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Fix on Friday to finally let moms-to-be receive CERB, Qualtrough tells MPs

Fix on Friday to finally let moms-to-be receive CERB, Qualtrough tells MPs

OTTAWA — Expecting mothers who lost their jobs due to COVID-19 in March, and have since been unable to access emergency federal aid, will become eligible Friday for a key benefit — without jeopardizing their parental leave.
National chief calls COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan alarming

National chief calls COVID-19 outbreak in Saskatchewan alarming

REGINA — The national chief of the Assembly of First Nations says an outbreak of COVID-19 in Saskatchewan's far north is alarming.
Revamp of classification system seen as key to cementing assault-style rifle ban

Revamp of classification system seen as key to cementing assault-style rifle ban

OTTAWA — Gun-control advocates and the Trudeau government see a coming overhaul of the firearms classification system as key to cementing the recent federal move to ban assault-style rifles.
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.
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