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Siksika Nation to start administering Moderna vaccine to Elders Lodge, first responders FridayVideo frame grab of Chief Ouray Crowfoot of the Siksika Nation during in Alberta government press conference on Friday, Sept. 11, 2020.

Siksika Nation will become one the first First Nations in the country to vaccinate their community, starting with residents and staff at the Nation’s Elder’s Lodge, Chief Ouray Crowfoot told Postmedia Thursday.

One hundred doses of the Moderna vaccine will arrive on Nation Jan. 1 at 1 p.m., with priority going to the approximately 40 Elders and staff at the Elders Lodge as well as some first responders with the Nation’s health department.

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Saskatchewan cabinet minister apologizes for California trip, but keeps his jobSaskatchewan Highways Minister Joe Hargrave. Photo by BRANDON HARDER/Postmedia

A Saskatchewan cabinet minister has apologized for making an “error in judgment” by travelling to California over the holidays, but he gets to keep his job.

Highways Minister Joe Hargrave says in a statement that he plans to return to Canada when he’s out of a 14-day quarantine recommended for newcomers in the state on Jan.5.

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Rod Phillips, Ontario finance minister, resigns after taking Caribbean pandemic vacationOntario Finance Minister Rod Phillips speaks to the media about the state of emergency amid the coronavirus pandemic, while Premier Doug Ford looks on, on March 18, 2020. Photo by Veronica Henri/Postmedia News

Ontario’s finance minister has resigned from his cabinet position after going on a Caribbean vacation during the pandemic.

Premier Doug Ford says he has accepted Rod Phillips’s resignation as minister.

“At a time when the people of Ontario have sacrificed so much, today’s resignation is a demonstration that our government takes seriously our obligation to hold ourselves to a higher standard,” Ford said.

Phillips returned to Ontario this morning after spending more than two weeks in St. Barts despite provincial guidelines urging people to avoid non-essential travel.

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Message from Nenshi to be broadcast to Times Square on New Year’s EveCalgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi. Photo by Dean Pilling/Postmedia

Times Square in New York City may look a bit empty this year but the annual New Year’s Eve show will go on, and it will feature a certain Calgarian appearing remotely.

Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi tweeted today that he was approached as an international mayor to record a message to be broadcast globally during the famous show.

Nenshi’s greeting will be sprinkled in among various live performers, including Gloria Gaynor, Jenifer Lopez, Cyndi Lauper and Machine Gun Kelly. The show will still culminate with the famous ball drop at 10 seconds to midnight.

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