Canada's innovation minister steps down, setting off Trudeau reshuffle

OTTAWA (Reuters) - Canada’s Innovation Minister Navdeep Bains resigned on Tuesday, setting in motion a reshuffle of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s cabinet ahead of a possible election this year.

The Canadian Broadcasting Corp. and Global News both said Bains would be replaced by current Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne. Transport Minister Marc Garneau would take over from Champagne, they said.

Bains said he was stepping aside for family reasons and would not stand in the next election.

Canada reports record high number of coronavirus cases over past 24 hours

OTTAWA, January 9. /TASS/: As many as 9,214 novel coronavirus cases were confirmed in Canada over the past day, bringing the overall number of such cases up to 644,348, the country’s health ministry said on Friday. This is a record high number of coronavirus cases confirmed over the past 24 hours in Canada. Earlier the record number of infections was 8,400.

To date, 14.3 million Canadians have been tested for coronavirus, 545,900 people have recovered, 16,707 fatalities have been registered with 128 patients died in the last 24 hours.

Canadian PM voices frustration with slow pace of COVID-19 vaccine rollout

OTTAWA, Jan. 5 (Xinhua) -- Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Tuesday that he is worried about the slow pace of the COVID-19 vaccine rollout in the country.

Canada has received more than 424,050 doses of the Moderna and Pfizer vaccines, but only 35 percent of those doses have been administered by the provinces, with roughly 148,000 Canadians having received a shot so far.

Air Canada Boeing 737-8 MAX suffers engine issue

(Reuters) - An Air Canada Boeing Co 737-8 Max en route between Arizona and Montreal with three crew members on board suffered an engine issue that forced the crew to divert the aircraft to Tucson, Arizona, the Canadian airline company said in an emailed statement on Friday.

Shortly after the take-off, the pilots received an “engine indication” and “decided to shut down one engine,” an Air Canada spokesman said.

“The aircraft then diverted to Tucson, where it landed normally and remains.” The incident took place on Dec. 22.

Canada: Huawei CFO's alleged actions had 'no genuine connection' to U.S., her lawyers say

TORONTO (Reuters) -Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou’s alleged actions had “no genuine connection” to the United States, her lawyers have argued in their latest bid to end her extradition from Canada, according to court documents released on Friday.

Meng, 48, was arrested two years ago at the Vancouver airport by Canadian police on an arrest warrant from the United States, where she is charged with bank and wire fraud for allegedly misleading HSBC about Huawei Tech Co Ltd’s business dealings in Iran.

Canada administers first doses of COVID-19 vaccine

TORONTO (AP) — Canada administered its first doses of a COVID-19 vaccine on Monday, becoming one of the first countries to do so in the effort to beat back the pandemic.

Five front-line workers in Ontario were among the first Canadians to receive the vaccine at one of Toronto’s hospitals.

Anita Quidangen, a personal support worker who worked throughout a COVID-19 outbreak at the Rekai Centre nursing home in Toronto, got the first dose in Ontario.

“It’s an honor, thank you very much,” she said. “I’ll continue to do my job as a PSW.”

Canada court to hear more witness testimony in Huawei CFO's U.S. extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - A Canadian court will hear testimony from a technical witness on Monday in the case to extradite Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou to the United States.

The witness will testify via video from Ontario about the federal police force’s email system at prosecutors’ request.

Canada health regulator approves Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine

TORONTO (AP) — Canada’s health regulator approved Pfizer’s COVID-19 vaccine Wednesday, days ahead of possible approval in the United States, and said it hopes to start giving the shots next week.

The vaccine made by U.S. drugmaker Pfizer and Germany’s BioNTech vaccine already has been authorized for use by the United Kingdom and Bahrain, and officials have said they expect the U.S. authorization within days.

Testimony of Canada airport police officer to wrap up in Huawei CFO's U.S. extradition case

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Testimony of a Canadian police officer acting as the airport liaison when Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou was arrested two years ago will continue in court on Tuesday as the witness cross examination in Meng’s U.S. extradition hearings enters the final week.

Huawei CFO back in Canada court in extradition case as U.S. negotiates resolving charges

VANCOUVER (Reuters) - Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou will return to a Canadian court on Monday as witness testimony in her U.S. extradition case resumes, amid news last week that her lawyers and U.S. prosecutors held talks to reach a deal that could see her release and to return to China after two years of house arrest.

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