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Feds pledge one-time benefit top-up to seniors in COVID-19 aid

Feds pledge one-time benefit top-up to seniors in COVID-19 aid

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau raised the possibility of extending emergency federal aid programs to ease the economic burden from COVID-19 as his government announced one-time payments for seniors that an advocacy group says falls short of h
Trudeau promises 'stronger measures' for screening at Canada-U.S. border

Trudeau promises 'stronger measures' for screening at Canada-U.S. border

WASHINGTON — The federal government is planning stronger measures to deal with a looming influx of people arriving from the United States, a clear sign Canada is bracing for the realities of life after lockdown while living next door to the world's l
Feds unveil new COVID-19 stream for provincial infrastructure program

Feds unveil new COVID-19 stream for provincial infrastructure program

OTTAWA — The federal government is preparing to spend more than $3 billion in infrastructure money on projects to make facilities more pandemic-resistant and encourage outdoor activities in the age of COVID-19, Infrastructure Minister Catherine McKen
Neighbour reported mass shooter's domestic violence, weapons to police

Neighbour reported mass shooter's domestic violence, weapons to police

HALIFAX — A former neighbour of the gunman behind last month's mass shooting in Nova Scotia says she reported his domestic violence and cache of firearms to the RCMP years ago and ended up leaving the community herself due to fears of his violence.
Canadian singer Bryan Adams faces backlash over COVID-19 social media posts

Canadian singer Bryan Adams faces backlash over COVID-19 social media posts

Canadian rocker Bryan Adams' online rant that blames the spread of COVID-19 on Chinese meat markets exacerbates harmful stereotypes and disinformation, says an expert on racism in the time of epidemics and pandemics.
COVID-19 deaths pass 5,000 in Canada; seniors to get direct financial aid

COVID-19 deaths pass 5,000 in Canada; seniors to get direct financial aid

TORONTO — Canada's death toll from COVID-19 passed the 5,000-mark on Tuesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said the pandemic had exposed serious cracks in Canada's hard hit long-term care that governments will have to fix.
Prisoner suing Ottawa over safety of inmates during COVID-19 pandemic

Prisoner suing Ottawa over safety of inmates during COVID-19 pandemic

Physical distancing measures in correctional institutions during COVID-19 have been "grossly inadequate" putting the health and safety of prisoners at risk, alleges a lawsuit against the federal government.
Coalition decries Canada's 'piecemeal' response to Beijing-sponsored intimidation

Coalition decries Canada's 'piecemeal' response to Beijing-sponsored intimidation

OTTAWA — A human rights coalition is calling on Canada to appoint a front-line contact for people and groups who are enduring harassment and intimidation as a result of their advocacy and activism on China.
Bye-bye bears: Calgary Zoo returning pandas to China due to bamboo barriers

Bye-bye bears: Calgary Zoo returning pandas to China due to bamboo barriers

CALGARY — The Calgary Zoo will be returning two giant pandas on loan from China because a scarcity of flights due to COVID-19 has caused problems with getting enough bamboo to feed them.
Better Business Bureau warns online puppy scams surging during COVID-19 pandemic

Better Business Bureau warns online puppy scams surging during COVID-19 pandemic

VANCOUVER — The Better Business Bureau says puppy scams are the latest way fraudsters are taking advantage of lonely, isolated people during the COVID-19 pandemic.
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