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Free access to parks raises crowd concerns

OTTAWA—When Finance minister Bill Morneau used a speech in Chicago yesterday to toss out an open invitation to Americans to visit Canada’s natural splendour in 2017, he inadvertently may have highlighted a potential downside for one of the Liberal government’s election promises.

Overcrowding at some popular national parks will need to be managed as Canada flings open the gates.

Inuit suicide also plagues the north

OTTAWA—The leader of the country’s national Inuit organization says his people also are dealing with devastating rates of suicide.

The “heartbreaking” suicide crisis in the First Nation community of Attawapiskat has become a touchstone moment for how mental health issues affect aboriginal peoples, Natan Obed, president of Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami, said yesterday.