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Public health warns of possible coronavirus transmission at Regina Superstore
This is the fifth health advisory the SHA has issued in two weeks relating to possible COVID-19 transmission through Regina businesses.
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Police seek suspect in Ste-Catherine St. hit-and-run
The suspect drove onto a section of the street reserved for pedestrians, hit the victims and sped off around 3 p.m.
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Sixers all-star Ben Simmons leaves the NBA bubble for knee surgery
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Feds To Match Donations From Canadians To Beirut Relief Efforts
OTTAWA — The federal government will match all individual donations from Canadians to humanitarian relief efforts in Lebanon following this week’s deadly explosion in Beirut.International Development Minister Karina Gould says Canadians can help the Lebanese people who have lost loved ones, been injured or lost homes from the explosion by giving generously.“Concerted humanitarian action is required to meet the immediate needs of people impacted by the blast, including health care food, shelter and water,” she said.“My message to Canadians is this: the best way that you can help is to donate money, and for your contribution to be matched by the government of Canada, donations must be made to the humanitarian coalition or one of its partners.”Donations made by Canadians before Aug. 24 to the Humanitarian Coalition — a group of 12 established aid organizations working on the ground in Lebanon — or to one of the coalition’s members will be matched by the federal government, up to a maximum of $2 million.This matching fund is part of $5 million in emergency aid pledged by Ottawa earlier this week after Tuesday’s blast in Lebanon’s capital. Another $1.5 million of aid has been earmarked for the Lebanese Red Cross.Canada is directing all of its aid for this crisis directly to humanitarian organizations, not the Lebanese government, to ensure the assistance goes to those in need, Gould said.“What we are focused on right now is responding to the emergency at hand, working through trusted NGOs and international partners that are operating on the ground to make sure that we’re getting the assistance to the Lebanese people in need, the most vulnerable, so that we can save lives, so that we can protect the vulnerable and make sure that we are helping them get through this crisis as fast as possible.”Protests in BeirutEarlier this week, Gould told reporters any direct aid to the government of Lebanon would only come with “significant fiscal and political reforms” in light of widespread domestic and international concerns about corruption and poor governance in the country.The country is led by a political ruling class, made up mostly of former civil war-era leaders, and it is now being blamed for incompetence and mismanagement that contributed to Tuesday’s explosion. This has sparked protests of anger, which led to clashes between security forces and demonstrators Saturday in central Beirut.The blast is believed to have happened when a fire touched off a stockpile of 2,750 tons of highly explosive ammonium nitrate that authorities left sitting in a warehouse for years - despite years of repeated warnings from officials that it posed a danger.The Aug. 4 explosion has left at least 150 people dead, and thousands injured. More than 300,000 people have lost their homes.RELATED How You Can Help The People Of Beirut Right Now Devastating Videos Show The Heartbreaking Strength Of Beirut’s Women Canada To Send Up To $5 Million To Lebanon After Deadly Beirut Explosion Lebanese-Canadians Band Together To Help Beirut Following Deadly Explosion Bill Chambers, president and CEO of Save the Children, one of the Humanitarian Coalition’s member organizations, says he hopes Canada’s matching fund program will encourage Canadians to seize the opportunity to double the size of their donations.“This horrific incident could not have occurred at a worse time and has hit communities that were already suffering from the impact of COVID-19 and the economic deterioration in Lebanon,” he said.“Over 100,000 children are now homeless and in need of immediate care.”Even before the explosion, thousands of people were struggling to feed themselves and their families due to an economic and financial crisis in the country. The explosion has only worsened the situation on the ground for the most vulnerable, Chambers said.“What is needed in the immediate emergency to keep these people alive is funds, dollars that can be, first of all, matched by the Canadian government and can be put to the most urgent needs in the moment, on the ground,” he said.Gould says Canada has so far received 64 requests for assistance from Canadians in Lebanon, but due to privacy concerns she could not share details except that these requests have included inquiries about consular support.“Canadian-based and locally engaged staff in Beirut are regrouping and the embassy will be open again on Monday, Aug. 10,” Gould said.With files from The Associated PressThis report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020
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Hit-and-run in downtown Montreal injures two women in their 20s
Two Montreal women in their 20s were transported to the hospital with minor injuries after a car hit them and fled the scene, police say.
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Man caught on video yelling, swearing at restaurant staff in B.C.
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N.B. premier Blaine Higgs confirmed as Progressive Conservative party nominee
Higgs was confirmed during a nomination event in Quispamsis amid speculation that a provincial election may be called shortly.
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21-year-old driver smashes into Ahuntsic-Cartierville jewelry store
A sports car smashed the window of a jewelry store in Montreal's Ahuntsic-Cartierville borough on early Saturday morning.
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24 new coronavirus cases in Saskatchewan, majority of them in Regina
Regina’s cases continue to climb, becoming one of the areas with the most active cases in the province.
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Beirut explosion: Montreal group organizes clothing drive for disaster relief
The Lebanese Student Federation is collecting clothing items for victims of the blasts in Lebanon at Dorchester Square twice a day until Tuesday.
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Bikers descend on South Dakota rally with few signs of pandemic
The coronavirus may be changing the world, but there aren't many signs of the pandemic at the massive annual motorcycle rally being held this week at a small city along Interstate 90 in western South Dakota.
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Toronto Raptors’ Nick Nurse named finalist for NBA’s coach of the year award
Nurse, in his second year on the job, led the Raptors to a 46-18 record before the 2019-20 season was suspended March 11 due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
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Susan Delacourt: Used to Donald Trump’s tantrums, Justin Trudeau has a tried-and-true response
In the olden days, before a global pandemic, a Canada-U.S. trade war would set off all-points alarms all over the federal government. But unlike a pandemic, Donald Trump’s bully gambit with tariffs is something Justin Trudeau’s government has handled before — over and over, again and again, Susan Delacourt writes.
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Virden, Man. Tornado Kills 2 People
VIRDEN, Man. — RCMP say a man and a woman are dead after a tornado touched down at a farm in western Manitoba on Friday evening and carried a vehicle they were believed to have been in over a kilometre.A man who was in a second vehicle that was also thrown has survived with serious injuries.Police say they arrived at the farm near Highway 83 south of Virden shortly after 8 p.m., local time. They say the property was extensively damaged and two vehicles had been thrown into a nearby field.A search of the first vehicle, found closer to the highway, located a 54-year-old man from the Sioux Valley Dakota First Nation, who was taken to hospital with serious but non-life threatening injuries.Officers located the second vehicle over a kilometre away, and they along with other first responders found the bodies of a man and a woman, who were both 18 and from Melita, Man.Police say it’s believed the pair were ejected from their vehicle.RCMP said that they, along with EMS, continued to search the area for other possible victims but none were located.Misheyla Iwasiuk, a local storm chaser, said it was the biggest storm she’s seen in her life.“It was a pretty bad scene ... This storm was large, very violent and it wasn’t anticipated,” said Iwasiuk, who added the tornado flipped a car before hitting a farm and damaging buildings and equipment.“We were assisting a gentleman whose vehicle unfortunately was flipped over and he was trapped inside of it.”She said multiple people stopped to help before emergency crews arrived and extracted the man from the car, which landed on top of downed power lines.Iwasiuk said farm buildings in the area took extensive damage after taking a direct hit from the storm. She also said emergency responders were assisting people in the fields who were hit by the storm while in farm equipment.RELATED June Storm Smashes Into Southern Alberta Western Separatist Sentiments Down Since Liberals Re-Elected: Poll Canadian Museum Was Supposed To Highlight Human Rights. What’s Gone Wrong? Environment Canada said it received reports about the storm just before 8 p.m. local time on Friday.Meteorologist Alysa Pederson described the twister as very large in size, but said it’s not yet known how powerful the storm was.She said the storm lasted for around 10 to 20 minutes.The government agency says a damage survey will be completed today with the help of a team from the University of Manitoba.The STARS air ambulance service said it dispatched a helicopter from Winnipeg to respond to an emergency in the Virden area.Pederson said anyone with video or information about damage from the storm should reach out to Environment Canada.This report by The Canadian Press was first published Aug. 8, 2020.
