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Canada News Advisory for Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023

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TOP HEADLINES:

Child’s bone found at residential school site

One seriously injured after St. Catharines blast

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At least one missing in Quebec propane blast

Ottawa vows accountability on holiday travel mess

OPP issue $100K reward in abduction case

Japan PM looks to Canada for energy transition

Toilet paper toxin found in endangered B.C. orcas

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Japan PM looks to Canada for energy transition

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Ottawa, , — Japanese Prime Minister Fumio Kishida is looking to Canada to help his country wean itself off fossil fuels from places such as Russia. By Dylan Robertson. Wire: National. Photos: 1

At least one missing in Quebec propane blast

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Saint-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Quebec, Canada — Quebec provincial police say at least one worker is missing after an explosion at a propane facility Thursday in St-Roch-de-l’Achigan, Que., north of Montreal. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Rights group: Canada fails to address abuses

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New York, New York, United States — A prominent human rights group says Canada is failing to address long-standing abuses, delivering a rebuke of what it calls the federal government’s inadequate climate policy and violations of the rights of Indigenous people and immigration detainees. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Customer data may be compromised after attack:LCBO

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — An unauthorized party embedded “malicious code” on the Liquor Control Board of Ontario’s website to gather customer information, the provincial agency said Thursday, noting that personal data may have been compromised as a result. Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Smith backs off on pardons for COVID-19 violators

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EDMONTON, Alberta, Canada, , — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith, who promised less than three months ago to seek pardons for COVID-19 health violators, now says she will let justice take its course. Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

N.S. woman dies after leaving busy hospital ER

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Sydney, Nova Scotia, Canada — The family of a Nova Scotia woman says she died at home after waiting seven hours without seeing a doctor and deciding to leave the emergency department. Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 1

Man charged in kidnapping almost four years ago

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — A recent fingerprint match has led to the arrest of a suspect in a kidnapping case from 2019, Manitoba RCMP said Thursday. Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Quebec cop describes abduction of New York couple

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — A Quebec police officer told a trial today that a couple from Upstate New York were kidnapped and smuggled into Quebec in 2020 because of a drug deal involving their grandson. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Police group calls judge’s comments ‘damaging’

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Iqaluit, Nunavut, Canada — The National Police Federation is criticizing comments a Nunavut judge made as he acquitted a prosecutor and RCMP officer of criminal contempt, saying the remarks were unnecessary and damaging. Wire: National. Photos: 1

B.C. tribunal orders woman to pay for ‘time theft’

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — A tribunal has ordered a British Columbia accountant to pay her former employer more than $2,600 after a tracking software showed she engaged in “time theft.” Wire: National.

B.C. announces $500 million renter protection fund

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Burnaby, British Columbia, Canada — The British Columbia government says it will save rental homes and protect tenants from “housing speculators and profiteers” with the creation of a half-a-billion-dollar Rental Protection Fund. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Toilet paper toxin found in endangered B.C. orcas

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Toxic chemicals from toilet paper have been found in the bodies of British Columbia’s endangered orcas, according to a study conducted by marine scientists. Wire: National. Photos: 1

‘Wong & Winchester’ leads on backing a scrappy duo

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Grace Lynn Kung says “Wong & Winchester” is the show she always dreamt of doing. By Christian Collington. Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

Sports minister defends her integrity commissioner

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Canada’s sports minister defended the low intake of complaints by the new sports integrity commissioner and urged the country’s sport bodies to sign onto the abuse-free sport program. By Donna Spencer. Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

Shapovalov feels his game is coming together

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Ending last season on a high has given Canada’s Denis Shapovalov a little extra motivation as he looks ahead to the 2023 campaign. By Gregory Strong. Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

PREVIOUS TOP NEWS STORIES (Updated):

Child’s bone found at residential school site

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Star Blanket Cree Nation, , — A First Nation in Saskatchewan says ground-penetrating radar has discovered more than 2,000 areas of interest and a child’s bone was separately found at the site of one of the longest-running residential schools in the country. Wire: National. Photos: 1

