Live election news: Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls Monday

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Latest Election All day news on Monday. This file will be updated throughout the day. Web links to longer stories, if available.

9:43 am The pandemic is already making its presence felt in Spadina-Fort York, where there are just 15 polling stations serving the ride’s more than 115,000 residents. Voters at Canoe Landing Community Center stood in line before voting began and watched as snakes swirled around the building.

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9:13 am “Please note that we are experiencing technical difficulties with the Voter Information Services application on our website,” Elections Canada tweeted Monday at 9 a.m.

“Please check your voter information card or set your polling location by calling us at 1-800-463-6868.”

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He later tweeted: “Our online information services are now back online. Thank you for your patience.”

at 8 am Liberal leader Justin Trudeau began by calling the 2021 federal election the most important moment for Canada since 1945.

That year, after World War II forced the reckoning of the global economic, social and political order, the world was ready to begin rebuilding itself.

Whether the COVID-19 pandemic will trigger a similar change is impossible to know – as it is not over.

But the federal election is near, and the result is certain.

Read the real full story from Stephanie Levitz of the star

7:30 am As the federal election gets underway on Monday, one traditional form of viewing appears to be missing.

The COVID-19 pandemic has limited the number of viewing parties across the country.

Large indoor gatherings are less attractive – if not off-limits – because of the virus and the higher-than-average number of mail-in ballots means final results cannot be announced tonight.

Some organizations have taken their viewing parties online.

For example, a community center in Calgary is holding a “family-friendly” virtual party in an effort to give interested spectators a chance to come together while limiting the spread of COVID-19.

Party leaders made last-minute appeals in whirlwind tours of swing riding on Sunday to convince voters to buy into their own version of what this vote is all about.

7:15 am Canada’s first pandemic election ends today as people from coast to coast across Canada go to the polls to choose 338 members of parliament to sit in the House of Commons.

Elections Canada says about 6.8 million people voted early, most of them in advanced elections a week ago, and the remainder voted by mail or through special ballots cast at Election Canada offices.

But most of Canada’s more than 30 million eligible voters will mark their ballots today.

Elections Canada encourages voters to wear masks, but only requires them where they are mandated by provincial regulations. Proof-of-vaccination rules do not apply to polling stations in any province where they currently exist.

Polling stations are open for 12 hours, but opening hours vary by region, beginning at 7 a.m. PST in British Columbia and 9:30 p.m. EDT in Ontario and most of Quebec.

Most ride winners will be known by the end of the evening, but Elections Canada is also warning that it could take up to four days for all special ballots to be counted, meaning some close races may not have an official winner for several days. can be.

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