LILLEY: Quicker environmental assessments to get projects moving
It took six years for Canada and its allies to fight the Second World War. Today, in Ontario, it can take that long to get a major project approved, and that’s just the environmental assessment. That, though, is about to change. The Ford government is about to undertake what it is calling the biggest changes […]
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United Arab Emirates to test 2 million for coronavirus as cases climb again
The move comes as Dubai reopens to foreign tourism on Tuesday, two weeks after a nationwide curfew was removed.
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India chemical plant where leak killed 12 should be moved, report recommends
The probe at the plant run by LG Polymers, owned by South Korea's LG Chem Ltd, found the company was negligent and warning systems were not working.
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Pompeo says U.S. mulling ban on TikTok, other Chinese social media apps
The app, which is not available in China, has sought to distance itself from its Chinese roots to appeal to a global audience and has emphasized its independence from China.
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Vancouver Park Board delays vote on drinking in select parks for possible expansion
The motion asks staff to consider including at least one park in each of the 23 distinct neighbourhoods in the city.
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Protesters rally at Queen’s Park, in front of Toronto mayor’s condo over Ontario evictions bill
Bill 184, if passed, would provide a number of new avenues for landlords to both evict and collect unpaid rent from current and past tenants.
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Coronavirus: Health Canada issues warning over counterfeit N95 respirators
The safety warning issued Monday evening said that the respirators were falsely labelled and may not provide the proper protection against the novel coronavirus.
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Alberta NDP, Indigenous leaders renew calls for Kenney to fire speechwriter over 2013 essay
Members of Alberta's official Opposition and some Indigenous leaders have renewed calls for Premier Jason Kenney to fire his speechwriter over a 2013 essay that was critical of how Indigenous issues are framed in Canada, and which argues the narrative around residential schools amounts to a "bogus genocide story."
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GOLDSTEIN: High tax rates will slow COVID recovery, says report  
Higher personal income tax rates paid by Canadian workers compared to their American counterparts across all income levels will impede Canada’s economic recovery from the COVID-19 recession, warns a new study by the Fraser Institute. The report also concludes personal income tax rate hikes by Canada’s federal and provincial governments have increased the tax rate […]
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WNBA uniforms will shine spotlight on violence against women
Players will wear uniforms for the opening weekend of the season featuring the names of women who have died because of alleged police brutality or racial violence — including Breonna Taylor, Vanessa Guillen and Sandra Bland.
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Australia border businesses brace for chaos ahead of coronavirus closure
For businesses on the border, which last closed during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1919, it also poses an immediate logistics headache.
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Native Americans urge NFL to force name change in Washington
The letter obtained by The Associated Press is signed by 15 Native American advocates. It demands the team and the NFL cease the use of Native American names, imagery and logos — with specific importance put on Washington, which last week launched a “thorough review” of its name.
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TikTok to stop operations in Hong Kong within days: spokesperson
TikTok said it will exit the Hong Kong market within days, a spokesman told Reuters on late Monday.
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Dodgers’ Mookie Betts says Major League Baseball didn’t do good job with response to Floyd
MLB was the last of the major pro sports leagues that either responded to George Floyd’s death or condemned racism.
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Health Canada warns of counterfeit N95 respirators
Health Canada has issued a product safety warning after identifying counterfeit respirators, which it says may not provide the proper protection.
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Okanagan legion branches weather COVID-19 crisis
"Nationally, 124 of our 1,381 branches across the country, so almost one in 10, are facing imminent closure."
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Intermittent traffic interruptions for Kelowna’s Richter Street bridge
The city is starting a rehabilitation project that will involve concrete restoration under the Richter Street bridge between Elliot and Burne avenues.
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Saskatoon police officer placed on leave after video surfaces of arrest
In a clip posted on YouTube, an officer is seen on top of a man, who is on the ground. The man is told to “stop resisting” and is punched several times.
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National security law for Hong Kong is ‘lenient,’ Carrie Lam says
Hong Kong's national security law imposed by Beijing last week is lenient, not strict, the city's leader Carrie Lam said.
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#ICYMI: Mandatory masks in Montreal, stern warning for bars, Good Samaritans in St-Henri
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Richmond, B.C., gets major energy award
The award was given to the city for the Central at Garden City expansion of its Alexandra District Energy Utility, which uses environmentally friendly heating and cooling technology.
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Toronto FC cleared for takeoff to slightly smaller MLS tournament at Disney World
After COVID-19 testing concerns, TFC flies to Florida, where games are expected to start Wednesday. FC Dallas pulls out after multiple positive tests.
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U.K. regulator rules on Chinese TV fake-confession complaint, as CRTC case remains open
Peter Humphrey and his wife, American Yu Yingzeng, were arrested in 2013 while working for a major pharmaceutical company in a legal battle with China’s government.
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Canada’s LNG industry on shaky ground as high-profile investors back off: report
Warren Buffett's move in March to walk away from a Quebec LNG project underscores the growing political and economic uncertainty that such projects are facing, the report suggests.
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Schweitzer cleared in ethics case tied to Alberta’s anti-oil funding inquiry
Alberta's ethics commissioner says Justice Minister Doug Schweitzer did not break the rules when he hired Steve Allan to run a public inquiry into whether foreign money is bankrolling anti-oil protests in Canada.
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Carmicheal Outreach accepting donations again
As of Monday — and by appointment only — Carmichael Outreach is ready to collect and distribute donated items to its clients.
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High levels of South Saskatchewan River raises safety concerns
It isn't the highest the river has been, but it is higher than usual. The Saskatoon Fire Department is urging the public to stay out of the river.
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International students must leave U.S. if classes delivered online, ICE says
International students will be forced to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall, under new guidelines.
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Protesters, police clash near Mayor Tory’s condo over housing bill
The protest, organized on Facebook, was labelled as an “Emergency Action Against Mass Evictions in Toronto,” in reference to Bill 184.
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Indigenous B.C. tour operator keeps culture alive through virtual journeys
Most First Nations are still under lockdown and are cautious about letting visitors into their territories, says JP Obaggy of B.C.-based Homalco Tours.
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Saint John, N.B., council votes unanimously to make racial discrimination punishable offence
On a municipal level, the motion would be referred to city staff to look into penalizing racial discrimination in the city.
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The Blue Jays will open in Tampa, and should soon have a place to call home
MLB released its 60-game schedule — including Jays at Rays on July 24 at 6:40 p.m. — just hours after four teams, including the World Series champions, cancelled or postponed workouts because of coronavirus testing delays.
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BRAUN: Now is the time to reunite LTC residents with their loved ones
The situation in our long-term care homes is a national disgrace. Around the world, 40% of all deaths during COVID-19 happened in LTC and nursing homes. In Canada, that number is 80%. Long before the coronavirus arrived here, the Registered Nurses Association of Ontario (RNAO) sounded alarm bells on behalf of the elderly in institutions. […]
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