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14 & 15-year-old teens charged with first-degree murder
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14 & 15-year-old teens charged with first-degree murder

Reading Time: 2 minutes Both teens are detained in custody Members of the Winnipeg Police Service have charged a 14-year-old male for four recent shootings, including a homicide on Canada Day. – On July 1, 2020, at about 2:27 a.m., an injured 44-year-old male was found on Balmoral Street near Cumberland Avenue. The male had been struck by a Read More…

B.C. families get additional $450 climate action tax credit
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B.C. families get additional $450 climate action tax credit

Reading Time: 2 minutes The enhanced credit is part of B.C.’s COVID-19 Starting this week, more than 80% of families and individuals in British Columbia will automatically receive an enhanced climate action tax credit. “Many British Columbians are still worried about how they can cover costs such as transportation so they can return to work, pay for groceries and Read More…

Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada
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Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada

Reading Time: 2 minutes Air Canada Cancels 30 Routes across Canada. COVID-19 has wiped out a billion off the company’s balance sheet Today Air Canada announced the indefinite suspension of service to 30 domestic regional routes and closing eight stations at regional airports in Canada.  These structural changes to Air Canada’s domestic regional network are being made as a Read More…

B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives
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B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C buys Historic American Hotel for homeless initiatives. The war on homeless continues in wake of COVID-19 The B.C Department of Housing purchased the 42-unit American Hotel in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside for people who have been living in supportive housing and are ready to take the next step toward independent living. “Housing is the foundation Read More…

B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation
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B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C signs historic agreement with Squamish First Nation. New economic control over resources for Indigenous People A historic agreement between the Skwxwú7mesh (Squamish) and Líl̓wat Nations, the Province, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) and Whistler Blackcomb creates new opportunities for economic development, reflecting B.C.’s commitment to reconciliation. “After many years of negotiations and a Read More…

Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home
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Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home

Reading Time: 2 minutes Helping First Nations bring ancestors, belongings home. B.C commits $2M for Indigenous ancestry repatriation First Nations wanting their ancestral remains and cultural objects returned will soon have access to financial support through the BC Museums Association. “The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP) is clear: Indigenous peoples have a right to Read More…

Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C
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Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C

Reading Time: 2 minutes Federal Government takes over COVID-19 screening from B.C. The province has seen a influx in border travel over the months In early April, the Province introduced COVID-19 border screening measures, unprecedented in Canada, to help ensure British Columbians returning home from international destinations had the support they need to manage self-isolation plans and keep B.C. Read More…

B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions
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B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C. launches 24/7 helpline to help people with addictions. B.C has one of the countries highest opioid rates A new 24/7 helpline for clinicians will provide health-care providers around British Columbia with live, in-the-moment addiction medicine support, while they are treating patients. The 24/7 Addiction Medicine Clinician Support Line was launched on Tuesday, June 16, Read More…

B. C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse
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B.C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C investing $1.89M to Raise awareness of elder abuse. COVID-19 has enhanced the awareness of senior abuse In advance of World Elder Abuse Awareness Day on Monday, June 15, 2020, the B.C government has provided $1.89 million to help raise awareness of senior abuse. The funding will also help create educational programs to protect seniors Read More…

Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail
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Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail

Reading Time: < 1 minute Calgary still recovering from heavy rainfall and hail. The damage is in the millions and rising A significant thunderstorm, which brought rain and damaging hail, moved over Calgary, over the weekend. The heavy rainfall resulted in major flooding to some roads and underpasses. Calgary’s northeast was the most heavily impacted by this substantial weather event. Read More…

Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent start June 11
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Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent starting June 11th

Reading Time: 2 minutes Alberta Government Spotlights homegrown talent starting June 11. The series of online concerts to help artists Alberta Music, the National Music Center, CKUA and Stagehand are partnering with support from the province to deliver Alberta Spotlight, a weekly online concert series featuring Alberta musicians. The funds raised from the event will go directly to Alberta artists Read More…

More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school
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More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school

Reading Time: 2 minutes More than 157,000 students in B.C have returned to school. Strict COVID-19 measures put in place for safety More than 157,000 kindergarten to Grade 12 students, representing nearly 30% of B.C.’s total school population, were back in classrooms during the first week of the province’s gradual return to schools for in-class instruction under new health Read More…

Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic
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Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Saskatchewan Economy On The Rebound Amidst COVID-19 Pandemic. 600 more jobs created in the month of May Job numbers for May released today show Saskatchewan is in a strong position compared to other provinces.  The unemployment rate in May 2020 was 12.5 per cent (seasonally adjusted), the second-lowest among the provinces. Nationally, the unemployment rate was Read More…

BC provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care
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B.C provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C provides post-secondary funding for aged-out kids in care. $250K from the Youth Futures Education Fund Youth who have aged out of government care in the province of British Columbia and are ready to pursue post-secondary education this fall will have an additional $250,000 from the Youth Futures Education Fund (YFEF) to help them with Read More…

The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work?
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The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work?

Reading Time: 2 minutes The B.C 54 has a plan to reduce poverty, will it work? 29 projects will receive $1.4 million to fight poverty Community-based supports for vulnerable and low-income people throughout B.C. are being boosted through a series of local government poverty reduction initiatives. With grants from the Poverty Reduction Planning and Action Program, 54 local governments throughout Read More…

British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour
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British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour

Reading Time: < 1 minute British Columbia increases minimum wage to $14.60 per hour. BC is one of the most expensive provinces to live in Canada To support British Columbia’s lowest-paid workers, the general hourly minimum wage is increasing to $14.60, and the minimum wage rates for liquor servers, resident caretakers and live-in camp leaders are also increasing, effective Monday, Read More…

Bee-lieve it: B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee
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Bee-lieve it: B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C. celebrates the Day of the Honey Bee. Honey Bees economic contribution is over $3.2B. In recognition of the significant role the province’s honey bees and native pollinators play in B.C.’s agricultural industry and the lives of British Columbians, May 29 is proclaimed Day of the Honey Bee. “Honey bees and native pollinators may be Read More…

Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy
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Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy

Reading Time: 3 minutes Calgary bylaw now bans the practice of conversion therapy. Gender and sexual orientation equality Calgary City Council voted to pass the Prohibited Business Bylaw (BYLAW NUMBER 20M2020) to ban the practice and promotion of conversion therapy. With this, The City of Calgary initiates new regulations to protect Calgarians, regardless of gender and sexual orientation, to Read More…

B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations
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B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Opens up campsites June 1 and adds another 180 locations for campers to use and enjoy the great outdoors The 2020 summer camping season has arrived, giving people in B.C. more opportunities to get outside and connect with nature as most provincial campgrounds and recreation sites open June 1, along with more parks for Read More…

Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner
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Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner

Reading Time: 2 minutes Celeste Haldane reappointed BC Treaty Chief Commissioner. The BC Treaty Commission is an independent body Celeste Haldane the current Chief Commissioner of the BC Treaty Commissions has been reappointment to another three-year term. Her reappointment was met with great enthusiasm by The First Nations Summit and the governments of British Columbia and Canada. Haldane was first Read More…

Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020
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Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020

Reading Time: < 1 minute Manitoba to expand Cannabis retail operations June 1, 2020. Manitoba has 30 Cannabis stores in the province Beginning June 1, Manitoba will expand its cannabis retail application process to all prospective retailers. This includes the introduction of a new controlled-access licence for retailers. Manitoba will also continue to offer age-restricted licences for retailers wishing to Read More…

Calgary's City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017
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Calgary’s City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017

Reading Time: 5 minutes Calgary’s City Hall has been under wraps since May 2017. The 1907 building is in need of modern upgrades Witness to our history One of our most familiar landmarks for more than a century, Historic City Hall has stood alongside Calgarians throughout our greatest victories and our hardest challenges including the Spanish flu of 1918 Read More…

Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C.
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Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C.

Reading Time: 2 minutes Over 70 New Affordable Homes To Open In Saanich B.C. 3,300 New Homes To Be Created Over The Next Several Years Low- to moderate-income families, individuals, seniors and adults with disabilities in Saanich will soon have access to over 70 new affordable homes thanks to a partnership between the Province, the Capital Regional District (CRD) Read More…

Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity
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Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba Premier Celebrates 150 Years Of Diversity. Happy Birthday, Manitoba. Here’s To Another 150 More Years The year 2020 marks the 150th anniversary of Manitoba becoming a province. During those 15 decades, people from all over the world have come to the keystone province in search for a safer, more prosperous life for themselves and Read More…

Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week
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Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week

Reading Time: 2 minutes Scott Moe Proclaims May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week. Sexual violence education to be mandated Scott Moe, Saskatchewan Premier proclaimed May 11-15 Sexual Assault Awareness Week and committing to new initiatives to reduce sexual violence and increase support to victims and survivors. To strengthen the province’s network of services, funding has been committed in 2020-21 to Read More…

Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic
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Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 2 minutes Asians Being Racially Targeted For COVID-19 Pandemic. B.C Launched The Resilience Projected To Combat Racism More supports for communities will be available following a rise in racist incidents targeting Asian people during the COVID-19 pandemic. “It is very concerning that we are seeing an increase in racially motivated attacks toward people of Asian heritage since Read More…

COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services
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COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services

Reading Time: 2 minutes COVID-19 Forces BC Gov. To Update Emergency Support Services. BC Moving From Pen & Paper To A Digital System With annual flood and wildfire seasons approaching in British Columbia and physical distancing restrictions in place due to COVID-19, the Province is launching a digital registration system for Emergency Support Services (ESS). The new platform will Read More…

BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19
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BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes BC Government Defers Alcohol License Fee In Wake Of COVID-19. Renewal fees will be deferred until Sept. 30 The B.C Government has temporarily deferred renewal fees for those liquor licensees experiencing financial hardship due to the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic. In response to the significant challenges that some in the liquor industry are facing due to Read More…

Manitoban's To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19
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Manitoban’s To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoban’s To Buy Online Direct From Farmers Amid COVID-19. $160,000 Through Canadian Agricultural Partner COVID-19 has brought on many challenges to food producers and in most instances, completely wiped out or severely disrupted the supply chain. Among the hardest hit are the farmers, who face many uncertainties every year. Whether it be drought, flooding and Read More…

Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19
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Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19

Reading Time: 2 minutes Folklorama Cancels Festival For 2020 Due To COVID-19. In 2019, The 50th Anniversary Saw 455,000 Visitors Canada’s largest mulit-cultural festivals have been cancelled due to the COVID-19 Pandemic. 2020 would have marked the 51st edition of the world-renowned festival celebrating cultural diversity, inclusion and acceptance. “For many of us, Folklorama is home; it is tradition Read More…

B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers
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B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Guarantees Childcare For 2,650 Essential Service Workers. $38M To Allocated To Childcare For Workers More than 2,500 essential service workers on the front lines of the COVID-19 pandemic have been referred to open child care spaces through the Province’s new child care matching process. Less than a month after the Province launched its new Read More…

B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week.
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B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week.

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C School District Provides 75,000 Healthy Meals A Week. Vulnerable Students Face More Barriers To Learning To ensure vulnerable students do not face barriers to learning while in-class instruction is suspended, B.C.’s school districts are finding innovative ways to provide families with more than 75,000 healthy meals a week. “No student should ever have to Read More…

Major Changes In 2021 In How Commercial Vehicles Operate In B.C
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B.C Changes How Commercial Vehicles Can Operate In June 2021

Reading Time: 2 minutes B.C Changes How Commercial Vehicles Can Operate In June 2021. Electronic Logging Devices Will Be Mandatory As of June 12, 2021, commercial vehicles that cross provincial borders will be required to be equipped with an electronic logging device (ELD). In response to these changes to the federal Commercial Vehicle Drivers Hours of Service Regulations, B.C. Read More…

B.C Government Provides 49 New Temporary Housing For Homeless
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B.C Government Provides 49 New Temporary Housing For Homeless

Reading Time: 3 minutes The B.C Government today announced a partnership with the District of Squamish and Squamish Helping Hands Society to provide 49 new temporary homes for people experiencing or at risk of homelessness in the community. “The need for safe, secure housing has never been more important,” said Selina Robinson, Minister of Municipal Affairs and Housing. “This Read More…

$2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders
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$2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders

Reading Time: 2 minutes $2,000 Ticketing Fine Under Emergency Program Act Orders. These Orders Are Not Suggestions, They Are The Law Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General, has given police and other enforcement officers the ability to issue $2,000 violation tickets for price gouging and the reselling of medical supplies and other essential goods during the Read More…

Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses
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Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses

Reading Time: 2 minutes Liberal Leader Lamont, Starts Petition To Help MB Businesses. Small Business Are The Backbone Of Manitoba Manitoba Liberal Leader Dougald Lamont is frustrated with the lack of resources being offered to small businesses in wake of the COVID-19 pandemic by the Pallister government. Mr Lamont has indicated, one of the best ways the Pallister government Read More…

Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask
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Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask

Reading Time: 2 minutes Manitoba Dr Christian Petropolis Develops Superior N95 Mask That Is Silicone Based With A Higher Grade Filter The Manitoba Government is seeking submissions from local manufacturers who will be able to develop an accelerated process to scale made in Manitoba masks and begin production as soon as possible.  To encourage the mobilization of local manufacturing, Read More…

Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public
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Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public

Reading Time: 3 minutes Pallister, Bowman Stopped Feuding, Agrees To Ticket Public For Defying COVID-19 Stay At Home Orders The COVID-19 pandemic has had a crippling effect on economies around the world and the nature of the virus to humans can be deadly. Yet, many continue to defy the health warning by local officials and gather in large settings. Read More…

B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs
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B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs

Reading Time: 3 minutes B.C Government Announces $900K For Kids With Special Needs In Wake Of COVID-19 Pandemic VICTORIA – The B.C. government is providing a new Emergency Relief Support Fund and added service flexibility for parents of children with special needs to help during the COVD-19 pandemic. “We have been hearing from families of children with special needs Read More…

Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port, 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized
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Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port, 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized

Reading Time: 2 minutes Massive Drug Bust In Canadian Port. 106 Kilos Of Meth Seized At An Approximate Value OF $13.5 million dollars. Today, the Canada Border Services Agency CBSA announced that a shipment of 106 kilograms of methamphetamine was seized at the Tsawwassen Container Examination Facility (TCEF). The  Tsawwassen Facility is a part of the marine ports of Read More…

British Columbia COVID-19 Updates, 19 New Cases Of Coronavirus
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Coronavirus Death Toll Up In British Columbia, 19 New Cases

Reading Time: 3 minutes British Columbia COVID-19 Updates, 19 New Cases British Columbia – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (COVID-19) response in British Columbia: “We are announcing 29 new cases, for a total of 1,203 cases in British Columbia. “Every health Read More…

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Manitoba Suspends Classroom Learning Indefinitely

Reading Time: < 1 minute At the advice of the chief provincial public health officer, Manitoba is suspending classroom learning for kindergarten to Grade 12 students indefinitely for this school year to help ‘flatten the curve’ and reduce the impact of COVID-19 throughout the province, Premier Brian Pallister and Education Minister Kelvin Goertzen announced today. “We must do everything we Read More…

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Alberta Premier Kenny Just Made A Costly $7.5 Billion Mistake

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Government of Alberta has finalized an agreement with Calgary-based TC Energy Corporation to provide financial support to accelerate construction of the KXL pipeline starting April 1. This investment will include $1.5 billion in equity investment in 2020 followed by a $6 billion loan guarantee in 2021. The project is expected to be completed and Read More…

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Lockdown At Drumheller Prison With Fear Of Covid-19 Outbreak

Reading Time: < 1 minute A lockdown is in place in the medium-security unit at Drumheller Institution as a precautionary measure after some inmates showed symptoms consistent with influenza. “The health and safety of our employees, offenders and the public is our top priority. While we currently have no confirmed cases of COVID-19 in our institutions, we continue to take Read More…

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No In, No Out; Canada/US Border Shut Down

Reading Time: < 1 minute The U.S.-Canada land border serves as an economic engine that supports over $2.4 billion dollars in daily trade. As a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, the United States and Canada are temporarily restricting all non-essential travel across its borders. In each of our countries, we are encouraging people to exercise caution by avoiding unnecessary contact with Read More…

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Cab Driver, Filled With Integrity Becomes Winnipeg’s 8th Homicide

Reading Time: < 1 minute On March 19, 2020, at approximately 5:25 a.m., Winnipeg Police responded to a taxi cab driver in distress. The cab was stopped in the roadway in the 500 block of Burrows Avenue. Responding officers located the driver of the cab who had been seriously assaulted. He was conveyed to the hospital in critical condition but Read More…

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Provincial Parks Closed, Camping Season In Jeopardy

