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Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser at Health Canada, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Omicron-specific vaccine likely to come too late to help in this wave: Sharma

Pfizer and Moderna are working on new versions of their vaccines that specifically target the Omicron variant

Dr. Supriya Sharma, chief medical adviser at Health Canada, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Friday, Feb. 26, 2021, to provide an update on the COVID-19 pandemic and vaccine rollout in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Russian soldiers take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Russia has rejected Western complaints about its troop buildup near Ukraine, saying it deploys them wherever it deems necessary on its own territory. (AP Photo)
Russian soldiers take part in drills at the Kadamovskiy firing range in the Rostov region in southern Russia, Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. Russia has rejected Western complaints about its troop buildup near Ukraine, saying it deploys them wherever it deems necessary on its own territory. (AP Photo)
Colleyville police Chief Michael Miller addresses reporters in a nearby parking lot after the conclusion of a SWAT operation at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas. All four people taken hostage inside the synagogue during a morning service were safe Saturday night after an hours-long standoff, authorities said. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)

British man identified as hostage-taker at Texas synagogue

Malik Faisal Akram was killed after the hostages got out at around 9 p.m. at Congregation Beth Israel

Colleyville police Chief Michael Miller addresses reporters in a nearby parking lot after the conclusion of a SWAT operation at Congregation Beth Israel synagogue on Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022, in Colleyville, Texas. All four people taken hostage inside the synagogue during a morning service were safe Saturday night after an hours-long standoff, authorities said. (Smiley N. Pool/The Dallas Morning News via AP)
Alberta students board a school bus, as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

For some Canadian students, school disruptions have become routine

Students have spent nearly two years dealing with COVID restrictions

Alberta students board a school bus, as they return to school today for the first time since their holiday break was extended due to surging COVID-19 cases, near Cremona, Alta., Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Paramedics are seen outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Omicron may seem unavoidable, but experts say ‘let it rip’ isn’t the solution

Emerging evidence suggests Omicron is less likely to cause severe illness than previous COVID-19 strains

Paramedics are seen outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, January 5, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)

Update on psychedelic therapy drugs a positive step in mental-health care: experts

Move will allow physicians to request restricted psychedelic drugs for patients as part of psychotherapy

FILE - In this Aug. 3, 2007, file photo, psilocybin mushrooms are seen in a grow room at the Procare farm in Hazerswoude, central Netherlands. (AP Photo/Peter Dejong, File)
The first train crosses the new controlled, temporary at-grade level crossing of Highway 1 at Tank Hill north of Lytton on Jan. 14. (Photo credit: MOTI)

Highway 1 reopened to traffic between Lytton and Spences Bridge

Highway still closed between Lytton and Hope, due to record snowfall and avalanche risk

The first train crosses the new controlled, temporary at-grade level crossing of Highway 1 at Tank Hill north of Lytton on Jan. 14. (Photo credit: MOTI)
Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, receives his astronaut wings pin from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, after a space flight in 2021. Hadfield says privatized space flight has its benefits to life on earth. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)

Space travel can improve everyone’s lives, says Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield

Improvements in space technology accelerating, having major impact on life on Earth

Virgin Galactic founder Richard Branson, left, receives his astronaut wings pin from Canadian astronaut Chris Hadfield, after a space flight in 2021. Hadfield says privatized space flight has its benefits to life on earth. (AP Photo/Andres Leighton)
Afghan refugees shout slogans during a rally outside the building that houses the local UNHCR representative office in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Texan YouTuber helped 170 Afghans flee safely to Canada. They arrived in Calgary earlier this week and will resettle in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YouTuber funds escape from Taliban of 170 Hazara filmmakers, activists to Canada

David Lee helped a large group of stranded Afghans get to the Pakistan border

Afghan refugees shout slogans during a rally outside the building that houses the local UNHCR representative office in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Texan YouTuber helped 170 Afghans flee safely to Canada. They arrived in Calgary earlier this week and will resettle in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
The Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A new report from the Bank of Canada on climate transition risks show Canada’s financial institutions are potentially exposed to significant economic shocks from high-emitting sectors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

BoC scenarios show financial sector exposed to potential climate transition shocks

The pilot study isn’t meant as a forecast but considers several climate policy scenarios

The Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A new report from the Bank of Canada on climate transition risks show Canada’s financial institutions are potentially exposed to significant economic shocks from high-emitting sectors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Grocery store workers call refusal to reinstate pandemic pay ‘insulting’

$2-an hour pay premium previously offered by grocers made a difference to employees

People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. Children’s Hospital still seeing few admissions for kids with COVID-19

11 kids are at B.C. Children’s with COVID, but only a quarter of them were admitted due to the virus

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP
Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)
Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)
Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)

BC Trucking Association voices concerns over dangerous conditions on Coquihalla

Multiple crashes on the Coquihalla Highway last week prompted the BCTA to file a complaint

Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Time to review how RCMP can best serve communities, union head says

Review would help direct RCMP resources, address public safety issue

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada’s public health leaders navigate choppy waters as pandemic drags on

Politicians, medical health officers face pushback from pandemic weary public

Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

‘Chaos and confusion’: Government error on trucker vaccine mandate sparks disarray

“It’s created a whole disaster,” said Private Motor Truck Council of Canada president Mike Millian

Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)

UPDATE: All B.C. Tsunami advisories cleared

No need for action, local fire and rescue departments say

This satellite image taken by Himawari-8, a Japanese weather satellite, and released by the agency, shows an undersea volcano eruption at the Pacific nation of Tonga Saturday, Jan. 15, 2022. An undersea volcano erupted in spectacular fashion near the Pacific nation of Tonga on Saturday, sending large waves crashing across the shore and people rushing to higher ground. (Japan Meteorology Agency via AP)
Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. B.C. hospitals are changing their method of counting COVID-19 cases to include those who are admitted for other medical conditions and then test positive in screening. (Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. shifting reporting to identify COVID-19-caused hospital admissions

Hospital cases jump, but up to half admitted for other conditions

Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. B.C. hospitals are changing their method of counting COVID-19 cases to include those who are admitted for other medical conditions and then test positive in screening. (Williams Lake Tribune)
The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Trickle-down effect: never-ending opioid crisis driving B.C. paramedics to exhaustion

Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. seeing sharp spike in mental health-related issues among members

The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE