Ontario reports 656 new COVID-19 cases and 13 more deaths

September 1, 2021

Ontario reported more than 650 new COVID-19 cases on Wednesday as the seven-day rolling average remained virtually unchanged from yesterday. Provincial health officials logged 656 new coronavirus infections, up from 525 on Tuesday and 660 a week ago.



Doug Ford to announce details of Ontario’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system today

September 1, 2021

Ontario Premier Doug Ford is slated to announce his government’s impending proof-of-vaccination system — commonly called a COVID-19 vaccine passport — for the province today, his office has confirmed.



Recovery of children in unmarked graves at the top of First Nations election priorities

August 31, 2021

The Assembly of First Nations is hoping to bring the atrocities of residential schools back into the national conversation after releasing its election priorities for the campaign.



NAN hails Human Rights Tribunal decision on child welfare capital costs

August 31, 2021

Nishnawbe Aski Nation is welcoming an interim Canadian Human Rights Tribunal decision regarding child welfare services in First Nations communities. NAN says the CHRT last week ordered the federal government to pay the actual costs of capital purchases and/or construction required to deliver child welfare services.



The choice facing Indigenous voters

August 31, 2021

Niigaan Sinclair: In 2015, Indigenous voters helped the Liberals win a majority. But most of Trudeau’s success on Indigenous issues came after 2019, in a minority government. For all of Justin Trudeau’s time in office, the federal Liberals have made Canada’s treatment of Indigenous communities and reconciliation one of their leading policy promises.



Youth poised to become regional climate leaders come together virtually

September 1, 2021

Serpent River’s Candace Day Neveau highlighted the Indigenous commercial fishing legacy during the Climate Justice Across the Lake Superior Watershed virtual panel webinar at Lake Superior Living Labs Network’s Climate Action Field School.



NOSM celebrating increase in Indigenous learners to med school

August 31, 2021

This year, 17 per cent of the Northern Ontario School of Medicine’s (NOSM) new students identify as Indigenous. That’s a record for the institution, which has campuses in both Sudbury and Thunder Bay.



Assembly of First Nations unveils priorities ahead of federal election

August 31, 2021

The Assembly of First Nations has released a document outlining key priorities for First Nations and the next federal government. Coming into her first federal election as leader of the AFN, National Chief RoseAnne Archibald unveiled the organization’s election shopping list Tuesday, titled Healing Path Forward: 2021 Federal Priorities for Strengthening and Rebuilding First Nations.



As O’Toole wants flag raised, AFN Chief says half-mast ‘honours’ children amid unmarked graves

August 31, 2021

Keeping flags at half-mast for the children whose remains have been found at former residential school sites is a matter of honouring the little ones, AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald said Tuesday.



Decision highlights role ‘honour of the Crown plays in interpreting land patents,’ counsel says

August 31, 2021

The Ontario Court of Appeal has allowed the appeals of three First Nations and the Attorney General of Canada in a dispute with an estate over three islands. The decision, counsel said, highlights the importance of reviewing “the context of treaties and the honour of the Crown when there is an Indigenous interest at stake.”



Indigenous community comes together to mark Overdose Awareness Day

August 31, 2021

CHIPPEWAS OF THE THAMES FIRST NATION – Dozens of people gathered Tuesday in this Indigenous community southwest of London to mark Overdose Awareness Day.



MMIWG2S advocates call for universal basic income to be top issue in 2021 federal election

September 1, 2021

The push for a universal basic income is top of mind during this federal election campaign for many people who work with Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people. “It would definitely help save a lot of lives,” said Bianca Moar.



First Nations leaders endorse Liberal candidate while at an NDP event

August 31, 2021

During a campaign event in Winnipeg with NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh on Aug. 26, Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs Grand Chief Arlen Dumas and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO) Grand Chief Garrison Settee endorsed Liberal party candidate Shirley Robinson



New Brunswick decides not to formally enshrine new Truth and Reconciliation holiday

September 1, 2021

With only 29 days before Canada’s inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, New Brunswick has decided not to make it a provincial holiday.



