Category Archives: Prairies/BC

Yukon’s chief coroner cautions about ‘extremely high number of drug-related deaths’

WHITEHORSE — Yukon's chief coroner has issued a warning to residents about an increase in opioid-related deaths. Heather Jones says in a statement that officials have confirmed four deaths due to illicit drugs in the first seven days of this year

Imperial Metals surrenders mining rights in B.C.’s Silverdaisy watershed

VICTORIA — British Columbia Premier John Horgan says an ecologically sensitive watershed not far from the U.S. border is one step closer to protection thanks to an agreement extinguishing mining claims in the area.  The province says in a news release

B.C. First Nations make deal with Western Forest Products to defer old-growth logging

VICTORIA — Cedar, fir and hemlock trees as old as 800 years have temporary protection after an agreement was reached between four Vancouver Island First Nations and a forestry company. The deal between four nations in the Nanwakolas Council and Western...

Vancouver Island community without water after barge damages underwater line

UCLUELET, B.C. — A First Nation on Vancouver Island has declared a state of emergency and banned the use of water for everything except flushing toilets after a barge severed a water supply line. A message posted by the District

Saskatchewan preparing to submit another carbon pricing plan to Ottawa: premier

REGINA — Premier Scott Moe says Saskatchewan will submit another carbon pricing plan to the federal government in the coming months. The province's first proposal was rejected by Ottawa last July.  Moe said in a statement Wednesday that Saskatchewan is...

Manitoba may be near peak of current COVID-19 wave as hospitalizations rise

WINNIPEG — Manitoba recorded another 12 COVID-19-related deaths and saw hospitalizations rise again Wednesday, as the province's top doctor said the peak of the Omicron wave might be close at hand. Health officials said the number of people in hospital...

Bars and other B.C. businesses affected by pandemic closures to receive more help

VICTORIA — More financial help is on the way for British Columbia businesses forced to stay closed for at least another month as the province tries to contain the spread of the Omicron variant of COVID-19. A statement from the Ministry

Suspended Alberta justice minister says he wasn’t distracted driving, phone in pocket

EDMONTON — Kaycee Madu says he understands why Alberta Premier Jason Kenney relieved him as justice minister after Madu phoned Edmonton’s police chief about a traffic ticket. Madu says he did not phone Edmonton police Chief Dale McFee to get the

Edmonton school board to request vaccine clinics in schools as COVID infections rise

EDMONTON — One of Alberta's largest school boards wants the province to open vaccine clinics in schools as the number of students and staff infected with COVID-19 rises. Trisha Estabrooks, chairwoman of the board for Edmonton Public Schools, says a let...

Afghans who worked closely with Canada in Afghanistan reach B.C. with families

VANCOUVER — Over 200 Afghan refugees have arrived in Vancouver, the most to reach the province since the Taliban took control of Afghanistan last August. Sean Fraser, Canada's minister responsible for refugees, says the latest arrivals are among a tota...