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‘As abstract as killing people in a video game,’ doctor says of Alek Minassian’s mind

TORONTO — Alek Minassian was “saturated in horrific material” online where he conceived the idea to use a van as a weapon to get a high “kill count” score, his murder trial heard Tuesday. Dr. Alexander Westphal, a psychiatrist who is testifying for the defence, said Minassian was obsessed with various abhorrent online sites, including...

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Ottawa extends rules and restrictions for travellers amid rising COVID-19 case counts

A slew of travel restrictions and rules meant to curb the spread of COVID-19 will be extended into January, the federal government said Sunday, as case counts continued to rise steadily across the country. In a statement, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair and Health Minister Patty Hajdu said the measures would be in effect until...

COVID-19 crisis cascading in U.S. as presidential election drama recedes
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COVID-19 crisis cascading in U.S. as presidential election drama recedes

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Just as America’s political crisis begins to ease, the COVID-19 pandemic is back rattling the country’s windows with a vengeance.  New cases and hospitalization rates are setting daily records across the United States, and the death toll is steadily tracking towards 250,000.  States and cities are imposing rigid new restrictions on bars...