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Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results for air travellers coming to Canada 

The Government of Canada continues to take unprecedented action to protect the health and safety of Canadians by introducing a new measure to help prevent further introduction and transmission of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus into Canada.

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Excluded from bubble, Senators among 7 teams to open training camp

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Among the seven NHL teams left out of the league’s summer restart to a 2019-20 season suspended in March because of COVID-19, the Ottawa Senators took the ice in an official capacity for the first time in nearly 10 months Thursday.

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Microsoft reveals hackers viewed source code, says no changes made

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Microsoft said Thursday in a blog post that hackers tied to a massive intrusion of dozens of U.S. government agencies and private companies sneaked further into its systems than previously thought, although the intrusion doesn’t appear to have caused any additional harm.

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Customers fundraise to send Ontario Tim Hortons employee back to school

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When customers at a Vaughan, Ont., Tim Hortons found out that their favourite employee, Vishnu Gopansothilingan, had dropped out of university due to financial constraints, they began to fundraise to help send him back to school.

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Blue Jackets’ Pierre-Luc Dubois signs 2-year, $10M US contract extension

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Centre Pierre-Luc Dubois, who led Columbus in goals, assists and points during the playoffs, signed a two-year, $10 million US contract extension Thursday that keeps him with the Blue Jackets through the 2021-22 season.

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Pre-departure COVID-19 testing and negative results to be required for all air travellers coming to Canada 

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a global crisis that is having a significant impact on the air industry and all travellers. The Government of Canada has multiple measures in place to protect the health and safety of Canadians, and to help prevent air travel from being a source of further introduction and spread of COVID-19 and new variants of the virus into Canada.

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Tam cautions Canadians on their alcohol intake in year-end message

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On a day frequently marked by celebrations involving large amounts of alcohol, Canada’s chief public health officer is again asking Canadians to go easy on the drinking as they turn the page on 2020.

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Death of an inmate from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village 

On December 25, 2020, Douglas Cody Terrico, an inmate from Kwìkwèxwelhp Healing Village died while in provincial custody.

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The future of youth sport in Canada after the pandemic

The future of youth sport in Canada after the pandemic

Scott Russell is joined by Jenn Heil, Stephanie Dixon and Marco Di Buono to chat about where we go from here in regards to youth sport in this country now that vaccines are becoming available but case numbers continue to rise. This is the fifth and final panel in a five-part series of discussions on the state of sport in Canada.

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Alberta’s first 500 COVID deaths took nearly 9 months. The next 500 took just 34 days.

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Alberta recently recorded its 1,000th COVID-19 death, a grim milestone that arrived in a flash in a marked turnaround for a province that seemed to have the disease under relative control for a time.

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Seizure of contraband at Collins Bay Institution 

On December 23 at approximately 11:00, as a result of the vigilance of staff members, multiple packages containing contraband were seized on the perimeter of Collins Bay institution, a multi-level security facility.

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More details about COVID-19 testing for air travellers expected today

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Transport Minister Marc Garneau is expected to provide more details today about the new requirement for air passengers to test negative for COVID-19 before entering Canada.

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Reigning CFL most outstanding player Brandon Banks re-signs with Tiger-Cats

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The Hamilton Tiger-Cats have re-signed 2019 CFL most outstanding player Brandon Banks. The American wide receiver will return for his eighth season with the club in 2021.

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Statement from the Chief Public Health Officer of Canada on December 31, 2020

On December 31, 2020, Dr. Theresa Tam, Canada’s Chief Public Health Officer, issued the following statement on COVID-19.

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Federal government approves NHL training camps, but provinces must make call on games

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The federal government says it has issued an exemption to the mandatory 14-day quarantine period for NHL players and team staff to return to Canada for training camp under “national interest grounds.”

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Hammon’s head coaching night caps memorable year for women in sport

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There was no celebration when Becky Hammon took over as San Antonio Spurs head coach on Wednesday night. When Gregg Popovich was ejected in the second quarter, he simply pointed at Hammon and said “You got ’em.” Social media, however, erupted.

