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Police chiefs call on Ottawa to decriminalize possession of illicit drugs for personal use

As Canada continues to battle an opioid epidemic, the Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is calling on federal lawmakers to decriminalize the possession of small amounts of illegal drugs for personal consumption. CACP's president, Chief Const. Adam Palmer, said it's time to rethink how police and governments approach the use and abuse of illegal drugs in order to save lives. "Arresting individuals for simple possession of illicit..

Eliminating COVID-19 cases in Canada will exact too heavy a toll on society, health...

Some public health and infectious disease experts are pressing for governments in Canada to shift to minimizing, not eradicating, COVID-19 while allowing society to resume functioning. The open letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and all premiers, dated July 6, says aiming to prevent or contain every case is not sustainable at this stage in the pandemic. "We need to accept that COVID-19 will be with us for some time and to find ways to deal ..

Boy, 15, joins 14-year-old facing 1st-degree murder charge in shooting death of Danielle Cote

Police have arrested a second teenage boy in connection with a string of unrelated shootings in Winnipeg this week that left one woman dead and several other people wounded. A boy, 15, is now charged with first-degree murder and a list of other serious offences related to three of the four attacks, all of which happened in the same 24-hour period, police said at a news conference on Saturday morning. The first shooting happened on July 1 at abou..

P.E.I. has 3 new COVID-19 cases, 1 tied to long-term care home

Prince Edward Island has identified three new cases of COVID-19, its first in more than two months, Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Heather Morrison confirmed Saturday. One is a man in his 50s who was self-isolating after recent travel, and two people are in their 20s, Morrison said at an unscheduled briefing in Charlottetown. "COVID-19 has not gone away," she said, noting that the situation should act as a stark reminder of how important publi..

Alberta bets on infrastructure spending, corporate tax cuts to spur recovery

Alberta will increase spending on infrastructure projects, cut its corporate tax rate, establish a new investment agency and introduce a series of targeted incentives for industry as part of a plan to restart its battered economy. Premier Jason Kenney, flanked by Finance Minister Travis Toews, said his government would spend $10 billion on projects that will immediately create jobs, including health-care facilities, pipelines, schools, drug treat..

Kelowna, B.C., nursing student in civil suit against RCMP says wellness checks need to...

The Kelowna, B.C., nursing student seen in an apartment surveillance video being dragged by an RCMP officer down a hallway before being stepped on during a wellness check says police should be accompanied by a health professional. "I thought, 'What's going to happen after this? Where am I supposed to go when the people who are supposed to protect you are the ones that are abusing you?'" Mona Wang, 20, said in an interview with CBC..

‘He was a good and caring person,’ says wife of migrant worker who died...

The wife of 31-year-old Bonifacio Eugenio-Romero, a Mexican migrant worker who died of COVID-19 while labouring on a southwestern Ontario farm last month, said her husband was a "good and caring person." "He was a man of values. He was humble, responsible, empathetic, generous, a person full of patience and trust in others," said Juana Vazquez. It's the first time she's provided information about her husband to Canadian media since E..

Canada-U.S. border closure to be extended beyond June 21, sources say

The Canada-U.S. border closure to all non-essential traffic will be extended beyond the June 21 date set last month, sources tell CBC News. Sources with direct knowledge of the situation have confirmed to CBC News that Canada and the United States are holding talks about extending the border restrictions but the agreement has yet to be signed. Both countries reached an agreement in March to temporarily close the border to non-essential travel —..

2,000 COVID-19 cases missing from Toronto’s map of hot spots

More than 2,000 confirmed COVID-19 cases are missing from the map the City of Toronto released last week that shows infections by neighbourhood, CBC News has found. The detailed geographic information about the spread of the novel coronavirus was released last week by Toronto Public Health, marking the first time such data has been made available in Ontario during the pandemic. It shows infections based on where patients live. But in a review of..

B.C. records 11 new COVID-19 cases, announces ban on overnight camps for children this...

11 more people have been diagnosed with COVID-19 in British Columbia, bringing the total to 2,573. There have been no new deaths in the past 24 hours. There are 228 active cases in B.C. 35 people are in hospital, five of them in the ICU. 2,181 people have recovered. There are 13 ongoing outbreaks in long-term care homes, and one ongoing outbreak in an acute care facility. No new community outbreaks. No new outbreaks in health-care settings. Two o..

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