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A flagger directs construction traffic while heavy equipment is used as repairs to a bridge and road that was washed out by flooding are underway on the Coquihalla Highway near Carolin Mine Road, northeast of Hope, B.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. According to the B.C. Transportation Ministry the highway, which was heavily damaged in numerous places during last month’s flooding and mudslides, is on track to reopen to essential travel in early January if weather cooperates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Highway reopening caution: ‘It is not the Coquihalla as we know it’

Some sections of the route will be one lane in each direction and power still hasn’t been restored

A flagger directs construction traffic while heavy equipment is used as repairs to a bridge and road that was washed out by flooding are underway on the Coquihalla Highway near Carolin Mine Road, northeast of Hope, B.C., Friday, Dec. 10, 2021. According to the B.C. Transportation Ministry the highway, which was heavily damaged in numerous places during last month’s flooding and mudslides, is on track to reopen to essential travel in early January if weather cooperates. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. Canadian Blood Services has today recommended that Canada end the ban on gay men donating blood, in a submission to Health Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Blood service recommends Health Canada end gay blood donation ban

Organization says evidence shows that the change would pose no safety risk to the blood supply

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. Canadian Blood Services has today recommended that Canada end the ban on gay men donating blood, in a submission to Health Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Supporters gather as a fence is put up around GraceLife Church near Edmonton on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Alberta government closed down and fenced off a church that had been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta braces for more Omicron, ramps up COVID-19 testing but loosens health rules

Premier Jason Kenney says it’s best to be cautious given Omicron’s rapid spread

Supporters gather as a fence is put up around GraceLife Church near Edmonton on Wednesday April 7, 2021. The Alberta government closed down and fenced off a church that had been charged with refusing to follow COVID-19 health rules. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 a day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive receiving for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease. Ramaphosa started feeling unwell Sunday and a test confirmed COVID-19. A statement said he has mild symptoms, is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)

Early data indicating Omicron is milder, better at evading vaccines

The omicron variant is offering more hints about what it may have…

A man gets vaccinated against COVID-19 at a site near Johannesburg, Monday, Dec. 13, 2021 a day after South African President Cyril Ramaphosa tested positive receiving for mild COVID-19 symptoms after testing positive for the disease. Ramaphosa started feeling unwell Sunday and a test confirmed COVID-19. A statement said he has mild symptoms, is self-isolating in Cape Town and is being monitored by the South African Military Health Service. (AP Photo/Denis Farrell)
A WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is seen parked at a gate at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Feds urge Canadians to avoid international travel over holidays due to Omicron spread

This is the second time feds have issued international travel advisory since pandemic began

A WestJet Airlines Boeing 787-9 Dreamliner is seen parked at a gate at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, January 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An oil refinery is seen on the shores of Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, B.C. Tuesday, May 20, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Parkland refinery ramps up processing following restart of Trans Mountain pipeline

Burnaby refinery, a key supplier of gasoline to the Vancouver area, paused in wake of flooding

An oil refinery is seen on the shores of Burrard Inlet in Burnaby, B.C. Tuesday, May 20, 2008. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE - Kids and adults wait for their booster or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Northwest Community Church in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, threatening to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)

U.S. faces a double coronavirus surge as omicron advances

Early data suggests omicron is more transmissible than delta, with a doubling time of about two days

FILE - Kids and adults wait for their booster or second dose of COVID-19 vaccine at Northwest Community Church in Chicago, Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021. The new omicron coronavirus mutant speeding around the world may bring another wave of chaos, threatening to further stretch hospital workers already struggling with a surge of delta cases and upend holiday plans for the second year in a row. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh, File)
B.C. finance minister Selina Robinson leaves the assembly with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Finance Minister Selina Robinson says the federal government's $5 billion contribution to flood disaster recovery efforts in British Columbia is a historic amount of cash that reflects the extreme nature of the disaster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. welcomes federal government’s ‘initial’ $5 billion in flood disaster relief

B.C. Finance Minister says assessing the full cost of rebuilding remains an ongoing process

B.C. finance minister Selina Robinson leaves the assembly with Premier John Horgan after the budget speech in the legislative assembly at the provincial legislature in Victoria, Tuesday, April 20, 2021. Finance Minister Selina Robinson says the federal government's $5 billion contribution to flood disaster recovery efforts in British Columbia is a historic amount of cash that reflects the extreme nature of the disaster. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Children who never returned from residential schools newsmaker of the year: CP poll

They were honoured with thousands of tiny shoes lined up in front…

Jane Kigutaq, a kindergarten teacher from Arctic Bay now living in Ottawa, protests on Parliament Hill at a “Cancel Canada Day” event in response to the discovery of unmarked indigenous graves at residential schools on July 1, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
Registered Nurse Sara Fung poses for a photo in Binbrook, Ont., on Monday, December 13, 2021. Fung was overcome with emotion when the first COVID-19 vaccines started pouring into Canada last December, and again in March when she received her first dose. As she felt the prick of the needle on her arm, the Hamilton-area nurse thought of the grandmother she lost to COVID-19 nearly a year earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

