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Canada inks deal with Pfizer, Merck for COVID-19 antiviral drugs

The federal government has signed a deal with Pfizer and Merck to purchase their antiviral medication, pending Health Canada approval of the products. Public Services and Procurement Minister Filomena Tassi said Ottawa has placed an initial order for one million of Pfizer's antiviral pills, and 500,000 of Merck's pills, with an option for 500,000 more.

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PM Trudeau names new ministers to several key files in sizable cabinet shakeup

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has considerably shaken up his cabinet roster, naming new ministers to key portfolios including defence, health, foreign affairs, and environment, while adding in a handful of rookies as he forges ahead with a third mandate. Gender parity has been restored, there is new emphasis on regional development agencies. Overall there are 39 members of the new cabinet.

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OPINION | Don Martin: Ready. Fire. Aim. How the feds are targeting Omicron

In Florida, to enter a hardware store wearing a mask means you will be immediately identified as a staffer and asked for directions to the plumbing department. To wear one indoors in a restaurant means you’re a Biden-loving Democrat or a Canadian, writes Don Martin in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

People lounge at a rooftop swimming pool at the 1 Hotel South Beach, Monday, Nov. 15, 2021, in Miami Beach, Fla. (AP Photo/Lynne Sladky)

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OPINION | Don Martin: Does Trudeau love all of Canada? That's a good question now.

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s single-minded takedown of oilsands production is like banning Christmas tree sales so he can start delivering on his three-year-old pledge to expand our forests by two billion trees, a promise that has yet to take root, Don Martin writes in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

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