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Latin America virus deaths pass U.S. as Spain lockdown blocked

Jul 13, 2020 - 7:38 PM

Since the start of July, nearly 2.5 million new infections have been detected across the globe, with the number of cases doubling over the past 6 weeks

COVID-19 IN BRAZIL. In this file photo, members of the Pataxo Hahahae ethnic group wear face masks at the Vila Vitoria favela on the outskirts of Belo Horizonte, state of Minas Gerais, Brazil, on July 8, 2020 amid the COVID-19 pandemic. File photo by Douglas Magno/AFP

Canada unemployment drops in June 2020, nearly 1 million jobs created

Jul 11, 2020 - 8:30 AM

Canada's unemployment rate is down to 12.3% in June 2020, but this remains much higher than the 5.6% in February 2020

(FILES) In this file photo taken on November 4, 2018 General view of Downtown Montreal, Quebec, taken from the Mount Royal mountain overseeing the city. - The Canadian city of Montreal, one of the country's virus hotspots, will make wearing face masks in indoor public places mandatory in the coming weeks, Mayor Valerie Plante said on June 6. (Photo by Daniel SLIM / AFP)

Trudeau family paid by charity at heart of ethics probe – report

Jul 10, 2020 - 9:53 AM

Canada's ethics watchdog says that he has launched an investigation into the prime minister

Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau holds his son Hadrien while hugging his mother Margaret outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. AFP PHOTO/POOL/SEAN KILPATRICK (Photo by SEAN KILPATRICK / POOL / AFP)

Virus crisis sends Canada deficit soaring to all-time high

Jul 09, 2020 - 4:20 PM

The Canadian government's debt is seen to surge from $765 billion in March 2020 to $1.236 trillion by March 2021

DESERTED. A street in the town of Niagara Falls, Canada, is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27, 2020. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Meeting under virus cloud, U.S., Mexican leaders hail relations

Jul 09, 2020 - 1:11 PM

At the White House, Donald Trump hails the US-Mexico relationship as 'outstanding,' and Andres Manuel Lopez Obrador – a left-wing populist – adopted a conciliatory tone

WASHINGTON, DC - JULY 08: President Andrés Manuel López Obrador of Mexico and U.S. President Donald Trump speak before a working dinner at the White House July 8, 2020 in Washington, DC. Trump and López Obrador met privately in the Oval Office earlier in the day. Anna Moneymaker-Pool/Getty Images/AFP POOL / GETTY IMAGES NORTH AMERICA / Getty Images via AFP

China issues Canada travel warning in Hong Kong spat

Jul 06, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Foreign ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian urges Canada to 'immediately correct its mistakes and stop interfering in Hong Kong affairs and China's internal affairs in any way, so as to avoid further damage to China-Canada relations'

TRAVEL WARNING. In this file photo, Chinese Foreign Ministry spokesman Zhao Lijian packs up his notes after speaking at the daily media briefing in Beijing on April 8, 2020. File photo by Greg Baker/AFP

Intruder at Canada Prime Minister's residence faces 22 charges

Jul 04, 2020 - 9:14 AM

Corey Hurren, an army reservist who forced his way onto the estate where Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lives, is charged on Friday with 22 counts of firearms violations and uttering threats

RIDEAU HALL. Canadian police stand guard outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Canada on July 2, 2020, after an armed man who entered the grounds was arrested. Photo by Mohamed Kadri/AFP

Canada suspends extradition with Hong Kong to protest China security law

Jul 04, 2020 - 12:19 AM

Canada is also halting exports of sensitive military gear to Hong Kong and updating its travel advisory so Canadians traveling there will know how the law might affect them

ARREST. Police officers arrest a pro-democracy demonstrator (C) during a pro-democracy protest calling for the city's independence in Hong Kong on May 10, 2020. File photo by Isaac Lawrence/AFP

Canada trade deficit shrinks as exports rebound

Jul 02, 2020 - 11:10 PM

Exports jump 6.7% to $34.6 billion, as 8 of Canada's 11 export sectors bounce back in May 2020

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

North American trade pact takes effect in pandemic-ravaged world

Jul 02, 2020 - 10:55 AM

The United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement replaces the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement at a time when the world is suffering from the coronavirus pandemic

US President Donald Trump holds up the signed United States - Mexico -Canada Trade Agreement, known as USMCA, during a ceremony on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington, DC, January 29, 2020. - The USMCA, the fruit of years of negotiation between the three key trading partners, is billed as an update to the 1994 North American Free Trade Agreement, which Trump had long lambasted as a job killer and threatened to scrap outright. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Canada extends ban on non-U.S. arrivals by another month

Jul 01, 2020 - 5:02 PM

'Border measures prohibiting foreign nationals from entering Canada from any country other than the United States subject to certain limited exceptions... (have) been extended,' says Canada's public health agency

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Canada cannabis sales uptick not enough to save struggling sector

Jun 28, 2020 - 5:50 PM

While cannabis companies post higher sales during the coronavirus lockdown in Canada, they still face liquidity problems

Employee Martin Henderson walks past several plants of cannabis at Up's cannabis factory in Lincoln, Ontario, on October 12, 2018. - Canada will soon become the second country in the world to legalize cannabis -- with the provinces left to work out the details of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's landmark measure. (Photo by Lars Hagberg / AFP)

White Canadian cop convicted of beating black teenager

Jun 27, 2020 - 12:18 PM

Police officer Michael Theriault, who was off-duty at the time of the attack, is charged with his brother Christian of aggravated assault and obstruction of justice after beating Dafonte Miller and hitting him with a metal pipe

Trudeau slams 'political' detentions, after China spy charges

Jun 23, 2020 - 10:05 AM

'Basically he has been confined to a single cell this entire time. He has not gone outside. He has not seen a tree or had fresh air to breathe for 560 days,' says the wife of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig

(FILES) In this file photo taken on January 17, 2020 Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks at a news conference in Ottawa, Canada. - Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's administration on March 13, 2020 announced a slew of measures to combat the novel coronavirus and its impact, including recommendations against international travel and a Can$10 billion stimulus package. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

China charges Canadians with spying, Ottawa 'disappointed'

Jun 19, 2020 - 6:40 PM

(UPDATED) The Supreme People's Procuratorate says it has begun the prosecution of ex-diplomat Michael Kovrig and businessman Michael Spavor, who are 'suspected of foreign espionage' and 'providing state secrets'

CHARGED. This file picture taken on March 6, 2019 shows Louis Huang of Vancouver Freedom and Democracy for China holding photos of Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig, who are being detained by China, outside British Columbia Supreme Court, in Vancouver, as Huawei Chief Financial Officer Meng Wanzhou appears in court. File photo by Jason Redmond/AFP

Canada consumer prices fall 0.4% in May 2020

Jun 17, 2020 - 9:35 PM

Gasoline prices rebound, but are still down almost 30% year-on-year in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO - APRIL 23: King Street West is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 23 2020 in Toronto, Canada. Entertainment districts across Canada have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Trudeau says racism exists in all Canada institutions

Jun 12, 2020 - 11:15 AM

Trudeau himself takes a knee, a popular protest gesture, at a demonstration outside his office

Wayward whale that swam 400 kms upriver to Montreal found dead

Jun 10, 2020 - 3:35 PM

The giant creature had been seen last week swimming in the Saint Lawrence river, diving against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline

The body of a young humpback whale is lifted out of the water during the evening of June 9, 2020 in Sainte-Anne-de-Sorel (90 km east of Montreal), Quebec, where it was towed after being found east of Montreal in the morning hours. The mammal was left lying on the shore, cordoned off by the police. A necropsy is due to take place on June 10. The young humpback whale that swam up one of Canada's major rivers, delighting Montrealers who packed the shores for a glimpse of the first of the species in local waters, is believed to have died, wildlife officials said June 9. Eric THOMAS / AFP

Canada border opens to foreign families of Canadians

Jun 09, 2020 - 9:06 AM

The exemption is to take effect at 11:59 pm Monday (0359 GMT Tuesday) and applies to non-Canadian spouses, children, parents, or guardians of Canadian citizens or permanent residents

BORDER. A truck crosses the Bluewater Bridge border crossing between Sarnia, Ontario and Port Huron, Michigan on March 16, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Wayward whale takes city break in Montreal