One seriously injured after St. Catharines blast

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A series of explosions and a large fire at a hazardous waste facility in the Niagara Region left one person with serious injuries and triggered the evacuation of nearby homes and businesses on Thursday as crews worked to prevent further blasts at the building. By Jessica Smith. Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 2

Ottawa vows accountability on holiday travel mess

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Ottawa, , — Federal Transport Minister Omar Alghabra said Thursday the Liberal government is “not hiding” from the travel debacle that unfolded over the holidays, while airline executives largely blamed the chaos on Mother Nature. By Stephanie Taylor and Mickey Djuric. Wire: National. Photos: 1

OPP issue $100K reward in abduction case

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Mississauga, Ontario, Canada — A $100,000 reward has been issued for information leading to the whereabouts of woman who was abducted from an Ontario home exactly a year ago, police said Thursday.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Pandemic, social media at play in teen crimes

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Violent crime committed by teenagers could be increasing in Canada’s most populous city due to pandemic isolation and the influences of social media, experts say, as Toronto police investigate a string of assaults allegedly committed by teen girls. By Maan Alhmidi. Wire: National, Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Banking regulator launches mortgage consultations

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Canada’s banking regulator is launching public consultations on existing and newly proposed mortgage lending rules as it says loan risks have increased considerably since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Top court won’t hear case involving slain activist

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — The Supreme Court of Canada will not hear an appeal from family and supporters of a Mexican activist who was killed after opposing a Canadian company’s mining project.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Oil industry looks to Mars for emissions solutions

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Calgary, Alberta, Canada — The same technology used to search for signs of ancient life on Mars could be key to reducing greenhouse gas emissions from the Canadian oilsands. By Amanda Stephenson.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Study looks at white supremacy in Canadian Forces

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The Department of National Defence has awarded a grant to a University of Alberta professor to conduct a deep dive into the extent of white supremacy in the Canadian Armed Forces. By Bill Graveland.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Opposition ask AG to probe Ontario Greenbelt moves

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Leaders of Ontario’s opposition parties have asked the auditor general to probe the province’s moves to open up parts of the Greenbelt to developers. By Liam Casey.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

Ministers asked to look into McKinsey contracts

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says his government will examine federal contracts awarded to consulting firm McKinsey and Company.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

BoC to lose billions over next few years: report

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Ottawa, ,  — The Bank of Canada may lose up to $8.8 billion over the next few years, according to a new report warning the central bank may run into a communications challenge as a result of the losses. By Nojoud Al Mallees.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

How to ‘denormalize’ alcohol with upcoming guide?

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Lee-Anne Richardson is celebrating the three-year anniversary of a support group she founded for people who’ve decided to ditch alcohol or cut back as part of what she considers a movement toward healthier living, especially by younger generations. By Camille Bains.  Wire: Lifestyle. Photos: 1

Second man charged in judge-following case

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Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada — Police in Winnipeg have charged a second person in the surveillance of a Manitoba judge.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Storm lashes B.C. south coast with rain, wind

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Rain and wind warnings cover much of Vancouver Island and the inner south coast as the remnants of a storm that brought flooding to California now hammers southern B.C.  Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

Eastern Ontario braces for winter storm

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Environment Canada has issued winter storm warnings for Ottawa and other parts of eastern Ontario with heavy snow in the forecast.  Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

North Atlantic right whale calf found dead

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada — Researchers say the death of a newborn North Atlantic right whale is a blow to the endangered species.  Wire: Atlantic.

