Don Martin: It's a stimulus budget all right -- for votes in the next election

Reading the federal budget spending spree as it scrolls on for 720-plus pages, a certain numbness takes hold, writes Don Martin in his exclusive column for CTVNews.ca.
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New Brunswick man calls for rent control after facing $2,000-a-month increase
Josh Murphy says the province needs to move quickly on implementing a cap on unreasonable rent increases so a situation like his does not happen to someone else.
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Montreal co-op creating locavore app to shop, cook and grow seasonal food
Eat MTL from Coop CAUS will provide information about seasonal produce, recipe suggestions and other resources for Montrealers.
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Coalition representing Uyghurs calls for full-blown boycott of 2022 Beijing Olympics
A coalition representing Uyghurs, Tibetans, residents of Hong Kong and others issued a statement Monday calling for the boycott.
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Avalanche Canada to expand safety services in B.C. with $10 million provincial grant
75 per cent of all avalanche fatalities in Canada occur in B.C., according to the provincial government.
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Canada, U.S., Britain impose new sanctions against Myanmar junta
The U.S. targeted the governing State Administrative Council (SAC) and 13 officials, freezing any U.S. assets of those listed and generally bars Americans from dealing with them.
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Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie to replace Fortin on COVID-19 vaccine rollout
In a statement released Monday evening, PHAC president Iain Stewart said Brodie will assume the role of Vice President of Vaccine Logistics and Operations "effective immediately."
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Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie replaces Dany Fortin as national vaccine rollout lead
The Public Health Agency of Canada (PHAC) has named Brig.-Gen. Krista Brodie as the new vice-president of vaccine logistics and operations, replacing Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin.
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Weather advisory issued for central, northern Alberta as rain, snow could affect travel Tuesday night
People across central and northern Alberta are being warned that Tuesday night brings the potential for treacherous driving conditions as a rainy and snowy weather system develops.
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Police dog helps nab suspect in armed Winnipeg carjacking: RCMP
Police say the man is also facing further charges stemming from the carjacking in Winnipeg.
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COVID-19: Drive-in movies are allowed again in Alberta
On Monday, the province reversed a decision that banned drive-in movies in Alberta because of COVID-19 concerns.
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Kingston council to contemplate $375,000 for community food redistribution warehouse
Kingston city council is considering a $375,000 contribution for a community food redistribution warehouse to help individuals and families dealing with food insecurity.
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Fraser Health’s immunization program for school-aged children resuming for grades 7 and 10
Any student in grades 7 to 10 who missed their immunizations during the 2019-2020 year can book appointments at their local public health units during the spring and summer.
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Have your say: Do you think outdoor activities should re-open before the stay-at-home order is lifted?
Ontario Health Minister Christine Elliott said Monday that golf courses, tennis and basketball courts and other outdoor amenities will be allowed to open as soon as Dr. David Williams, the chief medical officer of health, deems it safe.
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COVID-19: MLHU vaccine supply still limited as eligibility expands to 18+
Starting Tuesday, everyone 18 and up will be able to book a vaccine appointment with the Middlesex-London Health Unit.
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Two of four Toronto officers plead guilty to misconduct in 2014 search judge previously tossed over ‘planted’ evidence
Const. Benjamin Elliot and Sgt. Michael Taylor both pleaded guilty at a Toronto police professional misconduct tribunal hearing Monday. Meanwhile, all misconduct charges against Const. Jeffrey Tout and Const. Fraser Douglas were withdrawn.
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‘The system failed’: Cobourg police chief upset after court decides to release man arrested Thursday
Cobourg Police Service Chief Paul VandeGraaf is critical of court's decision to release a man who was arrested Thursday in a drug investigation.
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COVID-19: Results revealed for rapid testing project at Montreal schools
Rapid COVID-19 testing among asymptomatic students is inefficient, say researchers who are conducting a pilot project to see how effective the tests are at detecting the virus.
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People need hope, but clear rules, public health experts say as Quebec to announce reopening plan
“(They must) be clear about what targets we need to achieve, what good things are going to happen if we do, and how things are not going to change if we don’t.”
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New report investigating LGBTQ2S+ inclusivity in federal departments find gaps, 'lack of strategy'
A new report looking at the inclusion and treatment of LGBTQ2S+ employees within federal departments over the last year has found a 'lack of centralized strategy' for inclusion of LGBTQ2S+ people.
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COVID-19: Nova Scotia rotational workers report difficulties with travel application process
The new travel application process has only been active for a few days, but some rotational workers say they've already run into challenges with the system.
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West Island Solidarity Garden organizers hope to have another bountiful season
"The idea is to grow a row for yourself but then if you can grow an extra row and give part of your harvest back to the west island food banks."
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2 Montreal families want new coroner’s inquiries over claims of racism and conflict of interest
Two Montreal families are demanding new coroner's inquiries into the deaths of their loved ones because of growing concerns over racial profiling and a conflict of interest.
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New housing starts double in Saskatchewan during April: CMHC
CMHC said there were 4,958 annually adjusted housing starts in Saskatchewan’s urban areas during April.
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Calgary Indigenous clinic offering COVID-19 vaccines to youth, homeless, newcomers
An Indigenous COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Calgary was honoured with a Blackfoot name as it launched its third, expanded round of immunizations.
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Watch: The story behind Mark Scheifele’s two baby goats named Tiger Woods and Tom Brady
Winnipeg Jets’ Mark Scheifele explains why his two goats started as kind of a joke, but have now become two important members of his household — and how they pooped all over the ice at the rink.
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Racing Roundup: Grosjean dominance not good for IndyCar
Hendrick Racing sweeps NASCAR Cup, John Force wins his 152nd and all the rest of the news.
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Base Camp: 2022 Kia Carnival LX
Kia is trying to move the goalposts by infusing its people carrier with SUV-like styling.
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New Brunswick baseball association believes vandals damaged batting cages
The president of the Port City Minor Baseball Association believes vandals damaged batting cages at Memorial Field in Saint John on May 11 or 12.
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COVID-19: Ticketing at pro-Palestinian car rally in Halifax a ‘betrayal,’ organizer says
Some of the people ticketed at a recent XXXX car rally in Halifax over the weekend plan to fight their tickets.
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Emma Teitel: Glorious weekend weather gives a COVID-weary Toronto something to chew on: Is this how the pandemic ends?
A city approaching the end of a crisis but still arguably in denial about what may be required to meet that end greets its first real summer weekend.
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COVID-19: 14 New Brunswick MLAs potentially exposed, prompting first hybrid-virtual sitting
Fourteen New Brunswick MLAs may have been exposed to COVID-19, prompting the province's first hybrid-virtual regular sitting of legislature.
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Accused was shaking after he attacked murder victim, witness says
Jérémie McLaughlin-Thibault, 47, is charged with second-degree murder in the death of Pointe-aux-Trembles resident Vickie Belle-Isle.
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COVID-19: Plan in motion to vaccinate Hamilton youth aged 12 to 17
Dr. Elizabeth Richardson says public health is working with the city's school boards to develop a strategy, ahead of a May 20 provincial deadline.
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Longtime associate of Matt Gaetz pleads guilty to underage sex trafficking charges
Gaetz's associate, Joel Greenberg, admitted that he had paid at least one underage girl to have sex with him and other men.
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