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Smith says she won't pursue COVID pardon legislation on advice from justice officials

Smith says she won't pursue COVID pardon legislation on advice from justice officials

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she won't introduce legislation to pardon those convicted of COVID-19 public health violations because she has been advised to let the courts handle it.
COVID-19 outbreak at Northwestern postpones game at Iowa

COVID-19 outbreak at Northwestern postpones game at Iowa

IOWA CITY, Iowa (AP) — The men’s basketball game between Iowa and Northwestern scheduled for Wednesday in Iowa City will not be played due to COVID-19 health and safety protocols within the Northwestern program.
Tennis player denies using fake COVID-19 travel certificate

Tennis player denies using fake COVID-19 travel certificate

MELBOURNE, Australia (AP) — Italian tennis player Camila Giorgi has denied allegations that she obtained a false COVID-19 vaccine certificate to allow her to travel.
Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

Smith says no COVID-19 pardons because Canadian system doesn't work like the U.S.

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith says she is no longer pursuing amnesty for COVID-19 health-rule violators because Canada doesn’t work that way.
Public health emergency lifted in the Yukon after being declared as COVID-19 raged

Public health emergency lifted in the Yukon after being declared as COVID-19 raged

WHITEHORSE — Yukon is lifting its COVID-19 public health emergency declaration nearly three years after putting it in place to slow the spread of the global pandemic in the territory.
WHO appeals to China to release more COVID-19 information

WHO appeals to China to release more COVID-19 information

BEIJING (AP) — The World Health Organization has appealed to China to keep releasing information about its wave of COVID-19 infections after the government announced nearly 60,000 deaths since early December following weeks of complaints it was faili
China reports 60,000 COVID-related deaths, says peak passed

China reports 60,000 COVID-related deaths, says peak passed

BEIJING (AP) — China on Saturday reported nearly 60,000 deaths in people who had COVID-19 since early December, offering hard numbers for an unprecedented surge that was apparent in overcrowded hospitals and packed crematoriums, even as the governmen
Smith says she urged minister to consider whether COVID prosecutions could succeed

Smith says she urged minister to consider whether COVID prosecutions could succeed

EDMONTON — Alberta Premier Danielle Smith has delivered a third version of what she discussed with justice officials over how to handle the prosecution of people charged with breaking COVID-19 health rules.
'Unusual' influenza outbreak on decline in B.C., COVID-19 stable despite new variant

'Unusual' influenza outbreak on decline in B.C., COVID-19 stable despite new variant

VICTORIA — The unusually early influenza outbreak that resulted in the deaths of six children and youth in British Columbia last month is on the decline, but the provincial health officer says another wave of infections is expected within weeks.
Alberta NDP: 'A lot of lying going on' about premier's role in COVID-19 prosecutions

Alberta NDP: 'A lot of lying going on' about premier's role in COVID-19 prosecutions

Alberta's Opposition NDP leader says Premier Danielle Smith has entangled herself in a web of lies and needs to come clean over what she has been saying to prosecutors pursuing COVID-19 health violations. “She’s scrambling.
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