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B.C. minister of education and child care Jennifer Whiteside speaks during a funding announcement in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Whiteside says planned reductions in child-care fees will mean families of 96 per cent of children in eligible licensed care, or about 69,000 kids, will automatically receive the lower fees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fees in licensed child care in B.C. to drop by up to $550 a month by Dec. 1, says NDP

The savings for families are on top of earlier reductions of $350 per month

B.C. minister of education and child care Jennifer Whiteside speaks during a funding announcement in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Whiteside says planned reductions in child-care fees will mean families of 96 per cent of children in eligible licensed care, or about 69,000 kids, will automatically receive the lower fees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A man draws an unknown illicit substance into a syringe before injecting it into his arm as people gather for a rally and march to call on the government to provide a safe supply of illicit drugs in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Researchers at the the University of British Columbia have found reduced access to HIV care and prevention services during early COVID-19 lockdowns were associated with a “sharp increase” in infection rates among drug users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

HIV spike among B.C. drug users associated with COVID-19 lockdown, research says

The overall number of new HIV diagnoses in B.C. continues a decades-long decline

A man draws an unknown illicit substance into a syringe before injecting it into his arm as people gather for a rally and march to call on the government to provide a safe supply of illicit drugs in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 14, 2021. Researchers at the the University of British Columbia have found reduced access to HIV care and prevention services during early COVID-19 lockdowns were associated with a “sharp increase” in infection rates among drug users. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, dishes out pancakes at his last Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast as premier in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Federal government unlikely to declare victory on COVID as travel restrictions loosen

‘In Canada, our focus has been, every step of the way, on listening to science, to responding to the facts on the ground’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, dishes out pancakes at his last Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast as premier in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alexandru Radita is shown in a photo from his 15th birthday party, three months before his death, in this handout photo. An Alberta judge looking into the death of they boy has adjourned her inquiry in an attempt to get more witnesses. Government of Alberta photo.

Alberta judge overseeing inquiry into teen’s death adjourns to seek more witnesses

Alexandru Radita was 15 when he died in May 2013 of bacterial sepsis

Alexandru Radita is shown in a photo from his 15th birthday party, three months before his death, in this handout photo. An Alberta judge looking into the death of they boy has adjourned her inquiry in an attempt to get more witnesses. Government of Alberta photo.
Canadian national men’s soccer team head coach John Herdman watches a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Canada faces World Cup host Qatar on Friday in Vienna in the first of two friendlies during the FIFA September international window. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada cruises to 2-0 win over World Cup host Qatar in men’s soccer friendly

Three months after a disastrous June camp disrupted by a player boycott…

Canadian national men’s soccer team head coach John Herdman watches a training session for a CONCACAF Nations League match against Curacao, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 7, 2022. Canada faces World Cup host Qatar on Friday in Vienna in the first of two friendlies during the FIFA September international window. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar answers a question from a reporter during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. India's government is warning its citizens in Canada of a sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sakchai Lalit

India cautions its citizens of hate, violence in Canada

The government of India is warning its citizens in Canada of a…

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar answers a question from a reporter during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. India's government is warning its citizens in Canada of a sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sakchai Lalit
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform at a call in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. A spokesman for Vancouver Police says a criminal investigation is underway after an allegedly knife-wielding patient chased a doctor at BC Women’s Hospital and tried to access a locked nursery as staff hid to protect themselves. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Knife-wielding patient arrested at B.C. hospital after staff hid on ward: police

Woman was treated at the hospital for a minor injury to her lower body

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform at a call in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. A spokesman for Vancouver Police says a criminal investigation is underway after an allegedly knife-wielding patient chased a doctor at BC Women’s Hospital and tried to access a locked nursery as staff hid to protect themselves. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Vancouver Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev, centre, of Russia, talks to Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the NHL hockey team’s training camp in Whistler, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Russian additions impressing at Vancouver Canucks training camp

Andrei Kuzmenko and Illya Mikheyev flanking star centre Elias Pettersson in the early going

Vancouver Canucks’ Ilya Mikheyev, centre, of Russia, talks to Andrei Kuzmenko, left, of Russia, and Elias Pettersson, of Sweden, during the NHL hockey team’s training camp in Whistler, B.C., Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

How is cannabis legalization going? Feds launch overdue review to find out

Century-long prohibition on the recreational use and sale of cannabis lifted in October 2018

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The next airline hoping to pose a threat to the country’s Air Canada-WestJet duopoly is slated to take its inaugural flight today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada Jetlines, latest airline to enter the crowded field, lands first flight

The next airline hoping to pose a threat to the country’s Air…

A WestJet Airlines Boeing 737 Max aircraft arrives at Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Thursday, Jan. 21, 2021. The next airline hoping to pose a threat to the country’s Air Canada-WestJet duopoly is slated to take its inaugural flight today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Feds stop short of mandatory national crime gun tracing, citing provincial control

Only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of crime guns recovered each year are being traced

OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Fiona forecast to bring ‘severe’ winds, heavy rainfall to Atlantic Canada

Potential for flooding in coastal and mainland areas and an “all-time” low pressure across the region

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)
The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Specialists join forces to push B.C. for same recognition as family doctors

‘Patients are getting sicker and dying on our wait-lists’

The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
People fuel up vehicles in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5 per cent to $61.3 billion in July, the first drop in seven months, driven by lower sales at gasoline stations and clothing and clothing accessories stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5% to $61.3 billion in July

Initial estimate for August pointed to a gain of 0.4 per cent for the month

People fuel up vehicles in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Statistics Canada says retail sales fell 2.5 per cent to $61.3 billion in July, the first drop in seven months, driven by lower sales at gasoline stations and clothing and clothing accessories stores. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Merritt to pilot four-day work week at city hall to attract workers

One-year trial will see city hall closed on Mondays

A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Canadian dollar is sliding again a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian dollar slides as investors retreat to U.S. dollars

loonie slipped under 75 cents US earlier this week

Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Canadian dollar is sliding again a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Spouse of gunman who killed 22 Nova Scotians calls for policing reforms at inquiry

The spouse of the gunman who killed 22 Nova Scotians in the…

Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

Jones complained to reporters during breaks about not being able to testify that he is ‘innocent’

FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. seniors have lowest financial support in Canada, says advocate

Report covers home support, eye exams, hearing aids and monthly supplements

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People travel at Pearson International Airport, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. A cabinet order enforcing mandatory vaccinations at the Canadian border will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada ending requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, ArriveCan app at border Sept. 30

PM to let order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at Canadian border expire

People travel at Pearson International Airport, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. A cabinet order enforcing mandatory vaccinations at the Canadian border will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette