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Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, on January 8, 2020. An Ontario court has awarded more than $107 million to families of six victims of the Iranian military’s downing of a passenger jet two years ago. The decision made public today follows a May ruling that the missile strikes amounted to an intentional act of terrorism, paving the way for relatives of those killed to seek compensation from Iran. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ebrahim Noroozi

Ontario court awards more than $107M to families over deadly Flight 752 shootdown

More than 100 of the 176 people killed in the plane crash had ties to Canada

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, on January 8, 2020. An Ontario court has awarded more than $107 million to families of six victims of the Iranian military’s downing of a passenger jet two years ago. The decision made public today follows a May ruling that the missile strikes amounted to an intentional act of terrorism, paving the way for relatives of those killed to seek compensation from Iran. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Ebrahim Noroozi
FILE - In this Sunday, April 11, 2021, file photo, Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks. during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England, Sunday, April 11, 2021. A lawsuit by an American who claims Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17 might have to be thrown out because she no longer lives in the U.S., lawyers for the Prince said in a court filing Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP, File)

Settlement between Epstein, Prince Andrew accuser now public

Prince’s lawyers say language of that agreement should bar Virginia Giuffre from suing Andrew

FILE - In this Sunday, April 11, 2021, file photo, Britain’s Prince Andrew speaks. during a television interview at the Royal Chapel of All Saints at Royal Lodge, Windsor, England, Sunday, April 11, 2021. A lawsuit by an American who claims Prince Andrew sexually abused her when she was 17 might have to be thrown out because she no longer lives in the U.S., lawyers for the Prince said in a court filing Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. (Steve Parsons/Pool Photo via AP, File)
President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media as gets into his motorcade after having New Year’s Eve lunch with first lady Jill Biden at Banks’ Seafood Kitchen in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)

Biden vows US to act decisively if Russia invades Ukraine

President has spoken of hitting Russia with economy-jarring sanctions if it moves on Ukraine

President Joe Biden speaks to members of the media as gets into his motorcade after having New Year’s Eve lunch with first lady Jill Biden at Banks’ Seafood Kitchen in Wilmington, Del., Friday, Dec. 31, 2021. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster)
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Provinces are putting new measures in place to deal with an Omicron-fuelled rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including delaying in-person schooling in Ontario by two weeks and bringing in the military to help Quebec speed up its third-dose vaccination program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, December 29, 2021. Provinces are putting new measures in place to deal with an Omicron-fuelled rise in COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations, including delaying in-person schooling in Ontario by two weeks and bringing in the military to help Quebec speed up its third-dose vaccination program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s isolation period for COVID-19 cases drops from 10 days to five today

Change based on evidence that fully immunized people have shorter infectious periods

Alberta Health Minister Jason Copping gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

Clear-cuts have disrupted the landscape’s natural mechanisms for mitigating floods and landslides

Spawning sockeye salmon are seen making their way up the Adams River in Roderick Haig-Brown Provincial Park near Chase, B.C., Tuesday, Oct. 4, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson speaks to reporters during a press conference in Iqaluit on Monday, May 31, 2021.The latest wave of COVID-19 is bringing some remote communities in Canada to the breaking point, as case numbers explode. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Remote communities locking down, banning outsiders as COVID-19 spreads

Nunavut is discouraging all non-essential travel within the territory

Nunavut’s chief public health officer Dr. Michael Patterson speaks to reporters during a press conference in Iqaluit on Monday, May 31, 2021.The latest wave of COVID-19 is bringing some remote communities in Canada to the breaking point, as case numbers explode. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
The remains of the Element by Westin hotel is seen, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in Superior, Colo. Hundreds of homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in wildfires outside Denver. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)

Climate change, new construction mean more ruinous fires

Tens of thousands of people were told to flee Colorado grassfires

The remains of the Element by Westin hotel is seen, Friday, Dec. 31, 2021 in Superior, Colo. Hundreds of homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people have been evacuated in wildfires outside Denver. (AP Photo/Eugene Garcia)
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller participates in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds, Indigenous leaders to announce child welfare compensation agreement Tuesday

