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Parkland school shooter Nikolas Cruz sits at the defense table with defense attorney David Wheeler before pleading guilty, Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at the Broward County Courthouse in Fort Lauderdale, Fla., on all four criminal counts stemming from his attack on a Broward County jail guard in November 2018, Cruz's lawyers said Friday that he plans to plead guilty to the 2018 massacre at a Parkland high school. (Amy Beth Bennett/South Florida Sun Sentinel via AP, Pool)

Suspect pleads guilty to killing 17 in 2018 Florida school massacre

Nikolas Cruz 17 counts of murder and 17 counts of attempted first-degree murder

(Pixabay photo)

Winnipeg teacher placed on leave after racial slur used in classroom

Students allege the teacher used the slur multiple times

People wait to be screened before entering Little Mountain Place, a long-term care home, in Vancouver, on Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Health authority takes over Vancouver care home, site of deadly COVID-19 outbreak

41 deaths and many more COVID-19 illnesses were reported last winter at Little Mountain Place

The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Only fully vaccinated people to be allowed in House of Commons precinct

Policy affects MPs, staff, journalists, parliamentary business visitors, contractors and consultants

The House of Commons chamber is seen empty, Wednesday, April 8, 2020 in Ottawa. When Parliament resumes on Nov. 22, no one will be allowed into the House of Commons precinct unless they are fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Amanda Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Ala., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)

COVID-19 and pregnancy: Women regret not getting the vaccine

At least 161 deaths of pregnant women from COVID-19 in the U.S. since pandemic began

Amanda Harrison holds her baby, Lake, outside her mother’s home in Phenix City, Ala., on Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Harrison was put on a ventilator and later life support after becoming ill with COVID-19 in her third trimester of pregnancy. Doctors delivered Lake at 32 weeks and put Harrison on a type of life support called extracorporeal membrane oxygenation to save her. Harrison, who was unvaccinated, is urging pregnant women to get vaccinated for COVID-19. (AP Photo/Kim Chandler)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Postelection review to probe where Conservatives bled votes to People’s Party, NDP

Alberta representative who lost his seat to a Liberal reaching out to candidates and campaign teams

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Annamie Paul addresses the media during a news conference in Toronto’s Regent Park on food security on Tuesday August 31, 2021. Layoffs are hitting the Green Party again as party brass look to shave costs at an organization with ongoing financial and political troubles.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Green Party lays off core staff members amid financial drought, internal strife

Move affects about half of the party’s staff amid persistent financial and political woes

Annamie Paul addresses the media during a news conference in Toronto’s Regent Park on food security on Tuesday August 31, 2021. Layoffs are hitting the Green Party again as party brass look to shave costs at an organization with ongoing financial and political troubles.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Senior members of a British Columbia First Nation have issued an open letter to Trudeau, offering seven immediate steps he could take to prove he is serious about reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Tk’emlúps open letter sets steps for PM to prove commitment to reconciliation

Letter from family heads of the Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc Nation comes a day after Trudeau visit

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Senior members of a British Columbia First Nation have issued an open letter to Trudeau, offering seven immediate steps he could take to prove he is serious about reconciliation. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
In this June 23, 2021 photo a gambler picks up chips at a roulette table at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J. Lawyers representing operators of British Columbia's largest gaming companies say compliance with provincial regulations to combat money laundering is and always has been a top priority at provincial casinos.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wayne Parry

B.C. money laundering inquiry hears plea for whistleblower protections

Inquiry heard investigators raised concerns with officials more than a decade ago

In this June 23, 2021 photo a gambler picks up chips at a roulette table at Bally's casino in Atlantic City N.J. Lawyers representing operators of British Columbia's largest gaming companies say compliance with provincial regulations to combat money laundering is and always has been a top priority at provincial casinos.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wayne Parry
Naheed Nenshi celebrates his victory as Calgary’s mayor following municipal elections in Calgary, Alta., early Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Alberta’s two major cities are to bring in new mayors during municipal elections today after being led by Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Don Iveson in Edmonton for multiple terms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘We have made the impossible possible’: Calgary, Edmonton celebrate mayoral firsts

Calgary elects first female mayor, Edmonton appear to have elected the city’s first mayor of colour

Naheed Nenshi celebrates his victory as Calgary’s mayor following municipal elections in Calgary, Alta., early Tuesday, Oct. 17, 2017. Alberta’s two major cities are to bring in new mayors during municipal elections today after being led by Naheed Nenshi in Calgary and Don Iveson in Edmonton for multiple terms. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Facebook whistleblower rekindles questions about cracking down on Facebook in Canada

