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Canada News Advisory for Friday, Jan. 13, 2023

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Here are the latest Canada News stories

TOP HEADLINES:

Search continues at Quebec propane explosion site

More surgeries to be done in clinics: sources

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Halifax ER chief says emergency centres in crisis

Ottawa, Kitchener hospitals report record patients

Bank economists see slowdown ahead but likely mild

TOP NEWS STORIES:

Search continues at Quebec propane explosion site

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Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada — At least three employees of a Quebec propane distribution business remained missing Friday one day after an explosion and fire leveled the building north of Montreal.  Wire: National.

More surgeries to be done in clinics: sources

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Ontario will perform thousands more surgeries in private facilities in an effort to tackle the growing backlog , senior government sources said Friday. By Liam Casey.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Halifax ER chief says emergency centres in crisis

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — The head of emergency medicine for Halifax and the surrounding area says ERs are under the most extreme pressure that he’s seen in his 23-year career, and he says it’s taking a toll on patients and health-care workers. By Lyndsay Armstrong.  Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 1

Ottawa, Kitchener hospitals report record patients

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Two hospitals in southern Ontario say they saw record numbers of patients this week.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Bank economists see slowdown ahead but likely mild

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Toronto, ,  — Big bank economists say the surprisingly resilient economy is likely headed for a mild slowdown in the year ahead, but that recent events show how difficult it is to predict the future.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Canada needs more newcomers: Immigration minister

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — As Canada plans to significantly ramp up its immigration levels in the coming years, some policy experts are worried about potential effects on health care, housing and the labour market. By Nojoud Al Mallees.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Tiny home village for homeless opens in Winnipeg

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — Bundles of dried sage tied together with red ribbon hang from black fixtures connected to wood-panelled walls. By Brittany Hobson.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Explainer: Why are there so many cyberattacks?

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — A wave of high-profile cyberattacks has recently hit hospitals, businesses and organizations in Ontario, including the LCBO this week and Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children and Scouts Canada in December. By Jessica Smith.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Home prices down year-over-year in Q4: report

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — The median price of a home in Canada in the fourth quarter of 2022 posted the first year-over-year decline since the end of 2008 during the financial crisis, Royal LePage says.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Canada sanctions more Haiti political elites

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Ottawa, ,  — Foreign Affairs Minister Mélanie Joly has announced new sanctions against two more Haitian political elites. By Dylan Robertson.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Evacuees return after St. Catharines fire

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Evacuees have been cleared to return to homes and businesses in St. Catharines, Ont., as officials investigate what caused a fire at a hazardous waste facility the city’s north end.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

SickKids to ramp surgeries back up next week

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children says it will begin increasing surgeries on Monday.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

Back-to-office mandate begins Monday

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Mona Fortier, the president of the Treasury Board says repercussions for federal public servants who refuse to return to in-person work will be dealt with on a case-by-case basis. By Cindy Tran.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec, National.

CIBC’s Laura Dottori-Attanasio retiring Feb. 1

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — CIBC says Laura Dottori-Attanasio, senior executive vice-president and group head for Canadian personal and business banking, is retiring.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Nasty weather descends on Atlantic Canada

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Most schools in New Brunswick and P.E.I. are closed today as a winter storm descends on the Atlantic region.  Wire: Atlantic.

Canadian ski jumper Loutitt wins World Cup gold

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Zaō, Aomori, Japan — Alexandria Loutitt became the first Canadian to win a World Cup women’s ski jump event on Friday, taking gold at a normal hill competition in Zao, Japan.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

Investors look for outlooks from earnings reports

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Experts say the upcoming earnings season will be overshadowed by the broader economic climate, with interest rates and inflation data more closely watched than individual company reports. By Rosa Saba.  Wire: Business, Finance. Photos: 1

Canadian man aims for marathon world record

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It’s a gamble, but one that’s worthwhile to Ben Pobjoy. By Abdulhamid Ibrahim.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

New documentary exposes horror of cyber violence

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — A documentary on cyber violence opening Friday in Toronto follows four women who recount their stories of being attacked, denigrated and threatened because they choose to speak their minds. By Marisela Amador.  Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

COMING LATER:

MONTREAL – A Quebec woman who has accused Cardinal Marc Ouellet of sexual misconduct has decided to reveal her identity. Paméla Groleau says she is taking part in a lawsuit on behalf of all victims of the clergy who for decades have struggled to be heard. By Marisela Amador

LOCAL JOURNALISM INITIATIVE STORIES:

The LJI is a federally funded program to add coverage in under-covered areas or on under-covered issues. This content is delivered on the CP wire in the “Y” or spare news category, or you can register to access it at https://lji-ijl.ca. This content is created and submitted by participating publishers and is not edited by The Canadian Press. Please credit stories to the reporter, their media outlet and the Local Journalism Initiative. Questions should be directed to LJI supervising editor Amy Logan at amy.logan@thecanadianpress.com. Below is a sample of the dozens of stories moved daily:

