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‘A bonanza:’ researchers find evidence of ancient ochre mine in Mexican caves

Jul 3 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — The caves are vast, pitch black, full of twists and turns and treacherously tight in spots. New research reveals why ancient inhabitants of Mexico's Yucatan Peninsula may have ventured deep into the underground labyrinths despite the danger: to mine red ochre. A paper published Friday in the journal Science Advances says there is evidence of people prospecting […]

‘Damage is extraordinary:’ Calgary mayor wants government help after hailstorm

Jun 15 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — The mayor of Calgary wants disaster relief from other orders of government after a powerful hailstorm shredded vinyl siding and shattered windows in several neighbourhoods.   Naheed Nenshi estimates Saturday's lashing caused $1 billion or more in damage and hit tens of thousands of homes, including his own in the city's hard-hit northeast. "My house was bashed […]

Caution abounds as Alberta eases huge raft of COVID-19 restrictions

Jun 12 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Restaurateur Leslie Echino laughs at the notion that even as Alberta lifts many more COVID-19 restrictions her business could return to anywhere close to normal. Restaurants, bars, lounges and cafes will no longer be limited to half capacity starting today, although they will still have to follow distancing rules and seat no more than six people per table. […]

Limit COVID-19 spread: Top doctor urges signs instead of shouting at protests

Jun 1 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Top health officials, acknowledging a striking lack of data on how the pandemic has hit marginalized communities, are encouraging anti-racism rally-goers to make their voices heard while keeping COVID-19 safety in mind. A black man died last week in Minneapolis after a white police officer pressed a knee into his neck. George Floyd's death has sent throngs into the streets in several U.S. and Canadian […]

Ontario delays allowing bubble families, larger gatherings as COVID cases rise

May 25 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Prime Minister Justin Trudeau urged Canadians to keep following public health orders heading into summer, as rising COVID-19 cases and high-profile misbehaviour in a Toronto park over the weekend threatened to derail Ontario's reopening plans. Canada's most populous province, one of the hardest hit in the pandemic, had been contemplating letting more than one family to link up in so-called "bubbles" […]

TSB urges new way to test train brakes as probe into fatal B.C. crash continues

May 13 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — The Transportation Safety Board says there should be a better way of determining whether a train's brakes are working as they should. The agency wrote to Transport Canada last month asking what it intends to do about shortcomings with the current method for testing air brakes. The issue came up during the board's ongoing investigation into a […]

‘Sense of relief’ as provinces begin easing COVID-19 lockdown restrictions

May 4 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — Quebecers were shopping for furniture, Winnipeggers were sipping beers on patios and a Regina physiotherapist was treating aches and pains that built up during weeks of isolation.   Some provinces began easing their COVID-19 lockdowns on Monday, but top health officials cautioned many of the changes Canadians have made to their daily lives to slow the spread of the illness are here for the […]

‘More vital now:’ Gay-straight alliances go virtual during COVID-19 pandemic

May 2 2020 — Lauren Krugel, The Canadian Press — CALGARY — Lily Overacker and Laurell Pallot start each gay-straight alliance meeting with everyone introducing themselves, saying their pronouns and sharing highs and lows of the week. Except lately it's been through email chains instead of in-person for the Grade 12 students in Lacombe, Alta. Such school clubs are meant to provide safe spaces for LGBTQ students and […]