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Anita Anand arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

New defence minister vows to fight sex misconduct, warns battle ‘going to take time’

Anita Anand second woman to hold defence minister post in Canada

Queen Elizabeth II appears on a screen via videolink from Windsor Castle, where she is in residence, during a virtual audience to receive the Ambassador from the Republic of Korea, Gunn Kim at Buckingham Palace, London, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (Victoria Jones/Pool via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II won’t attend climate conference in person

Sovereign will deliver recorded message after doctors ordered her to rest last week

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The City of Iqaluit says an old underground spill is likely responsible for fuel that is contaminating the city’s tap water. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Underground fuel spill found next to Iqaluit’s water treatment plant

No timeline for when the city’s residents will be able to drink Iqaluit’s tap water again

FILE - In this May 3, 2021, file photo, the Chicago Blackhawks logo is displayed on a jersey in Raleigh, N.C. The Blackhawks are holding a briefing Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, to discuss the findings of an investigation into allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)

GM resigns, Chicago Blackhawks fined $2 million after sexual misconduct investigation

Probe commissioned by the team found group of leaders failed to respond promptly to complaint

FILE - In this May 3, 2021, file photo, the Chicago Blackhawks logo is displayed on a jersey in Raleigh, N.C. The Blackhawks are holding a briefing Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021, to discuss the findings of an investigation into allegations that an assistant coach sexually assaulted a player in 2010. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker, File)
FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)

Air Canada brings in antigen, molecular COVID self-testing kits for travellers

Test kits will not require going to a laboratory

FILE - This May 16, 2020 file photo shows Air Canada check screens at Ottawa International Airport in Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. (Justin Tang/The Canadian Press via AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Trudeau unveils larger cabinet with nine new faces

New roster adds up to 39 ministers, including Trudeau, two more than previous cabinet

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Sophie Gregoire Trudeau arrive for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct.26, 2021 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
In this long time exposure photo, trucks and cars roll on a highway in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)

UN chief laments ‘leadership gap’ ahead of climate talks

Secretary-General told reporters that time is running out to cut greenhouse gas emissions

In this long time exposure photo, trucks and cars roll on a highway in Frankfurt, Germany, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. (AP Photo/Michael Probst)
Attendees hold candles during a vigil for the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Burbank, Calif. A prop firearm discharged last Thursday by actor Alec Baldwin, while producing and starring in a Western movie in Santa Fe, N.M., killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)

Making of Alec Baldwin movie is halted after fatal shooting

Work on “Rust” has been suspended at least until the investigation is complete

Attendees hold candles during a vigil for the late cinematographer Halyna Hutchins, Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, in Burbank, Calif. A prop firearm discharged last Thursday by actor Alec Baldwin, while producing and starring in a Western movie in Santa Fe, N.M., killed Hutchins and wounded director Joel Souza. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)
Former prime minister Jean Chretien introduces Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at a campaign rally in Brampton, Ont., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Chretien says he never heard of abuse at residential schools during time as minister

Former PM draws criticism for comparing residential schools with conventional boarding schools

Former prime minister Jean Chretien introduces Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau at a campaign rally in Brampton, Ont., on Tuesday, Sept. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Never going to be ashamed:’ Métis, two-spirit NDP MP wants to rebrand Alberta

Desjarlais says his ancestors fought alongside Metis leader Louis Riel

NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2021 file photo, smoke rises from the Feyzin Total refinery chimneys, outside Lyon, central France. The World Meteorological Organization says greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and continued to increase at a faster clip than the average rate in the last decade, despite a temporary blip downward amid coronavirus-linked lockdowns. The U.N. weather agency, releasing its flagship annual report on heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere on Monday Oct. 25, 2021, said concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are all above levels in the pre-industrial era pegged to before 1750, when human activities “started disrupting Earth’s natural equilibrium.”(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, file)

UN says cuts fall short, greenhouse gas levels hit a new record

Parts of the Amazon rainforest have gone from being a carbon ‘sink’ to a source of CO2

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2021 file photo, smoke rises from the Feyzin Total refinery chimneys, outside Lyon, central France. The World Meteorological Organization says greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and continued to increase at a faster clip than the average rate in the last decade, despite a temporary blip downward amid coronavirus-linked lockdowns. The U.N. weather agency, releasing its flagship annual report on heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere on Monday Oct. 25, 2021, said concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are all above levels in the pre-industrial era pegged to before 1750, when human activities “started disrupting Earth’s natural equilibrium.”(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, file)
Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.A decade-old goal to raise US$100 billion to help developing nations adapt to and mitigate against climate change is unlikely to be met for another two years.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

$100B global climate finance goal three years behind schedule: report

Report released a week before the United Nations COP 26 climate talks kick off in Scotland

Federal Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson makes an announcement in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, July 20, 2021.A decade-old goal to raise US$100 billion to help developing nations adapt to and mitigate against climate change is unlikely to be met for another two years.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on October 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Path to Trudeau’s new cabinet hits final stretch ahead of swearing-in ceremony

There will be gender parity among the regionally balanced appointments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on October 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
An Aquabus water taxi travels on False Creek as a person holds an umbrella while walking under fall foliage on the seawall, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

UPDATED: Powerful storm hits B.C. south coast, thousands without power, ferries cancelled

Weather office says gusts of 50 to 60 km/h were still expected into the evening

An Aquabus water taxi travels on False Creek as a person holds an umbrella while walking under fall foliage on the seawall, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Susannah Goshko. (The Canadian Press)

British envoy seeks Canada’s climate change help at UN talks in Glasgow

Canada has doubled its financial commitments to climate financing and raised its emissions-reductions targets

Susannah Goshko. (The Canadian Press)
Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference as they visit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on October 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Internal government analysis shows depth of reliance on now-defunct recovery benefit

By early June, 75% of the 1.8 million unique recipients of the benefit were continuous or repeat beneficiaries

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference as they visit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on October 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating Moderna’s mRNA shot

Scientists are making an end run around an industry that has vastly prioritized rich countries over poor

Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Parents more hesitant to vaccinate kids than themselves, researcher says

Although 82% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, only 51% of parents plan to immunize their kids

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Baldwin was told gun was ‘cold’ before movie set shooting

Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident.”

This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Canadian ski resorts face labour shortage, government slow to issue working visas

“We’ll start panicking around Nov. 1 if nothing changes because there’s just not enough Canadians…”

Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot