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The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

16 people arrested at Pacific Highway border crossing in South Surrey

Border re-opened to vehicle, pedestrian traffic

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
As B.C. nears two years since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed, Health Minister Adrian Dix in Vancouver and Dr. Bonnie Henry in Victoria update pandemic conditions, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. health officials expected to announce plan for easing some COVID-19 restrictions

Current provincial health orders scheduled to expire Wednesday

As B.C. nears two years since the first COVID-19 case was confirmed, Health Minister Adrian Dix in Vancouver and Dr. Bonnie Henry in Victoria update pandemic conditions, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Canada expected to announce changes to COVID-19 border restrictions today

Country now advises against all non-essential international travel because of the Omicron variant

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference, Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Court denies challenge of government decision to lift mask mandate in Alberta schools

Judge rejects Alberta Federation of Labour appeal, citing ‘no evidence of irreparable harm’

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Alta., Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Anti-vaccine mandate trucker protest drew hundreds of people to the Pacific Highway border crossing in South Surrey on Saturday. (DriveBC photo)

Pacific Highway border crossing opens, Surrey RCMP diverting traffic

Protest has reduced in size significantly since Saturday

Anti-vaccine mandate trucker protest drew hundreds of people to the Pacific Highway border crossing in South Surrey on Saturday. (DriveBC photo)
Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)

UPDATE: Trudeau invokes Emergencies Act as ‘illegal blockades’ drag on

PM expected to announce move today after phone call with provincial and territorial premiers

Antigovernment blockades continue to paralyze Ottawa and shutter multiple border crossings. (Canadian Press)
Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask back on after speaking during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Public health responses to protect against the Omicron variant vary across Canada, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country’s two most populous provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Ontario to lift most COVID-19 restrictions by March 1 but will keep masks

Some capacity rules will begin to lift as soon as Feb. 17

Ontario Premier Doug Ford puts his mask back on after speaking during a news conference at Queen’s Park in Toronto, Wednesday, Dec. 15, 2021. Public health responses to protect against the Omicron variant vary across Canada, even as COVID-19 cases continue to rise in the country’s two most populous provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Traffic flows over the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., Monday, February 14, 2022 after protesters blocked the major border crossing for nearly a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Ambassador Bridge border crossing reopens, CBSA says

Traffic flowing normally across bridge between Windsor and Detroit for first time in nearly a week

Traffic flows over the Ambassador Bridge in Windsor, Ont., Monday, February 14, 2022 after protesters blocked the major border crossing for nearly a week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne
A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Ottawa mayor pushes to shrink convoy footprint, as feds eye action

Ottawa’s mayor has set a deadline of noon today for truckers encamped…

A resident holds a sign calling for a convoy participant to remove their Canadian flag as they negotiate to release vehicles from a counter protest that blocked Riverside Drive for hours, in Ottawa, Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. The protest, which began as a cross country convoy against COVID-19 measures but has manifested into a broader anti-government protest, has been marked by the sound of truck horns and the waving of the Canadian flag, sometimes upside down, which residents argued was a co-opting of the flag. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Emergencies Act could freeze protest trucks out of area around Parliament Hill

Act could lead to forced towing and regulation or prohibition of public assembly

Protesters gather on Parliament hill as trucks continue to block the downtown core in protest of COVID-19 restrictions in Ottawa, Saturday, Feb. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People gather for an anti-mandate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

City of Ottawa strikes deal with organizers of anti-mandate protests, mayor says

Organizers agree to leave residential areas, gather only around Parliament Hill

People gather for an anti-mandate protest on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Arrests underway at Pacific Highway border crossing anti-mandate protest in South Surrey

Some protesters still remain from yesterday’s anti-vaccine mandate event

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
A protester is arrested by as police remove truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after blocking the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Windsor, Ont. mayor says protest over at Canada-U.S. border crossing

Windsor police said about 12 people arrested, mostly charged with mischief, and a few vehicles towed

A protester is arrested by as police remove truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after blocking the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against the COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions in Windsor, Ont., on Sunday, February 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Police in Windsor, Ont. step up effort to end protest at Canada-U.S. border crossing

Police say they’re towing vehicles that are refusing to leave

Police walk the line to remove all truckers and supporters after a court injunction gave police the power to enforce the law after protesters blocked the access leading from the Ambassador Bridge, linking Detroit and Windsor, as truckers and their supporters continue to protest against COVID-19 vaccine mandates and restrictions, in Windsor, Ont., Sunday, Feb. 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

Protesters break through RCMP barricade, block Surrey border crossing

The convoy took off from Chilliwack earlier on Saturday (Feb. 12) for the third week of protest

The “3rd Lower Mainland Freedom Convoy” arrived in South Surrey Saturday (Feb. 12) after starting in Chilliwack earlier in the morning. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta plan to phase out all COVID-19 restrictions reckless: public health faculty

Kenney announced earlier this week a phased, but speedy approach to dropping all COVID health measures

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney removes his mask as he gives a COVID-19 update in Calgary, Tuesday, Feb. 8, 2022. Faculty from the University of Alberta School of Public Health are voicing strong opposition to the rapid relaxation of COVID-19 health measures in the province, saying it could prolong the deadly pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)

New Zealand tries old earworm hits to flush out protesters

Police treat protesters to Barry Manilow, the Macarena on repeat

FILE - Police arrest people protesting against coronavirus mandates at Parliament in Wellington, New Zealand, on Feb. 10, 2022. Some countries might send in a riot squad to disperse trespassing protesters. In New Zealand, authorities turned on the sprinklers and Barry Manilow. But the moves to try and flush out several hundred protesters who have been camped on Parliament’s grassy grounds since Tuesday, Feb. 8, had little effect. (Mark Mitchell/NZ Herald via AP, File)
A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. mom wins court battle to vaccinate immunocompromised 7-year-old

Father opposed vaccine, argued too many unknowns around its effects on children

A mother won the right to vaccinate her daughter against COVID-19, over the wishes of the child’s father, in a Supreme Court ruling at the Victoria courthouse on Feb. 3. (Black Press Media file photo)
(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)

17 more British Columbians die from COVID, hospitalizations continue to decline

846 people are in hospital with COVID-19 and 136 are in ICU

(Laurent Gillieron/Keystone via AP)
A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

Restrictive coronavirus countermeasures seem to be working at Olympics

Organizers report 407 cases among athletes, team officials, media and others inside the bubble

A man wearing a face mask to help protect from the coronavirus teaches a masked child how to take smartphone picture near the Beijing Winter Olympics decorations at the Wangfujing pedestrian mall in Beijing, Wednesday, Feb. 9, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)