O'Toole, who encourages vaccinations but opposes vaccine mandates, called Quebec's proposal unfair, predicting that it won't persuade those who are hesitant to get a shot to finally roll up their sleeves.
Federal Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos says Canada is in crisis when it comes to COVID-19 PCR testing capacity, as Ottawa struggles to make good on its promise to deliver 140 million rapid tests to provinces by the end of the month.
Advocates working with Black and Indigenous communities say a proposal to make unvaccinated adults pay a financial penalty risks further entrenching inequities in Canada's pandemic response, and adding another burden to those who are marginalized.
Canadians unwilling to be vaccinated against COVID-19 should be accommodated through measures like rapid testing, Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole said on Thursday, January 6, 2022, as health experts warned the lightning-fast spread of the Omicron variant threatens to overwhelm hospitals.
Ottawa announced on Tuesday, January 4, 2022, it had secured agreements in principle to compensate First Nations children harmed by its underfunding of child welfare, revealing for the first time early details about what the historic arrangement will cover.
Murray Sinclair, like so many other Indigenous leaders, says the discovery by First Nations of hundreds of unmarked graves at former residential school sites has led to more people learning, and accepting, what survivors of these institutions experienced.
The Liberal government is preparing to spend $40 billion to compensate First Nations children harmed by Ottawa's underfunding of child and family services on reserve, as well as on reforming the current system.