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Petro-Canada’s electric vehicle charging station is photographed while on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Canada’s electric vehicle charging ambitions falling short, industry group says

Canadian Vehicle Manufacturers Association says Canada needs to be building millions of stations

Petro-Canada’s electric vehicle charging station is photographed while on display at the Canadian International Auto Show in Toronto on February 14, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Travelers wait for a shuttle but to arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the number of daily new cases tripled over the week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Omicron sweeps across US, now 73% of country’s new COVID-19 cases

‘If you’re going to have any type of life, omicron will be something you encounter’

Travelers wait for a shuttle but to arrive at the Los Angeles International Airport in Los Angeles, Monday, Dec. 20, 2021. The Los Angeles County Department of Public Health reported more than 3,500 new cases of COVID-19 on Sunday as the number of daily new cases tripled over the week. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
In this Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 photo released by the European Space Agency, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is secured on top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it to space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson confirmed Friday that the James Webb Space Telescope will attempt to blast off on Christmas Eve. A European Ariane rocket will provide the lift from South America’s French Guiana. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, ESA - M.Pedoussaut

Landmark new super space telescope has Canada’s maple leaf all over it

‘Guided by Canada’: NASA new deep space telescope with Canadian components to launch this week

In this Saturday, Dec. 11, 2021 photo released by the European Space Agency, NASA’s James Webb Space Telescope is secured on top of the Ariane 5 rocket that will launch it to space from Europe’s Spaceport in French Guiana. NASA Administrator Bill Nelson confirmed Friday that the James Webb Space Telescope will attempt to blast off on Christmas Eve. A European Ariane rocket will provide the lift from South America’s French Guiana. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, ESA - M.Pedoussaut
Six-year-old Jaiden Kulkarni sits in the arms of his mother Neha as he receives his COVID-19 vaccine shot from his aunt Dr. Chetana Kulkarni from Sick Kids Hospital at a children’s vaccine clinic held at the Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Increased COVID restrictions now in place in many parts of Canada

Some productions cancelling shows to contend with the rise in COVID-19 driven by Omicron variant

Six-year-old Jaiden Kulkarni sits in the arms of his mother Neha as he receives his COVID-19 vaccine shot from his aunt Dr. Chetana Kulkarni from Sick Kids Hospital at a children’s vaccine clinic held at the Scotiabank Arena, in Toronto, on Sunday, Dec. 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry meets with some of the first children under 12 to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

British Columbia’s new COVID-19 restrictions to curb Omicron variant come into effect

Restrictions implemented over fears of the Omicron variant overwhelming B.C. hospitals

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry meets with some of the first children under 12 to receive COVID-19 vaccines at a clinic in Victoria, Nov. 29, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
FILE - A damaged inflatable small boat is pictured on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Calais, northern France. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has received a manslaughter lawsuit for failure to help in the tragic capsizing last month of a boat in the English Channel that cost the lives of at least 27 people trying to reach Britain. The manslaughter lawsuit, filed Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 by the French humanitarian organization Utopia 56, accuses the maritime prefect of the Channel and North Sea, the Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue of Gris-Nez in the Pas-de-Calais and the British Coast Guard of not doing enough to prevent the deaths. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)

English Channel rescuers accused of manslaughter in migrant deaths

Suit alleges people were abandoned ‘despite calls to the English and French rescue services,’ 27 died

FILE - A damaged inflatable small boat is pictured on the shore in Wimereux, northern France, Thursday, Nov. 25, 2021 in Calais, northern France. The Paris prosecutor’s office said it has received a manslaughter lawsuit for failure to help in the tragic capsizing last month of a boat in the English Channel that cost the lives of at least 27 people trying to reach Britain. The manslaughter lawsuit, filed Friday, Dec. 17, 2021 by the French humanitarian organization Utopia 56, accuses the maritime prefect of the Channel and North Sea, the Regional Operational Centre for Surveillance and Rescue of Gris-Nez in the Pas-de-Calais and the British Coast Guard of not doing enough to prevent the deaths. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler, File)
Dominic Dugre, President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations, poses for a portrait in Quebec City, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Hunting guides turn to ecotourism as COVID-19 keeps American hunters away

Some outfitters say they have not had a single client from outside Canada since March 2020 until recently

Dominic Dugre, President of the Canadian Federation of Outfitter Associations, poses for a portrait in Quebec City, Friday, Dec. 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
RCMP attend the scene of a sightseeing bus rollover at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta., on July 19, 2020. A man who lost his wife when an all-terrain tour bus rolled at the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains is pressing the RCMP for answers about what happened. Three people were killed and 14 others had life-threatening injuries on July 18, 2020, when the red-and-white Ice Explorer lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometres southeast of Jasper, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘She is no more’: Alberta icefield rollover survivor who lost wife wants report released

Bus with 27 people on board rolled about 50 metres down an embankment before coming to rest on its roof

