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FILE - A woman walks towards the entrance of the TransAlta headquarters building in Calgary on April 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Watchdog group wants seat on Alberta probe into ATCO B.C. Trans Mountain dealings

Company allegedly tried to pass $12-million overpayment on to Alberta consumers

FILE - A woman walks towards the entrance of the TransAlta headquarters building in Calgary on April 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Quebec Premier François Legault, right, and then-Quebec Public Health Director Horacio Arruda leave a news conference in Montreal, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. Quebec is reporting 62 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 today, one day after the province’s public health director resigned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec to force unvaccinated to pay ‘significant’ financial penalty

First time in Canada for a financial penalty for people who refuse to be vaccinated against COVID-19

Quebec Premier François Legault, right, and then-Quebec Public Health Director Horacio Arruda leave a news conference in Montreal, Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021. Quebec is reporting 62 additional deaths linked to COVID-19 today, one day after the province’s public health director resigned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Swamped Alberta limiting PCR testing to high-risk cases only

Province’s COVID cases top 57,000: Top doctor says true number likely 10 times higher

Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Tightening rules for unvaccinated is justified as health system struggles: experts

Others: people rejecting COVID-19 vaccines out of ideology won’t be swayed by restrictions

People walk by a sign at a restaurant advising customers of Quebec’s COVID-19 vaccine passport in Montreal, Monday, Sept. 6, 2021. Quebec is considering expanding its vaccine passport system further, a move that some health and ethics experts say is justified because of the high number of COVID-19 patients in the province’s hospitals. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks new head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

‘It’s about the players’: new coach Boudreau a welcome refresh for Vancouver Canucks

New coach reflects on the fresh start that kicked off with an 8-0-1 streak

Vancouver Canucks new head coach Bruce Boudreau smiles as he attends a news conference in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Trudeau says Canada will have enough COVID-19 vaccines as US issues travel advisory

Provinces and territories will receive a combined 140 million rapid tests this month

A row of ambulances is seen outside a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Ottawa will do all it can to help provinces and territories cope with the fifth wave of the COVID-19 pandemic, as infections fuelled by the Omicron variant threaten to overwhelm health systems. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Students were back to class in Alberta and B.C. Monday morning, Jan. 10. (Pixabay photo)

UPDATED: Reopened schools in Alberta and B.C. see slightly higher-than-usual absentee rates

BC School Trustees Association, says Interior schools have lower-than-average attendance levels

Students were back to class in Alberta and B.C. Monday morning, Jan. 10. (Pixabay photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Critics stress health system capacity constraints as Trudeau speaks with premiers

Conservative John Brassard said very little has been done to address surge capacity in hospitals

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Business people cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto’s financial district on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A majority of respondents in a new Canada-wide survey said equal representation in government is important, but they don’t support employers taking demographic characteristics into account in hiring and promotion decisions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Most Canadians support workplace diversity but not as a job qualification: survey

Women more likely than men to support diversity in workplaces

Business people cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto’s financial district on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. A majority of respondents in a new Canada-wide survey said equal representation in government is important, but they don’t support employers taking demographic characteristics into account in hiring and promotion decisions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Cynthia Appiah from Canada competes during the Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Michael/dpa via AP

Canadian bobsledder hopes to break stereotype of what a Winter Olympian looks like

While bobsled is a predominantly white sport, Black pilots are even scarcer

Cynthia Appiah from Canada competes during the Bobsleigh World Cup in Altenberg, Germany, Saturday, Dec. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Michael/dpa via AP
Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

James, Radford nab pairs spot on Olympic team despite withdrawal from nationals

Figure skating duo withdrew after stint with COVID over the holidays

Vanessa James and Eric Radford perform their routine during the senior pairs short program at the National Skating Championships, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta students board a school bus as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta student, parents say they feel abandoned as K-12 kids return to school

Province had an almost 40 per cent positivity rate last week

Alberta students board a school bus as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Brossard, Quebec.  Bergevin joined the Los Angeles Kings as a senior advisor, the team announced Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Former Montreal Canadiens GM Marc Bergevin joins LA Kings as senior advisor

Bergevin was in his 10th season as Montreal’s GM when he was fired on Nov. 28

Montreal Canadiens general manager Marc Bergevin speaks to the media at a press conference Thursday, July 2, 2015 in Brossard, Quebec.  Bergevin joined the Los Angeles Kings as a senior advisor, the team announced Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Survey finds Alberta oilsands environmental monitoring ineffective after 10 years

Most survey respondents reported there was little communication and co-ordination between scientific groups

A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 cases fill hospital beds in parts of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick

Some regions, such as British Columbia, do not report cases or hospitalizations on the weekend.

Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Canada’s Amanda Asay of Prince George, B.C., prepares to throw the ball in an undated handout photo. Asay, a longtime National team member, died of injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Nelson, B.C., Baseball Canada said Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Baseball Canada, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Longtime Canadian women’s baseball star Amanda Asay dies after skiing accident in Nelson

Amanda Asay, who was from Prince George, B.C., was 33 when she died

Canada’s Amanda Asay of Prince George, B.C., prepares to throw the ball in an undated handout photo. Asay, a longtime National team member, died of injuries sustained in a skiing accident in Nelson, B.C., Baseball Canada said Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Baseball Canada, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2020. Canada and its allies are being urged to aggressively reach into the Iranian government’s pocket and seize assets to compensate for the regime’s downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 two years ago.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi

U.S. urged to use ‘Sully’ to help Canada, allies get PS752 compensation from Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after it took off

Debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2020. Canada and its allies are being urged to aggressively reach into the Iranian government’s pocket and seize assets to compensate for the regime’s downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 two years ago.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi
Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a fire in the Bronx, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

19 dead, including 9 children, in NYC apartment fire

More than five dozen people were injured and 13 people were still in critical condition in the hospital

Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a fire in the Bronx, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch

Arizona’s auto aspirations make for unlikely ally in Canada’s EV tax-credit fight

Arizona is attracting parts and manufacturing service suppliers as well as EV companies

An electric plug is connected to a BMW i8 vehicle during the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto, Thursday February 16, 2017. Transport Minister Omar Alghabra says the government is looking to overhaul the rebate program for electric vehicles to more closely align with the kinds of cars Canadians actually want to buy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Mark Blinch