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Canada agrees to take part in WTO talks to waive patent protections on vaccines

Canada agrees to take part in WTO talks to waive patent protections on vaccines

WASHINGTON — Canada agreed Thursday to join World Trade Organization talks on waiving the rules that protect vaccine trade secrets — a measure drug companies and a number of world leaders say would only slow down production.
Coroner role after strep-throat death of Indigenous child before Ontario's top court

Coroner role after strep-throat death of Indigenous child before Ontario's top court

TORONTO — The failure of a coroner to fully investigate the death of a four-year-old Indigenous boy was part of a systemic dereliction of duty that ought to face legal scrutiny, Ontario's top court heard on Thursday.
House parties and other gatherings blamed for Iqaluit's rise in COVID-19 cases

House parties and other gatherings blamed for Iqaluit's rise in COVID-19 cases

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's chief public health officer says house parties and visits between households are to blame for a rise in COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit, but vaccination rates have also climbed in the capital. Dr.
Quebec to have single, dedicated prosecutor in domestic, sexual violence cases

Quebec to have single, dedicated prosecutor in domestic, sexual violence cases

MONTREAL — Female victims of domestic and sexual violence in Quebec will be supported by a single, dedicated prosecutor from the start to the end of their legal proceedings, the Quebec government announced Thursday.
Politically sensitive 'Made in Israel' wine-labelling case sent back to food agency

Politically sensitive 'Made in Israel' wine-labelling case sent back to food agency

TORONTO — A finding that wine from the West Bank can be labelled as a product of Israel was not reasoned properly and should now be thrashed out again, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.
B.C., Quebec shipyards each get new icebreaker, Liberals accused of electioneering

B.C., Quebec shipyards each get new icebreaker, Liberals accused of electioneering

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is adding a second heavy icebreaker to its plans for the Canadian Coast Guard, a move that will boost the shipbuilding industry in two key provinces for the Liberals — and which could come at a hefty cost to taxpayers.
COVID-19 restrictions in Nova Scotia are tough, but they could get tougher: premier

COVID-19 restrictions in Nova Scotia are tough, but they could get tougher: premier

HALIFAX — With Atlantic Canada's worst COVID-19 outbreak showing no signs of letting up, Nova Scotia's premier warned Thursday he might impose tougher restrictions to reduce the rapid spread of the deadly virus.
NDP promises foreign buyers' tax, half a million new homes to cool housing market

NDP promises foreign buyers' tax, half a million new homes to cool housing market

OTTAWA — NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh is pledging a hefty foreign home buyers' tax and "massive" investment in housing to chill a boiling-hot real estate market.
Supreme Court will hear appeal of Quebec money laundering case quashed over delays

Supreme Court will hear appeal of Quebec money laundering case quashed over delays

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will hear an appeal in a case where the conviction of four people accused of money laundering on behalf of the Hells Angels was quashed over unreasonable legal delays.
Supreme Court won't hear former broadcast commissioner's challenge of dismissal

Supreme Court won't hear former broadcast commissioner's challenge of dismissal

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a former commissioner's appeal of his dismissal from the federal broadcast regulator.