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President Joe Biden speaks at the Democratic National Committee winter meeting, Friday, Feb. 3, 2023, in Philadelphia. Biden will deliver his State of the Union address on Tuesday night. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

Biden’s State of the Union to tout policy wins on economy

‘Jobs are up, wages are up, inflation is down, and COVID no longer controls our lives’

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 26, 2023. The Canadian government says it has sent one of its military planes to Haiti to help the country cope with escalating violence. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Canada sends military aircraft into Haiti’s skies as gang violence escalates

UN says gangs are restricting access to necessities like health care and water

An emergency worker carries pieces of a sawn tree in front of a residential building which was hit by a Russian rocket at the city center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
An emergency worker carries pieces of a sawn tree in front of a residential building which was hit by a Russian rocket at the city center of Kharkiv, Ukraine, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (AP Photo/Andrii Marienko)
A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. China’s ambassador to Canada has been called onto the carpet to explain a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is hovering over the U.S. Global Affairs Canada says Ambassador Cong Peiwu was summoned on Thursday after the balloon was spotted over U.S. airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Billings Gazette via AP-Larry Mayer

Ottawa tight-lipped on details as Canada, U.S. call out China over balloon

China’s ambassador to Canada was summoned by officials at Global Affairs Canada

A high altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. China’s ambassador to Canada has been called onto the carpet to explain a high-altitude surveillance balloon that is hovering over the U.S. Global Affairs Canada says Ambassador Cong Peiwu was summoned on Thursday after the balloon was spotted over U.S. airspace. THE CANADIAN PRESS/The Billings Gazette via AP-Larry Mayer
The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields meets the journalists during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of Pope Francis pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo Via AP)

Pope, backed by Anglican and Presbyterian leaders, denounces anti-gay laws

The three Christian leaders spoke out on LGBTQ rights during an unprecedented joint airborne news conference

The Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland Iain Greenshields meets the journalists during an airborne press conference aboard the airplane directed to Rome, at the end of Pope Francis pastoral visit to Congo and South Sudan, Sunday, Feb. 5, 2023. (Tiziana Fabi/Pool Photo Via AP)
A protester holds up a fragmented piece of a Sponge round used to cause blunt trauma after a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The federal government says it wants the RCMP to ban the use of two crowd-control tools that forces across the country say they have in their arsenals: sponge rounds and CS gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kin Cheung

Feds ask RCMP to ban use of sponge rounds, CS gas for crowd control

RCMP declines to say whether or not it will comply with that instruction

A protester holds up a fragmented piece of a Sponge round used to cause blunt trauma after a protest in Hong Kong on Sunday, Sept. 22, 2019. The federal government says it wants the RCMP to ban the use of two crowd-control tools that forces across the country say they have in their arsenals: sponge rounds and CS gas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Kin Cheung
Hunters from Pond Inlet, Nvt. — known as Mittimatalik in Inuktitut — have said they’re seeing fewer narwhal in areas where they were once abundant, making it harder to feed their families, and that the whales’ behaviour is changing. Narwhals swim between sea ice floating in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on Saturday, July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Goldman
Hunters from Pond Inlet, Nvt. — known as Mittimatalik in Inuktitut — have said they’re seeing fewer narwhal in areas where they were once abundant, making it harder to feed their families, and that the whales’ behaviour is changing. Narwhals swim between sea ice floating in the Canadian Arctic Archipelago on Saturday, July 22, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-David Goldman
VF Tanker 9 oil tanker ship, which departed from Russian Temryuk port on December 12, sails under the 15 July Martyrs Bridge at the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. The federal Finance Department says Canada is joining forces with its fellow G-7 countries plus Australia to expand caps on Russian oil to include seaborn petroleum products from that country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Emrah Gurel

Ottawa expands price caps to Russian petroleum products to reduce revenues

Russian oil revenues have already declined since the first price cap took effect

VF Tanker 9 oil tanker ship, which departed from Russian Temryuk port on December 12, sails under the 15 July Martyrs Bridge at the Bosphorus strait in Istanbul, Turkey, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. The federal Finance Department says Canada is joining forces with its fellow G-7 countries plus Australia to expand caps on Russian oil to include seaborn petroleum products from that country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Emrah Gurel
A person walks through a park during frigid temperatures in Montreal, Saturday, February 4, 2023. Environment Canada has issued extreme cold weather alerts impacting six provinces — from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador, and communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

VIDEO: Extremely cold temperatures prolong cold weather alerts for much of Eastern Canada

‘This has been an absolutely record-breaking cold snap for all of Eastern Canada’

A person walks through a park during frigid temperatures in Montreal, Saturday, February 4, 2023. Environment Canada has issued extreme cold weather alerts impacting six provinces — from Ontario to Newfoundland and Labrador, and communities in Nunavut and the Northwest Territories. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People hold pictures of the victims at a vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, in Quebec City, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. A ceremony will be held this evening to mark the sixth anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
People hold pictures of the victims at a vigil to commemorate the one-year anniversary of the Quebec City mosque shooting, in Quebec City, Monday, Jan. 29, 2018. A ceremony will be held this evening to mark the sixth anniversary of Quebec City’s deadly mosque shooting. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
FILE - The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Jan. 10, 2023. The discovery of classified documents at an office Biden used during his brief time outside government has thrust his namesake think tank into an unwelcome spotlight. The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement was a landing spot for the president after he left the vice presidency in 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)

