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Vaccinated travellers now don’t need a COVID test to enter Canada

Following an announcement from the federal government two weeks ago, vaccinated travellers coming to Canada no longer need a negative COVID-19 test to enter the country. The Ottawa Citizen has the story.

Russian troops withdraw from Chornobyl nuclear plant due to radiation

Russian soldiers are reportedly withdrawing from the Chornobyl nuclear plant after contracting radiation poisoning. Ukraine’s state power company says it’s the result of digging trenches at the highly contaminated site. CBC News has more.

Canada extends military mission in Iraq

On Thursday evening, Defence Minister Anita Anand announced a 12-month extension of Canada’s military mission in Iraq. This came only hours before the current mandate was set to expire, reports Global News.

Pope apologizes to Canadian Indigenous delegation

Pope Francis has apologized for the conduct of some members of the Roman Catholic Church in Canada’s residential school system, following a week of talks with First Nations, Inuit and Métis delegations, CBC reports. The pope also promised to visit Canada.

A sixth wave may mean more boosters but no renewed restrictions in Ontario

Health Minister Christine Elliott says the province is considering widening eligibility for a second COVID-19 booster in the wake of a 22 per cent increase in infections over the past seven days but that the province does not intend to renew or reinstate public health restrictions. The Toronto Star has more. This comes, CBC reports, the average level of coronavirus detected in Ottawa’s wastewater has reached a record high, slightly surpassing the peak reached during a previous wave in January.