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IN PHOTOS: 12 Landmark Canadian Stories in 2021 | Radio-Canada News



From the coronavirus pandemic to natural disasters to the two Michael’s, 2021 has not been short of Canadian journalists.

Here’s a look back at the notable stories that photographers at TBEN and others have covered this year.

1. Mass vaccinations across Canada

Earlier this year, health officials prioritized COVID-19 vaccines for healthcare and frontline workers. As vaccine shipments increased in February, provinces began opening vaccine appointments for the elderly and narrowing down age groups.

Lisbeth Mendez, right, lines up with Mario Parravano and his wife outside the Richmond Green Sports Center in Richmond Hill, Ont. On March 1. The Parravano were among the first cohort of people aged 80 and over to be vaccinated. .

(Evan Mitsui / TBEN)

Members of the Tsleil-Waututh First Nation in British Columbia receive their COVID-19 vaccines on March 10.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

Eugene Anderson was vaccinated on April 8 in Upper Hammonds Plains, a community outside of Halifax, at the province’s first clinic specifically designed for blacks in Nova Scotia.

(Andrew Vaughan / The Canadian Press)

2. Fairy Creek Blockages: Fight to save the old trees

In southwest Vancouver Island, dams around the Fairy Creek watershed to protect British Columbia’s old growth forests have become one of the greatest acts of civil disobedience in Canadian history.

Protesters arrived there in August 2020 to prevent the Teal-Jones group from working. The Surrey, British Columbia-based company obtained an April 1 injunction against the protesters, which the RCMP has been enforcing since mid-May. More than 1,100 people have been arrested.

(Mike McArthur / TBEN)

RCMP and protesters stand face to face in silence on August 26, before police push the group away to gain access to a tree structure to which a protester was harnessed.

(Adam van der Zwan / TBEN)

3. Honor the Residential School Children

On May 27, the Tk’emlúps te Secwépemc First Nation said preliminary results from a ground-penetrating radar survey indicated potential burial sites for what may be 215 children at the site. the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, British Columbia. They then revised that number. up to 200. This was the first of several such sites that would be discovered in the following months.

Following the announcement, people from across Canada gathered in their communities to mourn and pay tribute.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

4. An attack motivated by hate

Five members of the Afzaal family were out for an evening stroll on June 6 when they were struck by a truck in what police described as a hate-motivated attack. From left to right, her daughter Yumna Afzaal, 15, her mother Madiha Salman, 44, her grandmother Talat Afzaal, 74, and her father Salman Afzaal, 46, are all deceased. A son, Fayez, 9, survived.

(Submitted by the Afzaal family)

The murder of three generations sent shockwaves across Canada and beyond and prompted thousands of people – including politicians and community and religious leaders – to rally outside the Muslim Mosque in London to pay their respects to the family on June 8.

(Evan Mitsui / TBEN)

At a public funeral on June 13, mourners filled a parking lot at the Islamic Center in southwestern Ontario and spilled out onto an adjacent soccer field to listen, pray and say goodbye.

(Turgut Yeter / TBEN)

5. Forest fires in British Columbia

Environment Canada published its Top 10 weather stories for 2021 – a year that its principal climatologist Dave Phillips describes as “the most destructive, the most expensive and the deadliest year for the weather in the history of Canada”.

British Columbia was the most affected by the weather events. On June 28, the town of Lytton shattered the Canadian temperature record of 45 ° C for the third time in a week, reaching 49.6 ° C. That same week, 90% of the village, pictured on July 1, was reduced to ashes in a forest fire, killing two people.

(Darryl Dyck / The Canadian Press)

Carli Pierrot, who works for the Skeetchestn Indian Band, watches firefighters work to control part of the Sparks Lake forest fire complex in Skeetchestn Territory near Kamloops on July 14. At approximately 95,980 hectares, Sparks Lake is still considered The biggest forest fire in British Columbia this season.

(Evan Mitsui / TBEN)

A burnt hill near Monte Lake, British Columbia on September 1.

(Maggie MacPherson / TBEN)

6. The Canadians and their Olympic victories

Maggie Mac Neil and Penny Oleksiak, seen competing on July 24, led the first charge into the pool at the Tokyo 2020 Olympic Games while the women won Canada’s top 13 medals – and 18 of 24 overall. Oleksiak, 21, won three medals, becoming Canada’s most decorated Olympian with seven, after winning four in Rio.

