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Mandy Gull-Masty, shown in this handout image, has become the first woman to be elected grand chief of Quebec's Cree Nation. Gull-Masty won 64 per cent of the vote in a run-off election held Thursday, defeating Pakesso Mukash, who received 34 per cent.  THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

“Not a coincidence:” Indigenous leaders praise historic election victories by women

MONTREAL — It’s no coincidence that a wave of Indigenous women have…

President Joe Biden arrives in the East Room of the White House to speak about vaccine requirements for federal workers in Washington, Thursday, July 29, 2021. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)

Biden’s infrastructure win overshadowed by new virus surge

NEW YORK — Joe Biden wagered his campaign and now his presidency…

Protesters hold placards during a demonstration against the health pass, in Lille, northern France, Saturday, July 31, 2021. France announced mandatory COVID-19 passes for access to restaurants, bars, shopping malls and many tourist spots, as well as trains and planes, as of July 21. The passes are available to anyone fully vaccinated, recently recovered or who has a recent negative test. (AP Photo/Michel Spingler)

French police clash with anti-virus pass protesters in Paris

PARIS — Thousands in France protesting a special virus pass marched through…

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Alberta Medical Association head concerned over government lifting COVID restrictions

EDMONTON — The head of the Alberta Medical Association says he has…

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In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)

No winning ticket for Friday’s $20 million Lotto Max jackpot

TORONTO — No winning ticket was sold for the $20 million jackpot…

In this file photo, a lotto Max ticket is shown in Toronto on Monday Feb. 26, 2018. (By THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.

Severe wildfires could affect community watersheds, says forest service researcher

VANCOUVER — There is more to learn about the consequences of intensifying…

The sky glows orange as the Tremont Creek wildfire burns on a mountain in the distance above Ashcroft, B.C., on Thursday, July 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck.
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, swimmers float in the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets off of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on New Years Eve. The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said. The legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and other man-made structures at the state's most visited beach, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)

Heat warning in effect for Red Deer, central Alberta

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Red Deer and central…

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2013, file photo, swimmers float in the Pacific Ocean as the sun sets off of Waikiki Beach in Honolulu on New Years Eve. The state budget passed by the Hawaii Legislature includes funding for repairs at Waikiki Beach, officials said. The legislature approved about $13 million for improvements to the crumbling Royal Hawaiian seawall and other man-made structures at the state's most visited beach, The Honolulu Star-Advertiser reported Sunday, June 9, 2019. (AP Photo/Carolyn Kaster, File)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary on Monday, July 12, 2021. The Canadian Paediatric Society has written an open letter to Alberta's top doctor urging her to reconsider lifting isolation and testing requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Still a ways to go in Alberta:’ Top doctors weigh in on plan to end isolation

‘Still a ways to go in Alberta:’ Top doctors weigh in on plan to end isolation

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at the Premier's annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary on Monday, July 12, 2021. The Canadian Paediatric Society has written an open letter to Alberta's top doctor urging her to reconsider lifting isolation and testing requirements to curb the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a news conference in Edmonton on Aug. 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta receives inquiry’s final report on eco groups and energy industry

Alberta receives inquiry’s final report on eco groups and energy industry

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney speaks at a news conference in Edmonton on Aug. 7, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
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Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Federal government reaches nearly $8B deal with First Nations on drinking water suit

Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, holds a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities in Sicamous B.C., on Thursday July 29, 2021. British Columbia is gearing up to respond to another heat wave by taking several steps including opening civic centres that would otherwise be closed so people can escape to a cool place if they lack air conditioning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

B.C. readies response ahead of second heat wave expected this weekend

B.C. readies response ahead of second heat wave expected this weekend

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities in Sicamous B.C., on Thursday July 29, 2021. British Columbia is gearing up to respond to another heat wave by taking several steps including opening civic centres that would otherwise be closed so people can escape to a cool place if they lack air conditioning. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Two travellers from U.S. fined $20,000 each for fake vaccination documents

Two travellers from U.S. fined $20,000 each for fake vaccination documents

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam is seen via videoconference during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. Federal officials are warning that Canada could be on the brink of a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious Delta variant if the country opens too fast before enough people have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Tam urges higher COVID vaccine rate, cautious reopening to avoid risk of fourth wave

Tam urges higher COVID vaccine rate, cautious reopening to avoid risk of fourth wave

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau listens as Chief Public Health Officer of Canada Dr. Theresa Tam is seen via videoconference during a news conference on the COVID-19 pandemic in Ottawa on Friday, June 4, 2021. Federal officials are warning that Canada could be on the brink of a fourth wave of COVID-19 driven by the highly contagious Delta variant if the country opens too fast before enough people have been vaccinated. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
New acting Tunisian Interior Minister Ridha Gharsallaoui , left, and Tunisian President Kais Saiedis poses after a sworn in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to run the Interior Ministry. (Slim Abid/Tunisian Presidency via AP)

Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

Tunisian police detain lawmaker, Islamist party officials

New acting Tunisian Interior Minister Ridha Gharsallaoui , left, and Tunisian President Kais Saiedis poses after a sworn in ceremony at the Presidential Palace in Carthage, outside Tunis, Tunisia, Thursday, July 29, 2021. Tunisian President Kais Saied on Thursday appointed Ridha Gharsallaoui, a former national security adviser to the presidency, to run the Interior Ministry. (Slim Abid/Tunisian Presidency via AP)
Cars wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park, in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The line stretched through the park for more than a mile to the entrance to the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Orange County is under a state of emergency as coronavirus infections skyrocket in Central Florida. The Barnett Park site is testing 1,000 people a day and has closed early in recent days due to reaching capacity. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)

Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

Florida coronavirus cases jump 50% as surge continues

Cars wait in line for COVID-19 testing at Barnett Park, in Orlando, Fla., Thursday, July 29, 2021. The line stretched through the park for more than a mile to the entrance to the Central Florida Fairgrounds. Orange County is under a state of emergency as coronavirus infections skyrocket in Central Florida. The Barnett Park site is testing 1,000 people a day and has closed early in recent days due to reaching capacity. (Joe Burbank/Orlando Sentinel via AP)
City of Red Deer and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association are promoting the safe disposal of medications to protect Red Deer’s waterways. (File photo by Advocate staff)
City of Red Deer and the Alberta Pharmacists’ Association are promoting the safe disposal of medications to protect Red Deer’s waterways. (File photo by Advocate staff)
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Traffic delays next week on 32 Street in Red Deer

Red Deer drivers should watch out for traffic disruptions on 32 Street…

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Rocky Mountain House Health Centre is temporarily closing six acute care beds because of a nursing shortage. (Photo from Rocky Health Foundation)

AHS launches new website with information on bed reductions

NDP calls on provincial government to do more to combat bed reductions

Rocky Mountain House Health Centre is temporarily closing six acute care beds because of a nursing shortage. (Photo from Rocky Health Foundation)