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The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada for Wednesday, April 14, 2021

The latest news on COVID-19 developments in Canada (all times Eastern): 6:10 p.m. Alberta is reporting 1,412 new cases of COVID-19 and eight additional deaths due to the virus. The province says 778 new variant cases have also been detected.
Canadian emissions to make up outsized portion of what climate can bear: study

Canadian emissions to make up outsized portion of what climate can bear: study

Greenhouse gas emissions from Canada's oil and gas industry will make up an outsized share of the remaining carbon the world's atmosphere can take, a new analysis suggests.
Premier Francois Legault softens rules for outdoor mask use following criticism

Premier Francois Legault softens rules for outdoor mask use following criticism

MONTREAL — Quebec Premier Francois Legault softened some rules surrounding outdoor mask wearing on Wednesday after criticism from the public and members of the political opposition.
Federal government unveils $1.5-billion plan to boost green building

Federal government unveils $1.5-billion plan to boost green building

OTTAWA — Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKenna has announced a $1.5-billion program designed to spur green building through retrofits, upgrades and new construction of public institutions.
AstraZeneca very safe, effective, with extremely rare risk of clots: Health Canada

AstraZeneca very safe, effective, with extremely rare risk of clots: Health Canada

OTTAWA — There is enough evidence to say the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine may cause very rare blood clots but the shot is still extremely safe, very effective and will remain on the Canadian market, Health Canada said Wednesday.

Quebec police cancel Amber Alert after baby boy, man found safe

WATERLOO, Que. — Quebec provincial police say a baby boy who was the subject of an Amber Alert on Wednesday has been found safe. The alert was issued after the two-month-old was allegedly abducted by a 22-year-old man around 11 a.m. in Waterloo, Que.
New pathway to residency for 90,000 essential workers and graduates: Mendicino

New pathway to residency for 90,000 essential workers and graduates: Mendicino

Ottawa is creating a new pathway to permanent residency for 90,000 essential workers and international graduates who are currently in Canada, Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Wednesday.
Suspect arrested after Quebec teacher on picket line struck by car

Suspect arrested after Quebec teacher on picket line struck by car

MONTREAL — A Quebec teachers strike was marred on Wednesday after a teacher picketing with her colleagues in Sherbrooke, Que., was struck by a car in what police described as a deliberate gesture.
Housing advocates eye federal budget for aid to urban Indigenous providers

Housing advocates eye federal budget for aid to urban Indigenous providers

OTTAWA — The Trudeau Liberals have told stakeholders in the affordable-housing sector to look for funding in next week's budget to help expand the stock of units for Indigenous people in urban centres.
Five things about Canada's proposed small modular nuclear reactors

Five things about Canada's proposed small modular nuclear reactors

OTTAWA — Alberta's Jason Kenney became the fourth Canadian premier to sign an agreement supporting the development of small modular nuclear reactors (SMRs) in Canada on Wednesday.