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Alberta’s debt soars past $100B, stoking angst in government ranks

Pandemic only amplifying the province’s financial woes and government offers no plan to balance budget Shooting up like a rocket, Alberta’s sky-high debt is soaring past the $100-billion mark with the glaring admission there is no plan to restore balance to the books. In fact, the province’s debtload could surpass $130 billion in the next few years. The skyrocketing debt…

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Ontario could have moved faster on COVID-19 vaccine booking site, experts say

TORONTO — Ontario’s explanation that ongoing tests are delaying the launch of its vaccine-booking web portal doesn’t carry water for experts, who said Thursday that the province should have begun those trials months ago.  The website – set to launch in mid-March when residents aged 80 and older can start getting vaccinated against COVID-19  – has already been piloted, but…

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What you need to know about COVID-19 in B.C. for Feb. 25

Daily update from health officials expected in a live briefing at 1 p.m. PT THE LATEST: Daily update on COVID-19 numbers expected in a live briefing at 1 p.m. PT As of Wednesday, there are 4,668 active cases of novel coronavirus in B.C. A total of 237 people are in hospital, including 64 in intensive care. To date, 1,338 people have died of…

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Flower vendors frustrated by B.C.’s COVID restrictions at farmers’ markets

Rule means flower vendors could see blooms wasted and soap makers can’t sell wares Flower vendors are worried B.C.’s COVID-19 rules for farmers’ markets could lead to greenhouses full of blooms going to waste. Farmers’ markets are considered an essential service and have been allowed to continue operating throughout the pandemic. However, non-food vendors like potters, jewelry and soap makers and…

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Uncovering history: Army Museum seeks help identifying WWII Black fire brigade in Halifax

A woman in Eastern Passage, N.S. has come forward saying her great-aunt was a fire warden in photo A sepia-tinged photo of an all-Black volunteer fire brigade posing around a Halifax doorstep during the Second World has sparked a flurry of online sleuthing to identify the 16 men and three women featured. The young women wear dresses and top coats while…

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Appointments for COVID-19 vaccine now available in Quebec, and some people could even get their shots today

‘We were eager to start as soon as possible,’ says head of Laval regional health board Two weeks away from the COVID-19 pandemic’s first anniversary, the province’s COVID-19 vaccination campaign is entering a new phase. The general population is now able to schedule appointments to get their shots, and in some parts of the province, get their first dose by the end…

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