Best Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Dot drops to CA$25, CA$70 off Samsung smart TV and more

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Shopping bonanza Amazon Prime Day 2020 has kicked in countries around the world, and Canada is no exception. The two-day shopping event runs through the end of the day (Pacific Time) Wednesday, Oct. 14. We’ve pulled some the most notable deals we’re seeing at Amazon Canada, including on Echo and Fire TV products and compiled them below. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer has promised.)

Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of this update, but are subject to change. As more deals become available, we’ll update this story.

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As in the US, Amazon’s smallest Echo display device is already available at a discount, returning to its lowest ever price

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Best Amazon Canada Prime Day 2020 deals: Echo Show 5 hits CA$60, more deals coming Tuesday

This story is part of Amazon Prime Day, CNET’s guide on everything you need to know and how to make sure you get the best deal.

Amazon Prime Day 2020 kicks off on Tuesday, Oct. 13, and during the two-day shopping event, you can expect to see deep discounts on home appliances, electronics, and all kinds of domestic tech. Ahead of the sales event, however, Amazon Canada has already begun the ramp up to Prime Day by trotting out some sharp deals for early bird shoppers. (Check out Amazon Canada’s press release for the full list of discounts the retailer is promising.)

Here are the best of the early Amazon Prime Day deals we’ve found so far from Amazon Canada. Note that prices and availability were accurate at the time of publication, but are subject to change (as we expect them to on Tuesday).

We’ll continue to update

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Air Canada slashes Transat buyout price by nearly 75% as COVID-19 hits traffic

(Reuters) – Air Canada <AC.TO> has slashed its price to buy Canadian tour operator Transat A.T. Inc <TRZ.TO>, with the deal now worth about C$188.7 million ($143.86 million), down from C$720 million, as COVID-19 weighs on travel demand, the companies said in a statement on Saturday.

The country’s largest carrier had secured Transat shareholders’ approval for the deal last year with an C$18.00 a share bid, to bolster its then thriving leisure business.

But with the pandemic grounding flights globally, Air Canada faced shareholder pressure to renegotiate the deal which is still pending approval from European and Canadian regulators, Reuters reported in May.

Montreal-based Air Canada, like many of its global peers, has slashed flights, suspended financial forecasts and sought government aid as the industry deals with its worst slump.

Companies have been cancelling deals amid COVID-19 uncertainty, with aircraft parts suppliers Hexcel Corp <HXL.N> and Woodward Inc <WWD.O> abandoning

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A Futuristic Hotel In Canada Was Named The World’s Most Amazing Remote Place To Stay

Do you really want to get away from it all? One of the world’s most remote hotels is in Canada and it looks like it’s from a science fiction movie. 

The striking stay called Fogo Island Inn sits pretty on the East Coast and came in first place among the world’s top 10 most incredible remote hotels, according to Mirror.

Fogo, which describes itself as “an island off an island” is known for many things from its wondrous architecture to its shores where whale spotting is a thing. 

In addition, the 29-room hotel is situated right in Iceberg Alley meaning you can quite possibly spot huge icebergs at sea.

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Editor’s Choice: A Canadian Neighbourhood Was Just Named One Of The Coolest In The World

Its remote location is ideal for those who want to feel like they’re out in the wilderness – but with […]

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Turkey hits out at Canada for suspending arms exports

Turkey is accusing Canada of double standards after Ottawa suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia

ANKARA, Turkey — Turkey on Tuesday accused Canada of double standards after Ottawa suspended arms exports to Turkey as it investigates the use of Canadian technology in the conflict between Azerbaijan and Armenia.

Canadian Foreign Minister Francois-Philippe Champagne announced Monday that he has suspended export permits to Turkey, which is backing Azerbaijan in the conflict, in line with Canada’s export control regime. He said he had instructed his ministry to investigate claims that Canadian drone technology is being used in the fighting.

