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Alberta’s chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, updates media on the COVID-19 situation in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. Hinshaw is apologizing for causing “confusion, fear or anger” after communicating the province’s plan to eliminate remaining public health measures in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s top doctor apologizes for causing ‘confusion, fear or anger’ on COVID-19

Hinshaw: isolation measures disruptive and no longer necessary with vaccine protection

A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fixing long-term care in Canada could cost $13.7B, budget watchdog estimates

Pandemic infected more than 1/4 of Canada’s 205,000 long-term care residents, killing over 15,000

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, columns of smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The federal government says neither Canada nor the United States can spare each other any extra personnel as they deal with one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP

Canada, U.S. seek new approach as blistering 2021 wildfire season drains resources

Neither country able to share resources due to severity of conditions on either side of the border

A helicopter flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., Friday, July 16, 2021. Wildfire starts across British Columbia are ramping up again as heat and dry conditions replace last week’s slightly damper weather, boosting the wildfire danger to high or extreme in all but small pockets of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Damage estimate for fire-razed Lytton, B.C., reaches $78 million

Fire raced through community, killing two people and leaving other residents minutes to get out

A helicopter flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., Friday, July 16, 2021. Wildfire starts across British Columbia are ramping up again as heat and dry conditions replace last week’s slightly damper weather, boosting the wildfire danger to high or extreme in all but small pockets of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Police vehicles are seen outside the Pentagon Metro area Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Man who fatally stabbed Pentagon officer had troubled past

Background suggests act of a violence-prone individual more likely than part of a broader conspiracy

Police vehicles are seen outside the Pentagon Metro area Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Canadian border workers issue Friday strike notice

‘Sweeping; series of actions possible at airports, borders, ports, postal facilities and headquarters

A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Rain helps curb B.C. wildfires, not enough to make long-term impact or clear smoke

65 evacuation orders in place affecting about 4,300 properties around the province

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Pedestrians walk in Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 4, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe

More Canadians say worst of COVID-19 yet to come as the Delta variant spreads: poll

Leger survey says number of Canadians who believe the pandemic has passed its peak is declining

Pedestrians walk in Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 4, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe
Police remove encampment supporters as they clear Lamport Stadium Park encampment in Toronto, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Police and politicians’ efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto, Vancouver Island protests shine spotlight on media access

Fairy Creek protests, Toronto park evictions put focus on attempts to limit freedom of the press

Police remove encampment supporters as they clear Lamport Stadium Park encampment in Toronto, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Police and politicians’ efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks with Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre vaccination site to promote walk-in Wednesdays, an effort by the province to encourage those needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a site tour in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Delta variant behind increase in COVID-19 case numbers in British Columbia: experts

UBC researcher says Delta is now the most common variant in the province

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry speaks with Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre vaccination site to promote walk-in Wednesdays, an effort by the province to encourage those needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a site tour in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, cooks pancakes while hosting the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Premier backs Alberta’s top doctor, defends Alberta’s response as COVID-19 cases rise

Close contacts of individuals who test positive for the virus are no longer required to isolate

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, cooks pancakes while hosting the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s chief electoral officer warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Final outcome of a pandemic election could take a few days: chief electoral officer

Trudeau expected to later this month call an election in mid to late September

Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s chief electoral officer warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the G-7 summit at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Kevin Lamarque, POOL

In call with Biden, Trudeau talks trade, border ‘collaboration’ and Olympic soccer

U.S. president basks in basket of Montreal smoked-meat sandwiches won when Tampa Bay won Stanley Cup

President Joe Biden and Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attend the G-7 summit at the Carbis Bay Hotel in Carbis Bay, St. Ives, Cornwall, England, Friday, June 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Kevin Lamarque, POOL
A crew member checks docking ropes from the inside of Carnival's Mardi Gras cruise ship, docked in the bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, marking the first time a cruise ship visits the U.S. territory since the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)

1st cruise ship docks in Puerto Rico since pandemic began

Ship was traveling at 70% capacity, with some 4,500 people aboard

A crew member checks docking ropes from the inside of Carnival's Mardi Gras cruise ship, docked in the bay of San Juan, Puerto Rico, Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, marking the first time a cruise ship visits the U.S. territory since the COVID-19 pandemic began. (AP Photo/Carlos Giusti)
People stand on rocks near a beach of Kavouri suburb, southwest of Athens, Greece, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The heat wave is expected to peak Monday, with temperatures inland ranging from 42 to 46 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 114.8 Fahrenheit). Temperatures will remain at 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) or above in much of Greece until at least Friday, meteorologists say. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)

Thousands flee homes outside Athens as heat fuels wildfires

Flames fuelled by heat wave that reached 45 C in the area

People stand on rocks near a beach of Kavouri suburb, southwest of Athens, Greece, Monday, Aug. 2, 2021. The heat wave is expected to peak Monday, with temperatures inland ranging from 42 to 46 degrees Celsius (107.6 to 114.8 Fahrenheit). Temperatures will remain at 40 Celsius (104 Fahrenheit) or above in much of Greece until at least Friday, meteorologists say. (AP Photo/Michael Varaklas)
The Montreal Police logo is seen on a police car in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
The Montreal Police logo is seen on a police car in Montreal on Wednesday, July 8, 2020.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Ibrahim Hoteit, 51, left, and his wife, Hanan, lead a protest for the relatives of victims of the Aug. 4, 2020, Beirut port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 10, 2021. Hoteit, whose brother was killed in the blast, has become the face of calls for justice from the families of the victims. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)

After Beirut blast, winning justice becomes a life’s mission

Quest to expose corruption and negligence powers survivors in wake of port disaster

Ibrahim Hoteit, 51, left, and his wife, Hanan, lead a protest for the relatives of victims of the Aug. 4, 2020, Beirut port explosion in Beirut, Lebanon, Saturday, July 10, 2021. Hoteit, whose brother was killed in the blast, has become the face of calls for justice from the families of the victims. (AP Photo/Hassan Ammar)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney poses for a photo as he hosts the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021. Kenney will provide details on Alberta's film and television industry this afternoon, speaking publicly for the first time since significant changes were made to COVID-19 protections in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Opposition NDP calls for public inquiry into Alberta’s COVID-19 response

Hoffman: ‘It is clear that Albertans can no longer trust their own government to keep them safe’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney poses for a photo as he hosts the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021. Kenney will provide details on Alberta's film and television industry this afternoon, speaking publicly for the first time since significant changes were made to COVID-19 protections in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE - This March 27, 2008, file photo, shows the Pentagon in Washington. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak, File)
FILE — In this May 17, 2021 file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2 amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)

NYC will require COVID vaccination proof for indoor dining, gyms

This is the most aggressive step the city has taken yet to curb a surge in cases caused by the Delta variant

FILE — In this May 17, 2021 file photo, Emily Baumgartner, left, and Luke Finley, second from left, join friends from their church group in a birthday toast to one of the members, upper right, during their weekly “Monday Night Hang” gathering at the Tiki Bar on Manhattan’s Upper West Side, in New York. New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have scheduled competing news conferences Monday, Aug. 2 amid rising COVID-19 case counts attributed to the highly contagious delta variant of the virus. (AP Photo/Kathy Willens, File)