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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta set to vote on rejecting equalization, premier says it’s about leverage

Kenney has said Alberta has concerns over billions of dollars its residents pay

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A wildlife corridor to help preserve the western chorus frog is seen under construction in Longueuil, Que. on Friday, October 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Nature groups threaten to take Ottawa to court over Quebec chorus frog protection

Groups calling on Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson to intervene

A wildlife corridor to help preserve the western chorus frog is seen under construction in Longueuil, Que. on Friday, October 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
In this photo released by NASA, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Lucy spacecraft stands ready to launch from Space Launch Complex 41, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Lucy will be the first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids. Like the mission’s namesake – the fossilized human ancestor, “Lucy,” whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity’s evolution – Lucy will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)

VIDEO: NASA’s asteroid hunter Lucy soars into sky with diamonds

Lucy’s $981 million mission is the first to aim for Jupiter’s so-called Trojan entourage

In this photo released by NASA, a United Launch Alliance Atlas V rocket with the Lucy spacecraft stands ready to launch from Space Launch Complex 41, Saturday, Oct. 16, 2021, at Cape Canaveral Space Force Station in Florida. Lucy will be the first spacecraft to study Jupiter’s Trojan Asteroids. Like the mission’s namesake – the fossilized human ancestor, “Lucy,” whose skeleton provided unique insight into humanity’s evolution – Lucy will revolutionize our knowledge of planetary origins and the formation of the solar system. (Bill Ingalls/NASA via AP)
A portrait of Brig.-Gen. William Fletcher is shown in this August 27, 2020 handout image provided by DND. The senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn’t expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. THECANADIAN PRESS/HO-DND **

Senior army commander says 90% of military personnel are fully vaccinated

Members of the military have helped with both pandemic assistance and vaccine distribution across the country

A portrait of Brig.-Gen. William Fletcher is shown in this August 27, 2020 handout image provided by DND. The senior military commander in Western Canada says he doesn’t expect much opposition from Canadian Forces personnel over mandatory COVID-19 vaccinations. THECANADIAN PRESS/HO-DND **
A vaccine is prepared at a clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Vaccine allergy? Experts say most past reactions not valid reason for exemptions

Because mRNA jabs are different from typical ones, past reactions don’t usually come up again

A vaccine is prepared at a clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivers from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)

Pope decries attacks in Norway, Afghanistan and England

53 people were killed in violent attacks across the three countries

Pope Francis blesses faithful during the Angelus noon prayer he delivers from the window of his studio overlooking St. Peter’s Square at the Vatican, Sunday, Oct. 17, 2021. (AP Photo/Alessandra Tarantino)
Jimmy Staveris, manager of Dunn’s Famous restaurant, scans the COVID-19 QR code of a customer in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Vaccine passports are emerging as the latest pandemic minefield for restaurant workers in Canada, one riddled with verbal abuse, sexual harassment, racism and forged documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Anger, abuse and racism: Restaurant workers struggle to enforce vaccine mandates

Vaccine passports have been another difficulty for an industry already mired in pandemic struggles

Jimmy Staveris, manager of Dunn’s Famous restaurant, scans the COVID-19 QR code of a customer in Montreal, Wednesday, September 1, 2021. Vaccine passports are emerging as the latest pandemic minefield for restaurant workers in Canada, one riddled with verbal abuse, sexual harassment, racism and forged documents. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
The Calgary skyline is seen on Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta’s referendum should not focus on daylight time, psychologists say

Alberta psychologists warn that the result of the referendum could have unexpected consequences

The Calgary skyline is seen on Sept. 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Kath Hoffman, executive director of Safe Harbour Society in Red Deer, Alta. is shown in this undated handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Kath Hoffman *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Hope hinges on emergency: Homeless shelter in central Alberta on brink of closure

About 120 people use the shelter daily, with 60 people typically sleeping there overnight