Nearly all eligible members of Pimicikamak Cree Nation fully vaccinated against COVID-19

August 31, 2021

Chief David Monias of the Pimicikamak Cree Nation in Manitoba says 90 per cent of on-reserve members are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. The province estimates that roughly 46 per cent of First Nations people in Manitoba are fully vaccinated, though the number could be higher.



Cree activist turned author tells story of healing in Winnipeg’s inner city

August 31, 2021

In a new memoir, Winnipeg environmental activist Clayton Thomas-Muller details what life was like growing up as an Indigenous youth in Winnipeg’s inner city. Life in the City of Dirty Water ties together his stories of survival with his stories of defending lands against various pipelines.



The healing power of Zoon

August 31, 2021

Daniel Monkman is a time traveller. Throughout Bleached Wavves, his self-produced, debut album recorded as Zoon, the experimental Anishinaabe musician weaves the past, present and future together into a symphony of sound, light and storytelling. The results are both moving and kaleidoscopic.



AFN Alberta Chief slams UCP government

August 31, 2021

Marlene Poitras has issued a statement in response to the Alberta government’s refusal to observe Sept. 30 as the National Day of Reconciliation, tying it into their recent decision not to set up voting booths on reserve for October’s referenda and senate elections as examples of an anti-Indigenous bent in the United Conservative Party.



Search of former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School begins in B.C.’s Interior

August 31, 2021

A search of the grounds of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School in B.C.’s Interior has begun, as local First Nations look for confirmation of what happened to the children who were forced to attend the institution, but never returned home.



First Nation seeking court injunction to stop land transfer

August 31, 2021

The McLeod Lake Indian Band is seeking a court order to stop transfer of land it claims as traditional territory to the West Moberly First Naiton.



Trudeau first federal party leader to campaign in Iqaluit

August 31, 2021

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau’s campaign made a visit to Iqaluit late Monday. He joined his party’s local candidate — former territorial cabinet minister Pat Angnakak — who is vying for the territory’s only seat in Parliament.



Yellowknife artists explore Indigenous futures, with traditional materials

August 31, 2021

A group of artists in Yellowknife came together this summer to create a multimedia art piece that combines technology and moose skins. Showcased at the Prince of Wales Northern Heritage Centre along with a mixed reality exhibit exploring Indigenous Futurism, the art piece uses a traditional medium with an innovative twist.




2021 Federal Election


Where the main party leaders are on Day 18 of the federal election campaign

September 1, 2021

Here’s what you need to know about where the leaders of Canada’s major political parties are on Day 18 of the election campaign. You can watch streaming video of available live events on this page throughout the day. All times are eastern time (ET) unless otherwise noted.



Details matter in federal election housing pitches

September 1, 2021

When it comes to housing, politicians do love to throw around big numbers. Canada’s housing supply and affordability crisis is so big, the thinking seems to go, that it’s best to lead with big-sounding solutions.



Trudeau to pledge $50B of spending amid election fight

September 1, 2021

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is set to release an election campaign platform promising tens billions in spending on new initiatives that would be fully financed by a tax revenue windfall from an expanding economy.



Liberals to release platform on Wednesday amid tightening polls and looming debate

September 1, 2021

Liberals will release their full election platform Wednesday, a day ahead of the first televised leadership debate of the summer campaign.



Trudeau calls out ‘anti-vaxxers’ for putting kids at risk as campaign event is disrupted by protesters

August 31, 2021

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau made an election campaign stop Tuesday in Sudbury at a Laurentian campus, and while he didn’t address the Ontario university’s financial troubles, he told about two dozen protesters who were disrupting the event that “they’re wrong” for opposing COVID-19 vaccinations.



Opinion: Canada burns and the election heats up. Trudeau’s still trying to figure out if he’s a climate warrior.

September 1, 2021

Justin Trudeau unveiled his party’s climate plan to fast track a goal to reach net-zero emissions by 2050 at a campaign event Sunday, and he was nearly drowned out by a cacophony of screaming protesters and their air sirens.