RCMP attend the scene of a sightseeing bus rollover at the Columbia Icefields near Jasper, Alta., on July 19, 2020. A man who lost his wife when an all-terrain tour bus rolled at the Columbia Icefield in the Rocky Mountains is pressing the RCMP for answers about what happened. Three people were killed and 14 others had life-threatening injuries on July 18, 2020, when the red-and-white Ice Explorer lost control on the road to the Athabasca Glacier, about 100 kilometres southeast of Jasper, Alta. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Dr. Aldo Calvo, Medical Director of Family Medicine at Broward Health, shows a Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion bag during a news conference, Aug. 19, 2021 at the Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As strained U.S. hospitals brace for a new surge of omicron COVID-19 cases, doctors are warning of yet another challenge: the two standard drugs they’ve used to treat early coronavirus infections are unlikely to work against the new variant. For more than a year antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have been the go-to treatments for COVID-19, thanks to their ability to head off severe disease and keep patients out of the hospital. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)

Omicron may sideline two leading drugs against COVID-19

Antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have been the go-to treatments for early COVID-19

Dr. Aldo Calvo, Medical Director of Family Medicine at Broward Health, shows a Regeneron monoclonal antibody infusion bag during a news conference, Aug. 19, 2021 at the Hospital in Fort Lauderdale, Fla. As strained U.S. hospitals brace for a new surge of omicron COVID-19 cases, doctors are warning of yet another challenge: the two standard drugs they’ve used to treat early coronavirus infections are unlikely to work against the new variant. For more than a year antibody drugs from Regeneron and Eli Lilly have been the go-to treatments for COVID-19, thanks to their ability to head off severe disease and keep patients out of the hospital. (Joe Cavaretta/South Florida Sun-Sentinel via AP, File)
The tombstone of Gilles Brunet is seen in a Montreal cemetery on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Inside the CSIS probe that identified a Canadian mole who spied for Moscow

CSIS determined that Gilles Germain Brunet was an agent of the Soviet KGB from the late 1960s into the 1970s

The tombstone of Gilles Brunet is seen in a Montreal cemetery on Friday, December 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML

Canadian provinces grapple with rising, record COVID-19 cases due to Omicron variant

The mayors of Ottawa and Montreal both announced on Saturday that they had tested positive for COVID-19

This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the Novel Coronavirus SARS-CoV-2. Also known as 2019-nCoV, the virus causes COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, NIAID-RML
Virginia Tech engineering professor Linsey Marr, who studies viruses in the air, is seen in an undated handout photo in Lake Louise, Alberta. Experts are calling for respirators, such as N95s, to become the new masking standard to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Linsey Marr, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

More protective masking, including N95s, needed to curb Omicron, say experts

A well-fitted respirator offers more than 95 per cent protection

Virginia Tech engineering professor Linsey Marr, who studies viruses in the air, is seen in an undated handout photo in Lake Louise, Alberta. Experts are calling for respirators, such as N95s, to become the new masking standard to curb the spread of the Omicron variant of the novel coronavirus. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Linsey Marr, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
(Black Press file photo)

WestJet ‘strongly opposes’ travel advisory

The airline says the government should publicly share travel-related COVID-19 data

(Black Press file photo)
A young bull grazes in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Alberta Agriculture Minister Nate Horner says an older animal has tested positive for atypical mad cow disease in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A young bull grazes in a pasture on a farm near Cremona, Alta., on Wednesday, June 26, 2019. Alberta Agriculture Minister Nate Horner says an older animal has tested positive for atypical mad cow disease in the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A dentist works on a patient on Monday, July 26, 2021, in San Juan, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP

Dentists see pandemic stress in patients with more grinding, cracked, broken teeth

Pressures of the pandemic causing more people to involuntarily clench their jaws and grind teeth

A dentist works on a patient on Monday, July 26, 2021, in San Juan, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Joel Martinez/The Monitor via AP
This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.

What Canadian health officials know so far about the Omicron variant of COVID-19

As the latest version of the COVID-19 virus gains a foothold, here’s what experts are saying

This October 2021 photo provided by Pfizer shows kid-size doses of its COVID-19 vaccine.
A visitor pulls luggage past the bottom of a staircase in Terminal One of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Berlin on Oct. 19, 2020. (PhotoBloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi)

Experts say travellers should check insurance coverage twice amid changing rules

Those determined to travel warned travel advisories may have altered their insurance coverage.

A visitor pulls luggage past the bottom of a staircase in Terminal One of Berlin Brandenburg Airport in Berlin on Oct. 19, 2020. (PhotoBloomberg photo by Krisztian Bocsi)
A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada reinstates molecular test for all travellers, lifts ban on African countries

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos said test requirement will return as of Tuesday

A traveller stops to be tested for COVID-19 at the testing centre for arriving international passengers at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Thursday, December 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a bouncy castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Multiple children have died and others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a junior school on the island state of Tasmania on Thursday. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)

Australia mourning after 5 children die in bouncy castle accident

The kids were celebrating end of school year when a gust of wind lifted castle almost 10 meters

Emergency services personnel work the scene of a deadly incident involved with a bouncy castle at the Hillcrest Primary School in Devonport, Tasmania, Thursday, Dec. 16, 2021. Multiple children have died and others are in critical condition after falling from a bouncy castle that was lifted 10 meters (33 feet) into the air by a gust of wind at a junior school on the island state of Tasmania on Thursday. (Grant Wells/AAP Image via AP)
The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. hears from 161 First Nations on plans for old-growth logging deferrals

Nearly three-quarters of those responding indicated they need more time

The clouds move among the old growth forest in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The British Columbia government says it is finalizing plans with First Nations that have indicated support for plans to defer logging in certain old-growth forests, while it continues talks with nations that need more time to decide.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward