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FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)

Europe’s Christmas markets warily open as COVID cases rise

Despite inconveniences, stall owners relieved for their first Christmas market in two years

FILE - Lights illuminate the Christmas market in Frankfurt, Germany, Nov. 22, 2021. Despite the pandemic inconveniences, stall owners selling ornaments, roasted chestnuts and other holiday-themed items in Frankfurt and other European cities are relieved to be open at all for their first Christmas market in two years, especially with new restrictions taking effect in Germany, Austria and other countries as COVID-19 infections hit record highs. (AP Photo/Michael Probst, File)
Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health Carolyn Bennett at a news conference after the federal cabinet was sworn in, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Some provinces are pushing back against an election promise by the Liberals to offer a new mental heath transfer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Provinces take issue with proposed federal mental health transfer

Despite differing approaches to mental health care, neither Alberta, nor B.C. favour the program

Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health Carolyn Bennett at a news conference after the federal cabinet was sworn in, in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Some provinces are pushing back against an election promise by the Liberals to offer a new mental heath transfer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE - Dogs are seen in a cage at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2018. South Korea said Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, it’ll launch a government-led task force to consider outlawing dog meat consumption, about two months after the country’s president offered to look into ending the centuries-old eating practice. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)

South Korea to launch task force on banning dog meat

Restaurants that serve dog meat are dwindling in the country, while pet popularity climbs

FILE - Dogs are seen in a cage at a dog meat farm in Siheung, South Korea, Feb. 23, 2018. South Korea said Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021, it’ll launch a government-led task force to consider outlawing dog meat consumption, about two months after the country’s president offered to look into ending the centuries-old eating practice. (AP Photo/Ahn Young-joon, File)
Amita Kuttner, the new interim leader of the Green Party of Canada. (Amita Kuttner/Facebook)

Astrophysicist Amita Kuttner chosen as interim leader of Green Party of Canada

Expert in black holes, youngest and first trans person to lead a federal political party

Amita Kuttner, the new interim leader of the Green Party of Canada. (Amita Kuttner/Facebook)
A surfer heads to the water in Cow Bay, N.S. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rain and high winds are impacting a large swath of Atlantic Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

UPDATED: Parts of Atlantic Canada cleaning up after three days of heavy rain and wind

Bridges out, transportation disrupted as some areas hit with more than 200 millimetres of rain

A surfer heads to the water in Cow Bay, N.S. on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rain and high winds are impacting a large swath of Atlantic Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau: Climate change here, impact devastating, aggressive action needed

‘Stakes could not be higher’: MPs hold emergency debate on B.C. floods, climate change

Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaks at the Toronto Global Forum in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Liberals introduce bill with targeted pandemic aid for businesses, workers

Proposal: $300 per week to workers off the job because of a pandemic-related lockdown

Chrystia Freeland Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance speaks at the Toronto Global Forum in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, shown in this Wednesday, July 28, 2021, file photo, is proposing a climate levy that he hopes will be included in the city’s 2022 budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver mayor wants a climate levy in the city’s 2022 budget

Money would be used to cover infrastructure upgrades needed because of climate change

Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart, shown in this Wednesday, July 28, 2021, file photo, is proposing a climate levy that he hopes will be included in the city’s 2022 budget. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

MPs to hold emergency debate Wednesday on B.C. floods, climate change

B.C. MP Fast: ‘This is arguably the worst natural disaster in the history of our country’

Floodwaters cover a road that runs through farmland in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. Heavy rains are flooding both the east and west coasts of Canada right now drawing attention to how ill prepared most of the country is for extreme weather. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. A Canadian woman who spent more than two years in Syrian prison camps is home from Iraq after fighting Ottawa to get an emergency travel document. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Woman back in Canada with young daughter after years in Syrian prison camps

Months-long struggle highlights plight of several Canadians held in Syrian camps by Kurdish forces

The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. A Canadian woman who spent more than two years in Syrian prison camps is home from Iraq after fighting Ottawa to get an emergency travel document. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
In this April 13, 2020, photo provided by TC Energy, a pipe storage yard with material for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen at a staging area along the U.S.-Canada border north of Glasgow, Mont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TC Energy via AP

TC Energy seeks to recoup costs from U.S. for cancelled Keystone XL pipeline project

