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FILE—A private Ukrainian farmer Dmytro Hnatkevitch harvests wheat crop on his farm in the village of Grygorovka, 110 km south of Kiev, in August, 1996. Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels ever last month because of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the “massive supply disruptions” it is causing, the United Nations said Friday, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)

Food prices soar to record levels on Ukraine war disruptions

UN’s Food Price Index up 12.6% from February, which was the highest level since its inception in 1990

FILE—A private Ukrainian farmer Dmytro Hnatkevitch harvests wheat crop on his farm in the village of Grygorovka, 110 km south of Kiev, in August, 1996. Prices for food commodities like grains and vegetable oils reached their highest levels ever last month because of Russia’s war in Ukraine and the “massive supply disruptions” it is causing, the United Nations said Friday, April 8, 2022. (AP Photo/Efrem Lukatsky)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks in reaction following the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal budget will have the support of the NDP, but will also face opposition

Environment policy sore spot for NDP, Conservatives call it an ‘NDP tax-and-spend’ budget

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh speaks in reaction following the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People take photos as they enter the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp through the gate with the phrase ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work sets you free), in Oranienburg, about 30 kilometres north of Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The Federal government is to use a bill enacting the budget to change the Criminal Code this year, building on existing laws outlawing the incitement of hatred. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Markus Schreiber

Holocaust denial — and downplaying the Nazis’ murder of Jews — to be outlawed

Holocaust denial is to be outlawed in Canada, in a further effort…

People take photos as they enter the Sachsenhausen Nazi death camp through the gate with the phrase ‘Arbeit macht frei’ (work sets you free), in Oranienburg, about 30 kilometres north of Berlin, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. The Federal government is to use a bill enacting the budget to change the Criminal Code this year, building on existing laws outlawing the incitement of hatred. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Markus Schreiber
Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak with members of the media before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Budget 2022: Plan makes good on dental care, but little in new health spending

Dental program will start with kids under 12 and be restricted to families making less than $90,000

Finance Minister and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speak with members of the media before the release of the federal budget, on Parliament Hill, in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Budget 2022: Feds add measures to curb speculation as housing supply gets $10B boost

Plans rely heavily on cooperation with other levels of government and on the private sector

The Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp says the annual pace of construction on new homes picked up in July. A worker is seen working on a construction project at UBC in Vancouver, Tuesday, April 23, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Budget 2022: Liberals devote $4.3 billion to Indigenous housing needs

Budget also addresses ongoing search for unmarked graves at the former sites of residential schools

Copies of the 2022 federal budget are seen in the media lockup, ahead of the tabling of the federal budget, in Ottawa, on Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland receives applause as she points to a pin she wears in support for Ukraine as she tables the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Budget 2022: Booming economy feeds federal focus on growth with $31B in new spending

Cash aimed at boosting supply chains, housing supplies and businesses investment

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland receives applause as she points to a pin she wears in support for Ukraine as she tables the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, Thursday, April 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE - Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)

Jackson confirmed as first Black female U.S. Supreme Court justice

Jackson, a 51 year-old appeals court judge with nine years experience, was confirmed 53-47

FILE - Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson is sworn in for her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee March 21, 2022, on Capitol Hill in Washington. (AP Photo/Jacquelyn Martin, File)
The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Rapid tests an important, if imperfect, tool in potential sixth wave, say experts

Tests called easy and convenient way to help make better choices about health and safety

The contents of a COVID-19 antigen rapid test kit are pictured in Calgary, on Jan. 4, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A homeless person uses a portable propane heater to try and stay warm under umbrellas and tarps as rain falls in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Sunday, December 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Drug users in Vancouver respond to targeted effort to ramp up vaccination rate

‘If you actually make the effort and you put in resources properly, you can do it’

A homeless person uses a portable propane heater to try and stay warm under umbrellas and tarps as rain falls in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Sunday, December 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

