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Active COVID tally at 29 with three more cases

(CNS): Another three travellers have tested positive for COVID-19, according to Chief Medical Officer Dr John Lee’s daily report. The three latest cases were in a batch of 227 tests carried out over the last day and bring the active case load to 29. Four people in that group are showing symptoms of the virus
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Testing remains key in fight against HIV

(CNS): While the world is preoccupied by the impact of COVID-19, World Aids Day serves as a reminder that it is not the only contagious virus in our communities. However, the HIV/AIDS pandemic has passed on some valuable lessons. Given the enormous strides being made in the treatment of HIV, over 38 million people around
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Voter hearings set against backdrop of concerns

(CNS): Dozens of Caymanians working overseas who, because of the COVID-19 pandemic, are unable to return to meet the residency requirement to qualify as an elector could be disenfranchised in the 2021 General Election. With an apparent increase in the number of objections filed against locals living overseas, concerns are being raised that not enough
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Turtle farm bosses to give back pay-hike ‘mistake’

(CNS): The CEO and chief operating officer of the Cayman Turtle Centre, aka the Turtle Farm, will be paying back the salary hike they and other senior staff received by mistake. COO Peggy Hamilton told the Public Accounts Committee Tuesday that, following a board meeting, she and CEO Tim Adam would be returning the cash
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Dart reveals plans for hotel off Seven Mile Beach

(CNS): The Dart Group has unveiled proposed plans for the group’s latest hotel project. The development will be sandwiched between the Esterley Tibbetts bypass and the Seven Mile Public Beach, with beach access for guests in the area by the once popular now closed bar, Calico Jacks. In a press release issued Monday, the islands’
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Multi-generational Caymanians are disadvantaged

You (a first generation Caymanian) aren’t different under the laws, but you have an unfair advantage over multi-generational Caymanians. Your parents and your friend’s parents were smart and worldly and brave enough to move to another country and make a life there. Your average expat is always going to be a higher calibre individual than
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Constitutional amendments now official

(CNS): Over a dozen amendments to the Cayman Islands Constitution 2009 are now official after the order was gazetted Monday. Described as a modernisation of the Constitution, the order comprises the most significant set of changes to the document since it was implemented eleven years ago. However, it is not as fundamental a change as
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DoE queries LNG as viable future option

(CNS): In its initial response to a proposal to build a liquid natural gas depot in Bodden Town, the Department of Environment not only raised concerns about the negative impact it would have on the immediate environment but also the wisdom of choosing LNG. The DoE said the proposal must be considered against the National
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A Welfare Christmas

The Ghost of Christmas Present writes: Christmas 2020 in Cayman will be like no other. Family from overseas will not be visiting, hotels will not be brimming with tourists grateful to feel a warm breeze in winter and, strangely, a vaccine will be on the wish list for many. Also on the wish list for
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8 travellers test positive for COVID-19 over weekend

(CNS: Eight new cases of COVID-19 have been added to the local tally following 503 COVID-19 more tests carried out over the weekend. Two of these travellers who have the coronavirus are symptomatic. There are now 26 active cases of the virus in Cayman, with four of those patients showing symptoms, though none are in
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China took weeks to diagnose new Covid cases and underreported numbers, leaked documents show

An unprecedented leak of internal Chinese documents reveals how the country mishandled the early stages of the coronavirus pandemic. The documents - from Hubei province, the site of the world's first known outbreak - show China announced misleading numbers of new cases and deaths, was hampered by an average three-week delay in diagnosing new cases, and experienced a huge spike in influenza in the epicenter province in early December.
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Tens of thousands of farmers swarm India's capital to protest deregulation rules

Tens of thousands of farmers have swarmed India's capital where they intend to camp out for weeks to protest new agricultural laws that they say could destroy their livelihoods.
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Fraser Island, a unique Australian ecosystem, is on fire as parts of the country swelter through record heat wave

Firefighters in Australia are battling a massive bushfire that has been burning out of control for six weeks across the popular tourist spot of Fraser Island, as parts of the country's east swelter through a record-breaking heat wave following the hottest November on record.
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Pandemic surge affecting Christmas holiday plans across Europe

As the year comes to an end, many of Europe's governments are scrambling to avoid stringent lockdowns over the Christmas holidays. CNN's Melissa Bell reports.
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Britain's final Brexit choice could prolong the worst recession in 300 years

The UK economy is suffering its worst recession in more than 300 years and failing to secure a new trade deal with the European Union will make its recovery even longer and more arduous, according to the country's independent fiscal watchdog.
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Job guarantees and free money: 'Utopian' ideas tested in Europe

Christine Jardine, a Scottish politician who represents Edinburgh in the UK parliament, was not a fan of universal basic income before the pandemic hit.
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More emissions means higher prices: More food brands want you to know their climate impact