Kath Hoffman, executive director of Safe Harbour Society in Red Deer, Alta. is shown in this undated handout image. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Kath Hoffman *MANDATORY CREDIT*
The legal rights to an elusive British Columbia lake creature known as Ogopogo have been transferred to an alliance of Indigenous nations who say the legendary figure has always been part of their centuries-old spiritual teachings. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)

City of Vernon transfers copyright to legendary Ogopogo to B.C. Indigenous nations

“It just makes sense,” Vernon Mayor Victor Cumming said in an interview

The legal rights to an elusive British Columbia lake creature known as Ogopogo have been transferred to an alliance of Indigenous nations who say the legendary figure has always been part of their centuries-old spiritual teachings. (Michael Rodriguez - Capital News)
The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving yet another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Military’s human resources officer under investigation for ‘historic’ sex misconduct

Defence Minister Harjit Sajjan called McDonald’s letter “inappropriate and unacceptable.”

The Canadian Forces flag flies outside office buildings in Ottawa, Tuesday March 9, 2021. Military police say they are investigating “historic” allegations of sexual misconduct involving yet another senior commander, this time the officer responsible for human resources in the Canadian Armed Forces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A decommissioned pumpjack is shown at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., on October 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Labour shortage concerns extend to oil and gas well cleanup efforts

Efforts to clean up inactive oil and gas wells could be delayed by a shortage of rig workers

A decommissioned pumpjack is shown at a well head on an oil and gas installation near Cremona, Alta., on October 29, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A Canadian passport is displayed in Ottawa on July 23, 2015. Canadian officials are bracing for a potential onslaught of passport renewals now that the border between Canada and the U.S. is poised to reopen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Government bracing for surge in passport renewals

Passport services have been available through the pandemic, but most people had little use for them.

A Canadian passport is displayed in Ottawa on July 23, 2015. Canadian officials are bracing for a potential onslaught of passport renewals now that the border between Canada and the U.S. is poised to reopen. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Two B.C. women file constitutional challenge of vaccine card

Claim says both women have medical issues tied to vaccinations

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta reported over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. (Black Press file image)

Red Deer down to 535 active cases of COVID-19

Alberta reported an additional 1,051 confirmed cases of COVID-19 Friday. The province…

Alberta reported over 1,000 new cases of COVID-19 Friday. (Black Press file image)
Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Red Deer Regional Hospital Centre. (File photo by Advocate staff)
Abbotsford International Airport. (Black Press Media files)

Ottawa eyes charging airport security with vaccine verification for travellers

Verifying passengers’ vaccination status could move from airlines to airport officers

Abbotsford International Airport. (Black Press Media files)
Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw apologized to a Central zone family Thursday. (Advocate file photo/ Chris Schwartz/Alberta Government)

Hinshaw apologizes to family of deceased 14-year-old for linking death to COVID-19

It will change the way deaths of young people are reported in future

Chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw apologized to a Central zone family Thursday. (Advocate file photo/ Chris Schwartz/Alberta Government)
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Alberta reports 916 new COVID-19 cases and 30 deaths on Thursday

Central zone has 183 in hospital, including 14 in intensive care

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FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, a woman combs the hair of her sister, a COVID-19 patient, at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. As coronavirus vaccines trickle into some of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, data suggest some women are consistently missing out, in another illustration of how the doses are being unevenly distributed around the world. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, file)

‘Marginalized’: Women trail men in global vaccine efforts

Women in impoverished communities worldwide facing obstacles accessing vaccines

FILE - In this Friday, Jan. 22, 2021 file photo, a woman combs the hair of her sister, a COVID-19 patient, at the intensive care unit of the Rafik Hariri University Hospital in Beirut, Lebanon. As coronavirus vaccines trickle into some of the poorest countries in Asia, Africa and the Middle East, data suggest some women are consistently missing out, in another illustration of how the doses are being unevenly distributed around the world. (AP Photo/Bilal Hussein, file)