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Alberta's COVID crisis and calls for a new defence minister: In The News for Sept. 24

Alberta's COVID crisis and calls for a new defence minister: In The News for Sept. 24

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 Sept. 24 ... What we are watching in Canada ...
Some results hang on just a handful of votes, as mail-ballot count continues

Some results hang on just a handful of votes, as mail-ballot count continues

OTTAWA — Justin Trudeau's Liberals have picked up one more seat in Quebec, pushing them slightly ahead of the Bloc Quebecois in the province.
Conservative MPs urge party to unify around O'Toole as others question his leadership

Conservative MPs urge party to unify around O'Toole as others question his leadership

OTTAWA — Some re-elected Conservative members of Parliament — along with a former leadership contender — are lining up to say others should get united behind leader Erin O'Toole, as questions swirl about whether his election performance warrants him

Homes near fracking sites in B.C. have higher levels of some pollutants, study finds

VANCOUVER — A new study has found homes close to where fracking was used to extract natural gas in British Columbia have higher levels of certain organic pollutants, which may lead to short- and long-term health effects.
Sad reality: Alberta top doc says COVID deaths keeping hospitals from being overrun

Sad reality: Alberta top doc says COVID deaths keeping hospitals from being overrun

EDMONTON — The head of Alberta's health system says the COVID-19 hospital crisis has become so dire, a key reason the system hasn't collapsed is because patients are dying. "Each day we see a new high (total of critically ill patients)," Dr.

Former Nazi death-squad member Helmut Oberlander dead at 97

Former Nazi death-squad member Helmut Oberlander has died in the midst of a decades-long deportation battle with the federal government, prompting Jewish rights organizations to express frustration that his legal saga never reached completion.
Premiers urge Trudeau to meet with them ASAP on health-care funding

Premiers urge Trudeau to meet with them ASAP on health-care funding

CHILLIWACK — Canada's premiers are urging Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to meet with them at his earliest opportunity to discuss long-term, predictable funding for health care.
Massive B.C. wildfire causes $77 million in insurance damage

Massive B.C. wildfire causes $77 million in insurance damage

VANCOUVER — A wildfire that began on Aug. 2 in British Columbia and grew to more than 833 square kilometres is now estimated to have caused $77 million in insurance damage.
SNC-Lavalin hit with fresh charges related to Montreal bridge contract

SNC-Lavalin hit with fresh charges related to Montreal bridge contract

The SNC-Lavalin legal saga was thrust back into the spotlight Thursday after the RCMP announced they've charged two former executives and the engineering company itself for allegedly paying bribes to obtain a Montreal bridge repair contract.

Police 'should have done better' in Yukon school sex assault investigation; RCMP

WHITEHORSE — The RCMP and Yukon’s Department of Education acknowledged failures as they apologized for the handling of a sexual assault investigation at Hidden Valley Elementary School in Whitehorse. “We should have done better," RCMP Chief Supt.