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:39 PM

The giant creature has been swimming in the St Lawrence river against the backdrop of the Montreal skyline – hundreds of kilometers from the waters it usually calls home

VISITOR. This handout picture courtesy of Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences pour les Mammiferes Marins (RQUMM) shows the tail of a humpback whale swimming in the water by Montreal on May 30, 2020.  Handout/Reseau Quebecois d'Urgences Mammiferes Marins/AFP

Trudeau takes a knee with Canada protesters for racial justice

Jun 06, 2020 - 9:54 AM

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau shows solidarity with US protesters marching against racism and police brutality

TAKING A KNEE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau (2nd L) takes a knee during in a Black Lives Matter protest on Parliament Hill June 5, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada.  Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada adds 290,000 jobs in May 2020 but unemployment rate still rises

Jun 06, 2020 - 7:50 AM

Canada's unemployment rate still goes up to a record 13.7% as more Canadians look for work

Customers line up outside of a mobile phone store May 19, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. - Ontario, Canada's most populous province, is allowing stores with street access to reopen, along with hospital surgery rooms, dog parks and golf courses. (Photo by Dave Chan / AFP)

Canada's Bombardier to cut 2,500 jobs

Jun 05, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Aircraft manufacturer Bombardier is slashing 10% of its global workforce, with the cuts to be carried out throughout 2020

BOMBARDIER. Logo of the Montreal-based Bombardier. Photo from Shutterstock

Pandemic shutdown of auto sector hits Canada trade hard

Jun 04, 2020 - 10:30 PM

Canada's total exports fall 29.7% in April 2020, while total imports are down 25.1% – described as 'unparalleled' declines

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Air Canada raises $1.2 billion to keep flying in pandemic

Jun 03, 2020 - 12:40 AM

Coronavirus-hit Air Canada raises funds through an offering of shares and convertible senior notes

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

Website launched to track, report COVID-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

May 31, 2020 - 10:52 AM

'Hatred, left unchecked, can lead to violence with horrific consequences,' says Marie-Claude Landry, Chief Commissioner of the Canadian Human Rights Commission

Fight COVID-19 Racism: Website launched to track, report Covid-19 related attacks against Asian-Canadians

Canada immigration sharply curtailed by coronavirus – study

May 30, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Because of the virus, Canada cannot comply with its plan to accommodate some 370,000 new permanent residents this year

LESS MIGRANTS. File photo of an Ottawa Public Health officer (right) speaking with the next person in line at the COVID-19 testing center taken in March 23, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada's economy shrinks 8.2% in Q1 2020

May 30, 2020 - 6:30 AM

The drop in Canada's gross domestic product in the 1st quarter of 2020 is the sharpest since the 1st quarter of 2009

NO CUSTOMERS. The restaurant at the Constantin Gregoire sugar shack is seen empty in Saint-Esprit, Quebec, Canada, on March 31, 2020. Photo by Benedicte Brocard/AFP

Proceedings to extradite Huawei's Meng Wanzhou to U.S. to go ahead

May 28, 2020 - 11:22 AM

The court ruling also dashes hopes for a quick mending of Canada-China relations, which soured following her arrest on a US warrant in 2018 during a stopover in Vancouver

MENG WANZHOU. Meng Wanzhou, CFO of Huawei, walks down her driveway to her car as she departs her home for BC Supreme Court on May 27, 2020 in Vancouver, Canada. Photo by Rich Lam/Getty Images/AFP


Chinese in Canada a target of increased hate during pandemic

May 27, 2020 - 2:32 PM

Vancouver police are investigating 29 anti-Asian incidents over the past two months, 7 times more than the same period last year

A man walks past Vancouver's Chinese Cultural Centre, which was targeted with vandalism during the Covid-19 pandemic, prompting police to erect mobile surveillance cameras, on May 21, 2020 in Vancouver, British Columbia. From spitting and violent attacks, to verbal assaults and vandalism of Chinese cultural sites, Chinese residents of Canada's third largest city -- who make up 26 percent of its population, according to the last census in 2016 -- say they feel increasingly unsafe and unwelcome. David P. BALL / AFP