Classified docs probe pushes Biden think tank into spotlight

Penn Biden Centre served as a transition point between vice presidency and presidential run

FILE - The building that housed office space of President Joe Biden’s former institute, the Penn Biden Center, is seen at the corner of Constitution and Louisiana Avenue NW, in Washington, Jan. 10, 2023. The discovery of classified documents at an office Biden used during his brief time outside government has thrust his namesake think tank into an unwelcome spotlight. The Penn Biden Center for Diplomacy and Global Engagement was a landing spot for the president after he left the vice presidency in 2017. (AP Photo/Manuel Balce Ceneta, File)
Thousands of small starfish wash ashore during low tide on Garden City Beach, S.C., Monday, June 29, 2020. A Canadian national research group says it has proven that seastars are tied with polar bears as the top predator of the coastal Arctic marine ecosystem. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP
Thousands of small starfish wash ashore during low tide on Garden City Beach, S.C., Monday, June 29, 2020. A Canadian national research group says it has proven that seastars are tied with polar bears as the top predator of the coastal Arctic marine ecosystem. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Jason Lee/The Sun News via AP
A condo project is shown in Langford, B.C., on October 22, 2021. The federal government has set aside billions of dollars to quickly build affordable housing across the country, but delays in construction suggest many of the projects approved for funding are missing their deadlines. The Rapid Housing Initiative is a federal program launched in 2020 that provides funding to cities and non-profit organizations to build affordable homes for vulnerable Canadians, including people experiencing homelessness. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Majority of affordable homes approved under federal program not yet constructed

Just 1,449 units have been completed, according to November document

A condo project is shown in Langford, B.C., on October 22, 2021. The federal government has set aside billions of dollars to quickly build affordable housing across the country, but delays in construction suggest many of the projects approved for funding are missing their deadlines. The Rapid Housing Initiative is a federal program launched in 2020 that provides funding to cities and non-profit organizations to build affordable homes for vulnerable Canadians, including people experiencing homelessness. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Inuvialuk sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun sits in front of his piece entitled “Thar She Blows!” at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, ahead of his exhibition “Radical Remembrance: The Sculptures of David Ruben Piqtoukun.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungC

‘Make peoples’ jaws drop:’ Inuvialuk sculptor shaped by cultural stories

David Ruben Piqtoukun says his work is inspired by Inuit stories and environmental issues

Inuvialuk sculptor David Ruben Piqtoukun sits in front of his piece entitled “Thar She Blows!” at the Art Gallery of Ontario in Toronto on Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, ahead of his exhibition “Radical Remembrance: The Sculptures of David Ruben Piqtoukun.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris YoungC
TransAlta wind turbines are shown at a wind farm near Pincher Creek, Alta., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rural municipality, located between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge, is the poster child for Alberta’s renewable energy boom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta landowners fear repeat of orphan well crisis as renewable energy booms

Many small municipalities, not oil companies were the ones left hurting last time

TransAlta wind turbines are shown at a wind farm near Pincher Creek, Alta., Wednesday, March 9, 2016. The rural municipality, located between the cities of Calgary and Lethbridge, is the poster child for Alberta’s renewable energy boom. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Monique Toutant poses for a portrait in Quebec City, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. Toutant is eligible for Quebec’s new basic income program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon.

Quebec basic income program begins, but advocates say many low-income people excluded

Increase only available to people who can prove ‘severely limited capacity’ to work

Monique Toutant poses for a portrait in Quebec City, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023. Toutant is eligible for Quebec’s new basic income program. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Francis Vachon.
Training of surgeons in Canada has taken a heavy knock from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some doctors say their clinical education has been delayed again in recent months as many hospitals across the country cancelled elective procedures to keep up with emergency care. A surgery is performed in the operating room in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Doctors say surgical training, delayed by the pandemic, continues to be affected

A delay on surgeries has meant a delay on surgery trainees getting the hands on experience they need

Training of surgeons in Canada has taken a heavy knock from the chaos of the COVID-19 pandemic, and some doctors say their clinical education has been delayed again in recent months as many hospitals across the country cancelled elective procedures to keep up with emergency care. A surgery is performed in the operating room in Toronto’s Hospital for Sick Children on Wednesday, November 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Terry Liu, dressed as the God of Wealth, prepares for the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

5 things to know about Lunar New Year and the Year of the Rabbit

What are people born in the Year of the Rabbit associated with, and how is the day celebrated?

Terry Liu, dressed as the God of Wealth, prepares for the Lunar New Year parade in Chinatown, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stands next to Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni at the Planalto Palace after he was sworn in as new president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Environmentalists, Indigenous people and voters sympathetic to their causes were important to Luiz Inácio da Silva’s election to a third term as Brazil’s president.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, file)

Brazil’s new president works to reverse Amazon deforestation

President Lula is appointing well-known environmentalists and Indigenous people to key positions

FILE - Luiz Inacio Lula da Silva stands next to Indigenous leader Cacique Raoni at the Planalto Palace after he was sworn in as new president in Brasilia, Brazil, Sunday, Jan. 1, 2023. Environmentalists, Indigenous people and voters sympathetic to their causes were important to Luiz Inácio da Silva’s election to a third term as Brazil’s president.(AP Photo/Eraldo Peres, file)
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