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The Canadian flag on the Peace Tower flies at half-mast on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 2, 2021, in recognition of the discovery of children’s remains at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C. The Canadian government, Assembly of First Nations and plaintiffs in two class-action lawsuits have signed a $20-billion final settlement agreement to compensate First Nations children and families harmed by chronic underfunding of child welfare and the government’s narrow definition of Jordan’s Principle. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada signs $20B compensation agreement on First Nations child welfare

Indigenous Services Canada calls it the largest such deal in Canadian history

An excavator places rock along a bend in the Coquihalla River in Hope, B.C., Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. The River Forecast Centre has issued another flood watch as heavy rains swell a waterway that winds through parts of Kelowna, B.C. The centre says flows on Mission Creek increased rapidly overnight and will continue to rise through Tuesday with additional rainfall. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Flood watch near Kelowna, as rain, thunderstorms persist in south, southeast

High streamflow advisories remain in place for many other rivers and streams across southern B.C

Leanne Opuyes uses a spray bottle to mist her face while cooling off in the frigid Lynn Creek water in North Vancouver, B.C., on Monday, June 28, 2021. Heat warnings and special weather statements cover much of Yukon from the northwest to the southeast and Environment Canada says residents in the territory can’t expect much relief until at least mid-week. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Unseasonable heat prompts warnings, adds to growing wildfire risk in Yukon

About 6,000 lightning strikes are peppering the territory daily

Six members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team sustained gunshot wounds during an attempted robbery at the Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street in Saanich on June 28. The two suspects died at the scene. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)

More than $140,000 raised for officers affected by Saanich bank shooting

Greater Victoria police officers facing life-altering injuries after deadly shootout

Six members of the Greater Victoria Emergency Response Team sustained gunshot wounds during an attempted robbery at the Bank of Montreal location on Shelbourne Street in Saanich on June 28. The two suspects died at the scene. (Don Descoteau/News Staff)
Terrified parade-goers fled Highland Park's Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, leaving behind their belongings as they sought safety, Monday, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Ill. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)

6 dead, 24 wounded in shooting at Chicago-area July 4 parade

Police searching for a suspect who apparently fired on the festivities from a rooftop

Terrified parade-goers fled Highland Park's Fourth of July parade after shots were fired, leaving behind their belongings as they sought safety, Monday, July 4, 2022, in Highland Park, Ill. (Lynn Sweet/Chicago Sun-Times via AP)
Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo: Black Press Media)

Surrey man convicted of beheading roommate, desecrating body loses appeal of murder conviction

Ernest Allan Hosack was sentenced in 2018 to life in prison with no eligibility for parole for 15 years for the murder of Richard Falardeau, 54.

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver law courts. (File photo: Black Press Media)
Roses blooming at the back of a property on Fraser Street in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)

‘Our story has to stay out there or we’ll be forgotten’: Lytton resident

One year after fire nearly wiped out Fraser Canyon town, progress has been slow and painful

Roses blooming at the back of a property on Fraser Street in Lytton. (Photo credit: Barbara Roden)
Candidates, left to right, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown, and Pierre Poilievre pose on stage following the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, on May 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Poilievre continues to lead polls 2 months out from Conservative leadership race vote

British Columbians less in favour than other Canadians, latest Leger poll shows

Candidates, left to right, Leslyn Lewis, Roman Baber, Jean Charest, Scott Aitchison, Patrick Brown, and Pierre Poilievre pose on stage following the Conservative Party of Canada English leadership debate in Edmonton, on May 11, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Truth-speaking Vancouver Island totem pole unveiled on Canada Day

July 1 ceremony on the shores of the Tla-o-qui-aht First Nations village of Opitsaht near Tofino

Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation master carver Joe Martin orchestrates the raising of a new totem pole for Opitsaht on July 1, 2022. (Nora O’Malley photo)
RCMP are still on scene Monday morning (July 4) after a shooting at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds Sunday injured two. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Innocent bystander injured in targeted Williams Lake Stampede shooting; 1 arrested

The women was in a lineup getting food when she was hit

RCMP are still on scene Monday morning (July 4) after a shooting at the Williams Lake Stampede Grounds Sunday injured two. (Angie Mindus photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Craig James, former clerk of the B.C. legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Craig James trial: Crown seeks prison time while defence says public shaming enough

