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Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins today

Venues can operate without capacity limits if they require proof of vaccination, negative test

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul

200 Afghans, including female students and dancers, make daring overland escape

Taliban decreed male high-school students should return to the classroom, but not girls

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul
British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. health authority issues alarm over nurse shortage in Fort St. John

‘Exhausted, overworked, and facing brutal criticism from the public’

British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

VIDEO: Are you voting in today’s federal election?

There are 30 million eligible voters in Canada, 6.8 million of whom voted early

A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file)

Nanaimo-Ladysmith school district spending $544,000 on heating and cooling at Cedar Secondary

SD68 spends money from annual facilities grant and environmental upgrade fund

Nanaimo Ladysmith Public Schools. (News Bulletin file)
Science communicator Matthew S. Williams will explore the growing importance of making science accessible to the general public in a time of misinformation and ‘data fatigue’ at the Nanaimo Astronomy Society’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 23. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo Astronomy Society’s first meeting of the fall focuses on science communication

Guest speaker Matthew S. Williams will talk about making science accessible

Science communicator Matthew S. Williams will explore the growing importance of making science accessible to the general public in a time of misinformation and ‘data fatigue’ at the Nanaimo Astronomy Society’s meeting Thursday, Sept. 23. (Photo submitted)
Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. (AP Photo/Jonathan Rodriguez)

Volcano erupts Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean; lava destroys some homes

A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday…

Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. (AP Photo/Jonathan Rodriguez)
A man enters an advance polling station in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Advance polls opened today ahead of the Federal Election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberal push to make election a referendum on pandemic only partly successful

The typical voter malaise that accompanies any early election call has not evaporated in this campaign

A man enters an advance polling station in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Advance polls opened today ahead of the Federal Election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

Serious crash could push Saskatchewan health-care system to brink: health officer

Surging COVID-19 cases have stretched resources to the limit and intensive care beds are full

A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O’Toole (Conservative). From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)

CANADA VOTES: Polls close in country’s 2021 federal election

Which party will be chosen to form the next government?

From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O’Toole (Conservative). From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)
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Party leaders to make final appeals to voters ahead of tomorrow’s election

The three main party leaders have packed schedules as they try to reach as much of the electorate as possible

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Victoria Police Department (VicPD) Chief Del Manak said he is still processing an incident Saturday afternoon during which a woman poured liquid on him from behind. (Black Press Media file)

5 people arrested after Victoria police chief assaulted at memorial for Chantel Moore

VicPD Chief Del Manak says he is still processing the incident

Victoria Police Department (VicPD) Chief Del Manak said he is still processing an incident Saturday afternoon during which a woman poured liquid on him from behind. (Black Press Media file)
The Quebec Superior Court is seen in Montreal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled a juror doesn’t need to be fully vaccinated to participate in a Montreal fraud trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Quebec judge refuses request for fully vaccinated jury at Montreal trial

Courts have differed on full vaccination for jurors in recent Canadian judgments

The Quebec Superior Court is seen in Montreal, Wednesday, March 27, 2019. A Quebec Superior Court judge has ruled a juror doesn’t need to be fully vaccinated to participate in a Montreal fraud trial. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. Canadian snowbirds will be watching closely this week, suitcases at the ready and RVs full of fuel, to see if the United States finally eases the travel restrictions preventing them from driving south for the winter.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Snowbird season: Canadian retirees hope for prompt COVID booster shots in U.S. south

The U.S. has largely remained silent on when it might begin to ease border restrictions

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. Canadian snowbirds will be watching closely this week, suitcases at the ready and RVs full of fuel, to see if the United States finally eases the travel restrictions preventing them from driving south for the winter.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Regional District of Nanaimo board has approved a motion to allocate resources required to implement recommendations of the climate action technical advisory committee. (News Bulletin file)

Regional District of Nanaimo approves $300,000 for climate committee’s recommendations

Sustainable procurement, reducing vehicle fleet emissions among priorities

Regional District of Nanaimo board has approved a motion to allocate resources required to implement recommendations of the climate action technical advisory committee. (News Bulletin file)
B.C. Premier John Horgan took to Twitter to condemn protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools on Sept. 17. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Stay away from children!’: Premier denounces protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools

John Horgan said there’s no justification for the actions of the protesters in a Sept. 18 tweet

B.C. Premier John Horgan took to Twitter to condemn protesters who entered Salmon Arm schools on Sept. 17. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
The Nanoose First Nation (Snaw-Naw-As) is receiving $441,144 for a multi-use trail connection project. (RDN map)
The Nanoose First Nation (Snaw-Naw-As) is receiving $441,144 for a multi-use trail connection project. (RDN map)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
People opposed to vaccinations and masking entered schools in and around Salmon Arm on Sept. 17 They also recently protested at the School District 83 office. (Martha Wickett/Salmon Arm Observer)
This photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (North Port Police Department via AP)

Body found in Wyoming believed to be missing woman Gabrielle Petito

The family of Gabby Petito has been pleading with Brian Laundrie for answers

This photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (North Port Police Department via AP)
A rendering of the City of Nanaimo’s Metral Drive complete streets project, showing a section of Metral at Bergen-Op-Zoom Drive. (City of Nanaimo image)

City of Nanaimo receives $500,000 grant to go toward Metral Drive work

City building Phase 2 of ‘complete streets’ project in north end

A rendering of the City of Nanaimo’s Metral Drive complete streets project, showing a section of Metral at Bergen-Op-Zoom Drive. (City of Nanaimo image)