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Icebreaking at Midland, Ontario

The Canadian Coast Guard advises residents of Midland, Ontario that there may be icebreaking operations in the area on or around January 5, 2021.

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Information about COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge

Correctional Service Canada (CSC) advises that there is currently one resident who has tested positive for COVID-19 at Willow Cree Healing Lodge (WCHL) in Saskatchewan, as well as two people who work at WCHL. The institution’s routine has been modified for health purposes, and contact tracing is currently underway.

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Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities

Indigenous Services Canada is closely monitoring the number of COVID-19 cases reported in First Nations communities across the country.

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Seizure of Unauthorized Items at Donnacona Institution

On December 23, 2020, at about 8 a.m., as a result of the vigilance of staff members, a package containing unauthorized items was seized at Donnacona Institution, a federal maximum-security institution.

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Ontario reports record-high 3,328 new COVID-19 cases, 56 new deaths

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Ontario is reporting a record-high 3,328 new COVID-19 cases on Thursday and 56 new deaths related to the illness. 

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The National for December 30, 2020

The National for December 30, 2020

The National for December 30: Ottawa says travellers coming to Canada will have to get a COVID-19 test first. Plus, a look back on 2020.

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DFO has a new plan for northern cod stocks. It doesn’t include more fishing

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released its plan to boost northern cod numbers — a plan that the fisheries union in Newfoundland and Labrador blasts as being more about resettling communities than rebuilding stocks.

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DFO has a new plan for northern cod stocks. It doesn’t include more fishing

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The Department of Fisheries and Oceans has released its plan to boost northern cod numbers — a plan that the fisheries union in Newfoundland and Labrador blasts as being more about resettling communities than rebuilding stocks.

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Drones, dogs deployed as Norwegian rescuers hunt for 10 people missing after landslide

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Norwegian rescuers deployed drones and dogs to negotiate unstable clay soil in a search for 10 people still missing on Thursday after a landslide in southern Norway swept away more than a dozen buildings the previous day.

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7-year-old teaches Mi’kmaw quillwork, a skill she learned from her mom

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Head bent toward her work, Carolyn Simon uses tweezers to carefully pull a porcupine quill through a tiny hole in a piece of birch bark. It’s a technique she’s seen her mom do hundreds of times, and while she’s only seven years old she’s close to mastering it herself.

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How P.E.I.’s farming and fishing industries are adapting to the new normal

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For good and ill, fishing and farming on P.E.I. are already different because of climate change.

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Media advisory – Montreal, Quebec

Tonight and tomorrow, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will sparkle with blue and golden white lighting from sunset to sunrise to welcome the New Year. This special lighting will continue from sunset to 1:00 a.m. on January 2 and 3.

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Media advisory – Montreal, Quebec

Tonight and tomorrow, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will sparkle with blue and golden white lighting from sunset to sunrise to welcome the New Year. This special lighting will continue from sunset to 1:00 a.m. on January 2 and 3.

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Media advisory – Montreal, Quebec

Tonight and tomorrow, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will sparkle with blue and golden white lighting from sunset to sunrise to welcome the New Year. This special lighting will continue from sunset to 1:00 a.m. on January 2 and 3.

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Media advisory – Montreal, Quebec

Tonight and tomorrow, the Samuel De Champlain Bridge will sparkle with blue and golden white lighting from sunset to sunrise to welcome the New Year. This special lighting will continue from sunset to 1:00 a.m. on January 2 and 3.

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Ontario finance minister set to return today from controversial Caribbean vacation

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to have a “very tough conversation” with his finance minister today over a controversial Caribbean vacation.

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Ontario finance minister set to return today from controversial Caribbean vacation

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Ontario Premier Doug Ford is expected to have a “very tough conversation” with his finance minister today over a controversial Caribbean vacation.

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10 people still missing in Norway after landslide in residential area

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Norwegian rescuers deployed drones and dogs to negotiate unstable clay soil in a search for 10 people still missing on Thursday after a landslide in southern Norway swept away more than a dozen buildings the previous day.

