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<b>BEYOND LOCAL:</b> Fire destroys Thunder Bay's Finnish Labour Temple <b>(8 photos)</b>

BEYOND LOCAL: Fire destroys Thunder Bay's Finnish Labour Temple (8 photos)

Fire started in upper level of iconic century-old building
Ontario announces rebate for some businesses' property tax and energy bills

Ontario announces rebate for some businesses' property tax and energy bills

New Ontario Business Costs Rebate Program will start accepting applications mid-January; rebates will be retroactive to December 19
<b>BEYOND LOCAL:</b> Pandemic puppy boom drives profits, unleashes havoc on pet businesses

BEYOND LOCAL: Pandemic puppy boom drives profits, unleashes havoc on pet businesses

Some pet-care professionals warn that the canine rush has outpaced capacity to meet the distinct needs of these lockdown-raised pups, raising concerns about how they'll adjust when their owners are no longer home to spoil them with affection
<b>CANADA:</b> Blood service recommends Health Canada end gay blood donation ban

CANADA: Blood service recommends Health Canada end gay blood donation ban

Federal ministers, including the prime minister, have said they want to speed up an end to the gay blood ban, and Health Canada is expected to respond to the blood-service recommendation by the spring
<b>CANADA:</b> Conservative MPs free to travel internationally, Liberal, NDP MPs must stay home

CANADA: Conservative MPs free to travel internationally, Liberal, NDP MPs must stay home

Conservative Leader Erin O'Toole's office said there is no international travel ban in place and the advisory is meant only to help those who are vaccinated make informed decisions about their travel plans
<b>CANADA:</b> Ottawa advises against international travel as provinces prepare to fight Omicron

CANADA: Ottawa advises against international travel as provinces prepare to fight Omicron

Ottawa said it is sending shipments of COVID-19 booster doses and rapid tests to provinces and territories to combat the virus
<b>CANADA:</b> 'Every pandemic runs its course,' Tam assures public in face of Omicron

CANADA: 'Every pandemic runs its course,' Tam assures public in face of Omicron

While COVID-19 might be with us for many years to come, Tam is optimistic the pandemic could end in the foreseeable future
Ontario reports 854 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Ontario reports 854 new COVID-19 cases Saturday

Saturday's report includes 580 recoveries and two deaths
<b>ONTARIO:</b> Wiarton Willie dies, to be replaced by brown groundhog February 2022

ONTARIO: Wiarton Willie dies, to be replaced by brown groundhog February 2022

Willie died of an abscessed tooth more than nine months ago
<b>BEYOND LOCAL:</b> Bank of Canada governor says central bank's role includes reducing inequality

BEYOND LOCAL: Bank of Canada governor says central bank's role includes reducing inequality

Its program to purchase government bonds, known as quantitative easing, encouraged low rates on things such as mortgages and business loans while keeping borrowing costs low for a federal government spending historical amounts on emergency aid