Benjamin Blum

Senior writer

Benjamin Blum is a senior writer with CBC News and previously worked with CBC Sports in the same capacity. He holds a master's of journalism from the University of King's College in Halifax.

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Canadians should be prepared for more discoveries like Kamloops, Murray Sinclair says

Canadians should prepare themselves for the discovery of sites similar to that of the former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., where the remains of 215 children were found, former senator Murray Sinclair said in a statement Tuesday.

Concerns over common side effects shouldn't scare you from getting COVID-19 vaccines, doctor says

CBC News has received messages from audience members who've reported a range of reactions to their vaccinations, with some hesitant to return for a second dose. But an infectious disease expert said the end result of protection against COVID-19 is worth the common side effects.

Communities across Canada raise funds for displaced families in St. Vincent after volcanic eruptions

Following La Soufrière's major eruption on April 9 in St. Vincent and the Grenadines, Vincentian communities across Canada have been collecting donations and supplies for those in need. But there are concerns that the island is facing a long road to recovery due to significant damage from the eruptions.

Canada's COVID-19 case rate now tops U.S. rate. Here's what the experts say

Friday marked the first day since the nascent days of the pandemic in early 2020 that Canada averaged more confirmed COVID-19 cases per million people than the U.S. Experts say it's worrisome, but that additional context is needed to better understand the situation in both countries.

Closing of HuffPost Canada 'abrupt' and 'devastating,' editor says

The closing of HuffPost Canada and HuffPost Québec was an abrupt development for the journalists who were in the middle of a workday when the announcement was made by new ownership.

Low-wage earners hit hardest by pandemic job market

Employment counsellor David McKay says he's encountered the full suite of emotions from his clients during the pandemic. Some have been optimistic about finding new jobs, but he's mainly seen frustration.
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Threat of vaccine nationalism reinforces global need for better pandemic planning

Protectionism has been a recurring theme throughout the COVID-19 pandemic as countries scrambled to secure valuable resources. With delays already impacting vaccine supply chains, experts warn that so-called vaccine nationalism will cause long-term harm in the global response to the pandemic.

Canadians should get same COVID-19 vaccine for both doses — except in 'extremely unlikely' cases

Canadians should receive the same COVID-19 vaccine for both shots — except in very specific and unlikely situations, according to the Public Health Agency of Canada.

Citizenship and self-care: Canadians share the bright spots in a challenging 2020

In a year that has been challenging on innumerable fronts, there have still been moments worth celebrating. CBC News Network recently asked audience members to share the best things that happened to them in 2020. Here are some of their responses.

For many Canadians, being safe this holiday season means being apart from family

This Christmas is the first that some young people won't spend at home. Their families say they understand, given the severity of the pandemic. Some have tried to mitigate the disappointment by sending care packages and presents. Others have made elaborate plans for Dec. 25 phone calls and virtual reunions.

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