Category Archives: Prairies/BC

Albertans lining up, signing up as eligibility for AstraZeneca COVID vaccine expands

EDMONTON — Albertans were voting with their feet and arms Tuesday as they lined up and signed up to get the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine. The response came as cases and hospitalizations continued to rise, powered by more contagious variants. Tho...

Millions for addiction and mental health in B.C.’s budget for ‘unprecedented need’

VICTORIA — British Columbia's finance minister says the government is making the largest investment in mental health and addictions in the province's history as part of Budget 2021.  Selina Robinson says the budget includes $500 million over three year...

Millions for addiction and mental health in B.C.’s budget for ‘unprecedented need’

VICTORIA — British Columbia's finance minister says the government is making the largest investment in mental health and addictions in the province's history as part of Budget 2021.  Selina Robinson said the budget includes $500 million over three year...

Highlights of the B.C. budget, which includes billions in pandemic recovery spending

VICTORIA — Highlights of the British Columbia budget presented Tuesday: — $26.4 billion capital plan over three years to build hospitals, schools, transit and roads while creating 85,000 jobs. — $500 million for mental health and addictions services, i...

Saskatchewan makes AstraZeneca vaccine available to those 40 and up

REGINA — Saskatchewan is dropping the age at which people can receive the Oxford-AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine to 40 from 55. Ontario, Alberta, Manitoba and British Columbia have done the same. Quebec announced earlier Tuesday that it was dropping the a...

Manitoba and North Dakota look to get cross-border essential workers vaccinated

WINNIPEG — The governments of Manitoba and North Dakota are aiming to ensure essential workers who have to cross the Canada-U.S. border are vaccinated against COVID-19. Manitoba Premier Brian Pallister and North Dakota Governor Doug Burgum are schedule...

Manitoba truckers will get COVID-19 vaccines in North Dakota under cross-border deal

WINNIPEG — Manitoba commercial truck drivers who regularly travel into the United States will now be able to get COVID-19 vaccines in North Dakota. The deal, touted as the first such cross-border vaccine agreement between a province and a state, could

Teacher’s death pressures Saskatchewan government to prioritize vaccinating educators

REGINA — The death of an influential Cree teacher due to COVID-19 has sent a shockwave through Saskatchewan politics and increased pressure on the government to prioritize educators in its vaccination plan.  Victor Thunderchild, who was 55, died in Pri...

Teacher’s death puts pressure on Saskatchewan to prioritize vaccinating educators

REGINA — The death of an influential Cree teacher due to COVID-19 has increased pressure on the Saskatchewan government to prioritize educators in its vaccination plan.  Victor Thunderchild, 55, died in Prince Albert on Saturday and family members say ...

B.C. to impose travel restrictions until May long weekend over COVID-19

VICTORIA — British Columbia will impose travel restrictions to prevent movement outside of health regions as police set up roadside checks similar to those seen during the Christmas season, Premier John Horgan said Monday as he pleaded with residents t...