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Trudeau government survives confidence vote
Trudeau government survives confidence vote
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The conservative party had demanded a committee to investigate alleged government corruption. During the pandemic, contracts have allegedly been awarded unlawfully to persons close to Trudeau. The government had declared the application a matter of trust and the liberal Canadian government of Prime Minister Trudeau has survived the subsequent vote of confidence.

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Trudeau announces Covid-19 vaccines will be made available for free through the health-care system
Trudeau announces Covid-19 vaccines will be made available for free through the health-care system
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The Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has announced that all Covid-19 vaccines that will be approved in the future by Health Canada will be made available for free to all Canadians through the health-care system.

The government also indicated that first, the most vulnerable and essential workers should have access to a vaccine.

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Trudeau’s Liberal Party has reintroduced a bill to ban "gay conversion therapy"
Trudeau’s Liberal Party has reintroduced a bill to ban "gay conversion therapy"
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Trudeau’s Liberal Party has reintroduced a bill that would ban "gay conversion therapy", a pseudoscientific practise of trying to alter someone's sexual orientation or gender identity, on Thursday.

The legislation was previously introduced back in March before parliament had to close due to Covid-19.

"Conversion therapy is harmful, degrading, and has no place in Canada … I hope that all parties will do the right thing by supporting this bill," so PM Justin Trudeau on Thursday.

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United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
United States border to Canada and Mexico will stay closed over Covid-19 outbreak
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According to a Twitter announcement by acting United States Homeland Security Department Secretary Chad Wolf the borders to Canada and Mexico will stay closed for until the 21 of September.

He wrote that "we continue to work with our Canadian and Mexican partners to slow the spread of #COVID19. Accordingly, we have agreed to extend the limitation of non-essential travel at our shared land ports of entry through September 21". The ban does not include air travel as well as trade.

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Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
Canada: Cannabis Record Suspension program with 257 granted pardons in first year
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In 2019 Canada has revealed a program to grant Canadians an easy way to be granted a pardon if they have a criminal record for simple possession of cannabis.

Since the creation of the program, 458 people have applied for a pardon at the Parole Board of Canada (PBC). Out of these applications, 194 have been returned because of ineligibility or incomplete files. 257 have been granted and two have been discontinued. Five cases are still in the process.

In 2018 Canada has passed the Cannabis Act legalized and regulated the possession, distribution, consumption and cultivation of marijuana for recreational used.

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Stephen McNeil, Nova Scotia Premier, steps down from office
Stephen McNeil
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The Nova Scotia Premier Stephen McNeil announced Thursday he is stepping down and leaving public office after 17 years.

Initially elected in 2003, McNeil, as a member of the legislative assembly for Annapolis, a town of Nova Scotia, and has been the Premier of the province for the last seven years. In a news conference, McNeil said: "17 years is a long time, and it’s long enough".

McNeil said he had decided to resign from office before the Covid-19 pandemic, but reconsidered his decision when the virus reached Nova Scotia earlier this year.

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Trudeau turns down White House invitation to celebrate USMCA deal
Justin Trudeau in May 2020
Justin Trudeau in May 2020 Credit: Justin Trudeau – Prime Minister of Canada (Creative Commons Attribution 3.0)

Canadian prime minister Justin Trudeau has turned down an invitation of the White House to celebrate the USMCA deal signed by the U.S., Canada and Mexico. The USMCA (United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement) is replacing NAFTA (North American Free Trade Agreement).

"We wish the United States and Mexico well at Wednesday’s meeting. While there were recent discussions about the possible participation of Canada, the prime minister will be in Ottawa this week for scheduled cabinet meetings and the long-planned sitting of parliament," so Trudeau's office.

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Canadian pilot 'drew' raised BLM fist in the sky in dedication to George Floyd
Screenshot of Neonakis' flight path
Screenshot of Neonakis' flight path Credit: flightaware.com

Canadian pilot Dimitri Neonakis took a different approach to show his support for the BLM movement: he designed a flight path that 'drew' the outline of the raised BLM fist. In a post to Facebook, the pilot shared a screenshot of his path alongside a photograph of George Floyd and adding "For George". FlightAware also shared the route timelapse on Twitter.

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Canada unemployment rate hits 13% due to Covid-19 pandemic

The unemployment rate in Canada hits 13% due to the coronavirus lockdown, after three million jobs were cut in the last two monts. Only during the 1982 recession, there was a higher rate (13.1%).

"These numbers tell us what we already know: Canadians are hurting because of this pandemic. Everyone has their own story. But it all boils down to a very difficult time for a lot of people," Prime Minister Justin Trudeau told a daily briefing.

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Sophie Grégoire Trudeau announces that she has recovered from the coronavirus

In a Facebook post Sophie Grégoire Trudeau has announced that she has successfully recovered from the coronavirus. Her husband and prime minister of Canada Justin Trudeau has said that his family had self-isolated for the recommended 14-day quarantine period, but will continue to stay at home during the pandemic.

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New Brunswick stays at 11 cases - no new infections

Dr. Jennifer Russell, New Brunswick’s chief medical officer of health, has announced that the Canadian Province New Brunswick has no new confirmed or presumptive cases of the coronavirus and remains at eleven. She also announced that schools will continue to stay closed until April 10th and that blood donations are needed. She assured that blood could be donated safely and additional precautions are in place, but that blood donations are especially needed during pandemic times.