Category Archives: Prairies/BC

B.C. records 407 new cases of COVID-19; officials repeat calls to bend the curve

VICTORIA — Health officials say more COVID-19 cases have been linked to community clusters related to social gatherings and a ski resort in British Columbia's Interior. The Interior Health authority says in a news release that 46 new cases linked to

Ex-lottery VP testifies money laundering ‘politically charged,’ gets emotional

VANCOUVER — A former executive with British Columbia's lottery corporation became emotional Tuesday after two days of testimony at a public inquiry into money laundering.Robert Kroeker took several moments to compose himself but his voice still cracked...

Saskatchewan’s top doctor says people don’t have a right to protest at his home

REGINA — Saskatchewan's chief medical health officer says he believes there are limits to where people can protest after a handful of demonstrators unhappy with COVID-19 restrictions showed up outside his home.  Dr. Saqib Shahab says while people can g...

ICBC promotes changes to auto insurance with improved online estimator tool

VANCOUVER — British Columbia's public safety minister says an improved online estimator tool will help drivers see how much they'll save under changes coming to the Insurance Corporation of B.C.  Mike Farnworth says the tool allows drivers to estimate ...

Saskatchewan to end birth alerts next month: social services minister

REGINA — Saskatchewan's social services minister says the province will soon end the practice of social workers and health-care staff informing child-welfare officials when a baby is born to a mother deemed high risk. Lori Carr says the Saskatchewan Pa...

Members of Kenney’s UCP caucus nix NDP bid to seek details of failed Keystone XL deal

EDMONTON — Members of Alberta Premier Jason Kenney’s caucus have refused an Opposition NDP bid to make public details of Alberta’s $7.5-billion investment in the failed Keystone XL pipeline project. The eight members of the governing United Conservativ...

Manitoba requiring travellers from other provinces to self-isolate for COVID-19

WINNIPEG — The Manitoba government is expanding its travel restrictions to require all domestic travellers to self-isolate for 14 days after entering the province. Since last June, only people arriving from areas east of Terrace Bay in northern Ontario...

Ex-lottery VP says Eby ‘disinterested’ in corporation’s anti-money laundering efforts

VANCOUVER — Attorney General David Eby appeared "disinterested" during an anti-money laundering briefing by top British Columbia Lottery Corp. officials and disparaged the author of a crime analysis report, a former corporation executive told a public ...

Alberta reports first case of COVID-19 variant that’s not linked to travel

EDMONTON — Alberta is reporting its first case of a COVID-19 variant, first seen in the United Kingdom, that cannot be directly traced to international travel. Health Minister Tyler Shandro says while it is one case, the variant has the potential

British Columbia long-term care home report reveals confusion, mixed messaging

VANCOUVER — A third-party report examining how the British Columbia government responded to COVID-19 in long-term care homes during the first wave of the pandemic reveals confusion over policies and infection prevention. More than 650 of B.C.'s over 1,...