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Feds eye buying distressed real-estate for housing

OTTAWA — A new analysis of the country’s stock of affordable housing suggests the Liberals’ decade-long strategy to provide more of it is starting in a deeper hole than previously thought, and may be further behind once the COVID-19 pandemic passes.

But the pandemic could also mean an opportunity for governments to pick up rental units cheaply.

Trans Mountain pipeline restarts Sunday after spill

ABBOTSFORD, B.C. — Trans Mountain estimates as much as 1,195 barrels, or 190,000 litres, of light crude spilled from its pipeline pumping station in Abbotsford, B.C.

While an investigation is ongoing, the Crown-owned company said in a statement the cause of the spill appears to be related to a fitting on a one-inch, or 2.5-centimetre, piece of pipe.

Ontario reports 181 new COVID-19 cases

TORONTO — Ontario is reporting 181 new cases of COVID-19 today, and eight more deaths.

It’s the lowest number of new daily cases since late March.

Health Minister Christine Elliott says in a tweet that 126 of the 181 new cases are from the Toronto and Peel regions.

The new cases bring the province to a total of 32,370 - an increase of 0.6 per cent over the previous day.

Whistleblower film wins prize

TORONTO — A film about a “trainer turned whistleblower” at Ontario’s Marineland aquatic park has won the top audience prize at Hot Docs, which was held online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The Canadian festival says “The Walrus and the Whistleblower” won the Hot Docs Audience Award for a feature film, which is awarded based on audience votes.

Good fences make good neighbours of humans, wildlife

Fences are the best way to prevent deer and other foraging animals from damaging gardens, landscape plants and orchards, but they can be expensive, and difficult or time-consuming to install.

There are other wildlife deterrents, but they might not work as well, so be prepared to share. The wildlife returns can be valuable, too.

Burnout adds to RCMP problems: top officer

IQALUIT, Nunavut — The head of the RCMP in Nunavut says she’s trying to find ways to bring police and Inuit together.

But Chief Supt. Amanda Jones says officer burnout in small detachments with big social problems may be contributing to officer conduct that has sparked outrage in Nunavut.

“A member is always accountable,” she said Monday in an interview.