Food labels already indicate how good or bad a product is for you. But good or bad for the planet? That's often much less clear. Now a growing number of brands are labeling their products to show their climate impact.
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Craft breweries are turning unsold beer into gin

This was going to be a big year for Japan. With the Summer Olympics due to be hosted in Tokyo, the island nation expected 40 million tourists to grace its shores.
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Women in Japan have had period leave for over 70 years. Why the West doesn't have it

Sachimi Mochizuki has worked in Japan for two decades, but she's never taken a day off for her period.
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US cities are losing 36 million trees a year. Here's why it matters

If you're looking for a reason to care about tree loss, the nation's latest heat wave might be it. Trees can lower summer daytime temperatures by as much as 10 degrees Fahrenheit, according to a recent study.
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How rich people could help save the planet from the climate crisis

Rich people don't just have bigger bank balances and more lavish lifestyles than the rest of us -- they also have bigger carbon footprints.
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Unseen photos of America's early 'working girls'

Women in sexual professions have always distinguished themselves from other women, from the mores of the time, by pushing the boundaries of style. The most celebrated concubines and courtesans in history set the trends in their respective courts. The great dames of burlesque -- Sally Rand, Gypsy Rose Lee -- boasted a signature style on- and offstage, reflecting broader-than-life personalities.
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Meet Nigeria's most sought-after stylist

Daniel Obasi is a believer in the power of Instagram. The multi-talented creative -- who has shot portraits for the New York Times and Billboard, and styled fashion editorials for Vogue Portugal and Dazed -- has long used the platform as a way to connect with like-minded talents from the worlds of art and fashion.
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The young designer behind Gigi Hadid's ruffled yellow top

Launching a fashion brand is hard. Launching a fashion brand during a global pandemic is near impossible.
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Princess Di's 'black sheep' sweater is back

A sweater made famous by Princess Diana has been reissued by the designers, four decades after she sported the bold red knit, which features dozens of white sheep and one black sheep on the front.
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The one item of clothing in every genius' closet

When the disgraced health entrepreneur Elizabeth Holmes was indicted on fraud charges for her lab-testing company Theranos last year, much of the media discussion rested not on her alleged corporate recklessness and staggering abuses of trust, but on her sartorial choices: black jackets, black slacks, and -- most importantly -- black turtlenecks.
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Germany's ex-royals want their riches back, but past ties to Hitler stand in the way

Perched on a steep hilltop in southern Germany, the striking turrets of Hohenzollern Castle rise in contrast to the rolling countryside that surrounds them. The fortress is the ancestral seat of Germany's last imperial family. If the country still had a monarchy today, the castle's owners would be its royal family, led by Georg Friedrich, whose ceremonial title is also his legal surname: Prince of Prussia.
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Yet another Italian village is selling $1 houses

You wait a while for a house that's practically given away to you, and then three come along at once.
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Runestones open gateway to ancient Viking civilization

Drive north of the Swedish capital for about half an hour and you'll reach the lakeside district of Vallentuna, a pleasant community with cobblestone churches, picnic areas and playgrounds.
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Inside Singapore's legal red-light district

"Ok, now we're about to walk past a corner selling sex drugs, see if you can spot the different pills."
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Why Christopher Walken's Irish accent went so wrong

"Welcome to Ireland," intones Christopher Walken over drone shots of lush green farmland, his unique halting speech patterns -- New York via the moon -- only occasionally troubled by the mangled specter of a County Mayo lilt.
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Secretive Thailand hideaway rumored to be real inspiration for 'The Beach'

Michael Doyle started making regular trips to Koh Phangan in the Gulf of Thailand in the mid-1980s, enjoying laid-back life in rustic beach bungalows around the island between stints as a psychiatric nurse in Australia.
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How a Covid-19 vaccine could change travel for good

It was the good news that gave the world hope.
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How California prisoners raised $30K for a high school student in need

It's hard to imagine two more different places than an elite private school and California's Soledad State Prison, which houses the state's largest concentration of men sentenced to life behind bars. But for the past seven years, the two worlds have collided in an unusual way: through a book club.
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A restaurant with a coronavirus scare stayed open because of the generosity of a neighboring barbershop

A New Jersey restaurant was able to continue operating during the pandemic thanks to the generosity of a nearby barbershop.
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Officer responds to call about a fire at his own home -- and his children still inside

Imagine being a police officer responding to a call for a family trapped in a burning house fire, then realizing that the house is yours.
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Coronavirus: New Covid tier system comes into force in England

More than 55 million people are waking up in the two strictest tiers of the new restrictions.
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Debenhams website overwhelmed as shoppers swoop on sales

The 242-year-old department store is offering huge discounts after it collapsed on Tuesday.
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Christmas: Shops offer early festive discounts in battle for survival

