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5 things to know for Thursday, April 20, 2023 – CTV News

What to know about ‘devastating’ invasive strep in Canada, the federal government’s grocery rebate passes, and a mother says she faced discrimination on a Flair Airlines flight.

Here’s what you need to know to start your day.

1. ‘Devastating’ infections: Several countries are reporting sustained spikes of invasive Group A streptococcus (iGAS) infections at a time when such infectthe season for strep infections should be winding down, and Canada is among them. Here’s what we know about.

2. Grocery rebate: In a rare showing of all-party support, the federal government’s bill to enact the one-time so-called grocery rebate and roll out $2 billion in urgent health-care funding to the provinces and territories passed all stages in the House of Commons on Wednesday.

3. Discrimination allegation: A mother with an infant says she faced discrimination on a Flair Airlines flight when all she wanted to do was sit in the seat she paid for and was assigned.

4. Labour action: Canada’s largest federal public-service union and Ottawa are both warning of likely service disruptions as nearly one-third of all federal workers remain on strike.

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