Coronavirus

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Kenney is set to speak to reporters later today as COVID-19 continues to surge in the province, pushing intensive care wards to the breaking point. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

VIDEO: Alberta’s Kenney rejects new health rules as COVID-19 cripples hospitals

More than 90 per cent of COVID-19 patients in critical care are either partially vaccinated or not vaccinated

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton, Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. Kenney is set to speak to reporters later today as COVID-19 continues to surge in the province, pushing intensive care wards to the breaking point. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy

Widespread labour shortage not going away any time soon: BDC report

More than 60 per cent of Canadian businesses say that widespread labour shortages are limiting their growth

A help wanted sign is displayed at car wash in Indianapolis, Wednesday, Sept. 2, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Michael Conroy
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1,246 new COVID cases in Alberta

18 new deaths announced, including two in Red Deer

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Mohammad Movassaghi arrives at provincial court in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. seeks forfeiture of $2.8M condo owned by alleged COVID-19 violator

Civil claim seeks all proceeds from sale of the condo, once a mortgage of about $2 million is repaid

Mohammad Movassaghi arrives at provincial court in Vancouver, on Wednesday, April 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Air India flight 187 from New Delhi lands at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Friday, April 23, 2021. Direct passenger flights from India to Canada resumed Monday as Transport Canada lifted a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Direct passenger flights from India resume as Canada lifts ban

Direct flights from India can land in Canada, but travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test

Air India flight 187 from New Delhi lands at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Friday, April 23, 2021. Direct passenger flights from India to Canada resumed Monday as Transport Canada lifted a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham

‘Removing the gift of life’: COVID-19 wave pushing back organ transplants

Staff being redeployed in Saskatchewan to care for fourth wave of COVID-19 patients

Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham
Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta doctors raise alarm on specialist staff shortages in intensive care wards

Alberta Health Services briefing doctors on criteria to use should the health system collapse

Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A woman walks by a COVID-19 vaccination sign in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow over who is vaccinated and who is not, says the president of a Montreal-based non-profit think-tank that examines Canadian issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Tensions high between vaccinated and unvaccinated in Canada, poll suggests

Leger survey suggests more than three in four respondents hold negative views of those not immunized

A woman walks by a COVID-19 vaccination sign in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow over who is vaccinated and who is not, says the president of a Montreal-based non-profit think-tank that examines Canadian issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
In this May 7, 2019 photo, a machine that produces plastic pellets is seen in operation at a GDB International warehouse in New Brunswick, N.J. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Seth Wenig

Plastic resin emerges as tiniest example of enduring COVID-19 supply chain crunch

Experts say plastic prices are one a factor pushing up the cost of materials and contributing to inflation

In this May 7, 2019 photo, a machine that produces plastic pellets is seen in operation at a GDB International warehouse in New Brunswick, N.J. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Seth Wenig
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

Denied cross-border shoppers, some U.S. companies opt to export to Canada instead

Ongoing closure of the Mexican and Canadian land borders is costing U.S. businesses $1.5 billion a month

A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021 file photo medical professionals pronate a 39 year old unvaccinated COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho’s public health leaders have expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest hospital network, asked state health leaders to allow "crisis standards of care" on Wednesday because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state’s medical resources. (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)

‘People will suffer and will die’: Emergency doctor says some health triage has begun

Dr. Paul Parks, says major components of triage have already begun in Alberta

FILE - In this Aug. 31, 2021 file photo medical professionals pronate a 39 year old unvaccinated COVID-19 patient in the Medical Intensive care unit (MICU) at St. Luke’s Boise Medical Center in Boise, Idaho. Idaho’s public health leaders have expanded health care rationing statewide amid a massive increase in the number of coronavirus patients requiring hospitalization. The Idaho Department of Health and Welfare made the announcement Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. St. Luke’s Health System, Idaho’s largest hospital network, asked state health leaders to allow "crisis standards of care" on Wednesday because the increase in COVID-19 patients has exhausted the state’s medical resources. (AP Photo/Kyle Green, File)
The Misericordia Community Hospital is shown in Edmonton, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The head of emergency medicine for the Alberta Medical Association says major components of triage have already begun in Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘People will suffer and will die’: Alberta doctor says health triage has begun

Alberta Health says any patient who requires mechanical ventilation is currently able to receive it

The Misericordia Community Hospital is shown in Edmonton, Wednesday, July 8, 2020. The head of emergency medicine for the Alberta Medical Association says major components of triage have already begun in Alberta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Ontario increases sporting events capacity, ahead of baseball playoffs, NHL season

Ontario is opening the door wider for fans at sporting events, just…

Tampa Bay Lightning and Toronto Maple Leafs players stand for the national anthem prior to NHL hockey action in Toronto on Tuesday, January 2, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

School disruption, ‘long COVID,’ all factors in choice to vaccinate young kids: Tam

Health Canada awaits findings in order to determine if the vaccine is safe, effective for children.

A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Small businesses face threats, backlash as vaccine passports take effect

Some flooded with bad reviews on Google or negative comments on social media

A woman holds a sign while attending a rally and march organized by people opposed to COVID-19 vaccination passports and public health measures, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, September 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Feds to provide Red Cross, Armed Forces help as COVID-19 swamps Alberta’s hospitals

Alberta has 310 patients in intensive care, the vast majority of whom have COVID-19.

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Canada paused COVID-19 vaccine deliveries as supply far exceeds demand

Country sitting on a stockpile of 18.7 million doses, doesn’t need any more to fully vaccinate

Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals to face pressure to move quickly on fiscal plan as fourth wave hits economy

Analyst: Liberals are unlikely to start reining in spending with the pandemic ongoing

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, left, arrives with Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland as she prepares to table the federal budget in the House of Commons in Ottawa, on Monday, April 19, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Needles are seen filled with the vaccination for COVID-19 at a truck stop along highway 91 North in Delta, B.C., on June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Quebec man punches nurse in face for giving wife COVID-19 vaccine

Police say the nurse had to be treated in hospital for serious injuries to her face

Needles are seen filled with the vaccination for COVID-19 at a truck stop along highway 91 North in Delta, B.C., on June 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton on June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney battles COVID-19 hospital crisis, internal party revolt

Kenney said it was Tyler Shandro’s idea to leave his post as health minister

Albert Health Minister Tyler Shandro and Alberta Premier Jason Kenney unveil an opening sign after speaking about the Open for Summer Plan and next steps in the COVID-19 vaccine rollout, in Edmonton on June 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson