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Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake in B.C.'s southern Interior

Wildfire devastates community of Monte Lake in B.C.'s southern Interior

The 325-square kilometre White Rock Lake wildfire jumped Highway 97, about 40 kilometres southeast of Kamloops, late Thursday.
Border workers start job action as contract negotiations continue: union

Border workers start job action as contract negotiations continue: union

The union had said members would begin a "sweeping" series of actions at Canadian airports, land borders, commercial shipping ports, postal facilities, and headquarters locations if a contract hadn't been reached by early this morning.
Seniors cut off from income supplement after receiving emergency benefits

Seniors cut off from income supplement after receiving emergency benefits

Like employment insurance, the guaranteed income supplement (GIS) is income-tested. That means the previous year's taxable earnings — including emergency benefits — factor into how much gets doled out in the next payment period (recipients are notified of their entitlements each July).
Some federal workers may be required to get COVID-19 vaccine: Prime Minister Trudeau

Some federal workers may be required to get COVID-19 vaccine: Prime Minister Trudeau

It is the first time Trudeau has openly supported any form of compulsory vaccinations.
Hajdu pens letter to Alberta, asks for science behind plan to lift COVID-19 rules

Hajdu pens letter to Alberta, asks for science behind plan to lift COVID-19 rules

Federal Health Minister Patty Hajdu said recent modelling for Alberta forecasts a more serious resurgence in cases fuelled by the Delta variant, and all governments need to take reasonable steps to protect Canadians.
Alberta's top doctor apologizes for causing 'confusion, fear, or anger' on COVID-19

Alberta's top doctor apologizes for causing 'confusion, fear, or anger' on COVID-19

In an open letter earlier Wednesday, a group of 10 physicians from the Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association said Alberta is going against advice from Health Canada, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, and the World Health Organization.
Alberta drops COVID-19 restrictions; Kenney backs Hinshaw

Alberta drops COVID-19 restrictions; Kenney backs Hinshaw

"The majority of our public-health resources have been directed to the COVID-19 response, as has been necessary, that has come at the cost of not fully working on other threats, like for example opioid deaths," Hinshaw said.
Liberals commit $96 million to Black community organizations: Hussen

Liberals commit $96 million to Black community organizations: Hussen

The new money will include $82 million to fund about 1,300 social-infrastructure projects to enhance workplaces and community spaces, and $14 million to help organizations build grassroots capacity
Final outcome of a pandemic election could take a few days: chief electoral officer

Final outcome of a pandemic election could take a few days: chief electoral officer

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is widely expected to pull the plug on his minority Liberal government later this month for an election in mid to late September.
B.C. Christmas tree growers say intense heat singes prized trees, kills seedlings

B.C. Christmas tree growers say intense heat singes prized trees, kills seedlings

Trees the farmers have been tending for up to seven years could now be damaged and seedlings for future crops have also been decimated because of the heat, said Sally Aitken, who teaches forestry at the University of British Columbia.