Global National: Aug. 28, 2020 | Pandemic blamed for Canadian economy’s record drop

In our top story: The economic impact of the pandemic has hit a staggering benchmark. Canada’s economy suffered its biggest drop on record. The gross domestic product shrank 38.7 per cent in the second quarter as the economy slowed to a crawl. Millions of Canadians were laid off during the widespread lockdown and more than eight million people turned to the federal government for financial support. David Akin reports on the record drop and the promising new signs of a rapid recovery.

Newly minted Conservative leader Erin O’Toole has a potential election to plan for – just days into the gig. He sat down today with our Ottawa bureau chief Mercedes Stephenson for his first one-on-one interview since his victory.

The Nov. 3 election has America more divided than ever. U.S. President Donald Trump accepted his party’s nomination last night at the Republican convention. But he ignored the growing calls for change and focused on claims that electing Joe Biden would bring lawlessness to America. Tonight, Jackson Proskow looks at how the campaign between two very different candidates could play out.

ATM-styled drug dispensers are being installed in five locations across Canada to help address the opioid crisis. The machines provide safe, doctor-prescribed medication to users by scanning their palm. The technology is an extension of a pilot project that began in the centre of the epidemic, Vancouver’s downtown eastside. Jesse Thomas reports.

Brewers in Calgary have discovered a greener way to make beer. But one ingredient will get your attention. Besides the hops and barley, mix in Calgary’s wastewater. The treated brew meets the bar set by Alberta’s health authorities. But as Heather Yourex-West explains, it may take some convincing to get people sipping these suds.

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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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