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The pandemic probe and two Toronto byelections: In The News for Oct. 26

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 Oct. 26 ... What we are watching in Canada ...

The latest numbers on COVID-19 in Canada for Monday, Oct. 26, 2020

The latest numbers of confirmed COVID-19 cases in Canada as of 4:00 a.m. EDT on Oct. 26, 2020: There are 216,103 confirmed cases in Canada.

Health Minister Hajdu says she went maskless at airport only while eating

OTTAWA — Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu says she took off a face mask at the airport only to eat or drink, following a Twitter post showing her without a face covering at Pearson airport in Toronto.
John Horgan says he will work across party lines to find ideas that work for B.C.

John Horgan says he will work across party lines to find ideas that work for B.C.

VANCOUVER — Premier John Horgan says his majority New Democrat government is open to exploring new ideas that can help shape British Columbia regardless of their political or geographic origins. B.C.
Pfizer raises concerns ahead of Commons vote on probe of Ottawa's pandemic response

Pfizer raises concerns ahead of Commons vote on probe of Ottawa's pandemic response

OTTAWA — Opposition parties are poised to approve a parliamentary probe of the Trudeau government's handling of the COVID-19 pandemic despite growing objections from industry and experts.

Immunity task force chair says Tories' proposed probe will hurt pandemic response

OTTAWA — The co-chair of the federal government’s COVID-19 immunity task force has spoken out against a proposed probe of the Liberals' handling of the pandemic, saying such a wide-ranging investigation now could do more harm than good.
Canadian provinces hardest hit by COVID-19 reach sobering milestones

Canadian provinces hardest hit by COVID-19 reach sobering milestones

MONTREAL — The Canadian provinces hardest hit by the global COVID-19 pandemic released sobering numbers on Sunday, with Quebec's overall case count passing the 100,000 mark and Ontario registering more than 1,000 single-day cases for the first time s

Quebec reaches more than 100,000 total cases of COVID-19

MONTREAL — Quebec reached more than 100,000 total cases of COVID-19 on Sunday, becoming the first province in Canada to hit the somber milestone since the pandemic began in March.
Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq chief casts doubt on Ottawa's bid to quell violence over lobster

Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq chief casts doubt on Ottawa's bid to quell violence over lobster

HALIFAX — The First Nations chief behind a small but contentious fishing fleet trapping Nova Scotia lobster outside the regulated season raised concerns on Sunday about Ottawa's latest bid to quell violent protests by non-Indigenous agitators.
Feds urged to act as data suggests COVID-19 making it hard for veterans to get help

Feds urged to act as data suggests COVID-19 making it hard for veterans to get help

OTTAWA — The federal government is being criticized for not doing enough to help disabled veterans as new figures appear to confirm fears that COVID-19 has made it more difficult for them to apply for financial assistance.