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Look West: Criminal anthropologist says Alberta at heart of unrest, protests

Feb 23 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A criminal anthropologist suggests looking to the West to find the heart of protests and blockades that gripped the nation for more than a month.  Alberta appears to have been the epicentre of unrest that started with truckers over cross-border vaccine mandates, but quickly attracted other groups with their own agendas. Most prominent […]

Look West: Criminal anthropologist says Alberta at heart of unrest, protests

Feb 23 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — A criminal anthropologist suggests looking to the West to find the heart of protests and blockades that gripped the nation for more than a month.  Alberta appears to have been the epicentre of unrest that started with truckers over cross-border vaccine mandates, but quickly attracted other groups with their own agendas. Most prominent […]

‘I call for calm’: Alberta premier condemns violence at U.S. border standoff

Feb 1 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — COUTTS, Alta. — A trucker blockade in southern Alberta at the United States border turned violent Tuesday after some protesters breached police barriers to join the demonstration and Mounties backed off out of concern for safety.  Premier Jason Kenney called for demonstrators to voice their condemnation of COVID-19 safety measures peacefully and to stop blocking […]

RCMP taking ‘further action’ on trucker blockade at U.S. border in southern Alberta

Feb 1 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — COUTTS, Alta. — Mounties moved in Tuesday to break up a trucker protest that has blocked traffic in southern Alberta at the United States border, announcing that negotiations had proven futile and it was time to enforce the law.  As teams of officers approached truck cabs, some drivers began slowly peeling off and heading away […]

Premier Jason Kenney says early signs suggest Alberta has surpassed peak COVID cases

Jan 20 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Premier Jason Kenney says there are early signs Alberta has "reached and surpassed" peak COVID-19 cases in the fifth wave as provincial hospitalizations surge to numbers never seen before. But Kenney warned that while cases are likely to decline, hospitalizations will continue to increase and put more pressure on an already overwhelmed health […]

COVID-19 antiviral pill incoming as fifth wave’s peak in sight for some provinces

Jan 19 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says the first shipment of an oral COVID-19 pill is making its way across Canada but is no substitute for vaccination against the rapidly spreading virus. The entire northern Quebec region of Nunavik is on "red alert" with more than half of its 14 Inuit communities struggling with high viral transmission.  […]

New Brunswick tightens COVID measures while Quebec, Nunavut lift some restrictions

Jan 13 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — New Brunswick announced tougher public health measures Thursday as COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to climb in several provinces and the Omicron variant fuelled more infections across Canada. Meanwhile, Quebec announced it will remove its curfew next week as researchers said the province might be over the worst of the latest wave of the pandemic. Nunavut also […]

New Brunswick tightens COVID measures while Quebec, Nunavut lift some restrictions

Jan 13 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — New Brunswick announced tougher public health measures Thursday as COVID-19 hospitalizations continued to climb in several provinces and the Omicron variant fuelled more infections across Canada. Meanwhile, Quebec announced it will remove its curfew next week as researchers said the province might be over the worst of the latest wave of the pandemic. Nunavut also […]

Connection during isolation: Data shows national drug overdose hotline saves lives

Jan 8 2022 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Almost three dozen people survived overdoses because of a Canada-wide phone line that connects callers who use drugs with emergency support if there is a suspected overdose. Looking back on a year in service, data from the National Overdose Response Service, or NORS, shows all 33 potentially life-threatening events were successfully responded to. […]

‘The right thing to do’: Canadians differ on holiday plans in light of Omicron threat

Dec 24 2021 — Alanna Smith, The Canadian Press — It's beginning to look a lot like ... last year. Festive feasts, gift exchanges and winter fun with loved ones are being cancelled or limited as COVID-19 rips through Canada for the second holiday season in a row, the highly-transmissible Omicron variant driving extra caution. Still, some are moving forward with plans to celebrate, weighing […]