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Child poverty rate rises in B.C. after pandemic cash lost, report says

Child poverty rate rises in B.C. after pandemic cash lost, report says

VANCOUVER — A report says more than 126,000 children in British Columbia lived in poverty in 2021 despite decades of policy changes, with some of the worst situations in single-parent families and on First Nation reserves.
A swift rebound and unprecedented tickets sales for live music after pandemic shut venues down

A swift rebound and unprecedented tickets sales for live music after pandemic shut venues down

Powered by big stadium tours from artists like Taylor Swift and Beyoncé, ticket sales are booming and it appears likely that live acts will continue to draw massive crowds this year after the pandemic closed down concert venues globally for close to
Nova Scotia Health drops proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees

Nova Scotia Health drops proof of COVID-19 vaccination for its employees

HALIFAX — Nova Scotia’s health authority says it is lifting a requirement for its employees and on-site hospital staff to submit proof of COVID-19 immunization, beginning Monday.
Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

Alaska's chief medical officer, a public face of the state's pandemic response, is resigning

ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — Dr. Anne Zink, who was a public face of Alaska's pandemic response, is resigning as the state's chief medical officer.
Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

Dubai International Airport had 86.9 million passengers last year in a post-pandemic surge

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates (AP) — The number of passengers flying through Dubai International Airport, the world's busiest for international travel, surged last year beyond its total for 2019 — just before the coronavirus pandemic grounded global av
Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

Air Canada sees profit rise as pandemic recovery continues, despite cost concerns

MONTREAL — Air Canada continued its post-pandemic recovery last quarter, earning roughly 10 per cent higher profits year-over-year while straining to keep a lid on costincreases that have plagued the industry.
Dozens of gang members in Boston charged with drug trafficking, COVID-19 fraud

Dozens of gang members in Boston charged with drug trafficking, COVID-19 fraud

BOSTON (AP) — Dozens of gang members operating mostly out of a public housing development in a Boston neighborhood have been accused of dealing drugs, targeting their rivals in shootings and recruiting young people with the enticement of appearing in
Makers of COVID-19 protective equipment seek over $5 billion in damages from Ottawa

Makers of COVID-19 protective equipment seek over $5 billion in damages from Ottawa

OTTAWA — Canadian manufacturers of masks and other equipment for protecting against COVID-19 are seeking more than $5 billion in damages from the federal government, saying Ottawa misled them about buying and helping sell their products.
California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

California may have to pay $300M for COVID-19 homeless hotel program after FEMA caps reimbursement

SAN FRANCISCO (AP) — California cities and counties still don't know how much they'll have to pay for Gov.
Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

Virginia's Youngkin aims to bolster mental health care, part of national focus after the pandemic

RICHMOND, Va.