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Ford Motor Co. is recalling 661,000 Explorer sport utility vehicles in North America at the request of U.S. regulators because retention pins could loosen and allow roof rail covers to detach from the vehicle.
The recall covers 2016 through 2019 model year vehicles and includes 620,483 vehicles in the United States, 36,419 in Canada and 4,260 in Mexico.
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532 new cases, three COVID-19 deaths reported in Manitoba Sunday

WINNIPEG -- Manitoba health officials are reporting 532 new COVID-19 cases and three disease-related deaths.
Announced in the province's daily COVID-19 bulletin on Sunday, all of the deaths are linked to the B.1.1.7 variant of concern.
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Ontario reports more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases, 47 additional deaths

TORONTO -- Ontario health officials are reporting more than 3,000 new COVID-19 cases and 47 additional deaths related to the disease, which marks the highest death tally since mid-February.
The province confirmed 3,216 new cases of the novel coronavirus on Sunday, which comes after a single-day drop in cases on Saturday when officials logged 2,864 new infections.
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HALIFAX -- Public Health says 138 of the new cases are in the Central Zone, 16 in the Eastern Zone, six in the Western Zone, and five in the Northern Zone.
"Happy Mother's Day to all the moms out there and to those that play the role.
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Registered practical nurses struggling with pandemic stress, workload: poll

Pam Parks says she has a routine to pick herself up before she starts every one of her 12-hour hospital shifts these days.
The registered practical nurse drives the five minutes to work at an Oshawa, Ont.
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HALIFAX -- New Brunswick health officials are reporting six new COVID-19 cases Sunday, along with several exposure notifications.
Three of the new cases are in the Moncton region (Zone 1) and involve two people in their 20s, and one in their 30s.
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OTTAWA -- Canada's employment minister says a budgetary pledge for funding to study changes to the employment insurance system reflects realities that improvements to the safety net can't happen overnight.
The federal budget proposed $648 million over seven years to fund a long-term technological upgrade to the EI system, the oldest portions of which rely on programming language from the 1960s.
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Following a week of contradictory advice over whether Canadians should wait for "preferred" mRNA COVID-19 vaccines, Health Minister Patty Hajdu maintains the first vaccine offered remains the best, but added Health Canada continues to adapt its analysis of different types and would stop use if necessary.
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For a view of a COVID-19 future, Canadians should look across the pond

OTTAWA -- On May 3, the British government announced that only one person had died of COVID-19 in the previous 24 hours.
It was a sharp turn around in a little over three months, from the country's worst ever death toll in the pandemic, to almost none.
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Some universities say no to proof of vaccination requirement

A COVID-19 vaccine likely won't be a requirement to return to the physical classroom at some universities in September, with several large schools saying they have no intention of mandating proof of immunization for students.
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6 Canadian artists proudly following in their mothers' footsteps

There's no denying how familial ties can influence the things we are drawn to. For these Canadians, watching their mothers' passion for the arts inspired them to follow a similar path.
For many of them, heading in the same trajectory as their mothers felt natural, but for others, it was a more winding journey that ultimately brought them even closer to their mothers.
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Quebec reports 960 new COVID-19 cases, six more deaths

MONTREAL -- Quebec reported Sunday that 960 more people have tested positive for COVID-19 in the past 24 hours, bringing the total number of infections since the start of the pandemic to 358,134.
Of those, 338,628 are reported to have recovered, an increase of 1,090 since Saturday.
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Free flowers in B.C. bring smiles to isolated seniors

Flower snips in hand, Shelli Kiselycia expertly trimmed an orange rose and placed it carefully into a small glass vase at her shop in Maple Ridge, B.C.
"I always put roses in because it's a little special," she said, surveying a row of 50 bouquets all carefully lined up on a table.
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