The Canadian Press

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough speaks during a news conference on the state of emergency in British Columbia, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Liberals eye easing access to maternity, parental leave in EI review, minister says

‘It’s something I’m super keen to figure out how to address’

Minister of Employment, Workforce Development and Disability Inclusion Carla Qualtrough speaks during a news conference on the state of emergency in British Columbia, in Ottawa, on Sunday, Nov. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Save-On-Foods confirmed all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland are on hold due to current road conditions, and said and all avenues are being explored to get products to their stores as quickly as possible. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Some Save on Foods combo meals recalled due to Salmonella risk

They all have best before dates ranging from Dec. 31, 2021, to Jan. 2, 2022

Save-On-Foods confirmed all shipments in and out of the Lower Mainland are on hold due to current road conditions, and said and all avenues are being explored to get products to their stores as quickly as possible. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
People watch the New Year’s celebrations before midnight at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Canada’s major cities are set to ring in the New Year with more of a gentle chime than a resounding clang, with many official celebrations cancelled or moved online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

New Year’s Eve parties cancelled, moved online in cities across Canada

New Year’s Eve is coinciding with a wave of record-setting daily COVID-19 cases

People watch the New Year’s celebrations before midnight at Nathan Philips Square in Toronto, Tuesday, Dec. 31, 2019. Canada’s major cities are set to ring in the New Year with more of a gentle chime than a resounding clang, with many official celebrations cancelled or moved online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

L.A. Kings edge Canucks 2-1 in shootout as Vancouver’s 7-game win streak ends

B.C. squad has points in 8 straight games under new coach Bruce Boudreau

Vancouver Canucks’ Tucker Poolman, left, and Los Angeles Kings’ Brendan Lemieux chase the puck during second period of an NHL hockey game Thursday, Dec. 30, 2021, in Los Angeles. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly rises during Question Period, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa criticizes police raid on Hong Kong news outlet that saw Canadian arrested

Hong Kong leader Carrie Lam defended the raid amid a wider crackdown on dissent in the semi-autonomous city

Foreign Affairs Minister Melanie Joly rises during Question Period, Tuesday, December 7, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, stands in his office at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadian navy needs to recruit 1,000 sailors to crew new warships

The navy has deployed ships over the past year to the Asia-Pacific region, Europe and the Caribbean

Vice-Admiral Craig Baines, commander of the Royal Canadian Navy, stands in his office at National Defence Headquarters (Carling) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Yukon is increasing camping fees in parks next year for the first time in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Yukon raises 2022 camping fees for territorial parks, first jump in 20 years

An annual Yukon resident camping permit will increase from $50 to $100

The Yukon territorial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. Yukon is increasing camping fees in parks next year for the first time in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A sign is seen advising a capacity limit for skaters on the ice due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

As COVID-19 cases rise, Ontario study suggests Omicron is less severe

Provinces have seen surging case counts as a result of Omicron

A sign is seen advising a capacity limit for skaters on the ice due to the COVID-19 Omicron variant at the Rink of Dreams at City Hall in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Finding unmarked graves put spotlight on reconciliation in 2021

‘It’s important to remind Canadians (not to) let reconciliation become a performance’

A child’s dress is seen on a cross outside a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Sunday, June 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are both reporting new COVID-19 case records today as Canadian provinces explore changing their isolation rules to keep health systems afloat amid an unprecedented wave of infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

New COVID-19 health measures announced amid another record-breaking day in Canada

Public Health Agency of Canada recommends that people who test positive for COVID-19 should isolate for a minimum of 10 days

People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are both reporting new COVID-19 case records today as Canadian provinces explore changing their isolation rules to keep health systems afloat amid an unprecedented wave of infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Governor General Mary Simon speaks during the Presentation of Canadian Honours at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.The governor general said Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Canadians have shown resilience, compassion and adaptability in 2021: Governor General

Mary Simon says Canadians have inspired her to continue to work and find better ways to help communities thrive

Governor General Mary Simon speaks during the Presentation of Canadian Honours at Rideau Hall in Ottawa, on Friday, Sept. 17, 2021.The governor general said Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Brigette Lacquette poses for a photo at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Lacquette is the first Indigenous woman to scout for an NHL team. She works for the Chicago Blackhawks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Blackhawks scout Brigette Lacquette breaks hockey barrier for Indigenous women

‘It turns out, I really love this job’

Brigette Lacquette poses for a photo at the IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. Lacquette is the first Indigenous woman to scout for an NHL team. She works for the Chicago Blackhawks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Canada Pension Plan contributions are going up again by more than originally planned, and the reason again lies with the unique impacts of the pandemic on the labour market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

CPP premiums are getting a bigger bump than planned, here’s why

Like last year, contributions are going up again by more than originally planned

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Nov. 24, 2021. Canada Pension Plan contributions are going up again by more than originally planned, and the reason again lies with the unique impacts of the pandemic on the labour market. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, wears a face mask as he arrives for the the White House COVID-19 Response Team’s regular call with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, in Washington. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Carolyn Kaster

What do we know about the CDC’s change to isolation period?

U.S. CDC says the change is ‘motivated by science’ of when transmission is most likely to occur

Dr. Anthony Fauci, the top U.S. infectious disease expert, wears a face mask as he arrives for the the White House COVID-19 Response Team’s regular call with the National Governors Association in the South Court Auditorium in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House Campus, Monday, Dec. 27, 2021, in Washington. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Carolyn Kaster
A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit after receiving it at a pharmacy in Montreal, Monday, December 20, 2021. Canadian business and labour groups are at odds over the preferred isolation times for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Business, labour groups divided over preferred COVID-19 isolation policies

U.S. CDC shortened isolation period to 5 days

A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit after receiving it at a pharmacy in Montreal, Monday, December 20, 2021. Canadian business and labour groups are at odds over the preferred isolation times for people who have tested positive for COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Vancouver Canucks’ Elias Pettersson, left, moves the puck past Anaheim Ducks’ Ryan Getzlaf during the first period of an NHL hockey game Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021, in Anaheim, Calif. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Conservative MP Todd Doherty rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative MP Todd Doherty rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are both reporting new COVID-19 case records today as Canadian provinces explore changing their isolation rules to keep health systems afloat amid an unprecedented wave of infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
People wait in line at a COVID-19 testing and vaccination site in Montreal, Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. Ontario and Quebec are both reporting new COVID-19 case records today as Canadian provinces explore changing their isolation rules to keep health systems afloat amid an unprecedented wave of infections. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
An excavator moves railcar wheels at the site of a CP train derailment near Craven, Sask. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
An excavator moves railcar wheels at the site of a CP train derailment near Craven, Sask. on Wednesday, Dec. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Michael Bell
A pedestrian walks past the TransAlta building in downtown Calgary, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

TransAlta completes conversion from coal to natural gas power in Canada

TransAlta will also close its Highvale thermal coal mine

A pedestrian walks past the TransAlta building in downtown Calgary, Monday, Oct. 5, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh