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CAQ sails to victory in Quebec with largest majority in decades
François Legault's Coalition Avenir Québec has won back-to-back provincial elections, securing a landslide victory on Monday and an even larger majority, cementing itself as a political powerhouse.
The CAQ was elected in 88 ridings and leading in another two, as of 1:30 a.m. ET, making it the highest number of seats won by a party in a Quebec election since 1989, when Robert Bourassa's Liberals won 92 seats.
The CAQ entered the election campaign with 76 seats — 63 are needed for a majority in the National Assembly.
Legault addressed his supporters at his party's election night headquarters in Quebec City to celebrate his victory.
"We got a clear message [tonight]. Quebecers sent a strong message. Quebecers told us 'Let's continue!'" Legault said in reference to his party's campaign slogan.
The CAQ is the first party other than the Quebec Liberals or the Parti Québécois to win back-to-back majorities since 1956.
The CAQ managed to grow its majority without increasing its footprint in Montreal. In 2018, the party won only two seats on the island. This time, when all the votes are counted, it may end up with a single riding, though it did manage to win at least four of six seats in Laval.
With the Liberals leading or elected in 21 ridings, the party will once again finish in second place and likely form the Official Opposition, four years after its crushing defeat in 2018. Read the full story here.
Ukraine makes major new breakthrough on southern front
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A Ukrainian rocket launcher fires toward Russian positions in southern Ukraine on Monday. Ukrainian forces achieved their biggest breakthrough in the south of the country since the war began in February, bursting through the front and advancing rapidly along the Dnipro River. Read more here.
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is expected to testify during the public inquiry looking into the invocation of the federal Emergencies Act during February's Freedom Convoy protests in Ottawa, according to his office. The Public Order Emergency Commission has yet to make its list of witnesses public, but a spokesperson from the Prime Minister's Office told CBC on background that Trudeau is expected to be invited and is "welcome" to the idea. CTV News first reported that the prime minister will testify at the inquiry. Trudeau invoked the act on Feb. 14 — for the first time in Canada's history — giving the federal government temporary powers to deal with the anti-COVID-19-restriction blockades that gridlocked Ottawa for three weeks last winter as protesters parked trucks that blocked neighbourhood access and main arteries around Parliament Hill. The inquiry is set to start on Oct. 13. and wrap up its public hearings on Nov. 25. Read more here.
Hundreds of vigils will be held across Canada on Tuesday to honour the lives of Indigenous women, girls and gender diverse people who have gone missing or been murdered. For Brenda Wilson, it will be a day for families to unite and hold each other up. Wilson's 16-year-old sister, Ramona Wilson, went missing in June 1994 from Smithers, B.C. Her body was found 10 months later in a wooded area. The case remains unsolved. "There's still no answers in my sister's case," said Wilson. "Who did this to her? Who murdered her? Who hurt her? Who took her away from us?" Wilson was among several families to speak at a virtual news conference Monday organized by Families of Sisters in Spirit and Amnesty International Canada. Amnesty International Canada said the recent cases of Chelsea Poorman, Tatyanna Harrison and Noelle O'Soup in B.C.'s Lower Mainland highlight that violence against Indigenous women and girls remains a crisis, with inadequate support from police. Read more on this story here.
With auto thefts in and around Toronto on the rise, you might be wondering if your car could be a target. CBC Toronto put together a list of the most commonly targeted vehicles in Ontario, current as of 2020. According to Toronto police Det.-Sgt. Peter Wehby, the most commonly stolen vehicles have a push-to-start ignition — the ones with a key fob. That lines up with what the Équité Association, which investigates and analyzes insurance fraud and crime, found when compiling its Top 10 list of stolen vehicles in Ontario for 2020. The list highlights a key trend in vehicle thefts across the country, it says: With more vehicles equipped with keyless entry remotes, electronic auto theft is on the rise Canada-wide. In Ontario, the most commonly stolen vehicles include the Lexus RX, Honda CR-V and Honda Civic. Check out the full list here and get some tips about how to keep your car safe.
Anxious parents are flooding social media sites in search of fever-reducing medication for their little ones as cold and flu season begins. Pediatricians and pharmacists are trying to reassure them there are options. Starting six months ago, some store shelves of pediatric acetaminophen and, later, ibuprofen products — like liquid Tylenol and Advil or chewable tablets — were bare, according to pharmacists and parents. Health Canada had promised to speak with suppliers earlier this summer about the countrywide shortage. But clinicians say there's no need to panic because alternatives exist, and they note help is at hand to talk parents and caregivers through what signs to look for when a child spikes a fever. Read the full story here.
The federal government needs to follow through quickly on its promise to create a self-sustaining investment fund for Black-led charities and community-based organizations, says a spokesperson for a group backing the idea. Liban Abokor, a board co-chair with the Foundation for Black Communities, made the comment after Ottawa took another step in laying the groundwork for what's supposed to be a $200-million Black-led philanthropic endowment fund. "While this $200-million endowment is certainly a historic commitment, it needs to move from commitment to action," Abokor told CBC News. While Abokor praised the proposal, he warned that Ottawa can't afford to drag its heels. "There are community organizations in desperate need of resources to flow right away," he said. Read more here.
The Toronto Blue Jays will play their first-round playoff series at home after they secured the top American League wild-card spot on Monday. A 4-3 loss by the Seattle Mariners to the Detroit Tigers sealed Toronto's hold on the top wild-card position. Toronto won 5-1 earlier in the day in a rain-shortened game against the Orioles in Baltimore. In the upcoming playoffs, the Blue Jays will face the Mariners or the Tampa Bay Rays in a best-of-three series that will be played at the Rogers Centre. Read more here.
Now here's some good news to start your Tuesday: Imagine it's the weekend of your wedding, and you've had an uninvited guest drop in. Her name's Fiona. She's a post-tropical storm. Do you cancel the wedding? Read here about two Nova Scotia couples who pressed on with their nuptials despite everything the storm threw at them.
Front Burner: 'Most hated' leaders split Brazil's election vote
In an election that's divided Brazil, Sunday's vote ended up even more split than polls predicted.
Many pollsters had signalled that incumbent Jair Bolsonaro would lose the election on the first ballot, but the far-right populist far outperformed their predictions. Meanwhile, his leftist nemesis, former president Luiz Inácio Lula da Silva, failed to reach the 50 per cent of votes needed for victory — triggering a head-to-head run-off vote on Oct. 30.
Today, Brazilian Report editor-in-chief Gustavo Ribeiro joins us to explain why these candidates are both the "most loved and most hated" politicians in Brazil and why Brazilians remain divided between these opposite ends of the political spectrum.
Today in history: October 4
1952: The first external pacemaker is fitted to David Schwartz to control his heartbeats. The first internal pacemaker was not fitted until 1958.
1957: The space age begins as the Soviet Union puts the first spacecraft into orbit around Earth. Sputnik I orbited the Earth from a height of 902 kilometres at a speed of 29,000 km/h. The 83-kilogram, 58-centimetre-thick satellite carried only radio equipment.
1982: Canadian pianist Glenn Gould dies in Toronto at the age of 50, eight days after suffering a severe stroke.
1988: Nine Canadians who were unknowing guinea pigs during CIA-financed brainwashing experiments in the 1950s reach an out-of-court settlement, sharing $750,000.
With files from The Canadian Press, The Associated Press and Reuters