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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Thursday, May 6, 2021

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 5:30 p.m. Alberta chief medical officer Dr. Deena Hinshaw says the province is no longer testing every sample for variants in order to free up lab capacity.
NACI chair says advice not meant to give AstraZeneca recipients vaccine remorse

NACI chair says advice not meant to give AstraZeneca recipients vaccine remorse

OTTAWA — The chair of the National Advisory Committee on Immunization says people who already got the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine should not feel they made a bad choice. Dr.
Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

Liberals pressed to ease access to EI parental leave to help unemployed moms

OTTAWA — The federal government is being asked to give new and soon-to-be moms a Mother's Day gift by closing a hole in the safety net preventing some from having their maternity leave fully covered.
Muslim, civil liberties groups to appeal Quebec court ruling on religious symbols law

Muslim, civil liberties groups to appeal Quebec court ruling on religious symbols law

MONTREAL — Two groups that unsuccessfully challenged Quebec's secularism law in court said Thursday they will appeal last month's ruling.
Canada agrees to take part in WTO talks to waive patent protections on vaccines

Canada agrees to take part in WTO talks to waive patent protections on vaccines

WASHINGTON — Canada agreed Thursday to join World Trade Organization talks on waiving the rules that protect vaccine trade secrets — a measure drug companies and a number of world leaders say would only slow down production.
Coroner role after strep-throat death of Indigenous child before Ontario's top court

Coroner role after strep-throat death of Indigenous child before Ontario's top court

TORONTO — The failure of a coroner to fully investigate the death of a four-year-old Indigenous boy was part of a systemic dereliction of duty that ought to face legal scrutiny, Ontario's top court heard on Thursday.
House parties and other gatherings blamed for Iqaluit's rise in COVID-19 cases

House parties and other gatherings blamed for Iqaluit's rise in COVID-19 cases

IQALUIT, Nunavut — Nunavut's chief public health officer says house parties and visits between households are to blame for a rise in COVID-19 cases in Iqaluit, but vaccination rates have also climbed in the capital. Dr.
Quebec to have single, dedicated prosecutor in domestic, sexual violence cases

Quebec to have single, dedicated prosecutor in domestic, sexual violence cases

MONTREAL — Female victims of domestic and sexual violence in Quebec will be supported by a single, dedicated prosecutor from the start to the end of their legal proceedings, the Quebec government announced Thursday.
Politically sensitive 'Made in Israel' wine-labelling case sent back to food agency

Politically sensitive 'Made in Israel' wine-labelling case sent back to food agency

TORONTO — A finding that wine from the West Bank can be labelled as a product of Israel was not reasoned properly and should now be thrashed out again, the Federal Court of Appeal has ruled.
B.C., Quebec shipyards each get new icebreaker, Liberals accused of electioneering

B.C., Quebec shipyards each get new icebreaker, Liberals accused of electioneering

OTTAWA — The Trudeau government is adding a second heavy icebreaker to its plans for the Canadian Coast Guard, a move that will boost the shipbuilding industry in two key provinces for the Liberals — and which could come at a hefty cost to taxpayers.