Today’s coronavirus news: India reports more than 18,000 new virus cases and 400 deaths; Scandinavian Airlines is getting an aid package worth $1.5 billion

Meanwhile, China confirmed 19 new cases as those infected in the capital Beijing’s June outbreak started being released from hospital.
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Global News hosting Facebook Live with Premier John Horgan
Global BC reporter Richard Zussman will be asking your questions to Premier John Horgan on Friday at 12:30 p.m. on the Global BC Facebook page.
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How physiotherapists are getting coronavirus patients moving again
While coronavirus infection mainly affects the lungs, it can have a cascading effect on a person's physical health, which critical care physiotherapists see first-hand.
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Blue Jays infielder Travis Shaw balks at ‘all summer’ quarantine to allow club to play regular season in Toronto
The Jays are back in Toronto for a shortened training camp and are confined to the Rogers Centre in an agreement with the federal government.
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Tired of the heat, Montreal? We're about to get rain, and a lot of it
Environment Canada has issued a special weather advisory as the remnants of Tropical Storm Fay moves into Quebec Saturday morning.
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One killed, another rushed to hospital following double shooting in Burlington
Police say they’re still looking for at least one suspect who fled the scene. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
Peterborough police to update Tali Nolan homicide investigation next week
On April 3, police discovered the body of Tali Nolan at a McDonnel Street residence.
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Alberta hockey foundations pleased with introduction of online 50/50 ticket sales ahead of NHL playoffs
AGLC's president and CEO noted this change will help charities expand their reach and increase proceeds for programs and services that Albertans rely on every day.
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Survey suggests 40 per cent of Alberta doctors have considered leaving province
The Alberta Medical Association suggests the potential exodus is due to the United Conservative government’s announced changes to how doctors are paid. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
Man in serious condition after shooting at east-end Toronto mall
Emergency crews were called to Scarborough Town Centre just after 2:10 p.m. on Friday.
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Bill Morneau didn’t recuse himself from WE discussion despite daughter’s employment
Two of Bill Morneau's daughters — Grace Acan and Clare Morneau — are connected to the group.
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Ottawa man arrested after flashing people in Uptown Waterloo: police
There have been two separate incidents where men have performed indecent acts in the City of Waterloo this week, according to police.
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Woman who talked to unconscious husband for 30 years gets solace from B.C. study
Ian Jordan suffered a head injury in 1987. His wife, Hilary Jordan talked to her husband for 30 years as he lay unconscious in a hospital bed. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
Canada's border with the Isolated States of America
Edward Keenan, the Toronto Star’s Washington bureau chief, talks to Adrian Cheung on the Canada/US border issue, what the timeline of reopening could look like, and how the US — through the policies of its administration — is isolating itself from the rest of the world. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
Change to post-secondary grant ‘kicking students with dependents when they’re down’: U of A students union
A recent change to a post-secondary grant in Alberta that supported students with dependents has led to concerns about access to education in the province.
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Coronavirus: Airline passengers from Mexico City to YVR warned of possible exposure
The affected flight is No. 696, which flew to Vancouver on June 25.
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CBSA lays immigration fraud charges in 2 Winnipeg cases
Charges have been laid in two separate Winnipeg immigration fraud cases in which fees were charged by unauthorized immigration consultants.
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‘Animals are safer left at home’: What to do if you see a dog in a hot car in Calgary
"Every summer, animal protection authorities are inundated with calls about dogs left in hot cars," the humane society said in a news release.
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‘These kind of issues are out here’: New doc examines police violence in Calgary
“Above the Law” explores three cases of excessive force involving the Calgary Police Service. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
1 dead, another in hospital after shooting in Burlington, Ont.
Halton police say they were called to 484 Plains Rd. E. in Burlington.
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Woman stabbed several times during violent home invasion in Cambridge: police
A woman was transported to hospital after a violent home invasion in Cambridge, Ont., on Thursday night, according to police.
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U.S. relying on small, untested company to roll out coronavirus vaccine
The commitment to ApiJect dwarfs the other needle orders the government has placed with a major manufacturer and two other small companies.
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Morneau didn't recuse himself from decision on WE contract, despite daughters' connection to charity
Finance Minister Bill Morneau did not recuse himself from the federal cabinet decision to grant WE Charity a contract to deliver a now-halted $900 million COVID-19 student grant program, despite his two daughters having connections to the organization.
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Juice WRLD’s posthumous album ‘Legends Never Die’ drops
The third overall studio album by the late Chicago rapper is now available worldwide.
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Authorities renew search for ‘Glee’ star Naya Rivera at California lake
Rivera, 33, disappeared after renting the pontoon boat for three hours Wednesday afternoon and taking it out on Lake Piru in Ventura County, the Sheriff’s Office said Thursday. | Toronto Star | Canada's...
Watch as Texas officer runs into a burning house, saves 8-year-old boy
The officer can be seen running into the mobile home as flames and smoke poured out of it.
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STUDY: Most cannabis edible overdoses in Canada involve children
Federal research shows 137 children have shown up at Canadian hospital emergency rooms for weed poisoning since Ottawa legalized cannabis edibles last October. The Health Ministry research also says cannabis use among youth has increased overall, according to Blacklock’s Reporter. This trend is a reversal of long-term downward use before the feds repealed a criminal […]
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Freeland Should Act As PM While Trudeau Investigated For WE Charity Deal: Blanchet
OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau needs to temporarily step aside and let his deputy, Chrystia Freeland, take over while he remains at the centre of another ethics investigation, the Bloc Québécois said Thursday.Bloc Québécois Yves-François Blanchet made the suggestion shortly after it was first revealed by Canadaland that members of the Trudeau family were paid tens of thousands of dollars to speak at WE Charity events. The Toronto-based international organization was selected by the government to administer a $900-million program through a sole-sourced contract. That contract has since been cancelled.Earlier: PM defends WE Charity as only organization capable of running COVID-19 volunteer program. Story continues below video. Blanchet told CBC’s “Power & Politics” the controversy unspooling around the prime minister indicates how it’s time to make a temporary change in government leadership. “He cannot create a program which seemed to be custom-made, tailored for an organization that gave $250,000 of contracts to his mother, $30,000 of contracts to his brother, while his own wife is spokesperson for the same organization,” Blanchet said. “All of that is unacceptable.”He added his party would offer “full collaboration” in Parliament with the Liberal minority government if Freeland temporarily takes over.“Because for the time being, he cannot be considered as being qualified to keep doing the job,” he said of the prime minister, who is now being investigated by the federal ethics commissioner for the third time."For a few months, I think the prime minister must step aside and leave...the responsibilities to the deputy prime minister": Bloc Québécois Leader @yfblanchet says Trudeau can't keep doing the job while he is under an ethics investigation over the WE Charity contract.— Power & Politics (@PnPCBC) July 9, 2020Blanchet’s endorsement for Freeland doesn’t come as a surprise. The Bloc leader spoke highly of the deputy prime minister during a press conference in Chambly, Que. in June, suggesting then that it’s her time to shine.  “I had the impression of speaking more with a leader than I was speaking with Mr. Trudeau many times,” he said of his interactions with Freeland. “And maybe she should take more of the room in order to improve what… still (has) to be improved in the present programs.”Ethics watchdog investigating if PM breached same section of federal lawThe WE organization said in a statement to HuffPost Canada Thursday, “Justin Trudeau has never been paid by WE Charity or ME to WE Social Enterprise for any speeches or other matters.”Ethics Commissioner Mario Dion announced last week, before revelation of the speaking fees paid to the Trudeau family, that his office will investigate if Trudeau breached the Conflict of Interest Act, including section 21. That section requires public office holders recuse themselves “from any discussion, decision, debate or vote on any matter in respect of which he or she would be in a conflict of interest.”  