Global National: Aug. 17, 2020 | Bill Morneau out as Canada’s finance minister

In our top story: late today Bill Morneau announced he was resigning effective immediately as both federal finance minister and MP, saying the time is right for someone else to take over the reigns. There has been controversy surrounding the minister regarding his ties to WE Charity and there has been reports of tension between him and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau. This is all happening in the middle of a pandemic and an economic crisis, raising the question: was he was forced out? Mercedes Stephenson speaks with Robin Gill to discuss the questions now raised over the sudden decision.

An RCMP investigation is underway following a series of cyber attacks which forced the shutdown of the Canada Revenue Agency (CRA) website. This past weekend, officials revealed hackers breached thousands of accounts for the CRA and up to 30 other federal departments. The government says a big part of the problem is that many people had been reusing passwords. As Abigail Bimman explains, there’s more the government can and should be doing.

The battle against COVID-19 in Alberta and British Columbia isn’t going the way public health officials were hoping. In the last 72 hours, Alberta has recorded 359 new cases while B.C. is reporting 236 new cases. It was revealed today that teachers and students in the latter province’s schools will have to wear non-medical face masks on buses, high-traffic areas and areas where physical distancing is not possible. Provincial and territorial governments are hammering out their back to school strategies but as Heather Yourex-West reports, it’s a patchwork of plans right across the country.

There are stunning new allegations against former fashion designer Peter Nygard. After being accused of sexual assault by more than 50 women, which he denies, he is now facing accusations from two of his own sons. Kevin Hirschfield reports on the latest lawsuit.

The Canada-U.S. border remains closed to all non-essential travel until at least Sept. 21, but some travellers have been taking advantage of a loophole that allows them to fly back and forth. As Séan O’Shea reports, one Canadian airline is even promoting this kind of travel.

Hopes have been dashed for Canadian football fans as the Canadian Football League (CFL) season has been officially called off and for the first time in 100 years, there will be no Grey Cup. The league asked Ottawa for a loan to make up for the hit it’s taking in lost ticket sales because of the COVID-19 pandemic. As Eric Sorensen reports, the federal government didn’t play ball.

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In This Story: Canada

Canada is a country in the northern part of North America. It extends from the Atlantic to the Pacific and northward into the Arctic Ocean, covering 9.98 million square kilometres (3.85 million square miles), making it the world’s second-largest country by total area.

Its southern and western border with the United States, stretching 8,891 kilometres (5,525 mi), is the world’s longest bi-national land border. Canada’s capital is Ottawa, and its three largest metropolitan areas are Toronto, Montreal, and Vancouver.

Various Indigenous peoples inhabited what is now Canada for thousands of years before European colonization. The Canada Act 1982, which severed the vestiges of legal dependence on the British Parliament. Canada is a parliamentary democracy and a constitutional monarchy in the Westminster tradition, with a monarch and a prime minister who serves as the chair of the Cabinet and head of government.

As a highly developed country, Canada has the seventeenth-highest nominal per-capita income globally as well as the thirteenth-highest ranking in the Human Development Index. Its advanced economy is the tenth-largest in the world, relying chiefly upon its abundant natural resources and well-developed international trade networks.

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