One-year vaccine anniversary brings ‘bittersweet’ memories for health-care workers

Sara Fung was overcome with emotion when the first COVID-19 vaccines started…

Registered Nurse Sara Fung poses for a photo in Binbrook, Ont., on Monday, December 13, 2021. Fung was overcome with emotion when the first COVID-19 vaccines started pouring into Canada last December, and again in March when she received her first dose. As she felt the prick of the needle on her arm, the Hamilton-area nurse thought of the grandmother she lost to COVID-19 nearly a year earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Irina Petrakova, a survivor of domestic violence, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her flat in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Petrakova, 41, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She said that even when they were finally divorced, he was able to assault her outside the courthouse where she brought a case against him. “Had the law been in force, had I had a (restraining) order, he wouldn’t have been able to even approach me,” said Petrakova, whose case is before the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

European court urges Russia to tackle its domestic violence problem

Human Rights court says violence against women is happening on a ‘staggering scale’ in Russia

Irina Petrakova, a survivor of domestic violence, speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in her flat in Moscow, Russia, Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. Petrakova, 41, suffered years of abuse at the hands of her husband. She said that even when they were finally divorced, he was able to assault her outside the courthouse where she brought a case against him. “Had the law been in force, had I had a (restraining) order, he wouldn’t have been able to even approach me,” said Petrakova, whose case is before the European Court of Human Rights. (AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Fiscal update has deficit lower than expected but COVID-19 spending still dominates

Deficit on track to hit $144.5 billion, below the government’s previous forecast of a $154.7 billion

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People walk by a COVID-19 rapid testing business in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Freeland budgets billions more for testing, treatments and vaccines in fall update

Government intends to almost triple shipments of rapid tests for COVID-19 before the end of March

People walk by a COVID-19 rapid testing business in Montreal, Saturday, Dec. 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Trees burned in this summer’s wildfires are seen on a mountainside covered with snow as the Coldwater River snakes along side the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Parts of southern British Columbia could get up to 20 centimetres of snow

Driving conditions may change quickly with reduced visibility

Trees burned in this summer’s wildfires are seen on a mountainside covered with snow as the Coldwater River snakes along side the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt, B.C., in an aerial view from a Canadian Forces reconnaissance flight on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Stacity Bailie is shown in this undated handout photo. Stacity had been awaiting approval to enter a drug rehabilitation program when she died of an overdose on Oct. 22. She hadn't been using illicit opioids for long, said her father, Gary Bailie, but the 27-year-old struggled with an alcohol addiction for more than a decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Gary Bailie

Indigenous people far more likely to die from opioid overdose: experts

Indigenous people in B.C. are 5 times more likely to overdose and 3 times more likely to die

Stacity Bailie is shown in this undated handout photo. Stacity had been awaiting approval to enter a drug rehabilitation program when she died of an overdose on Oct. 22. She hadn't been using illicit opioids for long, said her father, Gary Bailie, but the 27-year-old struggled with an alcohol addiction for more than a decade. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Gary Bailie
Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals ready to release update on federal finances, outlook for Canadian economy

Finance Department has sent signals that the update won’t have a long list of new spending measures

Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland adjusts her notes during a joint news conference in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE - The Pfizer logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)

Pfizer confirms COVID pill’s results, potency versus omicron

Testing shows drug reduced combined hospitalizations and deaths by about 89% among high-risk adults

FILE - The Pfizer logo is displayed at the company’s headquarters, Feb. 5, 2021, in New York.(AP Photo/Mark Lennihan, File)
A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Discovery of unmarked graves selected as Canada’s news story of the year: CP poll

Discovery in Kamloops served as a chilling, consciousness-raising event for Canadians

A child’s dress hung on a cross blows in the wind near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School to honour the 215 children whose remains are believed to have been discovered buried near the facility in Kamloops, B.C., on Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Deborah Onwu is seen in an undated family handout photo. Brandon Newman, accused of killing Onwu in October 2019, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

‘She is no more’: Judge sentences man to 14 years in caseworker’s stabbing death

Brandon Newman is considered to be ‘a high risk for violence and recidivism’

Deborah Onwu is seen in an undated family handout photo. Brandon Newman, accused of killing Onwu in October 2019, was sentenced today after pleading guilty to second-degree murder. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to questions in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Trudeau won’t rule out federal intervention in Quebec teacher hijab case

Bill 21 bans those in positions of public authority from wearing religious symbols on the job

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens to questions in Ottawa, on Monday, Dec. 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang