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In today's Morning Brief, the federal government has confirmed that, due to a glitch with the ArriveCAN entry app, some travellers who recently entered Canada were sent erroneous notifications instructing them to quarantine.

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Ottawa admits some travellers were incorrectly told to quarantine due to ArriveCAN app glitch

The federal government says that due to a glitch with the ArriveCAN entry app, some travellers who recently entered Canada were sent erroneous notifications instructing them to quarantine.

The admission comes at a time when the federal government is facing mounting pressure from politicians and tourism groups to scrap the COVID-19 screening tool, arguing it impedes tourism and creates headaches for some travellers.

The ArriveCAN app certainly caused problems for Don and Karin Bennett of Burlington, Ont., after they returned to Canada on July 10 from a trip to Chicago.

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Don Bennett said there were no issues at the land border, as they had diligently filled out the app and are fully vaccinated — making them exempt from quarantine.

However, six days later, Bennett said Karin discovered several emails in her junk mailbox from ArriveCAN with quarantine instructions.

Bennett said while he believed the problem was a glitch, Karin decided to begin her quarantine, fearful of the possible fine for travellers who break the rules.

But Bennett said his wife has now decided to end her quarantine, after hearing from CBC News that the government has admitted it sent out incorrect quarantine information.

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The Canada Border Services Agency (CBSA) "has identified a technical glitch with the app that ... can produce an erroneous notification instructing people to quarantine," Audrey Champoux, press secretary to Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino, said in an email.

The problem appears to be linked to Apple devices, and less than three per cent of users have been affected, Champoux said, noting that the CBSA has identified a solution that will be fully implemented by the end of the week. She said travellers should rely on the instructions they get at the border if they conflict with subsequent notifications about a 14-day quarantine.Read the full story here.

Trump 'chose not to act' as mob attacked U.S. Capitol, Jan. 6 panel hears

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A January 6, 2021, video of then-U.S. President Donald Trump telling his supporters to go home is seen on screen during a primetime hearing Thursday in Washington, D.C., by the House select committee investigating the January 6 attack on the U.S. Capitol.Read the full story here.

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In multiple provinces, there are reports of a shortage of epidurals, a popular form of pain management during childbirth, and a supply chain issue is being blamed.Currently, there is a shortage of the catheter that carries the pain-relieving medicine. There are confirmed shortages in B.C., Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba. Alberta says it has enough supply to stave off an imminent crisis, but it joins Saskatchewan in scouring North America looking for new sources of supply. The president of the Canadian Anesthesiologist Society said the shortage is not just an issue in North America. "We're suspicious that it is going to be a global supply chain issue," said Dr. Dolores McKeen. Read more on these stories fromAlbertaandSaskatchewan.

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Drug charges have been dropped against an Ottawa man whose home was raided by a rifle-toting SWAT team, but he says he's not satisfied because there's been no accountability for a police operation that legal experts note was based on flimsy evidence, and that he says has traumatized him.The man's lawyer and an expert on policing both said the case highlights problems with the kind of no-knock raids where officers bash down someone's door and confront them at gunpoint — including the basic question of whether there's any data to show the tactic is effective. "It's just a mess of a case," said Chris Woof, a property manager and part-time hip-hop musician from east-end Ottawa. "They tore my house apart, literally, and left it in a giant mess.… What's to stop them from doing it again?"Read the full story here.

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Saturday will mark a year since Ottawa created a special program to prioritize immigration applications from Afghans who worked with the Canadian Armed Forces and the Canadian government, along with their family members.One former interpreter — whose work earned him a letter of appreciation from Gen. Wayne Eyre, Canada's current chief of the defence staff — has been waiting nearly as long to find out if he qualifies. "Sometimes [Eyre] would put his hand on my shoulder, say, 'Hey, nice, you've been doing a very good job for us,'" the interpreter said from Islamabad, Pakistan, where he now lives. CBC News is withholding his identity to protect him from the Taliban, which has issued a warrant for his arrest. His family still lives in Afghanistan. He said he thought initially that they would be safe as long as he left them and went into hiding. "I do regret [doing that]," he said, noting he switched hiding places in Afghanistan roughly 15 times before finally crossing the border into Pakistan in May.Read more on this story here.

As an unprecedented global monkeypox outbreak keeps growing, Canada remains opaque about its vaccine stockpile — even as advocates and medical experts warn the country may lack enough supply to meet current demand, with many Canadians being offered just one round of what's typically a two-dose shot in order to stretch supplies.Countries are also hastily procuring more vaccine shipments while a key manufacturer is striving to keep up with global orders, all to stop the spread of a virus that has struck more than 14,000 people globally so far this year. "Every effort must be made to contain this infection," Dr. Rosamund Lewis, the World Health Organization's technical lead for monkeypox, told CBC News. More than 600 cases of monkeypox virus, or MPXV, have been identified in Canada to date. So will enough people gain protection in time to stop these outbreaks and prevent MPXV from taking hold? Some medical experts are hopeful, but given the concern around vaccine supply as cases continue to rise in Canada and the world, others aren't so sure this virus will be contained.Read more here.

Now for some good news to start your Friday:When Paul Gauthier rides his bike through the streets of Montreal, people stop and stare. He said strangers often flag him down to ask questions. Pedestrians whip out their phones and snap pictures. Cars slow down to let him pass, perplexed. "They're like: 'Who is this guy? Is this like some kind of advertising?' And they're not sure, but it's just me riding my bike," he said, laughing. His bike, admittedly, stands out in a crowd. Gauthier, a self-described history buff, rides a penny-farthing — the large-wheeled, tall-framed bikes from the 1800s. He said it's not just a showpiece: he uses the bike to run errands or take a ride around his neighbourhood. Most recently, he completed the Tour de l'Île — a 36-kilometre route through downtown Montreal — all atop his penny-farthing. "From the moment people see you, they're like, 'Oh, history is coming,'" he said.Read more and watch the video here.

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First Person:I spent 10 years in residential schools. This is what I want my grandchildren to know

From 1963 to 1973, Paul Dixon was forcibly sent to residential schools. Even after the last residential schools closed, he writes, Cree families are still shy to hug each other. He wonders if intergenerational trauma is a lasting curse.Read his column here.

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Europe's latest record-breaking heat wave is sparking some real climate anxiety.

Wildfires have spread rapidly across the continent, while soaring temperatures have warped roads and caused train tracks to buckle. More than 1,000 people have died due to the heat in Spain and Portugal alone.

With extreme weather events on the rise, some wonder if what is happening in Europe will finally jolt leaders into action on climate change.

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Today in history: July 22

1793:Sir Alexander Mackenzie, a Scottish-born explorer and fur trader, reaches the Pacific Ocean after crossing the Canadian Rockies.

1948:In a referendum, Newfoundland narrowly votes in favour of joining Confederation.

1965:The Ontario Court of Appeal reverses an earlier decision that had denied Canadian citizenship to Ernest and Cornelia Bergsma, immigrants from the Netherlands, because they were atheists.

2004:Molson Inc., Canada's largest brewer, agrees to merge with Denver-based Adolph Coors Co. in a $7.88-billion deal.

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