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Canada News Advisory for Thursday, Jan. 5

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Canada News Advisory for Thursday Jan. 5

Here are the latest Canada News stories from The Canadian Press. All times are Eastern unless otherwise stated. Coverage plans are included when available. Entries are subject to change as news develops.

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TOP HEADLINES:

Sunwing issues apology after travel disruptions

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Saskatchewan travel agents could lose thousands

Body found near Roxham Road crossing in Quebec

Scientists watch for COVID variants in plane waste

No charges a year after conversion therapy banned

IIHF prez optimistic about Hockey Canada’s future

TOP NEWS STORIES:

Sunwing issues apology after travel disruptions

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Sunwing has issued an apology to passengers left stranded after winter storms upended operations but says “most of our customers enjoyed their holidays with minimal disruption.” By Brett Bundale. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

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Saskatchewan travel agents could lose thousands

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Kelly Klassen was driving to central Alberta with her family to visit her brother for the holidays when the emails started filling her inbox. By Colette Derworiz. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Body found near Roxham Road crossing in Quebec

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Montreal, , — A man’s body was found near an unofficial border crossing south of Montreal that is used by thousands of asylum seekers each year to cross into Canada from the United States, Quebec provincial police said Thursday. Wire: National. Photos: 1

COVID test rules for Chinese flights take effect

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Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada — Airline passengers leaving China, Hong Kong and Macau will have to provide evidence of a negative COVID-19 test when they enter Canada starting today. Wire: National. Photos: 1

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Scientists watch for COVID variants in plane waste

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — As Canadian public health officials question China’s transparency in sharing its COVID-19 surveillance information, scientists are stepping up airplane wastewater testing to try to get an early warning of potential new variants. By Nicole Ireland. Wire: Lifestyle.

Family of Montreal man killed in jail seeks probe

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Montreal, Quebec, Canada — The family of a man who died after an altercation with guards at a Montreal jail while he was being unlawfully detained is demanding an inquiry. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Fundraising venues must be public: Elections Cda

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Ottawa, , — Elections Canada says registered political parties cannot avoid listing their cash-for-access event locations Wire: National. Photos: 1

No charges a year after conversion therapy banned

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Ottawa, , — Gemma Hickey says when they were in their teens, they went to a faith-based conversion therapy practitioner who had them pray and read literature to try to make them heterosexual. By David Fraser. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Will provinces keep up with demand for child care?

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Ottawa, , — Nour Alideeb and her partner are trying to decide what to do with the hundreds of dollars they’re now saving on child care for their two-year-old son. By Nojoud Al Mallees. Wire: National. Photos: 1

Buyout of Jasper Park backcountry lodges welcomed

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Environmental groups are welcoming Parks Canada’s buyout of two businesses in Jasper National Park’s Tonquin Valley, a scenic destination also used by vanishing caribou herds.

N.B. man who killed three Mounties files appeal

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Fredericton, New Brunswick, Canada — A New Brunswick man who fatally shot three Mounties in 2014 has applied to the province’s highest court to have his precedent-setting 75-year parole ineligibility period reduced to 25 years. Wire: Atlantic, National. Photos: 1

N.S. chief notes ‘shock’ of Black woman’s arrest

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Halifax, , — Halifax’s police chief says he thinks a Black woman who was mistakenly surrounded by police cruisers and arrested late at night likely experienced a “shock.” Wire: Atlantic. Photos: 2

Woman accused of faking deaths pleads not guilty

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Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, Canada — A woman accused of faking her death and that of her son before crossing the border into the United States has pleaded not guilty to the charges she faces in Canada. By Kelly Geraldine Malone. Wire: Prairies/BC. Photos: 1

2 of 3 recent deaths in New Tecumseth homicides

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Ontario Provincial Police say two of three deaths following a house fire in the Town of New Tecumseth are now considered homicides. Wire: Ontario/Quebec.

Three victims of fatal Hamilton fire identified

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A Hamilton school says two students and their mother were among the four people who died in a house fire in the city last week. Wire: Ontario/Quebec. Photos: 1

December home sales down 48% from last year: TRREB

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — The Greater Toronto Area capped off a tumultuous year with its ninth straight month of declining home prices and almost half the sales seen a year ago. By Tara Deschamps. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

CIBC agrees to settle overtime class-action case

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — CIBC has agreed to pay a total of $153 million to settle a class-action lawsuit filed more than a decade ago over the bank’s overtime policies, lawyers for the plaintiffs say. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Don’t neglect bonds for 2023, experts say

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Bond portfolios took a beating in 2022 as interest rates climbed, but experts say investors shouldn’t neglect bonds this year as the Bank of Canada nears the end of its rate hike cycle. By Craig Wong. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Canada posts $41M trade deficit for November

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Ottawa, Ontario, Canada — Canada’s merchandise trade balance slipped into a small deficit in November as energy exports fell amid lower prices, Statistics Canada said Thursday. Wire: Business. Photos: 1

