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‘Inevitable’ rise of Omicron shows ‘failed approach’ to ending pandemic, say experts

By Mike Lapointe      

With millions of Canadians ready to receive their third COVID-19 shot, billions more in lower-income countries have yet to receive even one dose. Public health experts are urging the federal government to show more leadership in helping combat the pandemic around the world.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pictured alongside chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam and deputy chief public health officer Dr. Howard Njoo during an update on the COVID-19 pandemic on Oct. 5, 2020. Just over 76 per cent of the Canadian population is fully vaccinated, but only 7.1 per cent of people in low-income countries have received one or more doses as the world now contends with the Omicron variant. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

Public health professionals and global health advocacy groups are reiterating months-long calls for the federal government to step up its leadership on the urgent need to immunize billions of people in developing nations who have yet to receive even a single shot.

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Liberals and Conservatives can’t even agree on their divisions over release of Winnipeg lab documents

Government House Leader Mark Holland says releasing any sensitive Winnipeg lab documents could compromise ongoing investigations, and could potentially could endanger the lives of Canadian security intelligence officers.

O’Toole attack on Guilbeault an appeal to blue collar class, says strategists

News|By Alice Chen
The tone and style of the Jan. 11 video is an example of Erin O’Toole’s Conservatives 'ramping up,' and 'doubling down' on their rhetoric, says NDP strategist Cameron Holmstrom.

Canada boosts Ukrainian military training mission, but yet to match Kyiv’s ask for lethal weapons, sanctions

News|By Neil Moss
Canada's commitment to its Ukrainian training mission will increase by 60 soldiers to 260 'within days,' and it could increase over time to 400.

In a NAFTA renegotiation team reunion, Freeland’s Finance Department adds Steve Verheul

News|By Neil Moss
Widely praised across the partisan spectrum, Steve Verheul has been called an 'architect' of Canada's trade policy.

‘Cacophony of views’ in national media landscape may not serve viewers, says former CBC bureau chief

News|By Ian Campbell
On a recent episode of the Herle Burly podcast, veteran former journalist and political strategist Elly Alboim weighed in on the state of the national media.

Back in business: House Committees primed to play catch up with busy agendas

‘We’re definitely trying to catch up in an ever-changing period of time for everyone,’ says NDP Whip Rachel Blaney of upcoming House committee work.

Ukraine envoy ‘confident’ talks will lead to Canada meeting requests as Russian threat looms

News|By Neil Moss
As the Canadian government is believed to be preparing a decision on Ukraine's three requests for assistance, Kyiv's top diplomat in Ottawa says 'intensive communication' has taken place at the highest levels.

Reconciliation ‘has no end date,’ says GG Simon who hopes for a future of healing in Canada

Feature|By Christopher Guly
Mary Simon wants to make a significant impact on reconciliation, wants Arctic communities to be healthy and vibrant, and wants to do her part to help fight climate change. It's ambitious stuff.

RCMP union tours Alberta as province explores new police force, contract policing increasingly under microscope

News|By Mike Lapointe
Contract policing arrangements between the Mounties and a number of provinces and municipalities have come increasingly under review by policymakers in recent years.
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