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FILE- A woman has her routine COVID-19 throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. China on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, announced new measures rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting lockdowns and testing requirements. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

China last major country trying to stamp out virus while many switch to trying to live it

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, speaks during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Murray Sinclair to help AFN with conflict resolution after ‘turmoil’: national chief

Conflict played out in public during the last AFN gathering in Vancouver in July

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during the annual meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin denies Western accusations of nuclear sabre-rattling

Russian leader says country’s nuclear doctrine based on the so-called ‘launch on warning’ concept

The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate today, making it the seventh consecutive time this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bank of Canada hikes key rate by half percentage point, signals possible pause

Seventh consecutive hike in an effort to bring inflation down may be the last

The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate today, making it the seventh consecutive time this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Premier David Eby will appoint a new cabinet today in a move pundits are saying will be a blend of old and new faces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. finance minister replaced in Premier David Eby’s cabinet shuffle

Former forests minister Katrine Conroy will take over finance portfolio from Selina Robinson

B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Premier David Eby will appoint a new cabinet today in a move pundits are saying will be a blend of old and new faces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 9, 2022. Time Magazine on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2022 named Zelenskyy its person of the year, awarding him the accolade “for proving that courage can be as contagious as fear.” (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)

Zelenskyy and ‘spirit of Ukraine’ named Time person of year

Zelenskyy has worked to inspire Ukraine’s resistance to Russian attack and marshal global support

FILE - Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy speaks during an interview with The Associated Press in his office in Kyiv, Ukraine, on April 9, 2022. Time Magazine on Wednesday Dec. 7, 2022 named Zelenskyy its person of the year, awarding him the accolade “for proving that courage can be as contagious as fear.” (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka, File)
Workers set up the Montreal Convention Centre in preparation for the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. A major international conference on preserving the world’s biodiversity is to open Tuesday with speakers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Nature ‘under attack’ says Trudeau as UN biodiversity conference opens in Montreal

196 countries being asked to hammer out a deal to save and restore ecosystems

Workers set up the Montreal Convention Centre in preparation for the COP15 UN conference on biodiversity in Montreal, Friday, Dec. 2, 2022. A major international conference on preserving the world’s biodiversity is to open Tuesday with speakers including Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and United Nations Secretary-General Antonio Guterres. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE - Diana Scott holds up a sign while taking part in a demonstration about the use of robots by the San Francisco Police Department outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. San Francisco supervisors have voted put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send the issue back to a committee for further discussion. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Amid outcry, San Francisco pauses on ‘killer police robots’

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes on a controversial…

FILE - Diana Scott holds up a sign while taking part in a demonstration about the use of robots by the San Francisco Police Department outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. San Francisco supervisors have voted put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send the issue back to a committee for further discussion. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, center, surrounded by his legal team, speaks to the media after the jury found the Trump Organization guilty on all counts in a criminal tax fraud case, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Manhattan District Attorney Alvin Bragg, center, surrounded by his legal team, speaks to the media after the jury found the Trump Organization guilty on all counts in a criminal tax fraud case, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022, in New York. (AP Photo/Julia Nikhinson)
Softwood lumber is pictured at Tolko Industries in Heffley Creek, B.C., Sunday, April, 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. court rules forestry company must pay $343,000 cost of 2016 wildfire suppression

Wildfire near Nazko came from debris pile contractor set on fire at a Tolko Industries cut block

Softwood lumber is pictured at Tolko Industries in Heffley Creek, B.C., Sunday, April, 1, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman bundled up for the cold weather walks up a snow-covered street in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Environment Canada warns of heavy snow in eastern, central B.C.

Light snow, rain, freezing rain for Lower Mainland, eastern Vancouver Island.

