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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Thursday, April 22, 2021

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6 p.m. Alberta is reporting 1,857 new cases of COVID-19. The province says there have been six additional deaths due to the virus.
Risk experts say climate change to take big chunk of Canadian economy by 2050

Risk experts say climate change to take big chunk of Canadian economy by 2050

Canada will be more than $100 billion poorer by 2050 if the world doesn't work harder to fight climate change, says one of the world's largest insurers.
Canada to suspend flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days

Canada to suspend flights from India, Pakistan for 30 days

OTTAWA — The federal government is suspending incoming passenger flights from India and Pakistan for the next month as cases of COVID-19 surge in both countries.
Variants surge: Leaders urge Ottawa to beef up restrictions for travellers to Canada

Variants surge: Leaders urge Ottawa to beef up restrictions for travellers to Canada

Ontario's premier got emotional Thursday as he apologized for a mistake in the province's COVID-19 fight, while other provincial leaders made tough decisions to tackle surging variant cases and pushed for federal travel restrictions.
Expert says Saskatchewan should consider more targeted vaccine plan as variants surge

Expert says Saskatchewan should consider more targeted vaccine plan as variants surge

SASKATOON — Nazeem Muhajarine says he feels a sense of relief after receiving his first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine last week at a centre in Saskatoon. "It was just so well-organized and run. I felt completely safe," Muhajarine said in an interview.
Bill on single-game sports betting on cusp of passing — but not for first time

Bill on single-game sports betting on cusp of passing — but not for first time

OTTAWA — Lawmakers are poised to debate single-event sports betting Thursday as legislation to legalize the activity reaches final reading in the House of Commons.
Trudeau pledges to cut emissions by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030, short of U.S. goal

Trudeau pledges to cut emissions by 40 to 45 per cent by 2030, short of U.S. goal

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising to slash Canada's greenhouse gas emissions by 40 to 45 per cent over the next nine years, but without specifics on how to meet the more ambitious goal, which falls short of the target set by its clo
Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

Retaking language test unfair during COVID-19: applicants to new residency pathway

OTTAWA — International graduates and essential workers eligible to apply for permanent residency under a new program say requiring them to retake language proficiency tests is unreasonable, especially during a global pandemic.
Hate crimes jumped 51 per cent in part spurred by pandemic, Toronto police report

Hate crimes jumped 51 per cent in part spurred by pandemic, Toronto police report

TORONTO — Hate crime complaints and arrests in the country's largest city jumped sharply last year, with Jewish and Black people the most common targets, according to an annual police report released on Thursday.
Waste not, want not: Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at border crossing

Waste not, want not: Montana tribe provides COVID-19 vaccinations at border crossing

CARWAY, Alta. — A long line of cars was backed up at the Carway border crossing in southern Alberta this week as First Nations members and others took advantage of free COVID-19 vaccinations from the Blackfeet Tribe in Montana.