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Roundup of COVID-19 responses around the Arctic

With the number of COVID-19 cases outside of China increasing rapidly, the World Health Organization declared the outbreak a global pandemic on March 12, urging governments “to take urgent and aggressive action” to stop its spread. Eye on the Arctic» 

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IOC says athletes who have already qualified are going to 2021 Olympics  

There’s some good news today for Olympic athletes–those amazing beings who periodically make their way into our collective consciousness, whetting our collective imagination about the World of Possibility and Excellence.  Earlier this week, the International Olympic Committee and the Japanese» 

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Canadian kidnap victim returns home only to face COVID-19 quarantine

A Canadian woman who was kidnapped in Western Africa 15 months ago along with her Italian boyfriend has finally arrived in Canada after the pair managed to escape their captors in northern Mali earlier this month, the woman’s family said» 

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COVID-19: Bringing out the good and the bad in people

In times of crisis, society usually comes together in a spirit of helping. Sadly there are also those who attempt to profit from the misfortune of others or otherwise attempt to take advantage of the situation for personal gain. On» 

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Kirsten Hillman becomes first female ambassador to the U.S.

Kirsten Hillman made diplomatic history Thursday becoming the first woman to be named Canada’s ambassador to the United States, drawing praise both from Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and the opposition Conservatives. Hillman, a former top trade negotiator, was officially assigned» 

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Canada ‘strongly opposed’ to U.S. stationing troops near shared border

The Canadian government is “strongly opposed” to the idea of deploying the U.S. military along the border with Canada to intercept illegal migrants as part of Washington’s strategy to curb the spread of the coronavirus pandemic, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia» 

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G20 to do ‘whatever it takes’ to combat coronavirus, says Trudeau

The Group of 20 major economies have agreed to do “whatever it takes” to overcome the coronavirus crisis, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Thursday. Trudeau took part in the extraordinary summit called by Saudi King Salman by video link. Saudi» 

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Canadian Forces reacting to COVID-19

CF personnel in Canada and abroad remain uncertain about future movements Canada’s military is being affected in unusual ways by the pandemic. Spring is the season when thousands of personnel get orders for transfers (postings)  to new bases and assignments» 

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Fatbergs ‘resurface’ as a result of COVID-19

It’s a modern society problem in cities around the world. So-called disinfectant ‘wipes; are being flushed down toilets. These disposable wipes are often advertised as ‘flushable’, much to the chagrin and cost of cities everywhere. City engineers and others have» 

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COVID-19: Hospitals brace for a surge

As Canadians continue to grapple with the emergency measures being taken to fight COVID-19–from closing schools to shutting down parks to closing all-but-essential businesses and services–they must also come to terms with a virus attack that they know is likely»