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Temporary fixes, outdated policies leave some First Nations without safe drinking water: AG

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This story has been updated to include additional comments from auditor general Karen Hogan and Conservative Indigenous services critic Gary Vidal. Although the federal government is making progress in improving drinking water in some First Nations communities, a number are only getting temporary solutions to their water issues that may leave them with unsafe water in the years to come, says a new audit released on Thursday. The report, tabled in Parliament by federal auditor general Karen Hogan, states that, in some cases, Indigenous Services Canada provided temporary measures to lift long-term advisories but long-term solutions to address underlying […]

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Flying back to Canada? Here’s what you can expect at the new COVID-19 quarantine hotels

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The federal government has a message for Canadians: Now is not the time to travel. On Monday, Canada’s mandatory COVID-19 quarantine hotel stays will go into effect. The new rule is part of an effort to reduce non-essential travel and get ahead of the new virus variants — three of which have already been confirmed inside the country. Anyone flying into Canada will be forced to stay in an approved hotel either in Alberta, British Columbia, Ontario or Quebec while they await negative test results. 2:31 Rules, loopholes, and true cost of Canada’s quarantine hotels Rules, loopholes, and true […]

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Indigenous services minister ‘alarmed’ by allegations about construction practices on First Nations

Chief Chris Moonias looks into Neskantaga’s water reservoir on Oct. 26, 2020. A week earlier, an oily sheen had been detected on the water forcing the water to be shut off and the entire community evacuated.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he was alarmed by revelations of a December investigation into construction practices in on-reserve water projects and said he would like to start collecting information about the performance of contractors working on First Nations infrastructure. “I’m keen to have as much data as possible. And if it’s helpful in ensuring that the people aren’t the subject of sharp practices, and I’m glad to do that,” Miller said in an interview on Jan.15.   The investigation by a consortium of journalists including Global News, APTN News and the Institute for Investigative Journalism (IIJ) exposed […]

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Pair of Lethbridge roads the focus of project with potential $19M price tag

Pair of Lethbridge roads the focus of project with potential $19M price tag

A planning and design study underway by City of Lethbridge staff is recommending more than $19 million in renovations for a pair of roads. An update on The 13 Street / 5 Avenue N Functional Planning and Design Project was presented to members of city council on Thursday, sitting as the Civic Works Standing Policy Committee. Read more: City of Lethbridge eyes safety goal of 0 traffic fatalities The study has been underway since early 2019 with the goal of increasing safety for all modes of transportation within Lethbridge, as well as encouraging a higher pedestrian, cycling and transit […]

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Canada OKs troubled Boeing 737 MAX 8 jets to resume service this week

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Boeing’s troubled 737 MAX 8 jets can resume flying in Canadian airspace this week. Transport Canada deemed the grounded jets airworthy and said it will lift the ban on flying the jets on Wednesday, which will allow Canadian airlines to begin operating them once more. READ MORE: Boeing 737 MAX could soon return to Canadian skies as officials OK design changes Aviation authorities around the world grounded the jets roughly 20 months ago following devastating twin air crashes just months apart that killed just shy of 350 people. Fatal flaws in some of the aircraft sensors were shown to […]

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Alberta health-care workers in COVID-19, medical and surgical units now eligible for vaccine

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In a news release Friday afternoon, the Alberta government said vaccine appointments will be offered to health-care workers in medical, surgical and COVID-19 units, “starting immediately.” That group includes about 3,300 staff who work on COVID-19 units and 15,400 who work in medical and surgical units, the province said. These workers were initially included in Phase 1B of Alberta’s vaccine rollout, which wasn’t scheduled to take place until February. Read more: COVID-19: No clear answer on when Alberta’s public health restrictions will be lifted However, Alberta doctors have been pushing the government to give those who work in COVID-19 […]

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