Stephen Lecce, Transportation Minister Caroline Mulroney and Labour Minister Monte McNaughton.Robert Benzie is the Star’s Queen’s Park bureau chief and a reporter covering Ontario politics. Follow him on Twitter: @robertbenzie
- Canada leads international coalition calling on China to allow investigators free access to Xinjiangby Peter Zimonjic,Philip Ling on June 18, 2021 at 4:57 pm
Canada is leading an international effort at the United Nations to demand that China allow “meaningful and unfettered access” to investigate “credible reports” of widespread human rights violations against China’s Muslim minority in Xinjiang province, CBC News has learned.
- Trudeau defends Sajjan, accuses Tories of slandering embattled defence ministeron June 18, 2021 at 4:06 pm
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau voiced his support for Harjit Sajjan on Friday after opposition parties banded together in the House of Commons to censure the embattled defence minister. He used part of his opening statement during his first COVID-19 update in a week to tout Sajjan’s previous service as a police and military officer before accusing the Conservatives of slandering the minister.
- What you need to know about Ontario’s gypsy moth problemon June 18, 2021 at 3:41 pm
Ontario is experiencing an infestation of gypsy moth caterpillars, which feed on several types of trees and bushes, can trigger allergic reactions, and can be difficult to remove.
- PM says Canada to receive 68M COVID-19 doses by end of Julyon June 18, 2021 at 3:37 pm
By the end of July, Canada will have received ‘over 68 million’ doses of COVID-19 vaccines, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday, resulting in more Canadians being able to receive their second doses earlier than expected.
- Ontario is reporting 345 new COVID-19 cases and one more deathby Zena Salem – Staff Reporter on June 18, 2021 at 3:20 pm
Ontario is reporting another 345 COVID-19 cases and one more death, according to its latest report released Friday morning.Ontario has administered 210,638 vaccine doses since its last daily update, with 12,153,663 vaccines given in total as of 8 p.m. the previous night.According to the Star’s vaccine tracker, 9,606,422 people in Ontario have received at least one shot. That works out to approximately 65.2 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 75.6 per cent of the adult population.The province says 2,547,241 people have completed their vaccinations, which means they’ve had both doses. That works out to approximately 17.3 per cent of the total population and the equivalent of 21.0 per cent of the adult population.The seven-day average is at 411 cases daily, or 20 weekly per 100,000. Ontario’s seven-day average for deaths is at 8.4 daily. The province says 26,643 tests were completed the previous day, and a 1.4 per cent positivity rate.There are 378 people currently hospitalized with COVID-19 in the province, including 352 patients in intensive care. There are 221 people on ventilators.Locally, Health Minister Christine Elliott says 50 cases are in Toronto, 50 in Peel Region, 22 in York Region, and 85 new cases in Waterloo.Meanwhile, the province is reporting that there were no new deaths in long-term care so the number of residents who have died stays the same at 3,781.Ontario is reporting one less long-term-care home in outbreak, for a total of nine or 1.4 per cent of LTC homes in the province.This data is self-reported by the long-term care homes to the Ministry of Long-Term Care. Daily case and death figures may not immediately match the numbers posted by the local public health units due to lags in reporting time.There are 141,700 confirmed cases in Ontario of the highly contagious Alpha variant B.1.1.7 first detected in the United Kingdom, an increase of 228 from the previous day.There are 1,146 cases in Ontario of the Beta variant B.1.351 first detected in South Africa, with two more reported than the previous day.There are 4,200 cases of the Gamma variant P.1 first found in Brazil, an increase of 13 from the previous day.There are 657 cases of the Delta variant B.1.617.2, first detected in India, an increase of 71 from the previous day.Zena Salem is a breaking news reporter, working out of the Star’s radio room in Toronto. Reach her via email: [email protected]
- Montreal police filmed kneeling on Black teen’s neck, prompting calls for investigationby CBC News on June 18, 2021 at 3:16 pm
A Quebec legislator is calling for an investigation into a video that shows a Montreal police officer kneeling on the neck of a young Black teen, his face pressed into the sidewalk, in an image reminiscent of George Floyd’s last moments.
- Habs coach sent home, isolating following irregularities in COVID-19 testingby The Canadian Press on June 18, 2021 at 3:11 pm
Montreal Canadiens interim head coach Dominique Ducharme is isolating following irregularities in COVID-19 testing. The team will provide an update before Game 3 of its NHL semifinal game against the visiting Vegas Golden Knights on Friday.