October 24th, 2020

National News

Liberals won’t declare sweeping Tory motion to be a confidence matter

By Joan Bryden and Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – The Liberals will not turn a Conservative motion into a test of confidence in their minority government – despite arguing the motion is so broad and its demand for documents so massive that it could get in the way of running the country. However, they are warning there is no way they can ... Read More »

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Promised path to residency for “Guardian Angel” asylum seekers yet to open

By Stephanie Levitz, The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – A much-heralded program that would give permanent residency to asylum seekers working on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic has yet to open. Federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino unveiled the program in August in response to public pressure that the so-called “Guardian Angels” be recognized for their work in the health-care sector. ... Read More »

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First Nation says running water must be restored 24/7 before evacuees can return

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

The chief and council of a First Nation in a remote part of northwestern Ontario say they won’t be sending evacuees home until the community has access to running water 24/7. The condition is among a list of “minimum demands” that leadership of Neskantaga First Nation sent to Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller. The community, ... Read More »

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Jurors in N.B. mass murder trial hear recordings of accused killer in detention

By Kevin Bissett, The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

FREDERICTON – A lawyer for the accused Fredericton mass shooter says his client repeatedly demanded to be released from detention and often refused to take legal advice during their meetings together in 2019. Defence lawyer Alex Pate returned to the witness stand Thursday to discuss video and audio recordings of court appearances and meetings involving ... Read More »

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Quebec pork plant outbreak grows as Alberta looks to boost ailing travel industry

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

A COVID-19 outbreak at a Quebec pork processing plant grew Thursday as Manitoba expanded its restrictions and Alberta announced a testing pilot at two international border crossings to boost its ailing travel industry. Olymel says 54 workers at its plant southeast of Quebec City have tested positive for the novel coronavirus. The union representing plant ... Read More »

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EU reimposes travel restriction on Canada amid rising pandemic numbers

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – The European Union’s council has re-imposed a travel restriction on Canada as it battles a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic. The move reverses a decision in June that lifted entry restrictions on a number of non-EU countries, including Canada. The Canadian Press has obtained a memo form Council of the European Union, ... Read More »

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Evolving science reason for inconsistent messaging on COVID-19: Tam

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s chief public health officer says messages on how to keep safe during the COVID-19 pandemic might seem inconsistent, but that’s because the epidemiology is different across the country and the science on the virus has evolved. Dr. Theresa Tam says public health officials had to change their advice regarding wearing non-medical masks ... Read More »

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A short snap election would pose voting hurdles, says chief electoral officer

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Canada’s chief electoral officer says that in the event of a snap election during the pandemic, Canadians would have better access to the polls with a longer campaign – even though a shorter one appears more likely. Stéphane Perrault says the time required to send out up to five million mail-in ballots, work ... Read More »

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Prime minister’s help sought in search for N.L. man who disappeared in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The case of a Newfoundland and Labrador man who recently went missing in British Columbia reached the prime minister Wednesday during a virtual town hall with members of Memorial University. Memorial graduate Jordan Naterer, 25, was reported missing on Thanksgiving weekend after he didn’t return from a hike in E.C. Manning ... Read More »

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Unsatisfied with PM’s answer, Blanchet vows to press Trudeau on prof’s use of slur

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

OTTAWA – Bloc Québécois Leader Yves-François Blanchet says he plans to ask Prime Minister Justin Trudeau later today for his position on a the suspension of a professor who used a derogatory word for Black people in class. On Wednesday, Trudeau said everyone needs to be aware of the “power of our words” and that ... Read More »

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Prime minister is asked to help with search for NFLD man who disappeared in B.C.

By The Canadian Press on October 22nd, 2020

ST. JOHN’S, N.L. – The case of a Newfoundland and Labrador man who recently went missing in British Columbia reached the prime minister Wednesday during a virtual town hall with members of Memorial University. Memorial graduate Jordan Naterer, 25, was reported missing on Thanksgiving weekend after he didn’t return from a hike in E.C. Manning ... Read More »

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