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Members of Chantel Moore’s family gathered on the steps of the B.C. legislature on June 4. It was the first anniversary of the 26-year-old mother being fatally shot by a police officer in New Brunswick during what was supposed to be a wellness check. (Black Press Media news staff)

Family of fatally shot B.C. woman denounce liquid poured on police chief at memorial

Victoria event was to honour police shooting victim Chantel Moore, call for changes to policing

Col. Chris Hadfield, decorated Canadian astronaut, made a surprise stop at Falkland School Sept. 17, 2021, on his way to pick up his new puppy, Henry, from the community. (Falkland School)

VIDEO: Astronaut Chris Hadfield surprises rural North Okanagan students with visit

Decorated Canadian speaks to students in Falkland about space travels

A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Advance voting turnout up 13% in B.C. since 2019: Elections Canada

Canadians head to the polls on Sept. 20

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Biden easing U.S. foreign travel restrictions, requiring vaccines

Changes expected to come in to effect in early November

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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I got a ‘mild’ breakthrough case. Here’s what I wish I’d known

Writer shares his personal post-vaccine COVID-19 experience and what he learned

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Pictured, Rob Morrison campaigns for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election in the Elk Valley. Morrison is running again for the Conservative Party in the 2021 federal election. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press file photo

Conservative candidate running for re-election in Kootenay Columbia

Rob Morrison says economic recovery is a key plank of the Conservative Party platform

Pictured, Rob Morrison campaigns for the Conservative Party in the 2019 federal election in the Elk Valley. Morrison is running again for the Conservative Party in the 2021 federal election. Phil McLachlan/The Free Press file photo
Rana Nelson of Revelstoke is running for the Green Party in Kootenay-Columbia, in the 44th federal election set for Sept. 20.

Nelson brings Green Party values to the voters

Rana Nelson of Revelstoke running for Greens in Kootenay-Columbia

Rana Nelson of Revelstoke is running for the Green Party in Kootenay-Columbia, in the 44th federal election set for Sept. 20.
Wayne Stetski and members of his campaign are pictured on the sidewalk outside of the Save On Foods parking lot Monday morning, August 16th, holding their signs, waving to passers by, and speaking with community members. Stetski will be running as MP for Kootenay-Columbia in the upcoming Sept. 20th Federal Election. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

NDP Wayne Stetski gets campaign rolling as writ dropped

Stetski was outside of Cranbrook Save On Foods Monday campaigning for the upcoming Federal Election

Wayne Stetski and members of his campaign are pictured on the sidewalk outside of the Save On Foods parking lot Monday morning, August 16th, holding their signs, waving to passers by, and speaking with community members. Stetski will be running as MP for Kootenay-Columbia in the upcoming Sept. 20th Federal Election. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
In this file photo, a nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Trials show Pfizer COVID shot safely bolsters antibodies in younger kids

Antibody levels comparable to those seen in a trial of 16-to-25-year-olds

In this file photo, a nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins today

Venues can operate without capacity limits if they require proof of vaccination, negative test

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul

200 Afghans, including female students and dancers, make daring overland escape

Taliban decreed male high-school students should return to the classroom, but not girls

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul
British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. health authority issues alarm over nurse shortage in Fort St. John

‘Exhausted, overworked, and facing brutal criticism from the public’

British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Are you voting in today’s federal election?

There are 30 million eligible voters in Canada, 6.8 million of whom voted early

A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. (AP Photo/Jonathan Rodriguez)

Volcano erupts Spanish island in the Atlantic Ocean; lava destroys some homes

A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday…

Lava flows from an eruption of a volcano at the island of La Palma in the Canaries, Spain, Sunday, Sept. 19, 2021. A volcano on Spain’s Atlantic Ocean island of La Palma erupted Sunday after a weeklong buildup of seismic activity, prompting authorities to evacuate thousands as lava flows destroyed isolated houses and threatened to reach the coast. New eruptions continued into the night. (AP Photo/Jonathan Rodriguez)
A man enters an advance polling station in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Advance polls opened today ahead of the Federal Election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberal push to make election a referendum on pandemic only partly successful

The typical voter malaise that accompanies any early election call has not evaporated in this campaign

A man enters an advance polling station in Ottawa, Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Advance polls opened today ahead of the Federal Election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis

Serious crash could push Saskatchewan health-care system to brink: health officer

Surging COVID-19 cases have stretched resources to the limit and intensive care beds are full

A Saskatchewan Health Authority sign signifying a vaccine station at the Saskatoon Tribal Council run vaccination clinic inside SaskTel centre in Saskatoon, Sask., on Thursday, April 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kayle Neis
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh poses for selfies alongside Kootenay-Columbia candidate Wayne Stetski and supporters during a brief campaign stop in Cranbrook on Saturday night. Trevor Crawley photo.

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh rallies supporters during campaign stop in Cranbrook

Singh, along with Kootenay Columbia NDP candidate Wayne Stetski, delivered speeches ahead of Monday’s vote

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh poses for selfies alongside Kootenay-Columbia candidate Wayne Stetski and supporters during a brief campaign stop in Cranbrook on Saturday night. Trevor Crawley photo.
This photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (North Port Police Department via AP)

Body found in Wyoming believed to be missing woman Gabrielle Petito

The family of Gabby Petito has been pleading with Brian Laundrie for answers

This photo provided by North Port Police Department, law enforcement officials conduct a search of the vast Carlton Reserve in the Sarasota, Fla., area for Brian Laundrie on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. Laundrie is a person of interest in the disappearance of his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito. (North Port Police Department via AP)
From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O’Toole (Conservative). From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)

CANADA VOTES: Polls now open in country’s 2021 federal snap election

Which party will be chosen to form the next government?

From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O’Toole (Conservative). From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)
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Party leaders to make final appeals to voters ahead of tomorrow’s election

The three main party leaders have packed schedules as they try to reach as much of the electorate as possible

(The Canadian Press)