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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, May 26

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times eastern): 7 p.m. COVID-19 case counts in B.C. continue to fall with a report of 250 new cases on Wednesday, the lowest number since late October.
Climate ambition, push for electric vehicles driving down need for oil: report

Climate ambition, push for electric vehicles driving down need for oil: report

OTTAWA — The expected uptake of electric vehicles and stricter measures worldwide to reduce greenhouse gas emissions are the top reasons why a climate-focused research group is calling on governments not to invest any more money in Alberta's oil sect
Echaquan inquiry: Quebec nurse testifies patient's condition needed more attention

Echaquan inquiry: Quebec nurse testifies patient's condition needed more attention

MONTREAL — A veteran Quebec nurse told a coroner's inquest Wednesday he had raised concerns about the care Joyce Echaquan had received at the hospital before she died and how she had lacked supervision.
Bloc Québécois fails to pass motion on Quebec nationhood, constitutional change

Bloc Québécois fails to pass motion on Quebec nationhood, constitutional change

OTTAWA — The Bloc Québécois failed to unanimously pass a motion recognizing Quebec's right to unilaterally change the Constitution in line with proposed reforms to the province's language law.
Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says it is 'appalled' at discovery of severed bear paws

Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says it is 'appalled' at discovery of severed bear paws

VANCOUVER — The Union of British Columbia Indian Chiefs says it is "appalled and horrified" at the "gruesome" discovery of severed bear paws in the province's Interior.
Feds got supplies to provinces during COVID-19 despite issues with stockpile: AG

Feds got supplies to provinces during COVID-19 despite issues with stockpile: AG

OTTAWA — The Public Health Agency of Canada couldn't immediately handle a massive surge in demand for personal protective equipment when COVID-19 began because it had ignored years of warnings that the national emergency stockpile of medical supplies
Mike Duffy retires after career tainted by Senate expenses scandal

Mike Duffy retires after career tainted by Senate expenses scandal

OTTAWA — Mike Duffy is retiring from the Senate, a parliamentary chamber that has been fundamentally transformed as a result of his turbulent 12-year term as a senator.
Feds couldn't keep up with Indigenous communities' demand for nurses, paramedics: AG

Feds couldn't keep up with Indigenous communities' demand for nurses, paramedics: AG

OTTAWA — The federal government was unable to meet more than half of the demands for nurses and paramedics from Indigenous communities and organizations during the COVID-19 pandemic, says the auditor general in a report released Wednesday.
Half of Canadians have had one COVID-19 shot; Alberta sets ambitious reopening plan

Half of Canadians have had one COVID-19 shot; Alberta sets ambitious reopening plan

TORONTO — More than half of all people in Canada have received their first dose of a COVID-19 vaccine, health authorities reported Wednesday, as Alberta charted an ambitious course to lift most pandemic restrictions by early July.
Quebec legislature members unanimously pass motion in favour of provincial flag emoji

Quebec legislature members unanimously pass motion in favour of provincial flag emoji

Quebec's legislature has unanimously adopted a motion to pursue the creation of an emoji of the provincial flag.