Improving mental health supports a commitment from all parties, citing pandemic’s toll

August 31, 2021

Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau centred Tuesday’s campaign messaging on the party’s promise to improve access to mental health services nationwide, something his main opponents have also committed to do, citing the ongoing strain of the COVID-19 pandemic.



Would the Liberals hike the industry’s corporate income tax?

August 31, 2021

Brokers will probably not be directly affected by a Liberal election promise to raise corporate tax rates on insurance companies making over $1 billion a year in profits, the CEO of the national brokerage association suggests.



Erin O’Toole slams Liberals as new statistics reveal a shaky economy

August 31, 2021

The costs of COVID-19 were top of mind for federal party leaders Tuesday as new data suggested Canada was on shaky fiscal footing heading into the fourth wave of the pandemic.



Erin O’Toole says he’ll balance the federal budget ‘without cuts’

August 31, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole promised Tuesday to restore the federal government’s fiscal balance over the next decade and eliminate the gargantuan federal deficit “without cuts” to public services.



Conservative leader Erin O’Toole says he respects Ryerson University’s decision to change its name

August 31, 2021

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole says he respects Ryerson University’s decision to change its name, after he previously criticized the debate and referred to similar efforts as cancel culture.



Singh to target ‘big-money’ house-flippers by hiking taxable amount of capital gains

August 31, 2021

The NDP leader promised Tuesday to crack down on “big-money” house-flippers by increasing the taxable amount of capital gains profits from 50 to 75 per cent.



After praising Quebec’s egalitarianism, Bloc leader halts questions to female candidate

August 31, 2021

Bloc Québécois leader Yves-François Blanchet returned to a page from a book that served his party’s electoral fortunes well in 2019, praising equality between men and women in Quebec and raising his allegiance to Bill 21, the controversial piece of provincial legislation that bars public servants from wearing religious symbols at work.



Would-be Sudbury MPs debate the future of Laurentian U and reconciliation

August 31, 2021

Hours after Liberal leader Justin Trudeau appeared on the campus of Laurentian University without discussing the financial crisis facing the school, the candidates running to be Sudbury’s MP talked a lot about in an online debate on Tuesday night.



Peterborough Kawartha candidates seeking clean drinking water for First Nations communities

August 31, 2021

One candidate for Peterborough Kawartha riding is challenging her fellow candidates to drink the water from Curve Lake First Nation.



2 Mi’kmaw candidates seeking seat in Sydney-Victoria

August 31, 2021

Liberal Jaime Battiste made history in the 2019 federal election when he became the first Mi’kmaw MP elected to the House of Commons. This time around, Battiste is joined on the ballot in the Cape Breton riding of Sydney-Victoria by New Democrat Jeff Ward, marking what’s believed to be another first: two Mi’kmaw candidates running in the same riding.



Voter frustration could mute slim boost incumbency gives sitting MPs at the ballot box

September 1, 2021

Political strategists say Canadians are frustrated after almost two years of dealing with the pandemic, and that calling an election without a ‘clear narrative’ can damage the incumbent’s advantage.



More women than ever running in this election

August 31, 2021

All of the main federal parties have filed paperwork with Elections Canada detailing who will be running for them in the coming election, closing the door on any further changes to the candidate list before Canadians cast their ballots on Sept. 20.



Anticipated flood of mail-in ballots for federal election hasn’t materialized so far

September 1, 2021

The anticipated flood of Canadians choosing to vote by mail on Sept. 20 has been more of a trickle so far. As of Monday night, Elections Canada had issued 298,040 special ballot kits.



When to expect your voter information card

August 30, 2021

With the 44th Canadian federal election set for Sept. 20, just a few weeks away, Elections Canada has begun mailing out voter information cards to registered voters.



How can I vote while away at college or university? Your election questions answered

September 1, 2021

The pandemic has changed the way we do just about everything, and elections are no different — especially when it comes to post-secondary students.