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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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B.C. Clamps down on COVID-19 Enforcement with $2000 Fines for Large Party Hosts

Property owners and organizers can be fined $2,000 for hosting events in violation of public health orders in British Columbia under stronger penalties announced today. Public Safety… 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 »

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RBC Report Says Immigration Slowdown Due to COVID-19 Threatens Canadian Economy

A slowdown of immigration to Canada due to the COVID-19 pandemic threatens to derail a major source of economic and labour force growth, according to a report from… Read more »

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A Guide to the New EI and the Government’s Three New Benefits for Workers – Canada Recovery Benefit (CRB), Canada Recovery Sickness Benefit (CRSB), Canada Recovery Caregiving Benefit (CRCB)

The federal government is switching up its relief programs for unemployed Canadians after doling out $69.37 billion to 8.61 million people across the country whose jobs were impacted… Read more »

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Feds and Ontario Reach Agreement with 3M to Make N95 Masks in Brockville

The federal and Ontario governments have secured an agreement with 3M that will see the company produce N95 masks at a facility in Brockville, Ont., a spokesman for the province’s… Read more »

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Liberals to Replace CERB with $400 a Week Benefit, Simplified EI Program at Cost of $37B

The federal Liberals are rolling out a $37−billion income−support plan for workers whose earnings have crashed during the pandemic, providing a hint of future changes to the… Read more »

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Dollarama Workers Call for Resumption of Pay Raise Amid the Pandemic

Dollarama workers in Montreal are demanding higher pay and better working conditions after the retailer ended its temporary coronavirus pay boost earlier this month. Employees at Dollarama… Read more »

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Cineplex’s Entire Network of Theatres and Complexes to Be Open by Friday

Cineplex Inc. says all its theatres and entertainment venues will be open later this week. The Toronto-based movie exhibitor says 164 theatres, 1,687 screens and 10 entertainment… Read more »

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Federal Prosecutors Told to Prosecute Only the Most Serious Drug Possession Offences

Federal prosecutors are being instructed to criminally prosecute only the most serious drug possession offences and to find alternatives outside the criminal justice system for the rest. The… Read more »

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CRA Resumes Online Services with New Security Features after Cyberattacks

The Canada Revenue Agency has resumed all online services after fraudsters used thousands of pilfered usernames and passwords to obtain government services. The agency disabled the services Saturday… Read more »

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Opposition Parties Decry Black Ink in WE Documents, Allege Continuing Coverup

Opposition parties are taking issue with the black ink applied to many of the thousands of pages of newly released documents about the WE Charity controversy. Prime Minister… Read more »

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Study on Extreme Heat in U.S. Cities a Warning for Canada: Researcher

Research that finds extreme heat risks from climate change in U.S. cities is much higher than previously thought is a warning for Canada, says one of the authors. “A… Read more »

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Texas Startup Will Make a Blackberry-Branded 5G Phone for North America, Europe

BlackBerry Ltd. is teaming up with startup OnwardMobility for a new 5G version of the smartphone with the physical keyboard and enhanced security that once made the Waterloo, Ont. company’s devices ubiquitous. The plans were announced… Read more »

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One Home Burned in B.C. Wildfire, Hundreds Evacuated, Thousands More on Notice

At least one home has been burned in a wildfire raging near Penticton, B.C., that has forced hundreds from their homes and put thousands more on alert to be ready to leave… Read more »

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A Timeline of the Controversy Around WE, the Liberals and a Student Program

A timeline of events regarding the Canada Student Service Grant program, based on public documents, events and statements from cabinet ministers, government officials, and WE Charity: March 6, 2020:… Read more »

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Maple Leaf Temporarily Suspends Pork Exports to China after COVID-19 Cases

Maple Leaf Foods Inc. says it has temporarily suspended pork exports to China after a few dozen workers at one of its plants tested positive for COVID-19…. Read more »

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July Inflation Rate Falls to 0.1 per Cent as Price Growth Slows, Statcan Reports

Statistics Canada says the consumer price index was up 0.1 per cent compared with a year ago, as gasoline prices were down nearly 15 per cent. The… Read more »

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Docs Suggest Bureaucrats Were Nudged to Look to WE Charity for Student Program

Thousands of pages of newly released documents back up the Trudeau government’s contention that it was federal public servants who recommended a student service grant program be administered by… Read more »

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Prorogation of Parliament: What Does It Mean and What Happens Next?

Parliament has been prorogued until Sept. 23, when there will be a speech from the throne. Here is what that means and what could come next. Word… Read more »