Nova Scotia holds celebrations for first observation of Emancipation Day

A young girl holds up a sign as she marches with hundreds of others during an Emancipation Day March, in Vancouver, on , August 1, 2020. Emancipation Day marks the abolition of slavery in parts of the British Empire. The Slavery Abolition Act went into effect on August 1, 1834, after receiving Royal Assent nearly a year earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck A young girl holds up a sign as she marches with hundreds of others during an Emancipation Day March, in Vancouver, on , August 1, 2020. Emancipation Day marks the abolition of slavery in parts of the British Empire. The Slavery Abolition Act went into effect on August 1, 1834, after receiving Royal Assent nearly a year earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

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Conservatives say they're against decision to make COVID-19 vaccines mandatory for MPs

The federal Conservatives—the only caucus yet to confirm how many of its MPs remain unvaccinated—have come out in opposition to the new mandatory COVID-19 vaccination policy announced by the House of Commons. The decision taken by a cross-party committee of MPs that means that as of Nov. 22, anyone entering the House of Commons precinct will need to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19.

Conservative MP Blake Richards rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Thursday May 27, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld