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Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)

Fast-spreading disease has ‘100s’ of deer dropping dead on Vancouver Island

Never seen before in B.C. Adenovirus hemorrhagic disease poses no risk to humans, livestock or pets

Members of the black-tailed deer family appear to be most severely affected by adenovirus hemorrhagic disease. (Photo - Veronika Andrews)
Air India flight 187 from New Delhi lands at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Friday, April 23, 2021. Direct passenger flights from India to Canada resumed Monday as Transport Canada lifted a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Direct passenger flights from India resume as Canada lifts ban

Direct flights from India can land in Canada, but travellers must have a negative COVID-19 test

Air India flight 187 from New Delhi lands at Pearson Airport in Toronto on Friday, April 23, 2021. Direct passenger flights from India to Canada resumed Monday as Transport Canada lifted a months-long ban imposed due to high COVID-19 case counts. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A voter casts their ballot at a polling location on election day during the 44th Canadian general election, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Voter turnout in federal election about average despite pandemic challenges

Elections Canada says almost 17 million Canadians voted, out of 27.4 million eligible electors.

A voter casts their ballot at a polling location on election day during the 44th Canadian general election, on Monday, Sept. 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Conservative MP Kenny Chiu rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ex-B.C. MP says Tories could have done better job talking to Chinese Canadians

Kenny Chiu says false online posts were made about Conservative discrimination

Conservative MP Kenny Chiu rises during Question Period in the House of Commons Tuesday April 13, 2021, in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people were attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Park Board considers ban on feeding any wild animal, bird, in city parks

Fine of $500 possible for feeding wild pigeons, crows, geese, squirrels, raccoons and coyotes

A sign warning people not to feed wildlife is seen at Stanley Park after numerous people were attacked by coyotes, in Vancouver, on Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta doctors raise alarm on specialist staff shortages in intensive care wards

Alberta Health Services briefing doctors on criteria to use should the health system collapse

Hospital staff at the Peter Lougheed Centre in Calgary wait to screen essential visitors as part of COVID-19 precautions on Thursday, April 9, 2020. The Alberta Medical Association says the province’s high COVID-19 numbers are behind a desperate shortage of specialized staff to care for critical care patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Robert Riley Saunders. (File)

Former Kelowna social worker pleads guilty to defrauding youth in his care

Saunders is accused of stealing money from at-risk youth in his care, many of whom are Indigenous

Robert Riley Saunders. (File)
Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham

‘Removing the gift of life’: COVID-19 wave pushing back organ transplants

Staff being redeployed in Saskatchewan to care for fourth wave of COVID-19 patients

Krystal Graham poses in this April 7, 2019 handout photo. Krystal Graham is a Saskatchewan nurse who is on a transplant list waiting for a liver. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Krystal Graham
A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

B.C. allocates $1.5M to mental health services for Indigenous Peoples, residential school survivors

Money will go towards providing culturally safe, trauma informed services

A sign commemorating victims of residential schools is attached to a fence line in front of homes on the Siksika First Nation, east of Calgary near Gliechen, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
CORRECTS SPELLING OF DEVERAUX - Attorney Deveraux Cannick, representing R&B star R. Kelly, center, arrives at Brooklyn Federal Court House on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in New York. The jury resumed deliberations on Monday at the sex trafficking trial of Kelly. The 54-year-old singer of the smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly” has denied any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)

R&B superstar R. Kelly convicted in sex trafficking trial

Singer still facing trials in Illinois and Minnesota

CORRECTS SPELLING OF DEVERAUX - Attorney Deveraux Cannick, representing R&B star R. Kelly, center, arrives at Brooklyn Federal Court House on Monday, Sept. 27, 2021, in New York. The jury resumed deliberations on Monday at the sex trafficking trial of Kelly. The 54-year-old singer of the smash hit “I Believe I Can Fly” has denied any wrongdoing. (AP Photo/Brittainy Newman)
The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley

Summer’s extreme heat wave hit Kootenay icefields hard

Kokanee Glacier’s surface lowered around 2.7 metres from 2020 levels

The Woodbury Glacier, seen here in 2020. A glaciologist says Kootenay glaciers lost millions of tonnes of mass this summer. Photo: Katelyn Hurley
Police lights

Father struck, killed by pickup truck in Okanagan in front of young son

The victim’s 12-year-old son witnessed tragic incident that closed Hwy. 6 in Coldstream Friday evening

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Emergency shelters come in many different forms. The City of Castlegar is looking to have some say in how they operate locally. Photo: The bed setup at Snoqualmie Valley Shelter, courtesy of Jennifer Kirk.

Guidelines introduced for emergency housing projects in Castlegar

Temporary use permits will be required before projects can begin or expand

Emergency shelters come in many different forms. The City of Castlegar is looking to have some say in how they operate locally. Photo: The bed setup at Snoqualmie Valley Shelter, courtesy of Jennifer Kirk.
A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George

Nine patients and one staff member have tested positive for COVID-19

A COVID-19 outbreak has been declared at the University Hospital of Northern BC in Prince George. (Black Press Media file photo)
The B.C. SPCA is offering 50 per cent off adoption fees from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2021. (BCSPCA)

SPCA offers 50% off pet adoptions until Oct. 6 to free up space in busy shelters

Discount applies to dogs, cats, puppies, kittens, rabbits and small animals, as well as for farm animals

The B.C. SPCA is offering 50 per cent off adoption fees from Sept. 27 to Oct. 6, 2021. (BCSPCA)
A low-speed electric vehicle, with all safety features approved by Transport Canada, and a maximum speed of 40 km/hr on roads posted with a maximum 50 km/hr speed limit. Photo: SC Carts

Nelson group planning for low-speed electric vehicles on city streets

Climate-friendly Transport Canada-approved vehicles would have a maximum speed of 40 km/hr

A low-speed electric vehicle, with all safety features approved by Transport Canada, and a maximum speed of 40 km/hr on roads posted with a maximum 50 km/hr speed limit. Photo: SC Carts
A woman walks by a COVID-19 vaccination sign in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow over who is vaccinated and who is not, says the president of a Montreal-based non-profit think-tank that examines Canadian issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Tensions high between vaccinated and unvaccinated in Canada, poll suggests

Leger survey suggests more than three in four respondents hold negative views of those not immunized

A woman walks by a COVID-19 vaccination sign in Montreal, Saturday, Aug. 21, 2021. Tensions over COVID-19 vaccines in Canada are high as frictions grow over who is vaccinated and who is not, says the president of a Montreal-based non-profit think-tank that examines Canadian issues. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Everyone is welcome for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observance Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sno���uyutth Welcome Pole, in front of Oak Bay High at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)

Businesses, schools and cities observing National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Sept. 30 set aside to mark the history of and intergenerational trauma caused by residential schools

Everyone is welcome for the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation observance Sept. 30 at 10 a.m. at the Sno���uyutth Welcome Pole, in front of Oak Bay High at 2121 Cadboro Bay Rd. (Christine van Reeuwyk/News Staff)
Green Party Leader Annamie Paul speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The Green party says a planned non-confidence vote against leader Paul is off the table until at least the next general meeting of members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Annamie Paul stepping down as leader of federal Green Party

Paul came in fourth in Toronto Centre, her third failed attempt to win the riding

Green Party Leader Annamie Paul speaks at a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, June 16, 2021. The Green party says a planned non-confidence vote against leader Paul is off the table until at least the next general meeting of members. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Anita Hill poses for a portrait in New York on Sept. 21, 2021 to promote her book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence,” releasing on Sept. 28. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)

Anita Hill still waits for change, 30 years after testimony

Woman at the centre of landmark sexual harassment case releases book on gender violence

Anita Hill poses for a portrait in New York on Sept. 21, 2021 to promote her book, “Believing: Our Thirty-Year Journey to End Gender Violence,” releasing on Sept. 28. (Photo by Taylor Jewell/Invision/AP)