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Toronto blockade cleared and a slow-blooming spring; In The News for Feb. 26

Toronto blockade cleared and a slow-blooming spring; In The News for Feb. 26

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Feb. 26 ... What we are watching in Canada ...

Feds to introduce bill dropping some restrictions on assisted dying

OTTAWA — The federal government will introduce legislation today aimed at making it easier for intolerably ill Canadians to get medical help to end their lives.

Groundhogs got it wrong: spring isn't coming soonh, Weather Network says

Two out of three groundhogs got it wrong — at least according to the Weather Network's spring forecast.
Arts dean at Regina university sorry poet vilified over lecture controversy

Arts dean at Regina university sorry poet vilified over lecture controversy

REGINA — Emails show the University of Regina's dean of arts told George Elliott Clarke that he was sorry the acclaimed poet had been vilified over his relationship with the killer of an Indigenous woman.
Peter Nygard steps down from company following sex assault claims

Peter Nygard steps down from company following sex assault claims

NEW YORK — Canadian fashion mogul Peter Nygard is stepping down as chairman of his company following an FBI raid on his Manhattan headquarters over sex assault allegations.
New rail blockades emerge as government talks continue

New rail blockades emerge as government talks continue

HAMILTON — The chaos that has engulfed Canada's national rail system reached southern Ontario commuters on Tuesday as a fresh wave of blockades caused major delays and service suspensions across a popular regional train network.
Stakes, tempers high as Democrat rivals square off in key South Carolina debate

Stakes, tempers high as Democrat rivals square off in key South Carolina debate

CHARLESTON, S.C.
The latest on protests across Canada in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

The latest on protests across Canada in support of Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs

Here is the latest news on protests across Canada over a natural gas pipeline project in British Columbia (All times Eastern): 9:50 p.m. Toronto police are responding to a protest in the city's west end.
Canadians in Iran ask for consular services in wake of coronavirus outbreak

Canadians in Iran ask for consular services in wake of coronavirus outbreak

OTTAWA — Canadians in Iran say they have no way to leave the country now that it is dealing with an outbreak of the novel coronavirus and they are asking Ottawa to help them come home — or at least provide consular services while they are there.
Trudeau uses speech to pitch African envoys for UN security council seat

Trudeau uses speech to pitch African envoys for UN security council seat

OTTAWA — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has taken Canada's campaign for a seat on the United Nations Security Council directly to African diplomats with a speech that tried to emphasize his boyhood connection to the continent.