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Federal wage subsidy payments to flow first week of May, officials tell MPs

Federal wage subsidy payments to flow first week of May, officials tell MPs

OTTAWA — The first payments from a $73-billion federal wage subsidy program will flow by the end of the first week of May, acting as a buttress against the economic shock from COVID-19.
Federal inmate dies from COVID-19 complications at prison in Mission, B.C.

Federal inmate dies from COVID-19 complications at prison in Mission, B.C.

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Lawyers are strengthening their calls to thin prison populations following the first death related to COVID-19 at a federal institution.
COVID-19's impact on nursing homes 'more severe' than expected: Trudeau

COVID-19's impact on nursing homes 'more severe' than expected: Trudeau

The sweep of COVID-19 throughout Canada's nursing homes is proving more devastating than expected, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday as he warned that reopening the economy too early would be "absolutely disastrous.
Despite White House urgency, Canada closes door to reopening U.S. border

Despite White House urgency, Canada closes door to reopening U.S. border

WASHINGTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau tried to let Donald Trump down gently Thursday, warning that Canada is still a long way from being ready to agree to relax mutual travel restrictions along its border with the United States.
Champagne, Ukraine reject Iran crash report suggesting immunity for Tehran

Champagne, Ukraine reject Iran crash report suggesting immunity for Tehran

OTTAWA — Canada and Ukraine flatly rejected a report suggesting the Iranian regime was seeking immunity from future legal action after shooting down a passenger jet in January.
Ailing federal prisoner to be released after heading to court over COVID-19 fear

Ailing federal prisoner to be released after heading to court over COVID-19 fear

OTTAWA — An inmate with serious health problems will be let out of federal custody after he went to court over fear of contracting COVID-19 behind bars — a move his lawyer hopes will open the door for other vulnerable prisoners.
Chief public health officer's decisions must be scrutinized: Scheer

Chief public health officer's decisions must be scrutinized: Scheer

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer refused Thursday to express confidence in Canada's chief public health officer, arguing the need to question her decisions around the COVID-19 pandemic is one of the reasons Parliament must resume.
'Beginning of an end:' Court case of La Loche shooter over after four years

'Beginning of an end:' Court case of La Loche shooter over after four years

Canada's top court has refused to hear an appeal from a young man sentenced as an adult for a mass shooting in northern Saskatchewan when he was still a teenager.
Broader gender focus needed for COVID-19 response, advocates say

Broader gender focus needed for COVID-19 response, advocates say

OTTAWA — As Canada continues to combat the health and economic impacts of COVID-19, women's rights advocates say not enough focus has been placed on the unique and often disproportionate impact the pandemic is having on women.

Zoos look for financial help to feed animals during COVID-19 closures

TORONTO — Cash-strapped zoos and aquariums across Canada are soliciting donations from the public to keep their animals fed and cared for during the COVID-19 pandemic.