Shop prices are falling in the run-up to Christmas as retailers race to clear stock, a report says.
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Brexit trade: 'Serious disruption' risk at Channel post-transition period

Ministers are "taking limited responsibility" for readiness ahead of the transition period ending, MPs say.
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Small waters 'can help address biodiversity crisis'

Experts call for urgent action to protect England's smallest freshwater sites, from ponds to streams.
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Covid: Families with negative test can visit care homes in England

More than a million tests will be sent to care homes in England to allow safe indoor visits.
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Shop workers crisis: 'I wake up worried about my job'

Young people working in retail have been hard hit by the collapse of some of the UK's biggest chains.
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Dame Jenni Murray on why she's taking her clothes off on TV

The former Women's Hour presenter will appear on ITV's The Real Full Monty On Ice.
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Keeping pools closed 'a catastrophe for health and wellbeing'

More than 200 council-run pools will stay closed despite the easing of lockdown restrictions.
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Covid: Brains to close more than 100 pubs due to Wales' alcohol rules

Most of its 1,500 staff will be put on furlough while the measures are in force, Brains says.
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Sports Personality of the Year: Contenders revealed for 2020 BBC award

A shortlist of six contenders is announced for the 2020 BBC Sports Personality of the Year award.
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Esther Dingley: Partner says police 'looking at non-accident options'

Missing walker's partner says the "prevailing opinion" among police is she is not in the mountains.
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Covid brainwave: 'I turned my office into a cyclists' cafe'

Three stories of people working in hospitality who have set up new businesses during Covid-19.
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Fans to return to football at EFL midweek games after coronavirus restrictions

After being barred from most matches since March, some supporters in England will return to stadiums on Wednesday.
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Lastminute.com to pay £7m in holiday refunds

More than 9,000 customers have yet to be repaid for cancelled package holidays amid the Covid crisis.
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Lockdown rules: Michael Gove's Covid claims fact-checked

We look at the Cabinet Office minister's assertions about the coronavirus lockdown measures.
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Covid-19: Lung damage 'identified' in study

Researchers are to investigate whether young people and those not in hospital could be affected.
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Vulnerable children in lockdown 'national concern'

Ofsted's annual report warns of children out of sight and in danger during the pandemic.
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Covid: Shops in England can open 24 hours a day over Christmas

Local authorities in England will be allowed to temporarily waive rules restricting retail opening hours.
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Coronavirus: Police issue 2,000 fines for lockdown breaches in England

Officers in England handed out the fines for Covid rule breaches in the first two weeks of November.
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Adoption: 'One boy stood out to me - he's now my son'

John is one of a growing number of men embarking on fatherhood alone.
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Steps debate the merits of entering Eurovision

The band seem like a perfect fit for the song contest but, they tell the BBC, "we have a split camp".
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Brexit: All you need to know about the UK leaving the EU

Time is running out for the UK and EU to strike a deal - what is happening now?
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What went wrong at Debenhams?

The pandemic pushed the retailer into liquidation, but its problems go back much further.
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Pat Finucane case: A murder with 'collusion at its heart'

The killing of solicitor Pat Finucane led to a series of high-profile investigations and court cases.
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Brexit: Will the borders be ready?

With one month to go until the end of transition, we look at the challenges to come on the UK's borders.
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MPs vote in favour of government's new tier restrictions

The three-tier rules will come into force in England from 00:01 GMT on Wednesday.
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Coronavirus: Health Secretary Matt Hancock reveals his step-grandfather died of the virus

The health secretary told MPs his step-grandfather from Liverpool contracted the virus and died in November.
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'Thank you Gareth Thomas... you saved my life'

After watching the former rugby player's documentary HIV and Me, Gilliyan decided to get tested for the virus.
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Shoppers on Debenhams' demise: I'll miss it

Shoppers in Leeds react to the news that the 242-year-old retailer will close.
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Burnley: ‘Children ripping bags open for food’ during pandemic

The "unprecedented need" for help during the pandemic seen by a church in Burnley.
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Rugby League legend to run seven marathons in seven days for charity

Leeds Rhinos' Kevin Sinfield is embarking on the challenge to raise awareness for Rob Burrow and MND.
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The Papers: Vaccine by the weekend and care home visits return

The news visitors who test negative for Covid can see relatives in care homes makes several front pages.
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Covid tiers: MPs back tougher system for England, despite Tory rebellion

The restrictions will start at 00:01 GMT, despite 55 Tory MPs voting against the government.
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Covid in Scotland: No change to virus alert levels

Ministers will continue to "look carefully" at Aberdeen and Aberdeenshire, but both will remain in level two.
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Enniskeen: Man injured and homes evacuated in Craigavon 'explosion'

A number of homes in the Enniskeen area of the County Armagh town have been evacuated, police say.
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Covid: Calls for Senedd vote before pub alcohol ban

