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Ontario government tells school boards to maximize time children are in the classroom

In the News   |   July 9, 2020

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The Ontario government has told school boards to maximize the time children are in the classroom, a directive that would prevent them from taking any days away from in-class instruction to clean their buildings. Facing... read more

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Growing Arctic waves set to menace coasts, scientists say

In the News   |   July 8, 2020

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As summer sea ice disappears in the far north due to climate change, massive swells are expected to roil Canada’s Arctic waters later this century with potentially dire consequences for coastal communities and burgeoning shipping... read more

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Ontario to end academic streaming that splits students into applied, academic tracks

In the News   |   July 7, 2020

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Ontario plans to end streaming in Grade 9, a practice where high-school students must choose to pursue an academic or applied track and that has been criticized for sidelining a disproportionate number of Black and... read more

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Poll finds majority of Canadians say the Canada-U.S. border should remain closed

In the News   |   July 6, 2020

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More than eight in 10 Canadians say the Canada-U.S. border should remain closed to non-essential travellers for the foreseeable future, according to a new Nanos Research survey. Most travel across the border was halted on... read more

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New security law could splinter Hong Kong’s justice system, erode rights to fair trial

In the News   |   July 3, 2020

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The law has been called the ‘death’ of a free Hong Kong, spreading a chill through lawyers and all who work in the justice system. The new national-security law Beijing imposed on Hong Kong could... read more

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Russian voters back Putin’s bid to rule the country until 2036

In the News   |   July 2, 2020

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For a moment they lay on Red Square, eight people using their bodies to form the number 2036 – the year until which Vladimir Putin can remain in power, under changes to Russia’s constitution that... read more

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Group led by Canadian doctors and scientists calls for mandatory face mask use in indoor spaces

In the News   |   June 30, 2020

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A group led by Canadian doctors and scientists is calling on health authorities to make face masks mandatory in all indoor spaces outside the home. While the Public Health Agency of Canada recommends the use... read more

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Canadians playing key role in International Criminal Court’s defence against U.S. threats

In the News   |   June 26, 2020

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In its hour of need, confronting one of the toughest crises in its history, the International Criminal Court has turned to one of its earliest and staunchest allies: Canada. The war-crimes court in The Hague... read more

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Terrible wordplay: Should slurs, swearing and offensive terms be allowed in Scrabble?

In the News   |   June 25, 2020

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When John Chew first walked into the Toronto Scrabble Club in the summer of 1993, a “mixed race person with kind of geeky interests,” he immediately knew he’d found his community. There were people from... read more

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Ottawa has authority to free Meng Wanzhou now, former justice minister, Supreme Court justice say

In the News   |   June 23, 2020

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The Canadian government has the legal authority to set Chinese telecommunications executive Meng Wanzhou free immediately, and is wrongly claiming otherwise after being embarrassed over revelations of political interference in the prosecution of SNC-Lavalin Group... read more

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Canadians are big players on far-right social media, British think tank study finds

In the News   |   June 22, 2020

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Canadians are promoting right-wing extremism in thousands of conversations that are openly taking place on the internet, a new study finds. On Friday, the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, a British-based think tank, released the findings... read more

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Canada loses UN Security Council election to Ireland, Norway

In the News   |   June 18, 2020

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Canada lost its bid for a seat on the United Nations Security Council Wednesday, nearly five years after the Trudeau government declared winning a seat one of its highest foreign-policy priorities. The loss marks the... read more

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High school graduates weigh the benefits of taking a gap year as September looms

In the News   |   June 17, 2020

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There were all sorts of things Aiden Rylott was looking forward to about his first year at Carleton University this fall: living in residence in Ottawa, attending crowded lectures, the campus clubs and social life.... read more

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Savings rates drying up as a shaken nation rethinks the stock market, risk and the value of safety

In the News   |   June 16, 2020

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The vise is closing on savers. After holding up nicely through the spring, interest rates on savings accounts and guaranteed investment certificates are on the decline. The timing couldn’t be worse for the people who... read more

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Did your car insurer step up?

In the News   |   June 12, 2020

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Insurance companies are quick to increase their premiums when facing higher claim costs, so it’s reasonable to expect the opposite when claims fall. Physical distancing to combat the pandemic has meant people are doing a... read more

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