Walter Gretzky, Father of NHL Star Wayne Gretzky, Dies at 82

TORONTO—Walter Gretzky, the father of hockey great Wayne Gretzky, has died. He was 82. Wayne Gretzky said in a social media post Thursday night that his father battled Parkinson’s disease and other health issues the past few years. “It’s with deep sadness that Janet and I share the news of the passing of my dad,” Wayne Gretzky said. “He bravely battled Parkinson’s and other health issues these last few years, but he never let it get him down. “For me, he was the reason I fell in love with the game of hockey. He inspired me to be the best I could be not just in the game of hockey, but in life.” Walter Gretzky became a name himself, a constant in Wayne’s world. As Wayne’s star ascended, Walter remained a blue-collar symbol of a devoted hockey parent in a country filled with them. The two were also often intertwined, …

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Canada, UK Agree to Cooperate on Defending Human Rights, Including in China and Burma

Canada’s Minister of Foreign Affairs Marc Garneau and his UK counterpart Dominic Raab agreed that the two countries should advance cooperation on a number of human rights issues, including in China and Burma, also known as Myanmar. According to a statement, Garneau had expressed Canada’s appreciation for the UK’s support for the two Canadians citizens—Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor—who have been arbitrarily detained by Chinese authorities for more than two years. He said the men “remain an absolute priority,” and that Canada will continue to call for their immediate release. The “two Michaels” were detained in 2018, following Canada’s arrest of Meng Wanzhou, the daughter of Huawei Technologies’ founder Ren Zhengfei and the telecom company’s chief financial officer. Earlier in the year, Meng was arrested at a Vancouver airport at a U.S. request for her extradition. Meng and her company were accused of using a Hong Kong shell company, Skycom, …

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Ontario Announces Phase Two COVID-19 Vaccination Plan and Eligibility

Ontario announced it is ready to roll out phase two of its vaccination distribution plan that focuses on age and risk to prevent further transmission, hospitalization and death due to the COVID-19 virus. “We have a solid plan and are ready to get the needles into people’s arms. As soon as the doses arrived,” Premier Doug Ford said during a press conference on Friday. “Over 2 million more doses are expected to be here before the end of March, including 194,500 doses of the newly approved AstraZeneca vaccine. And the extension of four months between the first and second shot is a game changer in getting more people vaccinated quicker. We’re also encouraged to hear today that J&J [Johnson & Johnson] single shot vaccine has now been approved for use in Canada, giving us a fourth vaccine in our arsenal.” The Ford government expects up to 9 million Ontarians to be …

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Johnson & Johnson Single-Dose Vaccine Approved for Use in Canada

Health Canada has authorized use of a COVID-19 vaccine made by Johnson & Johnson, making it the first single-dose vaccine to receive approval for use in Canada. The vaccine, produced by Johnson & Johnson subsidiary Janssen Pharmaceutical, can be stored at regular refrigerated temperatures at 2 to 8 degrees Celsius for at least three months, making it easy to distribute to the provinces and territories. The approval of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine in Canada will add another vaccine to those already approved from Pfizer-BioNTech, Moderna, and AstraZeneca-Oxford. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Friday that Johnson & Johnson has agreed to provide Canada with 10 million doses of the vaccine between now and September. Trudeau also said Pfizer will be able to deliver 3.5 million doses of vaccines—originally scheduled to be delivered this summer—over the next few months. He said Pfizer will deliver an additional 1.5 million vaccine doses this …

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