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Statistics Canada Says Economy Grew at a Record Pace in Third Quarter of 2020

Statistics Canada says the economy grew at a record annualized pace of 40.5 per cent in the third quarter as businesses came out of COVID-19 lockdowns. The… Read more »

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“Everyone Wants a Tree and They Want It Now”: Christmas Tree Sales on Pace for Record

Canadians planning to buy a live Christmas tree this season should start shopping now and expect to pay more, the Canadian Christmas Tree Growers Association says. Farmers… Read more »

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Work-From-Home Tax Break and “NetflixTax”: Highlights of the Federal Government’s Fiscal Update

  Key elements from the federal government’s fiscal update, delivered by Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland Monday afternoon: A boatload of borrowing. The federal deficit is sailing toward $381.6… Read more »

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Liberals Take Step on National Child-Care System, Promise Plan Coming in 2021 Budget

The federal government is proposing millions of dollars in new spending as a down payment on a planned national child-care system that the Liberals say will be… Read more »

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With Deficit Closing in on $400 Billion, Liberals Detail More Spending to Come

The federal Liberals are proposing $25 billion in new spending to help Canadian businesses and workers make it through a COVID-19 winter and vowing tens of billions… Read more »

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Restoring Civil Liberties in Canada Post-Pandemic a Concern for Legal Experts

Canadians willingly, unwillingly, and sometimes unknowingly, gave up some of their civil liberties over the past eight months to try and slow the spread of COVID-19. Legal… Read more »

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Select Kawartha Dairy Ice Cream Products Recalled Due to Presence of Metal Pieces

Kawartha Dairy Limited is recalling certain Kawartha Dairy brand ice cream products due to possible presence of pieces of metal. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says the… Read more »

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PM Put All Vaccine ‘Eggs’ in One China Basket, Didn’t Consider Other Options: O’Toole

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole accused the Liberal government Sunday of putting too much emphasis on partnering with a Chinese company for a COVID-19 vaccine in what turned… Read more »

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What’s On This Weekend

Things to Do this Weekend — What’s On this Weekend in Toronto, Ottawa, Hamilton, Winnipeg, Regina, Saskatoon, Calgary, Edmonton, Vancouver.

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Jagmeet Singh Stoked Over ‘Epic Crossover’ in Video Gaming Sesh with AOC

Jagmeet Singh committed a grisly slaying in front of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez on Friday night. Fortunately the victim was a video game character, not a human being. The… Read more »

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PMOops: Trudeau’s Office Releases Account of Him Scolding O’Toole Before He Does It

A spokesman for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his office accidentally sent out an account of a phone call with Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole that hadn’t happened yet.

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Sobeys Brings Back Hero Pay for Manitoba, Toronto, Peel Workers as COVID Cases Rise

Sobeys says it is bringing back pay premiums for staff in locations where COVID-19 lockdowns are in effect. Parent company Empire Company Limited says it has reinstated… Read more »

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When COVID-19 Vaccines Could Be Available in Canada: What We Know So Far

Vaccines are now a bright spot of hope on the COVID-19 pandemic horizon. But much about them, and their rollout in Canada, remains up in the air…. Read more »

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Former NATO Commander Maj. Gen. Dany Fortin to Lead Vaccine Distribution

Canadian Forces Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, who commanded NATO’s training mission in Iraq, is now undertaking arguably his most important mission — leading the logistical rollout of a COVID-19 vaccine on Canadian soil.

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5G Phones Are Now Available, but Are They Worth the Cost?

With global smartphone makers such as Apple, Samsung, LG and others rolling out their first 5G phones this year, many Canadians will be considering an upgrade to the latest tech during the peak selling season between now and Boxing Day.

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Ice-Dancers Moir and Virtue Among 114 Order of Canada Inductees

Champion ice-dancers Tessa Virtue and Scott Moir and Olympic champion swimmer Mark Tewksbury were among 114 athletes, artists, scholars and community leaders named to the Order of… Read more »

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Tory MP Duncan Pushes Health Minister to Finally End the Gay Blood Ban

Eric Duncan, the first openly gay Conservative MP, laced into the federal health minister Thursday over the Liberals failure to end a ban on gay men donating blood.

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Federal Task Force Considers a National Flood Insurance Program

A new federal task force will look at the possibility of a low-cost national flood insurance program as well as options for potential relocation of people who live in areas at highest risk from surging spring waters.

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Health Canada Expects First COVID-19 Vaccine to Be Approved Next Month

The first COVID-19 vaccine could be approved for use in Canada within two weeks, Health Canada’s chief medical adviser said Thursday. The department’s medicine review team is… Read more »

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Vancouver Council Unanimously Endorses Drug Decriminalization, Seeks Federal Approval

Councillors in Vancouver have voted unanimously to ask the federal government to decriminalize possession of small amounts of illicit drugs. Mayor Kennedy Stewart put forward the motion… Read more »

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Hockey Canada Suspends World Junior Selection Camp After Positive COVID-19 Tests

Hockey Canada has temporarily shutdown national junior team selection camp following the confirmation of two positive COVID-19 tests among players. Hockey Canada announced on Wednesday that players,… Read more »

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B.C. Homework Assignment Asks for ‘Positive Experiences With Residential Schools’

The Indigenous mother in Abbotsford, B.C., says she began crying when her daughter asked for help with a homework assignment that directed students to name “positive experiences with residential schools.”

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Woman Suffers Heart Attack After Being Spit Upon by Man Refusing to Wear Mask

A hotel worker in Nelson, B.C., suffered a heart attack shortly after a confrontation with a patron who refused to wear a mask and wouldn’t leave the… Read more »

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Five People Dying Every Day From Toxic Illicit Drugs in B.C.: Coroner

The B.C. Coroners Service says its latest data on illicit drug deaths show an average of five people are dying every day in the province. Chief coroner… Read more »