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In The News is a roundup of articles from The Canadian Press designed to start your day. Here’s what’s on our editors’ radar for the morning of April 20…

What we are watching in Canada…

Statistics Canada will say this morning how quickly prices rose in March, just a month after the rising cost of gasoline and groceries pushed the annual inflation rate to its fastest pace ever. 30 years old.

The annual inflation rate hit 5.7% in February, marking the biggest increase in the consumer price index since August 1991, according to Statistics Canada.

Gasoline and grocery prices drove the rate up, which spiked further in March after Russia invaded Ukraine.

RBC economists Nathan Janzen and Rannella Billy-Ochieng’ say the war in Ukraine has added to global supply chain disruptions and continued to broaden price pressures.

The duo say the annual inflation rate could reach 6% in March, pushed higher by soaring gasoline prices as energy surged following the Russian invasion of Ukraine.

It is also expected to fuel inflation last month due to price increases in the country’s booming property market.

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A First Nation in Saskatchewan said it plans to release details of “possible graves found” at the site of a former residential school today.

Chief Byron Bitternose, after months of work, is to present the first results of field research at the George Gordon First Nation.

Sarah Longman, spokesperson for the chief, says the search has been difficult for the community and for those who attended George Gordon Indian Residential School.

It was first established by the Anglican Church of Canada in 1888 and operated until 1996, making it one of the oldest boarding schools in the country.

The National Center for Truth and Reconciliation has recorded 49 student deaths there.

The Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s final report called George Gordon School one of the worst in the entire residential school system.

And that too…

Labor Minister Seamus O’Regan said that making sure Canadian companies make sure they don’t use slave labor or exploit child labor overseas is a priority for the government.

He says he’s preparing to introduce a “comprehensive” bill requiring Canadian companies to check their supply chains to make sure foreign workers aren’t forced to work in appalling conditions to make their products – or components.

He says there is broad support in Parliament, including among Liberal and New Democrat MPs, for outlawing the use of forced labour.

Similar laws are already in place in countries like Britain, France, Germany and Norway.

A House of Commons committee report says 4.3 million children were involved in forced labor in 2016.

This interferes with their upbringing and may involve working in hazardous conditions, with toxic substances or in extreme temperatures.

It can also include confinement to construction sites and indentured labour, where entire families are forced to work to pay off their debts.

O’Regan said he is reviewing four private member’s bills that are before Parliament on the issue, and has not decided whether he will amend any of them or introduce a new bill. .

What we’re watching in the US…

FLAGSTAFF, Ariz. — High winds tore up a towering wall of flames outside a northern Arizona tourist town on Tuesday, ripping through two dozen structures and sending residents of more than 700 homes rushing to flee.

Flames up to 30 meters swept through an area of ​​scattered homes, dry grass and ponderosa pines on the outskirts of Flagstaff as wind gusts of up to 80 mph pushed the blaze onto a major highway.

Coconino County officials told an evening news conference that 766 homes and 1,000 animals had been evacuated. About 250 structures remained at risk in the area popular with hikers and all-terrain vehicle users and where astronauts trained amid volcanic ash pits.

The county declared an emergency after the wildfire grew from 100 acres Tuesday morning to more than 14 square miles by evening and ash rained down from the sky. The fire was moving northeast away from the more populated areas of Flagstaff, home to Northern Arizona University, and toward Sunset Crater Volcano National Monument, the forest spokesman said. national of Coconino, Brady Smith.

“It’s good in that it’s not heading into a heavily populated area and it’s heading towards less fuel,” Smith said. “But depending on the intensity of the fire, the fire can still move through the ashes.”

Authorities won’t be able to determine if anyone was injured in the blaze until the flames die down. Firefighters and law enforcement went door to door telling people to evacuate but had to pull back to avoid being locked in, Coconino County Sheriff Jim Driscoll said.

He said his office received a call about a man who was trapped inside his home, but firefighters were unable to reach him.

The fire broke out Sunday afternoon 22 kilometers northeast of Flagstaff. Investigators do not yet know what caused it and have not yet surrounded any part of the fire.

