Three stories in the news for today, Aug. 21

Three stories in the news for today, Aug. 21

Three stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 21

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PARTIAL ECLIPSE TO TAKE A BITE OUT OF CANADA'S SUN

Canadians across the country will be donning special glasses and looking to the sky to take in a partial solar eclipse today. Unlike the U.S., Canada won't see a total solar eclipse, where the moon completely covers the sun, blacking out the sky and turning day into night momentarily. But we're still in for a celestial show and viewing events are planned across the country.

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NAFTA: TOUGH SLEDDING AT ROUND ONE OF NEGOTIATIONS

North American countries concluded their first round of negotiations toward a new continental trade agreement Sunday with a statement that suggested major issues needed to be sorted out in the talks ahead. A joint statement from the three countries couldn't even agree what to call this process: A ''modernization,'' which implies simple changes and is the preferred term of Canada and Mexico, or ''renegotiation,'' the word most often used in the U.S. 

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INTERIM SAFE INJECTION SITE APPROVED FOR TORONTO

A temporary safe injection site will open in Toronto today, several months earlier than expected. Health Canada says it has approved an application by Toronto Public Health to open a safe injection site immediately. Three permanent safe injection sites were set to open in the city this fall, but health experts said Toronto needed a more urgent response to a spike in overdoses this summer. Health Canada says the supervised sites save lives.

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ALSO IN THE NEWS:

— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for June

The Canadian Press