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Ontario reports decrease in new COVID-19 cases while deaths slightly increase

TORONTO -- Ontario health officials have reported a decrease in the number of new COVID-19 cases, but also a slight increase in the number of people who have died due to the disease.
Officials confirmed an additional 116 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Friday.
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OTTAWA -- Ottawa police have apologized for how they handled an incident where a white woman called 911 on a Black man in a park, leading the operator to tell the man he's intimidating the woman.
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Cliffs of Fundy, Bonavista Peninsula named UNESCO Global Geoparks

Two sites in Atlantic Canada have been recognized as new UNESCO Global Geoparks, a designation that recognizes sites and landscapes of international geological significance.
The Cliffs of Fundy Global Geopark in Nova Scotia stretches along a roughly 165-kilometre drive, with about 40 designated sites from Debert to the Three Sisters cliffs past Eatonville, out to Isle Haute.
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A former Toronto police officer says McMaster University's special constables and its head of security, Glenn De Caire, harassed and racially profiled him two and a half years ago — and now, they are embroiled in a human rights complaint.
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Supreme Court to rule on constitutionality of genetic discrimination law

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada is slated to rule Friday morning on the constitutionality of a federal law that forbids companies from making people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or other services.
The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act also outlaws the practice of requiring the disclosure of existing genetic test results as a condition for obtaining such services or entering into a contract.
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Geoparks in Nova Scotia and Newfoundland earn official UN designations

HALIFAX -- Two geological parks in Atlantic Canada have earned special status from the United Nations.
The Cliffs of Fundy in Nova Scotia and the Discovery Geopark in eastern Newfoundland were both designated Global Geoparks today by the United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization.
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Genetic non-discrimination law is constitutional, Supreme Court says

OTTAWA -- The Supreme Court of Canada has affirmed the constitutionality of a federal law that forbids companies from making people undergo genetic testing before buying insurance or other services.
The Genetic Non-Discrimination Act also outlaws the practice of requiring the disclosure of existing genetic test results as a condition for obtaining such services or entering into a contract.
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Canada added almost a million jobs in June

Canada's economy added almost a million jobs last month, as businesses reopened after COVID-19 shutdowns.
Statistics Canada reported Friday that the economy added 953,000 jobs during the month, adding to the 290,000 it added the previous month.
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Canada asks British military for help flying troops to and from Latvia

OTTAWA -- Canadian troops have been forced to hitch a ride with the British military to get to and from Latvia due to a shortage of working planes.
Canada has 540 troops in Latvia, where they form the core of a 1,500-strong multinational battlegroup established by NATO three years ago.
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Cost to run some municipal police departments has ballooned since 2015

TORONTO -- The cost to run a police department in some of Canada’s largest cities has climbed since 2015 -- in one case by as much as 25 per cent -- according to a CTVNews.ca analysis of financial reports between 2015 and 2019.
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There are five seniors' care facilities in Canada where more than 40 per cent of residents died during the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, a CBC News investigation has found.
Four of the residences with fatality rates higher than 40 per cent are in the Montreal area, and one is in Ontario.
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Defund the police? This is how much Canadian cities spend

TORONTO -- An analysis by CTVNews.ca of 18 of Canada’s largest cities, regions and provincial capitals found more than half allocated 15 per cent or more of their 2020 operating budget to policing, with cities in Western Canada budgeting 20 per cent or more.
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Follow the sun: How solar panels are evolving

Hello, Earthlings! This is our weekly newsletter on all things environmental, where we highlight trends and solutions that are moving us to a more sustainable world. (Sign up here to get it in your inbox every Thursday.)
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