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Dr. Penny Ballem, leader of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine program, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix promote new website offering walk-in clinics around the province, at the cabinet offices in Vancouver, July 26, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C.’s COVID-19 cases up 204 Thursday, half in Interior region

Active cases pass 1,000 province-wide as walk-in clinics open

Dr. Penny Ballem, leader of B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine program, provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix promote new website offering walk-in clinics around the province, at the cabinet offices in Vancouver, July 26, 2021. (B.C. government)
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Singh meets with Indigenous leaders at residential school where unmarked graves found

NDP leader choked up as he described walking near the Kamloops burial site

NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh holds a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
In this April 8, 2010 file photo a cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. A Winnipeg archdiocese says a priest who suggested residential school survivors were lying to get money is no longer allowed to preach or teach publicly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Markus Schreiber

Manitoba catholic priest accuses residential school survivors of lying

Archdiocese apologizes, won’t allow Rhéal Forest to preach publicly or teach after Winnipeg comments

In this April 8, 2010 file photo a cross sits on top of a church in Berlin, Germany. A Winnipeg archdiocese says a priest who suggested residential school survivors were lying to get money is no longer allowed to preach or teach publicly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Markus Schreiber
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Demand increasing: Canadian Blood Services watching supply as COVID-19 rules eased

Need for blood products tailed off dramatically 16 months ago as the pandemic took hold

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Helicopter takes off from the B.C. Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Long-awaited rain, clearing smoke ahead for southern B.C. wildfires

Heat to give way to cooler, unsettled weather over long weekend

Helicopter takes off from the B.C. Wildfire Service Southeast Fire Centre in Castlegar, July 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A climber is dwarfed by the massive rock face of the Chief in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Squamish, B.C., on August 16, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Many Stawamus Chief climbing routes closed after tons of rock tumbles in Squamish

Hot weather suspected cause of collapse at popular B.C. rock-climbing destination

A climber is dwarfed by the massive rock face of the Chief in Stawamus Chief Provincial Park in Squamish, B.C., on August 16, 2009. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
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Quebec police mistake body of missing woman for mannequin, throw remains in garbage

Police received a call four hours later from a man reporting his wife missing

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The aribataror called Trackel's actions "deliberate" and "dishonest" (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)

Kelowna man fired from UPS, accused of punching woman and sending offensive text

After a series of incidents including a physical altercation, Brian Trackel has been fired by UPS

The aribataror called Trackel's actions "deliberate" and "dishonest" (AP Photo / Patrick Semansky)
During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)

Langley RCMP celebrates all officers being fully vaccinated against COVID-19

Total of 11 members tested positive, officer in charge reports

During a briefing for Langley City Council, Supt. Adrian Marsden, the officer in charge, said all officers are fully vaccinated for COVID-19. (Files)
Nanaimo RCMP have released an image of a suspect vehicle related to an investigation of an attack on a person experiencing homelessness on July 10. (Submitted photo)
Nanaimo RCMP have released an image of a suspect vehicle related to an investigation of an attack on a person experiencing homelessness on July 10. (Submitted photo)
Members of the Island Health team, back from left, Carlee Bushell, Dr. Mike Benusic, Charlotte Brown, Kaylee Gray, front left, Matt Erickson and Mike Munro in front of the health authorities new mobile vaccination clinic, the ‘Vax Van.’ (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

COVID-19: Island Health’s ‘Vax Van’ rolls into Errington’s Mid-Island Co-Op

First dose COVID-19 vaccines provided July 29 from 1 p.m. until 6 p.m.

Members of the Island Health team, back from left, Carlee Bushell, Dr. Mike Benusic, Charlotte Brown, Kaylee Gray, front left, Matt Erickson and Mike Munro in front of the health authorities new mobile vaccination clinic, the ‘Vax Van.’ (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)
Semiahmoo First Nation Councillor Joanne Charles and former Chief Willard Cook share a celebratory hug at a July 28 event marking the lifting of the boil water advisory on Semiahmoo lands. (Alex Browne photo)
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Ottawa proposes new rules to crack down on harmful online content

Fines could range up to five per cent of a platform’s gross global revenue for large firms

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Proposed settlement reached in lawsuit against fertility doc alleged to have used own sperm

Plaintiffs could share more than $13 million in Ontario action against Dr. Norman Barwin

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Visitors to the Calgary Stampede line up for tickets in Calgary on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Alberta Health says 71 people likely acquired COVID-19 while attending the Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta to end isolation rules for COVID-19 cases, close contacts as cases rise

Starting Aug. 16, people who test positive for the virus will not be mandated to isolate

Visitors to the Calgary Stampede line up for tickets in Calgary on Sunday, July 18, 2021. Alberta Health says 71 people likely acquired COVID-19 while attending the Stampede. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A man takes a photo and a woman eats an ice cream cone as they stop to view the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. wildfire crews watchful as latest heat wave arrives

Hot temperatures and a drop in relative humidity means fires are expected to be more intense

A man takes a photo and a woman eats an ice cream cone as they stop to view the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A series of earthquakes struck off the Alaska coast starting late July 28 and continued into July 29. (United States Geological Survey map)
A series of earthquakes struck off the Alaska coast starting late July 28 and continued into July 29. (United States Geological Survey map)
The Whiskey Creek area is now under Stage 4 watering restriction. (RDN map)

Regional district places Whiskey Creek under Stage 4 watering restrictions

RDN imposes comprehensive ban on watering due to hot, dry weather

The Whiskey Creek area is now under Stage 4 watering restriction. (RDN map)
The Lions Ventureland Playground in Parksville Community Park at 193 Beachside Dr. (Mandy Moraes photo)

City of Parksville looks to improve accessibility at Lions Ventureland Playground

Grant application submitted to complete perimeter sidewalk, expand rubber surfacing

The Lions Ventureland Playground in Parksville Community Park at 193 Beachside Dr. (Mandy Moraes photo)