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Health minister asks Senate to speed up so pharmacare can be launched by spring

Health minister asks Senate to speed up so pharmacare can be launched by spring

OTTAWA — The federal health minister has asked the Senate to move as quickly as possible to pass the government's pharmacare legislation so that Canadians can start accessing medications by next spring, he told reporters Wednesday.
S&P/TSX composite index closes down in broad-based decline

S&P/TSX composite index closes down in broad-based decline

TORONTO — Canada's main stock index closed down Wednesday in a broad-based decline on subdued trading while U.S. markets were closed. The S&P/TSX composite index closed 94.40 points lower at 21,516.90.
BC United Leader Kevin Falcon loses another candidate to Rustad's Conservatives

BC United Leader Kevin Falcon loses another candidate to Rustad's Conservatives

BC United has lost several high-profile candidates and members to the Conservatives recently, including MLAs Elenore Sturko and Lorne Doerkson.
Health firm settles with B.C. medical commission on extra-billing for health services

Health firm settles with B.C. medical commission on extra-billing for health services

VICTORIA — British Columbia's Medical Services Commission says it has reached an agreement with a Vancouver company over allegations that it was extra-billing for health care paid for by the public system. The commission filed a petition to B.C.
Cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings appealing $6M fine imposed by Fintrac

Cryptocurrency exchange Binance Holdings appealing $6M fine imposed by Fintrac

TORONTO — Binance Holdings Ltd. is appealing a $6-million fine imposed on the company by Fintrac, the federal anti-money laundering agency.
BoC considered waiting until July to cut interest rates, summary says

BoC considered waiting until July to cut interest rates, summary says

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada's governing council thought about waiting until July to lower interest rates but ultimately decided to cut earlier, the central bank's summary of deliberations reveals.
Canada's population grew to top 41 million in the first quarter: StatCan

Canada's population grew to top 41 million in the first quarter: StatCan

OTTAWA — Statistics Canada says the country's population topped 41 million people in the first quarter of this year as it grew by 0.6 per cent.
Rob Shaw: Eby's rationale for sale of ICBC head office stretches credulity

Rob Shaw: Eby's rationale for sale of ICBC head office stretches credulity

Is turning the aging ICBC headquarters into affordable housing a bad deal for British Columbians?
BDC commits $250M to help Indigenous and Black-led businesses

BDC commits $250M to help Indigenous and Black-led businesses

MONTREAL — The Business Development Bank of Canada is committing $250 million to help Indigenous and Black-led businesses. The money comes as BDC also creates a new inclusive entrepreneurship team.
Kirk LaPointe: Premier's concern over North Shore sewage plant is about $3B too late

Kirk LaPointe: Premier's concern over North Shore sewage plant is about $3B too late

Voters are watching, and what North Vancouver and West Van residents really want now is not just an audit, but real help paying the bill