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Megan Tanya Hodgkinson poses in this undated handout photo. Canadians trying to come home from South Africa say they’re frustrated by a lack of communication from the federal government and by testing requirements that make some trips impossible. She was visiting relatives in South Africa when the Canadian government put new travel restrictions in place on several African countries last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO — Megan Tanya Hodgkinson

Canadians in South Africa face cancelled flights, uncertainty as they try to return

South Africa is one of 10 countries targeted in Canada’s new travel restrictions

Megan Tanya Hodgkinson poses in this undated handout photo. Canadians trying to come home from South Africa say they’re frustrated by a lack of communication from the federal government and by testing requirements that make some trips impossible. She was visiting relatives in South Africa when the Canadian government put new travel restrictions in place on several African countries last week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO — Megan Tanya Hodgkinson
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals thank Conservatives who championed conversion therapy ban as it passes House

MPs unanimously adopted a motion presented by a Conservative MP to fast-track the passage

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Trans Mountain pipeline restart ‘only a few days away,’ says company

Firm says latest round of rain and snowfall has not caused any new concerns

Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Debris is seen at the highway 7 mudslide west of Agassiz, B.C., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Flood warnings issued for several B.C. rivers, dozens of weather warnings in effect

B.C. River Forecast Centre says rivers expected to rise throughout day, conditions changing rapidly

Debris is seen at the highway 7 mudslide west of Agassiz, B.C., Saturday, Nov. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole to allow free vote for Conservative MPs on new conversion therapy ban

Liberals introduced legislation for a third time in the House of Commons to criminalize the practice

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole questions the government during Question Period in the House of Commons, Thursday, November 25, 2021 in Ottawa. Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole will once again allow his caucus to have a free vote on a government bill seeking to ban conversion therapy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poultry barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero

Turkeys killed in flooding tumble out of truck, block traffic in Whistler,

Birds already dead, believed to have come from flood zones in the Lower Mainland

In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poultry barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth, speaks to a reporter in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. A progress report on a plan to address Indigenous racism in British Columbia’s health-care system says Indigenous patients continue to disproportionately die as a result of the impacts of racism and the two public-health emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Little progress made to combat anti-Indigenous racism in B.C. health care: report

Author says progress has been made in 10 of initial report’s 24 recommendations

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, B.C. Representative for Children and Youth, speaks to a reporter in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. A progress report on a plan to address Indigenous racism in British Columbia’s health-care system says Indigenous patients continue to disproportionately die as a result of the impacts of racism and the two public-health emergencies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bins of sand are placed across the road next to a wall of sandbags along rail tracks to form a temporary dike in the Huntingdon Village area of Abbotsford, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

More than two dozen weather warnings in effect across rain-sodden British Columbia

Central coast could see up to 150 millimetres of rain, Fraser Valley could get up to 100 mm

Bins of sand are placed across the road next to a wall of sandbags along rail tracks to form a temporary dike in the Huntingdon Village area of Abbotsford, B.C., Sunday, Nov. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A droplet of water falls from an iceberg delivered by members of Arctic Basecamp is placed on show near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The four ton block of ice, originally part of a larger glacier, was brought from Greenland to Glasgow by climate scientists from Arctic Basecamp as a statement to world leaders of the scale of the climate crisis and a visible reminder of what Arctic warming means for the planet. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)

Study suggests Arctic to see more rain than snow earlier than expected

Researchers say a rainy North would also have devastating consequences for people and wildlife

A droplet of water falls from an iceberg delivered by members of Arctic Basecamp is placed on show near the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit in Glasgow, Scotland, Friday, Nov. 5, 2021. The four ton block of ice, originally part of a larger glacier, was brought from Greenland to Glasgow by climate scientists from Arctic Basecamp as a statement to world leaders of the scale of the climate crisis and a visible reminder of what Arctic warming means for the planet. (AP Photo/Alastair Grant)
Office towers, hotels and condos are seen in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report finds 4 of 5 Canadian workers have felt burnout during pandemic

