Today’s coronavirus news: Outgoing Chancellor Angela Merkel makes final appeal for Germans to get vaccinated


Meanwhile, Public Health Sudbury and Districts says it is pulling out all the stops to help curb the rapid spread of COVID-19 cases in local schools.
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Quebec returns to in person classes this week, but parents denounce lack of safety measures
The government promised protective measures to ensure a safe return, such as masking and 7.2 million rapid tests deployed in schools, but many parents say they are not reassured.
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Djokovic arrives in Dubai after deportation from Australia
Novak Djokovic arrived early Monday in Dubai after his deportation from Australia over its required COVID-19 vaccination ended the No. 1-ranked men's tennis player's hopes of defending his Australian Open title.
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St. Albert’s hockey stars chasing NHL dreams together while in NCAA
The best friends have since continued their careers together at the University of Denver, one of the premiere men's hockey programs in the NCAA.
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Beloved Vancouver dance studio shutters for good citing COVID-19 restrictions
For 12 years, Mount Pleasant's D2 Dance Studio offered an environment, as much social as educational, where people came to salsa, bachata, zouk and more.
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Edmonton lab to offer at-home PCR testing as Alberta Health continues to limit access
With Alberta Health limiting who can get a PCR test for COVID-19, a local company has stepped up to the plate to help with the high demand in the Edmonton area.
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North Korea fires projectile into sea in 4th launch this month: Seoul
South Korea's Joint Chiefs of Staff didn't immediately say whether the projectile was ballistic or how far it flew. Japan detected a launch as well.
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Australia PM leaves door open for Djokovic to return despite 3-year ban
Under immigration law, Djokovic cannot now be granted another visa for three years unless the Australian immigration minister accepts there are compelling or compassionate reasons.
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Lowry listed as out for ‘personal reasons’ Monday
The Toronto Raptors' much-anticipated reunion with Kyle Lowry will have to wait a few weeks.
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Environment Canada warns winter storm headed for southern Quebec, school boards cancel Monday classes
Snowfall and storm warnings are in effect across much of southern Quebec, with weather authorities saying the region can expect 35 centimetres of snow in some regions.
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COVID-19: Community mourns as pandemic restrictions put Vancouver dance studio under
D2 held on for almost two years, but simply couldn't weather the latest shutdown order from the province
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Damien Cox: The Buffalo Bills put on the best offensive show in NFL history, and the mastermind is in high demand
After drawing up a near-perfect game plan to beat the Patriots on Saturday, offensive co-ordinator Brian Daboll reportedly interviewed for two head coaching jobs Sunday, Damien Cox writes.
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North Korea fires two suspected missiles in fourth launch this year
North Korea on Monday fired two suspected ballistic missiles into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, South Korea's military said, with the apparent goal of demonstrating its military might amid paused diplomacy with the United States and pandemic border closures.
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Seoul: North Korea fires projectile in 4th launch this month
North Korea on Monday fired at least one suspected ballistic missile into the sea in its fourth weapons launch this month, officials in South Korea and Japan said, as it continues to demonstrate its military might amid pandemic border closures and paused diplomacy with the United States.
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Neighbours use kayaks to rescue driver after car crashes through ice in Manotick, Ont.
Ottawa paramedics say the driver declined treatment after being rescued from the Rideau River after a car crashed through the ice.
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Memorial for 17-year-old shot and killed in Montreal’s Plateau: Mourners urge government action to stop gun violence
A small memorial was held in the Plateau Mont-Royal borough Sunday afternoon to remember a 17-year-old who was shot and killed just days earlier.
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France approves COVID-19 vaccine pass in face of protests
Lawmakers in the lower house of parliament voted 215 in favour to 58 against, paving the way for the law to enter force in the coming days.
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Vancouver’s Sun-Yat Sen Classical Chinese Garden hit with graffiti
"Our cultural heritage building and pillar of #YVRChinatown community is once again under attack," garden executive director Lorraine Lowe tweeted.
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Have your say: Should Canada implement a similar tax to Singapore on investment homes?
Singapore boosted its Additional Buyers Stamp Duty (ABSD) so the more homes you buy, the more you pay.
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Over a million COVID-19 rapid tests to be distributed across B.C. over the next week
Around half of the rapid tests will be provided to schools, universities and colleges for staff and students
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Sask. physicians town hall speaks to COVID-19 case surge
Dr. Johnmark Opondo said it’s predicted this will be the highest COVID-19 surge Saskatchewan experiences with staffing pressures in all sectors.
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Winter blast with high winds and snow expected for Calgary and Cochrane
A rapid drop in temperature will likely occur with the northwest winds, and wet surfaces may freeze causing icy conditions.
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Canadian teammates make the case for Stephanie Labbé to win FIFA’s top goalkeeping award
Fellow ’keepers size up Labbé’s contributions on and off the field ahead of Monday’s announcement in Zurich.
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Kingston homeless calling for 24/7 warming centres
The Concession Street warming centre is not currently being operated between 8 a.m. and 8 p.m., leaving people without a place to keep warm during the day.
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Stu Cowan: Canadiens and Coyotes in a battle for last place in NHL
Losses will help the Habs more than wins when it comes to their chances of landing Shane Wright, the No. 1 prospect for NHL Draft.
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COVID-19: BC Ferries passengers warned to prepare for possible sailing cancellations
A BC Ferries spokesman is encouraging passengers to check online for possible service disruptions before heading to a terminal.
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Return of high school sports in Saskatoon: ‘A sense of community’ and mutual support
"They get to work as a team, get to excel for excellence, learn mental toughness, so many life skills that make them better human beings."
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Big day from Ben Gaudreau leads Sarnia Sting to 4-2 victory over London Knights
The London Knights played their first game in a week at home to the Sarnia Sting on Sunday afternoon.
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HS students seeking better protection from Omicron: Planning a walk-out for Monday morning
A group of Manitoba students are advocating for better school safety in the wake of the Omicron variant, as students are expected to return to in-person learning on Monday. 
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Generosity among Canadian taxpayers at lowest point in 20 years: Fraser Institute study
Canadian generosity among taxpayers is at its lowest point in roughly 20 years according to a Fraser Institute study.
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B.C. Ferries advises passengers to check for ferry cancellations due to staffing issues
Some sailings can still go ahead even when there’s a shortage of employees but that depends on whether that’s the captain, engineers or a cook.
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COVID-19 pandemic increases youth hospitalizations for eating disorders: USask study
There was a 30 per cent increase in hospital admissions in Saskatoon youth eating disorders, according to a new USask study.
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Over 2,700 U.S. flights cancelled as winter storm hits East Coast
A major winter storm will impact the eastern United States on Sunday into Monday, the National Weather Service said, combining high winds and ice.
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Traffic alert: Avoid the Pattullo Bridge during overnight lane closures Jan. 16-18
The bridge will be closed in one direction all three nights starting at 10 p.m. and will remain so until 5 a.m. the next day.
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RCMP called to report of man with weapon on Byrns Road in Kelowna
Kelowna RCMP are on scene responding to reports of a man with a weapon in the 1700 block of Byrns Road at around noon Sunday, the suspect was in a residence in the area.
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Indigenous blankets inspire weave-like facade of new Vancouver Art Gallery
The copper-coloured metal weave facade of the Vancouver Art Gallery originated out of conversations with Metro Vancouver Indigenous weavers
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