Canada & World

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
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
A person wearing a face mask carries an umbrella as rain falls while walking past the snow-covered square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, on Thursday, January 6, 2022. The agency that monitors British Columbia’s waterways is warning of “minor to significant flooding” on B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island as warming temperatures and persistent rain melt heavy snow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Heavy rain, rising temperatures could mean floods on Lower Mainland, Vancouver Island

Storms carrying threat still days away, exact location and intensity of concerns still unclear

A person wearing a face mask carries an umbrella as rain falls while walking past the snow-covered square outside the Vancouver Art Gallery in Vancouver, on Thursday, January 6, 2022. The agency that monitors British Columbia’s waterways is warning of “minor to significant flooding” on B.C.’s Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island as warming temperatures and persistent rain melt heavy snow. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

COVID hospitalizations nearing or reaching record highs in several provinces

Many provinces imposed a weeklong delay in the return to in-person schooling

Paramedics transfer a person from an ambulance into a hospital in Montreal, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022. The Health Department says data from the last 24 hours indicates a 140-jump in hospitalization from the previous day, for a total of 2,436. The province is also reporting 11,007 new cases of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
FILE – Ice fishing. (Pixabay)

27 people rescued from floating ice chunk in Wisconsin bay

A barge traveling through the bay may have caused the ice chunk to break off the shoreline

FILE – Ice fishing. (Pixabay)
A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Survey finds Alberta oilsands environmental monitoring ineffective after 10 years

Most survey respondents reported there was little communication and co-ordination between scientific groups

A processing unit is shown at Suncor Fort Hills facility in Fort McMurray, Alta., on Monday September 10, 2018. Alberta doesn’t have a good grasp of the overall environmental impacts of the oilsands a decade after implementing the monitoring that was supposed to provide it, internal government documents suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

COVID-19 cases fill hospital beds in parts of Quebec, Ontario and New Brunswick

Some regions, such as British Columbia, do not report cases or hospitalizations on the weekend.

Paramedics wheel a patient past ambulances outside a Toronto Hospital on Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Hospitals in several parts of Canada are straining under the weight of the Omicron variant of COVID-19, with Quebec hospitalizations reaching an all-time high on Sunday and Ontario’s admissions to intensive care units surging past the 400 mark. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2020. Canada and its allies are being urged to aggressively reach into the Iranian government’s pocket and seize assets to compensate for the regime’s downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 two years ago.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi

U.S. urged to use ‘Sully’ to help Canada, allies get PS752 compensation from Iran

Iran’s Revolutionary Guard shot down Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 shortly after it took off

Debris at the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Jan. 8, 2020. Canada and its allies are being urged to aggressively reach into the Iranian government’s pocket and seize assets to compensate for the regime’s downing of Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752 two years ago.
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi
Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a fire in the Bronx, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)

19 dead, including 9 children, in NYC apartment fire

More than five dozen people were injured and 13 people were still in critical condition in the hospital

Firefighters work outside an apartment building after a fire in the Bronx, Sunday, Jan. 9, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Yuki Iwamura)
A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, Sept. 2, 2021. A massive slab of rock broke away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from the canyon wall and and toppled onto pleasure boaters killing at least two people and injuring dozens at the popular tourist destination in Minas Gerais state. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)

Death toll in rockfall on Brazilian lake rises to 10

Wall coming loose could have been related to recent heavy rains that caused flooding in the state

A tourist boat navigates through a canyon in Furnas Lake, near Capitolio City, Brazil, Sept. 2, 2021. A massive slab of rock broke away on Saturday, Jan. 8, 2022, from the canyon wall and and toppled onto pleasure boaters killing at least two people and injuring dozens at the popular tourist destination in Minas Gerais state. (AP Photo/Andre Penner)
Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

First Nation says Alberta is preventing it from taking control of child welfare

Louis Bull Tribe asked to enter an agreement with Alberta and Canada in October 2020

Darin Keewatin is pictured in Edmonton on Tuesday January 4, 2022. Keewatin is concerned about slow movement on federal legislation allowing Indigenous groups to take control of child welfare. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Paul Stanczak and Danielle Bablich’s cottage, which was still under construction, is seen on fire in a suspected case of arson which left the structure, near Ontario’s Georgian Bay, in ashes on Boxing Day, in a Dec. 26, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Danielle Bablich, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Paul Stanczak and Danielle Bablich’s cottage, which was still under construction, is seen on fire in a suspected case of arson which left the structure, near Ontario’s Georgian Bay, in ashes on Boxing Day, in a Dec. 26, 2021, handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Danielle Bablich, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Dr. Nathan Stall administers a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 77-year-old Vernal Davis as Dr. Stall and Toronto city councilor Josh Matlow bring third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors and their caregivers in Toronto, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The pair are working against lowering the barriers to getting the most vulnerable boosted with their third dose. As parts of Canada see staggering rises in COVID-19 activity amid Omicron’s rapid spread, experts say the highly transmissible variant is training a spotlight on social inequities across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Rapid spread of Omicron showing ‘tale of two pandemics: rich and poor’

“If you have money, you’re able to afford the protection you need to survive and be safe.”

