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Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon speaks to media prior to a provincial, territorial and federal finance ministers meeting in Victoria on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe

B.C. Liberals launch review of new memberships ahead of Feb. 5 party leadership vote

7 candidates vying to replace former leader Andrew Wilkinson, party has about 43,000 members

Former B.C. finance minister Kevin Falcon speaks to media prior to a provincial, territorial and federal finance ministers meeting in Victoria on Monday, Dec. 19, 2011. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Geoff Howe
People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Omicron upends mathematical models tracking COVID

Everything from who gets tested to who’s most likely to contract the virus has changed

People line up to receive a COVID-19 test in Kirkland, west of Montreal, Friday, December 24, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Properties destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire on June 30 are seen as a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the same fire rises in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Delays push cost to rebuild fire-damaged Lytton to $102M: insurance bureau

No permits yet issued to rebuild homes or businesses as costs escalate

Properties destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire on June 30 are seen as a pyrocumulus cloud, also known as a fire cloud, produced by the same fire rises in the mountains above Lytton, B.C., on Sunday, August 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Nunavut to lift COVID-19 lockdown Monday

Chief public health officer says Nunavut schools will also open on Jan. 24 for in-person learning

The sun sets over Iqaluit, Nunavut, on Monday, Oct. 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
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)
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
In this file image, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty Images/TNS)

Queen removes Prince Andrew’s military roles, patronages

Over 150 veterans wrote to the queen asking her to strip Andrew of all his military ranks and titles

In this file image, Prince Andrew, Duke of York, attends a commemoration service at Manchester Cathedral marking the 100th anniversary since the start of the Battle of the Somme on July 1, 2016 in Manchester, England. (Christopher Furlong/WPA Pool/Getty Images/TNS)
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
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)
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
Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention

Evidence suggests B.C.’s Omicron wave may soon fade

However, any current dip in epidemic curve likely artifact of underreporting and under-detection

Courtesy of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
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
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Ronald McDonald House to ban unvaccinated families, visitors; alternate housing to be found

Organization provides a place to stay and other supports for families with sick children

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In a split decision, the Alberta Appeal Court says a sentence of nine years is more appropriate for Helen Naslund. (Image courtesy Creative Outlet)
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