Category Archives: Prairies/BC

UCP backbencher fined $15K by Elections Alberta for funding violations

EDMONTON — A United Conservative backbencher has been fined $15,000 by Elections Alberta for a variety of offences including filing false financial statements. Devinder Toor, the legislature member for Calgary Falconridge, was penalized for fundraising...

Yukon premier says more people need to get vaccinated as restrictions set to be eased

WHITEHORSE — Yukon's premier is encouraging more people to get immunized before some restrictions are lifted next week and says COVID-19 infections are occurring among clusters of unvaccinated residents in some communities. Sandy Silver says measures s...

B.C.’s budget deficit lower than forecast at $5.5 billion: finance minister

VICTORIA — COVID-19 is battering British Columbia's economy and the provincial government's bottom line, but the effects of the pandemic haven't been as bad as earlier feared, says Finance Minister Selina Robinson. B.C.'s public accounts, which cover t...

B.C. wildfire crews watchful as latest heat wave arrives

Officials with British Columbia's wildfire service say low humidity and hot temperatures arriving this week are fuelling aggressive activity at some fires. That's after a modest reprieve from lightning strikes and higher winds had reduced the number of...

Alberta to end isolation rules for COVID-19 cases, close contacts as cases rise

CALGARY — Alberta is ending isolation requirements for people who test positive for COVID-19 and their close contacts as cases climb in the province. Dr. Deena Hinshaw, Alberta's chief medical officer of health, announced a two-phased approach Wednesda...

Yukon COVID-19 recoveries surpass diagnoses for the first time in a week: top doctor

WHITEHORSE — Yukon reported six new cases of COVID-19 on Tuesday as the territory's top doctor says there were more recoveries than new diagnoses for the first time in a week.  Dr. Brendan Hanley says in a statement the number of

Salmon getting through Fraser River slide zone as officials ponder permanent fix

VANCOUVER — Officials say thousands of migrating salmon are making their way past an area of British Columbia's Fraser River where a waterway was restructured following a massive rock slide more than two years ago.  Gwil Roberts, the Fisheries Departme...

B.C. kicks off COVID campaign to boost vaccination

VANCOUVER — British Columbia has kicked off a new COVID-19 vaccination campaign to encourage as many people as possible over the next two weeks to get immunized at places that are convenient, like beaches and summer camps. Provincial health officer Dr....

Yukon’s top doctor says Watson Lake ‘likely to see more’ clusters of COVID-19

WHITEHORSE — Yukon reported 28 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday that had been diagnosed over the previous three days.  There were 90 active infections in the territory, which has recorded 513 new cases since June 1 out of the 579

Active COVID-19 infections in B.C. tick up to 695 over the weekend

VICTORIA — British Columbia reported 267 new cases of COVID-19 on Monday that were diagnosed over the previous three days, for an average of 89 new infections per day.  A statement from the Health Ministry says 695 cases were active across