Dr. Nathan Stall administers a third dose of the COVID-19 vaccine to 77-year-old Vernal Davis as Dr. Stall and Toronto city councilor Josh Matlow bring third doses of the COVID-19 vaccine to homebound seniors and their caregivers in Toronto, Friday, Jan. 7, 2022. The pair are working against lowering the barriers to getting the most vulnerable boosted with their third dose. As parts of Canada see staggering rises in COVID-19 activity amid Omicron’s rapid spread, experts say the highly transmissible variant is training a spotlight on social inequities across the country. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Families will commemorate the loss of loved ones who died after Iranian forces downed a passenger jet two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi

Families honour loved ones lost on second anniversary of downing of plane in Iran

More than 100 of the 176 people killed in the plane crash had ties to Canada

Rescue workers search the scene where a Ukrainian plane crashed in Shahedshahr, southwest of the capital Tehran, Iran, Wednesday, Jan. 8, 2020. Families will commemorate the loss of loved ones who died after Iranian forces downed a passenger jet two years ago. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ebrahim Noroozi
NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Its 21 foot 4-inch primary mirror has been built to fold to a much smaller size for takeoff. (Photo by Chris Gunn/NASA)

James Webb space telescope’s ‘golden eye’ opens, clearing last major hurdle

More powerful than the Hubble Space Telescope, the $10 billion Webb will scan the cosmos

NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope. Its 21 foot 4-inch primary mirror has been built to fold to a much smaller size for takeoff. (Photo by Chris Gunn/NASA)
Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Key sectors facing staffing struggles amid escalating pandemic

Omicron stretching health care resources across Canada

Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic Wednesday, January 5, 2022 in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Oona Krieg, chief operating officer of Brave Technology Co-op, poses for a photograph in Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Almost three dozen people survived overdoses because of a Canada-wide phone line that connects callers who use drugs with emergency support if there is a suspected overdose. Looking back on a year in service, data from the National Overdose Response Service, or NORS, shows all 33 potentially life-threatening events were successfully responded to. Followup calls confirmed all overdoses were reversed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Connection during isolation: Data shows national drug overdose hotline saves lives

The national line is one of many solutions to try to curb drug overdoses

Oona Krieg, chief operating officer of Brave Technology Co-op, poses for a photograph in Vancouver on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. Almost three dozen people survived overdoses because of a Canada-wide phone line that connects callers who use drugs with emergency support if there is a suspected overdose. Looking back on a year in service, data from the National Overdose Response Service, or NORS, shows all 33 potentially life-threatening events were successfully responded to. Followup calls confirmed all overdoses were reversed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Experts say the Sunwing party flight might have been halted mid-trip had certain aviation protocols been strictly followed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

27 out of 130 passengers on Sunwing party flight to Mexico back in Canada: Duclos

Many stranded after Sunwing cancelled their return flight and video made them pariahs

A Sunwing Airlines jet prepares to take off at Montreal's Trudeau International Airport, Friday, March 20, 2020. Experts say the Sunwing party flight might have been halted mid-trip had certain aviation protocols been strictly followed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)

Pressure mounting for grocers to bring back ‘hero pay’ amid Omicron surge

Advocates calling for reinstatement of pay bump due to increasing COVID concerns

Advocates say front-line supermarket workers are facing the biggest risks due to COVID. (contributed photo)
William “Roddie” Bryan, center, listens to motions by members of the defense during his sentencing along with Greg McMichael, and Travis McMichael, in the Glynn County Courthouse, Friday, Dec. 7, 2022, in Brunswick, Ga. The three found guilty in the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)

Arbery killers get life in prison; no parole for father, son

Arbery left his home for a jog and ended up shot dead after running for his life

William “Roddie” Bryan, center, listens to motions by members of the defense during his sentencing along with Greg McMichael, and Travis McMichael, in the Glynn County Courthouse, Friday, Dec. 7, 2022, in Brunswick, Ga. The three found guilty in the February 2020 slaying of 25-year-old Ahmaud Arbery. (AP Photo/Stephen B. Morton, Pool)
People aged 12 to 59 years old were 25 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 if they were unvaccinated, according to PHAC’s data between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, 2021. (Black Press file photo).

Canada’s health minister says more provincial vaccine mandates likely

Jean-Yves Duclos said such a measure is not currently being contemplated in Canada

People aged 12 to 59 years old were 25 times more likely to be hospitalized with COVID-19 if they were unvaccinated, according to PHAC’s data between Nov. 7 and Dec. 4, 2021. (Black Press file photo).