October 16th, 2021

National News

Ottawa eyes charging airport security with vaccine verification for travellers

By Christopher Reynolds, The Canadian Press on October 15th, 2021

OTTAWA – Airport security agents may soon be screening more than your luggage. The federal government is mulling handing responsibility for verifying passengers’ vaccination status to airport officers, rather than airlines – which hope to skip the headache. Canadian carriers received three consultation papers from Transport Canada this week asking for feedback on putting an ... Read More »

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Closing submissions in B.C.’s money laundering inquiry to start today

By The Canadian Press on October 15th, 2021

VANCOUVER – Closing submissions in British Columbia’s public inquiry into money laundering were set to begin today before the commission’s final report and recommendations are due Dec. 15. The Cullen commission concluded testimony last month, hearing from about 200 witnesses including former premier Christy Clark, cabinet ministers, police officers, gaming officials, financial crime experts and ... Read More »

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Hope hinges on emergency: Homeless shelter in central Alberta on brink of closure

By Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press on October 15th, 2021

RED DEER, Alta. – When a central Alberta city renewed its state of local emergency in response to rising COVID-19 cases, workers at an emergency shelter were overcome with relief. It meant they wouldn’t be evicted from their temporary shelter in Red Deer at the end of September, forcing dozens of people experiencing homelessness back ... Read More »

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Top doctor brings in more rules for northern B.C. as COVID spreads

By The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s provincial health officer has announced new restrictions for the northern health region in an attempt to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 through those who are unvaccinated. Personal gatherings indoors and outdoors are restricted to only those who are vaccinated and in-person worship services are cancelled. Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the ... Read More »

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CP NewsAlert: Top doctor brings in more rules for northern B.C. as COVID spreads

By The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

VICTORIA – British Columbia’s provincial health officer has announced new restrictions for the northern health region in an attempt to stop the rapid spread of COVID-19 through those who are unvaccinated. Personal gatherings indoors and outdoors are restricted to only those who are vaccinated and in-person worship services are cancelled. Dr. Bonnie Henry announced the ... Read More »

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Nunavut declares emergency in Iqaluit, city receives first shipment of potable water

By Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

IQALUIT, Nunavut – The Nunavut government has declared a 14-day state of emergency in Iqaluit after water in the capital was deemed undrinkable and potentially tainted with petroleum. The first shipment of potable water for residents also arrived by plane, with more expected to be delivered in the coming days. The city has ordered 80,000 ... Read More »

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No evidence freight train set off wildfire in Lytton, B.C.: safety board

By The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

LYTTON, B.C. – The head of the Transportation Safety Board says there’s no evidence that a freight train sparked a wildfire that destroyed the town of Lytton, B.C., but she can’t rule out 100 per cent that railway operations were unrelated to the inferno that killed two people this summer. Kathy Fox said the agency ... Read More »

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B.C. school once slated to be built on cemetery offers reconciliation hope: advocate

By Nick Wells, The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

NEW WESTMINSTER, B.C. – The relocation of the construction of a secondary school in New Westminster, B.C., once planned to be built over a cemetery not used in a century, is an example of reconciliation in action, an advocate says. New Westminster Secondary School officially opened Thursday after three years of construction. The former school, ... Read More »

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Iqaluit receives first shipment of potable water after tap water undrinkable

By Emma Tranter, The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

IQALUIT, Nunavut – The first shipment of potable water for Iqaluit residents has arrived by plane after water in the Nunavut capital was deemed undrinkable and potentially tainted with petroleum. The city has ordered 80,000 litres of water, and four-litre jugs were being handed out in the community of about 8,000 people. The city says ... Read More »

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Canadians among biggest energy users even as world moves toward net zero emissions

By Mia Rabson, The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

OTTAWA – An annual look at global energy systems suggests Canadians are – and will remain – among the biggest consumers of energy over the next decade even as policies ramp up to make the country more energy-efficient. The International Energy Agency’s World Energy Outlook published Wednesday shows Canadians used more than 300 gigajoules of ... Read More »

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Quebec delay sign of tough decisions provinces face on vaccine mandates

By The Canadian Press on October 14th, 2021

MONTREAL – Other provinces will face challenges similar to Quebec’s as they attempt to implement vaccine mandates for health-care workers, a health policy expert said Thursday. On Wednesday, Quebec Health Minister Christian DubĂ© postponed by a month a requirement for health-care workers to get vaccinated against COVID-19, saying it would have been “irresponsible” to suspend ... Read More »

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