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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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.)

Lametti seeks 2-month extension to pass medically assisted death bill

With a court-imposed deadline just one week away, the Liberal government is asking for another two-month extension to pass new medical assistance in dying (MAID) legislation.

Federal officials say action 'urgently needed' as COVID-19 cases rise, holidays begin

Public health officials are urging Canadians to dramatically limit their contact with other people as COVID-19 cases rise rapidly across the country and the holiday season nears.

Legislation to expand access to medically assisted death clears House, moves to Senate

A contentious bill that would expand access to medical assistance in dying (MAID) has passed in the House of Commons and will now head to the Senate as a court-imposed deadline looms on Dec. 18.

Syrian refugees mark 5 years in Canada by becoming citizens

Five years ago, the first government plane filled with Syrian refugees fleeing the civil war touched down in Canada. Today, 29 of them from 11 families will celebrate that anniversary in a very special way — by getting sworn in as Canadian citizens.

Premiers put focus on health care funding in meeting with PM

When Prime Minister Justin Trudeau meets with the premiers today, competing priorities could undermine a national approach to fighting the pandemic.

Liberal MP and doctor says he'll vote against assisted death bill

A Liberal MP and medical doctor says he will vote against the government’s contentious medical assistance in dying (MAID) bill, concerned that it could allow people in deep, but temporary, despair to end their life.

Lametti urges MPs to pass assisted death bill as disability groups demand a halt

As disability advocates call on parliamentarians to take more time to consider the law's possible consequences, time is running out on the Trudeau government's push to pass a new law expanding access to medical assistance in dying (MAID) to meet a court-imposed Dec. 18 deadline.