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Sustainable Halloween treats: Better for the planet and just as sweet...

In this week's issue of our environment newsletter, we look at steps being taken to make chocolate and candy more sustainable, as well as what we can do to prevent birds from crashing into glass.
Analysis

Canada needs an infrastructure overhaul. Can any federal party get it done?

Ambitious infrastructure promises make for good campaign fodder, but recent history suggests that the politicization of the planning process has become a major hurdle to getting projects done.

Turkey agrees to ceasefire in northern Syria

U.S. Vice-President Mike Pence said Turkey has agreed to a ceasefire in northern Syria. Pence and a U.S. delegation met Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan on Thursday to persuade him to halt an offensive against Kurdish fighters.
Fact Check

Is the 2019 election Canada's 'nastiest' ever? Not by a long shot

The 2019 vote is just another in long list of Canada's most divisive and dirty elections.

Alberta truck convoy plans counter-protest to climate rally with Greta Thunberg

A group of oil and gas supporters is planning a counter-rally when Swedish climate activist Greta Thunberg shows up at the Alberta legislature tomorrow.

Juul suspends online sales of fruit, dessert flavours for e-cigarettes in U.S.

Juul Labs will stop online sales of fruit and dessert flavours for its electronic cigarettes in the U.S., nearly a year after halting in-store purchases, as it tries to weather a political backlash blaming such products for getting a generation of teenagers hooked on them.

White House acknowledges Trump withheld Ukraine aid for political reasons

U.S. President Donald Trump's acting chief of staff on Thursday acknowledged that Trump held up $391 million US in military aid to Ukraine in part to make the money contingent upon the Ukrainians investigating a U.S. domestic political matter involving the Democratic Party.

Canadian breakthrough that became the world's most expensive drug, then vanished, gets second chance

Glybera, a made-in-Canada medical breakthrough that became known as the world's most expensive drug, was abandoned after only one commercial sale in Europe. After seeing a CBC report on Glybera's fate, Canada's National Research Council decided to develop an affordable version for Canadians.

Singh's campaign trail strength has silenced his critics within the NDP

Heading into the 2019 election campaign, it seemed like the New Democrats couldn't catch a break. But party leader Jagmeet Singh's deft campaigning is boosting him in the polls - and silencing his critics within the NDP.
CBC Investigates

Impostor used fake ID to steal money from Quebec woman's line of credit

A Longueuil, Que., woman is questioning her bank's security measures after a woman posing as her reported her debit card lost, then withdrew $2,500 from her line of credit.

Scheer says 'modern Canadian convention' demands Trudeau resign if he loses seats

Conservative leader says party who wins the most seats should have the chance to govern

Facebook has no business policing political speech, Zuckerberg argues

CEO Mark Zuckerberg said Thursday that Facebook will continue to be a platform that will carry political speech some users may find objectionable, framing his argument as a matter of free expression prevailing over censorship.
POLL TRACKER

Liberals regain small seat edge over Conservatives in neck-and-neck race

Federal poll averages and seat projections from the CBC's Éric Grenier show the Conservatives and Liberals in a close race ahead of the Oct. 21 election.

Opioid prescriptions dropping in some provinces, report says

About eight per cent fewer people in Ontario, Saskatchewan and British Columbia were prescribed opioids in 2018 than in 2013, an encouraging trend in the opioid crisis, according to a new report. 

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry to step down by end of year, Trump says

U.S. Energy Secretary Rick Perry will step down by the end of the year, President Donald Trump said on Thursday, a day before a deadline set by congressional Democrats for Perry to turn over documents in the impeachment probe.

Boris Johnson gets EU Brexit deal; next hurdle is Parliament

The United Kingdom and the European Union have struck an outline Brexit deal after days of intense see-saw negotiations, though it must still be formally approved by both parliaments.
Analysis

On the road to a low-cost, carbon-free Alberta: Don Pittis

Instead of criticizing Greta Thunberg, as Alberta's environment minister did, and pitting its economy against efforts to reduce carbon emissions, the province should be boasting about world-leading innovation in low-carbon trucking that's cheaper than diesel.

The Liberals are struggling to hold their ground in small-town Quebec

In southern Quebec, the Liberals are fighting to hold onto to once-safe seats; the leader may not be helping.

High-profile B.C. Mountie with PTSD says support system is 'broken' and 'in crisis'

For six years she was the public face of B.C.'s front-line integrated homicide investigation team, delivering bad news at the height of the province's murderous gang wars. Now, RCMP Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound has emerged as the face of post-traumatic stress disorder.

Venezuela wins seat on UN Human Rights Council despite opposition

Venezuela won a contested election for a seat on the United Nations Human Rights Council on Thursday despite a campaign by over 50 organizations and many countries opposed to Nicolas Maduro's government and its rights record.