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Liberal government’s $1.5-billion marine safety plan may fall short with increased tanker traffic

By Denis Calnan      

One oil spill specialist says the government 'missed the mark' on the marine safety plan, while another calls it a 'step in the right direction' that may require more attention if marine traffic increases.

The Port of Vancouver on Canada's West Coast. It's expected the approval of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline expansion will increase oil tanker traffic into the Burrard Inlet to more than 400 ships a year. Photograph courtesy of Bobanny, Wikimedia Commons.

The government’s recently announced five-year, $1.5-billion marine safety plan may just be a drop in the ocean in terms of what is actually needed to prevent and clean up oil spills affecting Canadian waters, say some observers.

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Toronto ‘getting shortchanged’ on vaccine distribution, say some Toronto Grit MPs

News|By Abbas Rana
Liberal MP Adam Vaughan wants the Doug Ford government to publicly release the allocation criteria used for the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in different regions of Ontario.

Bill to raise debt ceiling to $1.8-trillion advances to Senate

The Liberal government is planning to push the federal debt close to the new ceiling by 2024.

Liberals tight-lipped on labour standoff near party’s Montreal heartland

The government must keep workers on the job, say business lobby groups. The longshoremen's union says the Liberals should publicly rule out the use of back-to-work legislation.

Feds dole out millions for harm-reduction projects amid opioid overdose uptick

News|By Mike Lapointe
Nearly 2,700 people in Canada died from an opioid-related overdose between April 2020 and September 2020, according to the Special Advisory Committee on the Epidemic of Opioid Overdoses.

‘There’s so much at stake with this’: Liberal MPs want landmark federal budget focused on economics, not politics

News|By Abbas Rana
The April 19 budget ‘will be the election budget any way that you cut it,’ says pollster Nik Nanos of Nanos Research

Feds likely to be drawn into talks on standardizing use of vaccine passports, despite reticence to wade in

News|By Beatrice Paez
Barring residents who haven’t been vaccinated from travelling to another province may be the unlikeliest of scenarios, but Prof. Krishnamurthy says he sees certificates being used to confer benefits to pass holders.

Don’t miss out on getting vaccine, urge MPs, Senators amid concerns over rare blood clots

News|By Palak Mangat
The political instinct is to ‘accept no risk’ when solving a problem, but that’s not how the ‘real world of medicine’ works, says former emergency-room doctor and Liberal MP Marcus Powlowski.

Trudeau says eight million more Pfizer shots to arrive starting May, as Moderna halves April deliveries

‘We need to hang in there and hunker down for a number of more weeks,’ the prime minister told Canadians.

Appeal court overturns suspension of Canada-U.S. asylum agreement

Last July, a landmark Federal Court ruling declared the 17-year-old refugee pact violated the Charter. Today, the appeal court disagreed, and so the treaty will remain in effect.
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