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Biochemist Daniela Beatriz Ori manipulates swab samples to make a real time polymerase chain reaction (RT-PCR) analysis for COVID-19 testing at the biochemistry lab of Central Navy Hospital Dr. Pedro Malloon April 28, 2020 in Buenos Aires, Argentina. (Photo by Amilcar Orfali/Getty Images)
Heavy snow falls as people wearing face masks to curb the spread of COVID-19 cross a road in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, December 21, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People walk past a "we're open, heated terrace dining" sign at Eli's Essentials on the Upper East Side on February 02, 2021 in New York City. (Photo by Alexi Rosenfeld/Getty Images)
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New benefit for workers only intended for those in 'complete' lockdowns: Qualtrough

The federal government intends for the newly proposed lockdown benefit to apply only to individuals whose work is interrupted by a complete COVID-19 lockdown in their region. Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Minister Carla Qualtrough said the details of the new Canada Worker Lockdown Benefit are still being ironed out, and will depend too on the public health restrictions imposed by provinces and territories.

As some pandemic benefits expire, feds to spend $7.4B on new programs

The federal government has announced a suite of changes to the popular income and business support programs put in place during the pandemic and set to expire on Saturday. Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland reminded Canadians on Thursday that the measures were always intended to be 'temporary.'

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Greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record in 2020: UN

The World Meteorological Organization reported Monday that greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and increased at a faster rate than the annual average for the last decade despite a temporary reduction during pandemic-related lockdowns.

Feyzin Total refinery chimneys outside Lyon, France, on Oct. 15, 2021. (Laurent Cipriani / AP)

Former PM Chretien on inflation concerns, current affairs

Former prime minister Jean Chretien says he is concerned about the future of Canada's economy, with inflation at a near 20-year high, saying in a wide-ranging interview with Evan Solomon, host of CTV's Question Period, that Canada is 'moving into a dark alley.'