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COVID crisis in remote communities and a historic agreement: In The News for Jan. 3

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Jan. 3... What we are watching in Canada ...
Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

Logging in watersheds among stressors for declining Pacific salmon, experts say

VANCOUVER — The compounding effects of climate change and logging are contributing tothe degradation of Pacific salmon habitat, experts say, adding a reassessment of watershed logging and restoration practices will be key to helping struggling fish p
'A force': Politicians remember former N.L. and federal cabinet minister John Efford

'A force': Politicians remember former N.L. and federal cabinet minister John Efford

ST. JOHN'S, N.L. — Former federal and provincial cabinet minister John Efford is being remembered as "true icon" of Newfoundland and Labrador politics.
Feds, Indigenous leaders to announce child welfare compensation agreement Tuesday

Feds, Indigenous leaders to announce child welfare compensation agreement Tuesday

OTTAWA — An agreement in principle that will see Ottawa pay billions in compensation to First Nations children harmed by an underfunded child welfare system is set to be announced in Ottawa this week.
Remote communities locking down, banning outsiders as COVID-19 spreads

Remote communities locking down, banning outsiders as COVID-19 spreads

OTTAWA — The latest wave of COVID-19 is bringing health-care resources in some remote communities in Canada to the breaking point as case numbers explode.
Major Quebec hospital postpones half of surgeries, appointments due to COVID-19 spike

Major Quebec hospital postpones half of surgeries, appointments due to COVID-19 spike

MONTREAL — Quebec City's main hospital network says it will postpone half of its surgeries and medical appointments starting Wednesday.

No winning ticket for Saturday's $25 million Lotto 649 jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $25 million jackpot in Saturday's Lotto 649 draw. However, the draw's guaranteed $1 million prize was won by a lottery player in British Columbia. The jackpot for the next Lotto 649 draw on Jan.
B.C. farmers 'white-knuckling' their way through extreme cold after floods, heat dome

B.C. farmers 'white-knuckling' their way through extreme cold after floods, heat dome

VANCOUVER — Richard Bosma's cows had been home for less than a week after an evacuation due to flooding in Abbotsford, B.C., before temperatures plummeted on his farm.
The Quebec government wants to bring an NHL team to the capital, but fans skeptical

The Quebec government wants to bring an NHL team to the capital, but fans skeptical

MONTREAL — Quebec politicians are meeting with National Hockey League brass in January, but it's unclear what influence the government can have on the league or whether team owners have any interest in bringing the Nordiques back to the provincial ca
Parts of Canada begin 2022 with record COVID-19 cases after low-key New Year's Eve

Parts of Canada begin 2022 with record COVID-19 cases after low-key New Year's Eve

Several parts of Canada ushered in 2022 by documenting record-setting COVID-19 case counts after a quiet New Year's Eve dampened by tightened public health restrictions and fears of getting sick in the latest wave of the pandemic.