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A higher number of US and Canadian diplomats and their families are believed to have been attacked by a mystery sonic weapon in Havana than was initially reported, CNN has learned from two senior US government officials.

More than 10 US diplomats and family members received treatment after the months of harassing attacks, which began in mid-November 2016 and stopped this spring, said the US officials, who did not want to be identified because of the sensitive nature of the attacks and ongoing investigation.

Two US diplomats who were treated in the United States suffered long-term injuries including hearing loss as a result of the attacks and were unable to return to Cuba, three US government sources told CNN.

Additional diplomats opted to leave their assignments in Cuba early, as a result of the harassment, the two US government officials told CNN.

State Department spokeswoman Heather Nauert said despite the incidents and staffing changes, the US Embassy in Havana is "fully operational."

In June, five Canadian diplomats and family members reported experiencing symptoms consistent with the attacks, the US government officials told CNN, which would mean further attacks were carried out at the same time Cuban officials were investigating the incidents. cnn.com
Canada is facing an "unprecedented" number of asylum seekers, who have crossed the border from the United States, officials said.

"We've never seen those numbers," said Royal Canadian Mounted Police (RCMP) spokesman Claude Castonguay adding : "Even though our officers are patrolling 24 hours a day all year long, we've never seen such numbers coming in."

RCMP intercepted almost 7,000 asylums seekers in the last six weeks in Quebec.

Officials stressed that the influx can be handled and at no time has the security of the country been compromised, but they cautioned that while Canada remains an open, welcoming country, crossing into it is not "a ticket for permanent residence."

"Coming to Canada, asking for asylum in Canada is not a guarantee for permanent residence in Canada," said Louis Dumas, spokesman for the immigration ministry in a Thursday press conference.

The number of people intercepted in Quebec has soared in recent months from 781 in June and 2,996 in July to 3,800 as of August 15, according to RCMP, with about 80 to 85% of the asylum seekers beeing of Haitian descent. cnn.com
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Earlier this month, Statistics Canada reported that household credit market debt as a proportion of household disposable income slipped to 166.9 per cent in the first quarter.

That's down from 167.2 per cent in the fourth quarter of last year.

The agency said that translates to $1.67 of debt for every dollar of disposable income. bnn.ca
The City of Vancouver says it incurred almost a quarter of a million dollars in costs related to two 4/20 marijuana day of protest rallies in April 2017.

According to a release from the city, the total cost for both events was $245,379.

This includes costs to the parks, fire and police departments, as well as costs for sanitation, traffic management and emergency management.

The city says the Sunset Beach event cost it $170,005 and another separate event at the Vancouver Art Gallery cost $75,374. The city notes that neither event was sanctioned by the city or the park board.

Of the $245,379, the most significant single cost was for policing, which the city says cost $170,670 between the two events.

The city says the figures do not include costs to BC Ambulance Service or Vancouver Coastal Health, or regular staff wages. cbc.ca
The BC Greens’ decision to make electoral reform one of three conditions to secure their support in the minority legislature will prompt the party to keep its eye on a long-term deal, one that will give it a chance to push the governing party to change B.C.’s voting system before the next election.

The reform the Greens are seeking is such a massive undertaking that it will drive the Greens to favour a long-term deal over any kind of one-off, vote-by-vote pact.

Adam Olsen, who was elected to represent the Greens for Saanich North and the Islands, said in an interview Thursday that electoral reform is a core value for his party, but it is not something that can be enacted quickly.

“This is a longer-term proposition,” he said.

Just redrawing the electoral boundaries – which would be required under some proportional representation models – can take two years. And he said the Greens don’t intend to impose their own ideas about the right model on the other parties. theglobeandmail.com
This might be the most Canadian apology ever.

And we say that knowing we’re a nation or sorryers.

Earlier this month, Caitlynne Hines found a note, and a case of Keith’s, waiting for her at her home in Halifax, NS.

She posted a photo of the apology alongside the beer online with the following caption:

Shout out to the guy who tried to break into our house at 4a.m. last night and left apology beer on the step this afternoon.

Since then, Hines’ post has been shared nearly 1,000 times on Facebook and garnered more than a hundred comments: dailyhive.com
Canada plans to phase in tougher regulations on the emission of methane, a powerful greenhouse gas, but it will take between three and six years for the new rules to kick in.

The proposed regulations would mostly impact the oil and gas industry in Alberta and Saskatchewan, which is responsible for the bulk of methane emissions nationwide.

New rules requiring companies to control methane leaks and the release of methane from compressors are to take effect starting in 2020.

Together those sources make up about 43 per cent of total emissions related to oil and gas.

Regulations on methane venting and the release of methane from pneumatic devices, which make up another 43 per cent of emissions, would not come into force until 2023. cbc.ca
As Rumana Monzur was guided to the podium to give a speech to fellow law graduates at the University of British Columbia, a hush fell over the crowd of more than 1,000 people gathered at the Chan Shun Concert Hall.

Monzur had come a long way since she was savagely attacked by her then-husband in Bangladesh on a visit home in 2011.

He gouged out her eyes, permanently blinding her.

But Monzur, 38, persevered, returning to Canada to continue her studies and two years later, she started law studies at UBC.

On Wednesday, she graduated from the Peter A. Allard School of Law.

"As a result of this horrendous attack, and life-threatening attack, I became blind. I never saw the world again," Monzur told the assembly, which included her 11-year-old daughter. cbc.ca