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Federal government earmarking $77M to keep food-processing industry safe

Federal government earmarking $77M to keep food-processing industry safe

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has announced more than $77 million to help keep workers in the food-processing industry safe, but at least one union says the cash doesn't address the real problem.

Police investigating after fourth Quebec cellphone tower hit by suspected arson

MONTREAL — The major crimes unit of Quebec's provincial police is investigating after four cellphone towers north of Montreal were set on fire within the span of a few days.
Stormtrooper with a gun: Alberta police take down restaurant worker in costume

Stormtrooper with a gun: Alberta police take down restaurant worker in costume

LETHBRIDGE, Alta. — Police in southern Alberta are being investigated after a restaurant worker in a "Star Wars" stormtrooper costume who was carrying a plastic gun was forced to the ground and ended up with a bloody nose.
Aid package to agriculture aims $252 million at multiple pressures

Aid package to agriculture aims $252 million at multiple pressures

OTTAWA — Add chickens, mushrooms and potatoes to the ever-longer list of products being purchased by the federal government to combat the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic.
Trudeau, Duclos must send transparency message during pandemic: info czar

Trudeau, Duclos must send transparency message during pandemic: info czar

OTTAWA — The federal information czar wants Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to tell government agencies they must strive to be transparent and accountable as they wrestle with the fallout from COVID-19.
Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

Federal scientists predict high wildfire risk across Western Canada

EDMONTON — A majority of forests in Canada face a higher-than-normal wildfire risk this summer, say federal scientists. The forecast map from Natural Resources Canada suggests every region west of central Quebec will face an above-average hazard.
Scientists concerned focus on COVID-19 disrupting regular health research funds

Scientists concerned focus on COVID-19 disrupting regular health research funds

OTTAWA — Canada's health-research granting agency has postponed its usual funding competition due to COVID-19, sparking concern the lack of money could disrupt work on cures that aren't related to the pandemic.

First right whales in Gulf of St. Lawrence trigger some fisheries closures

OTTAWA — North Atlantic right whales made their first appearance of 2020 in Canadian waters last weekend, prompting an immediate but temporary closure of fixed-gear fisheries in the area under new federal rules trying to protect the highly endangered

Cycling advocates say a different mindset is needed for people taking it up

David Shellnutt and Cathy Watts want new cyclists to try and change the way they think before hitting the road.
Canada's COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000; feds announce help for farmers

Canada's COVID-19 death toll passes 4,000; feds announce help for farmers

TORONTO — The number of people in Canada killed by COVID-19 passed the 4,000 mark on Tuesday, as provinces eased anti-pandemic restrictions and the government announced new aid for farmers.