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Bank of Canada cuts key interest rate by quarter percentage point to 4.5%

Bank of Canada cuts key interest rate by quarter percentage point to 4.5%

OTTAWA — The Bank of Canada cut its key interest rate for a second consecutive time on Wednesday, but warned the path back to two per cent inflation may be uneven and would ultimately determine the pace of future rate cuts.
In the news today: Wildfire evacuees relieved after evacuating Jasper

In the news today: Wildfire evacuees relieved after evacuating Jasper

Here is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to bring you up to speed...
Wildfire evacuees ordered to leave Jasper find relief after long journey to safety

Wildfire evacuees ordered to leave Jasper find relief after long journey to safety

GRAND PRAIRIE, ALBERTA — Some wildfire evacuees who were trapped in traffic for hours while leaving Jasper National Park say they are feeling relieved to have found safety.
B.C. wildfire tally surges as firefighters take to air to battle blazes

B.C. wildfire tally surges as firefighters take to air to battle blazes

The numbers seem ever increasing for British Columbia wildfire statistics, including more than 400 fires, tens of thousands of lightning strikes and at least six homes lost.
Jasper evacuees forced into B.C. to flee fires told to make U-turn to Alberta for aid

Jasper evacuees forced into B.C. to flee fires told to make U-turn to Alberta for aid

EDMONTON — Thousands of wildfire evacuees forced from Jasper National Park into British Columbia along smoke-choked mountain roads Monday were directed Tuesday to make a wide U-turn and head home if they needed a place to stay.
Battle to keep historic town wet and safe, as B.C. fire tally surges, homes destroyed

Battle to keep historic town wet and safe, as B.C. fire tally surges, homes destroyed

BARKERVILLE, BRITISH COLUMBIA, CANADA — The British Columbia gold rush town of Barkerville is drenched, both from overnight rains and sprinklers dousing its timber buildings, some more than 150 years old.
Advocate warns of impending 'crisis' in B.C. child welfare staffing

Advocate warns of impending 'crisis' in B.C. child welfare staffing

British Columbia's child welfare system is either in a state of crisis or close to it with understaffing and unmanageable workloads, the province's representative for children said.
Feds were warned about setting 'significant precedent' with Ukraine visa program

Feds were warned about setting 'significant precedent' with Ukraine visa program

OTTAWA — Federal immigration officials warned the government it risked undermining the temporary immigration system with the design of the emergency visa program for war-displaced Ukrainians, newly released court documents show.
Yukon mine inspector directs Victoria Gold to shore up water treatment efforts

Yukon mine inspector directs Victoria Gold to shore up water treatment efforts

WHITEHORSE, YUKON — A Yukon mine inspector has ordered Victoria Gold to shore up its water treatment efforts, finding the company's plan to clean up after a disastrous spill of cyanide-laced-rock and water last month at its Eagle Gold mine is insuffi
Manitoba Chiefs decry reduced federal funds for residential school searches

Manitoba Chiefs decry reduced federal funds for residential school searches

OTTAWA — The Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs criticized the federal government for reducing funds to search the grounds of former residential schools, saying in a statement they are profoundly disappointed and outraged.
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