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Nokia CEO outlines neutral stance in superpower tech wars
Chief executive Pekka Lundmark is finding his footing in a tense situation that pits China — and Nokia’s rival Huawei Technologies Co. — against the U.S. and other governments moving to ban the Chinese supplier from their fifth-generation mobile networks.
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COVID-19 hits Newfoundland set of TV show ‘Hudson & Rex’
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Thousands in Israel rally outside Netanyahu’s home over corruption allegations
Thousands of Israelis rallied outside Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's residence in Jerusalem on Saturday as anger mounted over corruption allegations and his handling of the coronavirus crisis.
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Valtteri Bottas on pole for Silverstone GP ahead of teammate Lewis Hamilton
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16 new cases of COVID-19 reported in Manitoba Saturday
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Protests held across Canada urging politicians to help reunite families amid COVID-19 pandemic
Protests are planned for Saturday in Montreal, Ottawa, Toronto, Edmonton and Vancouver in support of the reunification of couples and families separated by slow immigration procedures and travel bans imposed to fight the COVID-19 pandemic.
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N.B. premier Higgs confirmed as Progressive Conservative party nominee
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No new coronavirus cases reported in Nova Scotia, state of emergency renewed
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Giannis Antetokounmpo, LeBron James, James Harden are NBA’s MVP finalists
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The Raptors’ Nick Nurse is on the shortlist for NBA coach of the year
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Fire rips through townhouse complex in Richmond Hill
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MLS to resume regular season following Florida tournament
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Police investigating shots fired, car crash in downtown Toronto
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Are Canada’s local politicians a target for Beijing’s global PR machine?
Security experts say Beijing is looking for ways big and small to change the global narrative about the regime. Experts say Canadian officials at all levels, including municipal leaders, should be educated about foreign propaganda and influence
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69 cases of salmonella reported in B.C. linked to red onions from the U.S.
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Paris mandates masks in busy outdoor areas as coronavirus cases rise
The order applies to people aged 11 and over, the Paris prefecture said in a statement, adding that indicators showed the virus had begun circulating more widely since mid-July.
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Juventus fires coach Maurizio Sarri after Champions League exit
Despite winning the Italian title, Sarri paid the price for the round-of-16 loss to Lyon on Friday.
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Man and woman found dead on shore of Pigeon Lake, RCMP investigating possible drowning
A man and woman are believed to have drowned after their bodies were found on the northeastern shores of Pigeon Lake Friday afternoon, say RCMP.
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Two dead, one injured after tornado rips through Virden, Man. Friday evening
Two 18-year-olds are dead after being thrown from their car during a tornado in Virden, Man. on Friday evening.
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Father, 44, and daughter, 4, drown in Quebec river Friday
A father and his two children were playing in the Rouge River in the Laurentians region in Quebec on Friday.
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Ahmaud Arbery case: Father and son charged with murder seek release on bond
Gregory McMichael and his adult son, Travis McMichael, were jailed and arrested in May, more than two months after Arbery was slain
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Reality check: A look at Trump’s recent claims on mail-in ballots, coronavirus
It was a week of relentless attacks by U.S. President Donald Trump and his allies on mail-in voting for the November election, and truth took a beating at every turn.
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Coronavirus: Shop local campaigns aim to inject millions of dollars into Quebec economy
Campaigns are emerging across the province, urging Quebecers to buy local in an effort to increase business.
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