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Bank of Canada Survey Says Business Hiring Plans Remain Muted Due to Pandemic

Companies that have laid off workers are telling the Bank of Canada they plan to refill some positions over the next year, but many hiring plans remain… Read more »

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Don’t Criticize China’s Treatment of Hong Kong, Beijing Warns Canada

China is threatening retaliation against Canada after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau condemned a new security law giving Beijing more control over Hong Kong. In a news conference… Read more »

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Man Accused in Rideau Hall Crash Had Rifle, Shotguns, High-Capacity Magazine: RCMP

Police say the man charged with ramming a truck through a gate at Rideau Hall last week was armed with two shotguns, a rifle and a revolver,… Read more »

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Alberta Announces Sandhill Crane Hunt for This Fall

Alberta has announced there will be a sandhill crane hunting season this fall — a hunt that’s been opposed by an environmental group and was previously rejected by the provincial government three times.

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Alberta First Nation Monitors Hundreds for COVID-19 as It Announces Curfew

A First Nation in southern Alberta has implemented a curfew as its health workers monitor more than 200 people for signs they may have developed COVID−19. Siksika Nation Chief Ouray… Read more »

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‘You Have to Show Up:’ NDP MP Questions Virtual Attendance of Alberta Tories

Alberta’s only non−Conservative member of Parliament says she’s disappointed some of the province’s Tory MPs haven’t been participating in virtual House of Commons special COVID−19 committee meetings.

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Ethics Watchdog to Examine Trudeau Over We Charity Contract, Since Reversed

The federal ethics watchdog is examining whether Prime Minister Justin Trudeau violated the conflict of interest law over how he handled a decision to have WE Charity manage a… Read more »

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Presidential Hopeful Biden Could Be Swayed to Supporting Keystone XL: Kenney

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney says he believes United States presidential hopeful Joe Biden can be swayed to supporting the Keystone XL pipeline. The presumptive Democratic nominee has vowed to rip up… Read more »

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Canada Restricts Dealings, Suspends Extradition Treaty With Hong Kong Over New Security Law

Canada is suspending its extradition treaty with Hong Kong as part of a package of responses to the new security law China has imposed on the territory,… Read more »

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Alberta Health Minister Orders Review Into Racism After Noose Found in Hospital

Alberta’s minister of health has ordered an independent third−party investigation into how the province’s health authority responded to a racist act. Tyler Shandro says in a statement… Read more »

We Group to Stop Running Federal Volunteer Program, Return Funds Already Paid

We Group to Stop Running Federal Volunteer Program, Return Funds Already Paid

Youth Minister Bardish Chagger says the WE organization won’t manage the federal government’s $900−million program to pay students and fresh graduates for volunteer work this summer.

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Military Member Arrested After Truck Rammed Gate Near Trudeau Residence: DND

A member of the Canadian Armed Forces is in custody, sources say, after someone rammed a truck through the gates of Rideau Hall and drove up the path toward the official residences that house Gov. Gen. Julie Payette and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau before being stopped by police.

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Atlantic Canada Prepares to Lift Travel Restrictions as Regional “Bubble” Opens; Proof of Residency Required

Atlantic Canadians are closely eyeing travel requirements and coronavirus case numbers across the region as the four provinces prepare to open their borders to their neighbours Friday,… Read more »

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You Can Get $75 Gift Card Per Day for Up to Five Nights of Stay at Calgary, Edmonton, Lethbridge Sandman Hotels

In an effort to boost tourism, Sandman Hotel Group is offering reduced rates at some of its hotels in Alberta. The Sandman Hotel Group is offering up… Read more »

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Feds Extend COVID-19 Isolation Order for Anyone Entering Canada Until Aug. 31

The federal government has extended the mandatory quarantine order for most people entering Canada until the end of August to help curb the spread of the novel… Read more »

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Trans Mountain Timeline: A Look at Key Dates in the Project’s History

The Trans Mountain pipeline expansion cleared another legal hurdle Thursday when the Supreme Court of Canada denied leave to appeal to First Nations that argue they were… Read more »

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White Throated Sparrows Change Their Tunes , an Unprecedented Development Scientists Say

White-throated sparrows are changing their tune — an unprecedented development scientists say has caused them to sit up and take note. Ken Otter, a biology professor at the University of Northern British Columbia, whose paper on the phenomenon was published on Thursday, said most bird species are slow to change their songs, preferring to stick with tried-and-true tunes to defend territories and attract females.

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Mandatory Mask Policies Raise Accessibility Concerns for Vulnerable Populations

Experts and advocates say mandatory mask policies will only work if they’re backed up by efforts to provide access and education to vulnerable populations. A rule requiring that… Read more »

Supreme Court Dismisses Indigenous Appeal of Trans Mountain Approval

Supreme Court Dismisses Indigenous Appeal of Trans Mountain Approval

The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear a new appeal from British Columbia First Nations over the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion.

The court on Thursday dismissed the appeal from the Squamish Nation, Tsleil−Waututh Nation, the Ts’elxwéyeqw Tribes and Coldwater Indian Band, effectively ending the years−long legal battle over the project.

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COVID-19 Commercial Rent-Relief Program Extended to July

Federal and provincial governments have agreed to extend a commercial rent relief program to help cover July costs for eligible small businesses, with a few changes. The… Read more »

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All Five of Canada’s Big Banks Join Anti-Hate Advertising Boycott of Facebook

All five of Canada’s biggest banks are joining an international boycott of Facebook over concerns that the platform is complicit in promoting racism, violence and misinformation. Scotiabank,… Read more »

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Canada Extends Ban on Foreign Travellers Until July 31

The federal government says it has extended tight rules barring most foreign travellers from entering Canada until the end of July as part of efforts to slow… Read more »

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Alberta Businesswoman Named Lieutenant-Governor, First Muslim in Role in Canada

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has named business owner and philanthropist Salma Lakhani as Alberta’s new lieutenant−governor. When she formally takes over the role, Lakhani will become Canada’s… Read more »

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Air Canada Cutting 30 Domestic Routes, Closing Stations at Eight Airports

Air Canada is indefinitely suspending service on 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports.

The airline says the cuts are being made as a result of continuing weak demand for both business and leisure travel due to COVID−19 travel restrictions and border closures.