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Canadian Economy Posted Record Drop in 2020 Q2 Due to Pandemic

Statistics Canada says the economy posted its steepest decline on record in the second quarter as the COVID-19 pandemic forced the closure of non-essential businesses and slowed… Read more »

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Feds Creating ‘Inventory’ of Racial Minorities to Fill Senior Public Service Posts

The Liberal government wants to create an “inventory” of Black, Indigenous and other racialized people who could play high-ranking roles in the federal public service. It is looking for… Read more »

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Fitch Ratings Issues New Warning over Federal Spending, Government Debt

A major global credit rating agency is issuing a new warning about federal debt that it says may become more difficult to tackle once the pandemic passes. Fitch… Read more »

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From ‘Seaman’ to ‘Sailor’: The Royal Canadian Navy Adopts Gender-Neutral Titles

The Royal Canadian Navy is changing the titles of its junior ranks to be more inclusive. The references to “seaman” in the English-language designations — ordinary, able, leading and… Read more »

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Canada-China COVID-19 Vaccine Trials Abandoned: National Research Council

A COVID-19 vaccine-development partnership between Canada and a Chinese firm has been abandoned, ending clinical trials that were to be conducted by a Dalhousie University research lab. The… Read more »

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Pandemic-Related Disability Support to Cost Feds $792 Million, PBO Says

The parliamentary budget office says a one-time payment to people with disabilities this fall will cost the federal treasury $792 million. The majority of that amount will… Read more »

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Section of Rare Forested Land Donated to Prince Edward Island Nature Reserve

A nature reserve in Prince Edward Island is expanding thanks to a land donation to the Nature Conservancy of Canada. Brothers Tony and Liam Dolan of Charlottetown are donating… Read more »

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‘I Don’t Drop the Ball’: Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole Promises to Fight for West, Human Rights

Newly elected Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole said Tuesday that as leader, and as a prime minister, he will stand up for the rights of women and the LGBTQ… Read more »

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Stats Canada Survey Suggests Some Canadians Worried about Safety of COVID-19 Vaccine

A new Statistics Canada survey suggests that while the vast majority of Canadians would get a COVID-19 vaccine if and when it becomes available, more than one… Read more »

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Trudeau Considered Best to Manage Pandemic, Revive Economy, Poll Suggests

A new poll suggests Prime Minister Justin Trudeau would be well placed to fight an election this fall, seen as the leader best able to care for Canadians during… Read more »

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Gun-Control Reforms Passed Last Year Might Not Be Fully in Place until 2022: Memo

An internal government note says several federal gun-control measures that received royal assent over a year ago, including expanded background checks, might not come into effect before 2022…. Read more »

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Air Canada Racks up Second-Most Refund Complaints in the U.S. in May

Air Canada had the second-highest number of complaints about refunds to the U.S. Department of Transportation of any airline in May. The department says Air Canada was… Read more »

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Military Lifts Order Grounding Snowbirds Team, Some Restrictions Still in Place

The Snowbirds are allowed back in the air after a deadly crash this spring saw the aerobatic team’s iconic jets grounded in British Columbia for more than… Read more »

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Winter of the Great Divide: Farmer’s Almanac Releases 2021 Winter Forecast

The Old Farmer’s Almanac has released the 2021 long-range winter weather forecast and is calling for frigid and frosty temperatures throughout most of Canada this winter. Dubbing… Read more »

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‘Good Morning. I’m Erin O’Toole’: New Tory Leader Wins after Hours-Long Delay

Conservative members sought stability Monday in choosing Erin O’Toole as leader after a campaign where he focused on keeping the party close to its “true blue” fundamentals. O’Toole… Read more »

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Compensation Talks for Victims of Downed Jetliner to Start in October: Iran

The head of Iran’s civil aviation organization says his government will launch compensation talks in October with Canada and other countries that lost citizens when the Iranian military shot down a civilian jetliner earlier this year. Touraj Dehqani Zangeneh made the comments to Iran’s official news agency over the weekend amid new Iranian claims about what happened on Jan. 8, when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 was downed shortly after takeoff from Tehran.

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Canadian Intelligence Assessments of Saddam’s Iraq Got It Right, New Paper Says

A new research paper says Canadian intelligence assessments on Iraq were generally accurate in the run-up to the U.S.-led invasion of 2003 — unlike reports produced in Washington and London that were used to justify war.Almost nothing has been said outside government circles about Canadian judgments that Saddam Hussein had no active weapons of mass destruction program, the paper says — partly to avoid embarrassing American and British counterparts.

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As Freeland Takes Finance Job, Crisis Will Dictate Spending Plans, Experts Say

Perrin Beatty was on his way home from the office when his phone rang. It was Chrystia Freeland, who 24 hours earlier had become Canada’s finance minister…. Read more »

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Trudeau Defends Announcing $37B Income-Support Plan after Shuttering Parliament

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is defending his choice to shut down Parliament shortly before unveiling a $37−billion plan to replace a key emergency aid benefit. Ottawa announced new measures… Read more »

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Tragically Hip Launches ‘Courage’ Face Mask to Raise Money for Musicians

While Canada’s music industry continues to struggle in the midst of COVID−19, the Tragically Hip hope to offer some “Courage” by raising funds through a new face mask. The Kingston,… Read more »

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June 2020 Retail Sales Topped Pre-pandemic Levels in June, Statcan Reports

Canadian monthly retail sales topped their pre−pandemic levels for the first time in June as more parts of the country moved ahead with plans to reopen their… Read more »

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Trudeau Government Appeals Federal Court Ruling on Canada-U.S. Refugee Pact

Public Safety Minister Bill Blair says Ottawa is appealing a court ruling that struck down the Safe Third Country Agreement on refugees between Canada and the United States. The… Read more »

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TD Reaches Settlement after U.S. Investigation into Bank’s Overdraft Practices

The U.S. arm of TD Bank Group has reached a US$122−million settlement with the U.S. Consumer Financial Protection Bureau after an investigation into its marketing and sales practices related to… Read more »

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Grabher Gets Appeal Date in Fight over Revocation of Personalized Licence Plate

An appeal hearing has been set for a Nova Scotia man fighting the province’s decision to revoke a personalized licence plate that bears his surname — Grabher…. Read more »