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parks Canada announced under the advice of public health experts, they are taking all steps necessary to support the Government of Canada’s efforts to limit the spread of COVID-19 and reduce risks to visitors, employees, and other users of Parks Canada spaces. Effective at 12:01 a.m. on Thursday, March 19, 2020, Parks Canada is temporarily Read More…

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Emergency Covid-19 Loans For Canadians Abroad

Reading Time: < 1 minute François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs, highlighted the COVID-19 Emergency Loan Program for Canadians Abroad, as announced by the Prime Minister today. In light of the multiple measures implemented by governments throughout the world to contain the spread of the coronavirus disease (COVID-19), the Canadian Government is advising all Canadians to avoid non-essential travel outside Canada until Read More…

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Trudeau Government Steadfast Handling Covid-19 Pandemic

Reading Time: 4 minutes On March 13th, 2020 the Public Health Agency of Canada advised Canadians to avoid all non-essential travel outside Canada in view of the worldwide pandemic and the rapidly evolving situation globally, and to self- isolate for 14 days upon returning to Canada. Today the Federal Government has imposed stricter guidelines for travelling in and out Read More…

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City Of Calgary Declares State Of Local Emergency

Reading Time: 2 minutes CITY OF CALGARY CALLS LOCAL STATE OF EMERGENCY TO LIMIT SPREAD OF COVID-19 The City of Calgary has declared a State of Local Emergency to support the Province of Alberta’s efforts to combat the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic. This gives The City the power to ensure reducing the capacity of events and facilities to Read More…

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Prime Minister Trudeau Celebrates International Woman’s Day

Reading Time: 2 minutes On International Women’s Day, we celebrate the accomplishments and leadership of women in Canada and around the world, and recommit ourselves to moving forward to a future in which everyone has an equal chance to succeed. We all have women in our lives who inspire us every day. This year’s theme, Because Of You, honours those who Read More…

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Trudeau Government To Reduce Wireless Cost By 25%

Reading Time: < 1 minute More than ever, Canadians are relying on wireless services for their everyday needs, making access to high quality and affordable wireless services absolutely essential. The Trudeau government is offering Canadian consumers more affordable options by helping to reduce the cost of mid-range wireless services by 25 percent and further increasing competition. To help Canadians get Read More…

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B.C Confirms 8th Case Of Corona Virus

Reading Time: 1 minute VICTORIA – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, has confirmed the provinces eight case of novel coronavirus (COVID-19). The person affected is visiting from Tehran, Iran and arrived in British Columbia earlier this week. The patient is in isolation at home with support and monitoring from public health Read More…

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Trudeau Sets Date To Meet With National Indigenous Leaders And First Ministers

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau will meet with leaders of the Assembly of First Nations, the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, and the Métis National Council on March 12, 2020. They will discuss how the Federal Government can work together to advance the priorities of First Nations, Inuit, and the Métis Nation. “Canadians have been clear about the importance Read More…

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Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 To Take Part In U.S. Marine Corps Trials

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa – National Defence / Canadian Armed Forces Members of Team Canada INVICTUS Games 2020 are set to take part in the 10th annual U.S. Marine Corps Trials being held February 28 to March 12, 2020 at Marine Corps Base Camp Pendleton near San Diego, California. The Marine Corps Trials is an adaptive sports competition for Read More…

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Over 1 million Canadians Have Been Lifted Out Of Poverty Under Trudeau Government

Reading Time: 2 minutes Leading up to the 2015 federal election, the leader of the Liberal Party Justin Trudeau made a campaign promise to grow the middle class and improve the standard of living for many Canadians living in poverty. Once elected, Prime Minister Trudeau implemented a Poverty Reduction Strategy and set measurable targets that are aligned with the Read More…

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3 Inmates Transported To Hospital After Prison Shanking

Reading Time: < 1 minute On February 22, 2020, at about 12:00 p.m., three inmates were victims of an assault at Edmonton Institution, a maximum-security federal institution. The injured inmates were evaluated by staff members and transported to an outside hospital to receive treatment. No staff members or other inmates were injured during this incident. The Edmonton Police Service and Read More…

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Oath Of Canadian Citizenship Will Recognize Rights Of First Nations, Inuit And Métis Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa – The Honourable Marco E. L. Mendicino, Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, today introduced a Bill to amend the Citizenship Act to change Canada’s Oath of Citizenship. The bill responds to the recommendations of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission by inserting text that refers to the rights of Indigenous Peoples. The proposed amendment to the Read More…

