5 things to know on CTVNews.ca for Monday May 6, 2019: China dispute, Canada child benefit, acid-reflux drugs

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CTV News has learned that Canada is taking a new approach in its ongoing dispute with China by pushing for Washington’s help in the crisis. Here’s what else you need to know to start your day.

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1. Diplomatic relations: Sources confirm to CTV News that Canadian officials — including Foreign Affairs Minister Chrystia Freeland and Finance Minister Bill Morneau — want the U.S. to speak directly with China on Ottawa’s behalf.

2. Tax benefit: CTV News has learned that the Liberal government is expected announce an increase to the Canada child tax benefit today.

3. Proton pump inhibitors: Doctors are warning that millions of Canadians are taking commonly prescribed acid-reflux drugs much longer than the recommended two-month period, upping the risk of health-related side-effects.

4. Gaza airstrikes: The Israeli army says it has lifted restrictions on residents in southern Israel, signalling a ceasefire with Palestinian militants in Gaza to end the bloodiest fighting between the two sides since 2014.

5. Cat rescue: More than 300 cats were found in a Toronto apartment in what animal officials are calling a “perilous hoarding situation” as the city only allows a maximum of six cats in a single home.

One more thing…

Marathon attire: A British nurse who ran the London Marathon in uniform says she has been denied a Guinness World Records listing because she wasn’t wearing a skirt.

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