Cosby doc spotlights role of community in healing

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Toronto, Ontario, Canada — Though it may be called “The Case Against Cosby,” a new documentary soon to premiere on CBC TV focuses more on some of the women who came forward with allegations against the comedian — and what it takes for them to heal from lasting trauma. By Nicole Thompson. Wire: Entertainment. Photos: 1

Hockey fans celebrate world junior championship

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — Capping off a year that saw Hockey Canada mired in scandal over its handling of sexual assault allegations, the world junior hockey championship in Halifax and Moncton, N.B., opened last month under a cloud. By Lyndsay Armstrong. Wire: Atlantic, Sports. Photos: 1

IIHF prez optimistic about Hockey Canada’s future

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Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada — International Ice Hockey Federation president Luc Tardif says Hockey Canada’s new board of directors should be given a chance to fix the scandal-plagued organization. By Joshua Clipperton. Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

In The Rings: Plans underway for curling PA

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A new quadrennial has done little to improve the often perplexing elite curling scene. A sport that still clings to amateur roots despite a growing shift to professional status seems stunted by a lack of unity among the various power brokers. By Gregory Strong. Wire: Sports. Photos: 1

COMING LATER:

VANCOUVER — Renowned Hong Kong composer Joseph Koo has died in Vancouver. The Canadian Press will have a story.

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:

Rally to be held in support of prisoners as Kingston-area guard faces trial

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A demonstration is planned outside of Napanee Superior Court on Thursday morning as a correctional services officer faces trial for a 2012 assault. The inmate, Christophe Lewis, was finally able to retrieve video of the incident with help from legal counsel and community support in 2021. 700 words. Owen Fullerton/YGK News

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Winnipegger pounding the streets to try to identify ‘Buffalo Woman’

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For weeks, Darryl Contois has been out on the cold streets of Winnipeg working to put a face and a name to a woman police believe fell victim to an alleged serial killer, and hoping to bring some closure to a grieving family. 650 words. PHOTO. Dave Baxter/Winnipeg Sun

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Canada’s top CEOs make 243 times more than the average worker: report

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The average pay of Canada’s top 100 CEOs hit an all-time high in 2021, making the wage gap between CEOs and workers bigger than it’s ever been, according to a new report. 850 words. Natasha Bulowski/Canada’s National Observer

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UPEI students offered $1,500 to leave residence during Canada Games – CBC.ca

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Some UPEI students are earning extra money during the mid-semester break this year, simply by packing up and leaving campus. 

The 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society offered $1,500 each to students living in Andrew Hall if they give up their residence rooms to make space for arriving athletes. 

The students have to leave a few days before the break starts, on Feb. 17, and can return March 7. They also had to give up their meal plan for the duration.

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Many athletes are staying at UPEI’s new 260-bed residence, built to meet accommodation requirements for the Games’ temporary athlete village.

But Wayne Carew, chair of the Games, said there are 120 more athletes coming than originally planned. 

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Organizers want the athletes all to stay on the UPEI campus so they can have ‘the experience of a lifetime,’ says Wayne Carew, chair of the 2023 Canada Winter Games Host Society. (Tony Davis/CBC)

“We ended up getting 44 rooms [in Andrew Hall] and that’s great,” said Carew.

He said the athletes staying at UPEI “are going to have a wild experience on the campus of the beautiful University of Prince Edward Island.” 

Carew said the costs of doing this are a “lot cheaper” than arranging accommodations elsewhere. But he said the main reason is to provide all athletes the same, “once-in-a-lifetime” experience.

“Where they live, the food and the camaraderie and the experience of a lifetime: that’s what they’ll remember in 20 years’ time about P.E.I.,” he said.

‘Pretty good deal’

Some students were eager to take the organizers up on their offer.

“I’m going away to Florida during the two-week break anyways. So I was like, ‘May as well let them use my room then,'” said Hannah Somers. 

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UPEI student Benji Dueck is moving in with a friend during the Canada Games so he can get the $1,500 offer. (Tony Davis/CBC)

“It’s $1,500. Pretty nice,” said Benji Dueck, who agreed to vacate the room with his roommate.  “We’re moving out, living with a friend in the city. So, sounds like a pretty good deal to me.”

As part of the agreement, the students had to clear out their rooms. Canada Games organizers made arrangements so students could store their belongings.

But not all students thought it was a good deal.

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UPEI student Maria de Torres won’t be leaving residence during the Canada Games. ‘It’s just too hard to pack up. It’s just too hectic,’ she says. (Tony Davis/CBC)

“I’m not giving up my spot in Andrew Hall for $1,500,” said Maria de Torres. “It’s just too hard to pack up. It’s just too hectic. And since I’m an international student, I got a lot [of things] right now.”

Shelby Dyment is also staying in Andrew Hall. Dyment said she and her roommate are working as residence life assistants during the mid-semester break and she’s also doing directed study, so she has to stay on campus.

“There’s a lot of people doing it. It’s just for our situation it just wasn’t working for what we were doing,” she said.

In a statement, UPEI said that enough students had accepted the offer to host all the athletes. 

It said the host society made all the arrangements with the students, including paying for their incentives and arranging for storage.

