Three stories in the news for Monday, Aug. 21
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.
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.
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.
ALSO IN THE NEWS:
— Statistics Canada releases the wholesale trade figures for June
The Canadian Press