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Rent-Relief Program Becomes New Front in Fight Between Liberals, Opposition

The federal Liberal government is defending its decision to have the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. oversee a rent-relief program for small businesses struggling because of the COVID-19 pandemic.

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Canada ‘Deeply Concerned’ by Crackdown in Belarus, Says Champagne

Foreign Affairs Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne says Canada is “deeply concerned” by a violent crackdown following presidential elections in Belarus. Dozens of people have been injured and thousands detained… Read more »

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Ottawa Sets Minimum Unemployment Rate at 13.1 Per Cent for EI Calculation

The federal government has temporarily set a minimum unemployment rate of 13.1 per cent to calculate employment insurance benefits during the COVID-19 pandemic. Those people living in… Read more »

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Researchers Find Cannabis Use in Pregnancy Linked to Greater Risk of Autism

A new study links cannabis use in pregnancy to a greater risk of autism. Researchers including experts from the Ottawa Hospital and the University of Ottawa reviewed… Read more »

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Background Performers Worry They’re Being Replaced by Mannequins on Film and TV Sets

Paula Spurr is used to being herded together with co-workers on the job. As a background performer in film and TV, the Burnaby, B.C., actress has been packed… Read more »

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Liberals Turn Over Thousands of Pages on We Decision, Lawyers Now Vetting Docs

The federal Liberal government has handed over thousands of pages of documents related to the WE controversy to a House of Commons committee, which lawyers are now vetting for personal information and cabinet secrets.

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Who Can Dismiss the Governor General? A Look at Protocols and Possibilities

With Gov. Gen. Julie Payette finding herself the focus of intensifying public scrutiny following reports about expensive personal renovations at Rideau Hall and alleged mistreatment of current and former staff, renewed interest has been sparked… Read more »

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Canada to Match Donations to Lebanon Relief

The federal government will match all individual donations from Canadians to humanitarian relief efforts in Lebanon following this week’s deadly explosion in Beirut. International Development Minister Karina… Read more »

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Canadian Man Who Was Set to Be Deported From U.S. Gets COVID-19 in Custody, Dies

A Canadian man who contracted COVID−19 while in the custody of U.S. immigration authorities has died, leaving his family shaken and looking for answers from governments on both sides… Read more »

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In Canadian Libraries, the Era of Late Fees May Be Headed to History Books

The era of the stern Canadian librarian peering at a patron’s record of late items and announcing the amount owed appears to be headed for the history books. All of Nova Scotia’s libraries… Read more »

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U.S. Aluminum Tariffs Are ‘Unjustified and Unnecessary’: Canadian Manufacturers

Canada’s manufacturing industry is condemning the U.S. government’s decision to impose tariffs on their aluminum imports and worried about how it will impact the economy’s recovery from the pandemic.

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Canada to Impose $3.6 Billion in Retaliatory Tariffs Against U.S.

Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says Canada will hit back against U.S. tariffs on Canadian aluminum with $3.6 billion in tariffs of our own. Freeland says the… Read more »

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More Than 750 Reports of Canadians Receiving Unrequested Seeds: CFIA

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it has received reports from 750 people across the country regarding unrequested packages of seeds. The agency says the seeds are from a range… Read more »

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Aluminum Tariffs an Example of Rising U.S. Protectionism, Trade Expert Says

An international trade expert says Canada can expect more U.S. moves like the imposition of aluminum import tariffs as protectionism gains popularity in the United States ahead of the November presidential election.

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Statistics Canada Says Country Gained 419,000 Jobs in July

Statistics Canada says the country’s labour market gained 419,000 jobs last month as more parts of the economy were allowed to reopen. The agency says the national unemployment… Read more »

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Canada Vows Retaliatory Measures as Trump Restores Tariff on Canadian Aluminum

The Trudeau government is promising to impose retaliatory tariffs on American products after U.S. President Donald Trump announced Thursday he is restoring an import tax on raw aluminum from Canada later… Read more »

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Trump Slaps Tariffs on Canadian Raw Aluminum

Canada’s aluminum industry is calling for “reasonable” but “painful” retaliatory tariffs on U.S. imports after President Donald Trump said Thursday he is restoring an import tax on… Read more »

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Canada ‘Profoundly Concerned’ Over Chinese Death Sentence for Citizen in Drug Case

Canada is “profoundly concerned” about a Canadian citizen sentenced to death on drug charges in China Thursday, a spokesman for the federal government says.

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Saudi Crown Prince Sent Hit Squad to Canada to Kill Former Spy, Lawsuit Claims

The crown prince of Saudi Arabia sent a hit squad to Canada in an effort to hunt down and kill a former top intelligence official who knows… Read more »

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Comedian Norm MacDonald Launches Video-Only Dating App Loko in Canada

A video−only dating app co−developed by Canadian comedian Norm Macdonald has launched in Canada. Called LOKO, the app features video profiles of its users instead of photos,… Read more »

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B.C. Appeal Court Prevents Woman From Using the Term ‘Death Midwife’ in Her Job

A woman who calls herself a “death midwife” has been banned from using the title after a lengthy legal battle launched by the College of Midwives of… Read more »

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B.C. Announces Creation of First-Ever ‘Navigation Centre’ to Help Homeless

The British Columbia government and the City of Vancouver are trying a new way to help get homeless people off the streets with the country’s first−ever navigation… Read more »

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Feds Earmark $3.3B for Provinces, Territories for COVID-19 Infrastructure

The federal government is moving ahead with plans to help provinces and territories shore up their defences against COVID−19 by freeing up billions of dollars to make… Read more »

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Health Canada Recalling More Than 50 Hand Sanitizers in Evolving List

Health Canada is recalling more than 50 hand sanitizers that contain ingredients “not acceptable for use” that may pose health risks. The organization says hand sanitizers with “unacceptable types” of… Read more »