What we watch in the rest of the world…

KYIV, Ukraine _ Russia has unleashed its military might against Ukrainian cities and sent more troops into the war, seeking to cleave the country in two in a potentially crucial battle for control of the eastern industrial heartland of coal mines and factories.

The fighting took place along a boomerang-shaped front hundreds of kilometers long in what is called Donbass. If successful, it would give President Vladimir Putin a victory after Moscow forces’ failed attempt to storm the capital, Kyiv, and heavier than expected casualties.

In Mariupol, the devastated port city in Donbass, Ukrainian troops said the Russian military dropped heavy bombs to flatten what was left of a sprawling steel factory _ seen as the defenders’ last stand _ and hit a hospital where hundreds of people were staying.

The Ukrainian General Staff said on Wednesday that Russia continued its offensives in various places in the east as its forces searched for weak points in the Ukrainian lines. The General Staff said in a statement that defeating the last resistance in the Azovstal steel plant in Mariupol remains Russia’s top priority.

Deputy Prime Minister Iryna Vereshchuk said there was a “preliminary” agreement to open a humanitarian corridor for women, children and the elderly to leave Mariupol in the west towards the city of Zaporizhzhia controlled by the Ukraine Wednesday afternoon.

She said on the Telegram messaging app that civilians in Mariupol were facing a “catastrophic humanitarian situation”. Ukraine and Russia have frequently blamed each other for obstructing evacuations from Mariupol or firing along the agreed route, which is usually only open to people traveling in private vehicles.

Vereshchuk previously said no agreement had been reached with Russia on an evacuation route in each of the past three days. There was no immediate confirmation from the Russian side, which issued a new ultimatum to Ukrainian defenders to surrender on Wednesday after a previous ultimatum was ignored.

The Russian Defense Ministry said those who surrendered would be allowed to live and receive medical treatment. Ukrainian troops have repeatedly sworn not to give up.

On this day in 1989…

The last Canadian $1 note was printed by the Canadian Bank Note Company.

In entertainment…

Allison Russell says she hopes the process of writing a memoir about her abusive upbringing in Montreal will help reclaim a piece of herself she lost along the way.

The Nashville-based folk singer-songwriter is combing through old newspapers and photographs to refresh her memory of a time she’d rather forget.

She first shared her life story on her Grammy and Juno nominated debut album ‘Outside Child’, recounting years of childhood sexual abuse that lasted until she left home. home as a teenager and found refuge among friends and “chosen family”.

“Outside Child” earned Russell two Juno Award nominations slated for May – one for Songwriter of the Year and another for Contemporary Roots Album of the Year.

The 42-year-old musician says she sees the memoir as a companion to ‘Outside Child’ and will be written around more vivid memories in consultation with people she knew.

She says she hopes to return to Montreal as part of the search, as she “felt the urge to come back” with her partner and young daughter.

“I had unavoidable feelings of threat, fear and danger every time I was there and it took a long time for that to be resolved,” she said in an interview on last month.

“But the first time I went there with my daughter when she was three, I really felt like it was my city again. I didn’t have the same fear.

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OTTAWA _ The family and supporters of a Mexican activist who was killed after opposing a Canadian company’s mining project are asking the Supreme Court of Canada to review a federal ombudsman’s decision not to investigate the case.

The case dates back to 2007, when Calgary-based Blackfire Exploration Ltd. opened a barite mine in Chiapas, Mexico, sparking local opposition, protests and the blocking of a road to the project.

After being beaten and threatened with death for leading protests against the environmental and social effects of the mine, activist Mariano Abarca was shot and killed outside his home in November 2009.

Members of Abarca’s family and organizations concerned with mining abuses presented information to the Public Sector Integrity Commissioner in 2018, asking him to verify whether there had been any wrongdoing by members from the Canadian Embassy in Mexico.

Federal Court Judge Keith Boswell ruled three years ago that it was reasonable for the commissioner to decide not to investigate on the grounds that the embassy had not breached any code of conduct.

Earlier this year, the Federal Court of Appeal upheld the Integrity Commissioner’s decision not to open an investigation.

The Supreme Court will decide in the coming weeks whether or not to hear the case.

This report from The Canadian Press was first published on April 20, 2022.

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