Quebec First Nations worry about moose populations, others receive housing funding, Third company reports successful vaccine

Cedric Gallant

Luca Caruso-Moro




Quebec First Nations say vital moose populations are scarce

Quebec First Nations say the moose population around their communities is dwindling.

CTV News reports that could mean big problems for the Algonquins of Barriere Lake and Kitigan Zibi, who rely on the moose as a vital food source.

In the fall, the two communities set up barricades against hunters in La Verendrye park, north of Ottawa. 

The barricades have come down, but negotiations on the future of sport hunting in the area have begun between First Nations and the province. 

First Nations to receive support for social housing projects

Two major First Nations housing projects got the green light from Ottawa to begin construction this spring.

Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario will get a $1.25 million dollar investment to provide emergency housing and support for victims of violence.

Meanwhile, Muskowekwan First Nation in Saskatchewan will receive $2 million to house families in crisis. 

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller said the homes will provide “crucial support to vulnerable people” in those communities. 

There are 22 other projects in the pipeline, according to Miller. 

Third company reports successful vaccine

AstraZeneca says it’s the third company to create an effective vaccine candidate for COVID-19.

Early tests found a reported 90 per cent success rate in preventing infection. 

But, it’s reportedly cheaper than other vaccine candidates, and can be stored in temperatures above freezing. 

Canada has pre ordered 20 million doses of the vaccine candidate, enough for 10 million people.

Before it can be given to the public, it will need to be approved by Health Canada. 

AstraZeneca has said they are looking at low-income countries as a priority.