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Tougher COVID-19 restrictions and a major Grammy snub: In The News for Nov. 25

Tougher COVID-19 restrictions and a major Grammy snub: In The News for Nov. 25

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 Nov. 25 ... What we are watching in Canada ...

Test of emergency public alert system expected today across Canada, CRTC says

OTTAWA — Most people across Canada can expect an interruption today by an emergency public alert that will be broadcast on television, radio and sent to mobile devices as part of a countrywide test of the system.
'No option:' Alberta bans home gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

'No option:' Alberta bans home gatherings as COVID-19 cases continue to climb

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, his province bending precariously under the weight of record COVID-19 cases, imposed new sweeping public health restrictions Tuesday that include a ban on gatherings in people’s homes.
Despite reduction, Canada calls U.S. softwood lumber duties 'unfair,' 'unjustified'

Despite reduction, Canada calls U.S. softwood lumber duties 'unfair,' 'unjustified'

WASHINGTON, D.C. — The federal government says American duties on Canadian softwood lumber exports continue to be "unfair" and "unjustified," even if they have been reduced. An administrative review by the U.S.
McCallum says he tried to improve conditions for Korvig, Spavor in Chinese prison

McCallum says he tried to improve conditions for Korvig, Spavor in Chinese prison

OTTAWA — One of Canada's most controversial ex-ambassadors to China says he repeatedly tried to improve the living conditions of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor after their imprisonment in the People's Republic almost two years ago.
Help from B.C. man allows American family to reunite in Alaska

Help from B.C. man allows American family to reunite in Alaska

A woman from Georgia says her family's reunion was saved by a man from British Columbia who drove them to the Alaskan border after they got stranded in a snowstorm and appealed for help.
Lack of Canadian vaccine production means others could get inoculations first: PM

Lack of Canadian vaccine production means others could get inoculations first: PM

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau sought to reassure Canadians on Tuesday that COVID-19 vaccines will start to arrive in the coming months even as he acknowledged that other nations are likely to start inoculating their citizens first.
Advocacy groups slam regulator's latest statement on airline refunds

Advocacy groups slam regulator's latest statement on airline refunds

OTTAWA — Consumer rights advocates are criticizing the latest statement on airline refunds from the country's transport regulator, saying it contradicts federal and provincial rules to the detriment of customers.
No further charges related to investigation in Bountiful, B.C.: special prosecutor

No further charges related to investigation in Bountiful, B.C.: special prosecutor

VICTORIA — A special prosecutor in British Columbia has declined to approve any further charges against people associated with the community of Bountiful where a fundamentalist Christian sect practises polygamy. The B.C.
Top public servant says few redactions of cabinet confidences made to WE documents

Top public servant says few redactions of cabinet confidences made to WE documents

OTTAWA — The top federal public servant says only a small fraction of the 5,000-plus pages of documents the government has released on the WE Charity affair were blacked out.