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An artist’s depiction of the proposed outdoor theatre in Parksville Community Park. (Parksville Beach Festival Society illustration)

Construction of new outdoor theatre begins in Parksville Community Park

Project completion anticipated for May 2022

Chip (wearing camo jacket) surveys the damage at Othello Campground from afar. Chip lives at the campsite year round and was forced out by flood waters on Nov. 15. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

VIDEO: Homes lost, road wiped out in Othello area near Hope

Residents describe destruction in rural area when Coquihalla River changed course

A Canadian Pacific locomotive and its cars that were knocked off of the train track by heavy rains and mudslides earlier in the week is pictured in the Fraser Canyon near Hope, B.C., Thursday, November 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Exporters face logistical nightmare as CN yet to restore service to Vancouver port

CN moved seven trains during the weekend but decided to “proactively close its network” due to rain

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Ferries unveils Indigenous design for next Salish Class vessel

Including Island artist Maynard Johnny Jr.’s artwork seen as meaningful act towards reconciliation

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
The Yukon provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Yukon’s illicit overdose death toll now highest in Canada: coroner

Opioid fatalities now represent over 20 per cent of all deaths investigated by Yukon’s coroner

The Yukon provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in Vancouver, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Boy, 14, arrested after woman and her dog stabbed in Vancouver

The woman was taken to hospital and her dog was taken to an emergency veterinarian

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in Vancouver, on Saturday, Jan. 9, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A small anti-vaccines for children protest was held outside Tansor Elementary School in North Cowichan on Monday morning. (Google Maps)

RCMP called but not needed after anti-vaxxers protest outside Island school

New legislation created 20-metre bubble zones restricting demonstrations outside schools

A small anti-vaccines for children protest was held outside Tansor Elementary School in North Cowichan on Monday morning. (Google Maps)
Local excavator Will Smith snapped this photo of a District of Tofino worker navigating a flooded Hellesen Drive last week. On Thursday, Nov. 25 Tofino issued a rainfall and flood advisory and activated its Emergency Operations Centre while Ucluelet closed access to the Wild Pacific Trail due to wave hazards. (Will Smith photo)

Tofino mayor praises flood response, urges residents to be prepared for incoming storm

More heavy rainfall expected early Tuesday morning after pair of dumps bring West Coast flooding

Local excavator Will Smith snapped this photo of a District of Tofino worker navigating a flooded Hellesen Drive last week. On Thursday, Nov. 25 Tofino issued a rainfall and flood advisory and activated its Emergency Operations Centre while Ucluelet closed access to the Wild Pacific Trail due to wave hazards. (Will Smith photo)
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Vancouver Canucks donate $250,000 to Princeton flood victims

Weyerhaeuser contributes $100k to fund

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Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking Nov. 15 storm. With more rain on the way, he now worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood-battered Island residents worry next storms could spell disaster

Backyard of one Langford property washed out to the back edge of family home

Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking Nov. 15 storm. With more rain on the way, he now worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
Brendan Miller’s dashcam caught an SUV driving over the centre lane, overtaking vehicles before losing control and slamming into the rocks on Highway 97 just outside of Peachland on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Brendan Miller video)

VIDEO: Man with driving ban faces charges in spectacular Peachland crash

Driver fled on foot after crashing stolen SUV into a rock face on Highway 97

Brendan Miller’s dashcam caught an SUV driving over the centre lane, overtaking vehicles before losing control and slamming into the rocks on Highway 97 just outside of Peachland on Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. (Brendan Miller video)
Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains speak on the introduction of five-day mandatory paid sick leave at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s daily COVID-19 infections fall below 300, but 11 deaths

Outbreaks in health care down to 6, 303 people in hospital

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and B.C. Labour Minister Harry Bains speak on the introduction of five-day mandatory paid sick leave at the B.C. legislature, Nov. 22, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A man walks through he rising flood waters crossing into Canada from the United States in Huntington Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

3rd atmospheric river to pummel central coast but strong rains coming to all of B.C.

Central coast area could get up to 200 millimetres of rain

A man walks through he rising flood waters crossing into Canada from the United States in Huntington Village in Abbotsford, B.C., Monday, November 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)

Quesnel pulp mill to shut down due to flooding and transportation issues

Around 220 employees have been temporarily laid off at two West Fraser pulp mills

Cariboo Pulp and Paper in Quesnel will be shut down for the next 16 days due to a lack of pulp supply. (West Fraser Photo)
Leonardo DiCaprio joins the environmental nonprofit Earth Alliance. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)

Northern B.C. MLA slams Leonardo DiCaprio for ‘misinformed’ support of pipeline opposition

‘Leonardo DiCaprio, you have no idea what you’re talking about’: Ellis Ross on actor’s pipeline tweet

Leonardo DiCaprio joins the environmental nonprofit Earth Alliance. (Photo by THE ASSOCIATED PRESS)
A sign showing limits on consumer gasoline purchases is seen on a fuel pump at a gas station in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. extends gas rationing, state of emergency until Dec. 14 as Trans Mountain remains offline

Limit of 30 litres per gas station visit applies to southwest B.C.

A sign showing limits on consumer gasoline purchases is seen on a fuel pump at a gas station in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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Enjoy the great outdoors this winter with Outdoors West!

Magazine shares the how-to and where-to of exploring Western Canada’s natural spaces

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In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poult barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero

Turkeys expected to be pricier, harder to find this Christmas

Industry experts say country’s turkey stocks are at 30-year-lows, issue compounded by supply chain

In this Monday, Oct. 16, 2017 photo, baby turkeys stand in a poult barn at Smotherman Farms near Waco, Texas. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LM Otero
COVID-19 virus (file photo).

Canada attends emergency G7 health meeting on Omicron variant

First cases of COVID-19 strain reported in Ontario and Quebec

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B.C. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth takes a question in the B.C. legislature as Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare listens, June 16, 2021. (Hansard TV)

B.C. sets $10 fee for non-personal public information requests

Down from $25 originally hinted, pushed through legislature

B.C. NDP house leader Mike Farnworth takes a question in the B.C. legislature as Citizens’ Services Minister Lisa Beare listens, June 16, 2021. (Hansard TV)