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Conservative MPs cheer on trucker convoy, voice opposition to vaccine mandates

Conservative MPs are publicly cheering on the trucker convoy that's making its way across the country with the intent of converging onto Parliament Hill this weekend, voicing opposition to the federal government's mandatory vaccination policies. The 'freedom convoy' has garnered support from anti-vaccine mandate groups, and among those who dislike Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.

Protesters of COVID-19 restrictions, and supporters of Canadian truck drivers protesting the COVID-19 vaccine mandate cheer on a convoy of trucks on their way to Ottawa, on the Trans-Canada Highway west of Winnipeg, Manitoba, Tuesday January 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Canada orders diplomats' families to leave Ukraine

The Canadian government has ordered family members of diplomatic staff in Ukraine to leave the country, though embassy staff will remain in place. In a statement, Global Affairs Canada said that the government has decided to 'temporarily withdraw' the children of embassy staff if they are under the age of 18, as well as family members accompanying them.

Global Affairs Canada hit by 'cyber incident' same day warning about Russia was issued

Canada's foreign affairs department experienced a 'cyber incident' last week that is still under investigation and has left the organization without access to some 'internet-based services,' the federal government has confirmed. The 'incident' was discovered the same day the Canadian Centre for Cyber Security issued a bulletin warning about Russian state-sponsored cyber threat activity amid ongoing tensions with Ukraine.

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Conversion therapy is now illegal in Canada

Conversion therapy is now illegal in Canada, marking a major milestone in LGBTQ2S+ rights in this country. After parliamentarians came together to unanimously pass legislation to eradicate the harmful practice in late 2021, the Criminal Code sanctions came into force on Jan. 7.

Revellers participate in the annual Halifax Pride parade in Halifax on Saturday, July 23, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darren Calabrese

PM Trudeau delivers marching orders to new ministers

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau issued his ministerial mandate letters Thursday, outlining how he expects his cabinet to fulfill the Liberals' federal election pledge to leading the country out of the COVID-19 crisis, and into a new era of considerable change.

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OPINION | Don Martin: Mr. Dithers is back as government slows to a crawl on Justin Time

It's been five months since Justin Trudeau declared the fall election to be a critical referendum on new political directions for Canada at 'a pivotal moment in our history.' But since that unconvincing win, the only discernable pivot has been to dither on Justin Time, writes Don Martin in an exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.

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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.

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