Indigenous youth account for more than half the children under 15 in foster care

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller participates in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Seeking information flyers produced by the FBI are photographed on Dec. 20, 2021. The Justice Department has undertaken the largest investigation in its history with the probe into rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
Seeking information flyers produced by the FBI are photographed on Dec. 20, 2021. The Justice Department has undertaken the largest investigation in its history with the probe into rioters who stormed the Capitol on Jan. 6. (AP Photo/Jon Elswick
Snow covers the burned remains of homes in Louisville, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, after the Marshall wildfire. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)

2 missing; survivors count blessings after Colorado fire that destroyed nearly 1,000 homes

Wildfire came unusually late in the year, likely spurred on by little snow and strong winds

Snow covers the burned remains of homes in Louisville, Colo., on Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022, after the Marshall wildfire. (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey)
A man collects sewage samples from the dorms at Utah State University Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. Experts say daily COVID-19 case counts aren’t painting a true picture of viral activity in communities as testing decreases in parts of the country. But what we flush down the toilet might give us a better understanding of COVID-19’s prevalence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer
A man collects sewage samples from the dorms at Utah State University Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020, in Logan, Utah. Experts say daily COVID-19 case counts aren’t painting a true picture of viral activity in communities as testing decreases in parts of the country. But what we flush down the toilet might give us a better understanding of COVID-19’s prevalence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Rick Bowmer
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are heading into a new year with record-setting COVID-19 case counts, more deaths and more hospitalizations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Parts of Canada begin 2022 with record COVID-19 cases after low-key New Year’s Eve

Dr. Kevin Smith tweeted about ‘the rapid and concerning growth’ of hospitalizations

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are heading into a new year with record-setting COVID-19 case counts, more deaths and more hospitalizations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The funeral service gets under way in St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial equality and LGBT rights died Sunday at the age of 90. (Nic Bothma/Pool Photo via AP).

‘Moral compass’: Requiem for South Africa’s Archbishop Tutu

‘Archbishop Desmond Tutu has been our moral compass and national conscience’

The funeral service gets under way in St. George's Cathedral in Cape Town, South Africa, Saturday, Jan. 1, 2022 for Anglican Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu. Tutu, the Nobel Peace Prize-winning activist for racial equality and LGBT rights died Sunday at the age of 90. (Nic Bothma/Pool Photo via AP).
Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough speaks during a news conference on the state of emergency in British Columbia, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals eye easing access to maternity, parental leave in EI review, minister says

‘It’s something I’m super keen to figure out how to address’

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough speaks during a news conference on the state of emergency in British Columbia, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

Pope cancels nativity visit as virus surges

Francis is going ahead with his traditional Dec. 31 vespers service

Pope Francis meets migrants at the diocesan Caritas center in Rabat, Morocco, Saturday, March 30, 2019. Francis’s weekend trip to Morocco aims to highlight the North African nation’s tradition of Christian-Muslim ties while also letting him show solidarity with migrants at Europe’s door and tend to a tiny Catholic flock on the peripheries. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)
Homes burn as a wildfire rips through a development near Rock Creek Village, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, near Broomfield, Colo. An estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people were evacuated in wind-fueled wildfires outside Denver, officials said Thursday evening. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Homes burn as a wildfire rips through a development near Rock Creek Village, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, near Broomfield, Colo. An estimated 580 homes, a hotel and a shopping center have burned and tens of thousands of people were evacuated in wind-fueled wildfires outside Denver, officials said Thursday evening. (AP Photo/David Zalubowski)
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly rises during Question Period, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa criticizes police raid on Hong Kong news outlet that saw Canadian arrested

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended the raid amid a wider crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly rises during Question Period, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, stands in his office at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadian navy needs to recruit 1,000 sailors to crew new warships

The navy has deployed ships over the past year to the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Caribbean

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, stands in his office at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A sign is seen advising a capacity limit for skaters on the ice due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As COVID-19 cases rise, Ontario study suggests Omicron is less severe

Provinces have seen surging case counts as a result of Omicron

A sign is seen advising a capacity limit for skaters on the ice due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang