Coronavirus

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Health Canada authorizes made-in-Canada COVID-19 vaccine

Plant-based vaccine was 71 per cent effective against COVID-19 one week after second dose

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Todd Hyland was enjoying the heated outdoor pool at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre resumes drop-ins for weight room, pool

Don’t go too early if you want to avoid a crowd, one swimmer advised

Todd Hyland was enjoying the heated outdoor pool at the Aldergrove Credit Union Community Centre on Saturday, Feb. 19. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID-19 hospitalizations dip to 653

One more person in the province has died from COVID-19

A person bundled up in a heavy jacket for the cold weather wears a face mask to curb the spread of COVID-19 in Vancouver, on Tuesday, December 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS

B.C. pharmacies to distribute free rapid tests for people aged 70 and over

The province says the program will expand to younger ages as supply grows

A file photo of a rapid test ket is shown here. PHOTO BY FRANK GUNN/THE CANADIAN PRESS
In this file photo dated Monday, March 22, 2021, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader

Canada signs agreement with AstraZeneca on preventative COVID-19 treatment

Not-yet-approved antibody therapy, called Evusheld, is a pre-exposure preventative for COVID-19

In this file photo dated Monday, March 22, 2021, vials of the AstraZeneca COVID-19 vaccine in a fridge at the local vaccine centre in Ebersberg near Munich, Germany. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Matthias Schrader
A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

UPDATED: Trudeau says Emergencies Act can now be revoked as crisis calms down

PM says order has been restored, police and legislation will now suffice

A cyclist pushes his bike across an intersection past temporary fencing as police watch from their car, Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)

B.C. tourism industry hoping spring COVID-19 thaw continues

Rebuilding workforce, international visitors a big job

William R. Bennett Bridge across Okanagan Lake, one of the tourism destinations hit hard by two years of pandemic restrictions. (Kelowna Capital News)
The University of Guelph said it intends to uphold its vaccine mandate until the end of the winter semester, but will review the policy soon and provide an update next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon

Vaccines, masks required at universities despite broader relaxing of restrictions

Many of Canada’s top schools are slow to follow their provincial lead in terms of COVID-19 rules

The University of Guelph said it intends to uphold its vaccine mandate until the end of the winter semester, but will review the policy soon and provide an update next month. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah Yoon
A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

B.C. records 44 more COVID-19 deaths over Family Day weekend

Hospitalizations continue to decline

A nurse draws the vaccine into a syringe. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards

People’s Party Leader Maxime Bernier to plead not guilty to COVID-19 charges: lawyer

Bernier was arrested last June and charged with exceeding public gathering limits

People’s Party of Canada Leader Maxime Bernier leaves after speaking to supporters during the PPC headquarters election night event in Saskatoon, Sask., Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Liam Richards
A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Tamara Lich, key organizer of anti-vaccine mandate protests in Ottawa, denied bail

Judge ruled there was a substantial likelihood Lich would reoffend if released

A pickup truck drives a highway between Vankleek Hill, Ont., and Ottawa, Monday, Feb. 21, 2022, after officers cleared a trucker protest from nearby Ottawa, that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest that occupied the nation capital’s downtown core. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Grant Frew, bar manager of Bushwakker, poses for a photo at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina. The pub’s main room is for vaccinated and unvaccinated customers, but its banquet room is currently for patrons who have “immunodeficiency concerns, family health concerns or simply are not comfortable with the latest easing of health restrictions.” To enter the banquet room, patrons must provide proof of vaccination and identification. (File photo by The Canadian Press)

Vaccinated or non-vaccinated? Regina brew pub introduces vaccine-only section

‘We’re trying to dig ourselves out of this economic catastrophe that the pandemic has caused’

Grant Frew, bar manager of Bushwakker, poses for a photo at Bushwakker Brewpub in Regina. The pub’s main room is for vaccinated and unvaccinated customers, but its banquet room is currently for patrons who have “immunodeficiency concerns, family health concerns or simply are not comfortable with the latest easing of health restrictions.” To enter the banquet room, patrons must provide proof of vaccination and identification. (File photo by The Canadian Press)
Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Turned off by ‘freedom convoy,’ South Asian Canadian truckers mull other career paths

Trucker job vacancy rate hit historic high of nearly 23,000 in third quarter of 2021

Anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators gather as a truck convoy blocks the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 1, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A sign outside the Canada Revenue Agency is seen Monday May 10, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Another ‘unique’ tax-filing season opens in Canada amid pandemic challenges: CRA

CRA says it has not extended the tax filing deadline, which remains April 30 for most Canadians

A sign outside the Canada Revenue Agency is seen Monday May 10, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Police work a check-point after authorities took action to clear a trucker protest that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest and occupation, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. Ottawa police are reassuring businesses in parts of the city’s downtown core that they should feel safe to reopen their doors if they had closed them during a protest that has disrupted local life for weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Trudeau says protests, blockades could return after police clear Ottawa’s core

Most roadways once choked with trucks and protesters have since been cleared

Police work a check-point after authorities took action to clear a trucker protest that was aimed at COVID-19 measures before growing into a broader anti-government protest and occupation, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022. Ottawa police are reassuring businesses in parts of the city’s downtown core that they should feel safe to reopen their doors if they had closed them during a protest that has disrupted local life for weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Debris lays on the ground in front of Parliament Hill’s gates after police took action to clear the street of trucks and protesters to end a protest, which started in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and grew into a broader anti-government demonstration and occupation, on its 23rd day, in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. Being able to designate no-go zones, ensure tow trucks were available to remove vehicles and stop the flow of money and goods keeping the demonstrators fed and fuelled are all clear reasons the Emergencies Act was needed to end the Ottawa blockades, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

MPs to vote tonight on government’s decision to invoke Emergencies Act for blockades

If the motion fails, the act and all the extraordinary powers stemming from it will be torn up

Debris lays on the ground in front of Parliament Hill’s gates after police took action to clear the street of trucks and protesters to end a protest, which started in opposition to mandatory COVID-19 vaccine mandates and grew into a broader anti-government demonstration and occupation, on its 23rd day, in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 19, 2022. Being able to designate no-go zones, ensure tow trucks were available to remove vehicles and stop the flow of money and goods keeping the demonstrators fed and fuelled are all clear reasons the Emergencies Act was needed to end the Ottawa blockades, Public Safety Minister Marco Mendicino said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
FILE - Queen Elizabeth II speaks during an audience at Windsor Castle where she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022. Buckingham Palace said Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 that Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and will continue with duties. (Steve Parsons, Pool via AP, File)

Queen plans to keep working after testing positive for COVID-19

Queen Elizabeth has been in robust health for most of her reign and has been photographed riding a horse as recently as 2020

FILE - Queen Elizabeth II speaks during an audience at Windsor Castle where she met the incoming and outgoing Defence Service Secretaries, Wednesday Feb. 16, 2022. Buckingham Palace said Sunday, Feb. 20, 2022 that Queen Elizabeth II tested positive for COVID-19, has mild symptoms and will continue with duties. (Steve Parsons, Pool via AP, File)
Machinery moves a concrete barricade past the Parliament buildings and a container of garbage from the Trucker protest which has occupied the streets of Ottawa, Sunday, February 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Machinery moves a concrete barricade past the Parliament buildings and a container of garbage from the Trucker protest which has occupied the streets of Ottawa, Sunday, February 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
5K winners Brianna Kwan from Delta (2nd), with Marla Brown (1st) and Jessica Vink (3rd) from Chilliwack, celebrate at the Sunday, Feb. 20 return of the Historic Fort Langley Half Marathon and associated 10 and 5K races. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
5K winners Brianna Kwan from Delta (2nd), with Marla Brown (1st) and Jessica Vink (3rd) from Chilliwack, celebrate at the Sunday, Feb. 20 return of the Historic Fort Langley Half Marathon and associated 10 and 5K races. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (File photo: Lauren Collins)

Surrey RCMP investigating ‘aggressive protesters’ who swarmed media at Pacific Highway crossing

Several investigations now underway into protester behaviour

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (File photo: Lauren Collins)