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Brazil, Bolivia assessing needs after Canada offers $15M aid for Amazon fires
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Brazil, Bolivia assessing needs after Canada offers $15M aid for Amazon fires

OTTAWA — A Canadian official says Brazil and other Amazon−basin countries are considering Canada’s offer of $15 million and equipment to help fight the fires destroying the South American rainforest. Adam Austen, spokesman for Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland, says the minister spoke to her counterparts in both Brazil and Bolivia over the weekend. He...

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New Brunswick education minister warns against anti-vaccination message

FREDERICTON — New Brunswick’s education minister says people spreading misinformation about the effectiveness of vaccines are from the “far, far fringe.” A committee of the New Brunswick legislature is hearing today from supporters and opponents of more stringent vaccine requirements for New Brunswick children. The province’s Tory government wants to pass legislation making vaccinations mandatory...

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G7 leaders reach deal to offer help to fight wildfires in Amazon rainforest

BIARRITZ, France — G7 leaders have come to an agreement to help Brazil fight the raging wildfires in the Amazon rainforest, which have erupted into a global flashpoint over the perils of climate change. French President Emmanuel Macron, who is hosting this year’s gathering of the leaders of the world’s seven largest economies, says the G7 plans...

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Ontario government releases updated sexual-education curriculum

TORONTO — The Ontario government has released the new sexual−education curriculum, replacing a much−criticized teaching plan brought in after the Progressive Conservatives took power last year. A statement from the province Wednesday said the curriculum for Grades 1 to 8 has been updated following feedback from the public and consultation with experts. The sex−ed curriculum comes after an interim teaching plan based on 1998 materials was...

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Ethics committee to decide whether to dig deeper into SNC-Lavalin report

OTTAWA — Six Liberal MPs will be the ones to decide whether the federal ethics watchdog will speak publicly about his scathing report on how Prime Minister Justin Trudeau handled the SNC−Lavalin affair. Conservatives and New Democrats pushed for the emergency meeting of the House of Commons ethics committee to be held Wednesday in Ottawa, where MPs...

Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government
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Scheer promises EI tax credit for new parents if Conservatives form government

OTTAWA — Andrew Scheer made a pre−campaign play for parental votes Tuesday as he promised that a Conservative government would introduce a tax credit for new mothers and fathers receiving special employment insurance benefits so they can stay home with a new child. The government taxes employment insurance benefits for new parents, along with any employer top−up,...

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Canada issues warning about travel to Hong Kong after ‘violent’ mass demonstrations

OTTAWA–It would be a mistake to label pro−democracy protesters in Hong Kong as terrorists, Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland said Wednesday as her government issued a pointed warning to Canadians about travelling to the semi−independent Chinese territory. As Freeland spoke, some level of calm had descended on Hong Kong as demonstrators regrouped after shutting down the city’s...

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Trudeau repeats non-apology for ‘standing up for jobs’ in SNC-Lavalin affair

FREDERICTON — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is repeating what’s sure to be his go−to election campaign message on the SNC−Lavalin affair: he’s not about to apologize for what he calls standing up for Canadian jobs, communities and citizens. During an event in Fredericton this morning, Trudeau reiterated that he accepts Wednesday’s damning report from federal...