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Ottawa, Beijing spar over China’s treatment of Uyghurs

Washington/Sputnik: Ottawa and Beijing sparred over human rights issues in the others’ countries, with Canada pushing China at the United Nations Human Rights Council (UNHRC) meeting for free access to Xinjiang province to investigate alleged human rights violations against the Uyghur people.

Air Canada, Ottawa strike $4.68bln financial aid deal

Toronto/Sputnik: Air Canada and the federal government have struck a deal that will see the country’s flag carrier be given access of up to $4.68 billion in liquidity through a federal COVID-19 stimulus program for large businesses, the airliner said.

Health Canada approves AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine, to receive 500,000 doses by March-end

Ottawa/IBNS: Health Canada has approved the use of the COVID-19 vaccine from AstraZeneca on Friday morning after reviewing two-dose vaccines for safety and efficacy since October, Health Canada reported.

Canada's top defense Admiral Art McDonald voluntarily steps aside amidst investigation

Ottawa/IBNS: With just over two years into the job, Admiral Art McDonald, Canada's new top military commander has voluntarily stepped aside amid investigation by the Canadian Forces National Investigation Service due to unspecified allegations levelled against him.

Merit not seniority will lead to hiring in schools: Ontario Education Minister

Ottawa/IBNS: Ontario Education Minister Stephen Lecce on Thursday announced in a news conference in Vaughan that all school boards in the province will hire teachers based on merit repealing the old policy of following the seniority.

Canada Conservatives skeptical if Liberals meet target to end First Nations' boil water advisories

Ottawa/IBNS: COVID-19 pandemic has jeopardized some of the Liberal government's key deadlines of its reconciliation agenda including a promise to end all long-term boil-water advisories on First Nations by March 2021, media reports said. 

Erin O'Toole, Canada's new Conservative Party leader, gets 57 pct votes on final ballot

Ottawa/IBNS: Erin O'Toole became the new Canada's Conservative Party leader Aug 24 by getting 57 per cent of the votes on the third and final ballot, compared to 43 per cent for second-place contender Peter MacKay, media reports said.

Canada: Ottawa police hate crime unit investigates a man's vulgar abuses at McKenna's office

Ottawa/IBNS:  Investigation by the Ottawa police hate crimes unit is underway after a man screamed last week vulgar abuses outside Infrastructure and Communities Minister Catherine McKenna's constituency office, media reports said. 

Canada announces vital initiatives to procure vaccines, therapies to prevent COVID-19

Ottawa/IBNS: Anita Anand, Canada's Public Services and Procurement Minister has announced during a news conference in Toronto that the Government of Canada has entered into agreements with Pfizer and Moderna to secure millions of doses of potential COVID-19 vaccines.

Canada recognizes First Nations leadership in conservation with $600,000 fund for IGPP

Ottawa/IBNS: A sum of $600,000 was announced by the government of Canada on Thursday to fund 10 new indigenous projects across the country for the period 2020–2021 in the First Nations tier 1 stream under the Indigenous Guardians Pilot Program ( IGPP), media reports said.

Canada: Complaints raised against Gov Gen Payette over harassment, verbal abuse at Rideau Hall

Ottawa/IBNS:  Multiple sources have complained to CBC News about a toxic atmosphere of harassment and verbal abuse created by Canada's Governor General Julie Payette at Rideau Hall, Payette's official residence, media reports said.

Canada ill-prepared for second wave of COVID-19, says Senate Committee

Ottawa/IBNS: The Liberal Party of Canada had been asked by Canada's Senate Committee to deliver by Labour Day a contingency plan to contain the potential second wave of COVID-19, for which Canada is ill-prepared, media reports said.

Canada: RCMP arrest an armed man who gained access to Rideau Hall grounds in Ottawa

Ottawa/IBNS: Police on Thursday morning arrested an armed man who had gained access to the grounds at Rideau Hall, the Governor General's official residence in Canada's Ottawa, media reports said.

COVID-19: High Commissioner of India in Ottawa plans return of stranded Indians

Toronto/IBNS: The phased return of nearly three lakh Indians, mainly students stranded in Canada due to COVID-19 pandemic, is being planned by the office of the High Commissioner of India in Ottawa (Canada), media reports said.

Two wounded in shooting in Ottawa

Ottawa (Xinhua/UNI) Two men were wounded in a shooting in the western part of Canadian capital city of Ottawa Sunday morning, according to Ottawa Police.