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Afghan refugees shout slogans during a rally outside the building that houses the local UNHCR representative office in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Texan YouTuber helped 170 Afghans flee safely to Canada. They arrived in Calgary earlier this week and will resettle in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)

YouTuber funds escape from Taliban of 170 Hazara filmmakers, activists to Canada

David Lee helped a large group of stranded Afghans get to the Pakistan border

Afghan refugees shout slogans during a rally outside the building that houses the local UNHCR representative office in Medan, North Sumatra, Indonesia, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. Texan YouTuber helped 170 Afghans flee safely to Canada. They arrived in Calgary earlier this week and will resettle in Edmonton. (AP Photo/Binsar Bakkara)
The Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A new report from the Bank of Canada on climate transition risks show Canada’s financial institutions are potentially exposed to significant economic shocks from high-emitting sectors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

BoC scenarios show financial sector exposed to potential climate transition shocks

The pilot study isn’t meant as a forecast but considers several climate policy scenarios

The Bank of Canada in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 14, 2021. A new report from the Bank of Canada on climate transition risks show Canada’s financial institutions are potentially exposed to significant economic shocks from high-emitting sectors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Grocery store workers call refusal to reinstate pandemic pay ‘insulting’

$2-an hour pay premium previously offered by grocers made a difference to employees

People shop at a grocery store in Montreal, Sunday, December 19, 2021. Retail workers say the refusal by Canada’s grocers to reinstate “hero pay” has left them feeling forgotten and unappreciated as the Omicron wave leaves many stores short staffed and shoppers stocking up. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP

B.C. Children’s Hospital still seeing few admissions for kids with COVID-19

11 kids are at B.C. Children’s with COVID, but only a quarter of them were admitted due to the virus

THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hannah McKay/Pool Photo via AP
Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)
Takla First Nation shared the announcement of the loss of Carmelita Abraham late Friday, Jan. 14. (Facebook photo)
Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)

BC Trucking Association voices concerns over dangerous conditions on Coquihalla

Multiple crashes on the Coquihalla Highway last week prompted the BCTA to file a complaint

Photos from the transportation ministry show the Coquihalla collapse roughly halfway between Hope and Merritt. (BC Transportation)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Time to review how RCMP can best serve communities, union head says

Review would help direct RCMP resources, address public safety issue

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The head of the RCMP officers’ union says it’s time for a basic look at how the national police force can best serve communities across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canada’s public health leaders navigate choppy waters as pandemic drags on

Politicians, medical health officers face pushback from pandemic weary public

Quebec Director of Public Health Dr. Horacio Arruda responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal, on January 5, 2022. Arruda, who had been public health director since 2012, abruptly resigned Monday after overseeing the province’s pandemic response for 22 months, citing criticism about the government’s response to the fifth wave. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

‘Chaos and confusion’: Government error on trucker vaccine mandate sparks disarray

“It’s created a whole disaster,” said Private Motor Truck Council of Canada president Mike Millian

Vehicles sit idling on Thousand Island Parkway waiting to cross into the US, on Monday Nov. 8, 2021. The Canada Border Services Agency said Wednesday that a vaccine mandate for truckers would not come into effect this Saturday as planned. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)

UPDATE: All B.C. Tsunami advisories cleared

Advisories remain in place for Vancouver Island’s western and southern coasts

A tsunami advisory was issued Jan. 15 around 5 a.m. for coastal B.C. (U.S. Tsunami Warning System image)
Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. B.C. hospitals are changing their method of counting COVID-19 cases to include those who are admitted for other medical conditions and then test positive in screening. (Williams Lake Tribune)

B.C. shifting reporting to identify COVID-19-caused hospital admissions

Hospital cases jump, but up to half admitted for other conditions

Cariboo Memorial Hospital in Williams Lake. B.C. hospitals are changing their method of counting COVID-19 cases to include those who are admitted for other medical conditions and then test positive in screening. (Williams Lake Tribune)
New studies suggest constant light alcohol consumption puts you at risk for various cancers just as much as binge drinking. (Pixabay photo)

Light alcohol consumption just as risky as binge drinking, BC Cancer study says

One out of seven new cancers were caused by light to moderate drinking in 2020

New studies suggest constant light alcohol consumption puts you at risk for various cancers just as much as binge drinking. (Pixabay photo)
This stolen 2018 Ford F550 with a BC Licence Plate of PH6784 has a Rental Zip logo on the doors. (RCMP Handout)

Distinctive truck stolen from Cobble Hill makes a pit-stop at Millstream McDonald’s

Police asking Millstream area businesses to review surveillance footage

This stolen 2018 Ford F550 with a BC Licence Plate of PH6784 has a Rental Zip logo on the doors. (RCMP Handout)
The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE

Trickle-down effect: never-ending opioid crisis driving B.C. paramedics to exhaustion

Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. seeing sharp spike in mental health-related issues among members

The opioid crisis has left B.C. paramedics struggling with mental health issues. ADOBE STOCK IMAGE
Police investigating a scammer who took $17,000 from three Vancouver seniors on Jan. 12, 2022. (VPD handout)

VIDEO: Fraudster takes $17,000 from Vancouver seniors in 1 day for fake ‘legal fees’

The scammer claimed the seniors’ family member was in jail and needed to bailed out of jail

Police investigating a scammer who took $17,000 from three Vancouver seniors on Jan. 12, 2022. (VPD handout)
A witness photo shows a man walking away from the Cowichan Tribes Daycare with a wooden canoe. (RCMP Handout)

Thief enters Cowichan Tribes daycare property, walks away with children’s canoe

“Crimes such as these can only be solved with the help of our community…”

A witness photo shows a man walking away from the Cowichan Tribes Daycare with a wooden canoe. (RCMP Handout)
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Medical confirmation no longer required for gender identity changes on B.C. IDs

Applicants can now self-declare their gender identity for government documents

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Michele Matteazzi with his wife Tiffany and their kids. (Submitted photo)

Unvaccinated B.C. man forced to quarantine after 10-minute chat with U.S. border agents

Michele Matteazzi visited Abbotsford-Huntingdon border to have travel questions answered

Michele Matteazzi with his wife Tiffany and their kids. (Submitted photo)
James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage will be tried for the murder of a Metchosin man, starting in November in Vancouver Law Courts. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)

Trial date set for escaped inmates accused of murdering Vancouver Island man

William Head escapees trial moved to Vancouver Law Courts, set to begin Nov. 14

James Lee Busch and Zachary Armitage will be tried for the murder of a Metchosin man, starting in November in Vancouver Law Courts. (Correctional Service of Canada/Facebook)
An electronic road sign along Highway 19 near the Nanoose Bay warning drivers of potholes ahead, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)

Island drivers say minefield of Highway 19 potholes jolting vehicles and wallets

Despite constant repairs to road, hundreds left to deal with damaged vehicles

An electronic road sign along Highway 19 near the Nanoose Bay warning drivers of potholes ahead, on Thursday, Jan. 13, 2022. (Mandy Moraes photo)