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Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Black Canadians more likely to be hesitant about COVID-19 vaccines, survey suggests

60% of Black Canadians surveyed who didn’t have at least 1 dose expressed some level of hesitancy to get vaccinated

Fraser Health registered nurse Kai Kayibadi draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Red Deer’s COVID cases up two to 17 active on Wednesday

The provincial trend is still downward to 569 new cases

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People wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus during the morning rush hour at Waterloo train station in London, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)

Summer setback: COVID-19 deaths and cases rising again globally

The World Health Organization reported Wednesday that deaths climbed last week after 9 straight weeks of decline

People wear face masks to curb the spread of coronavirus during the morning rush hour at Waterloo train station in London, Wednesday, July 14, 2021. (AP Photo/Matt Dunham)
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

EXPLAINER: Are we going to need COVID-19 booster shots?

The World Health Organization said there is not enough evidence to show that third doses are needed

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
Photos and flowers can be found at a memorial at the fatal Wetaskiwin-area rail crossing. (Photo by Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer staff)
Photos and flowers can be found at a memorial at the fatal Wetaskiwin-area rail crossing. (Photo by Shaela Dansereau/Pipestone Flyer staff)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Singh says he would deal with Canada’s multi-billion deficit through its long-standing promise to tax the mega-wealthy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Jagmeet Singh says NDP would tackle Canada’s deficit through taxing the ‘ultra rich’

He added he would target web giants such as Google, Netflix and Amazon

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. Singh says he would deal with Canada’s multi-billion deficit through its long-standing promise to tax the mega-wealthy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Refusal rate for immigration on humanitarian and compassionate grounds rising: data

The 2021 figures, which only include up to Feb. 28, show the rate of applications refused climbed to 70%

Syed Hussan, Executive Director of Migrant Workers Alliance, speaks to demonstrators during an action in support of migrant worker rights in front of the Immigration and Refugee Board of Canada, in Toronto, on Sunday, Aug., 23, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
A few dozen children’s shoes have been placed on the steps of St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral in Iqaluit, Friday, June 25, 2021. The mayor of Iqaluit says he will no longer bring forward a motion to make the city’s churches to pay taxes on land use. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Iqaluit mayor won’t raise motion to tax churches, says similar motion already passed

Kenny Bell proposed the motion following the discovery of hundreds of unmarked graves at residential schools

A few dozen children’s shoes have been placed on the steps of St. Jude’s Anglican Cathedral in Iqaluit, Friday, June 25, 2021. The mayor of Iqaluit says he will no longer bring forward a motion to make the city’s churches to pay taxes on land use. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Scott Goodstein (from left), CEO of Revolution Messaging, which is leading the digital efforts for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, Teddy Goff, Chief Tech and Digital Strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and Tom Pitfield, Chief Digital Strategist for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s successful 2015 federal election campaign speak at the 2016 Liberal Biennial Convention in Winnipeg on Friday, May 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Conservatives look to opposition parties on next steps to hear more on Data Sciences

Party is pushing prior to the election widely expected to be called soon

Scott Goodstein (from left), CEO of Revolution Messaging, which is leading the digital efforts for Bernie Sanders’ 2016 Presidential campaign, Teddy Goff, Chief Tech and Digital Strategist for Hillary Clinton’s 2016 Presidential Campaign and Tom Pitfield, Chief Digital Strategist for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau’s successful 2015 federal election campaign speak at the 2016 Liberal Biennial Convention in Winnipeg on Friday, May 27, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Ambassador of France to Canada, Kareen Rispal, is photographed at the Embassy of France in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

After opening its borders to Canadian tourists, France wants Canada to do the same

France lets Canadians who can prove they are fully vaccinated, or who submit a recent negative COVID-19 test and who attest to not having COVID-19 symptoms, to enter its territory.

Ambassador of France to Canada, Kareen Rispal, is photographed at the Embassy of France in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 13, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Toronto board of trade calls for vaccine passports for non-essential activities

CEO says it’s a personal decision to get vaccinated, but major events and indoor dining are different

People wait in line to enter a COVID-19 test clinic next to a COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Montreal, on Wednesday, April 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the novel coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Alberta says it will begin easing some remaining COVID-19 health restrictions in the province’s continuing-care facilities.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP

Alberta begins easing remaining COVID-19 restrictions in continuing-care facilities

Visitors will still need to be screened for COVID-19 symptoms or known exposure

This 2020 electron microscope image made available by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention shows the spherical particles of the novel coronavirus, colorized blue, from the first U.S. case of COVID-19. Alberta says it will begin easing some remaining COVID-19 health restrictions in the province’s continuing-care facilities.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Hannah A. Bullock, Azaibi Tamin/CDC via AP
RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT

Mounties tackle swamps, beaver dams to rescue stranded boaters in northern Manitoba

Officers tried to reach the boaters using a snowmobile trail, but they had to turn back due to swampy terrain

RCMP officers take part in a rescue operation in a handout photo. RCMP have rescued two stranded boaters in northern Manitoba in what they say turned out to be a very Canadian rescue. The Thompson detachment received a report on July 10 that the boaters were stranded near an unnamed lake south of the northern city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Thompson RCMP MANDATORY CREDIT
Police stand over arrested suspect looters in a shopping centre in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 12, 2021. Police say six people are dead and more than 200 have been arrested amid escalating violence during rioting that broke out following the imprisonment of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Yeshiel Panchia)

6 killed as South African riots spread after jailing of former president

South Africa said it will deploy its army to help police quell the violence

Police stand over arrested suspect looters in a shopping centre in Alexandra township, Johannesburg, South Africa, Monday, July 12, 2021. Police say six people are dead and more than 200 have been arrested amid escalating violence during rioting that broke out following the imprisonment of South Africa’s former President Jacob Zuma. (AP Photo/Yeshiel Panchia)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau defends Canada’s early response to COVID-19 but admits room for improvement

Some Public Health Agency of Canada scientists said their early warnings of COVID-19 were ignored

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement and news conference at Lafarge Lake Park, in Coquitlam, B.C., on Thursday, July 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Inuk leader and former diplomat Mary Simon will officially become Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General on July 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s next governor general Mary Simon to be officially installed July 26

Inuk woman will be the first Indigenous person to serve in the role

Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Inuk leader and former diplomat Mary Simon will officially become Canada’s first Indigenous Governor General on July 26. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)

Immunized but banned: EU says not all COVID vaccines equal

AstraZeneca produced in Europe is approved, but not India-produced doses

FILE - In this Friday, March 12, 2021 file photo, a nurse prepare one of the country’s first coronavirus vaccinations, using the AstraZeneca vaccine manufactured by the Serum Institute of India and provided through the global COVAX initiative, at Yaba Mainland hospital in Lagos, Nigeria. Although the AstraZeneca vaccine produced in Europe has been authorized by the continent’s drug regulatory agency, the same shot manufactured in India by the world’s biggest vaccine maker has not been given the green light. The EU regulator says the drugmaker hasn’t completed the necessary paperwork on the Indian manufacturing site, including detail on its production practices and quality control standards. (AP Photo/Sunday Alamba, file)
France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)

French rush to get COVID vaccines after president warns of new rules for unvaccinated

Passes will be needed starting in August to enter restaurants, shopping malls, to get on trains and planes

France’s President Emmanuel Macron, meets French carmakers at the Elysee Palace in Paris, Monday, July 12, 2021. President Emmanuel Macron is hosting a top-level virus security meeting Monday morning and then giving a televised speech Monday evening, the kind of solemn speech he’s given at each turning point in France’s virus epidemic.(AP Photo/Michel Euler, Pool)
Seven people, including four children, died in a house fire in Chestermere, Alta., just east of Calgary, Friday, July 2, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Tragic fire that killed 7 in Chestermere deemed not suspicious: Alberta RCM

The people killed in the fire include four children, one as young as 4

Seven people, including four children, died in a house fire in Chestermere, Alta., just east of Calgary, Friday, July 2, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)

WHO: Rich countries should donate COVID vaccines, not use boosters

WHO director-general said the world’s grotesque vaccine disparity was driven by ‘greed’

FILE - In this Sunday, July 11, 2021 file photo, a doctor fills a syringe with the Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination center in Kabul, Afghanistan. Top officials at the World Health Organization said Monday, July 12 there is not enough evidence to show that third doses of coronavirus vaccines are needed and appealed for the scarce shots to be shared with poor countries who have yet to immunize their populations instead of being used by rich countries as boosters. (AP Photo/Rahmat Gul, file)