Coronavirus

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Court denies challenge of government decision to lift mask mandate in Alberta schools

Judge rejects Alberta Federation of Labour appeal, citing ‘no evidence of irreparable harm’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)

UPDATE: Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act as ‘illegal blockades’ drag on

PM expected to announce move today after phone call with provincial and territorial premiers

Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask back on after speaking during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Public health responses to protect against the Omicron variant vary across Canada, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country’s two most populous provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Ontario to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by March 1 but will keep masks

Some capacity rules will begin to lift as soon as Feb. 17

Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask back on after speaking during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Public health responses to protect against the Omicron variant vary across Canada, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country’s two most populous provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Traffic flows over the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., Monday, February 14, 2022 after protesters blocked the major border crossing for nearly a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Ambassador Bridge border crossing reopens, CBSA says

Traffic flowing normally across bridge between Windsor and Detroit for first time in nearly a week

Traffic flows over the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., Monday, February 14, 2022 after protesters blocked the major border crossing for nearly a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne
A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa mayor pushes to shrink convoy footprint, as feds eye action

Ottawa’s mayor has set a deadline of noon today for truckers encamped…

A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Emergencies Act could freeze protest trucks out of area around Parliament Hill

Act could lead to forced towing and regulation or prohibition of public assembly

Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People gather for an anti-mandate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

City of Ottawa strikes deal with organizers of anti-mandate protests, mayor says

Organizers agree to leave residential areas, gather only around Parliament Hill

People gather for an anti-mandate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A protester is arrested by as police remove truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after blocking the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Windsor, Ont. mayor says protest over at Canada-U.S. border crossing

Windsor police said about 12 people arrested, mostly charged with mischief, and a few vehicles towed

A protester is arrested by as police remove truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after blocking the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Police in Windsor, Ont. step up effort to end protest at Canada-U.S. border crossing

Police say they’re towing vehicles that are refusing to leave

Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta plan to phase out all COVID-19 restrictions reckless: public health faculty

Kenney announced earlier this week a phased, but speedy approach to dropping all COVID health measures

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)

New Zealand tries old earworm hits to flush out protesters

Police treat protesters to Barry Manilow, the Macarena on repeat

FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Restrictive coronavirus countermeasures seem to be working at Olympics

Organizers report 407 cases among athletes, team officials, media and others inside the bubble

A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Injunction granted to prevent protesters from blocking Ambassador Bridge

The injunction goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 11)

Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada to announce changes to COVID-19 border measures next week

Duclos says that with latest wave receding, government will ‘continue to tweak’ measures

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario premier declares state of emergency over ongoing blockades

Doug Ford: it’s illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services

Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
(The Canadian Press)

Doctors and tourism industry calling on Ottawa to end COVID-19 testing requirements

Airports have lost $6 billion in revenue and racked up $3 billion in debt since the pandemic began

(The Canadian Press)
A man eats food at Adamson Barbecue as the restaurant and people defy provincial lockdown orders to shut down indoor and outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Poll: Nearly 30% of Canadians say it’s time to ‘learn to live’ with COVID-19

Leger survey indicates level of fatigue among the population, experts preach caution

A man eats food at Adamson Barbecue as the restaurant and people defy provincial lockdown orders to shut down indoor and outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Fuel containers, including one claiming to be a water bottle, are seen in the back of a truck on Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

More trucks out of Ottawa’s core, as calls grow for end to border blockades

Police call for remaining protesters to leave after immobilizing downtown for almost two weeks

Fuel containers, including one claiming to be a water bottle, are seen in the back of a truck on Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Police at a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Ottawa’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa police warn protesters of mischief charges for blocking streets

Protesters’ vehicles and other property may be seized and possibly forfeited

Police at a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Ottawa’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
(Black Press file photo)

Alberta has 10 more deaths and 1,684 new cases of COVID-19

COVID-19 numbers in Red Deer are continuing to decline, with 766 active…

(Black Press file photo)