Virus-hit Hertz declares bankruptcy in U.S., Canada

May 23, 2020 - 11:50 AM

(UPDATED) Car rental company Hertz cites the 'sudden and dramatic' impact of the coronavirus pandemic on travel demand

HERTZ. An outlet of the car rental company in Columbus, Ohio. Photo from Shutterstock

Canada consumer prices fall 0.2% in April 2020

May 20, 2020 - 11:55 PM

Plunging energy prices as a result of the coronavirus pandemic is the main contributor to the decline in Canada's inflation rate for April 2020

DESERTED. A street in the town of Niagara Falls, Canada, is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27, 2020. Photo by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Filipino-Canadian nurses among unsung heroes of coronavirus pandemic

May 20, 2020 - 9:30 PM

Meet some of the Filipino-Canadians supporting Canada's healthcare system amid the ongoing pandemic

UNSUNG HEROES. (From L-R) Filipino-Canadians Aryanna Kassandra Perbillo, Mary Grace Ocampo, and Debbie del Mundo are among the frontliners in Canada's fight against the coronavirus pandemic. Contributed photos

U.S. borders with Canada, Mexico closed another month

May 20, 2020 - 1:25 PM

The US Department of Homeland Security says the closure, first ordered on March 20 and due to expire May 20, will be extended until June 22 and reviewed every 30 days

US Customs officers stand beside a sign saying that the US border is closed at the US/Canada border in Lansdowne, Ontario, on March 22, 2020. The United States agreed with Mexico and Canada to restrict non-essential travel because of the coronavirus, COVID-19, outbreak and is planning to repatriate undocumented immigrants arriving from those countries. Lars Hagberg / AFP

Canada fines Facebook over misleading privacy claims

May 20, 2020 - 11:09 AM

Canada's competition watchdog says Facebook made Canadians believe that they were in control of their data while the company allowed data to be shared with 3rd party developers

FACEBOOK. In this photo illustration a Facebook feed page is displayed on a smartphone on March 25, 2020 in WArlington, Virginia.  Olivier Douliery/AFP


Johnson & Johnson to stop sales of talc-based baby powder in U.S., Canada

May 20, 2020 - 9:55 AM

Johnson & Johnson cites declining sales in the United States and Canada, where there have been fears its baby powder causes cancer. The company maintains its product is safe.

SAN ANSELMO, CALIFORNIA - OCTOBER 18: In this photo illustration, a container of Johnson's baby powder made by Johnson and Johnson sits on a table on October 18, 2019 in San Anselmo, California. Johnson & Johnson, the maker of Johnson's baby powder, announced a voluntary recall of 33,000 bottles of baby powder after federal regulators found trace amounts of asbestos in a single bottle of the product. (Photo Illustration by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Air Canada to lay off half its workforce as virus bites

May 16, 2020 - 12:15 PM

Air Canada, which employs about 38,000 people, says it does not expect a return to normal for a long time

AIR CANADA. Planes parked at the Calgary International Airport in Alberta, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

'I didn't want to leave the house': COVID-19 fueling anti-Asian hate crimes in Canada

May 14, 2020 - 7:30 PM

Advocates believe more Asian-Canadians are now reporting anti-Asian hate crimes and incidents because of the 'intensity and the gratuitous nature' of these violent attacks

Canada ties coronavirus help to climate goals

May 12, 2020 - 12:08 AM

'Companies that receive this funding will be required to commit to future climate disclosures, and environmental sustainability goals,' says Canadian Finance Minister Bill Morneau

CLIMATE GOALS. In this file photo taken Canada's Finance Minister Bill Morneau speaks during a news conference on Parliament Hill March 18, 2020, in Ottawa, Ontario. File photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada loses most jobs ever due to pandemic, unemployment hits 13%

May 08, 2020 - 11:25 PM

(UPDATED) The employment declines are observed in all Canadian provinces, but Quebec – which has the most coronavirus cases – leads all of them with 821,000 jobs lost

NIAGARA FALLS, - APRIL 27: A street in the town of Niagara Falls is seen during the coronavirus pandemic on April 27 2020 in Niagara Falls, Canada. Tourist attractions across Canada have been hit hard by the COVID-19 pandemic. Emma McIntyre/Getty Images/AFP

