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B.C. minister of education and child care Jennifer Whiteside speaks during a funding announcement in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Whiteside says planned reductions in child-care fees will mean families of 96 per cent of children in eligible licensed care, or about 69,000 kids, will automatically receive the lower fees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Fees in licensed child care in B.C. to drop by up to $550 a month by Dec. 1, says NDP

The savings for families are on top of earlier reductions of $350 per month

B.C. minister of education and child care Jennifer Whiteside speaks during a funding announcement in Coquitlam, B.C., Tuesday, Aug. 30, 2022. Whiteside says planned reductions in child-care fees will mean families of 96 per cent of children in eligible licensed care, or about 69,000 kids, will automatically receive the lower fees. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, dishes out pancakes at his last Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast as premier in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Federal government unlikely to declare victory on COVID as travel restrictions loosen

‘In Canada, our focus has been, every step of the way, on listening to science, to responding to the facts on the ground’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, dishes out pancakes at his last Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast as premier in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 11, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar answers a question from a reporter during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. India's government is warning its citizens in Canada of a sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sakchai Lalit

India cautions its citizens of hate, violence in Canada

The government of India is warning its citizens in Canada of a…

India's Foreign Minister Subrahmanyam Jaishankar answers a question from a reporter during a press conference in Bangkok, Thailand, Wednesday, Aug. 17, 2022. India's government is warning its citizens in Canada of a sharp increase in hate crimes, sectarian violence and anti-India activities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Sakchai Lalit
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform at a call in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. A spokesman for Vancouver Police says a criminal investigation is underway after an allegedly knife-wielding patient chased a doctor at BC Women’s Hospital and tried to access a locked nursery as staff hid to protect themselves. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Knife-wielding patient arrested at B.C. hospital after staff hid on ward: police

Woman was treated at the hospital for a minor injury to her lower body

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform at a call in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. A spokesman for Vancouver Police says a criminal investigation is underway after an allegedly knife-wielding patient chased a doctor at BC Women’s Hospital and tried to access a locked nursery as staff hid to protect themselves. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

How is cannabis legalization going? Feds launch overdue review to find out

Century-long prohibition on the recreational use and sale of cannabis lifted in October 2018

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attend a media conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

No millennial monolith as Gen Y leaders rise at UN

Young “excellencies” making their mark at the largest gathering of world leaders

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attend a media conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

January eruption shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the atmosphere

Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)
OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Feds stop short of mandatory national crime gun tracing, citing provincial control

Only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of crime guns recovered each year are being traced

OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Specialists join forces to push B.C. for same recognition as family doctors

‘Patients are getting sicker and dying on our wait-lists’

The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Fiona forecast to bring ‘severe’ winds, heavy rainfall to Atlantic Canada

Potential for flooding in coastal and mainland areas and an “all-time” low pressure across the region

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)
A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
View of a damaged bridge after Hurricane Fiona hit Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)

Bermuda, Canada prepare for Hurricane Fiona as Puerto Rico struggles

Hundreds of people in Puerto Rico remain cut off four days after storm swept throw

View of a damaged bridge after Hurricane Fiona hit Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)
Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Canadian dollar is sliding again a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Canadian dollar slides as investors retreat to U.S. dollars

loonie slipped under 75 cents US earlier this week

Falling Canadian dollar coins are pictured in North Vancouver, B.C. Wednesday, May 29, 2019. The Canadian dollar is sliding again a day after the U.S. Federal Reserve raised its key interest rate.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Police and investigators are seen at the side of the road outside Rosthern, Sask., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Saskatchewan’s chief coroner says two public inquests are to be held following a deadly stabbing rampage northeast of Saskatoon earlier this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone

Inquests to be held into Saskatchewan stabbings, death of suspect in custody

One will focus on stabbing victims, the other on the death of suspect Myles Sanderson

Police and investigators are seen at the side of the road outside Rosthern, Sask., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Saskatchewan’s chief coroner says two public inquests are to be held following a deadly stabbing rampage northeast of Saskatoon earlier this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. seniors have lowest financial support in Canada, says advocate

Report covers home support, eye exams, hearing aids and monthly supplements

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People travel at Pearson International Airport, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. A cabinet order enforcing mandatory vaccinations at the Canadian border will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada ending requirements for COVID-19 vaccines, ArriveCan app at border Sept. 30

PM to let order enforcing mandatory COVID-19 vaccination requirements at Canadian border expire

People travel at Pearson International Airport, in Toronto, Friday, Dec. 3, 2021. A cabinet order enforcing mandatory vaccinations at the Canadian border will be allowed to expire at the end of the month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

Jones complained to reporters during breaks about not being able to testify that he is ‘innocent’

FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks as he sits with Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Bob Rae at the United Nations during a meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group and Caribbean partners on the situation in Haiti at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Escalation of war, nuclear threats show Putin ‘failing and flailing,’ says Trudeau

PM: Canada to strengthen sanctions related to the Russian invasion, send military aid to Ukraine

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks as he sits with Canadian Ambassador to the United Nations Bob Rae at the United Nations during a meeting of the Ad Hoc Advisory Group and Caribbean partners on the situation in Haiti at the United Nations in New York on Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A visitor makes a photo at the TikTok exhibition stands at the Gamescom computer gaming fair in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Online streaming giants YouTube and TikTok are asking Canadian senators to take a sober second look at an online streaming bill that they say would cause significant harm Canadian digital creators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Martin Meissner

YouTube, TikTok say Liberal online streaming bill fails to protect digital creators

Firms want senate to explicitly exclude user-generated content from the bill

A visitor makes a photo at the TikTok exhibition stands at the Gamescom computer gaming fair in Cologne, Germany, Thursday, Aug. 25, 2022. Online streaming giants YouTube and TikTok are asking Canadian senators to take a sober second look at an online streaming bill that they say would cause significant harm Canadian digital creators. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Martin Meissner