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105.9 The Region

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OTTAWA — The Liberal government is updating the interpretation of “parent” to make it easier for some parents to pass Canadian citizenship on to their children. Previously, children born abroad to Canadians automatically received citizenship only if there was a genetic link between the parent and the child or the parent gave birth to the child. […]

LEVIS, Que. — Quebec provincial police have issued an Amber Alert to locate two young girls and a 44-year-old male suspect. The two missing girls are Norah Carpentier, 11, and Romy Carpentier, 6, from Levis, Que., located south of Quebec City. The suspect, Martin Carpentier, was last seen wearing a grey T-shirt and jeans, and police […]

TORONTO — Wayne Moore has had no trouble staying busy during the COVID-19 pandemic. The uncertainty surrounding the 2020 CFL season has allowed the B.C. Lions running back to devote more time to painting. In fact, the self-taught artist has started listing pieces online ( for sale. The six-foot, 220-pound Moore has always drawn and painted, but only for his own enjoyment. […]

OTTAWA — Canada’s police chiefs are calling for decriminalization of personal possession of illicit drugs as the best way to battle substance abuse and addiction. The Canadian Association of Chiefs of Police is proposing increased access to health care, treatment and social services to divert people away from the criminal justice system. This would apply to people possessing […]

TORONTO — A Toronto concert organizer says confusing guidelines for Ontario drive-ins have left him little choice but to postpone a major weekend event meant to unite friends and families in their cars. Dan Gunam’s Together at the Drive-in, a two-day live music and film series originally slated for mid-July, has been pushed to later this month after planners discovered that by […]

TORONTO — Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the Ontario government prefers a return to in-class learning for students this September. Lecce’s statement comes weeks after the province told school boards to prepare for an array of options, including a return to regular class learning, online learning or a combination of both. Premier Doug Ford said […]

OTTAWA — Conservative leadership candidate Leslyn Lewis says racial slurs directed at her during an online debate last night are not surprising. Lewis, Erin O’Toole and Derek Sloan were debating B.C.-related issues when the slurs appeared in the chat box of the video conferencing program organizers used. Lewis is the first Black candidate to run […]

TORONTO — Postmedia Network Canada Corp. says its revenue dropped by more than 25 per cent in its most recent quarter due to a significant impact from the COVID-19 pandemic. The newspaper conglomerate says its third-quarter revenue was $112.4 million, down $44.6 million, or 28.4 per cent, from $157.1 million in the same quarter the previous year. […]

TORONTO — The Ontario government’s effort to do away with streaming for Grade 9 students will begin with one course starting next fall. Education Minister Stephen Lecce says the province’s math curriculum will be the first to be de-streamed as of September 2021. He did not indicate if or when other subjects would follow, but […]

TORONTO — The owner of the Toronto Star says it has received a potentially superior second purchase offer from a private investor group. In response to a request from the Investment Industry Regulatory Organization of Canada, Torstar Corp. confirmed it received a non-binding, unsolicited offer for all of the company’s Class A shares and Class B non-voting shares. The […]