Organizers expect about 3,600 athletes, coaches and officials to participate in the Games. The event will run from Feb. 18 to March 5.

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Germany won't be a 'party to the war' amid tanks exports to Ukraine: Ambassador – CTV News

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The German ambassador to Canada says Germany will not become “a party to the conflict” in Ukraine, despite it and several other countries announcing they’ll answer President Volodymyr Zelenskyy’s pleas for tanks, possibly increasing the risk of Russian escalation.

Sabine Sparwasser said it’s a “real priority” for Germany to support Ukraine, but that it’s important to be in “lockstep” coordination with other allied countries.

“There is a clear line for Germany,” she told CTV’s Question Period host Vassy Kapelos, in an interview airing Sunday. “We do want not want to be a party to the conflict.”

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“We want to support, we want to do everything we can, but we, and NATO, do not want to be a party to the war,” she also said. “That’s I think, the line we’re trying to follow.”

Defence Minister Anita Anand announced this week Canada will send four Leopard 2 battle tanks — with the possibility of more in the future — to Ukraine, along with Canadian Armed Forces members to train Ukrainian soldiers on how to use them.

Canada first needed permission from Berlin to re-export any of its 82 German-made Leopard 2 tanks to Ukraine. After a meeting of 50 defence leaders in Germany earlier this month, it was unclear whether Germany would give the green light.

But following what German Chancellor Olaf Scholz called “intensive consultations,” Germany announced on Jan. 25 it would send tanks to Ukraine, and the following day, Canada followed suit. It is now joining several other countries, including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Poland, which are sending several dozen tanks to Ukraine.

NATO Secretary General Jens Stoltenberg said this week the tanks would allow Ukraine to “significantly strengthen their combat capabilities.”

“It demonstrates also the unit and the resolve of NATO allies in partners in providing support to Ukraine,” he said.

Meanwhile Sparwasser said Germany is “walking that fine line” of avoiding steps that could prompt escalation from Russia, while supporting Ukraine, and staying out of the war themselves.

“I think it’s very important to see that Germany is very determined and has a real priority in supporting Ukraine in its struggle for freedom and sovereignty,” Sparwasser said. “But we also put a high priority on going it together with our friends and allies.”

Sparwasser said despite warnings from Russia that sending tanks to Ukraine will cause an escalation, Germany is within international law — specifically Article 51 of the United Nations Charter — to provide support to Ukraine.

“Ukraine is under attack has the right to self defence, and other nations can come in and provide Ukraine with the means to defend itself,” Sparwasser said. “So in international law terms, this is a very clear cut case.”

She added that considering “Russia doesn’t respect international law,” it’s a more impactful deterrent to Russia, ahead of an expected spring offensive, to see several countries come together in support of Ukraine.

With files from the Associated Press

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COVID: Canada retaining Evusheld – CTV News

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While Health Canada says it is “aware” of the U.S. decision to withdraw the emergency use of Evusheld, a drug by AstraZeneca used to help prevent COVID-19 infection— the agency is maintaining its approval, citing the differences in variant circulation between Canada and the U.S.

The U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) announced on Jan. 26 that its emergency use authorization of the drug was pulled due to its inefficacy in treating “certain” COVID-19 variants.

The FDA stated in a release on its website that as the XBB.1.5. variant, nicknamed “Kraken”, is making up the majority of cases in the country, the use of Evusheld is “not expected to provide protection” and therefore not worth exposing the public to possible side effects of the drug, like allergic reactions.

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In an email to CTVNews.ca, Health Canada said the U.S. Food and Drug Administration pulled the drug as the main variant of concern in the U.S. is XBB.1.5.

“Dominant variants in the [U.S.] may be different from those circulating in Canada,” the federal agency said in an email. “The most recent epidemiological data in Canada (as of January 1, 2023) indicate that BA.5 (Omicron) subvariants continue to account for more than 89 per cent of reported cases.”

On Jan. 6 the FDA said in press release that certain variants are not neutralized by Evusheld and cautioned people who are exposed to XBB.1.5. On Jan. 26, the FDA then updated its website by saying it would be limiting the use of Evusheld.

“Evusheld is not currently authorized for use in the U.S. until further notice by the Agency,” the FDA website states.

On Jan. 17, Health Canada issued a “risk communication” on Evusheld, explaining how it may not be effective against certain Omicron subvariants when used as a preventative measure or treatment for COVID-19.

“Decisions regarding the use of EVUSHELD should take into consideration what is known about the characteristics of the circulating COVID-19 variants, including geographical prevalence and individual exposure,” Health Canada said in an email.

Health Canada says Evusheld does neutralize against Omicron subvariant BA.2, which according to the agency, is the dominant variant in many communities in Canada.

The drug was introduced for prevention measures specifically for people who have weaker immune systems and are unlikely to be protected by a COVID-19 vaccine. It can only be given to people 12 years and older.

“EVUSHELD is not a substitute for vaccination in individuals for whom COVID-19 vaccination is recommended,” the agency’s website reads.

Health Canada says no drug, including Evusheld, is a substitute for vaccination.

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