Health Minister Tyler Shandro and joined Dr. Deena Hinshaw, the province’s chief medical officer of health, at Thursday’s COVID-19 news conference. (THE CANADIAN PRESS)   With case numbers falling, Alberta will ease some public health restrictions starting on Monday, allowing hair salons, barbershops and other personal-services businesses to reopen by appointment only. Also starting on Jan.…

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Ontario is poised to impose a provincewide lockdown starting Christmas Eve, sources confirmed Sunday. (Evan Mitsui/CBC News)   The Ontario government is poised to impose a provincewide lockdown starting Christmas Eve, sources confirmed Sunday, as the province logs more than 2,000 new cases of COVID-19 for the sixth consecutive day. A 28-day lockdown for the southern portions of…

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  A select few Canadians could receive the country’s first coronavirus vaccine shots as early as next week. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Monday that Canada has secured an agreement to receive its first batch of Pfizer’s coronavirus vaccine before the end of the year — up to 249,000 doses. Pending Health Canada approval, “Canadians will be getting vaccinated starting next…

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Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship Canada (IRCC) is now processing more spousal immigration applications following a slowdown at the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic. Prior to the pandemic, Canada was aiming to welcome 70,000 new immigrants under its Spouses, Partners and Children category. Under its new 2021-2023 Immigration Levels Plan this target will increase to around 80,000 annually moving…

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  After months of no Covid-19 cases in its communities, the Canadian territory of Nunavut is entering a two-week coronavirus lockdown. The territory has seen rapid spread following the first confirmed community case on 6 November, in the hamlet of Sanikiluaq. There are now 60 confirmed cases across four communities – Sanikiluaq, Rankin Inlet, Whale…

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  Canada added another 84,000 jobs in October, which is significantly slower employment growth compared to the month before. Between August and September, there were 378,200 jobs created in Canada’s labour market. Throughout October, restrictions were re-imposed across Canada in response to the increase in COVID-19 cases, leading to slower employment growth. At the same…

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  Canadians stopped and paid tribute to our fallen soldiers Wednesday, though the COVID-19 pandemic meant many traditional Remembrance Day ceremonies were either cancelled or had gone virtual. A modest crowd gathered in downtown Ottawa to witness a solemn Remembrance Day ceremony at the National War Memorial, instead of the tens of thousands who normally…

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