Pro athletes want workers’ compensation for their injuries
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Unlike in much of the United States, Canadian athletes aren’t eligible for workers’ compensation if they’re injured in a game or practice, leaving them with little recourse when a bad game leads to lifelong injury or impairment. 1,500 words. Zak Vescera/The Tyee
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A parent’s agonizing wait for a vital medical test
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As B.C.’s hospitals struggle, one child’s eyesight may be at risk for lack of a normally quick diagnosis. But parents of children with complex conditions say their children’s needs were pushed aside long before the pandemic. They fear a permanent regression in the quality of health care and of life their kids can expect. 1,300 words. 1,300 words. Moira Wyton/The Tyee
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Coastal GasLink accused of failing to prevent sediment from entering a Wet’suwet’en river
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Wet’suwet’en chiefs and supporters allege the pipeline company violated provincial environmental regulations, operating excavators in a remote river without adequate mitigation measures in place. “It’s just really hard to process. I was really quite disturbed by the complete disregard for the salmon, the water, the people — our rights as Wet’suwet’en people,” says Tsebasa, a Likhts’amisyu clan chief who viewed the company’s activity from a helicopter on Jan. 10. 1,600 words. Matt Simmons/The Narwhal

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Canadian assessment team deployed to Turkey after earthquake

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Canadian assessment team deployed to Turkey

A senior government official says a Canadian assessment team is on its way to Turkey to determine how Canada can contribute to earthquake relief efforts.

International Development Minister Harjit Sajjan was expected to formally announce the deployment of the Canadian Disaster Assessment Team this evening.

The senior official, who spoke on background pending Sajjan’s official confirmation, said the team consists of a handful of military and Global Affairs officials.

The official underscored that the deployment of the team does not automatically guarantee a further deployment of Canadian resources to the country.

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The earthquake, which razed thousands of buildings in Turkey and Syria on Monday, is one of the deadliest quakes worldwide in more than a decade and the federal government is facing criticism that the window to help with rescue efforts is closing.

Search teams from more than two dozen countries have joined tens of thousands of local emergency personnel and Canadian humanitarian aid workers with charitable organizations were arriving Wednesday

Defence Minister Anita Anand said late Tuesday that the federal government had not ruled out sending a Disaster Assistance Response Team, to help with the recovery effort, but that it was working to figure out what would be most useful.

The assessment team would recommend whether to send additional support, such as a DART.

Earlier Wednesday, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced the federal government would match funds donated to Canadian Red Cross relief efforts up to $10 million on top of an initial aid package of $10 million.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2023.

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Canadian soccer player describes the horror of the earthquake in Turkey

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Canadian soccer player Sam Adekugbe is one of the lucky ones. He managed to escape earthquake-ravaged Antakya in Turkey.

Some of his teammates and staff at his club Hatayspor are still missing.

The 28-year-old from Calgary is now safe in Istanbul with Canada captain Atiba Hutchinson, who plays in the Turkish Super Lig for Besiktas. But in a Zoom call Wednesday sitting next to Hutchinson, a sombre Adekugbe told a harrowing tale of being caught in the quake — and the horror of what he saw in the aftermath.

“Unfathomable. Something you never really expect,” said Adekugbe, who looked shell-shocked.

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Adekugbe was relaxing at home with some teammates after a 1-0 win over visiting Kasimpasa in a Turkish league game Sunday evening. The quake began as he started cleaning up his home when they left.

He started shaking, which initially made him think he was having a panic attack. Then the furniture and TV began to tip over and cups and dishes smashed in the kitchen.

He went outside to find the road split and people yelling amid freezing rain and lighting strikes. After witnessing the damage around his home, he drove the 20 minutes to the team training ground, seeing the devastation along the way.

“It just felt like a movie. You’re seeing collapsed buildings, fires. People yelling, people crying,” he said. “People digging through the rubble. Broken pieces of houses. Just things you never really expect.”

It got worse the closer he got to the centre of the city, which is located 1,100 kilometres southeast of Istanbul in a region bordered by the Mediterranean and Syria.

“Roads split. Bridges broken. Twelve-storey highrises just completely collapsed. Families looking for loved ones. Parents looking for their kids. Kids looking for their parents. It was just something unfathomable. Something you never really expect.”

Adekugbe says people are still missing, including the team’s sporting director, Taner Savut. There is confusion over the whereabouts of Ghana international Christian Atsu, who was at Adekugbe’s home that night.

Reports of Atsu being rescued are now in doubt, said Adekugbe, who joined the search for survivors after getting to the training ground.

“It’s also people who work around the team,” Adekugbe said.

He says one of the team’s equipment men died in the quake. So did the daughters and mother of a woman who works in the team kitchen.

The wife of another equipment man needs urgent medical attention, facing having her arm amputated if she doesn’t get it.

“Of course I’m thankful that a lot of my teammates have been found. But the people that do help the team, the people who work around the club, they still have loved ones that are missing and unaccounted for. Really it starts to hit home when you just see the agony, the desperation on their faces,” he said.

