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Lucie Cerny, RASTA founder, with one of her beloved pot belly pigs. (Photo submitted)

Health concerns of Chemainus animal sanctuary founder forces merger with Duncan facility

Animals will eventually be moved from RASTA to A Home For Hooves

Greg Mcneil, operations manager at Yellowhead Road and Bridge, looks into a crater in Gilpin Road left by Wednesday night’s flooding. Photo: Laurie Tritschler

Flash flood still under investigation in Grand Forks

A sudden torrent of water washed out a section of rural road near the city Wednesday night

The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)

Okanagan restaurants not following vaccine card protocol will face consequences: BCRFA

‘It’s not going to end well. They will be eventually closed or fined’

Brenda and Gord Gartley were evicted from their Maple Ridge home after entering a rent-to-own agreement with realtor Kevin Bratch and his partner. (Contributed)

B.C. realtor order to pay $95,000 penalty for predatory rent-to-own scheme

Judgment also considered similar agreements by Kevin Bratch in Pitt Meadows and Richmond

Brenda and Gord Gartley were evicted from their Maple Ridge home after entering a rent-to-own agreement with realtor Kevin Bratch and his partner. (Contributed)
A Kamloops mother said her son was taunted, punched and kicked, made to walk like a dog and, most seriously, forced to cut his own arm with a knife he carries. She said the attack occurred this past Saturday at Overlander Beach. The Kamloops RCMP confirmed three youths were arrested and that the investigation is proceeding.
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Kamloops mother issues warning after attack on transgender teen

She believes the Sept. 11 assault was connected to the fact her son is a transgender youth

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A Kamloops mother said her son was taunted, punched and kicked, made to walk like a dog and, most seriously, forced to cut his own arm with a knife he carries. She said the attack occurred this past Saturday at Overlander Beach. The Kamloops RCMP confirmed three youths were arrested and that the investigation is proceeding.
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Leaders’ constituency offices charged the taxpayer for pennies in photocopy expenses

Canadian Taxpayers Federation ‘surprised’ offices were being reimbursed for such small sums

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Sign in a school washroom telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook)

TikTok viral video challenge hits 3 B.C. high schools

42 soap dispensers ripped off washroom walls in past 2 days, says Chilliwack school district

Sign in a school washroom telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix navigate the basement corridors of the B.C. legislature to deliver a COVID-19 briefing, May 20, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. COVID-19 infections creeping up, 706 more Thursday

4 more deaths for 11 in past two days, 291 in hospital

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix navigate the basement corridors of the B.C. legislature to deliver a COVID-19 briefing, May 20, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)

Wilson 5 Foundation donates $6M to rehabilitate Vancouver Island’s Englishman River

Largest land conservancy gift made by the foundation to date will re-naturalize Parksville estuary

The Wilson Nature Park sign was unveiled at the Englishman River Estuary on Marine Way in Parksville on Sept. 16. Pictured from left, The Nature of BC chair and CEO, respectively, Emily Griffiths-Hamilton and Jasper Lament, and founders of the Wilson 5 Foundation, Summer and Chip Wilson. (Michael Briones Photo)
Participating in a virtual forum on Wednesday night were federal Abbotsford riding candidates (clockwise from top left) Stephen Fowler (Green Party), Navreen Gill (Liberal), Kevin Sinclair (People’s Party) and Ed Fast (Conservative). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)

Abbotsford PPC candidate admits to having COVID in debate; takes aim at vaccine passports

PPC candidate Kevin Sinclair claimed to be treating his symptoms with Vitamins C and D

Participating in a virtual forum on Wednesday night were federal Abbotsford riding candidates (clockwise from top left) Stephen Fowler (Green Party), Navreen Gill (Liberal), Kevin Sinclair (People’s Party) and Ed Fast (Conservative). (Vikki Hopes/Abbotsford News)
RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (Submitted by BC RCMP)

Police union survey says most in B.C. support enforcement at Fairy Creek

82% agree with enforcement, 77% support right to peaceful protest

RCMP officers and protesters face off at a camp in Fairy Creek with tripod structures visible in the background. (Submitted by BC RCMP)
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Heavy rain, strong winds to hit eastern Vancouver Island in late summer storm

Up to 50 millimetres of rain is expected throughout the region

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The Port of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation announced a lease agreement with Conqora Capital Partners for a long-term lease at the port’s Nanaimo Assembly Wharf. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Port Authority)

New lease agreement renews Nanaimo-Vancouver fast ferry hopes

Port of Nanaimo, Snuneymuxw announce deal with funding partner

The Port of Nanaimo and Snuneymuxw First Nation announced a lease agreement with Conqora Capital Partners for a long-term lease at the port’s Nanaimo Assembly Wharf. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Port Authority)
FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses’ union ‘cannot support’ COVID vaccine mandate that could mean fewer staff

Health minister says province is working on plans to deal with fallout

FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Quadra PPC candidate Renate Siekmann is facing calls for her resignation after she distributed some 52,000 flyers comparing vaccine passports to the residential school system. (Wade Grant/Twitter)

Vancouver PPC candidate called to resign after comparing vaccine cards to residential schools

B.C. Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee calls for removal of PPC candidate

Vancouver Quadra PPC candidate Renate Siekmann is facing calls for her resignation after she distributed some 52,000 flyers comparing vaccine passports to the residential school system. (Wade Grant/Twitter)
Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, speaks in Vancouver about the significance of toy footballs given out by the B.C. Lions in 2014 to mark the event for residential school survivors. (B.C. government video)

B.C. Lions join tribute to National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Orange Shirt Day founder recalls team’s inspiration

Phyllis Webstad, founder of Orange Shirt Day, speaks in Vancouver about the significance of toy footballs given out by the B.C. Lions in 2014 to mark the event for residential school survivors. (B.C. government video)
Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)

B.C. man, 72, dies in home while family waits on hold with 911 dispatch

Daughter blames ‘governmental system that has allowed this to happen’

Harry Charles (Chuck) Blakey, 72, died in his Parksville home while his family waited on hold after calling 911 for an ambulance dispatch. (Barbara Blakey photo)
Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Montreal, Quebec, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Federal leaders point fingers at each other over Alberta’s COVID-19 health emergency

Trudeau says Conservatives aren’t handling COVID well, O’Toole says it’s the Liberals

Liberal leader Justin Trudeau makes a campaign stop in Montreal, Quebec, on Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta post-secondary schools cancel in-person classes as new COVID rules kick in

On-line learning is to continue, new rules announced yesterday, some take effect immediately

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is silhouetted as she walks by a TV screen showing CCTV reporting number of COVID-19 cases in China, at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

China says it has vaccinated 1 billion people

Number represents about 72% of the country’s 1.4 billion people

A woman wearing a face mask to help curb the spread of the coronavirus is silhouetted as she walks by a TV screen showing CCTV reporting number of COVID-19 cases in China, at a shopping mall in Beijing, Thursday, Sept. 16, 2021. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)