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Afghans plead for Canada to help families

Former Afghan interpreters now living in Canada are pleading for the federal government to help extended family members stuck in Afghanistan as the Taliban continues its march across the country.

Rooftop security stands guard on the top of a Parliament building as President Ashraf Ghani helicopter lands at the Darul Aman Palace in Kabul, Afghanistan, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul)

Canada extends pandemic benefits through to Oct. 23

The federal government is tapping the brakes on its plans to phase out pandemic aid programs this summer, deciding instead to freeze benefits at current levels and extend help by an extra month beyond the previously planned end date.

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, not shown, participate in a virtual discussion from Ottawa on Monday, May 3, 2021, with residents from Shannex’s Losier Hall in Miramichi, New Brunswick. Also virtually in attendance is Minister of Seniors Deb Schulte and Member of Parliament for Miramichi-Grand Lake Pat Finnigan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

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