Coronavirus

Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Stricter Canadian COVID rules complicate NHL push through pandemic

U.S. has shortened quarantine but Canada has not done so

Players from the Montreal Canadiens and the Philadelphia Flyers skate before an empty arena prior to an NHL game in Montreal, Thursday, December 16, 2021. The NHL has postponed five home games for the Montreal Canadiens due to measures related to the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People wait to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine dose at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Quebec reports record COVID cases, Ontario adds measures to LTC

Ontario said it was temporarily pausing general visitors from entering long-term care homes

People wait to receive a COVID-19 booster vaccine dose at the Olympic Stadium in Montreal, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Alicia Dempster poses for a photograph at her home in Stouffville, Ont., on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Dempster anticipated she’d return to her work in events after her maternity leave ended, but has yet to do so as a result of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Statistics show the ‘she-cession’ is over, but experts say not so fast

Many women still struggling to balance work and demands of family life

Alicia Dempster poses for a photograph at her home in Stouffville, Ont., on Wednesday, December 22, 2021. Dempster anticipated she’d return to her work in events after her maternity leave ended, but has yet to do so as a result of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Health workers try to convince elderly people to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 during a door-to-door vaccination drive in Ouguri village, on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. From South African undertakers to ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbis, an unconventional cadre of people has joined global efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates. Launching campaigns that traditionally have been the realm of public health authorities, they’re opening church doors, going door to door, village to village, touting the benefits of vaccination, sometimes making shots available on the spot. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)

Undertakers, rabbis join global fight promoting COVID shots

Message is being taken directly to under-vaccinated groups

Health workers try to convince elderly people to receive the vaccine for COVID-19 during a door-to-door vaccination drive in Ouguri village, on the outskirts of Gauhati, India, Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. From South African undertakers to ultra-Orthodox Israeli rabbis, an unconventional cadre of people has joined global efforts to increase COVID-19 vaccination rates. Launching campaigns that traditionally have been the realm of public health authorities, they’re opening church doors, going door to door, village to village, touting the benefits of vaccination, sometimes making shots available on the spot. (AP Photo/Anupam Nath)
Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Labour Minister O’Regan says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Labour Minister Seamus O’Regan tests positive for COVID-19 and is isolating

Case counts have soared recently due to highly contagious Omicron variant

Seamus O’Regan, right, arrives for the cabinet swearing-in ceremony at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 26, 2021. Labour Minister O’Regan says he has tested positive for COVID-19 after taking a rapid test.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Vegas Golden Knights center Mattias Janmark (26) eyes the puck after colliding withTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

NHL set to resume after 6-day break, eyes new CDC guidance

U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention cut the recommended isolation period from 10 days to five

Vegas Golden Knights center Mattias Janmark (26) eyes the puck after colliding withTampa Bay Lightning center Steven Stamkos (91) during the third period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)
A worker checks the temperature of a traveler departing from Pearson International Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Canadian air travellers are experiencing an uptick in flight cancellations this holiday season, but airlines say weather is a bigger factor than COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Weather, not Omicron, taking the biggest bite out of Canadian airline schedules

Frigid temperatures and arctic air have left most of the western provinces with wind chills dipping to -55C

A worker checks the temperature of a traveler departing from Pearson International Airport, in Mississauga, Ont., Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Canadian air travellers are experiencing an uptick in flight cancellations this holiday season, but airlines say weather is a bigger factor than COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases to Dec. 23, 2021 (seven-day rolling average in white), showing unprecedented infection spread since the arrival of the Omicron variant. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)

B.C.’s COVID-19 case rate stays high, Fraser Health highest

New record 2,552 new cases recorded on Christmas Day

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 cases to Dec. 23, 2021 (seven-day rolling average in white), showing unprecedented infection spread since the arrival of the Omicron variant. (B.C. Centre for Disease Control)
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Some provinces released updates regarding COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday, which highlighted an increase in case numbers driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Canada records more than 2M COVID-19 cases; health-care workers brace for spike

The government of Canada’s health website says the total case count was 2,000,976 as of Boxing Day

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Some provinces released updates regarding COVID-19 hospitalizations on Monday, which highlighted an increase in case numbers driven by the fast-spreading Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) crashes to the ice after being tripped by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)

NHL brings back taxi squads in effort to keep season going; 3 more games postponed

Each team will be allowed to have a taxi squad of up to 6 players

Vegas Golden Knights right wing Reilly Smith (19) crashes to the ice after being tripped by Tampa Bay Lightning goaltender Andrei Vasilevskiy (88) during the second period of an NHL hockey game Tuesday, Dec. 21, 2021, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/L.E. Baskow)
Economist Mariana Mazzucato gives a TED talk on her approach to rethinking capitalism. (marianamazzucato.com)

B.C. green investment fund looks to steer economy through 2022

Economist says InBC can ‘save capitalism from itself’