(Al Bello / Getty Images)

Canada’s Julia Grosso celebrates with her teammates after scoring the winning penalty in a shootout against Sweden in the women’s soccer gold medal match on August 6 at the Tokyo Olympics.

(Fernando Vergara / News from the Bharat Express)

Damian Warner, seen competing in the men’s javelin decathlon on August 5, led the competition from start to finish on 10 legs and broke the Olympic record for total points, achieving one of the greatest performances in the world. history of his sport.

(Jonathan Nackstrand / TBEN / Getty Images)

7. Federal and provincial elections in times of pandemic

After a 36-day campaign and $ 600 million election, Federal Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau won enough seats in the September 20 general election to form another minority government.

The final number of seats was not much different from the makeup of the House of Commons when it was dissolved in August.

(Ivanoh Demers / TBEN)

Several territories and provinces, including Newfoundland and Labrador, also held general elections. Here Andrew Furey speaks after his Liberals won a majority government in St. John’s on March 27.

(Paul Daly / The Canadian Press)

8. Meng and the Michael

On September 24, a British Columbia court dropped the extradition case against Meng Wanzhou after Huawei’s chief financial officer reached a postponement agreement with the U.S. government. Meng read a statement to the BC Supreme Court following the ruling, which triggered his departure from Canada after spending nearly three years under house arrest in Vancouver.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

Canadians Michael Spavor, left, and Michael Kovrig – who were detained in China in what is widely seen as an act of retaliation after Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018 at the behest of the United States – were released and flown back to Canada in September. 25.

(Colin Hall / TBEN, Chris Helgren / Reuters)

9. Iqaluit water crisis

On October 12, due to concerns about fuel contamination, Iqaluit issued a water no-use order for its tap water that lasted nearly two months. The city of 8,000 would eventually identify an underground fuel spill as a potential cause of contamination.

After learning that the town’s water was not drinkable, residents of Iqaluit collected water from the nearby Sylvia Grinnell River. The army was dispatched to help deliver treated water from the river using mobile water treatment units.

(David Gunn / TBEN)

10. They’re back: arts, sports and entertainment

As coronavirus cases declined and pandemic restrictions relaxed after wave three, sites and events began to reopen. Visitors enjoy the immersive Imagine Van Gogh exhibit at the Edmonton EXPO Center on July 9.

(Jason Franson / The Canadian Press)

Rider Maesa Morris is kicked out of Twilight Moon during the bronc ranch event at the Calgary Stampede on July 14.

(Jeff McIntosh / The Canadian Press)

After 600 days, the Toronto Raptors finally returned home on October 20. But the Washington Wizards spoiled the Raptors’ long-awaited return to Toronto with a 98-83 victory.

(Carlos Osorio / TBEN)

After a complete overhaul that took years, Toronto’s famous concert hall Massey Hall reopened on November 25 with a concert featuring Canadian music legend Gordon Lightfoot.

(Evan Mitsui / TBEN)

11. Flood deluge in British Columbia

In mid-November, an “atmospheric river” dumped over 200 millimeters of rain over parts of British Columbia in 48 hours, submerging entire communities underwater and forcing more than 17,000 people to evacuate their homes. . . The rain set off mudslides that killed five people and stranded over 1,000 more as they cut and blocked all major roads connecting British Columbia’s Lower Mainland to the rest of the province, as well as to other roads in the province, including Abbotsford, British Columbia.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

The hardest hit communities are Abbotsford, Merritt and Princeton. Here, farmers haul their cattle out of a flooded barn in the Sumas Prairie area in eastern Abbotsford.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)

Family photos at Rhonda Warner’s home rescued from flooding in Princeton are seen on November 16.

(Maggie MacPerson / TBEN)

12. Warnings, Restrictions Amid Omicron Fears

Travelers pass through Toronto’s Pearson International Airport on December 16, a day after health officials advised against vacation travel due to an increase in cases of COVID-19 linked to the Omicron variant.

(Evan Mitsui / TBEN)

Days away from winter vacation, Ottawa residents are lining up in an LCBO for a free COVID-19 rapid test kit on December 17.

(Brian Morris / TBEN)

That same day, cars line up at a COVID-19 testing clinic in downtown Vancouver.

(Ben Nelms / TBEN)