Ceridian survey also finds 1 in 5 have looked for a new job

Office towers, hotels and condos are seen in downtown Vancouver, on Sunday, October 25, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta confirms its first case of Omicron COVID-19 variant in a traveller

Asymptomatic individual has not left quarantine since their arrival from international travel

Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Lululemon Athletica’s logo is seen on the outside of their new flagship store on Robson Street during it’s grand opening in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Lululemon sues Peloton over ‘copy-cat’ workout apparel

Lawsuit: ‘Peloton imitated several of Lululemon’s innovative designs and sold knock-offs’

Lululemon Athletica’s logo is seen on the outside of their new flagship store on Robson Street during it’s grand opening in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on Thursday August 21, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The entrance sign to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. The Canadian Medical Association say it will cost $1.3 billion to clear the backlogs for eight key procedures that were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

More than $1B needed to clear surgical backlogs: Canadian Medical Association

Consulting firm Deloitte found a backlog of 327,800 procedures across the country

The entrance sign to the Mount Sinai Hospital in Toronto is seen on Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. The Canadian Medical Association say it will cost $1.3 billion to clear the backlogs for eight key procedures that were put on hold during the COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, South Africa, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jerome Delay

What we know so far about COVID-19’s Omicron variant, as it arrives in Canada

Right now there remains many questions to be answered about latest virus strain

A man walks through a deserted part of Johannesburg’s OR Tambo’s airport, South Africa, Monday Nov. 29, 2021. The World Health Organisation urged countries around the world not to impose flight bans on southern African nations due to concern over the new omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jerome Delay
Lawyer Jonathan Denis speaks to reporters in Calgary, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed by a former junior high school students alleging sexual misconduct of a Calgary teacher who died in February. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

‘I definitely feel cheated’: Former students suing deceased Calgary teacher, board

Gregory was charged in February with 17 counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation

Lawyer Jonathan Denis speaks to reporters in Calgary, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed by a former junior high school students alleging sexual misconduct of a Calgary teacher who died in February. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

G7 health ministers closely monitoring new Omicron variant of COVID-19

Omicron’s appearance prompted border closures, screening measures in Canada and around the world

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Statistics Canada’s offices at Tunny’s Pasture in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Statistics Canada says GDP grew at 5.4% annual rate in Q3

Economy edged up by 0.1% in September

Statistics Canada’s offices at Tunny’s Pasture in Ottawa are shown on Friday, March 8, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A man walks between transport trucks waiting to deliver cargo containers at Port Metro Vancouver’s Center container facility in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday May 10, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Two trucking companies serving Vancouver port threaten to strike Friday

Unifor drivers may walk off the job at Aheer Transportation and Prudential Transportation

A man walks between transport trucks waiting to deliver cargo containers at Port Metro Vancouver’s Center container facility in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday May 10, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A truck gets swallowed up by rising flood waters from the United States as waters cross the border into Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. British Columbians are bracing for more rain after mudslides and flooding caused devastation in parts of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

British Columbia braces for third ‘atmospheric river’ after recent floods

Environment Canada says up to 200 millimetres of rain could drench the central coast of B.C.

A truck gets swallowed up by rising flood waters from the United States as waters cross the border into Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. British Columbians are bracing for more rain after mudslides and flooding caused devastation in parts of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Gemma Hickey poses for a photograph in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Federal Ministers are preparing to announce the publication of a new bill which would ban practices designed to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, commonly called “conversion therapy”. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Canada introduces beefed-up bill banning conversion therapy outright

Previous bill only banned conversion therapy for children and unconsenting adults

Gemma Hickey poses for a photograph in Toronto, Wednesday, Nov. 17, 2021. Federal Ministers are preparing to announce the publication of a new bill which would ban practices designed to change someone’s sexual orientation or gender identity, commonly called “conversion therapy”. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin