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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for March 19, 2021

TORONTO — The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 7:05 p.m. B.C. is reporting 737 new cases of COVID-19, pushing the province’s total number of cases to 90,786.
Trudeau hints at openness to gun bill changes after criticism from victims' families

Trudeau hints at openness to gun bill changes after criticism from victims' families

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he is confident the Liberal government's approach to gun control is the right one, but added he's open to hearing suggestions for improvement.
Trudeau denounces 'lack of transparency' as Spavor tried in China on spy charges

Trudeau denounces 'lack of transparency' as Spavor tried in China on spy charges

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau denounced China's "lack of transparency" Friday following the brief trial of Michael Spavor, one of two Canadians detained by Beijing for more than two years.
O'Toole pledges Conservatives would restore one million jobs within a year if elected

O'Toole pledges Conservatives would restore one million jobs within a year if elected

OTTAWA — Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole unveiled elements of his election pitch to Canadians Friday, seeking to ease his party's jitters that they're without an offering solid enough to woo voters away from the Trudeau Liberals.
B.C.'s top doctor 'thankful' as court ruling upholds public health orders

B.C.'s top doctor 'thankful' as court ruling upholds public health orders

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's top doctor says she is thankful a petition challenging her COVID-19 orders in B.C. Supreme Court has been dismissed. Provincial health officer Dr.
Supreme Court to rule on whether carbon tax is constitutional next week

Supreme Court to rule on whether carbon tax is constitutional next week

OTTAWA — The Supreme Court of Canada says it will issue its ruling on the fate of the national carbon tax next week. The court decision expected Thursday will determine the fate of the central pillar of the Liberal climate change plan.
Montreal police investigate after two bodies found inside cab in city's east end

Montreal police investigate after two bodies found inside cab in city's east end

Montreal police are investigating after two bodies were found inside a taxi on Friday in the city's east end. Const. Jean-Pierre Brabant says a passerby made the discovery at about 5:25 a.m. and called police.
Victims lose $2M in cryptocurrency frauds, Vancouver police warn scams more frequent

Victims lose $2M in cryptocurrency frauds, Vancouver police warn scams more frequent

VANCOUVER — Police say cryptocurrency scams cost victims in the Vancouver-area about $2 million in just one week and investigators believe the frauds are becoming more common. Vancouver police Const.
Canada's PM Trudeau pledges to hold Iran to account for shootdown of Flight 752

Canada's PM Trudeau pledges to hold Iran to account for shootdown of Flight 752

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Canada will continue to hold Iran to account after its military shot down a passenger jet in January 2020.
Liberals eye more cash for rapid-housing program as demand outstrips available funds

Liberals eye more cash for rapid-housing program as demand outstrips available funds

OTTAWA — The federal government is looking for more money to give to housing providers to quickly build, or buy existing structures for affordable housing units, Social Development Minister Ahmed Hussen says.
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