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People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Grocery store workers call refusal to reinstate pandemic pay ‘insulting’

$2-an hour pay premium previously offered by grocers made a difference to employees

People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) wins a battle for the puck against Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)

Necas has 2 points on his birthday as Carolina Hurricanes beat Canucks 4-1

Vancouver has dropped first 3 games of road swing

Vancouver Canucks’ J.T. Miller (9) wins a battle for the puck against Carolina Hurricanes’ Jordan Staal (11) during the second period of an NHL hockey game in Raleigh, N.C., Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. (AP Photo/Karl B DeBlaker)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Time to review how RCMP can best serve communities, union head says

Review would help direct RCMP resources, address public safety issue

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada’s public health leaders navigate choppy waters as pandemic drags on

Politicians, medical health officers face pushback from pandemic weary public

Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

‘Chaos and confusion’: Government error on trucker vaccine mandate sparks disarray

“It’s created a whole disaster,” said Private Motor Truck Council of Canada president Mike Millian

Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

O’Toole says he opposes Quebec’s plan to ‘tax and target’ the unvaccinated

Quebecers who don’t have a medical exemption told to expect a ‘significant’ financial penalty

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Some nurses still don’t have proper COVID-19 personal protective equipment: union

University of Windsor professor says Canada’s supply chain is likely to blame

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Seven-year-old Lorena Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine needle while mother Gisella (left) looks on. They were at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Federal modelling shows COVID-19 hospitalizations to surge

Officials say Omicron will peak this month at between 170,000 and 300,000 actual daily cases

Seven-year-old Lorena Limdao is held by her father William as Dr. Kevin Evelyn of UHN gives her a COVID-19 vaccine needle while mother Gisella (left) looks on. They were at a “Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” operated by Black Creek Community Health Centre in the Jane and Finch Mall in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Homeless and vulnerable people in British Columbia are being offered cash to take the COVID-19 vaccine using their identification. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vulnerable in B.C. and Alberta approached to take COVID-19 vaccines for others

Vancouver Coastal Health said people asked to get vaccinated using another’s name and information

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. Homeless and vulnerable people in British Columbia are being offered cash to take the COVID-19 vaccine using their identification. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser at Health Canada, arrives to hold a technical briefing in Ottawa on Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Health Canada 7 to 10 days from decision on Pfizer antiviral drug

Health leaders and premiers have been pressuring Health Canada to greenlight the medication

Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser at Health Canada, arrives to hold a technical briefing in Ottawa on Friday, March 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon speaks to media prior to a provincial, territorial and federal finance ministers meeting in Victoria on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe

B.C. Liberals launch review of new memberships ahead of Feb. 5 party leadership vote

7 candidates vying to replace former leader Andrew Wilkinson, party has about 43,000 members

Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon speaks to media prior to a provincial, territorial and federal finance ministers meeting in Victoria on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Omicron upends mathematical models tracking COVID

Everything from who gets tested to who’s most likely to contract the virus has changed

People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Boris Katchouk (13) pushes away Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) as he moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Tampa Bay Lightning left wing Boris Katchouk (13) pushes away Vancouver Canucks defenceman Quinn Hughes (43) as he moves the puck during the second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022, in Tampa, Fla. (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Properties destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire on June 30 are seen as a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the same fire rises in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Delays push cost to rebuild fire-damaged Lytton to $102M: insurance bureau

No permits yet issued to rebuild homes or businesses as costs escalate

Properties destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire on June 30 are seen as a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the same fire rises in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Nunavut to lift COVID-19 lockdown Monday

Chief public health officer says Nunavut schools will also open on Jan. 24 for in-person learning

The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Olympic Rings assembled atop of a structure stand out near a ski resort on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)

Olympic athletes heading to Beijing warned about Chinese cyber spies: minister

Sports ministry briefing athletes on security in China, including on the risk of being hacked

Olympic Rings assembled atop of a structure stand out near a ski resort on the outskirts of Beijing, China, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Ng Han Guan)
Rain and weather warnings have been lifted across British Columbia although some stream advisories remain. (Black Press Media file photo)

Rainstorms slink out of B.C., leaving few effects

Avalanche Canada cut danger ratings but cautioned warmth and rain has weakened snow packs

Rain and weather warnings have been lifted across British Columbia although some stream advisories remain. (Black Press Media file photo)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expert panel says Canada needs to ‘up its game’ on climate data to better adapt

‘2021 has really now been a wake-up call that these are no longer sort of one-off anomalies’

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., Sunday, Dec. 5, 2021. A new report on the need for Canada to become better prepared for climate disasters says a lack of critical data is preventing governments and individuals from making better decisions about adapting to and preventing the effects of climate change. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

‘He was a champion of Indigenous artists’: Community mourns First Nations musician

Multi-award-winning First Nations musician Vince Fontaine dead at 62

Vince Fontaine of Eagle & Hawk waits for a scrimmage to begin during practice for the Juno Cup celebrity hockey game at the Dave Andreychuk Mountain Arena in Hamilton, Ont., on Thursday, March 12, 2015. Family, friends, and the music industry in Manitoba are in mourning after Fontaine, a multi-award-winning First Nations musician, died suddenly this week in Winnipeg. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
ATCO chief executive officer Nancy Southern addresses the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Alberta's utilities regulator has ruled on whether a consumer's group can address an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by one of the province's main power providers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Regulator rules it’s too early for public group to have role in ATCO probe talks

If a settlement or a formal hearing proposed, the coalition can ask again to submit its views

ATCO chief executive officer Nancy Southern addresses the company's annual meeting in Calgary, Wednesday, May 15, 2019. Alberta's utilities regulator has ruled on whether a consumer's group can address an investigation into alleged wrongdoing by one of the province's main power providers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh