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Max the cat taking over a B.C. couple’s Vitamix. (Jessica Gerson-Neeves/Facebook)

B.C. cats hold Vitamix blender box hostage during weeks-long saga

Will Jessica and Nikii ever get their blender?

Max the cat taking over a B.C. couple’s Vitamix. (Jessica Gerson-Neeves/Facebook)
Traffic moves along highway 1 as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, November 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. residents urged to brace for heavy rains, snowmelt leading to possible flooding

Snowmelt combined with rainy weather ahead could lead to flooding

Traffic moves along highway 1 as heavy rains form an atmospheric river continue in Burnaby, B.C., Tuesday, November 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
One of the puppies rescued from a trailer in Vancouver by the BC SPCA. (BC SPCA)

7 puppies found living in ‘deplorable’ conditions in Vancouver trailer

1 puppy will need repeat bloodwork, BC SPCA says

One of the puppies rescued from a trailer in Vancouver by the BC SPCA. (BC SPCA)
Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

K-12 students head back to school in B.C. amid new COVID notification system

Parents to only be notified of exposures when attendance drops below ‘typical’ rates

Students sit together at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. An official opening of the new school was held on Thursday near the now shuttered former school which was built on a cemetery in the 1940s. The cemetery was used as a potter’s field where the bodies of prisoners, the poor and unidentifiable residents were buried. The land was also used by Indigenous, Chinese and Sikh communities to bury those who died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Bob Saget. (Wikimedia Commons)

Full House star Bob Saget found dead at 65: Orange Country Sheriff’s Office

Saget was found dead in a hotel room, authorities confirmed

Bob Saget. (Wikimedia Commons)
The remains of a cut block is seen in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Activists pledge to block Trans Canada Highway off-ramps to protest old-growth logging

Extinction Rebellion is among groups organizing campaign

The remains of a cut block is seen in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Classroom chairs (Pixabay photo)

Ex-Burnaby teacher disciplined for engaging in ‘inappropriate physical contact’ with students

Teacher had female students volunteer for project about ‘athleticism’

Classroom chairs (Pixabay photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Working from home, staggering shifts urged as Omicron causes business uncertainty in B.C.

80% of all cases in B.C. are now the Omicron variant of COVID

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and Health Minister Adrian Dix outline holiday season gathering restrictions to reduce COVID-19 infections, B.C. legislature, Dec. 21, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
Chip Wilson’s Point Grey home clocked in as the highest valued in the province for yet another year. (Google Maps)

Chip Wilson’s pad, a Rock House and an island: Here are the most expensive homes in B.C.

BC Assessment releases list of highest valued residential properties in the province

Chip Wilson’s Point Grey home clocked in as the highest valued in the province for yet another year. (Google Maps)
Houses are seen in an aerial view in Langley, B.C., on Wednesday May 16, 2018. Home sales in Metro Vancouver remain well below the 10 year average for the region but sellers continue to hold the upper hand as the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says demand for properties is steady but buyers have little to choose from. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. home values increase by 22% for 2022, biggest changes in single-family houses

Breaking down what homeowners can expect, region by region

Houses are seen in an aerial view in Langley, B.C., on Wednesday May 16, 2018. Home sales in Metro Vancouver remain well below the 10 year average for the region but sellers continue to hold the upper hand as the Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says demand for properties is steady but buyers have little to choose from. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A locked gate and notices are seen posted at a COVID-19 testing centre that has been temporarily closed due to cold weather, in Richmond, B.C., on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Vancouver Coastal Health has closed the Richmond site and the main Vancouver collection centre at St. Vincent due to weather and is redirecting everyone to attend a new site at the University of British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. reports 9,332 new COVID cases over New Year’s weekend

Data on deaths, hospitalizations and vaccinations to be released Tuesday

A locked gate and notices are seen posted at a COVID-19 testing centre that has been temporarily closed due to cold weather, in Richmond, B.C., on Sunday, December 26, 2021. Vancouver Coastal Health has closed the Richmond site and the main Vancouver collection centre at St. Vincent due to weather and is redirecting everyone to attend a new site at the University of British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)

In-person appearances postponed in BC Supreme, provincial courts due to Omicron

Virus case counts have soared in B.C. in recent weeks

B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (Black Press file photo)
Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller participates in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Feds, Indigenous leaders to announce child welfare compensation agreement Tuesday

Indigenous youth account for more than half the children under 15 in foster care

Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller participates in a news conference regarding the order from the Canadian Human Rights Tribunal to compensate Indigenous children and their families, in Ottawa, on Friday, Oct. 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A tree fell on a home in Horseshoe Bay, killed two people inside in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (Shane MacKichan)

2 people dead after tree falls on houses in Horseshoe Bay neighbourhood

Woman in her 50s and man in his 60s both killed by tree

A tree fell on a home in Horseshoe Bay, killed two people inside in the early hours of Sunday, Jan. 2, 2022. (Shane MacKichan)
Quadrantid meteor shower. (NASA illustration)

Quadrantid meteor shower to light up night skies after midnight tonight

Meteors are best seen in an area with dark skies, facing northeast

Quadrantid meteor shower. (NASA illustration)
Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)

Cats, grandmas and twins: Here are 7 B.C. stories that brightened 2021

2021 wasn’t the year that most hoped for but there were glimmers of joy nonetheless

Nine-year-old Emily Loewen at Vedder Park on July 11, 2021 after raising hundreds of dollars from a group of motorcycle riders for Lytton wildfire victims with her lemonade stand. (Darcy Loewen photo)
Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. schools to have a staggered re-start in January; essential workers’ kids return first

All K-12 students will be in class as of Jan. 10

Students walk through a corridor at the relocated New Westminster Secondary School, in New Westminster, B.C., on Thursday, October 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

IIHF cancels remainder of 2022 world juniors due to COVID-19 spread

Omicron has led to multiple forfeited games and teams placed under quarantine

Canada’s Lukas Cormier (6) and Austria’s Fin van Ee (15) battle for the puck during first period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Tuesday, December 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

U.S. forfeits world juniors game against Switzerland due to COVID-19 quarantine

Yet to be determined if U.S. can play Sweden on Dec. 29

Germany’s Jan Munzenberger (27) chases Switzerland’s Noah Meier (24) during third period IIHF World Junior Hockey Championship action in Edmonton on Wednesday, December 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Arctic outflow leads to new record for peak electricity demand: BC Hydro

BC Hydro recommends turning off heat when no one is home to save on power bills

A man walks a dog after an overnight snowfall in Vancouver, B.C., Saturday, Dec. 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck