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Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, detained in China almost 3 years, now on plane home
News/Politics: Canadian citizens Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig are returning to Canada nearly three years after they were arrested in China, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on Friday evening.
The Meng Wanzhou Huawei saga: A timeline
News: More than two years ago, Canadian police arrested Meng Wanzhou, an executive for Chinese tech giant Huawei, at the Vancouver International Airport. Since then, the case has resulted in heightened tensions between the two countries and strained diplomatic relations.
Canadian Catholic bishops offer apology for church's role in residential schools
News/Politics: The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops has issued a public apology to Indigenous people in Canada for the suffering endured at residential schools and says it will continue providing records to identify Indigenous children buried in unmarked graves.
Calgary police investigating Liberal MP-elect George Chahal
News/Canada/Calgary: An investigation has been launched into an incident involving newly elected Liberal MP George Chahal, Calgary police confirm. The former city councillor was captured on camera removing his opponent's campaign material from a porch and replacing it with a flyer of his own.
Britain offers Canada's military help to defend the Arctic
News/Politics: Britain is signalling its interest in working with the Canadian military in the Arctic by offering to take part in cold-weather exercises and bring in some of its more advanced capabilities — such as nuclear-powered submarines — to help with surveillance and defence in the Far North.
Premiers call for 'urgent' increase in health care funding
News/Politics: The country's premiers stood united Thursday in calling on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to increase the federal government's share of health care costs and to hold a first ministers' meeting to discuss the issue.
Former MP Marwan Tabbara gets 3 years' probation after pleading guilty to assault
Former Kitchener South-Hespeler MP Marwan Tabbara has received a conditional discharge and was placed on three years' probation after pleading guilty to two counts of assault and one of being unlawfully in a dwelling house.
Conservatives divided on what to do about Erin O'Toole after election loss
News/Politics: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole failed to unseat his Liberal opponent in this pandemic election — a result that has frustrated party members who were eager to put Justin Trudeau out of a job. But some party members seem to be more forgiving of O'Toole at this early stage of the election post-mortem process.
Ottawa promises to step up after Alberta asks for help with airlifting COVID-19 patients
News/Politics: Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says the federal government will pitch in after Alberta asked for help with airlifting COVID-19 patients, ICU-registered nurses and respiratory therapists.
Twitter restricts Maxime Bernier's account after he urged followers to 'play dirty' with journalists
News/Politics: Twitter has restricted People's Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier’s account, preventing him from posting any new messages until he takes down two tweets that encouraged his supporters to “play dirty” with journalists covering his campaign.
Lawsuit alleging 'systemic negligence' of bullying, harassment claims in RCMP moves ahead
News/Politics: A massive $1.1 billion lawsuit against the Royal Canadian Mounted Police alleging "systemic negligence" in cases of bullying and intimidation in the ranks has cleared another hurdle.
Jason Kenney survives caucus meeting with leadership review to come
News/Canada/Calgary: Alberta Premier Jason Kenney faced down a caucus revolt on Wednesday, as factions within his United Conservative Party coalesced in opposition to his leadership — but a reckoning has been put off to another day.
After Monday's vote, the federal Conservative caucus will be 95 per cent white
News/Politics: Only six of the Conservative candidates leading or elected in 119 ridings across the country are Black, Indigenous or a person of colour (BIPOC) — a share of the total that's even lower now that it was before the election because some Conservative incumbents lost their seats.
Expelled Liberal candidate says he'll sit as an Independent
News/Politics: Former Liberal candidate Kevin Vuong says that he'll sit as an Independent if he wins his close race in Spadina—Fort York — one of 13 federal ridings across the country that remain too close to call two days after the election.
Experts call for an overhaul of Canada's national security policy to cope with an 'angry' world
News/Politics: The newly re-elected Liberal government will have to hit the ground running on the world stage as U.S. President Joe Biden pledges new era of vigorous competition without triggering a new Cold War. Experts are urging the government to stop dealing with crises on an ad-hoc basis and appoint a permanent committee of cabinet for national security.
The age of minority governments has arrived. Can the parties adapt?
News/Politics: It's always dangerous to assume that what has happened in politics will continue to happen. But with the results of the 2021 federal election now in (or nearly so), it seems reasonable to assume at least one thing: minority Parliaments are now the rule, not the exception.