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Young Drivers In The UK Are Being Killed At An Alarming Rate

Reading Time: 2 minutes Pivotal THINK! campaign calls on young men to step in and stop their mates from drink driving. Young men are over-represented in alcohol-related deaths and serious injuries on the road. Intervention can help save lives. Government research has revealed that a third of people don’t think it’s important to intervene if someone they know is Read More…

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Canadian Flag Celebrated Its 55th Birthday

Reading Time: < 1 minute In 1964, Prime Minister Lester B. Pearson formed a committee to resolve the ongoing issue of the lack of an official Canadian flag, sparking a serious debate about a flag change to replace the Union Flag. Out of three choices, the maple leaf design by George Stanley, based on the flag of the Royal Military College of Canada, was selected. Wikipedia February 15, Read More…

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B.C Government Commits $930 Million For Seismic Upgrades To Schools

Reading Time: < 1 minute VICTORIA – Students at Campus View Elementary in the Greater Victoria School District can better focus on their studies, knowing their school is seismically safe, thanks to recent upgrades. “The safety of our students matters, and that’s why I’m thrilled the students at Campus View Elementary are now learning and playing in a seismically safer Read More…

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Should Winnipeg Make Railway Relocation A Priority?

Reading Time: < 1 minute The Saskatchewan government reported that 1.2 million litres of oil spilled during a Canadian Pacific Railway (CP) train derailment near the hamlet of Guernsey last week. In December of 2019, another train derailment saw an estimated 1.5 million litres spilled also near Guernsey. Both train derailments are under investigation by the Transportation Safety Board of Read More…

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Minister Chagger Announces Funding For Anti-Racism Initiative In Saskatchewan

Reading Time: 2 minutes In Canada, diversity is one of our country’s greatest social and economic strengths, yet many Canadians experience racism and discrimination every day. Supporting organizations and programs that find ways to combat racism is incredibly important, which is why the Honourable Bardish Chagger, Minister of Diversity and Inclusion and Youth, announced $100,000 in funding for the Read More…

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New Legislation To Reduce B.C Auto Insurance By 20%

Reading Time: 2 minutes VICTORIA – Government is transforming ICBC by removing lawyers and legal costs from the system to reduce rates and substantially increase care benefits, making public auto insurance work for British Columbians again. Legislation will be introduced in the coming weeks that will lower ICBC premiums by approximately 20% – an average of $400 in savings Read More…

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Victoria BC, Coronavirus Update

Reading Time: 2 minutes VICTORIA – Adrian Dix, Minister of Health, and Dr. Bonnie Henry, B.C.’s provincial health officer, have issued the following joint statement regarding updates on the novel coronavirus (2019-nCoV) in British Columbia: “We are announcing two new cases of novel coronavirus in B.C. The people affected are in the same household and have been in close Read More…

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Trudeau Announces Bi-Partisan National Security And Intelligence Committee

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canadians count on our security and intelligence community to respond to evolving threats in a way that protects their safety and security and upholds their rights and freedoms. The Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, today announced new members of the National Security and Intelligence Committee of Parliamentarians – a multi-party committee first established in 2017 that Read More…

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City Council Approves Tax Relief For Calgary Business Owners

Reading Time: 2 minutes Directly impacts thousands of property owners, in turn benefiting countless business tenants and sub-lease holders, paving the way for a stronger Calgary. Late Monday, City Council approved $30 million in tax relief for Calgary businesses who have experienced the most significant municipal property tax increases over the past four years. The approved 2020 Non-Residential Phased Read More…

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House Of Commons Finance Committee No Women Members For NDP, Bloc And Conservatives

Reading Time: < 1 minute Ottawa- The House of Commons is getting down to work with the establishment of various standing committees. The first to be called back to work is the important Finance Committee which met on Wednesday. This committee is mandated to conduct a wide-ranging consultation on the priorities of Canadians for the yearly Canadian government’s budget due Read More…

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MP Pat Finnigan Takes Leadership Role To Address Meth Crisis.

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Liberal Member of Parliament Pat Finnigan is raising eyebrows in Ottawa by increasing awareness about the terrible toll meth use is having in Miramichi. Recently a Community Advisory Committee has been formed and held their second meeting looking at how to address this growing problem. This is one of the most serious issues facing Read More…

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Canada Summer Jobs 2020: Employer Application Season Kicks Off

Reading Time: < 1 minute Investing in young people is key to ensuring Canada’s prosperity. Getting a good quality summer job is a great way to help young Canadians gain valuable skills and workplace experience toward starting a meaningful career – all while helping build our workforce. Today, the Honourable Carla Qualtrough, Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion, Read More…

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Government Of Canada Updates Marine Aerial Fleet With High Tech Surveillance Equipment

Reading Time: 2 minutes Canada’s oceans are a source of inspiration and pride for all Canadians and contribute to the growth of our economy. As overseas trade and the movement of goods grow, there is a need for greater emphasis on marine safety and environmental protection. Now more than ever, the Government of Canada recognizes that enhanced prevention measures Read More…

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24/7 Mental Health Support On The Way For Post-Secondary Students

Reading Time: 2 minutes The BC Government will invest significantly in the mental state of mind of its post-secondary students. They have contracted private firm Morneau Shepell to create and operate a 24/7 mental health counselling and referral services for post-secondary students at all public and private post-secondary institutions in B.C. The company will provide on-demand, immediate counselling and referral Read More…

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Premier Horgan Shuffles Cabinet

Reading Time: 2 minutes VICTORIA – Premier John Horgan has made changes to cabinet that reflect the government’s commitment to a strong, sustainable and innovative economy that benefits people and communities throughout British Columbia. “These ministers will work hard every day to deliver sustainable economic growth that provides good jobs, a better quality of life and a stronger province Read More…

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Indigenous Innovators Building The Foundation For Affordable Homes

Reading Time: 2 minutes Parksville, Traditional Snuneymuxw First Nation Territory, British  The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, congratulated 24 Indigenous innovators on moving forward in developing their ideas under the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative. The 24 innovators come from all regions of Canada and their ideas cover a range of new ways to respond to Indigenous social Read More…

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3 Day Cabinet Retreat And A Beard Summit Invite

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau and the Liberal Cabinet Ministers arrived in Winnipeg one day before the start of their three-day retreat. Many of the ministers took the time to visit local stakeholders and take in a few cultural events. The Prime Minister has agreed to meet with the City’s Mayor Bowman and Premier Pallister to discuss Read More…

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Canadian Government Increases Research Funds For Indigenous Peoples

Reading Time: 2 minutes Ottawa —The federal Liberal government has just announced additional funding to help strengthen Indigenous research and training. It has long been known by Researchers that too many researchers build careers without providing benefits to the people used in their studies. This new fund will allow Indigenous peoples to set their own research priorities, guiding how Read More…

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Heritage Minister Guilbeault Is Headed To the Ballet

Reading Time: < 1 minute WINNIPEG – The Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Canadian Heritage, will arrive in Winnipeg on Saturday, January 18th, a day before the Liberal Cabinet retreat. The minister will meet with members of the arts and sports community which will then conclude with tours of the Canadian Sport Centre, Winnipeg Art Gallery and the Royal Winnipeg Ballet. Read More…

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10 Reasons For Same-Sex Marriage “A Canadian Perspective”

Reading Time: 3 minutes The Picture featured in the article is Jim Kane with the Honourable Anne Mclellan presenting a signed copy of the Charter of Rights to the Edmonton Pride Society. The Charter was signed by Anne and Prime Minister Paul Martin. This article is a response to the highly inflammatory story written by TFP Student Action Group Read More…

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Crystal Meth Drug Ring Operating Inside Canadian Prison

Reading Time: < 1 minute On January 9, 2020, at about 10:50 a.m., because of the carefulness of staff officers, a bundle containing meth was seized on the border of Pacific Institution. The drugs were incorporated into a carbon-fibre arrow with two bundles joined containing 9 grams of precious crystal methamphetamine. The all-out assessed institutional estimation of this seizure is Read More…

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New Federal Safety Requirements In Place Or Fresh Fruits Or Vegetables

Reading Time: < 1 minute Beginning today, new necessities of the Safe Food for Canadians Regulations (SFCR) come into power for most organizations in the fresh fruits, natural products or vegetables (FFV) that import, export take part in the interprovincial exchange. The SFCR makes Canada’s nourishment framework considerably more secure by focussing on anticipation and taking into consideration quicker expulsion Read More…

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Trudeau Heading To Winnipeg For Cabinet Retreat

