Kathleen Harris

Senior Writer

Kathleen Harris is a senior writer in the CBC's Parliament Hill bureau. She covers politics, immigration, justice and corrections.

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Treat drug addiction as health, not criminal issue, O'Toole says in plan to tackle opioid crisis

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole offered what he called a "compassionate" plan to tackle the opioid crisis, treating it as a national emergency to help those battling drug addiction.

COVID-19 hit federal prisons twice as hard in 2nd wave of pandemic, report says

COVID-19 has hit federal prisons twice as hard in the second wave of the pandemic compared to the first, according to a new report from Canada's Correctional Investigator that recommends an inmate vaccination strategy to prevent more outbreaks behind bars.

2,000 more Canadians could die from COVID-19 in the next 10 days: PHAC

New modelling released by the Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) suggests the number of daily COVID-19 cases could more than triple to 30,000 if people increase their contacts at a time when there's widespread community transmission.

Most new Order of Canada appointees are white men, despite diversity-boosting efforts

Most of the new appointees to the Order of Canada in 2020 were white men, despite some progress made in boosting the diversity of the elite group.

Trudeau says 'shocking' riot in Washington was incited by Trump

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said today this week's attack on Capitol Hill was a "shocking" event that was incited by President Donald Trump.

Conservatives slam vaccine rollout plan that prioritizes some federal prisoners

The Conservatives are condemning a COVID-19 vaccine rollout that will prioritize some federal prisoners — a plan advocates say is a sound policy that will protect vulnerable people both inside and outside the prison system.

Winners of immigration lottery invited to formally apply to sponsor parents, grandparents

Immigrants hoping to bring their parents or grandparents to live permanently in Canada will soon learn if they were lucky enough to win a coveted spot through a controversial lottery process for family reunification.

The pandemic undercut Canada Post's business model — and showed it a new one

The global pandemic posed major challenges — and a potential business boom – for Canada's postal service as consumers make a transformative shift to online shopping.

Immigrants face financial, emotional ruin as plans to resettle in Canada are clipped by COVID-19

Those who were on the verge of immigrating to Canada before the pandemic struck say the government’s sluggish effort to renew their immigration documents is causing them profound financial and emotional stress. 

Court grants third extension for assisted dying legislation

The Superior Court of Quebec has just granted a two-month extension for the federal government to pass new legislation on medical assistance in dying (MAID.)

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