Feds’ daycare plan falls short, says Cardus

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA - The federal government’s much-hyped national daycare plan will cost up to four times the price tag the Liberals promised in its recent budget, according to the religious think tank Cardus.

Biden call fuels vaccine effort for poor nations

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

After U.S. President Joe Biden’s surprise turnaround in favour of temporarily suspending patent protection for COVID-19 vaccines, Church leaders are redoubling their lobbying, hoping a World Trade Organization agreement will get vaccines into arms south of the equator.

Alberta churches dealt harshest COVID-19 measures in a year

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

Houses of worship were among the many sectors of Alberta society hit with the most stringent COVID-19 capacity guidelines since the first wave of the virus last spring. New regulations are limiting in-person worship services to 15 people in high case areas, down from the 15 per cent of building fire code capacity.

Hundreds ignore restrictions to join March for Life

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA - The ongoing COVID pandemic could not silence Canada’s pro-life movement as hundreds marched through the streets of the nation’s capital May 13 while thousands more gathered online for the annual March for Life.

Bill 21 ruling headed to Quebec Court of Appeal

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

OTTAWA - Two organizations trying to have Quebec’s secularism law Bill 21 — which bans public sector workers from wearing religious symbols at work — overturned by the courts will be joining the provincial government in appealing an April 20 court decision that upheld most of the controversial law.

A backbench MP who gets things done

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Liberal MP John McKay doesn’t give a damn whether he’s in cabinet or not. But he does give a damn.

ShareLife campaign off to a steady start

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

Support for the 2021 ShareLife parish campaign is off to a promising start as the fundraising arm of the Archdiocese of Toronto has accumulated over $3.2 million following the first of three ShareLife Sundays.

Development and Peace reconciles with two exiled partners

By Michael Swan, The Catholic Register

Two of Development and Peace’s 24 exiled partners have been welcomed back by Canada’s Catholic development and aid organization and the remaining 22 may re-apply once the organization finalizes a new partnership policy in the coming weeks.

COVID variants raise concern in classrooms

By Wendy-Ann Clarke, The Catholic Register

The death of a Catholic school student in Brampton, Ont., has highlighted the demographic shift of those most affected by COVID-19.

Website launched to report sexual misconduct by Canadian Catholic bishops

By Brian Dryden, Canadian Catholic News

A new system launched to report abuse by Canada’s Catholic bishops is the next step within the Church to make sure all instances of abuse are exposed and eliminated, Gatineau Archbishop Paul-André Durocher said.

Teacher rides for suicide prevention

By Quinton Amundson, The Catholic Register

With his departed friend Chris and his junior high students top of mind, Tyler Weber pushed himself to a personal best bike ride of 225.8 kilometres in just over nine hours in a journey to raise awareness of suicide prevention.