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Current events

Canadian current events contains a listing on an ongoing automated basis of importance events, trends and newsworthy developments related to Canada. Below are listed the past year of Canadian current events featured in the main page of the Canada portal.

October 19, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
Canada surpasses 200,000 cases of COVID-19. (CTV News)
October 16, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba
Manitoba reports 75 cases, ending a three-day streak of reporting no cases. (CBC)
October 15, 2020 - 2020 in paleontology
A boy discovers a fossilized hadrosaur skeleton at the Horseshoe Canyon in Alberta, Canada, dating back 69 million years. (BBC) (Global News)
October 13, 2020 - Exploration of the Moon
The U.S.-led Artemis Accords are signed by the United States, Australia, Canada, Japan, Luxembourg, Italy, the United Kingdom, and the United Arab Emirates. According to NASA, the Accords aim to establish norms of behavior between countries regarding lunar resource extraction and exploration, outline "safety zones" on the lunar surface where other countries should not interfere, and protect heritage sites on the lunar surface such as the Apollo landing sites. More signatories are expected to be announced in the coming months. (Reuters) (The Verge)
October 10, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
COVID-19 pandemic in Manitoba
The Manitoba government announced 97 new cases of COVID-19 in the province, setting a single-day record since the first cases reported in Manitoba. (CTV News)
October 9, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario
The government announces that bars, indoor dining, gyms, and theatres in Toronto, Ottawa, and Peel Region will close due to a rise in cases. This comes after the province recorded 939 cases. (CBC News)
October 7, 2020 -
Canadian Environment and Climate Change Minister Jonathan Wilkinson announces that Canada will ban plastic bags, drinking straws, cutlery and other single-use items by the end of 2021. (CTV)
October 3, 2020 - 2020 Green Party of Canada leadership election
The former 2019 federal Green Party candidate for Toronto Centre and older sister of Canadian actress Ngozi Paul, Annamie Paul, is elected as the new leader of the federal Green Party. (CBC)
September 25, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
COVID-19 pandemic in Ontario
The Government of Ontario is implementing a number of new province-wide restrictions and public health measures aimed at curbing a surge in new cases. Under these rules, bars and restaurants, including nightclubs, are ordered to close at 11:00 p.m. local time and all strip clubs will be closed until further notice. The orders take effect at 12:01 a.m. local time tomorrow. (CBC)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that the country has signed a deal with AstraZeneca to buy up to 20 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. (Business Recorder)
The number of cases in Canada exceeds 150,000. (Sify.com)
September 21, 2020 - Aftermath of the 2012 Burgas bus bombing
A court in Bulgaria sentences two men, a Lebanese Australian and a Lebanese Canadian, to life in prison in absentia, for their roles in the suicide bombing of a bus in Burgas in 2012 that killed five Israeli tourists, the Bulgarian driver and the bomber. The whereabouts of the men is unknown and they are the subject of an Interpol red notice. (AP)
September 20, 2020 -
A Canadian woman is arrested for sending ricin poison to U.S. President Donald Trump last week. (The New York Times)
September 19, 2020 - Canada-China relations
Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne announces that Canada has ceased discussing any free trade agreements with China. Canada has walked away from free-trade talks with China amid soured relations over arrest of Huawei CFO Meng Wanzhou and the detention of Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor. He states that "the China of 2020 is not the China of 2016". (South China Morning Post)
September 15, 2020 - Canada-United States relations
Canada-United States trade relations, Trump tariffs
The United States announces the suspension of the 10 percent tariff imposed on Canadian aluminum imports since August with the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative citing a "sharp" decline in imports for the decision. (AFP via RFI)
August 31, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
Maryland-based vaccine development company Novavax signs a deal with Canada to supply up to 76 million doses of its COVID-19 vaccine. (CBC)
August 29, 2020 - George Floyd protests in Canada
Black Lives Matter protesters topple the historic 125-year-old Macdonald Monument of Sir John A. Macdonald, the first Prime Minister of Canada, in downtown Montreal. The incident draws condemnation from political leaders, including Quebec Premier François Legault. (Al Jazeera)
August 28, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, Travel restrictions related to the COVID-19 pandemic
Canada extends emergency orders that place restrictions on international travel and make mandatory two-week quarantines for anyone entering the country until September 30. (Global News)
August 24, 2020 - 2020 Conservative Party of Canada leadership election
Durham MP and former Minister of Veterans Affairs Erin O'Toole is elected as the new leader of the Conservative Party and new Leader of the Official Opposition in the House of Commons. (CTV News)
August 18, 2020 - 2010 G20 Toronto summit protests
The Toronto Police Service agrees to pay compensation of C$16.5 million (US$12.5M) to about 1,100 protesters who were wrongfully arrested in the city during the 2010 G20 summit. (The Guardian)
August 17, 2020 - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on politics
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, WE Charity controversy
Bill Morneau resigns as Canada's finance minister following his involvement in the WE Charity scandal. (AAP via The Canberra Times)
August 7, 2020 - Canada-United States relations
Canada is set to impose $3.6B in tariffs on aluminum products in response to American tariffs on Canadian aluminum. Most affected manufacturers are in three politically sensitive swing states critical to the presidential election. (CBC)
August 6, 2020 - Trump tariffs
Trump implements a tariff of 10% on aluminum imports from Canada, pursuant to Section 232 of the US Trade Expansion Act. The United States previously imposed tariffs on Canadian steel and aluminum in 2018 citing national security concerns, before removing them last year as part of the USCMA Free Trade Agreement. Prime Minister of Canada Justin Trudeau vows "dollar-for-dollar" countermeasures. (CBC)
August 6, 2020 - Canada-China relations
A court in China sentences a Canadian man to death on drug charges. His alleged accomplice receives life imprisonment. Police had confiscated 120 kilograms (266 pounds) of ketamine from the defendant's home. He is the third Canadian citizen to receive the death sentence for drug smuggling since Canadian authorities arrested Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou in late 2018 on an extradition request from the United States. (AP)
August 6, 2020 -
Former Saudi Ministry of the Interior official Saad bin Khalid Al Jabry accuses Crown Prince Mohammed bin Salman of attempting to assassinate him in Canada, where he currently lives in exile, two weeks after the assassination of dissident journalist Jamal Khashoggi. The would-be assassins, believed to be the Tiger Squad, were stopped at Toronto Pearson International Airport after Canadian border officials became suspicious of them following interviews. (BBC)
July 28, 2020 - 2020 Nova Scotia attacks
Following massive public backlash, Public Safety Minister Bill Blair announces a public inquiry will be held over the law enforcement response to the rampage in Nova Scotia, Canada, last April, which left 23 dead, including the gunman. (Global News)
July 22, 2020 - Canada-United States relations
A Canadian federal court rules the Canada-United States Safe Third Country Agreement to be invalid, saying it violates the Charter of Rights and Freedom by making the country complicit in the United States's abuses of asylum seekers in detention. The ruling goes into effect within six months to give Parliament time to respond. (Reuters)
July 18, 2020 - George Floyd protests
George Floyd protests in Canada
July 18, 2020 - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on sports
The Government of Canada rejects an exemption for the Toronto Blue Jays to play their home games in Rogers Centre in Toronto. (ESPN)
July 17, 2020 - List of name changes due to the George Floyd protests
The Edmonton Eskimos of the Canadian Football League are expected to change their name. (ESPN)
July 8, 2020 - Mexico-United States relations, Canada-United States relations
U.S. President Donald Trump hosts a meeting at the White House with Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador to discuss the new United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement. Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau declines to attend. (The Washington Post)
July 4, 2020 - Canada-China relations
The Chinese embassy in Ottawa issues a rebuke of Canada, saying that it has "grossly interfered" in its affairs a day after Canada suspended its extradition treaty with Hong Kong. (Reuters)