Turkey, which has military cooperation agreements with Azerbaijan, accused NATO ally Canada of creating obstacles concerning the export of military equipment

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Canada probing allegations Azeri forces are using Canadian technology in Nagorno-Karabakh

FILE PHOTO: An aerial view shows a settlement in Martakert province, which according to Armenian media was affected by clashes over the breakaway Nagorno-Karabakh region, April 4, 2016. REUTERS/Davit Abrahamyan

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is probing allegations that Azeri forces involved in fighting with Armenia are using Canadian drone technology that was initially exported to Turkey, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

Project Ploughshares, a Canadian arms control group, says video of air strikes released by the Azeri air force indicates the drones had been equipped with imaging and targeting systems made by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-based unit of L3Harris Technologies LHX.N.

The Globe and Mail newspaper said the firm had received permission earlier this year to ship seven imaging and targeting systems to Turkish drone maker Baykar. Turkey is a key ally of Azerbaijan, whose forces have been fighting for a week over the disputed enclave of

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Canada Probing Allegations Azeri Forces Are Using Canadian Technology in Nagorno-Karabakh | World News

OTTAWA (Reuters) – Canada is probing allegations that Azeri forces involved in fighting with Armenia are using Canadian drone technology that was initially exported to Turkey, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said on Friday.

Project Ploughshares, a Canadian arms control group, says video of air strikes released by the Azeri air force indicates the drones had been equipped with imaging and targeting systems made by L3Harris Wescam, the Canada-based unit of L3Harris Technologies

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The Globe and Mail newspaper said the firm had received permission earlier this year to ship seven imaging and targeting systems to Turkish drone maker Baykar. Turkey is a key ally of Azerbaijan, whose forces have been fighting for a week over the disputed enclave of Nagorno-Karabakh.

“In regards to the Canadian military equipment that may have been used … the minister of foreign affairs has launched an investigation into what exactly happened,” Trudeau told reporters when

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Public Views About Science in Canada

This roundup of findings shows public views about science-related issues and the role of science in Canadian society. The findings come from a Pew Research Center survey conducted across 20 publics in Europe, the Asia-Pacific, Russia, the U.S., Canada and Brazil from October 2019 to March 2020.

Ratings of medical treatments, scientific achievements and STEM education in Canada

Majorities in most of the 20 publics surveyed saw their medical treatments in a favorable light on the eve of the global pandemic. Medical treatments were often seen more favorably than achievements in other areas.

Chart shows views on how Canada compares on medical treatments, scientific achievements and other areas

Across the 20 publics, a median of 59% say their medical treatments are at least above average. In Canada, the same share (59%) think their country’s medical treatments are the best in the world or above average. Only 13% of Canadians think their medical treatments are below average.

About half of

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Britain, Canada, EU throw weight behind 2030 biodiversity protection goal

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Canada on Monday joined the European Union in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030 to stem “catastrophic” biodiversity loss and help galvanise support for broader agreement on the target ahead of a U.N. summit.

FILE PHOTO: A bald eagle is pictured perched in a tree in Baddeck, Nova Scotia, Canada, August 15, 2019. REUTERS/Carlo Allegri/File Photo

With the twin crises of climate change and wildlife loss accelerating, leaders are trying to build momentum ahead of the meeting in Kunming, China, in May, where nearly 200 countries will negotiate a new agreement on protecting nature.

“We must act now – right now. We cannot afford dither and delay because biodiversity loss is happening today and it is happening at a frightening rate. Left unchecked, the consequences will be catastrophic for us all,” British Prime Minister Boris

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Britain, Canada, EU Throw Weight Behind 2030 Biodiversity Protection Goal | World News

By Kate Abnett and Simon Jessop

BRUSSELS/LONDON (Reuters) – Britain and Canada on Monday joined the European Union in pledging to protect 30% of their land and seas by 2030 to stem “catastrophic” biodiversity loss and help galvanise support for broader agreement on the target ahead of a U.N. summit.

With the twin crises of climate change and wildlife loss accelerating, leaders are trying to build momentum ahead of the meeting in Kunming, China, in May, where nearly 200 countries will negotiate a new agreement on protecting nature.

“We must act now – right now. We cannot afford dither and delay because biodiversity loss is happening today and it is happening at a frightening rate. Left unchecked, the consequences will be catastrophic for us all,” British Prime Minister Boris Johnson said.

“Extinction is forever – so our action must be immediate.”

Without action, 30% to 50% of all species could

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