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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Michael Kovrig's wife says she backs letter by former MPs, diplomats calling for Meng Wanzhou's release

Vina Nadjibulla says she fully supports a letter by 19 former parliamentarians and diplomats calling on the federal justice minister to release Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in the hopes that it will result in the liberation of her husband Michael Kovrig from Chinese detention. 

Rise in opioid deaths serves as reminder COVID-19 isn't Canada's only health crisis

Last month in B.C. a record number of people died from an overdose; 170. It is more than the total number of deaths due to Coronavirus in the province; 167. More than 400 people in B.C. have died from overdosing during the three months that COVID-19 measures have been in place.

Trudeau's call with premiers gets testy as leaders butt heads over funding to reopen economy

Thursday evening's weekly call between Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the premiers was marked by testy exchanges over the federal government's pledge of $14 billion to help provinces reopen their economies and the future of the military in Quebec's long-term care facilities, according to sources with knowledge of the call.

As NHL looks to restart season, just how accommodating should governments be with quarantine rules?

Canadian politicians know that their constituents want the NHL to resume business, but after hunkering down for months to protect public safety, it remains unclear how tolerant ordinary Canadians will be if players are given freedoms the rest of us have been denied for so long.

Canada, Australia have to stand up to 'bullies' like China, says former Australian PM

Former Australian prime minister Malcolm Turnbull says his country is getting a little too much credit for calling for an investigation into the origins of the novel coronavirus pandemic — but "middle powers" like Canada and Australia still need to stand firm against "imperial" bullies like China.

Military alleges horrific conditions, abuse in pandemic-hit Ontario nursing homes

The Canadian military has drawn the curtain back on horrific allegations of elder abuse in five Ontario long-term care homes, with reports of residents being bullied, drugged and left for hours and days in soiled bedding.

Cities are on the front lines of the COVID-19 fight, but they're running out of money fast

Canadians have endured ten weeks of emergency health measures, lockdowns and social distancing requirements, but as the economy begins its slow return to life cities across the country are facing a COVID-19 cash crunch.

Duty free shops on Canada-U.S. land border say they don't qualify for commercial rent break

The federal government is encouraging commercial landlords to give their tenants a break on rent, but some tenants of the federal government say they're not being offered the same deal. 

Not WHO's place to be skeptical of China, says international development minister

International Development Minister Karina Gould says it is not the World Health Organization's place to question China, arguing that the organization tasked with global public health is a product of its member states, who in turn should be pushing for transparency.

Small businesses continue to fret as they await details of commercial rent assistance program

Many small businesses in Canada say they are struggling to pay their rent and they do not know if their businesses will survive long enough to take advantage of a federal, provincial commercial rental assistance program currently in the works.

Some Canadian companies need a bailout; what will they have to promise to get one?

This crisis is different; a collapse of financial systems didn't spur it, a pandemic did. The government shut almost everything down, understandably so. But — at least for those advocating for help — it means government bears an increased responsibility to help businesses hurt by that shutdown.

Rapid COVID-19 test restricted by Health Canada will be fixed by summer, company's CEO says

A Canadian-made COVID-19 testing device that Health Canada restricted to research use only after it experienced problems will be fixed and in service by the summer, says the company's CEO.

Tiff Macklem to lead the Bank of Canada

Finance Minister Bill Morneau has appointed Tiff Macklem, the former senior deputy governor of the Bank of Canada, to take over the top job at the central bank as it navigates the uncertainty of a pandemic-driven recession.

Holding China accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests, says ex-ambassador

Former U.S. ambassador to the United Nations Samantha Power says China's actions early on in the pandemic 'absolutely' should be investigated and that holding the regime accountable is in Canada's 'moral' and 'strategic' interests.

Charities and nonprofits struggling to stay afloat during pandemic, says Imagine Canada

The charitable sector is still struggling to stay afloat in the pandemic climate, despite having been covered by the federal wage subsidy and last week’s announcement of a dedicated $350 million fund, says a national organization representing charities.