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Ontarians with 13 common ailments can skip the doctor’s office and head straight to the pharmacist to get a prescription. The provincial government says as of January 1, 2023, pharmacists have the power to prescribe treatments for conditions that include pink eye, hemorrhoids and urinary tract infections. The province says […]

By Hina Alam
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Canada’s requirement of a negative COVID-19 test of travellers from China will not help in preventing new variants or the spread of the virus, say experts. Kerry Bowman, assistant professor at the University of Toronto’s Temerty Faculty of Medicine, called the requirement “absolutely a political move, and not based on […]

By Camille Bains
THE CANADIAN PRESS

People living in tents along about eight blocks of Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside roam around on a chilly afternoon as some in the throes of addiction are hunched over on the sidewalk near storefronts. A woman wearing black and white striped pants strides along East Hastings Street yelling, apparently at no […]

By Jim Bronskill
THE CANADIAN PRESS

OTTAWA – The federal government is “looking at a variety of options” to carry out a planned buyback of banned firearms – including enlisting outside help, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino says. The Liberal government banned some 1,500 models and variants of firearms, including the AR-15 and Ruger Mini-14, through […]

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VANCOUVER – Premiers across the country used their New Year’s messages to emphasize everything from housing and affordability to healthy lifestyles. In his first New Year’s message as premier of British Columbia, David Eby says he’s honoured to celebrate the successes of 2022 “including the remarkable economic recovery in our […]

By Bob Weber
THE CANADIAN PRESS

A rare fossil of a dining dinosaur is shedding new light on ancient ecosystems and behaviours.  “It’s one of the few things that really give you an idea of ecology and behaviour in the fossil record,” said University of Alberta paleontologist Corwin Sullivan, who describes what he and his colleagues […]

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An RCMP intelligence official accused of violating Canada’s secrecy law has been granted bail. The reasons for Ontario Superior Court Justice Robert Maranger’s decision Wednesday in the case of Cameron Jay Ortis are covered by a publication ban.  Ortis was taken into custody in Ottawa on Sept. 12, 2019. The […]

By Allison Jones
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Ontario is launching a grant program for child-care operators to create new spaces, as part of the province’s commitment to add tens of thousands of new spots — a target advocates say will fall well short of demand spurred by $10-a-day care. The province agreed in its $10-a-day deal with […]

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Canada’s ban on the manufacture and import for sale of some plastic items, including grocery bags and straws, has taken effect. As of today, companies can no longer produce or bring into Canada plastic checkout bags, cutlery, stir sticks, straws and takeout containers — and in a year, it will […]

By Angela Amato
THE CANADIAN PRESS

Onion Lake Cree Nation has filed a lawsuit against the Alberta government saying its sovereignty act is an infringement on treaty rights.  The nation is seeking a declaration from the Court of King’s Bench that the act unjustifiably infringes on treaty rights and is of no force and effect. Onion […]