June 29, 2020 - Economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on the arts and cultural heritage
Cirque du Soleil files for bankruptcy in Canada and cuts 3,500 jobs. (CNN)
June 18, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
The total number of COVID-19 cases in Canada surpasses 100,000, with 8,266 deaths recorded. (Reuters)
June 17, 2020 - 2020 United Nations Security Council election
Norway and Ireland win seats in the United Nations Security Council, joining new members India and Mexico. Canada, which was considered a favorite, and had strongly campaigned for a seat for four years on the council, fails to get enough votes. Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne says he is proud of the campaign but declines to comment on the reasons for their loss. (AP)
May 19, 2020 - 2020 Toronto machete attack
The Toronto Police declares a machete attack that occurred at an erotic massage parlor in February to be an act of terrorism driven by incel ideology. The attack left one woman dead and another injured. (Global News)
May 17, 2020 -
A jet from the Royal Canadian Air Force's Snowbirds crashes into a house in Kamloops, British Columbia, killing one pilot and injuring another. (CTV News)
May 16, 2020 - Impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on aviation, Coronavirus recession
Air Canada announces it will lay off 20,000 employees starting June 7. (The Associated Press)
May 7, 2020 - COVID-19 pandemic
COVID-19 pandemic in Canada
The Canadian Catholic Jesuit community at Pickering, Ontario mourns the deaths of five members of their community, including four priests, who died of COVID-19 at the religious order's long-term care facility. (Crux)
May 1, 2020 -
All five crew members declared missing after the crash of a Canadian CH-148 Cyclone helicopter two days earlier are now presumed dead. (The Guardian)
May 1, 2020 - Gun control in Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces a ban on assault-style weapons, which includes buying, selling, transporting, importing or using the designated weapons. The legislation is said to be motivated by last month's killing spree in Nova Scotia. (Reuters)
April 29, 2020 -
A Canadian CH-148 Cyclone helicopter vanishes while flying over the Ionian Sea during a NATO mission. One body is recovered, while the five other persons on board remain missing. (BBC) (The Straits Times)
April 21, 2020 - 2020 Nova Scotia attacks
The death toll in last Sunday's killing spree in Nova Scotia, Canada, rises to at least 23, including the perpetrator. (CBC News)
April 19, 2020 - 2020 Nova Scotia attacks
A killing spree occurs in the small coastal town of Portapique, near Truro, Nova Scotia, Canada. At least 17 people are dead, including the perpetrator and a Royal Canadian Mounted Police officer, making it the deadliest rampage in Canadian history. (CBC News) (Associated Press)
March 30, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ontario
Premier Doug Ford extends the province's state of emergency for another two weeks. (CTV News)
March 28, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that the country will deny flights to people who show symptoms of COVID-19. (Reuters)
Sophie Grégoire Trudeau, wife of Justin Trudeau, says that she has recovered from coronavirus after testing positive on March 13. (ABC News)
March 23, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that Canada will spend $192M to develop a COVID-19 vaccine. (Global News)
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ontario
Premier Doug Ford announces that non-essential businesses in Ontario are to be shut down for at least two weeks. (National Post)
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Quebec
Premier François Legault announces that non-essential businesses in Quebec are to be shut down for three weeks. (National Post)
March 22, 2020 - Impact of the 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic on sports
The Canadian Olympic Committee and Canadian Paralympic Committee announce that they will not be sending athletes to the Summer Games in 2020. (CBC News)
March 18, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
The United States and Canada suspend nonessential travel between the two countries due to the coronavirus pandemic. (CBC News) (CNN)
March 17, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Ontario
Ontario Premier Doug Ford announces a state of emergency, closing restaurants, day cares, and all schools. (Global News)
March 16, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announces that Canada will close its borders to all foreign travelers due to the pandemic, effective on Wednesday. Exceptions will be made for air crews, diplomats, immediate family members and U.S. citizens. Only four airports will continue to receive international flights: Toronto Pearson, Vancouver, Montréal-Trudeau, and Calgary. Domestic flights and flights from the United States, Mexico, and the Caribbean, as well as foreign commerce and trade, will not be affected. (Global News)