A woman bundled up for the cold weather walks up a snow-covered street in Vancouver, on Thursday, December 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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B.C. health-care workers facing an epidemic of violence

2010-21: B.C. nurses reported nearly 4,500 violence-related injuries that caused them to miss work

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B.C. Premier David Eby and his wife Cailey Lynch put on skates as their daughter Iva, 3, waits to skate at the Robson Square ice rink, in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eby’s new B.C. cabinet builds speculation about early election call, says expert

Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin will swear in Eby’s new cabinet Wednesday in Victoria

B.C. Premier David Eby and his wife Cailey Lynch put on skates as their daughter Iva, 3, waits to skate at the Robson Square ice rink, in Vancouver, on Saturday, December 3, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The landing page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini

COVID-19 benefits helped economy rebound, but post-payment verification lacking: AG

Auditor general estimates $4.6 billion was paid to people who were not eligible

The landing page for the Canada Emergency Response Benefit is seen in Toronto, Monday, Aug. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Giordano Ciampini
Michael Avenatti speaks to members of the media after leaving federal court on Feb. 4, 2022, in New York. Incarcerated lawyer Avenatti was sentenced in Southern California on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $7 million in restitution after admitting he cheated four of his clients out of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Avenatti sentenced to 14 years in California fraud case

SANTA ANA, Calif. (AP) — Lawyer Michael Avenatti, who rose to fame…

Michael Avenatti speaks to members of the media after leaving federal court on Feb. 4, 2022, in New York. Incarcerated lawyer Avenatti was sentenced in Southern California on Monday, Dec. 5, 2022, to 14 years in prison and ordered to pay $7 million in restitution after admitting he cheated four of his clients out of millions of dollars. (AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Ambassador of China to Canada Cong Peiwu participates in an interview with The Canadian Press at the Embassy of China in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Civil rights group says China has at least one secret police station in Vancouver

Spanish report says intimidation used to enforce ‘involuntary’ return of immigrants back to China

Ambassador of China to Canada Cong Peiwu participates in an interview with The Canadian Press at the Embassy of China in Ottawa, on Thursday, Feb. 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Julia Levy poses in this undated handout photo. Levy, British Columbia’s newest Rhodes scholar, will pursue a master’s degree in computational chemistry, but she says it’s also an “incredible opportunity” as a trans woman to give back to her community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ilme Vysniauskaite *MANDATORY CREDIT*

B.C.’s Julia Levy is Canada’s first trans woman Rhodes Scholar

Levy will head to Oxford University in England next October for the fully funded scholarship

Julia Levy poses in this undated handout photo. Levy, British Columbia’s newest Rhodes scholar, will pursue a master’s degree in computational chemistry, but she says it’s also an “incredible opportunity” as a trans woman to give back to her community. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Ilme Vysniauskaite *MANDATORY CREDIT*
A ceremony to recognize National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women took place on Dec. 6, 2021 in front of the new MMIWG monument in Whitehorse. The day is the anniversary of the murder of 14 women engineers at Ecole Polytechnique. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)

Events planned to honour victims of Ecole Polytechnique shooting on 33rd anniversary

On Dec. 6, 1989, a man motivated by a hatred of feminists shot and killed 14 female students

A ceremony to recognize National Day for Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women took place on Dec. 6, 2021 in front of the new MMIWG monument in Whitehorse. The day is the anniversary of the murder of 14 women engineers at Ecole Polytechnique. (Haley Ritchie/Yukon News)
Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on May 20, 2021. Canada’s auditor general is expected to release two highly anticipated reports on the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in 2021, including access to vaccines and pandemic benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Most unused COVID-19 vaccines will expire at the end of the year: auditor general

Tens of millions of doses of COVID-19 vaccines are likely about to…

Workers unload a shipment of the Moderna COVID‑19 vaccine at the FedEx hub at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on May 20, 2021. Canada’s auditor general is expected to release two highly anticipated reports on the government’s handling of the COVID-19 crisis in 2021, including access to vaccines and pandemic benefits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs

PM says it’s everyone responsibility to ‘step up again’ to get vaccinated

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne