Blue Jays clinch 1st post-season berth since 2016 after defeating Yankees

Vladimir Guerrero Jr., homered and ace Hyun-Jin Ryu threw seven shutout innings as the Toronto Blue Jays beat the New York Yankees 4-1 on Thursday night to wrap up their first post-season berth in four years.

Toronto survived a nervous eighth inning as New York scratched out a run off reliever Anthony Bass, who was pulled after loading the bases with his third walk of the frame.

Rafael Dolis came on and got pinch-hitter Gary Sanchez to fly out on a ball that Randal Grichuk caught against the wall in left-centre field for the third out.

Dolis returned for the ninth and when he fanned Aaron Hicks for his third strikeout of the inning, the party was on at Buffalo’s Sahlen Field.

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Avoid all social gatherings as COVID-19 community transmissions rise, health minister urges Quebecers

Health Minister Christian Dubé appealed to Quebecers to cancel all their plans to gather with friends and family over the next few weeks — including Thanksgiving dinner.

He said the next few weeks will be key in preventing the level of shutdowns due to COVID-19 that were seen in the spring.

“We ask all Quebecers, regardless of colour code in their region, to restrict their public gatherings. This is very important,” he said, referring to the alert system that the province is now using to determine the severity of the spread of the virus.

He said cancelling Thanksgiving plans would give Quebecers a shot at having “a nice Christmas.”

One new region, MRC Avignon in the Gaspésie, moved into the yellow “pre-alert” stage Thursday...

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Federal government wants to restore regional flights by subsidizing airlines

The federal government is finalizing a plan to re-establish flights to regional airports across the country by subsidizing airlines, CBC News has learned.

The final details are still being worked out, but Economic Development Minister Mélanie Joly said the idea is for federal departments or agencies to subsidize airlines to launch routes between smaller regional centres and connections to larger cities.

“Many other countries in the world go ahead and support their regional routes through subsidies, including the U.S.,” Joly told CBC News. “So we want to find a way to work with partners to make sure there can be that interconnection … at an affordable price.”

The idea was first pitched publicly in Wednesday’s speech from the throne.

“The government will work with partners to support regi...

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Army commander orders Canadian soldiers to call out racism in the ranks

Soldiers who witness — or become aware of — racism and hateful conduct in the ranks will be expected to blow the whistle to their superiors under a sweeping new order issued today by the commander of the Canadian Army.

The new directive, which is being distributed to all army units across the country, also warns of consequences for those who turn a blind eye.

“We will hold our members accountable for their actions,” Lt.-Gen. Wayne Eyre wrote in the order, a copy of which was obtained by CBC News.

Soldiers “at all levels will be expected to intervene and report incidents,” he said, “and where necessary, we will provide support to those affected by these behaviours.

“Failure to act is considered complicity in the event.”

Eyre, who verbally outlined his expectations last week at a virtu...

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Ottawa trying to toss out climate lawsuit from youth activists

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  • Ottawa trying to toss out climate lawsuit from youth activists
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Ottawa trying to toss out climate lawsuit from youth activists

(Submitted by Haana Edenshaw)

While the federal government restated its commitment to fighting climate change in Wednesday’s throne speech, CBC has learned Ottawa has also urged a judge to throw out a case brought by a group of young Canadians claiming their right to a safe, stable climate has been breached. 

The case, La Ros...

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Ontario rolls out $1B updated COVID-19 testing and contact-tracing plan

Ontario reported an additional 409 cases of COVID-19 on Thursday as the province announced it would shift back toward testing only symptomatic people and those in high-risk groups to relieve pressure on publicly funded testing sites and clear a severe backlog of samples.

The news comes as Premier Doug Ford said his government will invest $1 billion to expand testing and contact-tracing capacity heading into flu season, including some $30 million to “prevent and manage outbreaks” in priority settings like long-term care facilities, retirement homes and schools. 

The province’s network of labs is currently facing a backlog of 53,840 test samples, the most since cases of the respiratory infection were first detected in January. 

During a media briefing earlier today, health officials said ...

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Parliament resumes full operations today with debate on throne speech

The fate of Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s minority Liberal government hangs in the balance as Parliament resumes all normal operations today for the first time in six months.

Opposition parties will give their official responses to Wednesday’s speech from the throne, but they’ve already signalled that Trudeau can’t count on support from any of them to survive the eventual confidence vote and avoid plunging the country into an election in the midst of a second wave of the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Conservatives were unequivocal: they will not support the throne speech.

The Bloc Québécois was almost as categorical...

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Public health officials call for tighter restrictions, warn COVID-19 could spiral out of control

Infectious disease experts say Canadian health authorities must tighten restrictions again or hospitalizations and deaths from COVID-19 will increase exponentially in the coming weeks.

Echoing comments made Tuesday by Chief Public Health Officer Dr. Theresa Tam, who said Canada is at a crossroads in its pandemic battle, experts in public health are urging governments to take decisive action to prevent the current resurgence of the virus from spiralling out of control.

Canada reported 1,248 new cases Wednesday, and on Tuesday the country’s most populous province, Ontario, reported its highest number of new cases since early May. 

Tam outlined projections that show new cases could climb to 5,000 daily by October if we continue on the current course.

“To date, we’re not moving fast enough t...

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No one likes wearing a mask — but with COVID-19 cases rising, you should put it on more often than you think

Let’s face it: No one enjoys having a mask cover half their face.

They can be scratchy, sweaty, stuffy — all reasons why people quickly ditch them on a restaurant patio, avoid wearing them around friends and family or “forget” them while dashing into a store.

But experts warn that at this point in the pandemic, when the benefits of mask-wearing are growing clear — and COVID-19 cases are rising rapidly, with hospitalizations and deaths expected to follow — Canadians should be donning their masks more, not less.

“Keep wearing your mask, as much as you can, especially with people you don’t live with,” Toronto’s medical officer of health, Dr. Eileen de Villa, stressed on Monday.

Multiple experts who spoke to CBC News this week say that means keeping a mask on in a variety of settings, ...

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Can Florida save the U.S. from an election night meltdown?

If — and it’s a big if — Democratic presidential candidate Joe Biden delivers a clear win in Florida on Nov. 3, it’s pretty much game over for U.S. President Donald Trump’s chances for re-election. 

If not, many chaotic ballot-counting scenarios and challenges could ensue. 

As Americans face this fall full of uncertainty over questions of election legitimacy and a delayed result, the sunshine state could provide a path to election night clarity. 

Florida is not only the biggest of swing states, boasting more electoral college votes than Michigan and Wisconsin combined, it’s also indispensable to Trump’s re-election. Victory becomes nearly impossible without capturing Florida’s treasure trove of 29 electoral college votes. 

But will the result even be known on election night?

There’s ...

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