July 11th, 2020

National News

RCMP ‘disappointed’ by talk that race a factor in quiet Rideau Hall arrest

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

OTTAWA – The commissioner of the RCMP and the head of its union are objecting to the idea that the man accused of crashing into the grounds of Rideau Hall would have been treated differently if he were dark-skinned. Commissioner Brenda Lucki and Brian Sauve of the National Police Federation say in a joint statement ... Read More »

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Grocers appear before MPs to explain decision to cut pandemic pay

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

OTTAWA – Executives from three of Canada’s largest grocery chains on Friday defended their decision to end temporary wage increases for grocery store workers during COVID-19 on the same day, even though the companies had exchanged “courtesy” calls and emails. The House of Commons standing committee on industry, science and technology grilled executives from Loblaw ... Read More »

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Class-action lawsuit alleges meat packer failed to take COVID-19 precautions

By Bill Graveland, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

CALGARY – A class-action lawsuit has been filed against Cargill Ltd. that claims the meat-packing company failed to take reasonable precautions to protect its workers in Alberta during the COVID-19 pandemic. Cargill’s beef plant near High River, south of Calgary, employs about 2,200 people. It shut down for two weeks in April because of an ... Read More »

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Quebec arts scene shaken by wave of anonymous sex misconduct allegations

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

MONTREAL – Quebec’s arts scene is being rocked by a wave of sexual assault and harassment allegations against well-known figures in the province’s entertainment industry. Mostly anonymous allegations are being posted to an Instagram page that has garnered more than 46,000 followers and is targeting prominent Quebecers, including musicians, concert promoters and comedians. David Desrosiers ... Read More »

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30 years after Oka crisis, Kanesatake land claims remain unresolved

By Morgan Lowrie, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

MONTREAL – Thirty years after the proposed expansion of a golf course sparked a 78-day standoff between Quebec Mohawks and Canadian soldiers, the land claims at the heart of the Oka crisis remain unresolved, Indigenous leaders and elders say. Serge Simon, the current Grand Chief of Kanesatake, vividly remembers the events of July 11, 1990, ... Read More »

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‘Stunning:’ Scientists surprised at Fort McMurray fire’s long impact on rivers

By Bob Weber, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

EDMONTON – Four years after its flames guttered out, the record-breaking Fort McMurray wildfire continues to astound – this time with its lasting impact on an extensive river system. “It’s actually stunning that we were able to observe an effect at that large scale,” said Uldis Silins, a University of Alberta professor and co-author of ... Read More »

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Civil servants to get up to $2,500 each for Phoenix ‘pain and suffering’

By Terry Pedwell, The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

OTTAWA – 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. The settlement comes as government workers scramble to get emergency benefits out to individual Canadians and businesses affected by ... Read More »

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America’s worsening COVID-19 crisis has some Canadians barring the border door

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

WASHINGTON – The U.S. congressman who wants a plan to ease travel restrictions at the Canada-U.S. border is taking the ensuing backlash in stride. Rep. Brian Higgins got an earful from Canadian Twitter users when he tweeted details of his bipartisan call on both countries to start talking about how best to begin reopening the ... Read More »

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Conservatives say police should be called in to investigate WE charity scandal

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

OTTAWA – The Conservatives said Friday 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 for police to step in comes after it was revealed that the group has paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in speaking fees to members ... Read More »

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Presumptive Nunavut COVID case turns out negative after further testing

By The Canadian Press on July 10th, 2020

IQALUIT, Nunavut – Tests for what would have been Nunavut’s first case of COVID-19 have come back negative. The territory’s chief public health officer, Dr. Michael Patterson, is confirming the result this morning. A fly-in worker at the Mary River iron mine on the northern tip of Baffin Island was originally diagnosed positive on June ... Read More »

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