Canada’s new dental benefit is now accepting applications. Here’s what you need to know

Canada’s federal dental-care benefit for children is now accepting applications. Eligible families can apply for financial aid for each child. It is expected to benefit 500,000 children and cost $938 million, according to the Finance Department. Here’s what you need to know. Eligible? The benefit helps pay for dental expenses of children under 12 whose … Read more

Ottawa says it takes seriously India’s allegations of illegal funding of Khalistan movement

Activists of Sikh organizations shout pro-Khalistan and anti-government slogans after offering prayers on the occasion of the 37th anniversary of Operation Blue Star, at the Golden Temple in Amritsar, India, on June 6, 2021.NARINDER NANU/Getty Images Canadian security agencies are taking seriously any allegations of illegal funding of the Sikh secessionist movement in India’s Punjab … Read more

Federal NDP leader slams Alberta’s Sovereignty Act, calls it ‘undemocratic’

Federal New Democratic Party leader Jagmeet Singh slammed Alberta’s proposed sovereignty bill on Thursday, calling it “unconstitutional” and “undemocratic.” During an interview with Shaye Ganam on 770 CHQR and 630 CHED, Singh said the proposed Alberta Sovereignty Within a United Canada Act does not fix concerns Albertans care about. Albertans are worried about affordability and … Read more

Veteran lives at stake with new rehab contract, feds warned

OTTAWA — Case managers at Veterans Affairs Canada are warning that lives could be at stake as the government presses ahead with plans to change the way physical and mental rehabilitation services are provided to ill and injured ex-soldiers. The warnings were delivered in emotional testimony before the House of Commons veterans affairs committee Monday, … Read more

Jagmeet Singh went to Germany to find out how to become Canada’s prime minister

OTTAWA—It’s a good thing the NDP’s Jagmeet Singh doesn’t get jet lag. Less than a day after returning from a weeklong visit to Germany, the NDP leader had already hopped on the phone to discuss his jam-packed trip, which saw Singh hold his first meeting with Chancellor Olaf Scholz, rub shoulders with a bevy of … Read more

Elizabeth May returns as Green Party leader, with Jonathan Pedneault on joint ticket

Green Party leadership candidate Elizabeth May speaks during a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sept. 29, 2022.Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press After a disappointing federal election result, internal conflicts spilling into the open and a downward trend in fundraising, the federal Green Party named a familiar face as its leader Saturday night, although … Read more

Opposition parties outline priorities ahead of fiscal update

OTTAWA — A senior government official says Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland’s fall economic statement will propose to tax corporate stock buybacks in a bid to encourage companies to invest in their domestic operations and workers. The source spoke to The Canadian Press on the condition they not be named because they were not authorized to … Read more

Emergencies Act: Convoy leaders testify at inquiry

OTTAWA — The “Freedom Convoy” protest that gridlocked downtown Ottawa for weeks last winter started with two truck drivers on TikTok and quickly evolved into something no one organizer could control, a public inquiry heard Tuesday. Organizer Chris Barber testified that the idea sprung up after he received a message on the social media site … Read more

Ottawa takes first step toward creating stand-alone insurance program for dental care

The Liberal government is moving toward providing dental-care insurance directly to qualifying Canadians, rather than working with provinces and territories to bolster existing coverage. That will involve hiring an external company to process claims for the new stand-alone insurance program, Health Canada officials told The Canadian Press. On Friday, the Procurement Department invited companies with … Read more

Jagmeet Singh says there is “no merit” to expected Bank of Canada interest rate hike

Ahead of another steep interest rate hike expected later this week, NDP leader Jagmeet Singh is questioning whether the current slate of prescriptions to cure inflation has become unnecessarily punitive for average Canadians. In a letter addressed to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and shared with the Star, Singh makes the case for the Bank of … Read more