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COVID-19: Four more deaths reported including one in Red Deer

17 Omicron variants have been identified so far

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, December 15, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Seniors advocate calls for reporting line for abuse and neglect amid rising reports

49 per cent increase in reports of abuse, neglect and self-neglect over past 3 to 5 years

Lethbridge Police Chief Shahin Mehdizadeh speaks during a news conference in Lethbridge, Alta., on Wednesday, March 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

‘I knew the challenges’: Lethbridge police chief aware of problems before taking job

The police service has faced numerous controversies in recent years

Shaney Hoyhoy lifted a piece of plywood off a downed fence at her Nanakai Place home after heavy rains flooded her Pearl City neighborhood on Monday. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser)

Floodwaters keep ‘coming and coming’ as storms bring widespread damage to parts of Hawaii

Schools, homes, businesses all bore the brunt of heavy rains

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Shaney Hoyhoy lifted a piece of plywood off a downed fence at her Nanakai Place home after heavy rains flooded her Pearl City neighborhood on Monday. (Cindy Ellen Russell/Honolulu Star-Advertiser)
Amir Abdulrahman is shown in this undated police handout photo. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Calgary Police

Passenger pleads guilty to manslaughter in hit-and-run death of Calgary officer

Teen who was the alleged driver charged with first-degree murder, trial is to begin Jan. 31

Amir Abdulrahman is shown in this undated police handout photo. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Calgary Police
The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Supreme Court restores manslaughter conviction in Regina child starvation case

Kevin Goforth will go back to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal as sentence reduction considered

The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A worker disassembles a Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Police say a man is facing charges including arson for setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Giant Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters set on fire

Man charged with criminal mischief, arson and trespassing

A worker disassembles a Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Police say a man is facing charges including arson for setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)
A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)

Chopper lowers diver who pulls body from car resting just above Niagara Falls

Vehicle sat about 50 metres from the brink of the American Falls

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)
Artist Byron Samson, was commissioned by the City of Lacombe to create an artwork recognizing the significance of Treaty 6. (Submitted)

City of Lacome Treaty 6 Land Recognition Ceremony

Maskwacis artist commissioned to recognize the significance of Treaty 6

Artist Byron Samson, was commissioned by the City of Lacombe to create an artwork recognizing the significance of Treaty 6. (Submitted)
People wearing face masks stand near a clock outside of an office building counting down the days to the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein

Canadian officials to boycott Winter Olympics in China

Prime minister says country is ‘extremely concerned’ about China’s human rights abuses

People wearing face masks stand near a clock outside of an office building counting down the days to the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein
Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a May rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19. He has launched a legal challenge saying his constitutional rights have been violated. (Photo by The Canadian Press)

Judge eases some of the restrictions on Mirror café owner convicted of contempt

Christopher Scott’s constitutional rights could be affected by travel and speech restrictions

Christopher Scott, owner of the Whistle Stop Cafe, speaks during a May rally against measures taken by government and health authorities to curb the spread of COVID-19. He has launched a legal challenge saying his constitutional rights have been violated. (Photo by The Canadian Press)
The federal government has confirmed legislation making conversion therapy illegal. Angelo Octaviano said he is proud to be his true self, at a gathering of LGBTQ Prince Rupert community members, supporters and allies to celebrate Pride month on June 19. (Photo: supplied, Kyle Hilliard)

Senate gives speedy passage to bill banning conversion therapy

Bill expected to receive royal assent as early as today

The federal government has confirmed legislation making conversion therapy illegal. Angelo Octaviano said he is proud to be his true self, at a gathering of LGBTQ Prince Rupert community members, supporters and allies to celebrate Pride month on June 19. (Photo: supplied, Kyle Hilliard)
A security guard stands in position outside a ward being prepared for the Omicron coronavirus variant at Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Within hours of the World Health Organization designating Omicron a variant of concern late last month, Moderna issued a press release telling the public it was already working on a vaccine booster that could target the new threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ajit Solanki
A security guard stands in position outside a ward being prepared for the Omicron coronavirus variant at Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Within hours of the World Health Organization designating Omicron a variant of concern late last month, Moderna issued a press release telling the public it was already working on a vaccine booster that could target the new threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ajit Solanki
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Mark Holland speaks during a news conference on November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals raise doubts of high number of vaccine exemptions among Conservatives

House leader calls for Conservative transparency about number of unvaccinated elected officials

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Mark Holland speaks during a news conference on November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
This year the Rotary Carol Festival was held outside at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Dec. 7, 2021. Crowds were entertained by local carolers, chorus groups, Flashback Freddie and Randi Boulton. (Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)

Lacombe Rotary Carol Festival

This year the Rotary Carol Festival was held outside at the Lacombe…

This year the Rotary Carol Festival was held outside at the Lacombe Memorial Centre on Dec. 7, 2021. Crowds were entertained by local carolers, chorus groups, Flashback Freddie and Randi Boulton. (Christi Albers-Manicke/LACOMBE EXPRESS)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. safety agency issues worker hazard warnings for flooding cleanup

Risks may include asbestos and chemical or biological contamination, among others

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Alberta reports no new Omicron variant cases but five more COVID-19 deaths

11 Omicron variants have been identified so far and more surely to come, say health officials

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A lone traveler enters the Calgary International Airport on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

African community group says Canada’s new COVID-19 travel rules an example of racism

Members say some rules are being enforced with a different measuring stick for African countries

A lone traveler enters the Calgary International Airport on Monday, Feb. 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
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Lacombe City Council has approved the 2022 Capital Budget

Lacombe City Council has approved the 2022 Capital Budget, which includes 30…

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Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks during a news conference in Kamloops, BC., on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Archibald says an upcoming delegation to the Vatican has been postponed.	 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Indigenous papal visit postponed to 2022 amid concerns around Omicron COVID-19 variant

Group postponed because of ‘uncertainty and potential health risks surrounding international travel’

Assembly of First Nations National Chief RoseAnne Archibald speaks during a news conference in Kamloops, BC., on Thursday, September 30, 2021. Archibald says an upcoming delegation to the Vatican has been postponed.	 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck