Coronavirus

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta plan to phase out all COVID-19 restrictions reckless: public health faculty

Kenney announced earlier this week a phased, but speedy approach to dropping all COVID health measures

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)

New Zealand tries old earworm hits to flush out protesters

Police treat protesters to Barry Manilow, the Macarena on repeat

FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)
A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)

Mom wins Victoria court battle to vaccinate immunocompromised 7-year-old

Father opposed vaccine, argued too many unknowns around its effects on children

A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

17 more British Columbians die from COVID, hospitalizations continue to decline

846 people are in hospital with COVID-19 and 136 are in ICU

(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Restrictive coronavirus countermeasures seem to be working at Olympics

Organizers report 407 cases among athletes, team officials, media and others inside the bubble

A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Injunction granted to prevent protesters from blocking Ambassador Bridge

The injunction goes into effect at 7 p.m. Friday (Feb. 11)

Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada to announce changes to COVID-19 border measures next week

Duclos says that with latest wave receding, government will ‘continue to tweak’ measures

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Ontario premier declares state of emergency over ongoing blockades

Doug Ford: it’s illegal and punishable to block and impede the movement of goods, people and services

Truckers and supporters block the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
(The Canadian Press)

Doctors and tourism industry calling on Ottawa to end COVID-19 testing requirements

Airports have lost $6 billion in revenue and racked up $3 billion in debt since the pandemic began

(The Canadian Press)
A man eats food at Adamson Barbecue as the restaurant and people defy provincial lockdown orders to shut down indoor and outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Poll: Nearly 30% of Canadians say it’s time to ‘learn to live’ with COVID-19

Leger survey indicates level of fatigue among the population, experts preach caution

A man eats food at Adamson Barbecue as the restaurant and people defy provincial lockdown orders to shut down indoor and outdoor dining during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, November 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described the regional spread of COVID-19 in a briefing from the B.C. legislature, Jan. 28, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. health ministry drops daily reporting of active COVID-19 cases

Omicron wave overwhelms testing, changes isolation rules

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described the regional spread of COVID-19 in a briefing from the B.C. legislature, Jan. 28, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Fuel containers, including one claiming to be a water bottle, are seen in the back of a truck on Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

More trucks out of Ottawa’s core, as calls grow for end to border blockades

Police call for remaining protesters to leave after immobilizing downtown for almost two weeks

Fuel containers, including one claiming to be a water bottle, are seen in the back of a truck on Albert Street as a protest against COVID-19 restrictions that has been marked by gridlock and the sound of truck horns reaches its 14th day, in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Police at a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Ottawa’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa police warn protesters of mischief charges for blocking streets

Protesters’ vehicles and other property may be seized and possibly forfeited

Police at a barricade in front of vehicles parked as part of the trucker protest, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022, in Ottawa’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)

All remaining B.C. health-care workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19 by March 24

Dr. Bonnie Henry had initially hinted at mandate in the fall

FILE – A vial of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine is displayed on a counter at a pharmacy in Portland, Ore., Monday, Dec. 27, 2021. (AP Photo/Jenny Kane)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a press conference in Victoria on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. to reveal updated COVID pandemic response next week

Many COVID orders are set to expire next week

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry discusses details about the latest restrictions announced around gatherings due to the surge of the COVID-19 variant Omicron during a press conference in Victoria on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
A pedestrian walks alongside businesses on a rainy day while wearing a protective mask during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, June 18, 2021. There is a noticeable decline in how trusting Canadians are of their leaders and institutions as the pandemic drags on, and it’s particularly striking among those who remain anxious or stressed about COVID-19, a new survey suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Poll says Canadians less trusting of governments, politicians as pandemic drags on

Survey finds 22 per cent trust governments, politicians, compared with 40 per cent in early pandemic

A pedestrian walks alongside businesses on a rainy day while wearing a protective mask during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Friday, June 18, 2021. There is a noticeable decline in how trusting Canadians are of their leaders and institutions as the pandemic drags on, and it’s particularly striking among those who remain anxious or stressed about COVID-19, a new survey suggest. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Premier John Horgan talks to media about the recent flooding in the province at the legislature during a press conference in Victoria, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Politicians are back at the British Columbia legislature today where the New Democrat government will deliver a throne speech outlining its political agenda for the coming months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. premier backs COVID-19 health restrictions, will not bend to horn honking

Horgan said he will take guidance on B.C.’s approach from provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry

Premier John Horgan talks to media about the recent flooding in the province at the legislature during a press conference in Victoria, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Politicians are back at the British Columbia legislature today where the New Democrat government will deliver a throne speech outlining its political agenda for the coming months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the media while attending the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Calgary Chamber of Commerce slams Alberta’s move to cancel vaccine passport program

Program first to go as part of the province’s three-step plan to lift public health restrictions

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks to the media while attending the Global Business Forum in Banff, Alta., Thursday, Sept. 26, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the UCP (United Conservative Party) annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Alberta to start lifting COVID restrictions, including vaccine passport

Premier Jason Kenney calls it a prudent plan to get Albertans’ lives back to normal

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks after the UCP (United Conservative Party) annual meeting in Calgary on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)

Five more people admitted to ICU with COVID-19 as B.C. records 1,117 new cases

There were no new deaths reported Tuesday (Feb. 8)

(AP Photo/Pavel Golovkin)