As India’s capital went into a serious lockdown, extended its curfew, closed schools and tried to recover from a record 23,000 new cases — many of them the result of a double-mutant variant — we welcomed more flights from Delhi to Canada. Yes, travel inside of Canada may be restricted but outside the country, it is not. Want to hop over from Ottawa, Ont., to Gatineau, Que., for some cheap beer? You can’t do that but you can hop on a flight to Delhi for some cheap whiskey with a side of double-mutant variant COVID.
OTTAWA — The federal Liberals are promising millions of additional dollars to help fight sexual misconduct in the Canadian Armed Forces as they seek to address anger and frustration over how the government and military have handled the issue. The funding is part of a series of targeted investments for Canada’s military and those in uniform included in Monday’s federal budget, the first such spending plan from the Liberals in more than two years.
It’s a highway that has been talked about for 20 years but never built. The badly-needed highway is opposed by vested interests — many in the media — but supported by the public. The GTA West Corridor often called Hwy. 413 now, was under consideration by PC and Liberal governments from 2002 until the Wynne government shelved the project in February 2018.
Cops in Canada have busted an alleged international drug-trafficking network and charged 33 people with more than 130 offences. York Regional Police say the “robust network” imported cocaine, ketamine, heroin and opium into Canada from India and California. They say the imported drugs were “distributed across the country through a sophisticated system run by the traffickers.”
Rogers wireless customers across Canada are reporting a massive outage Monday for both voice and data services. The outage reports are largely stemming from Ontario, but it’s also impacting provinces from B.C to Prince Edward Island. Rogers apologized for the service interruptions, saying their team is “quickly working to restore services as soon as possible.” “We know how important it is to stay connected and are working hard to restore services for customers who are experiencing interruptions with wireless voice and data – residential and business wireline internet services are not impacted,” the telecommunications giant said in an emailed statement to Global News. “We sincerely apologize and thank our customers for their patience.” The communications company said the outage is also affecting Fido customers. There is still no word on when Rogers’ service will be restored. Some police in Ontario issued a warning saying if people call 911 they should not hang up because their communicators cannot call back.
A spokesperson for Premier Doug Ford says he has begun contacting consulates in a bid to get more COVID-19 vaccines for Ontario. Ivana Yelich said Sunday that Ford began reaching out to international allies after news of cuts to upcoming Moderna shipments, and as the province awaits a possible recommendation on lowering the age limit for the AstraZeneca shot. “Ontario has the capacity to vaccinate more people, but we are lacking the supply to do it,” Yelich said in a statement. “Vaccines are our only way out of this pandemic and the premier will exhaust every avenue he has in order to get more needles into arms of Ontarians sooner.” Procuring vaccines is normally the responsibility of the federal government. Ford has repeatedly said that Ontario has the capacity to administer more vaccines than it is currently receiving from the feds, and in late March, lashed out at the federal government’s procurement process calling it “a joke.”