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Municipalities plead for emergency help to keep vital services going

Municipalities plead for emergency help to keep vital services going

OTTAWA — The voice of Canadian municipalities says communities across the country are facing a financial crisis due to COVID-19 that puts people at further risk.

Canada's prison ombudsman calls COVID isolation 'extremely concerning'

TORONTO — Measures to curb the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic in the country's prisons violate their human rights even if authorities are acting in the context of a public health emergency, Canada's prison ombudsman said on Friday.
Expecting mothers to get financial help following omission: Qualtrough

Expecting mothers to get financial help following omission: Qualtrough

OTTAWA — Pregnant women will receive help from a key COVID-19 emergency-aid program and will be given a way to access federal maternity benefits even if they aren't working due to the pandemic, says Canada's employment minister.
Quality issues with internationally sourced protective goods no surprise: Anand

Quality issues with internationally sourced protective goods no surprise: Anand

OTTAWA — Quality problems with medical supplies bought from other countries should not be a surprise given the global surge in demand, says Procurement Minister Anita Anand.
Gangs changing tactics as closed borders, COVID-19 deal impact

Gangs changing tactics as closed borders, COVID-19 deal impact

VANCOUVER — Gangs and organized crime groups in B.C. are changing how they operate and run their illegal business due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, police forces say.
Ties forged in fires of NAFTA talks were key to Canada-U.S. border deal: Hillman

Ties forged in fires of NAFTA talks were key to Canada-U.S. border deal: Hillman

WASHINGTON — The mutual understanding, diplomatic ties and personal relationships that were forged in the fires of the North American trade talks of 2018 have been essential to the success of a shared bilateral effort to manage the COVID-19 crisis, s
Trudeau unveils rent relief for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

Trudeau unveils rent relief for small businesses hurt by COVID-19

OTTAWA — The federal government is providing rent relief to businesses that can't afford to pay their landlords at a time when their operations are seriously curtailed or shut down due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Differing COVID-19 orders a challenge for boundary city of Lloydminster

Differing COVID-19 orders a challenge for boundary city of Lloydminster

LLOYDMINSTER, Alta. — Gerald Aalbers lives and works in Alberta, but he can see Saskatchewan from his office window. As the mayor of Lloydminster, which straddles the Alberta-Saskatchewan boundary, he's dealt with some unique situations.
Rent relief and a giant kitchen for COVID-19 pandemic; In The News for April 24

Rent relief and a giant kitchen for COVID-19 pandemic; In The News for April 24

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of April 24 ... --- COVID-19 in Canada ...
Farmers markets looking for ways to stay afloat during the pandemic

Farmers markets looking for ways to stay afloat during the pandemic

Canada's farmers markets, traditionally reliant on bustling crowds paying cash for locally produced food, seem particularly ill-suited to the age of physical distancing.