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Former Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran charged with sexual assault. (file photo: Capital News)

Former Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran charged with sexual assault

Colin Basran is due in Kelowna Provincial Court Jan. 24

A massive overnight fire destroyed the Esso gas station in Bowser on Dec. 6. (Michael Briones photo)

Vancouver Island gas station destroyed by massive late-night fire

5 departments respond to battle Bowser blaze

The CVRD is applying for a provincial grant of up to $650,000 to help deal with wildfires in the region. (Citizen file)

CVRD applies for grant to help deal with wildfires in Cowichan

Much of the up to $650,000 grant would be used for FireSmart initiatives, equipment

The CVRD is applying for a provincial grant of up to $650,000 to help deal with wildfires in the region. (Citizen file)
Britain's King Charles III smiles as he speaks with local school children waving flags during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Luton, England, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (Jonathan Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)

Man arrested after egg allegedly thrown at King Charles III

A man was arrested Tuesday on suspicion of assault after an egg…

Britain's King Charles III smiles as he speaks with local school children waving flags during a visit to the newly built Guru Nanak Gurdwara, in Luton, England, Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. (Jonathan Jackson/Pool Photo via AP)
Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Woman being sued by Surrey Animal Hospital for ‘defamation’ on TikTok responds

Surrey woman claims defences of fair comment and qualified privilege

Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
FILE - Diana Scott holds up a sign while taking part in a demonstration about the use of robots by the San Francisco Police Department outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. San Francisco supervisors have voted put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send the issue back to a committee for further discussion. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

Amid outcry, San Francisco pauses on ‘killer police robots’

San Francisco supervisors voted Tuesday to put the brakes on a controversial…

FILE - Diana Scott holds up a sign while taking part in a demonstration about the use of robots by the San Francisco Police Department outside of City Hall in San Francisco, Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. San Francisco supervisors have voted put the brakes on a controversial policy that would let police use robots for deadly force. The Board of Supervisors voted Tuesday to send the issue back to a committee for further discussion. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
Langley MLA Andrew Mercier speaking previously at a local business. (Langley Advance Times files)

Langley MLA joins cabinet, oversees workforce development

Andrew Mercier is taking up a new ministry of state int he B.C. government

Langley MLA Andrew Mercier speaking previously at a local business. (Langley Advance Times files)
Kelly Favro, a 39-year-old Victoria mother went to the provincial supreme court to get her publication ban lifted. (Courtesy of Kelly Favro)

Vancouver Island women push to end court-ordered silence of sexual assault victims

Group wants victims to have a say on publication bans for sexual assault cases

Kelly Favro, a 39-year-old Victoria mother went to the provincial supreme court to get her publication ban lifted. (Courtesy of Kelly Favro)
B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Premier David Eby will appoint a new cabinet today in a move pundits are saying will be a blend of old and new faces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. finance minister replaced in Premier David Eby’s cabinet shuffle

Former forests minister Katrine Conroy will take over finance portfolio from Selina Robinson

B.C. Premier David Eby speaks after being sworn in as the province’s 37th premier during a ceremony at the Musqueam Nation, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, Nov. 18, 2022. Premier David Eby will appoint a new cabinet today in a move pundits are saying will be a blend of old and new faces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate today, making it the seventh consecutive time this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Bank of Canada hikes key rate by half percentage point, signals possible pause

Seventh consecutive hike in an effort to bring inflation down may be the last

The Bank of Canada building is pictured in Ottawa on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. The Bank of Canada is expected to raise its key interest rate today, making it the seventh consecutive time this year.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, speaks during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Murray Sinclair to help AFN with conflict resolution after ‘turmoil’: national chief

Conflict played out in public during the last AFN gathering in Vancouver in July

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief, RoseAnne Archibald, speaks during the AFN Special Chiefs Assembly (SCA) in Ottawa, on Tuesday, Dec. 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
FILE- A woman has her routine COVID-19 throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. China on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, announced new measures rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting lockdowns and testing requirements. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

China eases anti-COVID measures following protests

China last major country trying to stamp out virus while many switch to trying to live it

FILE- A woman has her routine COVID-19 throat swab at a coronavirus testing site in Beijing, Sunday, Dec. 4, 2022. China on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022, announced new measures rolling back COVID-19 restrictions, including limiting lockdowns and testing requirements. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)
Winnipeg police Insp. Shawn Pike provides an update to an ongoing homicide investigation in Winnipeg, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Winnipeg police defend decision to not search landfill for Indigenous women’s remains

Police say 10,000 truckloads of waste, 1,500 tons of animal remains likely sitting on top of bodies

Winnipeg police Insp. Shawn Pike provides an update to an ongoing homicide investigation in Winnipeg, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during the annual meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)

Putin denies Western accusations of nuclear sabre-rattling

Russian leader says country’s nuclear doctrine based on the so-called ‘launch on warning’ concept

Russian President Vladimir Putin gestures while speaking during the annual meeting of the Presidential Council for Civil Society and Human Rights via videoconference in Moscow, Russia, Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2022. (Mikhail Metzel, Sputnik, Kremlin Pool Photo via AP)
Detective Jonathan Zeller at the Miramar (Florida) Police Headquarters on Dec. 1, 2022 at a press conference to announce the grand jury indictment on counts of rape and first degree murder for the man who allegedly killed Evelyn Fisher of Chilliwack in January 1980. (Photo Tania Rues/Miramar Police Department)

Modern DNA technology leads to arrest in 1980 Florida homicide of B.C. woman

Man indicted for rape and murder 43 years after Tzeachten member was killed in Miramar, FL

Detective Jonathan Zeller at the Miramar (Florida) Police Headquarters on Dec. 1, 2022 at a press conference to announce the grand jury indictment on counts of rape and first degree murder for the man who allegedly killed Evelyn Fisher of Chilliwack in January 1980. (Photo Tania Rues/Miramar Police Department)
The Frack Free BC protest was held during Premier David Eby’s cabinent swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 7, 2022. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

Environmental alliance calls for end to fracking as Eby swears in new cabinet

Members staged demonstration at Government House in Victoria ahead of swearing-in ceremony

The Frack Free BC protest was held during Premier David Eby’s cabinent swearing-in ceremony on Dec. 7, 2022. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
VicPD is asking the public for help identifying a woman found dead following a structure fire on View Street in November. This jewelry was found on her at the time of the fire. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Vancouver Island police struggling to identify Victoria fire victim, ask for tips

A woman’s remains were found following a structure fire on View Street Nov. 11

VicPD is asking the public for help identifying a woman found dead following a structure fire on View Street in November. This jewelry was found on her at the time of the fire. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Anthony Thomas was found guilty of impaired and dangerous driving, leading to the 2018 death of a 51-year-old pedestrian in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Devastating’: Vancouver Island driver faces sentencing in 2018 roadside death

Anthony Thomas convicted after killing one sister and permanently injuring the other

Anthony Thomas was found guilty of impaired and dangerous driving, leading to the 2018 death of a 51-year-old pedestrian in Central Saanich. (Black Press Media file photo)
The report revealed a higher need for media literacy among Canadian youth. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Wilfredo Lee)

Majority of Canadian youth witness racism and sexism online: report

The study found that youth ages 12-17, are ill-equipped to respond to harmful content online

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The report revealed a higher need for media literacy among Canadian youth. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Wilfredo Lee)