Canada's pandemic-hit farmers, food industries get emergency aid

May 06, 2020 - 8:45 AM

The Canadian government is giving Can$252 million (US$180 million) in emergency aid to farmers and food producers hit by the coronavirus pandemic

Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Canada is closing its borders to most foreigners -- excluding Americans -- in a bid to stem the coronavirus pandemic, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced on March 16, 2020. "All Canadians, as much as possible, should also stay home," he told a news conference outside his home, where he and his family are self-isolating after his wife Sophie tested positive for COVID-19.  Dave Chan / AFP

Canada trade deficit widens as oil, car exports fall

May 05, 2020 - 9:45 PM

Canada's exports fall 4.7% to Can$46.3 billion in March 2020, while imports decline 3.5% to Can$47.7 billion

TRADE. A container terminal in Vancouver, Canada. Photo from Shutterstock

Air Canada's Q1 2020 loss surpasses Can$1 billion

May 04, 2020 - 11:00 PM

'We are now living through the darkest period ever in the history of commercial aviation,' says Air Canada CEO Calin Rovinescu

FLAG CARRIER. An Air Canada Boeing 700-200. Photo from Shutterstock

Life in Toronto during a pandemic: Excerpts from a COVID-19 lockdown diary

May 02, 2020 - 6:34 PM

We brace ourselves for what will come. But we are bottle-ready, with our alcohol spray and hand sanitizer.

CLOSED. An off-leash dog park, which was closed March 23, 2020, when a lockdown was imposed in Ontario to prevent the spread of COVID-19. Photo by Marites Sison

Apartment fire sends Canada PM's mother to hospital

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:06 PM

Margaret Trudeau, who is also the widow of late prime minister Pierre Trudeau, is treated in hospital for smoke inhalation and possibly burns

MARGARET. In this file photo, then Canadian Prime Minister-designate Justin Trudeau holds his son Hadrien while hugging his mother Margaret outside Rideau Hall in Ottawa on November 4, 2015. File photo by Sean Kilpatrick/Pool/AFP

Canada begins staggered lifting of pandemic lockdown

Apr 28, 2020 - 10:55 AM

'If we get this wrong, everything we have done, everything we have sacrificed over the past many weeks, could have been in vain,' warns Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

RAINBOW. Samuel de Champlain Bridge is illuminated in the colors of the rainbow as a symbol of support during the novel coronavirus pandemic in Montreal, Quebec, Canada, on April 19, 2020. Photo by Sebastien St-Jean /AFP

Canadian stars join in coronavirus broadcast fundraiser

Apr 27, 2020 - 1:43 PM

Celine Dion, Justin Bieber, and author Margaret Atwood are among the celebrities who took part in the 'Stronger Together/Tous Ensemble' event

Canada's reopening won't depend on immunity – Trudeau

Apr 26, 2020 - 10:23 AM

'[Immunity is] something we need to have clearer answers to. Until we have those clearer answers, we need to err on the side of more caution,' says Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau

PANDEMIC RESPONSE. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during a news conference on COVID-19 situation in Canada from his residence on March 17, 2020 in Ottawa, Canada. Photo by Dave Chan/AFP

Canada inflation slows 'the most since 2006'

Apr 22, 2020 - 11:50 PM

The slowdown in Canada's inflation rate for March 2020 is mainly due to an 11.6% drop in energy prices

SCHOOL'S OUT. A man in a mask sits on a bus on campus at Western University in London, Ontario on March 13, 2020. Photo by Geoff Robins/AFP

Tributes pour in for Canada shooting victims as death toll rise

Apr 22, 2020 - 12:48 PM

The Royal Canadian Mounted Police says new human remains are discovered in homes and vehicles set ablaze by the suspect during the weekend killing spree in Nova Scotia

MOURNING. In this file photo flags of Nova Scotia and Canada fly at half-staff outside the Nova Scotia Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) headquarters in Dartmouth, Nova Scotia, Canada, on April 19, 2020, after a shooting rampage left at least 20 dead. Photo by Tim Krochak/AFP