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2020 is ending, but New Year’s celebrations look different this year

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This New Year’s Eve is being celebrated like no other, with pandemic restrictions limiting crowds and many people bidding farewell to a year they’d prefer to forget.

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The dark side: 2020 was a boom year for horror on-screen — and that’s no accident

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Horror landed in 2020 both instructing and judging, as well as thriving. It’s a boom time for the genre, which entered its renaissance only a few years ago and is likely to only be helped by a global pandemic.

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Moms are welcoming the first wave of ‘coronial’ babies — but experts say to expect fewer births

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Nearly 10 months after Alberta’s first presumptive COVID-19 case was confirmed, mothers across the province are giving birth to what some have dubbed “the coronial generation.”

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Majority of borrowed books across Ontario libraries in 2020 weren’t published this year

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In a year dominated by a global pandemic and American politics, some might find it fitting that the library book most likely to be checked out across Ontario was a hopeful memoir written by the former first lady of the United States.

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For Osie the rescue cat, 2020 was just perfect

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A little black and white cat was one of 347 rescued from a single, squalid two-bedroom Toronto apartment in 2019. This year, during lockdowns one and two, she’s become the best thing of her owner’s year.

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Dildo was hoping to cash in on a post-Kimmel boom — then came the pandemic

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Sulagna Sanyal and Rajesh Menon opened the first Indian restaurant in the coastal Newfoundland village of Dildo, tapping into a tourism boom heightened by interest from U.S. talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel. But COVID-19 has stopped the community’s plans cold.

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China gives conditional approval to homegrown Sinopharm coronavirus vaccine

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Chinese health regulators said Thursday that they have given conditional approval to a coronavirus vaccine developed by state-owned Sinopharm.

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Pemberton-area avalanche victim loved the outdoors, had safety training, says his mother

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“Nicholas did live his dreams,” Suzanne Boweker said of her son, who was found dead Tuesday. “And I am happy that he was happy. I’m not happy that he’s gone but I’m happy that he was able to do so much in his 30 years.

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Father of 14-year-old Metro Vancouver homicide victim says his son was set up

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David Weisgarber said he believes son Tequel Willis was set up by someone who asked him to deliver a set of car keys to Surrey.

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Speedy Sir: Lewis Hamilton knighted in year-end royal honours

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Lewis Hamilton received a knighthood Wednesday as part of Queen Elizabeth II’s New Year’s honours list, which also recognized British performers, politicians, public servants and people outside the limelight who worked to defeat the coronavirus and its devastating impacts.

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Spurs’ Becky Hammon becomes 1st woman in history to direct NBA team

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Becky Hammon became the first woman to direct a team in NBA history, taking over the San Antonio Spurs on Wednesday night against the Los Angeles Lakers following Gregg Popovich’s ejection in the first half.

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B.C. mom describes ‘surreal experience’ meeting new son after waking up from COVID-related coma

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A B.C. mom who gave birth while in an induced coma because of COVID-19 says she was released from hospital just in time to spend Christmas at home with her family.

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The National for December 30, 2020

The National for December 30, 2020

The National for December 30: Ottawa says travellers coming to Canada will have to get a COVID-19 test first. Plus, a look back on 2020.

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Zdeno Chara did what?!

Zdeno Chara did what?!

Less than a week before training camp was set to begin, Zdeno Chara shocked the hockey world by signing a one-year deal with the Washington Capitals.

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Quebec points to COVID-19 vaccine maker’s rules as reason for slower than planned rollout

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Health Minister Christian Dubé says Pfizer’s requirement that the second of its two-dose vaccine be held back is bogging down the vaccination effort. Other provinces are plowing ahead regardless.

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Victim of second targeted shooting in Surrey in 24 hours was 14 years old, B.C. police say

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A 14-year-old from Burnaby, B.C., was killed Monday in what police said was a targeted shooting in Surrey, B.C., the second such shooting in the city in a 24-hour period.