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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
Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Only days before Canadian truck drivers were required to be fully vaccinated to get into the country or face quarantine, the federal government is backing away from the vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke

Ottawa to go ahead with trucker vaccine mandate after stating it would scrap it

American drivers will be turned away at the border unless they’ve been inoculated

Transport trucks approach the Canada/USA border crossing in Windsor, Ont. on Saturday, March 21, 2020. Only days before Canadian truck drivers were required to be fully vaccinated to get into the country or face quarantine, the federal government is backing away from the vaccine mandate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rob Gurdebeke
Paramedics transfer a patient to a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. With COVID-19 cases putting Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus is coming under fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

PM needs more info on Quebec’s no-vax tax, Ottawa struggles to deliver rapid tests

Quebec has reassured feds plan won’t violate the principles of the Canada Health Act

Paramedics transfer a patient to a hospital in Montreal, on Monday, January 10, 2022. With COVID-19 cases putting Canada’s hospitals at or near capacity, Quebec’s unprecedented plan to tax adult residents who refuse to be vaccinated against the virus is coming under fire. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
File - Students attend the first day of school for the 2021-2022 year at Gounod Lavoisier Primary school, Lille, northern France, Thursday, Sept. 2 2021. Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases and they are walking out in nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest virus-linked class disruptions and ever-changing isolation rules. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

Teachers in France go on strike over handling of pandemic

Teachers want clarifications on rules and more protection

File - Students attend the first day of school for the 2021-2022 year at Gounod Lavoisier Primary school, Lille, northern France, Thursday, Sept. 2 2021. Less than two weeks after the winter term started, French teachers are already exhausted by the pressures of surging COVID-19 cases and they are walking out in nationwide strike organized by their unions to protest virus-linked class disruptions and ever-changing isolation rules. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the United Conservative Party annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Alberta premier says he won’t follow Quebec plan to levy fee on COVID-19 unvaccinated

Kenney says despite greater burden, making the unvaccinated pay extra would not be fair

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the United Conservative Party annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
Motorists travel on the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. Avalanche Canada says there is a high risk of avalanches in the Sea-to-Sky region and across the South Coast as snow melts and a series of atmospheric rivers brings up to 15 centimetres of rain in some parts of the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Sea-to-Sky at highest risk of avalanches as storms hit southern B.C.

Vancouver Island and the southern coast being drenched with the series of rainstorms

Motorists travel on the Sea-to-Sky Highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. Avalanche Canada says there is a high risk of avalanches in the Sea-to-Sky region and across the South Coast as snow melts and a series of atmospheric rivers brings up to 15 centimetres of rain in some parts of the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A shoulder patch on a correctional officer is shown at the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Correctional Service of Canada said it is working to provide timely access to addiction treatment after settling a human rights complaint launched in 2018. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
A shoulder patch on a correctional officer is shown at the Collins Bay Institution in Kingston, Ont., on Tuesday, May 10, 2016. The Correctional Service of Canada said it is working to provide timely access to addiction treatment after settling a human rights complaint launched in 2018. THE CANADIAN/Lars Hagberg
Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Provinces clamour for rapid tests while feds struggle to deliver millions promised

Duclos says at-home antigen tests have become a crucial tool in fifth wave of pandemic

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos speaks during a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Jan. 12, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Members of the RCMP march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 6, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Mounties urge Supreme Court to allow class action on bullying to proceed

Plaintiffs claim they were subjected to a culture of systemic intimidation and harassment

Members of the RCMP march during the Calgary Stampede parade in Calgary, Friday, July 6, 2012.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
In a split decision, the Alberta Appeal Court says a sentence of nine years is more appropriate for Helen Naslund. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)

Appeal Court reduces sentence by half for Alberta woman who killed her husband

Helen Naslund’s original sentence of 18 years reduced to 9

In a split decision, the Alberta Appeal Court says a sentence of nine years is more appropriate for Helen Naslund. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)
COVID-19 vaccines are administered at mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Federal COVID-19 vaccine contracts signed last year mean Canada is in line to get enough doses to give two or three more mRNA shots to every Canada every year until at least 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada has contracts for up to 100 million Pfizer, Moderna doses in 2022

Contracts in place for more than two doses per person, per year

COVID-19 vaccines are administered at mass vaccination clinic run by Switch Health in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Federal COVID-19 vaccine contracts signed last year mean Canada is in line to get enough doses to give two or three more mRNA shots to every Canada every year until at least 2024. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A patch is seen on a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Canadian Armed Forces says its medical personnel have been stretched to the limit during the pandemic, suggesting it can offer little help to provincial health care systems overwhelmed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Military struggling with shortage of medical personnel as provinces look for help

Forces have a lack of capacity with all the competing demands that are being placed upon them

A patch is seen on a member of the Canadian Armed Forces at Residence Yvon-Brunet, a long-term care home in Montreal, on Saturday, April 18, 2020. The Canadian Armed Forces says its medical personnel have been stretched to the limit during the pandemic, suggesting it can offer little help to provincial health care systems overwhelmed by the Omicron variant of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine shot before the opening of a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The Black Health Alliance says Quebec's proposed tax on the unvaccinated risks further entrenching inequities in Canada's pandemic response and eroding trust in the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Quebec’s tax on the unvaccinated could worsen inequity, advocates say

Canadian Civil Liberties Association calls provincial plan constitutionally vulnerable

A nurse prepares a COVID-19 vaccine shot before the opening of a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The Black Health Alliance says Quebec's proposed tax on the unvaccinated risks further entrenching inequities in Canada's pandemic response and eroding trust in the government. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine is pictured in British Columbia’s interior, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Teck says United Steelworkers issue strike notice at B.C.’s largest copper mine

Highland Valley Copper is the largest open-pit copper and molybdenum mine in Canada

Teck’s Highland Valley Copper mine is pictured in British Columbia’s interior, Sunday, March 26, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. braces for heavy rain, potential floods as latest atmospheric river arrives

Up to 150 millimetres of rain pending in a series of waves that won’t relent until Thursday

Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Slim majority support government lockdowns, restrictions in response to Omicron

Growing number of Canadians are unhappy with how their governments are handling pandemic

FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette