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Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. An Alberta nurses’ union is asking members to sign off on a proposed four-year collective agreement that amounts to pay increases of 4.25 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta registered nurses to vote on four-year deal with pay hike of 4.25 per cent

Union says deal also includes a one-time lump sum payment recognizing pandemic service

Alberta Finance Minister Travis Toews delivers the 2021 budget in Edmonton on Thursday, Feb. 25, 2021. An Alberta nurses’ union is asking members to sign off on a proposed four-year collective agreement that amounts to pay increases of 4.25 per cent. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. The president of the University of British Columbia says the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 means classes are going back online at both its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Omicron prompts University of British Columbia courses to go temporarily online

Instruction after the holiday break will be provided online until at least Jan. 24

The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. The president of the University of British Columbia says the emergence of the Omicron variant of COVID-19 means classes are going back online at both its Vancouver and Okanagan campuses.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks on during a technical briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

COVID-19 cases across Canada could be ‘very high’ by January, top doctor warns

Canada’s top doctor says urgent action is needed to curb the spread…

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam looks on during a technical briefing on the COVID-19 pandemic in Canada, in Ottawa, Friday, Jan. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole responds to the government’s economic and fiscal update in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. O’Toole remains Conservative party leader three months after losing to the Liberals in September’s federal election, and as the political machine itself crossed the milestone from adolescence into adulthood by turning 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Despite dissent, O’Toole poised to end 2021 where he started it — as Tory leader

Direction O’Toole is taking party a source of consternation within Conservative base

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole responds to the government’s economic and fiscal update in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. O’Toole remains Conservative party leader three months after losing to the Liberals in September’s federal election, and as the political machine itself crossed the milestone from adolescence into adulthood by turning 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE — A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for COVID-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 2, 2021. South Africa’s noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country’s dramatic omicron-driven wave has passed its peak, medical experts say. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)

Case drop may show South Africa’s omicron peak has passed

New, highly mutated omicron variant first surfaced in South Africa and was announced Nov. 25

FILE — A throat swab is taken from a patient to test for COVID-19 at a facility in Soweto, South Africa, Dec. 2, 2021. South Africa’s noticeable drop in new COVID-19 cases in recent days may signal that the country’s dramatic omicron-driven wave has passed its peak, medical experts say. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell, File)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau pushes back at Biden’s messaging on safe COVID-19 holiday gatherings

Prime Minister urging Canadians to limit contacts during the holidays

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau tours a grain farm in the drought-stricken Interlake Region of Manitoba on Thursday July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

$30 million top-up coming to Canada’s emergency food fund

Fund will provide more money to the charities to help Canadians access needed food

Federal Agriculture Minister Marie-Claude Bibeau tours a grain farm in the drought-stricken Interlake Region of Manitoba on Thursday July 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a year end interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds add businesses, employees impacted by capacity limits to COVID benefit eligibility

As provincial governments across the country bring in sweeping new restrictions to…

FILE – Prime Minister Justin Trudeau participates in a year end interview with The Canadian Press in Ottawa, on Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People walk on a snow-covered trail at Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, February 15, 2021. British Columbia residents are being urged to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages and slick streets as a series of winter storm and freezing rain warnings covered most of the province Tuesday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. government warns strong storms will clash with ‘Arctic air’ over the holidays

It’s going to be cold across the province, with snow in many areas

People walk on a snow-covered trail at Serpentine Fen Bird Sanctuary, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, February 15, 2021. British Columbia residents are being urged to prepare for extremely cold temperatures, power outages and slick streets as a series of winter storm and freezing rain warnings covered most of the province Tuesday night. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Level playing field? Coal miners, environmentalists wrangle over hearing costs

Alberta allows citizens appearing before regulators to have costs reimbursed by project proponents

A section of the eastern slopes of the Canadian Rockies is seen west of Cochrane, Alta., Thursday, June 17, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
People wait in line to receive a COVID-19 test in Montreal, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec testing centres overwhelmed by the fifth wave of COVID-19

Recent surge in demand for testing is pushing laboratories to their limits

People wait in line to receive a COVID-19 test in Montreal, Tuesday, December 21, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a press conference in Edmonton on Wednesday November 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a press conference in Edmonton on Wednesday November 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is expected address the province’s COVID situation today (Dec. 21). (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is expected address the province’s COVID situation today (Dec. 21). (File photo from The Canadian Press)

Alberta premier to deliver update as COVID-19 Omicron cases soar in recent days

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is to deliver an update today on COVID-19…

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is expected address the province’s COVID situation today (Dec. 21). (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is expected address the province’s COVID situation today (Dec. 21). (File photo from The Canadian Press)
Saskatchewan’s Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab speaks during an update on COVID-19 at the Legislative Building in Regina on Wednesday March 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell

Saskatchewan forgoes holiday COVID-19 restrictions despite dire projections

People encouraged to celebrate the holidays by gathering only in smaller groups

Saskatchewan’s Provincial Chief Medical Health Officer Dr. Saqib Shahab speaks during an update on COVID-19 at the Legislative Building in Regina on Wednesday March 11, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
Cars line up to enter the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. The U.S. reopened its land borders to nonessential travel Monday after almost 20 months of COVID-19 restrictions. Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are deemed essential. New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
Cars line up to enter the U.S. from Canada at the Peace Arch border crossing Monday, Nov. 8, 2021, in Blaine, Wash. The U.S. reopened its land borders to nonessential travel Monday after almost 20 months of COVID-19 restrictions. Travel across land borders from Canada and Mexico has been largely restricted to workers whose jobs are deemed essential. New rules will allow fully vaccinated foreign nationals to enter the U.S. regardless of the reason. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson)
A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Arctic outflow, snow and possible freezing rain forecast for parts of B.C.

Chill values nearing -20 C are expected for inland parts of the North Coast

A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Arctic outflow, snow and possible freezing rain forecast for parts of B.C.

Chill values nearing -20 C are expected for inland parts of the North Coast

A special weather statement was issued for the Greater Victoria area as southeasterly winds gusting up to 90km per hour were forecasted as people walk along Willow’s beach in Victoria, Monday, Oct. 25, 2021. Environment Canada has issued cold and winter storm warnings for several areas in B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A woman leaves a grocery store using plastic bags in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, August 15, 2019. It’s the end of days for plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam take-out containers in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Federal government intends to ban plastic straws, bags in Canada by end of 2022

Plastic stir sticks, cutlery, six-pack rings, bags and Styrofoam takeout to be eliminated entirely.

A woman leaves a grocery store using plastic bags in Mississauga, Ont., on Thursday, August 15, 2019. It’s the end of days for plastic grocery bags and Styrofoam take-out containers in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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Alberta teacher charged after allegations she sexually assaulted a student

Prairie Rose Public Schools says teacher is no longer actively working for the school division

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