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Freeland won't say if U.S. wants border agreement extended beyond June 21

Freeland won't say if U.S. wants border agreement extended beyond June 21

WASHINGTON — Canada and the United States are both "very comfortable" with their mutual ban on non-essential cross-border travel, but Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland won't say if the Americans want to extend the restrictions beyond June 21.
COVID-19 cases, deaths rise further; emergency wage subsidies extended

COVID-19 cases, deaths rise further; emergency wage subsidies extended

TORONTO — Amid still rising case counts and further signs of the economic devastation caused by the COVID-19 pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday that businesses can take advantage of emergency wage subsidies until the end of Augu
Dalhousie law professors ask premier to launch public inquiry into mass shooting

Dalhousie law professors ask premier to launch public inquiry into mass shooting

HALIFAX — More than 30 faculty members at Dalhousie University's law school have signed a letter urging Nova Scotia's premier to call an independent public inquiry into the shooting rampage that took 22 lives last month.
Pandemic to push back new climate targets, plastics ban, Wilkinson says

Pandemic to push back new climate targets, plastics ban, Wilkinson says

OTTAWA — Canada's national environment agenda is the latest thing to be upended by the COVID-19 pandemic, as plans for both beefing up national climate targets and banning some plastics are likely to be delayed.
Immigration will be key in post-pandemic era: Liberal Minister Mendicino

Immigration will be key in post-pandemic era: Liberal Minister Mendicino

OTTAWA — The role immigrant labour is playing to keep the country moving during the COVID-19 pandemic is proof of why robust immigration must continue in the aftermath, federal Immigration Minister Marco Mendicino said Friday.
Federal COVID-19 wage subsidy to last through summer, Trudeau says

Federal COVID-19 wage subsidy to last through summer, Trudeau says

OTTAWA — A federal wage subsidy for employees in businesses hit hard by COVID-19 will last at least through the summer and the federal government is asking companies to rehire laid off staff — many of whom have received aid from an emergency benefit
Five Forces members catch COVID-19 on deployment in long-term care homes

Five Forces members catch COVID-19 on deployment in long-term care homes

OTTAWA — The Canadian Forces say five members working in long-term care homes during the COVID-19 pandemic have tested positive for the illness. Four of them are in Quebec and one is in Ontario.
COVID-19 behind one per cent cut to Vancouver's policing budget: council

COVID-19 behind one per cent cut to Vancouver's policing budget: council

VANCOUVER — The union representing Vancouver's police officers joined the police chief Thursday in criticizing a budget cut passed by city council, arguing their services shouldn't be reduced during the COVID-19 pandemic.
Islamic call to prayer being heard for the first time across Canada

Islamic call to prayer being heard for the first time across Canada

OTTAWA — The Al Rashid Mosque has stood in Edmonton since 1938, but no one there today can remember ever hearing the daily call to prayer ring out through the loudspeakers.
Ottawa ready to help co-ordinate provincial testing, contact tracing: Trudeau

Ottawa ready to help co-ordinate provincial testing, contact tracing: Trudeau

OTTAWA — Provinces looking to reopen their economies will need to scale up and co-ordinate testing and contact-tracing to contain future outbreaks of COVID-19, says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau.