Alberta schools to resume in-person classes on January 11

Kenney says he can't guarantee all COVID restrictions will be lifted next week

Kenney says he can't guarantee all COVID restrictions will be lifted next week

That's the original date the province has planned to send students back to class since November.

"Trust has been broken, and I accept that that trust must be repaired".

"I apologize as the leader of the team for the decisions that were made". I have struggled with you from being unable to have a graduation celebration for our daughter, unable to hug a sibling battling cancer, to my husband unable to say goodbye to a passing brother, to being unable to attend his as well as other loved ones funerals.

Kenney said there will changes in his United Conservative caucus, starting with a new travel protocol: government members and senior political and administration staff will not be permitted to travel overseas during the pandemic without a clear OK and for business reasons only.

Tracy Allard resigned as municipal affairs minister and Jamie Huckabay resigned as Kenney's chief of staff.

He said that there are 13,298 active cases, a 968 increase in the past 24 hours.

A total of 1,241 Albertans have now died from complications with COVID-19.

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That followed a move to restrict exports of materials vital to South Korean manufacturers of semiconductors and computer displays. Tokyo could tap diplomatic options, like recalling its ambassador to South Korea, but will wait on Seoul's response for now.

A spokesperson with the Public Health Agency of Canada said in an email late Friday that the Alberta case was confirmed as the first reported case of the variant found in Canada.

Provincial labs completed 16,765 tests for the disease Thursday with a positivity rate near seven per cent.

"We've made progress but we're far from getting out of this".

41% of Albertans were likely to vote for former Premier Rachel Notley's NDP if an election were to be held today, while only 26% say they will vote for Kenney's UCP, according to a Mainstreet Research Survey of Alberta commissioned by the Western Standard.

She said Kenney's apologies Thursday for his ongoing scandal came instead of needed announcements to help seniors and to hire more staff for continuing care homes.

"Let me just pause there to put that in context, because we got used to high numbers in the past couple of months", Kenney said.

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