‘We’ll see where it goes’: dry Alberta town surveys citizens on its alcohol ban

Raymond, about 240 kilometres south of Calgary, does not allow alcohol service in any establishment

Hockey fans load up on beer at a bar in Edmonton on Dec. 31, 2011. The southern Alberta town of Raymond — dry since it was founded more than 100 years ago — is asking residents if they are for or against restaurants serving alcohol. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi is spending 100 hours in a tent atop a flagpole in downtown Vancouver to raise funds for diabetes research. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)

VIDEO: B.C. teen spends 100 hours atop a flagpole to raise funds for diabetes research

16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi was diagnosed with type one diabetes at age six

16-year-old Wilson Gaglardi is spending 100 hours in a tent atop a flagpole in downtown Vancouver to raise funds for diabetes research. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)
A Ukrainian serviceman stands amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)

Ukraine pleads for weapons as fight looms on eastern front

Ukrainian Foreign Minister: ‘My agenda is very simple. … it’s weapons, weapons and weapons’

A Ukrainian serviceman stands amid destroyed Russian tanks in Bucha, on the outskirts of Kyiv, Ukraine, Wednesday, April 6, 2022. (AP Photo/Felipe Dana)
Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Gas project off Newfoundland approved if it achieves net-zero emissions by 2050

Environment minister approves Bay du Nord oil project with ‘strongest emissions rules ever imposed’

Minister of Environment Steven Guilbeault speaks during a press conference outside the GLOBE Forum at the Convention Centre in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, March 29, 2022. As Newfoundland and Labrador awaits word from Ottawa on a proposed new oilfield off the coast of St. John’s, Shears Mercer says he’s not worried — he’s frustrated. CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Metro Vancouver mayors ask province for more funding for affordable housing

Mayors want $190 million in grants, additional loan financing from provincial government

David Eby, B.C. Attorney General and Minister Responsible for Housing, speaks during a social housing funding announcement in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A plane is seen through the window on the tarmac of Vancouver International Airport as the waiting room is empty Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Air Canada says it is suspending flights between Vancouver and Delhi this summer due to extended flying times and a refueling stop that are needed to avoid Russian and Ukraine airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Air Canada to suspend flights between Vancouver and Delhi this summer

Flights unavailable from early June to early September due to Ukraine war

A plane is seen through the window on the tarmac of Vancouver International Airport as the waiting room is empty Tuesday, June 9, 2020. Air Canada says it is suspending flights between Vancouver and Delhi this summer due to extended flying times and a refueling stop that are needed to avoid Russian and Ukraine airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, a statue stands outside the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)

Closing arguments begin in Boy Scouts of America bankruptcy case

More than 82,000 sexual abuse claims have been filed

In this Feb. 12, 2020, file photo, a statue stands outside the Boy Scouts of America headquarters in Irving, Texas. (AP Photo/LM Otero, File)
Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Feds try to avoid Australian pitfalls in online news bill

Digital platforms like Google and Facebook will soon have to pay for news content

Minister of Canadian Heritage, Pablo Rodriguez, holds a press conference regarding the introduction of Bill C-18, the Online News Act, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian astronauts (left to right) Dave Williams, Bjarni Tryggvason and David Saint-Jacques take part in the opening of The Living In Space exhibit during its unveiling at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Canadian astronauts (left to right) Dave Williams, Bjarni Tryggvason and David Saint-Jacques take part in the opening of The Living In Space exhibit during its unveiling at the Canadian Aviation and Space Museum in Ottawa on Thursday, May 12, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Sheila Malcolmson speaks at a press conference in the press gallery at the Legislature in Victoria, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. B.C.’s mental health and addictions minister said Health Canada is thinking about lowering the threshold for the province’s decriminalization request. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Sheila Malcolmson speaks at a press conference in the press gallery at the Legislature in Victoria, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. B.C.’s mental health and addictions minister said Health Canada is thinking about lowering the threshold for the province’s decriminalization request. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito