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Auto parts factories retool to make medical equipment, while worry grows over sector's future

Canadian auto parts factories that have been idled by the COVID-19 shutdown have changed production lines to make things like face shields and gowns needed by health care workers, but it doesn't replace lost auto-sector revenue and some are worried about industry's future.

'None of us have been trained to work during a pandemic': Family medicine clinic struggles to maintain care

'None of us have been trained to work during a pandemic,' says Dr. Javed Alloo, who is now seeing some patients remotely to reduce the risk of spreading COVID-19.

What if the solution to homelessness is really as simple as offering everyone a place to live?

Edmonton's Housing First initiative aims to eliminate chronic homelessness in the city by 2022.

'I thought I was going to die': Canadian farmers open up about struggles with mental health

People should feel comfortable reaching out for help with mental health issues, says farmer who is pushing back against those who've told him he should just suck it up.

'We're everywhere now': Meet the homeless in Canada's largest city

Every night in Toronto around 8,000 people sleep in shelters — twice as many as five years ago. 'It's people who have fallen on hard times, got divorced, lost their jobs, got a work injury,' says one homeless man.

Trans Mountain pipeline: Why some First Nations want to stop it — and others want to own it

Since the federal government bought the Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 billion from Kinder Morgan, a number of First Nations groups have opposed it — but several others are jockeying to operate it themselves.
CLIMATE CHANGE

'It's like that friend who betrayed you': Emotional toll of flooding is felt long after waters recede

Once the sandbags are gone and the physical damage is dealt with, flood victims have to come to grips with the emotional aftermath. Here's how the floods in New Brunswick over the past two springs are continuing to affect the lives of local residents.

Free heroin? Unusual clinic offers 'chance at being human again'

Program offers low-dose heroin to people who use drugs so they can function without having to source them on the street. 'They just give us enough so that we are not a mess. So we can feel what it is to have a chance at being human again,' says man who credits program with saving his life.

'I hope to be part of the solution': Albertans rethink approach to energy, environment

The Alberta energy sector's future is cloudy, but some are banking on an economy based on world-leading bright ideas. Energy Futures Lab is one of the groups that believes Alberta can be the key to solving climate change problems by becoming a leader in new energy technologies.

Crystal Papineau: Making sense of a life cruelly ended during an act of kindness

Crystal Papineau died on a frigid day in January inside a clothing donation bin in Toronto — a victim of her difficult life on the streets, and her compassion for others. The National sent reporter Nick Purdon and producer Leonardo Palleja to speak with Papineau's parents about their daughter's life.

Canada's top 'sleep writer' reveals how he puts you under (can you stay awake?)

Chris Advansun is a full-time 'sleep writer' in Toronto who writes with one goal in mind — to lull people off to la-la land.

Powering the North: $1.6 billion project connects remote communities to grid

The $1.6 billion Wataynikaneyap Power Project is an ambitious plan to connect 17 remote communities to Ontario's power grid with a 1,800 km power line, and create skilled jobs in the North.

'It's like a personal injury': Tornado takes emotional toll on Ottawa neighbourhood

The Ottawa-area tornado has transformed Arlington Woods neighbourhood into a logging camp, and residents worry how the community will recover, both physically and emotionally, from the disaster.
Profile

How do you save a local newspaper? Just ask the Prince Albert Daily Herald's staff

This past winter, the Prince Albert Daily Herald was up for sale and most people thought the newspaper would close. Then the employees did something remarkable - they bought the 124-year-old paper and are now running it themselves. Here's why they did it.
Special Report

'We're going back into the closet': LGBTQ seniors wary of being 'out' in long-term care facilities

Gay seniors say they face a hard choice - hide who they are or deal with inferior health care and discrimination because of homophobia in long-term care facilities.