Virus delays Rio's Carnival for first time in a century

Rio de Janeiro delayed its annual Carnival parade, saying Thursday night that the global spectacle cannot go ahead in February because of Brazil's continued vulnerability to the pandemic.
Rio's League of Samba Schools, LIESA, announced that the spread of the coronavirus has made it impossible to safely hold the traditional parades that are a cultural mainstay and, for many, a source of livelihood.
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B.C. woman dying of cancer can’t see sister because of COVID-19 travel ban

TORONTO -- With just weeks to live, Charie Santiago has one final wish: to see her sister again.
The 38-year-old is at home in Whistler, B.C., receiving palliative care for ovarian and uterine cancer.
Her younger sister and best friend, April, is a world away in the Philippines, unable to visit because the Canadian government won't grant an exemption to the COVID-19 travel ban.
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VANCOUVER -- Sikh and Muslim RCMP officers are revealing they’ve been removed from the field and assigned to desk duty because the force believes their beards are interfering with protective masks, even though other officers have a choice of whether or not to wear them during the pandemic.
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Australian think-tank finds 380 detention camps in Xinjiang

CANBERRA, AUSTRALIA -- China appeared to be expanding its network of secret detention centres in Xinjiang, where Muslim minorities are targeted in a forced assimilation campaign, and more of the facilities resemble prisons, an Australian think-tank found.
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B.C.-based Hootsuite backs away from ICE contract after employees speak out

VANCOUVER -- Hootsuite has backed away from a deal with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement following outcry from within the company.
More than 100 employees raised concerns after learning the B.C.-based social media service was working on a three-year contract with ICE, according to one worker who spoke out on Twitter this week.
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Canada's top doctors reveal flip side to public praise: 'I've had death threats'

OTTAWA -- The top health officials co-ordinating Canada’s COVID-19 response say the majority of public reaction to their work has been positive -- but they’ve also received some abusive feedback that ranges from “well-thought-out insults” to “death threats.
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The University of Toronto has received a $250-million donation, a "transformational" gift it says will be used for health-care research and medical innovation.
The school said it is the largest donation in its history.
"This incredible donation lifts Canadian philanthropy to a new level of vision and impact," said Meric Gertler, the university's president, at a news conference Thursday.
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SAULNIERVILLE, N.S. -- A week after a Mi'kmaq First Nation launched its own lobster fishery in southwest Nova Scotia, a Liberal member of parliament is breaking with his party, asking the government to clarify what's permitted.
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Grim job numbers released Thursday demonstrate how hard COVID-19 has hit the oil and gas industry in Canada.
According to Statistics Canada, the country recorded its largest ever drop in natural resources employment in the second quarter of 2020 with close to 43,000 workers losing their jobs.
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CP Holiday Train won't roll across Canada this year due to pandemic

Since 1999, the annual Canadian Pacific Railway Holiday Train has pulled into communities across Canada and the United States to raise money for local food banks.
But like so many events deemed unworkable amidst the COVID-19 pandemic, the festive train won't be leaving its station this holiday season.
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Pence, Ivanka visit salon damaged by Minneapolis unrest

MINNEAPOLIS -- U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence and Ivanka Trump made an unannounced stop Thursday at a hair salon left in rubble by the violence that followed George Floyd's death, part of a campaign visit aimed at driving home President Donald Trump's law-and-order message in a key swing state.
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