Calls for stability rules rise amid fishing deaths

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — As Canadian fishers continue to die when their boats capsize in frigid waters, a debate is surfacing over why clear rules aren’t in place to ensure basic stability of vessels that face ocean storms. By Michael Tutton.  Wire: National, Atlantic. Photos: 1

Insuring engagement ring? Review home policy first

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Diamonds may be forever, but most know all it takes is an errant slip or a forgetful wearer for wedding and engagement rings to end up lost for good. By Tara Deschamps.  Wire: Business, Lifestyle. Photos: 1

Chris Hadfield to appear on ‘Murdoch Mysteries’

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Astronaut Chris Hadfield’s next adventure will be a blast to the past with an upcoming guest role on “Murdoch Mysteries.” By Noel Ransome.  Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

Fatal bat fungal disease arrives in Alberta

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Edmonton, Alberta, Canada — A disease that has been nearly wiping out bat populations in Eastern Canada and the U.S. has made its first appearance in Alberta. By Bob Weber.  Wire: National. Photos: 1

Canfor to close pulp line in Prince George, B.C.

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Prince George, British Columbia, Canada — An estimated 300 jobs in British Columbia will likely be gone by the end of the year as Canfor Pulp Products closes the pulp line at its Prince George pulp and paper mill.  Wire: Prairies/BC, Business. Photos: 1

Algonquin slashes dividend, plans more asset sales

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Oakville, Ontario, Canada — Algonquin Power and Utilities Corp. slashed its dividend by 40 per cent and said it will look to sell an additional $1 billion in assets as part of a plan to strengthen its financial position.  Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Canada’s Sebov qualifies for Aussie Open main draw

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Melbourne, Victoria, Australia — Canada’s Katherine Sebov has made it into the main draw of the Australian Open.  Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

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:

Surrounded by water and vital greenspace, Niagara will suffer significant impacts from Ontario’s housing plan

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The consequences of the PC government’s plan to build 1.5 million new homes have been well documented.But in Niagara, a region flanked by two Great Lakes, the geographic reality means accommodations for development will trigger a domino of impacts in the unique watershed. 1,300 words. Rachel Morgan/The Pointer

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One teacher for 35 students: parents give Winnipeg school failing grade

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One Winnipeg elementary teacher’s class list of Grade 4, 5 and 6 students has grown to 35, the result of which is an overcrowded room in stark contrast to the settings public health officials touted early on in the COVID-19 pandemic. 750 words. Maggie Macintosh/Winnipeg Free Press

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Future Sound 6ix offers musical insight to often sidelined Toronto youth

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Of all the skills Adrian Berry taught to about a dozen aspiring young musicians in two Future Sound 6ix workshops at the University of Toronto late last year, it might have been the simple act of wrapping cables that meant the most. The two-day pilot workshop gave about a dozen racialized, female-identified and gender-non-conforming high school students the chance to create their own electronic music and get comfortable in a music environment. 500 words. PHOTO. Morgan Sharp/Canada’s National Observer

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BIDEN-CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS — Attorney General Merrick Garland appointed a special counsel to investigate documents with classified markings found at President Joe Biden’s home in Wilmington, Delaware, and at an office in Washington. Biden acknowledges that a document with classified markings from his time as vice president was found in his “personal library” at his home, plus other documents found in his garage. By Zeke Miller and Michael Balsamo. SENT: 1,050 words, photos, video. WITH: SPECIAL COUNSEL-EXPLAINER — What are special counsels and what do they do? SENT: 950 words, photos; BIDEN-DOCUMENTS-SPECIAL COUNSEL — Who is special counsel Robert Hur? SENT: 730 words, photos.

IT’S CLASSIFIED — For years, problems with classified materials have been a shortcut to controversy in Washington. Hillary Clinton got in trouble for her use of a private email server. Donald Trump risked criminal charges for refusing to return top secret records. Now President Joe Biden faces a political headache over documents found at his home and an old office. By Chris Megerian. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. WITH: BIDEN-CLASSIFIED DOCUMENTS-EXPLAINER — A side-by-side look at the Trump, Biden classified documents. SENT: 1,400 words, photos.