Craig James was found guilty of fraud and breach of trust in May

Craig James, former clerk of the B.C. legislature, leaves B.C. Supreme Court on Jan. 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

B.C. firefighters rescue dog trapped in drain pipe after ‘yelp for help’

Firefighters fasten blanket to fire hose to create ‘Q-tip’ to pull out panicked pooch

Nanaimo Fire Rescue crews were able to rescue a beagle from a drain pipe Friday, July 1. (Photos courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)
A J-pod southern resident killer whale pictured in 2018 versus this year. Twelve J- and K-pod whales were deemed vulnerable by Washington state on June 30. (Courtesy of SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research/Washington state)

12 southern resident killer whales designated as ‘vulnerable’

The whales have been identified as pregnant or in poor condition

A J-pod southern resident killer whale pictured in 2018 versus this year. Twelve J- and K-pod whales were deemed vulnerable by Washington state on June 30. (Courtesy of SR3 Sealife Response, Rehabilitation, and Research/Washington state)
More than 50kg of cocaine and heroin were discovered in a northbound truck at the Aldergrove border crossing on Sunday, July 3. (Langley Advance Times file)

Major drug bust at B.C. border crossing

Trucker caught with more than 50 kilograms of cocaine and heroin by Lower Mainland customs officers

More than 50kg of cocaine and heroin were discovered in a northbound truck at the Aldergrove border crossing on Sunday, July 3. (Langley Advance Times file)
A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo
A BC Transit bus was hit by a Purolator van on June 30, 2022, near Castlegar. File photo
Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)

Pope denies resignation rumors, hopes to visit Kyiv, Moscow

Pontiff says retirement might happen someday, but an announcement within a few months not considered

Pope Francis recites the Angelus noon prayer from the window of his studio overlooking St.Peter’s Square, at the Vatican, Sunday, July 3, 2022. (AP Photo/Andrew Medichini)
A car sits semi-submerged in flood waters at Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, Monday, July 4, 2022. More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds have been told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes on Monday as Australia’s largest city braces for what could be its worst flooding in 18 months. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)

3 feet of rain sets up 4th round of flood misery for Sydney

Area receives near the average annual rainfall for coastal areas of New South Wales in 24 hours

A car sits semi-submerged in flood waters at Camden on the outskirts of Sydney, Australia, Monday, July 4, 2022. More than 30,000 residents of Sydney and its surrounds have been told to evacuate or prepare to abandon their homes on Monday as Australia’s largest city braces for what could be its worst flooding in 18 months. (AP Photo/Mark Baker)
Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, delivers a speech by video conference during the Ukraine Recovery Conference URC, Monday, July 4, 2022 in Lugano, Switzerland. The URC is organised to initiate the political process for the recovery of Ukraine after the attack of Russia to its territory. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)

Ukraine lays out $750B ‘recovery plan’ for postwar future

President Zelenskyy spoke by video message to the Ukraine Recovery Conference about Ukraine’s needs

Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, delivers a speech by video conference during the Ukraine Recovery Conference URC, Monday, July 4, 2022 in Lugano, Switzerland. The URC is organised to initiate the political process for the recovery of Ukraine after the attack of Russia to its territory. (Alessandro della Valle/Keystone via AP)
A house stands amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. Photo: Jenna Hauck

RDCK takes steps to protect new development from wildfires

Developers will be required to meet certain standards to mitigate fire damage

A house stands amid the burnt debris in the Village of Lytton, B.C. on Friday, July 9, 2021 following a massive wildfire that tore through the town destroying 90 per cent of it. Photo: Jenna Hauck
People get out of their vehicles during the complete closure of Highway 1 in Revelstoke, near 3 Valley Gap following a crash Sunday afternoon. (DriveBC)

Crash closes Highway 1 in Revelstoke, Coquihalla facing long delays

A challenging day for those returning home from Canada Day long weekend vacations

People get out of their vehicles during the complete closure of Highway 1 in Revelstoke, near 3 Valley Gap following a crash Sunday afternoon. (DriveBC)