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The West Block: Jan. 23, 2022 | Defence minister on Ukraine support, Alberta premier discusses COVID

This week on “The West Block”, Defence Minister Anita Anand joins host Mercedes Stephenson to discuss Canada’s ongoing response to Russian aggression at the Ukrainian border. Then, in a wide-ranging interview, Alberta Premier Jason Kenney joins Stephenson to talk about challenges to his leadership, when COVID-19 restrictions may end and his fraught relationship with the federal government. For more…

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COVID-19: Trudeau provides update as Omicron-fuelled 5th wave ripples across provinces | LIVE

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, alongside Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos, will be providing an update as the Omicron-fuelled fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic appears to be peaking in some provinces, while others say the worst is likely still to come. Even as they both set new records for hospitalizations, officials in Ontario and Quebec say the daily rate…

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COVID-19: Canada in for "intense" weeks of Omicron infections, data shows | FULL

Canada is set for several “intense” weeks of COVID-19 activity as the Omicron variant continues to drive record infections and hospitalizations, new modelling data suggested on Friday. The projections indicate the Omicron wave could peak at 170,000 cases a day this month, though officials say the numbers are estimates of the “true number of daily cases” that may be…

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Trudeau not ready to endorse Quebec's plan to tax unvaccinated

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Wednesday that he needs to know more about Quebec’s plan to impose some sort of levy on the unvaccinated before he can decide whether to support it. »»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWS Connect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iX Find CBC News…

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PM, Health minister give COVID-19 update

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos will take questions on the COVID-19 situation along with International Trade Minister Mary Ng and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi. »»» Subscribe to CBC News to watch more videos: http://bit.ly/1RreYWS Connect with CBC News Online: For breaking news, video, audio and in-depth coverage: http://bit.ly/1Z0m6iX Find CBC News on Facebook: http://bit.ly/1WjG36m Follow…

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COVID-19: Premiers press Trudeau on vaccine mandates, antiviral pill approval

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has held a call with Canada’s premiers, and the Omicron surge was at the top of the agenda. The teleconference was held on Tuesday with many of the country’s provincial and territorial premiers it was their first meeting since mid-December, and since the omicron variant pushed case counts and hospitalizations to record highs. From warnings…

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COVID-19: New financial support for Canadian businesses, workers hit by Omicron

With a fresh wave of Omicron-related COVID-19 restrictions coming into place in many parts of the country, new federal dollars have been earmarked to support struggling businesses and workers left in limbo. The federal government says it’s expanding eligibility for its $300-per-week worker benefit program. Instead of applying only to those who lost work due to lockdowns, it will…

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Global National: Dec. 21, 2021 | Omicron spread fuels demand for COVID-19 testing, boosters

In tonight’s top story: Skyrocketing Omicron case numbers have fuelled demand for rapid COVID-19 tests and vaccine boosters. As Mike Drolet explains, one epidemiologist says it’s only a matter of time before “everyone” catches this variant. Meanwhile, just before the holidays, British Columbia has introduced new restrictions to combat a record-breaking COVID-19 surge. Keith Baldrey explains the new rules,…

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COVID-19: Canada enacts travel restrictions for southern Africa over "Omicron" variant | LIVE

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos and other Canadian health officials are expected to provide an update on the country’s response to COVID-19 as concerns mount over a new variant, B.1.1.529, which was first detected in South Africa. The Conservative Party on Friday morning called on the Liberal government to take new measures, including to put in place a ban on…

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