Ties to ‘harmful’ spyware company bring criticism of Ottawa adviser on internet regulation

One of the federal government’s expert advisers on internet harms is facing criticism over his role in advising a global spy-technology firm. University of Ottawa law professor Vivek Krishnamurthy is one of 12 experts the Liberal government appointed this year to work on overhauling Ottawa’s plan to regulate online harms – which includes a proposal … Read more

Ottawa faces blowback for plan to regulate internet

Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez, pictured here with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau at Rideau Hall on July 18, 2018, recently announced a pause on the legislation.CHRIS WATTIE / Reuters Newly released documents reveal Twitter Canada told government officials that a federal plan to create a new internet regulator with the power to block specific websites is … Read more

Ottawa’s ultimatum to Quebec on caribou is a warning to other provinces, experts say

A caribou moves through the Algar region of northeastern Alberta in 2017.Cole Burton / The Canadian Press Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault’s ultimatum to the Quebec government on caribou protection is a sign Ottawa is losing patience with provinces that aren’t upholding their responsibility to protect wildlife, experts say. Rachel Plotkin, a caribou expert with … Read more

Unvaccinated people who got Omicron could be reinfected with COVID-19, experts say

This undated electron microscope image made available by the US National Institutes of Health shows the virus that causes COVID-19.HO / The Associated Press As many as four million Ontarians may have been infected with the Omicron variant, according to the province’s science advisers, but their illnesses alone – particularly the milder ones – may … Read more

The Toronto school board says high school students will not be affected by lower grades in January

The Toronto District School Board says the policy was introduced because of the struggle students have been exposed to when switching in and out of virtual learning.Frank Gunn / The Canadian Press Students and experts say they are pleased that Canada’s largest school board will not let lower grades in the latter part of the … Read more

Mobile hospital units housed in department stores, while Omicron strains Canada’s hospital capacity

Workers build a field hospital in the parking lot at Sunnybrook Hospital in Toronto on March 17, 2021.Christopher Katsarov / The Globe and Mail Ottawa allocated $ 300 million at the beginning of the pandemic for the construction of 15 mobile hospitals, but only four units with 100 beds have been completed and they are … Read more

Quebec’s expansion of COVID-19 vaccine passports for liquor, pot stores likely sounds, legal experts say

A customer is leaving an SAQ sale on Thursday, the same day the Quebec government announced that vaccine passes will be required to enter all public liquor stores and cannabis sales from January 18th.Ryan Remiorz / The Canadian Press Legal experts say Quebec’s plan to extend its vaccine passport requirement to include cannabis and liquor … Read more

Ottawa’s rebates to farmers provide some relief from additional costs at carbon prices

Prairie grain farmers have long complained about the extra cost of carbon prices they have incurred in burning natural gas to dry their crops.SHANNON QUESTIONS / Reuters After three years, Ottawa is addressing one of the biggest inequalities in its CO2 pricing scheme by handing out rebates to farmers. Prairie grain farmers, in particular, have … Read more

Schools prepare for vacations amid rapid increase in COVID-19 cases in children aged five to 11

Many families have expressed frustration and anxiety over the possibility that children may be learning at a distance after the holidays.Nathan Denette / The Canadian Press Elementary school students in New Brunswick will begin their winter vacation a week earlier, and several school boards in Ontario have asked students and teachers to take their teaching … Read more

Inflation is a major headache for households, but not for Ottawa’s economy

Galloping inflation is a major headache for Canadian households, but not for Ottawa’s economy. The biggest price increase in two decades is set to deliver a revenue increase worth billions of dollars as the government prepares to deliver a fiscal update for the fall. The budget for April gave the impression that the economy was … Read more