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Global National: March 25, 2021 | Trudeau government scores win for price on carbon

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We begin with a significant ruling from the Supreme Court of Canada. In a 6-3 decision it has ruled the federal government has the power to set a minimum price on carbon. It’s a big victory for the Trudeau government. The top court says climate change is real and this matter is critical to our response to an existential threat to human life in Canada and around the world. It makes it clear that carbon pricing is not a tax but a regulatory mechanism to induce behavioural changes that will lead to widespread reductions in emissions. This may end the legal challenges, but not the political battles. Eric Sorensen has our top story.

There has been concern and confusion over the Oxford-AstraZeneca vaccine including a small number of reports in Europe of extremely rare blood clots. There have not been any reports of blood clots in this country though Health Canada has added a warning of a potential side effect. As Heather Yourex-West reports, the agency still believes the shot is safe and effective.

The federal auditor general had some good news and some bad news today about some of the most expensive programs the federal government has put together. The AG gave high marks to the government on the rollout of the COVID relief program, though as David Akin reports, she also found out that Canada was not prepared for the pandemic.

The high profile investigation into sexual misconduct allegations against Canada’s top general took another turn today. Canada’s military watchdog rejected the defence ministers claims about what powers his office had to look into the complaint. The contradiction came to light in testimony before a House of Commons committee investigating the matter. Mercedes Stephenson reports.

There is now one place in the world to see the largest collection of Inuit art and its right in the heart of Canada. The Winnipeg Art Gallery has just opened an exhibit and its inaugural opening is today with a virtual event. Marny Blunt gives us a peek inside.

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