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A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Pfizer to seek vaccine approval for Canadians as young as five in about a week

U.S. drugmaker submitted a formal request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles

Sister of pregnant Alberta woman who died of COVID-19 urges others to get vaccinated

GoFundMe page recently set up to help support her children after preventable death

Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles
A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Incorrect allowed dosage on acetaminophen label could lead to overdose or death

Health Canada: 500 mg tablets sold in packages containing 1,000 and 100 caplets

A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
The law courts are shown in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Man receives ten-year sentence for unprovoked hammer attack on Winnipeg teen

Judge: ‘He shows no insight, remorse or willingness to change’

The law courts are shown in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

NDP says errors meant voters — including First Nations — were disenfranchised

Party requests official inquiry into what it calls ‘numerous and systemic failures’

People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association held an emergency summit Tuesday night to discuss how move forward since the pandemic brought the health system to a breaking point, with no end in sight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO/Canadian Medical Association

CMA president decries ‘gaslighting’ of health-care workers over COVID-19 toll

Health-care sector facing a “huge data gap” in knowing what resources are available for them

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association held an emergency summit Tuesday night to discuss how move forward since the pandemic brought the health system to a breaking point, with no end in sight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO/Canadian Medical Association
Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Despite rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations far exceeding other areas of the city, residents of the M3N postal code continue to struggle with the lowest vaccination rates in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Moderna asks Health Canada to authorize booster shot of its SpikeVax COVID-19 vaccine

Last month Moderna said there were signs immunity was waning the longer people got from their doses

Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Despite rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations far exceeding other areas of the city, residents of the M3N postal code continue to struggle with the lowest vaccination rates in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine is readied at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous strains — dangers that are drastically reduced with vaccination. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Risk of death 133% higher with Delta than original COVID: Canadian study

Delta presents huge risk, especially for the unvaccinated who now make up the vast majority of COVID-19 cases

A Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine is readied at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous strains — dangers that are drastically reduced with vaccination. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland make their way to hold a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland make their way to hold a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good today on his election promise to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trudeau expected to announce all federal workers must be vaccinated against COVID-19

Policy is expected to go into effect by the end of this month, allow only very narrow exceptions

A dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is given to a recipient at a vaccination site in Vancouver Thursday, March 11, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will make good today on his election promise to require all federal employees to be fully vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

Outage highlights how vital Facebook has become worldwide

For small businesses, the outages meant hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost revenue

The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)

Seniors advocate to release review of COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities

368 COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities from January 2020 to September 2021 and 1,092 deaths

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)
The Peace tower is seen as politicians begin returning to work in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The government’s draft policy to mandate vaccines for federal workers could close the door to allowing unvaccinated employees working from home, according to one union executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Draft policy says even telecommuting public servants must be vaccinated: union exec

Working from home may not give federal workers an out from the jab

The Peace tower is seen as politicians begin returning to work in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The government’s draft policy to mandate vaccines for federal workers could close the door to allowing unvaccinated employees working from home, according to one union executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A sample ballot box is seen ahead of the 2019 federal election at Elections Canada's offices in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Recounts demanded in four ridings, as deadline to challenge result passes

Three ridings in Quebec, one in Ontario still officially up for grabs

A sample ballot box is seen ahead of the 2019 federal election at Elections Canada's offices in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole says Conservative caucus is united despite vote giving MPs power to oust him

Party failed to make needed gains in Greater Toronto Area, Quebec and Metro Vancouver

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health, responds to a reporter’s questions at a press conference during the Conferences of Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health in Winnipeg on June 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Alberta resumes COVID-19 contact tracing in schools, offers rapid testing

Kenney says cases are growing in children between five and 11 years old

Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health, responds to a reporter’s questions at a press conference during the Conferences of Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health in Winnipeg on June 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s inadequate heat wave supports heightened risks to vulnerable people: report

B.C. reported 569 “heat-related deaths” in the province from June 20 to July 29

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Systemic racism that led to death of Joyce Echaquan ‘well-documented’: Quebec coroner

Géhane Kamel’s report into Echaquan’s death found that her demise was accidental, but avoidable

Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Federal Court settlement approved for day scholars at Indian residential schools

Survivors will each receive compensation of $10,000, as will the estates of those who died

Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People pump gas into their vehicles at a Esso gas station in Toronto on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The amount of gas Canadians purchased last year fell to the lowest level in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Gasoline sales plunge to lowest level in 20 years during first year of pandemic

Canadians bought less gas in 2020 than in any other year since 2001

People pump gas into their vehicles at a Esso gas station in Toronto on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The amount of gas Canadians purchased last year fell to the lowest level in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin