Kathleen Harris

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

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Public health officials taking stock of supplies, equipment to prepare for possible coronavirus pandemic

Canada's top public health officer says federal and provincial officials are now taking stock of the medical supplies and equipment they'd need to respond to a coronavirus pandemic — but the responsibility for ensuring those inventories are up to date lies with the provinces.

Canada preparing a Plan B pandemic response in case coronavirus containment fails

Canada is still pursuing a "containment" position to the coronavirus, but officials are preparing a robust response plan in the event of widespread transmission of the virus, says Deputy Chief Public Health Officer Howard Njoo.

Air Canada cancels flights to China until April as government braces for domestic coronavirus outbreak

Air Canada is extending its suspension of flights between Canada and China until April as the number of coronavirus cases — and the number of countries affected — continues to grow.

Liberals table legislation to expand access to assisted dying

The Liberal government tabled legislation Monday to amend the rules on medical assistance in dying (MAID), repealing the requirement that a person's natural death be "reasonably foreseeable" and disqualifying those whose sole underlying condition is a mental illness.

Canada prepares pandemic response plan as coronavirus cases continue to climb

Canada is preparing to respond to a possible pandemic as the number of coronavirus cases continues to climb around the globe.

Crippling rail blockades spark debate over policing and politics

Protests that have shut down most of Canada's rail system have opened a debate about the intersection of politics and policing, with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau insisting government must remain hands off and Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer insisting it's time to direct the RCMP to end the blockades.

Supreme Court to hear cases challenging government's solitary confinement policy

The Supreme Court of Canada has decided to hear two cases launched by civil rights groups challenging federal policies on the use of solitary confinement in prisons.

Morneau warns that coronavirus will have a 'real' impact on Canadian economy

Finance Minister Bill Morneau said today the coronavirus outbreak will have a "significant impact" on Canada's economy, with the oil patch expected to be among the sectors hardest hit.

No immediate plan to change Canada's travel, isolation rules as global number of coronavirus cases climbs

Canada has no immediate plans to impose stronger border controls or isolation protocols, but the rules could change at any time based on the evolution of the coronavirus, says Canada's Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam.

Kenney and Moe say federal-provincial relations on the mend - but warn Ottawa against rejecting Teck mine

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney and Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe — two of Justin Trudeau's fiercest critics at the provincial level — say hostile relations with the federal Liberal government appear to be on the mend.

No Canadians airlifted from China showed coronavirus symptoms during flight: Hajdu

No one on board the airlift from Wuhan, China that landed at CFB Trenton in Ontario Friday morning showed symptoms of the coronavirus or any other illness during the flight, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said today.

Airlift departs Wuhan to repatriate Canadians from China's coronavirus outbreak zone

A chartered aircraft has departed Wuhan, China to bring home Canadians stuck in the epicentre of the coronavirus outbreak, according to Global Affairs Canada.

Champagne advises Canadians to leave China by commercial means as repatriation effort continues

The federal government is advising Canadians anywhere in China to leave the country by commercial means unless it's essential for them to be there, as it continues to sort out the logistics of a plan to repatriate hundreds of Canadians stuck in the coronarivus-affected region of China.

First evacuation airlift en route to Hanoi, could transport Canadians from Wuhan on Thursday

Canadians trapped in the coronavirus-affected region in Wuhan, China could be able to leave starting Thursday, but not all who registered are guaranteed a seat on the first flight out, according to Canadian officials.

Some permanent residents of Canada will be allowed to leave Wuhan if they accompany a Canadian child

Permanent residents of Canada with children will be allowed to leave the coronavirus-affected region in Wuhan, China on a government-chartered flight, says Foreign Affairs Minister François-Philippe Champagne.