NEW YORK - Even as coronavirus deaths mount across Europe and New York, the U.S. and other countries are starting to contemplate an exit strategy and thinking about a staggered and carefully calibrated easing of restrictions designed to curb the scourge.
OTTAWA - Members of the Ontario English Catholic Teachers' Association have ratified an agreement for a new contract following months of contentious negotiations and four one-day strikes.
CALGARY - A privacy expert says Alberta's plan to use smartphone technology to enforce quarantines should come with a clear end date and detailed explanation of how data would be handled.
WASHINGTON - Congress is rushing headlong into a conflict over the next coronavirus aid package as the White House wants to pump $250 billion into a small business fund but opposes Democrats' proposal to tack on billions for protective gear, food stamps and support to state and local governments.
TORONTO - Canada's confirmed cases of COVID-19 surged past 19,000 on Wednesday, with more than 500 deaths ascribed to the raging global pandemic as Quebec became the province with the most fatalities attributed to the disease.
Lawyers argue for a living, but they can at least agree that recent court closures related to the COVID-19 pandemic are affecting people’s right to a speedy trial and could potentially result in some going free.
Esplanade Park, which has long been home to shifting populations of homeless people, is closed until further notice for wildfire mitigation work, the City of Penticton announced this week.
TORONTO - Health care workers should immediately be restricted to working for only one long-term care or retirement home to prevent the spread of COVID-19, the head of an association representing Ontario's registered nurses said Wednesday.
TORONTO - Premier Doug Ford vowed Wednesday to immediately and vastly increase the number of COVID-19 tests Ontario performs after the province faced criticism for allowing most of its lab capacity to sit idle for days.
YELLOWKNIFE - The Northwest Territories is creating a squad of public health officers specifically to enforce orders around the COVID-19 pandemic.
OTTAWA - Legislation to enact a massive wage subsidy program is being held up as political parties debate how Parliament should work in the midst of a deadly global pandemic.
OTTAWA - First Nations and Metis leaders say they need more from Ottawa to combat COVID-19 in their communities, including money, assistance with security and help acquiring protective equipment.
TORONTO - The shortcomings of Canada's COVID-19 testing strategy came to the fore Wednesday as Ontario's premier admitted to "unacceptable" testing rates, Quebec promised to aggressively root out infections in long-term care homes and Nova Scotia expanded its eligibility criteria, vowing to …
OTTAWA - Gaps in Canada's data collection means the country could be unable to see which groups are most affected by COVID-19, researchers warn.
CALGARY - A man whose wife died of COVID-19 last month says the two of them were expecting 2020 to be the best year of their lives.
OTTAWA - Canada's energy minister will speak to his U.S. and Mexican counterparts Thursday in a bid to form a common front ahead of talks aimed at ending the global oil-price wars.
MONTREAL - Quebec reorganized its hospitals in anticipation of an influx of COVID-19 patients, only to receive fewer sick people than authorities anticipated.
OTTAWA - One of the companies making ventilators for the federal government is expanding its production capacity more than tenfold to meet demands created by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Business groups applauded the federal government's decision to loosen requirements for its wage subsidy program for employers hit by COVID-19, even as they emphasized the need for money to quickly flow to struggling Canadian enterprises.
OTTAWA - The Canadian Armed Forces has quietly revealed that 20 service members took their own lives last year, the largest number of military suicides since 2014.
NEW YORK - Stocks shot to a 3.4% gain on Wall Street Wednesday as investors chose to focus on the optimistic side of data about the coronavirus outbreak’s trajectory.
EDMONTON - Landowners and legal experts say Alberta's hastily passed bill to help clean up the province's huge stockpile of abandoned energy facilities harms property rights without addressing why the problem exists in the first place.
Canada's politicians have been urging the public to work from home during the COVID-19 crisis, but a look at federal and provincial leaders suggests not all of them are following their own advice.
COQUITLAM, B.C. - Police say a 24-year-old man from Coquitlam, B.C., has been charged with assaulting a police officer after allegedly coughing towards three officers during an arrest.
TABER, Alta. - A man from southern Alberta has been charged with mischief after police say he tried to lick a product inside a food store as part of an online prank related to the COVID-19 pandemic.
MONTREAL - One of the two Quebecers who successfully fought to expand medically assisted dying laws has undergone the procedure, saying the COVID-19 pandemic forced him to push up his death.
WASHINGTON - Canada's relationship with the United States has always required "constant gardening," but never more so than in the throes of a global pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday as she cheered the partial arrival of a shipment of face masks.
LOS ANGELES - Thomas L. Miller, who produced a string of hit TV comedies included “Full House” and “Perfect Strangers” before beginning a new chapter as a Broadway producer, has died. He was 79.
TORONTO - A man who filmed up the skirt of a young woman at a fair and then swallowed the camera's memory card as police approached him has had his child pornography conviction overturned because officers violated his rights egregiously, Ontario's top court ruled on Wednesday.
BRUSSELS - European governments remained at loggerheads Wednesday over measures to help the economy weather the coronavirus outbreak, breaking off a meeting of finance officials who clashed over aid conditions and proposals to borrow together to pay for the health crisis.
LONDON - European planemaker Airbus said Wednesday it is reducing production by about a third as demand for aircraft and travel plummets due to the coronavirus pandemic.
MONTREAL - A Quebec man involved in an alleged assault that left a security guard seriously injured and that police initially described as a kind of COVID-19 road rage was granted bail on Wednesday.
LONDON - British Prime Minister Boris Johnson remains in intensive care with the coronavirus but is improving and sitting up in bed, a senior government minister said Wednesday, as the U.K. recorded its biggest spike in COVID-19 deaths to date.
The COVID-19 pandemic has affected every province and territory. Canada's chief public health officer and her provincial counterparts are encouraging people to wash their hands, give each other space and wear a mask if they are sick or a homemade one if they believe they could have been expo…
THE HAGUE, Netherlands - The global chemical weapons watchdog issued a report Wednesday blaming the Syrian air force for a series of chemical attacks using sarin and chlorine in late March 2017 on the central town of Latamneh.
John Prine, the ingenious singer-songwriter who explored the heartbreaks, indignities and absurdities of everyday life in “Angel from Montgomery,” “Sam Stone,” “Hello in There” and scores of other indelible tunes, died Tuesday at the age of 73.
OTTAWA - More than 100 Canadian soldiers have returned home from Ukraine and are in quarantine at an Ontario military base for the next two weeks to ensure they do not have COVID-19.
NASHVILLE - The wife of celebrated singer-songwriter John Prine said she was able to sit with her husband in the last hours of his life. Prine died Tuesday at 73 from complications of COVID-19.
WASHINGTON - Sen. Bernie Sanders, who saw his once strong lead in the Democratic primary evaporate as the party’s establishment lined swiftly up behind rival Joe Biden, ended his presidential bid on Wednesday, an acknowledgment that the former vice-president is too far ahead for him to have …
LONDON - A truck driver accused in the deaths of 39 Vietnamese migrants whose bodies were found inside a refrigerated container that had been hauled to England pleaded guilty to manslaughter Wednesday.