SEVERE WEATHER-TORNADO — A storm system churning across the South caused an “extremely dangerous tornado” that destroyed the walls of homes, toppled roofs and uprooted trees in Selma, Alabama, a city etched in the history of the Civil Rights movement. SENT: 400 words, photos. UPCOMING: Developing.

CONSUMER PRICES — Rising U.S. consumer prices moderated again last month, bolstering hopes that inflation’s grip on the economy will continue easing this year and possibly require less drastic action by the Federal Reserve to control it. Inflation declined to 6.5% in December compared with a year earlier, the government said. By AP Economics Writer Christopher Rugaber. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

INTELLIGENCE-OPEN SOURCE — Many current and former intelligence officials are warning that the $90 billion U.S. spy apparatus is falling behind because it has not embraced collecting open-source intelligence, which can include information gathered from public reporting, diplomatic cables, analysis from experts, social media and other online data and commercial satellite imagery. By Nomaan Merchant. SENT: 1,180 words, photos.

SCHOOL SHOOTING-METAL DETECTORS — The shooting of a first-grade teacher by a 6-year-old boy has plunged the U.S. into uncharted waters of school violence, with many in the Virginia shipbuilding city where it happened demanding metal detectors in every school. Experts warn there are no easy solutions. By Ben Finley and Denis Lavoie. SENT: 1,310 words, photos.

SCI-GLOBALLY-HOT-YEAR — Government science teams say that 2022 didn’t quite set a record for heat, but it was in the top five or six warmest on record depending on who’s doing the measuring. SENT: 1,050 words, photos.

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RUSSIA-UKRAINE-WAR — Russia says its forces are edging closer to capturing a salt-mining town in eastern Ukraine. Capturing the town of Soledar would mark an elusive victory for the Kremlin but come at the cost of heavy Russian losses and extensive destruction of the territory they claim. SENT: 680 words, photos.

RUSSIA-UKRAINE WAR-THE AILING POWER PLANT — When Ukraine was at peace, its energy workers were largely unheralded. War made them heroes. They’re proving to be Ukraine’s line of defense against repeated Russian missile and drone strikes targeting the energy grid. SENT: 800 words, photo.

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EZRA-MILLER — Ezra Miller has reached a plea agreement with prosecutors in which the “Flash” actor will avoid jail time. SENT: 260 words, photos.

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FOREIGN SURVEILLANCE — A top U.S. intelligence official urges Congress to renew sweeping powers granted to American spy agencies to surveil and examine communications. SENT: 720 words, photo.

TAX SEASON BEGINS — The official start date of the 2023 tax filing season is Jan. 23, when the IRS will begin accepting and processing 2022 returns. SENT: 250 words, photo.

PENTAGON-UFOS — The U.S. has now collected 510 reports of unidentified flying objects, many of which are flying in sensitive military airspace. While there’s no evidence of extraterrestrials, they still pose a threat. SENT: 260 words, photo.

ELECTION 2024-DESANTIS — To highlight illegal immigration last fall, Florida Gov. Ron DeSantis sent dozens of immigrants from Texas to an island off the Massachusetts’ coast. But the politically ambitious Republican governor who is mulling a presidential campaign has adopted a more cautious approach as thousands of Cubans flock to his own state’s shores. SENT: 1,320 words, photos.

ELECTION-2024-TRUMP — President Donald Trump plans to hold the first public campaign event of his 2024 White House bid in the early-voting state of South Carolina. SENT: 360 words, photos.

CAPITOL RIOT-PROUD BOYS — Former Proud Boys leader Enrique Tarrio and four lieutenants led a coordinated attack on “the heart of our democracy” in a desperate attempt to keep Donald Trump in the White House, a federal prosecutor says at the start of their seditious conspiracy trial. SENT: 1,120 words, photos. WITH: CAPITOL RIOT-PROUD BOYS-EXPLAINER — A look at the charge of seditious conspiracy and its history. SENT: 1,040 words, photo.

