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Family of Canadian Child Stuck in Syria Taking Government to Court

The case of a five-year-old Canadian girl stuck in Syria appears to be headed to court as her family escalates efforts to bring her to Canada.

The girl known publicly as Amira was found on the side of a road last year after her parents and siblings were killed in an airstrike and she was brought to a refugee camp.

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U of T Test Confirms ‘Self Cleaning’ TrioMed Mask Deactivates Coronavirus; Masks Available Online to Purchase

i3 BioMedical Inc. says the University of Toronto scientists tested and established that the virus SARS-CoV-2, which causes Covid-19, cannot be recovered after being applied to the… Read more »

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P.E.I. Has the Most Canadian Job Postings Per Capita

Prince Edward Island is Canada’s smallest province but has the country’s highest number of job postings per capita, according to an analysis from Top Data.   The analytics… Read more »

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Quebec Company Begins Human Testing of ‘Vegan’ COVID-19 Vaccine Based on Tobacco-Like Plant

  Medicago, a Quebec biopharmaceutical company says the company has started Phase 1 clinical trials of COVID-19 vaccine. Drugmakers are racing to make a successful vaccine; with… Read more »

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Feds Should Have Put $900M Into Canada Summer Jobs Program: Opposition

Federal opposition parties are demanding to know why the Liberal government created a $900-million program to help students find volunteer positions rather than putting the money into… Read more »

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Senators Call for Changes to CERB and More Transparency on Spending

The Senate’s finance committee says the Trudeau Liberals need to tell people very soon what they will do for those who max out a key federal COVID-19 benefit… Read more »

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Canadians Torn on Scaling Back COVID-19 Benefits to Save Money: Poll

A new poll suggests Canadians are torn on whether the federal government should tighten the taps on COVID-19 spending to keep the deficit from flooding the nation’s… Read more »

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Trudeau Apologizes for Not Recusing Himself From WE Decision

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has apologized for not recusing himself from the government’s decision to have WE Charity manage a $900-million student-aid program, saying his family’s longtime… Read more »

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Opposition Aim to Recall Ethics Committee to Study Trudeaus’ Connections

The federal opposition parties want to recall the House of Commons ethics committee to investigate Justin Trudeau’s failure to recuse himself from a decision to award a large contract to… Read more »

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Blake Shelton to Hold Concert at Select Drive-In Theatres Across Canada

Encore Drive-In Nights presents Blake Shelton with Very Special Guests Gwen Stefani and Trace Adkins. As per the news release, “the concert will be created exclusively for… Read more »

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NHL’s Canadian Hubs Offer Little Economic Benefit, but Morale Boost Is Valuable: Experts

A plan to operate NHL game hubs in Edmonton and Toronto could draw hundreds of hockey players and staff to both Canadian cities, but business experts say their presence… Read more »

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This is What Canada’s Gigantic Federal Deficit Means For Canadians and the Federal Government

The Trudeau Liberals’ fiscal update this week put a cost to all the emergency COVID-19 aid the federal treasury will dole out. It delivered some shocks: a gigantic deficit and a projection that the federal debt will top $1 trillion.

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B.C. Man Prepares to Be First to Receive Double-Hand Transplant in Canada

When Rick Thompson’s doctor told him a surgical team was going ahead with his double-hand transplant in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, his first reaction was surprise. “We’re targeting… Read more »

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Toronto, Edmonton Officially Unveiled as NHL Hub Cities; NHL, NHLPA Ratify RTP, CBA Extension

The NHL remains on course to resume its pandemic-delayed season north of the 49th parallel later this summer, and has the labour peace it needs to ride out the unprecedented economic… Read more »

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‘It’s a Good Start’: Canada’s Live Music Industry Gets $20 Million From Feds

There was a glimmer of hope on Tuesday when Heritage Minister Steven Guilbeault outlined a program that lets owners of for-profit venues apply for a piece of the $20 million promised to support the live music sector.

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Federal Employees to Get up to $2,500 Each for Phoenix ‘Pain and Suffering’

Federal employees stand to collect up to $2,500 each in cash payments for “pain and suffering” resulting from the government’s failed Phoenix pay system under an agreement reached with the country’s biggest civil-service union.

Civil Servants to Be Compensated for Phoenix Debacle, Says Public Service Union

Civil Servants to Be Compensated for Phoenix Debacle, Says Public Service Union

The country’s biggest civil service union says its members will get lump sum payments to compensate them for the federal government’s failed pay system under an agreement… Read more »

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Newfoundland and Labrador Reports First Positive COVID-19 Case Since May

Newfoundland and Labrador has confirmed a new case of COVID-19, the first reported in more than a month. The Department of Health says the man in his 50s lives in… Read more »

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Conservatives Say Police Should Be Called Into Investigate WE Charity Scandal

The Conservatives say they want a criminal investigation into the Liberal government’s decision to have the WE organization run a $900-million program for student volunteers. Their call… Read more »

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Supreme Court: Genetic Non-Discrimination Law Is Constitutional

In a split decision, the Supreme Court of Canada has upheld a federal law that forbids companies from making people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or… Read more »

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Parks in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland Earn UNESCO Global Geoparks Designation

Two geological parks in Atlantic Canada have earned special status from the United Nations. The Cliffs of Fundy in Nova Scotia and the Discovery Geopark in eastern… Read more »

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Canada Asks British Military for Help Flying Troops to and From Latvia

Canadian troops have been forced to hitch a ride with the British military to get to and from Latvia due to a shortage of working planes. Canada has… Read more »

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A Quick Look at June 2020 Unemployment Rate in Canadian Provinces and Cities

Canada’s national unemployment rate was 12.3 per cent in June. A quick look at Canada’s June employment (numbers from the previous month in brackets): Unemployment rate: 12.3… Read more »

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Economy Adds 953,000 Jobs in June, Unemployment Rate Falls

Statistics Canada says the economy added nearly one million jobs in June as businesses forced closed by the pandemic began to reopen. The agency says 953,000 jobs… Read more »