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Sharp rise in OD deaths demands better policies for those in their 20s, 30s: study

Sharp rise in OD deaths demands better policies for those in their 20s, 30s: study

Apr 20, 2024 | 9:19am
Opioid-related deaths doubled in Canada between 2019 and the end of 2021, with Manitoba, Saskatchewan and Alberta experiencing a dramatic jump, mostly among men in their 20s and 30s, says a new study that calls for targeted harm-reduction policies. Researchers from the University of Toronto analyzed accidental opioid-related deaths between Jan. 1, 2019 and Dec. […]
Premiers want return to co-operation with federal government with new budget

Premiers want return to co-operation with federal government with new budget

Apr 20, 2024 | 8:49am
Canada’s premiers are warning the federal government not to overreach into their jurisdictions when it comes to delivering the programs laid out in Ottawa’s latest budget, but the prime minister said Friday he will go around them if need be. In a letter responding to the Liberal government’s latest budget, the premiers said governments need to “return to a […]
Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments investment in green infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan

Federal, Provincial, and Municipal governments investment in green infrastructure projects across Saskatchewan

Mar 30, 2024 | 9:31am
A total of $45 million in investment from federal, provincial, and local governments will support the increased supply of safe and reliable drinking water, effective wastewater treatment, and cleaner soil for communities across Saskatchewan. The northwest province will see the decommissioning of non-engineered landfill sites for 18 municipalities and the redirection of waste to two […]
Federal Ministers announce funding expansion of childcare during stop in Regina

Federal Ministers announce funding expansion of childcare during stop in Regina

Mar 29, 2024 | 10:52am
A pair of federal ministers were in Regina to announce a series of announcements of child care. Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson and President of the Treasury Board Anita Anand announced that the federal government will expand the Canada Student Loan Forgiveness Program to reduce the costs associated with entering early childhood […]
Federal Energy and Natural Resource Minister responds to Moe’s carbon tax comments

Federal Energy and Natural Resource Minister responds to Moe’s carbon tax comments

Mar 29, 2024 | 9:50am
While in Regina, the Federal Minister of Energy and Natural Resources Jonathan Wilkinson criticized Premier Scott Moe and Conservative Leader Pierrer Pollieve’s remarks about carbon pricing. Wilkinson’s comments come after the federal Conservatives say they won’t be taking advice from “so-called experts” on climate policy after more than 200 economists signed an open letter challenging […]
First Nations Governments Urge Inclusion in Correctional Services Discussions

First Nations Governments Urge Inclusion in Correctional Services Discussions

Mar 13, 2024 | 4:38pm
The James Smith Cree Nation (JSCN), along with the Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations (FSIN) and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN), continues to advocate for inclusion in discussions regarding Correctional Services Canada (CSC) and the Parole Board of Canada (PBC) decision-making processes, following their exclusion from the preparation of a recent report and recommendations. […]
Alcohol excise tax capped at 2 per cent for two more years, Freeland announces

Alcohol excise tax capped at 2 per cent for two more years, Freeland announces

Mar 10, 2024 | 10:08am
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland says the federal government will cap the annual alcohol excise tax increase on beer, spirits and wine at two per cent for an additional two years. The alcohol excise tax had been set to rise on April 1 by 4.7 per cent, tied to inflation, but Freeland announced today that the […]
Mental health minister says ‘safer supply’ drug concerns rooted in ‘stigma and fear’

Mental health minister says ‘safer supply’ drug concerns rooted in ‘stigma and fear’

Feb 22, 2024 | 9:13am
Canada’s mental health and addictions minister believes fear and stigma are driving criticism of the government’s decision to support prescribing pharmaceuticals to drug users to combat the country’s overdose crisis. Ya’ara Saks attributes growing pushback to most harm reduction strategies — including federal funding for what are referred to as safer supply programs and the […]
Ottawa considers changes to clean-electricity rules after consultations

Ottawa considers changes to clean-electricity rules after consultations

Feb 17, 2024 | 10:12am
Ottawa is considering alterations to its proposed clean-electricity regulations after consultations with industry, opening the door to more flexibility for individual power generators. “We can still get to the same aim,” said Oliver Anderson, a spokesman with Environment and Climate Change Canada. The proposed changes, released Friday, would change several provisions that industry and provincial […]