Santa Claus parades, Magic of Lights kickoff Christmas season in Ottawa

Bob Rainboth helps pack up donated toys ahead of the Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV News Ottawa) Bob Rainboth helps pack up donated toys ahead of the Help Santa Toy Parade on Saturday. (Dave Charbonneau/CTV News Ottawa)

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U.S. downs Chinese balloon, drawing a threat from China

The U.S. military on Saturday shot down a suspected Chinese spy balloon off the Carolina coast after it traversed sensitive military sites across North America. China insisted the flyover was an accident involving a civilian aircraft and threatened repercussions.