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Negotiating to ease struggle of keeping COVID-19 out of long-term care

Article content VICTORIA — From the outset of the COVID-19 outbreak, B.C. had to struggle to keep the virus out of long-term care facilities, Health Minister Adrian Dix reflected this week. He recalled how he and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry prepared for a daily media briefing in early March, knowing the virus had …

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Brownstein: Somebody Feed Phil gives Montreal foodies a Netflix treat

Article content continued Nor are there any visits to Mount Royal, the Botanical Gardens, or the city’s most renowned shrine, the old Montreal Forum. Regardless, it’s fairly evident that Phil has tumbled madly for this city. But while he takes his grub seriously, Phil clearly takes himself far less seriously. He’s more Ray Romano than …

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Allison Hanes: The Two Solitudes of COVID-19

Article content Three days after the Institut national de santé publique du Québecreleased dire projections for the evolution of the COVID-19 pandemic in Montreal, Premier François Legault sought on Monday to offer reassurance. But Legault’s words of comfort were not directed at alarmed Montrealers. No, his message was aimed at Quebecers in the regions who …

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LILLEY: Pipeline protesters losing public support

The protesters who have been attempting to shut down Canada for the past few weeks have captivated media attention and have a lot of politicians nervous, but they are losing public support. Whatever one thinks of the Coastal GasLink Pipeline, most Canadians don’t want to see rail lines blocked, ports shut down or roads closed …

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GUNTER: The throne speech was obsolete by the next day

I can never understand commentators who seem surprised (even irritated) by the vagueness of a throne speech. Vagueness is the point. A typical throne speech is to legislative agendas what daydreaming about winning the lottery is to retirement planning. Vice-regal addresses are accurate indications of a government’s priorities — until all those best-laid plans get …

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