Canadian politicians and experts grapple with how to regulate Big Tech

NDP Member of Parliament Charlie Angus speaks during a news conference, Monday, October 18, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic in downtown Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Starting Monday, Mexico City lifts some of its virus restrictions, allowing bars, clubs and indoor events to fill up to 50% capacity, and massive outdoor events can fill to capacity but masks will still be required. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)

Mexico City lowers pandemic alert to lowest level for first time since June

Massive outdoor events, which had been operating at 75% capacity, now face no capacity restrictions

People wear masks amid the COVID-19 pandemic in downtown Mexico City, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. Starting Monday, Mexico City lifts some of its virus restrictions, allowing bars, clubs and indoor events to fill up to 50% capacity, and massive outdoor events can fill to capacity but masks will still be required. (AP Photo/Fernando Llano)
Former President Donald Trump speaks during his Save America rally in Perry, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)

Trump files lawsuit to block release of insurrection documents

Suit called an “vexatious, illegal fishing expedition,” unprecedented in scope

Former President Donald Trump speaks during his Save America rally in Perry, Ga., on Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. (AP Photo/Ben Gray)
In this June 23, 2021 photo a gambler picks up chips at a roulette table at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. Lawyers representing operators of British Columbia’s largest gaming companies say compliance with provincial regulations to combat money laundering is and always has been a top priority at provincial casinos.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wayne Parry

Casino operators tell B.C. money laundering public inquiry they followed money rules

Large bags full of cash at the casino were cited as examples of suspicious activity

In this June 23, 2021 photo a gambler picks up chips at a roulette table at Bally’s casino in Atlantic City N.J. Lawyers representing operators of British Columbia’s largest gaming companies say compliance with provincial regulations to combat money laundering is and always has been a top priority at provincial casinos.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Wayne Parry
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bows his head as he listens to chief Rosanne Casimir at Tk’emlups the Sewepemc in Kamloops, B.C. Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trudeau visit to Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc a chance to rectify Tofino mistake: chief

Casimir: ‘The shock, anger and sorrow and disbelief was palpable in our community’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau bows his head as he listens to chief Rosanne Casimir at Tk’emlups the Sewepemc in Kamloops, B.C. Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE – A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

51% of parents ready for COVID jab, as Pfizer asks for Health Canada OK to vaccinate kids

A total of 23 per cent said they would not vaccinate their kids, while nine per cent said they were ‘not sure’

FILE – A health-care worker prepares a dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Thursday, January 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Montreal firefighter dead after falling into St. Lawrence River during rescue mission

Boaters in distress saved, but for an unknown reason fire department rescue boat then capsized

A firefighter stands on the shoreline of the St.Lawrence River Monday, October 18, 2021, where a firefighter drowned during a rescue operation in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. could be home to 500,000 Indigenous people by 2041

Canada’s Indigenous population growth projected to outpace non-Indigenous in next 20 years

Nuu-chah-nulth and Kwakwaka’wakw drummers sing the Grease Trail Song during a totem pole unveiling ceremony in Port Alberni. Canada’s Indigenous population is expected to grow faster than the country’s non-Indigenous population in the next 20 years, including in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
A street vendor prepares her produce for sale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn)

Canadian among missionaries kidnapped in Haiti, organization says

Christian Aid Ministries did not name any of the abducted people

A street vendor prepares her produce for sale in Port-au-Prince, Haiti, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. A group of 17 U.S. missionaries including children was kidnapped by a gang in Haiti on Saturday, Oct. 16, according to a voice message sent to various religious missions by an organization with direct knowledge of the incident. (AP Photo / Joseph Odelyn)
Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre staff members fill water jugs at the Sylvia Grinnell River, just outside Iqaluit, in an undated handout photo. The group has been delivering water to homes and organizations that may not have their own transportation, after the city warned last week its tap water was contaminated with fuel. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rachel Blais, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Group delivers water to people without cars after fuel contaminates pipes in Iqaluit

Tap water can still be used for bathing, showering, laundry and washing dishes

Qajuqturvik Community Food Centre staff members fill water jugs at the Sylvia Grinnell River, just outside Iqaluit, in an undated handout photo. The group has been delivering water to homes and organizations that may not have their own transportation, after the city warned last week its tap water was contaminated with fuel. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Rachel Blais, *MANDATORY CREDIT*