In the light of day, the horror grew.

“You’re looking through rubble trying to find your teammates. You’re trying to yell for them in like darkened spaces of apartments that used to be standing,” Adekugbe said. “It’s just something you never find yourself doing. People coming back with broken bones. People still missing to this day. It’s something you can’t really explain.”

Adekugbe and some of his teammates managed to get out thanks to his coach, Volkan Demirel, who used to play for Fenerbahce, another Turkish club based in Istanbul. He called the Fenerbahce president who organized a plane departing from a city about a 150-minute drive away.

Adekugbe and other Hatayspor players and staff were bused to the waiting plane, which took them to Istanbul.

“We were very lucky,” Adekugbe said.

“I just grabbed what I could … I have three suitcases and my dog.”

Hutchinson was waiting to take him in. Adekugbe had called him in the aftermath of the quake, showing him the damage via FaceTime.

He called his parents when he got to the training ground.

Antakya is renowned for its cuisine, which has many Middle Eastern influences. UNESCO (the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization) has designated Antakya as a “city of gastronomy.”

Adekugbe, who joined Hatayspor in June 2021 from Norway’s Valerenga Fotball, has won 37 caps for Canada and saw action in all three of Canada’s games at the World Cup in Qatar.

Born in London, England, he was three when his family moved to Manchester and 10 when it came to Calgary.

At 16, he moved to Vancouver to join the Whitecaps residency program. He signed a homegrown contract with the MLS team in 2013 but made just 16 appearances for the team over the next four seasons, spending much of the time out on loan.

Adekugbe had loans stints with Brighton in the English Championship and Sweden’s IFK Goteborg before joining Valerenga in January 2018.

While Istanbul escaped quake damage, Hutchinson’s concern for Adekugbe grew when internet connection was lost and a second quake hit.

Both players urged Canadians to donate to relief organizations to help the region and its people.

“There’s a lot of people that are still under the rubble,” Hutchinson said.

“People are just really in bad conditions right now,” he added. “It’s really cold here. Just making it through the day and the night, it’s extremely difficult.”

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 8, 2023.

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How much money is needed to retire in Canada

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Canadians now believe they need $1.7 million in savings in order to retire, a 20 per cent increase from 2020, according to a new BMO survey.

The eye-watering figure is the largest sum since BMO first started surveying Canadians about their retirement expectations 13 years ago. It’s also a drastic increase from the $1.4 million in savings Canadians expected to need for their nest eggs just two years ago.

The results reflect Canadians’ concerns about current economic conditions, particularly inflation and higher prices, said Caroline Dabu, head of wealth distribution and advisory services for BMO Financial Group.

“If you look at the average Canadian, they’re feeling the rising inflation costs,” said Dabu.

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“And so, not surprisingly, we are seeing that Canadians are feeling they absolutely will need more to retire.”

Canada’s annual inflation rate hit a four-decade high of 8.1 per cent in the summer of 2022 and has since fallen to 6.3 per cent as of December 2022. BMO Economics expects the country’s CPI to decline to around three per cent by the end of the year.

The sharp increase to Canada’s inflation rate in 2022 exceeded wage gains, eroding purchasing power for most families and heightening fears about the future. The BMO survey found that just 44 per cent of Canadians are confident they will have enough money to retire as planned — a 10 per cent decrease from 2020.

But while the $1.7 million figure may sound overwhelming to working-age Canadians, Dabu said the number says more about the economic mood of the country than it does about real-life retirement necessities.

“Certainly when we’re working with clients, we find that many overestimate the number that they need to retire,” she said.

“It really does have to be taken at an individual level, because circumstances are very different … But $1.7 million, I would say, is high.”

While rising inflation may require tweaks to a retirement plan — such as contributing slightly more to savings each month if you’re a young worker, or making cash flow adjustments if you’re nearing the end of your working career — Dabu said these changes don’t necessarily have to be drastic.

When it comes to retirement planning, Dabu said, knowledge is power. By working with a professional financial advisor and making a plan that encompasses individual circumstances and goals, Canadians can come up with their own retirement savings number.

“In the survey, we note that 53 per cent of Canadians didn’t know how much they will need to retire,” Dabu said.

“That increased confidence comes from knowing the exact number that I need to save for, and how I’m going to get there.”

The BMO survey also found that approximately 22 per cent of Canadians plan to retire between the ages of 60 and 69, with an average age of 62.

Millennial and generation z Canadians are the most nervous about their ability to save and invest right now, the survey found. However, all age groups — 74 per cent of survey respondents — said they are concerned about how current economic conditions will affect their financial situation, and 59 per cent said economic conditions have affected their confidence in meeting their retirement goals.

The BMO survey was conducted between Nov. 4 and 7, 2022 by Pollara Strategic Insights via an online survey of 1,500. The survey’s margin of error is plus/minus 2.5 per cent, 19 times out of 20.

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This report by The Canadian Press was first published Feb. 7, 2023.

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