Economist Mariana Mazzucato gives a TED talk on her approach to rethinking capitalism. (marianamazzucato.com)
People carry shopping bags as they walk to vehicles in the parking lot at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, on Boxing Day in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Muted sales, quieter stores, small groups of people allowed in to maintain capacity limits due to the pandemic and “we’re hiring” signs greeted Boxing Day shoppers seeking bargains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fewer shoppers look for deals as COVID cases overshadow Boxing Day

Retail Council of Canada spokeswoman expects shift to online shopping due to Omicron

People carry shopping bags as they walk to vehicles in the parking lot at McArthur Glen Designer Outlet, on Boxing Day in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 26, 2020. Muted sales, quieter stores, small groups of people allowed in to maintain capacity limits due to the pandemic and “we’re hiring” signs greeted Boxing Day shoppers seeking bargains. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Sunira Chaudhri, a lawyer partner at Levitt LLP poses for a photograph at her office in Toronto on Monday, July 30, 2018. Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Pandemic puts ‘right to disconnect’ in spotlight as provinces inch toward policies

A report from human resources company found 84% of workers surveyed felt burned out over last 2 years

Sunira Chaudhri, a lawyer partner at Levitt LLP poses for a photograph at her office in Toronto on Monday, July 30, 2018. Toronto employment lawyer Sunira Chaudhri has fielded an increasing number of calls from her corporate clients worried about sexual harassment in their workplace — mostly from those wondering whether they need to change policies around co-ed one-on-one meetings, mentorship, office parties, business trips and dinners. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Moviegoers sit in a theatre at a Cineplex in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Canadians hoping to continue their long tradition of heading to the movies on Christmas Day will have to mask up and check their local restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

‘Tis the season for Christmas at the movies, but check local COVID-19 restrictions

Most provinces have introduced tighter measures for large gathering spaces due to Omicron

Moviegoers sit in a theatre at a Cineplex in Toronto, Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2020. Canadians hoping to continue their long tradition of heading to the movies on Christmas Day will have to mask up and check their local restrictions. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Fans watch as Canada and Russia warm up before first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. Alberta is about to host a third pandemic International Ice Hockey Federation tournament armed with experience from the first two, but with the ice still shifting underfoot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Hockey Canada, Alberta put pandemic hockey know-how to the test again in Edmonton

The Omicron variant and allowing of fans into arenas for this tournament are adding new variables

Fans watch as Canada and Russia warm up before first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship exhibition action in Edmonton, Thursday, Dec. 23, 2021. Alberta is about to host a third pandemic International Ice Hockey Federation tournament armed with experience from the first two, but with the ice still shifting underfoot. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Christmas Day for many Canadians this year means fewer people gathered around a twinkling tree tearing open presents, but others say COVID-19 hasn’t changed their holiday plans. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Holiday spirit shines through as COVID dashes plans for gatherings and celebrations

Few provinces reported new COVID-19 diagnoses on Christmas Day but infections have been rising

A nurse administers a COVID-19 vaccine at a mass vaccination clinic in Mississauga, Ont., Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. Christmas Day for many Canadians this year means fewer people gathered around a twinkling tree tearing open presents, but others say COVID-19 hasn’t changed their holiday plans. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Team Jacobs skip, Brad Jacobs encourages sweepers as a rock glides towards the rings during men’s final of the 2021 Canadian Olympic curling trials against Team Gushue, in Saskatoon, Sask., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin

Canada’s Olympic mixed doubles curling trials cancelled due to COVID-19

Canada is the defending Olympic champion in mixed double

Team Jacobs skip, Brad Jacobs encourages sweepers as a rock glides towards the rings during men’s final of the 2021 Canadian Olympic curling trials against Team Gushue, in Saskatoon, Sask., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Rick Elvin
A person wearing a parka sits on the harbour in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

2,441 British Columbians test positive for COVID ahead of Christmas

As of Friday, there have been 1,613 Omicron cases – up 638 since Thursday afternoon.

A person wearing a parka sits on the harbour in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Palestinian scout band members parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The biblical town of Bethlehem is gearing up for its second straight Christmas Eve hit by the coronavirus with small crowds and gray, gloomy weather dampening celebrations Friday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)

COVID puts a damper on Christmas Eve again around the world

In Germany, a line wound halfway around Cologne’s massive cathedral — for vaccinations

Palestinian scout band members parade through Manger Square at the Church of the Nativity, traditionally believed to be the birthplace of Jesus Christ, during Christmas celebrations, in the West Bank city of Bethlehem, Friday, Dec. 24, 2021. The biblical town of Bethlehem is gearing up for its second straight Christmas Eve hit by the coronavirus with small crowds and gray, gloomy weather dampening celebrations Friday in the traditional birthplace of Jesus. (AP Photo/Mahmoud Illean)