Vassy Kapelos

Vassy Kapelos is the host of Power & Politics. Prior to working in Ottawa, she covered provincial politics in Alberta and Saskatchewan.

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Canada's chief science adviser issues warning about B.C.'s 'experiment' with vaccine timing

British Columbia's decision to extend to four months the interval between first and second doses of three different vaccines amounts to a "population level experiment," said Mona Nemer, Canada's chief science adviser.

The WHO needs more power and autonomy from member states, says former New Zealand PM

The World Health Organization should be given the power and independence it needs to report the facts about global health threats without being influenced by its member states, says New Zealand’s former prime minister Helen Clark.

U.K. won't take vaccines from COVAX program, says high commissioner

The United Kingdom won't access its share of vaccine doses from the COVAX program, says British High Commissioner to Canada Susan le Jeune d'Allegeershecque.

Call centre, web portal to book vaccine appointments coming soon to Ontario: Hillier

The head of Ontario’s vaccine distribution plan says a call centre and online reservation system will be up and running in the next few weeks to help coordinate appointments as the province moves to inoculate those next in line to get the COVID-19 vaccine.

Canada's chief science adviser 'stressed' by slow roll out of rapid tests in provinces

Canada's top science adviser says she is "surprised and occupied with stress" after CBC News revealed that millions of rapid tests delivered to the provinces are gathering dust.

Millions of rapid COVID tests gather dust as some provinces use a fraction of their supply

Months after premiers demanded the federal government step up approvals and deliveries of rapid COVID-19 testing devices, CBC News can report that millions of those tests are now sitting unused on provincial shelves.

Erin O'Toole seeking more transparency from Liberals on vaccine rollout

After calling for this week’s emergency parliamentary debate on Canada’s vaccine roll out, Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole is continuing to press the Liberal government for more transparency on its inoculation plan. 

Payette's access to expense account 'under careful consideration,' says Freeland

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Julie Payette's access to a six-figure expense account is being reviewed in the wake of her resignation as governor general following a blistering outside report on the workplace environment at Rideau Hall.

Canada can deal with Biden's embrace of Buy American, says Freeland

As U.S. President Joe Biden signs an executive order to strengthen Buy American provisions, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland insisted today the federal government knows "how to deal with" American protectionism.

Federal government to close sickness benefit 'loophole' for quarantining travellers: LeBlanc

A loophole in the law that allows Canadians who travelled abroad for personal holidays or other non-essential trips to claim up to $1,000 in sick pay while they quarantine upon their return home will be closed, says Canada's intergovernmental affairs minister.