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New Year's Eve parties cancelled, moved online in cities across Canada

New Year's Eve parties cancelled, moved online in cities across Canada

VANCOUVER — Canada's major cities are set to ring in the New Year with more of a gentle chime than a resounding clang, with many official celebrations cancelled or moved online for the second year in a row due to COVID-19.

Quebec imposes curfew as several provinces report record COVID-19 case numbers

The Omicron variant continued to cause record-breaking COVID-19 case numbers in several provinces Thursday, which also prompted Quebec to impose a nighttime curfew that will come into effect on New Year's Eve.
Quebec imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew starting on New Year's Eve

Quebec imposes nighttime COVID-19 curfew starting on New Year's Eve

MONTREAL — Warning that hospitals could soon be overwhelmed with COVID-19 patients, Quebec Premier François Legault imposed a series of new restrictions Thursday, including a nighttime curfew that will begin on New Year's Eve.
Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Yukon, territory says

Omicron variant of COVID-19 is spreading in Yukon, territory says

WHITEHORSE — The Yukon government says an increase in COVID-19 cases with 34 new infections reported Thursday is a sign the Omicron variant is circulating in communities.
Canadian navy needs to recruit 1,000 sailors to crew new warships: Vice-Admiral

Canadian navy needs to recruit 1,000 sailors to crew new warships: Vice-Admiral

OTTAWA — The commander of the Royal Canadian Navy is sounding the alarm over a shortage of sailors, saying he needs about 1,000 additional mariners to crew Canada's warships.
Vaccination rules for COVID benefits to stick for foreseeable future, minister says

Vaccination rules for COVID benefits to stick for foreseeable future, minister says

OTTAWA — The federal minister in charge of aid to the unemployed says jobless Canadians who refuse to get vaccinated may find themselves blocked from benefits so long as public health concerns remain top of mind.
Ottawa criticizes police raid on Hong Kong news outlet that saw Canadian arrested

Ottawa criticizes police raid on Hong Kong news outlet that saw Canadian arrested

The federal government has added its voice to those criticizing this week’s police raid on a pro-democracy news outlet in Hong Kong in which a Canadian human rights activist and pop singer was among those arrested.
Truth and Reconciliation, more COVID rules and an NHL first: In The News for Dec. 30

Truth and Reconciliation, more COVID rules and an NHL first: In The News for Dec. 30

In The News is a roundup of stories from The Canadian Press designed to kickstart your day. Here is what's on the radar of our editors for the morning of Dec.
In New Year's message, governor general says Canadians can be hopeful amid pandemic

In New Year's message, governor general says Canadians can be hopeful amid pandemic

OTTAWA — The governor general says Canadians can be hopeful as they ring in the new year, despite the ongoing crisis of the COVID-19 pandemic.
B.C. marks two years since passing law to adopt declaration on Indigenous rights

B.C. marks two years since passing law to adopt declaration on Indigenous rights

VANCOUVER — British Columbia recently marked two years since passing legislation that requires the province to align its laws with the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, though an Indigenous leader and legal expertsay man
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