Calgary-based company officially filed a request for arbitration Monday

In this April 13, 2020, photo provided by TC Energy, a pipe storage yard with material for construction of the Keystone XL oil pipeline is seen at a staging area along the U.S.-Canada border north of Glasgow, Mont. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-TC Energy via AP
Defense attorney Franklin Hogue looks at defendant Travis McMichael during the trial of William “Roddie” Bryan, McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, all charged with the February 2020 death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. (Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP)

3 men found guilty of killing Ahmaud Arbery

Each conviction carries a minimum sentence of life in prison

Defense attorney Franklin Hogue looks at defendant Travis McMichael during the trial of William “Roddie” Bryan, McMichael and his father Gregory McMichael, all charged with the February 2020 death of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021, at the Glynn County Courthouse in Brunswick, Ga. (Octavio Jones/Pool Photo via AP)
United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney addresses supporters in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)

Environmentalists threaten Alberta Premier Kenney with lawsuit over inquiry remarks

‘If Premier Kenney doesn’t follow the good advice of his lawyers, he will be served’

United Conservative Party leader Jason Kenney addresses supporters in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, April 16, 2019. (Jeff McIntosh/The Canadian Press)
A storage shed used as a morgue in Gjoa Haven, Nvt., is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in this image provided by Gjoa Haven resident James Dulac. With nowhere to put bodies, the community of about 1,300 people uses the old shed, which Dulac describes as a container with boarded up windows, as a morgue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-James Dulac *MANDATORY CREDIT*

‘There’s nowhere to put them’: Nunavut community still without morgue

Gjoa Haven putting its dead in a shed, lobbies for public facility

A storage shed used as a morgue in Gjoa Haven, Nvt., is seen on Wednesday, Nov. 3, 2021, in this image provided by Gjoa Haven resident James Dulac. With nowhere to put bodies, the community of about 1,300 people uses the old shed, which Dulac describes as a container with boarded up windows, as a morgue. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-James Dulac *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A page makes preparations in The House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Conservatives say virtual Commons proceedings allow government to dodge scrutiny

Hybrid proposal that will allow virtual representation being tabled today

A page makes preparations in The House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL

COVID-19 shots arriving Monday for B.C. 5- to 11-year-olds

About 91,000 of 350,000 eligible children have been registered for vaccination so far

The first vial of paediatric COVID-19 vaccine used in Toronto. Children who are part of the Hospital for Sick Children family between the ages of 5 and 11 years of age are some of the first to get vaccinated for COVID-19 at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre, in Toronto, Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Steve Russell, POOL
A Chilliwack Chiefs road trip to Penticton would normally be a quick three hour trip up the Coquihalla, but the highway is badly damaged and impassable. (BC Transportation)
A Chilliwack Chiefs road trip to Penticton would normally be a quick three hour trip up the Coquihalla, but the highway is badly damaged and impassable. (BC Transportation)

Canada must strengthen critical infrastructure for future extreme weather: Blair

Emergency Preparedness Minister says Canada needs to build back better than before

A Chilliwack Chiefs road trip to Penticton would normally be a quick three hour trip up the Coquihalla, but the highway is badly damaged and impassable. (BC Transportation)
A Chilliwack Chiefs road trip to Penticton would normally be a quick three hour trip up the Coquihalla, but the highway is badly damaged and impassable. (BC Transportation)
Gov. Gen. Mary Simon delivers the Throne Speech in the Senate in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

COVID-19 recovery top priority in throne speech, but GG provides little detail

Government vows to work on myriad health-care issues highlighted or exacerbated by health crisis

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon delivers the Throne Speech in the Senate in Ottawa on Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is shown in this aerial photo along the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

CN rail traffic in southern B.C. to resume Wednesday after mudslides

The country’s two largest railway services were cut by torrential rain and landslides

Damage caused by heavy rains and mudslides is shown in this aerial photo along the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A boat travels past the Parkland Burnaby Refinery on Burrard Inlet at sunset in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Parkland moves to pause B.C. refinery operations due to Trans Mountain pipeline shutdown

Key source of gasoline for Vancouver area to be on standby so it can resume processing quickly

A boat travels past the Parkland Burnaby Refinery on Burrard Inlet at sunset in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck