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Infrastructure bank to unveil plans to invest billions in priority areas

Infrastructure bank to unveil plans to invest billions in priority areas

Government officials say no investments in specific projects are to be announced at a news conference today, where Trudeau is to be joined by the new chair of the bank's board, Michael Sabia, and Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna.

But the trio are expected to lay out the priority areas in which the bank intends to invest, as well as the amount of money it will devote to each area.

Senate delays debate on coronavirus benefits bill rushed through House of Commons

Senate delays debate on coronavirus benefits bill rushed through House of Commons

Sen. Scott Tannas, leader of the 13-member Canadian Senators Group, said he denied unanimous consent to protest the fact that Sen. Marc Gold, the government’s representative in the Senate, has still not proposed a way for the Senate to resume its full functions during the pandemic, with all senators able to participate in debates and votes, either in person or virtually, as is being done in the House of Commons.

Youth argue in lawsuit that courts must force Ottawa to take climate action

Youth argue in lawsuit that courts must force Ottawa to take climate action

The lawsuit says government climate-change policies affect the youths' rights to equality and to life, liberty and security of the person under the 1982 Charter of Rights and Freedoms. The young people want the court to order the government to count Canada’s emissions, determine whether those emissions are above a fair share of the global fight against emissions, and insist on a fix if they are.

Edmonton mayor, MLA condemn apparent white supremacist gathering

Edmonton mayor, MLA condemn apparent white supremacist gathering

Local government officials are speaking out against a large group of people, who were shouting "all lives matter" during a clash in northeast Edmonton Tuesday night, calling it hate speech and bigotry.

About 30 officers were called to a shopping centre parking lot at 118 Avenue and 82 Street at around 8 p.m. to separate two groups of about 50 people each, after a dispute erupted into pushing and shoving.

Health Canada approves rapid COVID testing device as Canada braces for caseload spikes

Health Canada approves rapid COVID testing device as Canada braces for caseload spikes

The Abbott Laboratories-backed point-of-care devices can be administered by trained professionals at places like pharmacies, walk-in clinics and doctors' offices without the need for a laboratory to determine if someone is infected with the virus.

A nasal or throat specimen is collected from a patient on a swab and plugged into the ID NOW's analyzer, which can detect the presence of the virus. The molecular devices can produce COVID results in 15 minutes.

Long-term care study credits fewer COVID deaths in B.C. than Ont. to funding, policy

Long-term care study credits fewer COVID deaths in B.C. than Ont. to funding, policy

A new study says quicker, more decisive action against COVID-19 in British Columbia is one of the reasons the province has suffered far fewer long-term care deaths than Ontario.

Analysis published in the Canadian Medical Association Journal also points to less funding, more privatization and less co-ordination between homes and hospitals as factors that drove spread of the novel coronavirus among Ontario’s most vulnerable.

Liberals survive confidence vote as House of Commons unanimously passes benefits for workers

Liberals survive confidence vote as House of Commons unanimously passes benefits for workers

The minority Liberal government has survived its first pandemic-era confidence test, assuring at least for now that there will be no election.

In the end, Conservative MPs, who had protested loudly against fast-tracking of the bill and used procedural tactics to hold it up, voted for it. So did Bloc Quebecois MPs, who had also opposed fast-tracking.