March 15, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Canada's public health agency posts an advert for nurses, citing "an urgent need". Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he does not rule out the possibility of closing the borders. (Reuters)
March 14, 2020 - Maghreb insurgency
Canadian national Édith Blais and her Italian partner Luca Tacchetto are found alive in Mali after escaping from their captors. The pair were abducted in Burkina Faso on December 15, 2018. (CBC)
March 13, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Quebec company Medicago announces it has found a COVID-19 vaccine candidate, and hopes to begin human testing this summer. (Global News)
Canada will suspend sessions of Parliament until at least April 20. (Politico)
Canada Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says that his wife Sophie Grégoire Trudeau's symptoms remain "mild" after testing positive COVID-19. (People)
March 13, 2020 - United States-Mexico-Canada Agreement
The USMCTA has passed the Canadian Senate after passing the third reading in the House of Commons earlier, Canadian Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland says. (Sputnik)
March 12, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and his wife Sophie Grégoire self-isolate after she shows flu-like symptoms. They are both tested for the COVID-19, with Sophie later testing positive. (Reuters)
March 10, 2020 -
The Canadian government presents a bill that would impose a nationwide ban on conversion therapy that would include minors. (BBC)
March 8, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
2020 coronavirus pandemic in Canada
The first COVID-19 death is confirmed in Canada. (CBC News)
March 4, 2020 - Canada-Iran relations, Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752
Canadian Foreign Minister François-Philippe Champagne urges Iran to allow access to the flight recorders of the Ukrainian passenger plane that was shot down in January. (Reuters)
February 25, 2020 - 2019-20 coronavirus pandemic
Canada's largest airline Air Canada suspends all flights to China until April in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. (CBC)
February 24, 2020 - 2020 Toronto machete attack
A 17-year-old boy is arrested and charged with first-degree murder after stabbing two women, one of them fatally, at a massage parlor in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. (Global News)
February 23, 2020 - 2020 Dominican Republic municipal elections
Protests begin in New York and Massachusetts in the United States, Paris in France, Toronto in Canada, Madrid, Navarre, and Barcelona in Spain, San Juan, Puerto Rico, and London in England. (Dominican Today)
February 21, 2020 -
A 64-year-old woman was killed after being attacked by a man with a hammer in Toronto, Canada. The victim was chosen at random. The attacker left a note on the victim's body, expressing support for terrorism. He was arrested and charged with terrorism offences. (Canada.com)
February 20, 2020 -
A 200-car pileup in La Prairie, Quebec, Canada, kills two people and injures 69 others. (News AU)
February 14, 2020 - Indigenous land claims in Canada
Canadian National suspends operations of its railroad network in eastern Canada, and Via Rail cancels most passenger inter-city rail service in Canada, in response to a blockade by First Nations activists, in support of the Unist'ot'en Camp in Wet'suwet'en First Nation territory in British Columbia protesting the Coastal GasLink Pipeline project. (CBC News)
February 13, 2020 -
Canadian airplane manufacturer Bombardier sells its remaining stake in the A220 model, previously called the C-Series, to France's Airbus, effectively closing its commercial aviation line of business. (CBC)
February 1, 2020 -
400-500 people are left stranded at the Sasquatch Mountain Resort in British Columbia, Canada, after the road to the resort was damaged from landslides caused by heavy rain. Train service between Vancouver and Seattle was also suspended until Monday due to mudslides. (CTV News) (CTV News)
January 21, 2020 -
The United Kingdom and United States governments announce they have agreed to protect the wreckage of the RMS Titanic. The agreement, signed by the British government in 2003, has come into effect after being ratified by U.S. Secretary of State Mike Pompeo. An official also says the UK will work with Canada and France to bring "even more protection" to the wreckage. (BBC)

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