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In The News for Dec. 9: Playing Santa by mail will cost you more this holiday season

In The News for Dec. 9: Playing Santa by mail will cost you more this holiday season

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Dec. 9... What we are watching in Canada ...
As nature talks unfold, here's what '30 by 30' conservation could mean in Canada

As nature talks unfold, here's what '30 by 30' conservation could mean in Canada

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau was unequivocal Wednesday when asked if Canada was going to meet its goal to protect one-quarter of all Canadian land and oceans by 2025.
Premiers to hold virtual news conference on struggling children's hospitals

Premiers to hold virtual news conference on struggling children's hospitals

Canada's premiers plan to hold a news conference in Winnipeg today as children's hospitals struggle to deal with a wave of child illnesses.
UN Mideast refugee chief says Western funding shortfall could lead to turbulence

UN Mideast refugee chief says Western funding shortfall could lead to turbulence

OTTAWA — A funding shortfall for fragile Middle Eastern states that host refugees could lead to turbulence in international relations, the UN refugee chief for that region is warning.
Progress slow at COP talks although some agreement achieved, says Guilbeault

Progress slow at COP talks although some agreement achieved, says Guilbeault

MONTREAL — Federal Environment Minister Steven Guilbeault says there's been agreement on one of Canada's main goals at the international conference in Montreal aimed at protecting the world's declining biodiversity.
RCMP suspends contract with Ontario company linked to China

RCMP suspends contract with Ontario company linked to China

OTTAWA — The federal government says the RCMP has suspended a contract with an Ontario company that has links with China.
At least five B.C. children died from influenza last month, as mortalities spike

At least five B.C. children died from influenza last month, as mortalities spike

VICTORIA — At least five children died last month in British Columbia from influenza as a rise of early season respiratory illnesses added strain to the beleaguered health-care system.
Alberta NDP says premier's rejection of federal authority lays separation groundwork

Alberta NDP says premier's rejection of federal authority lays separation groundwork

EDMONTON — Alberta’s NDP Opposition leader says Premier Danielle Smith's comments rejecting the legitimacy of the federal government betray her unspoken plan to lay the groundwork for eventual separation.
MPs want to hear from witnesses on the government's assault-style gun definition

MPs want to hear from witnesses on the government's assault-style gun definition

OTTAWA — Seven members of a parliamentary committee studying the Liberal gun bill have requested two special meetings to hear from witnesses on the government's proposed definition of an assault-style firearm.
Canada to stop directly financing fossil fuel projects abroad, with narrow exceptions

Canada to stop directly financing fossil fuel projects abroad, with narrow exceptions

OTTAWA — With weeks until an end-of-year deadline it agreed to last year, Canada has announced that it will end new direct subsidies for fossil fuel investments and projects abroad — including those owned by Canadian companies.
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