Reading Time: < 1 minute Prime Minister Trudeau and the Federal Liberal Cabinet will converge on Winnipeg for their annual retreat to discuss reconciliation, climate change and safety. The three-day retreat will see members of the cabinet arrive in Winnipeg on Sunday, January 19 and depart on the 21. The Prime Minister’s Office has not indicated if he or members Read More…

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Gill International Travel Invest Into Prairie Province

Reading Time: 2 minutes Winnipeg – Saturday marked the Manitoba grand opening of Gill International Travel. The province is one of Canada’s most culturally diverse regions which made it a natural selection for the travel agency’s newest franchise. Gill International Travel has been in business since 1982 and has made it a priority to ensure its customers get the Read More…

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Canadian Government Establishes International Coordination And Response Group For families Of Victims Of Flight 752

Reading Time: < 1 minute After meeting with the families of Fight 752 to give his condolences and additional support to the grieving families, Prime Minister Trudeau’s government established the International Coordination and Response Group for families of victims of Flight 752, led by Honourable François-Philippe Champagne, Minister of Foreign Affairs. The participants are all countries whose citizens who were Read More…

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Canada Set To Blast Off Two New Astronauts Into Outer Space

Reading Time: < 1 minute Longueuil, Quebec, – Today, the Canadian Space Agency (CSA) welcomes two new astronauts into an elite group of Canadians. Joshua Kutryk and Jenni Sidey-Gibbons accepted their certification at a packed ceremony at the Johnson Space Center in Houston Texas. This was the first time a Canadian Jeremy Hansen, supervised the NASA graduating class of 2020. Canada has been Read More…

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63 Canadians Killed In Ukrainian Plane Crash In Iran

Reading Time: < 1 minute A Ukrainian official just stated that 63 Canadians are among those killed in a plane crash near the Iranian capital of Tehran. Foreign Affairs Minister Vadym Prystaiko says Iranian, Ukrainian, Swedish, Afghan, British and German nationals were also aboard the plane. The passenger jet carrying 176 people crashed on Wednesday, just minutes after taking off Read More…

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The Top Reasons Why American Weed Is Better Than Canadian Weed

Reading Time: 4 minutes Markian Hawryluk: MarkianH@kff.org, @MarkianHawryluk DENVER — In a large warehouse, LivWell Enlightened Health feeds its cloned cannabis plants a custom blend of nutrients, sprays them with filtered water and pumps extra carbon dioxide into the air. LivWell releases three types of insects to clear the plants of unwanted pests without the use of toxic pesticides. Every part of the Read More…

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Minister MacAulay Honours Veterans; Commissions National Monument For Canadians Who Served In Afghanistan

Reading Time: 2 minutes The Government of Canada recognizes the importance of having a special place to honour the more than 40,000 Canadians in uniform—as well as the hundreds of civilians and government officials—who served in Afghanistan between 2001 and 2014. Canada owes deep gratitude for the sacrifices made by Canadians who lost their lives or were injured—physically and psychologically—in Canada’s mission in Read More…

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B.C Enhanced Fair PharmaCare Benefits People With Low Incomes

Reading Time: 2 minutes VANCOUVER – The first anniversary of a $105-million investment over three years in Fair PharmaCare deductibles and co-payments shows that the changes are making a real difference in people’s lives. “In the first three months since the government made the changes to Fair PharmaCare, around 88,300 more lower-income families have benefited,” said Adrian Dix, Minister Read More…

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Trudeau Government Commits $3Billion To Help Canadian Chicken Farmers

Reading Time: 2 minutes The governments of Canada and Ontario are helping farmers and other businesses in the province’s broiler chicken egg and hatcheries sector enhance traceability of its products. With cost-share funding of up to $141,450 through the Canadian Agricultural Partnership (the Partnership), the Ontario Broiler Hatching Egg and Chick Commission (OBHECC) will upgrade its systems that track Read More…

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Two Canadian Federal Prison On Lockdown

Reading Time: < 1 minute On December 22, 2019, at about 9:50 p.m., a lockdown was put in place at Matsqui institution, a medium-security federal institution located in Abbotsford, British Columbia and few days prior at the medium-security unit at Beaver Creek Institution in Gravenhurst, Ontario. A number of unauthorized items and contraband were found during the high-risk search including Read More…