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Explosion rocks Beirut and Trudeau popularity drops: In The News for Aug. 5

Explosion rocks Beirut and Trudeau popularity drops: In The News for Aug. 5

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 Aug. 5. What we are watching in Canada ...
WE controversy takes bite out of Trudeau, Liberal popularity: Poll

WE controversy takes bite out of Trudeau, Liberal popularity: Poll

OTTAWA — Nearly half of Canadians would support an election being called if the federal watchdog finds Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to have violated the Conflict of Interest Act again over the WE charity affair, a new poll suggests.

Mystery seeds showing up in Canadian mailboxes highlight 'brushing' scams

MONTREAL — The packages of mysterious seeds that have been making unsolicited appearances in mailboxes across North America are drawing attention to an online review scam known as "brushing" that has recently appeared in Canada.
Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study

Potential explosion in mental illness could last years after pandemic: study

OTTAWA — A new study suggests Canadians, especially women, will face a potentially explosive increase in mental illness for years after the COVID-19 pandemic is finally over.
Canadian company urges human trials after COVID-19 vaccine results in mice

Canadian company urges human trials after COVID-19 vaccine results in mice

OTTAWA — A Canadian company is telling the government today that its trials of a potential COVID-19 vaccine on animals completely blocked the virus, but it must conduct human trials to know whether it has found a possible cure for the pandemic.
'Felt like an earthquake': Resident describes blast that shook Lebanon

'Felt like an earthquake': Resident describes blast that shook Lebanon

Philippe Tawileh was with his wife and children watching television after dinner when they heard a blast and felt the house shake.
COVID Alert app a help even if it works only on newer phones: Tam

COVID Alert app a help even if it works only on newer phones: Tam

OTTAWA — Answering criticism that the federal "COVID Alert" app only works on newer smartphones, Dr. Theresa Tam says it's one of many tools in fighting the novel coronavirus.
Search for missing ball python, one month after it slithered off near Victoria

Search for missing ball python, one month after it slithered off near Victoria

VICTORIA — Police say a large snake is missing somewhere in a Victoria-area neighbourhood. Victoria police issued a statement saying the nearly 1.4-metre long ball python was reported missing Tuesday.
Toronto-area Liberal MP Michael Levitt puts family first, announces resignation

Toronto-area Liberal MP Michael Levitt puts family first, announces resignation

OTTAWA — Michael Levitt is resigning as the Liberal MP for the Toronto-area riding of York Centre. Levitt, first elected in 2015, says he has informed the Speaker of the House of Commons that he'll give up his seat as of Sept. 1.
Alberta, Ottawa reduce oilsands environmental monitoring budget due to pandemic

Alberta, Ottawa reduce oilsands environmental monitoring budget due to pandemic

EDMONTON — Alberta has come to an agreement with the federal government that makes major cuts to environmental monitoring of the oilsands.