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Story 10 – Policing Perspectives

2020 was a tumultuous year for those in law enforcement and those pushing for reforms to a justice system long-identified as failing to properly serve Black, Indigenous and non-white people in Canada and the United States. In both countries, the

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Story 9 – Meng and the Michaels

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor have now been detained in China for more than two years. In June, Chinese officials announced that they had charged the two with espionage. These charges have been described as baseless and arbitrary by Canadian and international

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Story 8 – The Royals (briefly) come to Canada

Some lighter news also captured Canadian imaginations and attention this year. In January it was announced that Prince Harry and his wife Meghan Markle – the Duke and Duchess of Sussex – were not only seeking to partially quit the

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Story 7 – Better with Biden

The American presidential election was of extreme interest to Canadian observers. Four years of the Trump presidency were an immense challenge for Canadian government officials. Among the issues causing busy days and sleepless nights: contentious NAFTA renegotiations, tariffs on Canadians products based on classifying

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Story 6 – Iran Plane Crash

After Ukraine Airlines Flight 752 as shot down over Tehran on January 8, this country was plunged into grief. 57 Canadians were among the 176 people killed in the crash. Stories of lost loved ones from across the country began to emerge

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Story 5 – Provincial Elections

Despite the challenges of the pandemic, there were three provincial elections held this year. The incumbent government was returned to power in British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and New Brunswick. The Angus Reid Institute offered insight into each, with its Provincial Spotlight

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