Top Western Canada news on Thursday, Sept. 9, 2021

Thursday, Sept. 9, 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.



Alberta health system at 'boiling point': doctors


Calgary, Alberta, Canada -- Alberta's health-care system is on the verge of collapse, warns a group of physicians who are pleading with the government to strengthen public health measures to fend off a relentless fourth wave of COVID-19. By Alanna Smith. , Photos: 1

Estimated cost of COVID patient in ICU: $50,000


The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who's had a heart attack, a new report says. By Camille Bains. , Photos: 1


Supreme Court won't hear Nygard bail appeal


Ottawa, Ontario, Canada -- The Supreme Court of Canada won't hear a bail appeal from a Canadian fashion mogul who is facing trafficking and racketeering charges in the United States. , Photos: 1


Mexican wildfire fighters set to leave B.C.


Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada -- British Columbia's wildfire service says firefighters from Mexico will begin heading home this weekend after battling blazes since late July. , Photos: 1



CALGARY -Detective Amy Spence of the Calgary Police Service Child Abuse Unit will speaks about a recent investigation where charges have been laid against a Calgary man in relation to the sexual assault and exploitation of three young girls. 1:30 p.m. (Reporter Bill Graveland is covering.)

CALGARY - Alberta NDP Leader Rachel Notley joins Calgary businesses to demand new financial support and other initiatives in the wake of a curfew imposed by the UCP Government without warning. (Reporter Dean Bennett is covering).

EDMONTON - Minister of Health Tyler Shandro and Alberta chief medical officer of health Dr. Deena Hinshaw will announce steps to help reduce pressure on hospitals and provide an update on COVID-19 and the ongoing work to protect public health. 3:30 p.m. (Reporter Dean Bennett is covering.)

REGINA - First Nations in Saskatchewan are offering vaccine incentives to encourage people to get their COVID-19 shots. (Reporter Mickey Djuric will have a story)

VANCOUVER - Ross Alderson, former director of anti-money laundering at the British Columbia Lottery Corp. is set to testify at the Cullen commission. 3 p.m.(Reporter Dirk Meissner is covering.)

VICTORIA - Parliamentary secretary for anti-racism initiatives Rachna Singh, and members of the Indigenous, Black and racialized community, make an announcement about B.C.'s anti-racism data legislation, expected to be introduced in spring 2022. 10 a.m. (Reporter Nick Wells is covering.)

WHITEHORSE – Yukon’s acting chief medical officer of health, Dr. Catherine Elliott, and deputy education minister of Nicole Morgan answer questions on COVID-19 and schools in the territory. 3 p.m. (Reporter Amy Smart is covering.)


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