Top Western Canada news on Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021

Thursday, Oct. 7, 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.



No response from PM an 'insult': B.C. First Nation


Kamloops, British Columbia, Canada -- The Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc First Nation says Prime Minister Justin Trudeau "missed an opportunity" to show his commitment to the survivors of residential schools by not replying to its invitations to take part in an event marking the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. , Photos: 1

Many police tools not effective in cold: expert


Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, Canada -- A use of force expert says an RCMP officer who shot and killed an armed man in Gjoa Haven, Nunavut, in 2016 didn't have effective, less-lethal options he could have used that day. , Photos: 1

Required shots in school staff last resort: Horgan


Victoria, British Columbia, Canada -- Premier John Horgan says vaccine mandates for workers in British Columbia's schools are a last resort and elected board trustees know what's needed for their communities rather than the province enforcing such decisions. , Photos: 2

Saskatchewan activates emergency operations centre


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Saskatchewan is activating its emergency operations centre to lead its response to record levels of COVID-19. , Photos: 1

Probe launched into Manitoba Tory membership sales


Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada -- Manitoba's elections commissioner is investigating sales of Progressive Conservative memberships during the party's leadership race. , Photos: 1

Woman pregnant with ninth child dies of COVID-19


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada -- This Thanksgiving will be a tough one for Carol Charles and her family. By Daniela Germano. , Photos: 1

COVID update from Alberta premier before holiday


Edmonton, Alberta, Canada, ,  -- Alberta Premier Jason Kenney is to deliver an update this afternoon on the province’s COVID-19 situation ahead of the Thanksgiving holiday weekend. , Photos: 1

Gas prices breaking records from coast to coast


Calgary, ,  -- Canadians are being hit with all-time record gasoline prices heading into the Thanksgiving long weekend. , Photos: 1

Vancouver rejects citywide parking levy


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- City councillors in Vancouver have narrowly rejected a proposal for citywide parking permits and a levy on certain vehicles, with Mayor Kennedy Stewart questioning the fairness of the plan and casting the tiebreaking vote. , Photos: 1

Lululemon introduces home fitness device Mirror


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- Lululemon Athletica Inc. is joining the booming personalized at-home exercise trend with the launch of Mirror, a large electronic device for streaming workout classes. , Photos: 1

Regina police search for missing 10-year-old girl


Regina, Saskatchewan, Canada -- Police in Regina are seeking the public's help as they search for a missing 10-year-old girl. 


VICTORIA - Minister of Indigenous Relations and Reconciliation Murray Rankin and Marvin Yahey, chief of Blueberry River First Nations, discuss their approach to a B.C. Supreme Court decision issued in June that found the province breached the nation's treaty rights by approving industrial development without its approval. Reporter Nick Wells is covering.


Alta coal lease transfers send wrong signal: group


EDMONTON- An environmental group says an exchange of coal exploration lease applications in Alberta's Rocky Mountains suggests mining companies expect to be able to go ahead with their plans despite a provincial debate on the industry's future. By Bob Weber.


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