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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Getting military to buy into system to eliminate sexual misconduct will be 'challenging,' Arbour says

The former Supreme Court justice tasked with leading an external review into sexual misconduct in the Canadian military says that no matter what she recommends, it will be difficult to get enough buy-in from the military to make it work.

Alaska's governor offers vaccines to B.C. and Yukon residents

Alaska Governor Mike Dunleavy says he wants to offer vaccines to residents in Stewart, B.C. in the hopes that it might permit Canada and the U.S. to reopen the international border sooner.

'Very anxious': ICU nurse describes what it's like to treat COVID patients

Ontario is set to make a formal request to the federal government for more than 600 critical care staff to help support the province's hospitals, as ICU admissions continue to rise. It's a situation that nurse manager Clare Fielding sees far too often.
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Biden making a 'mistake' pulling out of Afghanistan, retired general says

Retired lieutenant-general Andrew Leslie tells Power & Politics that, while he respects U.S. President Joe Biden's decision to pull all American troops from Afghanistan, he thinks Biden is making a mistake that will lead to a grim future for the Afghan people.

It's too soon to talk about reopening Canada-U.S. border, says Dominic LeBlanc

There's too much uncertainty about the pandemic's path in the coming months for the federal government to engage in discussions about reopening the Canada-U.S. border, said Intergovernmental Affairs Minister Dominic LeBlanc.

Ukraine 'even closer' to decision on legal action over Flight PS752, ambassador says

Ukraine’s ambassador to Canada says Iran’s decision to indict 10 Iranian officials for their role in shooting down Flight PS752 without publicly naming them only pushes his country closer to deciding whether to take international legal action. 

Meet the Canadian millennial running to lead the United Nations

Arora Akanksha wants to lead the United Nations. The 34-year-old UN auditor made headlines earlier this year when she declared her intentions to challenge incumbent Secretary-General Antonio Guterres.

B.C. biotech company says, despite interim approval, provinces won't use its COVID-19 treatment

The CEO of a B.C. biotechnology company says the treatment his firm has developed for COVID-19 is sitting on shelves while people continue to die, despite it being approved for use by Health Canada in the fall. 

China trying to 'defend the indefensible' in Xinjiang, says Canada's ambassador to UN

Canada’s ambassador to the UN says China’s decision to target Canada for speaking out against the ongoing genocide of China’s Uyghurs and other Muslim minorities in Xinjiang province is failing to defend the indefensible. 

Ex-ombudsman calls Sajjan's committee testimony 'weak' and 'bizarre'

Canada's former military ombudsman says Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan's claim that he wanted to avoid politicizing a potential sexual misconduct investigation of the country's top military commander is both "bizarre" and "weak."