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The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)

Outage highlights how vital Facebook has become worldwide

For small businesses, the outages meant hundreds or thousands of dollars in lost revenue

The icons of Instagram, Facebook and WhatsApp can be seen on the screen of a smartphone in Kempten, Germany, Monday, Oct. 4, 2021. The six-hour outage of Facebook, Instagram and Whatsapp on Monday was a headache for many casual users. But the outage was far more serious for many people worldwide who rely on the social media sites to communicate with relatives, friends and neighbors and run their businesses. It’s a stark reminder that many of the most popular ways to communicate are controlled by one company, Facebook. And any lengthy outage can have severe implications. (Karl-Josef Hildenbrand/dpa via AP)
B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)

Seniors advocate to release review of COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities

368 COVID-19 outbreaks at B.C. care facilities from January 2020 to September 2021 and 1,092 deaths

B.C. Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie describes the findings of her survey of long-term care and assisted living residents under pandemic restrictions, B.C. legislature, Nov. 3, 2020. (B.C. government)
A sample ballot box is seen ahead of the 2019 federal election at Elections Canada's offices in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Recounts demanded in four ridings, as deadline to challenge result passes

Three ridings in Quebec, one in Ontario still officially up for grabs

A sample ballot box is seen ahead of the 2019 federal election at Elections Canada's offices in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

O’Toole says Conservative caucus is united despite vote giving MPs power to oust him

Party failed to make needed gains in Greater Toronto Area, Quebec and Metro Vancouver

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole gives a thumbs up as he enters the building for the first Conservative caucus since the federal election, Tuesday, Oct.5, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health, responds to a reporter’s questions at a press conference during the Conferences of Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health in Winnipeg on June 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Alberta resumes COVID-19 contact tracing in schools, offers rapid testing

Kenney says cases are growing in children between five and 11 years old

Sarah Hoffman, Alberta Minister of Health, responds to a reporter’s questions at a press conference during the Conferences of Provincial-Territorial Ministers of Health in Winnipeg on June 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
The Peace tower is seen as politicians begin returning to work in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The government’s draft policy to mandate vaccines for federal workers could close the door to allowing unvaccinated employees working from home, according to one union executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Draft policy says even telecommuting public servants must be vaccinated: union exec

Working from home may not give federal workers an out from the jab

The Peace tower is seen as politicians begin returning to work in Ottawa, Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. The government’s draft policy to mandate vaccines for federal workers could close the door to allowing unvaccinated employees working from home, according to one union executive. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s inadequate heat wave supports heightened risks to vulnerable people: report

B.C. reported 569 “heat-related deaths” in the province from June 20 to July 29

Sarah De Francesco, left, Albert Huynh, right, and Leanne Opuyes, back left, cool off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Systemic racism that led to death of Joyce Echaquan ‘well-documented’: Quebec coroner

Géhane Kamel’s report into Echaquan’s death found that her demise was accidental, but avoidable

Carol Dubé, husband of Joyce Echaquan, reads a statement next to his daughter Wassihna during a memorial marking the first anniversary of the death of his wife in front of the hospital where she died in Joliette, Que., on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Federal Court settlement approved for day scholars at Indian residential schools

Survivors will each receive compensation of $10,000, as will the estates of those who died

Regional Chief Shane Gottfriedson looks on as Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, speaks at the Assembly of First Nations’ annual general meeting at the Songhees Wellness Centre in Victoria on October 24, 2016. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People pump gas into their vehicles at a Esso gas station in Toronto on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The amount of gas Canadians purchased last year fell to the lowest level in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin

Gasoline sales plunge to lowest level in 20 years during first year of pandemic

Canadians bought less gas in 2020 than in any other year since 2001

People pump gas into their vehicles at a Esso gas station in Toronto on Tuesday, June 15, 2021. The amount of gas Canadians purchased last year fell to the lowest level in two decades. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Tijana Martin
The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Home sales across Metro Vancouver remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says prices haven’t climbed as sharply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Home demand still outstrips supply in Metro Vancouver but price hikes slow: report

Composite benchmark price for all residential properties in Metro Vancouver just under $1.2 million

The downtown Vancouver skyline is seen at sunset, as houses line a hillside in Burnaby, B.C., on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Home sales across Metro Vancouver remained well above the 10-year average in September, but the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says prices haven’t climbed as sharply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
(Black Press file)

UPDATED: 1 dead after helicopter goes down on B.C.’s Sunshine Coast

Pilot, who was the lone occupant, was conducting heli-logging operations when the chopper crashed

(Black Press file)
Facebook (Courtesy photo)

Facebook back after lengthy global outage blamed on router issues

The company apologized and said it is working to understand more about the cause

Facebook (Courtesy photo)
Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole walks on stage as he prepares to speak in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole faces first caucus meeting after election loss

Conservatives finished the Sept. 20 election with two fewer seats than they won in 2019

Conservative Leader Erin O’Toole walks on stage as he prepares to speak in Ottawa on Tuesday, September 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan speaks during a news conference Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Sajjan says that as part of Operation LASER, Canadian Armed Forces members will use their experience to help Alberta in the fight against the fourth wave of the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Alberta reports slight drop in critically ill COVID-19 patients in hospitals

Province says there are 298 patients in intensive care wards, most of them with the infection

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan speaks during a news conference Thursday May 7, 2020 in Ottawa. Sajjan says that as part of Operation LASER, Canadian Armed Forces members will use their experience to help Alberta in the fight against the fourth wave of the pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government could push provinces on worker vaccine mandate, document says

Despite provincial authority, feds could consider making COVID-19 vaccines ‘national interest item’

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. The Public Health Agency of Canada says it’s working with other governments still dubious about allowing Canadians with mixed doses travel across their borders without quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada must convince countries who reject mixed-dose travellers: travel association

Several countries, including the US, only recognize people with identical doses of approved vaccine

Chief Public Health Officer Theresa Tam speaks during a technical briefing on the COVID pandemic in Canada, Friday, January 15, 2021 in Ottawa. The Public Health Agency of Canada says it’s working with other governments still dubious about allowing Canadians with mixed doses travel across their borders without quarantining. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
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B.C. to begin COVID-19 booster shots for long-term care, assisted living residents

Those eligible will be getting their extra jabs along with influenza shots

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Public Safety Canada says the Canadian Red Cross is also planning to send up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care experience, to augment or relieve staff working in Alberta’s hospitals. (Photo from Black Press)

Defence minister sends in military nurse unit to help Alberta battle COVID

Canadian Red Cross is also planning to send up to 20 medical professionals to Alberta

Public Safety Canada says the Canadian Red Cross is also planning to send up to 20 medical professionals, some with intensive care experience, to augment or relieve staff working in Alberta’s hospitals. (Photo from Black Press)
(Health Canada)

Advil Cold & Sinus Day/Night blister packs recalled due to labelling error

Nighttime caplets could result in serious health consequences for those who need to remain alert

(Health Canada)