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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).
Gas prices are up across B.C.’s South Coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Price spike makes gas on B.C.’s South Coast most expensive in Canada

Gas prices range from 169.2 in Vancouver to 154.3 on parts of Vancouver Island

Gas prices are up across B.C.’s South Coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Montreal, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Omicron variant is causing an "enormous" volume of COVID-19 cases, but severe illness is not rising at the same rate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Omicron causes ‘enormous’ caseload, but severe illness not rising at same rate: Tam

Daily counts 400 per cent higher than third wave peak, severe illness not spiking in same way

Ambulance workers transport a patient to the emergency room as hospitalizations continue to rise due to the COVID-19 pandemic, in Montreal, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022. Canada's chief public health officer Dr. Theresa Tam says the Omicron variant is causing an "enormous" volume of COVID-19 cases, but severe illness is not rising at the same rate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Troy Weppler, shown in this handout image, who lives in Saskatoon, says he sent a box of five rapid tests to family in British Columbia because they were unable to get any in that province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

‘Why do I feel so guilty?’ Saskatchewan residents sending rapid tests out of province

It’s puzzling for most people elsewhere in Canada where the demand for tests vastly outweighs supply

Troy Weppler, shown in this handout image, who lives in Saskatoon, says he sent a box of five rapid tests to family in British Columbia because they were unable to get any in that province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Lycah Frugal, 4, is held by her father Bernardo, as she gets her COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic Friday, November 26, 2021 as the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5-11 continues in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Pediatrician urges parents to have COVID talk with their health provider

UBC professor says national vaccination rate among children aged five to 11 is too low

Lycah Frugal, 4, is held by her father Bernardo, as she gets her COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic Friday, November 26, 2021 as the campaign to vaccinate children aged 5-11 continues in Montreal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
People walk along Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal, Sunday, January 2, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Some measures put in place by the Quebec government, including the closure of stores to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People walk along Ste-Catherine Street in Montreal, Sunday, January 2, 2022, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. Some measures put in place by the Quebec government, including the closure of stores to help curb the spread of COVID-19 in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Blood tests show waning immunity that scientists hope Omicron could counter

Canadian task force analyzing extent of immunity offered by Omicron

A bag of blood is shown at a clinic in Montreal on November 29, 2012. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in advance of the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He is reflected in a screen being used to monitor the teleprompter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Carolyn Kaster

Reject false narratives, political violence, Biden urges on riot’s anniversary

U.S. President recalls Capitol violence as a dagger at the throat of democracy

Attorney General Merrick Garland speaks at the Department of Justice in Washington, Wednesday, Jan. 5, 2022, in advance of the one year anniversary of the attack on the U.S. Capitol. He is reflected in a screen being used to monitor the teleprompter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Carolyn Kaster
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu record a tip top dance for Tik Tok by the campaign plane at the airport in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh announces he has become a father of a baby girl

The NDP leader has previously expressed his excitement about becoming a father

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu record a tip top dance for Tik Tok by the campaign plane at the airport in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Erin O’Toole pushes for unvaccinated Canadians to be accommodated amid Omicron wave

O’Toole came out as opposed to vaccine mandates during last year’s election campaign

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole speaks during a news conference responding to the federal government’s COVID-19 response, on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, on Thursday, Jan. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Staffing challenges from surging COVID-19 cases affecting public services

Quebec health officials reported another 1,953 COVID-19 hospitalizations Thursday

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes