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British Columbia’s Public Insurance Company Applying for 15 per Cent Decrease in Its Basic Rates

Solicitor General Mike Farnworth says if the request is approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission, it will be the largest decrease in 40 years.

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Ottawa Announces $3.16 Billion to Plant Two Billion Trees Over the Next Decade

The Canadian government announced $3.16 billion to plant two billion extra trees over the next ten years. Natural Resources Minister Seamus O’Regan made the funding announcement today at a nursery in the Goulds neighbourhood of St. John’s, saying the project is a key step toward Canada’s goal of achieving net-zero emissions by 2050.

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What You Need to Know About Canada’s First COVID 19 Vaccine Doses as Rollout Begins

A COVID-19 vaccine from Pfizer has arrived in Ontario and Quebec, with the first inoculations rolling out Monday in Toronto, Montreal, and Quebec City. Canada is set… Read more »

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Wildfires Take Over From Industry as Major Source of Cancer Causing Air Toxins: Study

Wildfires have taken over from industry as a major source of a group of cancer-causing chemical toxins in the air, Environment Canada says. The first national assessment… Read more »

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Canada Post Moves up Parcel Delivery Deadlines Amid Unprecedented Holiday Demand

Canada Post has moved up parcel delivery deadlines within Canada in response to unprecedented holiday demand during COVID-19 but is still telling Canadians to expect delays.

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Canada a Bright Light in a Horrible Year for Refugee Resettlement: UN Refugee Agency

The UN refugee agency’s Canadian representative says this year will see the lowest levels of refugee resettlement in recent history due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

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First Shipments of COVID-19 Vaccine Arriving Today, With More en Route Monday

Quebec City’s health agency says Levesque, a resident at the CHSLD Saint-Antoine senior’s home, is first up for vaccination in the provincial capital.

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Watch the Great Conjunction of Jupiter and Saturn this Holiday Season

You will be able to view the two planets together daily between December 12 and December 28. The closest approach of the great conjunction is on December 21, 2020.

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‘It Can No Longer Be Free to Pollute:’ Updated Climate Plan Includes Carbon Tax Hikes

The federal government has released a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments that includes steady increases to its carbon tax in each of the next 10 years.

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One Dead, One Trapped, Five Others Hurt After London, Ont., Building Collapse

One person has died and another is still trapped hours after a four-storey wall collapsed at a construction site in London, Ont., on Friday. Local authorities said… Read more »

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B.C. Biotech Company Abcellera Biologics Goes Public, Shares Surge 170% on Nasdaq

Shares of Vancouver biotechnology company AbCellera Biologics hit the public market today, soaring about 170 per cent by midday after their debut. The stock began trading on… Read more »

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Federal Climate Plan Includes Carbon Tax Increases Through 2030

The federal government has released a $15-billion plan to meet its climate change commitments that includes steady increases to its carbon tax in each of the next… Read more »

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Disney Plus to Hike Monthly Price by $3 in Canada, Introduces New Star Service

The Walt Disney Co.-owned streaming platform will raise its monthly subscription price in Canada by $3 in February 2021, while introducing Star, a new selection of TV series and films.

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Feds Say All Large Provinces Need Stronger COVID 19 Response ‘Now’

New federal forecasts say all large provinces need to strengthen their COVID-19 response “now,” with data suggesting the death toll could hit nearly 15,000 on Christmas Day.

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Premiers ‘Very Disappointed’ PM Wouldn’t Talk Health-Care Funding at Meeting: Legault

Premiers expressed disappointment Thursday after Prime Minister Justin Trudeau refused to accede to their demand for an immediate infusion of at least $28 billion more each year… Read more »

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B.C. Baby of Mother in Coma From COVID-19 Is ‘Strong and Healthy,’ Aunt Says

The aunt of a B.C. infant born while his mother was in a coma due to COVID-19 complications says the family is trying to stay hopeful but… Read more »

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Brits Fear ‘Damage’ if Canadian Politicians Delay Ratification of Trade Deal

The British government is concerned and disappointed that Canada’s Parliament won’t be able to formally ratify their new trade agreement ahead of a Jan. 1 deadline.

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Syrian Refugees Take Citizenship Oath on Fifth Anniversary of First Arrivals

A group of Syrian refugees took the Canadian citizenship oath in an online ceremony Thursday, the fifth anniversary of when the first plane carrying Syrian refugees arrived… Read more »

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Maple Syrup Harvest Hits Record High in 2020; Sales Also Rise

Canada’s maple syrup harvest hit a record high of 14.3 million gallons this year, despite shutdowns during the early stages of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Revised Rules for Running Federal Election During Pandemic Proposed in New Bill

A federal government bill to ensure safer voting during a pandemic election will likely not come into force until May at the earliest, potentially jeopardizing Canadians’ health… Read more »

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Woman Says She’d Clean Toilets to Work at B.C. Care Home and See Husband

Smith has applied for a job at a long-term care facility in Abbotsford, B.C., and says she’ll even clean toilets so she can see her husband.

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China Affirms National Security Trial for Kovrig, Spavor After Two Years in Prison

China affirmed Thursday that Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor will face a national security trial as Canada and its allies urged Beijing to release the pair, saying they were being arbitrarily imprisoned.

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Parents Unable to Breastfeed Should Use Formula Instead of Online Milk Exchange: CPS

The Canadian Paediatric Society is advising parents unable to breastfeed their newborns to stay away from unregulated breast milk sold or shared online. The society says that… Read more »

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Bank of Canada Warns of Bumpy Economic Start to 2021 as It Keeps Key Rate on Hold

Positive news about vaccine delivery won’t be enough to give the economy a shot in the arm to start 2021, the Bank of Canada said Wednesday as it kept its key interest rate on hold and warned rising COVID-19 cases in Canada will weigh on near-term growth.