Top Western Canada news on Monday, Nov. 22, 2021

Monday, Nov. 22, 2021


Here are the top Western stories so far today from The Canadian Press. All times are local unless otherwise stated. Entries are subject to change as news develops. If you have questions you can contact B.C./Yukon bureau chief Kevin Ward at, 604-692-1160, acting Prairies bureau chief Chris Purdy at, 780-412-6252, or acting Prairies news editor Colette Derworiz at, 780-412-6263, or B.C./Yukon news editor Terri Theodore at, 604-692-1171.



New Manitoba premier to outline government agenda


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- Manitoba Premier Heather Stefanson says the province's throne speech today will be very general and not long on detail.



Tories, NDP want emergency debate on B.C. floods


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- The Conservatives and the NDP want an emergency debate in the House of Commons this week on the floods wreaking havoc in British Columbia. By Mia Rabson. Photos: 1

Revenues up, deficit down in pre-flood B.C. update


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada -- British Columbia's finance minister says the province's economy was on track toward a strong economic rebound in its latest financial results to the end of September, but uncertainties remain, especially stemming from the damage caused by recent floods and mudslides. Photos: 1

B.C. officials to provide update on flooding


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada -- British Columbia officials are set to provide an update on flooding in the province today, as a rain storm in the north is set to move south.

Trans Mountain restart could occur by week's end


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- The company that owns the Trans Mountain pipeline says it remains optimistic the pipeline could be restarted by the end of the week. Photos: 1

Calgary rugby player named as B.C. mudslide victim


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- Last Monday, as flooding and mudslides ravaged British Columbia, Dean Hopkins got a distraught call from his close friend's wife, saying her husband was missing. Photos: 1

Photojournalist released after arrest in B.C.


Prince George, British Columbia, Canada -- A photojournalist was released by a B.C. Supreme Court judge on Monday, three days after she was arrested while covering the RCMP's enforcement of an injunction barring protests from blocking an access road used by pipeline workers in northern British Columbia. 

COVID-19 case numbers decline in Yukon


Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada -- Yukon is reporting 45 new cases of COVID-19 since Friday, or about 15 per day, and the total number of active cases in the territory has fallen to 131. Photos: 1

Provinces detail COVID vaccine plans for children


Parents across the country are learning how soon their children can get an appointment for a COVID-19 shot now that the pediatric Pfizer-BioNTech vaccine has been approved by Health Canada. By Kelly Geraldine Malone. Photos: 1

Saskatchewan to ban COVID-19 protests near schools


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- The Saskatchewan government has introduced legislation that would ban COVID-19 protests within 50 metres of schools, including on sidewalks, as the province gets ready to roll out vaccination clinics for younger children in schools and other settings. By Mickey Djuric. Photos: 1

Vaccine for kids on way to Manitoba First Nations


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- A group in charge of overseeing the COVID-19 vaccine rollout for Manitoba First Nations says shipments of a pediatric vaccine will go out later this week for about 15,000 eligible children who live on-reserve. By Brittany Hobson. Photos: 1



Alberta landlord's vaccine mandate likely a first


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- An Alberta-based rental housing provider says it hopes to set a precedent with its decision to require proof of COVID-19 vaccination from new tenants. By Amanda Stephenson. Photos: 1

Air Canada increases cargo capacity to Vancouver


Montreal, Quebec, Canada -- Air Canada says it has increased cargo capacity into and out of Vancouver in the wake of the flooding that cut highway links to the city. Photos: 1

Pembina CEO steps down for other opportunities


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- Pembina Pipeline Corp. says Mick Dilger has stepped down as president and chief executive to pursue other opportunities. Photos: 1

Rogers tells CRTC it needs Shaw deal to compete


Gatineau, Quebec, Canada -- Rogers Communications Inc. told regulators Monday that its proposed $26-billion takeover of Shaw Communications Inc. will enhance competition, but the cable and wireless company made no guarantees that Shaw customers won't see rates rise if the deal goes through. Photos: 1

Lush to deactivate Instagram, Facebook accounts


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- Lush Cosmetics says it will deactivate its Instagram, Facebook, TikTok and Snapchat accounts on Friday in an effort to address what it says are consumers' mental health challenges. Photos: 1



Elks clean house after dismal CFL season


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- The Edmonton Elks have cleaned house after a disappointing CFL season, with president and chief executive officer Chris Presson, general manager Brock Sunderland and head coach Jaime Elizondo paying the price. Photos: 1

FIFA wraps up 2026 World Cup candidate city visits


Toronto, Ontario, Canada -- A FIFA delegation wrapped up its visits to candidate cities for the 2026 World Cup with a stop in Toronto on Monday, having already seen Canadian soccer at its snowy best in Edmonton. By Neil Davidson. Photos: 1

Flames' Gaudreau named first star of week


New York, New York, United States -- Calgary Flames left-wing Johnny Gaudreau has been named the NHL's first star of the week. Photos: 1

Winnipeg's Blinkers art space wins $50K prize


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- Blinkers Art and Project Space in Winnipeg has won the $50,000 Lacey Prize. 


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