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Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Refusal rate for immigration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds rising: data

The 2021 figures, which only include up to Feb. 28, show the rate of applications refused climbed to 70%

Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Ambassador of France to Canada, Kareen Rispal, is photographed at the Embassy of France in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

After opening its borders to Canadian tourists, France wants Canada to do the same

France lets Canadians who can prove they are fully vaccinated, or who submit a recent negative COVID-19 test and who attest to not having COVID-19 symptoms, to enter its territory.

Ambassador of France to Canada, Kareen Rispal, is photographed at the Embassy of France in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Children sing the national anthem with members of team Canada before the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer action in Vancouver on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Canada’s soccer fields, tennis courts and swimming pools are reopening after the pandemic, but a new study finds that many girls across the country may not go back to the sports they loved. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Thousands of Canadian girls not committed to playing sports post-COVID: study

Girls aged six-12 reported missing friends as the top impact of not being involved in sport due to COVID

Children sing the national anthem with members of team Canada before the first half of the FIFA Women’s World Cup round of 16 soccer action in Vancouver on Sunday, June 21, 2015. Canada’s soccer fields, tennis courts and swimming pools are reopening after the pandemic, but a new study finds that many girls across the country may not go back to the sports they loved. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Toronto board of trade calls for vaccine passports for non-essential activities

CEO says it’s a personal decision to get vaccinated, but major events and indoor dining are different

People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau defends Canada’s early response to COVID-19 but admits room for improvement

Some Public Health Agency of Canada scientists said their early warnings of COVID-19 were ignored

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Fraser Health nurse draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reaches 80% of adult COVID-19 vaccinations Tuesday

New daily infections stay low, 33 more Tuesday

Fraser Health nurse draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender. (B.C. Human Rights Commission photo)

Caution urged on COVID-19 vaccine rules for B.C. employers, landlords

Human rights commissioner concerned about marginalized people

B.C. Human Rights Commissioner Kasari Govender. (B.C. Human Rights Commission photo)
FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal

AstraZeneca produced in Europe is approved, but not India-produced doses

FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)
The pride flag flies following a raising ceremony on Parliament Hill Wednesday June 1, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Businesses in Canadian, American gay villages struggle amid pandemic: study

Most businesses in the villages fell under the retail, restaurant and entertainment categories

The pride flag flies following a raising ceremony on Parliament Hill Wednesday June 1, 2016 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

French rush to get COVID vaccines after president warns of new rules for unvaccinated

Passes will be needed starting in August to enter restaurants, shopping malls, to get on trains and planes

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

WHO: Rich countries should donate COVID vaccines, not use boosters

WHO director-general said the world’s grotesque vaccine disparity was driven by ‘greed’

FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)
Vanessa Staniforth is shown in the garden at her home in Ottawa, on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Gen Z, millennials playing a significant part in the Great Resignation trend

One-third of employed generation Z and millennial professionals polled reported plans to pursue a new job

Vanessa Staniforth is shown in the garden at her home in Ottawa, on Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Glenn Joyal of Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench speaks to a reporter in Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Joyal said he was deeply disturbed to learn a private investigator had been hired to follow him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert

Group behind church court challenges hired private investigator to follow Manitoba judge

Investigator was hired to see if judge was following COVID health orders

Glenn Joyal of Manitoba Court of Queen’s Bench speaks to a reporter in Winnipeg on Thursday, Sept. 27, 2012. Joyal said he was deeply disturbed to learn a private investigator had been hired to follow him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Lambert
A Royal Bank of Canada sign is pictured in downtown Toronto on Dec. 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Retirement levels expected to surge after pandemic-era slump: RBC report

Senior economist says dip was likely a result of uncertainty about retirement savings as the pandemic arrived

A Royal Bank of Canada sign is pictured in downtown Toronto on Dec. 2, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Canadian flags are seen on the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council as tourists take photos on Parliament Hill before Canada Day, in Ottawa on June 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds launch tourism fund to help tourism businesses avoid spiral of debt, Joly says

Even as restrictions ease, Minister Mélanie Joly says tourism operators feel some anxiety

Canadian flags are seen on the Office of the Prime Minister and Privy Council as tourists take photos on Parliament Hill before Canada Day, in Ottawa on June 27, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney rides in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney wants Canada to reopen to fully vaccinated visitors

Canada recently got rid of its 14-day quarantine rule for fully vaccinated citizens and permanent residents

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney rides in the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Alta., Friday, July 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam. (B.C. government photos and Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections, hospital cases continue to decline

66 in hospital, 14 in intensive care, 30 new cases Monday

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Canada’s chief public health officer Theresa Tam. (B.C. government photos and Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, laughs as he is handed an oversized spatula whole flipping pancakes at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

VIDEO: Alberta premier says province will not bring in COVID-19 vaccine passports

Quebec and Manitoba have moved towards vaccine passports for the fully immunized

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, laughs as he is handed an oversized spatula whole flipping pancakes at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada to donate 17.7M doses of AstraZeneca and raise money for global vaccination

Canada is on track to receive 68 million doses by the end of July, which would be enough for most Canadians

A vial of AstraZeneca vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada to reach 55M vaccine doses by week’s end, catching up to U.S. on second doses

Federal government promised that it would reach 68 million shots delivered by the end of July

Barbara Violo, pharmacist and owner of The Junction Chemist Pharmacy, draws up a dose behind vials of both Pfizer-BioNTech and Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccines on the counter, in Toronto, Friday, June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette