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Quebec announces 11 new protected environments

A coalition of Indigenous representatives, environmental organizations, health professionals and outdoor enthusiasts have long called for the protection of more forests and ecosystems in southern Quebec.

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U.S. grapples with whether to modify COVID vaccine for fall

Moderna and Pfizer have tested updated shots against the super-contagious Omicron variant, and advisers to the Food and Drug Administration will debate Tuesday if it's time to make a switch — setting the stage for similar moves by other countries.

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Bank of Canada surveys suggest business and consumer inflation expectations up

A pair of new reports from the Bank of Canada point to rising inflation expectations by Canadian businesses and consumers. In its business outlook survey released Monday, the central bank said businesses' expectations for near-term inflation have increased, and firms expect inflation to be high for longer than they did in the previous survey.

The Bank of Canada headquarters is seen, Wednesday, June 1, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

'Hell on earth': Ukrainian soldiers describe life on eastern front

Torched forests and cities burned to the ground. Colleagues with severed limbs. Bombardments so relentless the only option is to lie in a trench, wait and pray. Ukrainian soldiers returning from the front lines in eastern Ukraine’s Donbas region, where Russia is waging a fierce offensive, describe life during what has turned into a gruelling war of attrition as apocalyptic.

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