JUSTICE-DEPARTMENT-REDLINING — The Justice Department accused Los Angeles-based City National Bank of discriminating against Black and Latino residents, requiring the bank to pay more than $31 million in what is the largest redlining settlement in history. City National is the latest bank in the last several years to be found systematically avoiding lending to racial and ethnic minorities. SENT: 490 words, photos.

UNITED STATES-RUSSIA-AMERICAN RELEASED — Russia has released a U.S. Navy veteran who apparently illegally crossed the border from Poland into the Russian exclave of Kaliningrad last year and was held there for nine months. SENT: 260 words.

CONGRESS-OIL-CHINA — The Republican-controlled House has voted to block oil from the country’s emergency stockpile from going to China. SENT: 610 words, photos.

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REL–TEXAS SYNAGOGUE-HOSTAGE ANNIVERSARY — A year ago, a rabbi and three others survived a hostage standoff at their synagogue in Colleyville, Texas. Their trauma did not disappear, though, with the FBI’s killing of the pistol-wielding captor. Healing from the Jan. 15, 2022, ordeal is ongoing. SENT: 1,240 words, photos.

FIRE THREATS — Fires, often sparked by new technologies increasingly found in U.S. homes, are burning faster and becoming deadly at the same time that fire departments are struggling to recruit new hires. SENT: 600 words, photos.

CALIFORNIA STORMS — Atmospheric river storms pounding California since late last year have blanketed mountains with a winter’s worth of snow and have begun raising reservoir levels. Experts say it will take much more precipitation to reverse the effects of years of drought. SENT: 490 words, photos.

FOUR-DEAD-UNIVERSITY-OF-IDAHO — The man charged in the stabbing deaths of four University of Idaho students will have a preliminary hearing in late June, when prosecutors will try to show a judge that they have enough evidence to justify the felony charges. Bryan Kohberger waived his right to a speedy preliminary hearing during a status conference. SENT: 530 words, photos.

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AFGHANISTAN-NGO WOMEN’S BAN — The Taliban’s ban on women working for non-governmental organizations is starting to hurt the massive humanitarian aid campaign that is keeping Afghanistan alive, aid workers say. SENT: 1,030 words, photos.

HUMAN RIGHTS — Widespread opposition to Russia’s invasion of Ukraine demonstrates the strength of a unified response against human rights abuses, and there are signs that power is shifting as people take to the streets to demonstrate their dissatisfaction in Iran, China and elsewhere, a leading rights group said. SENT: 940 words, photos.

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MED–VACCINATIONS-KIDS — Vaccination rates for U.S. kindergartners last year saw a significant drop for the second year in a row, and worried federal officials are launching a new campaign to try to help bring them back up. SENT: 520 words, photo.

SCI–EXXON MOBIL CLIMATE KNOWLEDGE — A new study says Exxon Mobil’s scientists were remarkably accurate in their predictions about global warming. But at the same time, the company made public statements that contradicted its scientist’s conclusions. SENT: 1,100 words, photos.

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FINANCIAL MARKETS — Wall Street closed higher after a report showed inflation slowed again last month, bolstering hopes the Federal Reserve may take it easier on the economy through smaller hikes to interest rates. SENT: 850 words, photos.

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FBN-BILLS-MCDERMOTT — Through tears, his faith and passion for his players, Bills coach Sean McDermott is earning praise for showing vulnerability and poise in guiding his team through an emotionally draining week after safety Damar Hamlin went into cardiac arrest. SENT: 1,060 words, photos.

FBN–COWBOYS-ELLIOTT’S NEW NORMAL — In many ways, Ezekiel Elliott runs second to Tony Pollard in the backfield for the playoff-bound Cowboys. The two-time rushing champ’s days in Dallas may be numbered, but teammates and coaches will never doubt his value. UPCOMING: 700 words, photos by 7 p.m.

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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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