Calls are made for a vote before Friday, when new Covid rules stop pubs across Wales serving alcohol.
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Guildford pub bomb police took action to keep files closed

Hundreds of papers on the Guildford and Woolwich pub bombings were retained earlier this year.
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Alberta's hospital system under significant strain, says medical official

November was the worst month for the pandemic in Alberta so far, with cases going from 6,002 active cases of COVID-19 Nov. 1 to 16,628 cases by Nov. 30, an increase of 10,626.
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Canadian actor Elliot Page shares he is transgender

Elliot Page, Halifax's own Hollywood star, has shared that he is transgender. The actor is known for his Oscar-nominated role in Juno, as well as Inception and most recently The Umbrella Academy.
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Canada's economy bounced back at record 40% pace in third quarter — but GDP still below pre-COVID level

Statistics Canada says the economy grew at a record annualized pace of 40.5 per cent in the third quarter as businesses came out of COVID-19 lockdowns.
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What cities can learn from the biggest battery-powered electric bus fleet in North America

Transit systems are going electric to prepare for a low-carbon future. But it’s not as easy as you might think. Here’s a closer look at what can be learned from a Canadian pioneer in electric transit, Toronto, which has the largest battery powered electric bus fleet in North America.
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32 salmonella cases in 6 provinces tied to pet hedgehogs

Four people have been hospitalized and 28 others made ill from outbreaks of salmonella infections in six provinces caused by exposure to pet hedgehogs, the Public Health Agency of Canada says.
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Woman who spent years scrubbing explicit video from internet urges tech firms to make it easier to remove

She was only 14 when she was groomed into having virtual sex with an older man she met on social media. The Canadian Centre for Child Protection says she's one of thousands whose images are shared around the world who are finding it hard to report sexually explicit material involving minors and have it removed.
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Conservatives push for parliamentary committee study of failed vaccine deal

The federal Conservatives are calling for a parliamentary committee probe of the Liberal government's plan to refit a National Research Council facility in Montreal to start producing a COVID-19 vaccine.
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A robbery won't keep this restaurant owner from serving up kindness

Mithun Mathew gives free food from his St. John's restaurant to vulnerable people. When his food truck was robbed and cooking supplies were stolen, he decided to give even more.
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Janssen seeks Health Canada approval for its COVID-19 vaccine

A fourth company has submitted its COVID-19 vaccine candidate for Health Canada approval, Health Minister Patty Hajdu said Monday.
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Will body cams work as police say they're supposed to? Experts weigh in

Police body cameras hit the streets of Iqaluit on Monday as part of the RCMP’s national pilot project. But the debate on what benefits the cameras may offer is far from over, according to experts.
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This woman is sleeping on top of her local Home Hardware roof to raise money for North Bay area food banks

Kathie Hogan of Powassan, a small community in the North Bay region is getting ready for a chilly night on the roof of the local Home Hardware store — for a good cause.
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Human remains found in Belgium in 2016 identified as Newfoundland Regiment member

The remains of a member of the Newfoundland Regiment, discovered four years ago in Belgium, have been identified as Pte. John Lambert, who was 17 years old when he died in battle 103 years ago.
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Banks report earnings this week, and it could tell us a lot about the state of the economy

Monday's fiscal update gave us a pretty good look at how much red ink has been spilled on the government's finances — and just how long it might take to clean it up. A series of pronouncements from Canada's biggest lenders this week should give us a similar glimpse of how things are doing in the real economy.
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Parents welcome asymptomatic COVID-19 tests in schools, even if the news isn't always good

Voluntary COVID-19 testing of asymptomatic students and staff is currently being introduced at designated schools in four Ontario hot spots, with the goal of improving tracking and preventing transmission. Though many applaud the pilot project, some are highlighting shortcomings in how it's being rolled out.
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On the edge of a bleak pandemic winter, Freeland offers a vague plan for recovery

A pandemic recovery plan can't really get started until the pandemic ends. Still, the sketch of a recovery plan Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland offered yesterday leaves a lot of detail to the next budget.
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Edmonton judge says police retaliated against driver during arrest following high-speed chase

In June 2018, Benedict Richards fled police. During the arrest, he was injured by a police dog while trapped in his vehicle, then suffered seven broken ribs and a punctured lung at the hands of the arresting officers
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Martha Martin lost her daughter during a police wellness check. Now she's grieving her son, too

The mother of Chantel Moore, a young woman fatally shot during a police wellness check, is returning to New Brunswick from B.C. today after collecting the ashes of her son, Mike Martin.
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Sask. has ignored good evidence for slowing the spread of COVID-19, which could be catastrophic

Saskatchewan Premier Scott Moe frames COVID control as a choice between reducing risks and saving the economy. This explains the reluctance to close high-risk environments known to be contagion hotbeds.
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