The prime minister confirmed with reporters Wednesday that he did not recuse himself from cabinet discussions related to the government contract that would have paid WE Charity $19.5 million to run a nearly billion-dollar program.Trudeau has been found to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act in two separate reports. Dion previously determined that Trudeau breached section 21 after he failed to recuse himself from discussions related to the Aga Khan. That report came out in 2017 after Conservative Leader Andrew Scheer requested the watchdog investigate the prime minister for accepting family vacations on the Aga Khan’s private island.Conservatives not calling on PM to step asideConservatives said Friday that the latest controversy involving the prime minister’s personal and political ties to the WE organization is ripe for criminal investigation.Asked by a reporter if the controversy is “really criminal” or “really stupid,” given how the money was received by Trudeau family members years before the pandemic-related contract was awarded to WE Charity, Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett said the former is up to the Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) to decide.There are also benefits that continue to be received by members of the Trudeau family for their continued participation in this organization.Conservative ethics critic Michael Barrett“There are also benefits that continue to be received by members of the Trudeau family for their continued participation in this organization,” Barrett said during a press conference in Ottawa. “That, in it of itself, gives rise to the need of the prime minister to recuse himself from this discussion.”The prime minister’s wife, Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, is a WE Charity “ambassador” and hosts a the WE Well-Being podcast with the wife of WE co-founder Craig Kielburger, Leysa Cerswell Kielburger. The position is not paid, according to WE Charity.Barrett said the onus is now on cabinet ministers to offer additional clarity on the controversy. “What did the ministers know, and when did they know it?” Barrett asked.On Friday, Canadaland reported that Finance Minister Bill Morneau has his own family ties with the WE organization.Conservatives said the party will send a letter to the RCMP formally requesting a criminal investigation later Friday.Note: HuffPost’s previous owner, AOL, sponsored and participated in WE Charity events and Free The Children trips.RELATED Tories Call For Criminal Investigation Into WE Charity Scandal Trudeau’s Mom, Brother Were Paid Thousands To Speak At WE Charity Events Trudeau Faces Ethics Investigation Over WE Charity Contract WE Charity, Feds Pull Plug On $900-Million Partnership Amid Backlash WE Charity Walks Back Claim PM’s Office Reached Out Over $900M Program
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COVID-19 forces cancellation of Hal-Con 2020
Halifax's annual convention celebrating comics, movies, anime and more has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus.
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Foreign investments on rise as tech firms double down on Montreal
Montreal managed to attract a record amount of foreign direct investments in the first half as technology firms announced expansion plans.
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Man cuts through fence to escape COVID-19 quarantine and buy alcohol
Three people in the past couple of weeks have escaped from their quarantine facilities.
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If you are a victim of sexual assault, here are some Quebec resources to turn to
A group that has offered support to victims for the past 40 years says they've seen a recent wave of sexual-assault complaints.
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Current and former Jays sound off on setup
As the Blue Jays wait for word on whether they'll be able to play in Toronto after training camp, infielder Travis Shaw voiced his concern Friday about the length of time players may need to stay in their closed environment at Rogers Centre and its adjoining hotel.
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VEZINA: Best response to COVID-19 is assessing risk
It is not entirely your family member’s fault that he or she ignored public health recommendations and took their children to the beach. The longer the COVID-19 pandemic goes on, the more families are being put in an untenable, lose-lose situation, where they are effectively being told they have to choose between the health of […]
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Defence seeks judge’s recusal due to ‘demonstrated bias’ against Matthew Raymond
Raymond suffers from a mental disorder, either a delusional disorder or schizophrenia, 'which presents unique challenges for the defence.'
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Not a bad year for gypsy moth caterpillars in Guelph but city is monitoring
The City of Guelph says it is monitoring the population of gypsy moth caterpillars and will consider taking action in the future if it increases.
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Unidentified body found in Portage la Prairie was a victim of homicide: RCMP
Police are asking for help identifying a body found in Portage la Prairie last month. The death is now being investigated as a homicide, police say.
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Scientists surprised at Fort McMurray fire’s long impact on rivers 4 years later
In May 2016, the fire swept through nearly 6,000 square kilometres of boreal forest in northern Alberta.
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Second Cup opens its first weed shop in Toronto
Would you like a side of THC with your Americano? Second Cup announced it opened its first cannabis dispensary in midtown Toronto on Friday, with six more locations across Ontario by the end of the year. As part of the restructuring, a number of its venues will be transformed from coffee shops into weed retail […]
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