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More than 50M people currently impacted by urban conflict: UN
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More than 50M people currently impacted by urban conflict: UN

WASHINGTON – More than 50 million people are currently being impacted by fighting inside towns and cities around the world, UN Secretary-General Antonio Guterres said Tuesday. Speaking at the opening of a UN Security Council debate on how to protect civilians caught up in urban conflict, Guterres said when explosive weapons are used in populated areas,...

Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI
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Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI

OTTAWA — The National Advisory Committee on Immunization (NACI) has urged kids aged five to 11 to get their two doses of an mRNA COVID-19 shot, and also recommends a third dose for immunocompromised kids.  When child-sized doses of Pfizer-BioNTech’s COVID-19 vaccine were approved for kids in November, NACI decreed that kids may be offered...

Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat
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Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat

OTTAWA — As the Trudeau government wraps its cabinet retreat Wednesday, its handling of the Ukraine-Russia crisis faces growing criticism for being soft and superficial while rendering Canada missing in action with its allies. The criticism comes from not only the Conservative Opposition but from a former Canadian analyst in Europe who was on the...

Ottawa inks deal to share more residential school records with reconciliation centre
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Ottawa inks deal to share more residential school records with reconciliation centre

OTTAWA — Canada’s Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Marc Miller announced Thursday Ottawa has entered into an agreement with the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation to hand over thousands more records on residential schools that the federal government has been holding back. The government says the agreement outlines how and when it will send the historical...

Experts stress Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 treatment not a replacement for vaccines
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Experts stress Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 treatment not a replacement for vaccines

There’s hope that Health Canada’s approval of Pfizer’s antiviral COVID-19 treatment will help ease the strain on the country’s health-care system, as hospitalizations continue their steady climb. The pill uses a combination of two antiviral drugs to prevent the virus that causes COVID-19 from replicating once it has infected a patient, but health officials stress...

Documents give glimpse of Finance Department’s outlook, warnings on inflation
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Documents give glimpse of Finance Department’s outlook, warnings on inflation

OTTAWA — Newly released documents show the Finance Department last year warned that the pace of price increases could gain speed, even as the Liberal government and central bank maintained that inflationary pressures were temporary. In a briefing note to Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland from the spring, officials outlined “the case for runaway inflation” as...