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This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

Canadian provinces grapple with rising, record COVID-19 cases due to Omicron variant

The mayors of Ottawa and Montreal both announced on Saturday that they had tested positive for COVID-19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
Virginia Tech engineering professor Linsey Marr, who studies viruses in the air, is seen in an undated handout photo in Lake Louise, Alberta. Experts are calling for respirators, such as N95s, to become the new masking standard to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Linsey Marr, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

More protective masking, including N95s, needed to curb Omicron, say experts

A well-fitted respirator offers more than 95 per cent protection

Virginia Tech engineering professor Linsey Marr, who studies viruses in the air, is seen in an undated handout photo in Lake Louise, Alberta. Experts are calling for respirators, such as N95s, to become the new masking standard to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Linsey Marr, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
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WestJet ‘strongly opposes’ travel advisory

The airline says the government should publicly share travel-related COVID-19 data

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A young bull grazes in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Alberta Agriculture Minister Nate Horner says an older animal has tested positive for atypical mad cow disease in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A young bull grazes in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Alberta Agriculture Minister Nate Horner says an older animal has tested positive for atypical mad cow disease in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A dentist works on a patient on Monday, July 26, 2021, in San Juan, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP

Dentists see pandemic stress in patients with more grinding, cracked, broken teeth

Pressures of the pandemic causing more people to involuntarily clench their jaws and grind teeth

A dentist works on a patient on Monday, July 26, 2021, in San Juan, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

What Canadian health officials know so far about the Omicron variant of COVID-19

As the latest version of the COVID-19 virus gains a foothold, here’s what experts are saying

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
A visitor pulls luggage past the bottom of a staircase in Terminal One of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Berlin on Oct. 19, 2020. (PhotoBloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi)

Experts say travellers should check insurance coverage twice amid changing rules

Those determined to travel warned travel advisories may have altered their insurance coverage.

A visitor pulls luggage past the bottom of a staircase in Terminal One of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Berlin on Oct. 19, 2020. (PhotoBloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi)
A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada reinstates molecular test for all travellers, lifts ban on African countries

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said test requirement will return as of Tuesday

A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a bouncy castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Multiple children have died and others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a junior school on the island state of Tasmania on Thursday. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)

Australia mourning after 5 children die in bouncy castle accident

The kids were celebrating end of school year when a gust of wind lifted castle almost 10 meters

Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a bouncy castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Multiple children have died and others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a junior school on the island state of Tasmania on Thursday. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)
Clarence Iron, shown in a handout photo, always dreamt of being part of “Hockey Night in Canada,” but not even in his dreams did he envision calling games in his own language. Now the 60-year-old broadcaster from the Canoe Lake Cree Nation is set bring the sport he loves to his community in a whole new way with the debut of “Hockey Night in Canada in Cree.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-APTN
Clarence Iron, shown in a handout photo, always dreamt of being part of “Hockey Night in Canada,” but not even in his dreams did he envision calling games in his own language. Now the 60-year-old broadcaster from the Canoe Lake Cree Nation is set bring the sport he loves to his community in a whole new way with the debut of “Hockey Night in Canada in Cree.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-APTN

Canadian broadcaster hopes hockey call will help save his Cree language

‘Hockey Night in Canada in Cree’ will feature NHL games broadcast in Indigenous language

Clarence Iron, shown in a handout photo, always dreamt of being part of “Hockey Night in Canada,” but not even in his dreams did he envision calling games in his own language. Now the 60-year-old broadcaster from the Canoe Lake Cree Nation is set bring the sport he loves to his community in a whole new way with the debut of “Hockey Night in Canada in Cree.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-APTN
Clarence Iron, shown in a handout photo, always dreamt of being part of “Hockey Night in Canada,” but not even in his dreams did he envision calling games in his own language. Now the 60-year-old broadcaster from the Canoe Lake Cree Nation is set bring the sport he loves to his community in a whole new way with the debut of “Hockey Night in Canada in Cree.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-APTN
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. hears from 161 First Nations on plans for old-growth logging deferrals

Nearly three-quarters of those responding indicated they need more time

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at a mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The push for Canadians to get their vaccine booster shots is ramping up as COVID-19’s Omicron variant spreads across the country triggering the return of pandemic restrictions in some provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canadians urged to get COVID-19 booster jabs as Omicron concerns grow

Provinces have begun implementing new restrictions to ward off an explosion of cases

A health-care worker holds up a sign signalling she needs more COVID-19 vaccines at a mass vaccination facility at the CAA Centre during the COVID-19 pandemic in Brampton, Ont., on Friday, June 4, 2021. The push for Canadians to get their vaccine booster shots is ramping up as COVID-19’s Omicron variant spreads across the country triggering the return of pandemic restrictions in some provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
J.R. Rardon photo A fishing crew brings aboard a net filled with herring, foreground, during the 2017 harvest off the mouth of French Creek in March.

Federal government announces closure of most Pacific herring fisheries

Exception will be harvests by First Nations for food and ceremonial purposes

J.R. Rardon photo A fishing crew brings aboard a net filled with herring, foreground, during the 2017 harvest off the mouth of French Creek in March.
Aqsa Malik is photographed in Unionville, Ont. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. The 28-year-old quit her government job last month and says the pandemic gave her a lot of time to pause and reflect. She now wants to take her life in another direction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Many Canadians have made life-altering decisions during COVID-19 pandemic

‘I quit because I wanted my life to be mine; It’s just an amazing feeling’

Aqsa Malik is photographed in Unionville, Ont. on Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. The 28-year-old quit her government job last month and says the pandemic gave her a lot of time to pause and reflect. She now wants to take her life in another direction. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A traveler drops off their baggage at Toronto Pearson International Airport, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The federal government is warning Canadians against non-essential travel internationally due to the risk of the Omicron variant that causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Travellers nervous as Omicron cases surge, but pushing ahead with plans

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to avoid international travel due to new variant

A traveler drops off their baggage at Toronto Pearson International Airport, on Thursday, December 16, 2021. The federal government is warning Canadians against non-essential travel internationally due to the risk of the Omicron variant that causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
Police patrol outside a children’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, as anti-vaccine protesters gather, on Dec.12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Incredible urgency’: Health experts say COVID-19 Omicron variant requires response

Ontario official says Omicron is dramatically more transmissible than any other COVID-19 variant

Police patrol outside a children’s COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, as anti-vaccine protesters gather, on Dec.12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Trying to tell us something’: Climatologist says 2021 a weather year like no other

About 1,000 new daily temperature marks were set between June 24 to July 4

A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A fire truck leads a bus down Main Street past damaged structures during a media tour in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his newly sworn in federal cabinet during a news conference in Ottawa, on October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

PM sets more inclusive, fair Canada as priority in mandate letters for ministers

‘This is the moment to rebuild a more resilient, inclusive and stronger country for everyone’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau stands in front of his newly sworn in federal cabinet during a news conference in Ottawa, on October 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A paramedic walks past a row of ambulances after transporting a patient Friday, January 15, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Canada surpasses grim milestone with more than 30,000 COVID-19 deaths

Experts say vaccines have significantly reduced the number of people dying each day from the virus

A paramedic walks past a row of ambulances after transporting a patient Friday, January 15, 2021 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Flood waters are seen from the air in Abbotsford, B.C., on November 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Engineers say better forecasting, warnings could protect B.C. from disasters

Experts worried about how weakened infrastructure will handle spring thaws

Flood waters are seen from the air in Abbotsford, B.C., on November 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward