October 16th, 2021

National News

‘It’s been too long’: Canadian travelers welcome news of U.S. land border reopening

By Noushin Ziafati, The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

Canadians with family in the United States expressed relief Wednesday at the prospect of soon being able to drive across the border to visit their loved ones. Betty Chaborek, who turned 77 on Wednesday, likened the easing of restrictions for fully vaccinated Canadians to “a super birthday present.” “I’m so excited that I can barely ... Read More »

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Safety board releasing results of investigation into wildfire in Lytton, B.C.

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

RICHMOND, B.C. – The Transportation Safety Board will release the results of its investigation into the possibility that a freight train might have started a wildfire that destroyed the community of Lytton, B.C. The board says it will hold a news conference Thursday after the publication of its report with the results of the investigation. ... Read More »

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Mayors ask federal Liberals for help covering transit shortfalls

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

OTTAWA – The mayors of Canada’s largest cities say they need federal aid to cover tens of millions in ridership revenue shortfalls to stave off a stalling of the country’s economic recovery. The COVID-19 pandemic has hit municipal coffers hard as cities have watched transit ridership drop along with fare revenue. At the same time, ... Read More »

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B.C. civil rights group sues federal government over prolonged confinement in prisons

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

VANCOUVER – A civil liberties group has filed a lawsuit against the federal government over prolonged solitary confinement two years after British Columbia’s top court ruled it is a violation of prisoners’ human rights. Grace Pastine, litigation director for the B.C. Civil Liberties Association, says thousands of Canadians are still being isolated in their cells ... Read More »

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Three men arrested in brazen daylight triple slaying last August in Montreal

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

Montreal police arrested three people on Wednesday in connection with a triple slaying last August in the city’s east end. Police issued a statement stating they arrested three men – aged 23, 25 and 26 – as part of their investigation into a shooting on Aug. 2 that left three dead and two injured in ... Read More »

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Iqaluit residents collect river water, city fills up tanks as tap water may be unsafe

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

Iqaluit residents are filling jugs and bottles at a river outside the city after they were told tap water in the Nunavut capital may be unsafe to drink. The city declared a local state of emergency last night saying its water supply potentially contains gasoline. Some residents complained on social media last week about a ... Read More »

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‘I don’t belong here’: Homeless Albertans describe life in Wetaskiwin encampment

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – Alvin Johnson holds on to a tarp flying in the wind as his partner tries to secure the corners of their tent with shards of wood. His weathered hands wipe tears from his eyes as he talks about living in a homeless encampment on the edge of Wetaskiwin, southeast of Edmonton. “I ... Read More »

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‘They are trying to kill us’: Alberta city at odds with homeless outreach group

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

WETASKIWIN, Alta. – An outreach worker and a nurse lean overan orange mesh fence to speak to a woman on the other side as tents flap in the cold wind at a homeless camp in central Alberta. Someone is in trouble. He’s described as bloated, purple and losing consciousness. Workers with the Open Door Associationrisk ... Read More »

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Canada to make special envoy on antisemitism a permanent post, Trudeau says

By Laura Osman, The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

OTTAWA – Canada plans to make its special envoy for preserving Holocaust remembrance and fighting antisemitism a permanent position. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is making the announcement today in a virtual appearance at the Malmö International Forum on Holocaust Remembrance and Combatting Antisemitism. He says the newly permanent role will be bolstered with more resources. ... Read More »

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Police make arrests in brazen daylight triple slaying last August in Montreal

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

Montreal police have made multiple arrests in connection with a triple slaying last August in the city’s east end. Homicide investigators say search warrants are being executed and they are being assisted by police in Laval, Que., just north of the city. Police say they won’t provide more details until their operation is complete. On ... Read More »

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U.S. border reopening, Canadians unhappy with Facebook : In The News for Oct. 13

By The Canadian Press on October 13th, 2021

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what’s on the radar of our editors for the morning of Oct. 13 … What we are watching in Canada … Fully vaccinated Canadian vacationers and day-trippers will be allowed to drive into the United States ... Read More »

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