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Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are shown in a composite image of two 2018 images taken from video footage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Kovrig and Spavor on way back to Canada after nearly three years detention in China

Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were free and bound for home late Friday

Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are shown in a composite image of two 2018 images taken from video footage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Sicamous to donate $1 per person in district to help Village of Lytton rebuild

Sicamous council received a call to action from the Regional District of Mount Waddington

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)

B.C. records 743 more COVID-19 cases Friday, 7 more deaths

34 deaths in 8 days, hospital and ICU cases remain high

A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing vows to fight for ‘vital’ Penticton shelter in court

The filing is in response to the city’s civil claim filed in July

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)
RCMP say a hang glider pilot, not pictured here, suffered a hard landing in Slocan Park. Photo: Gary DeVon
RCMP say a hang glider pilot, not pictured here, suffered a hard landing in Slocan Park. Photo: Gary DeVon
A cache of weapons was recovered by Vancouver Police after a man was shot with a crossbow from a fire escape in the downtown eastside. (VPD photo)
A cache of weapons was recovered by Vancouver Police after a man was shot with a crossbow from a fire escape in the downtown eastside. (VPD photo)
Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters in Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Three Vancouver police officers charged with assault in 2017 arrest

Three Vancouver police officers have been charged after an arrest where a…

Police cars are seen parked outside Vancouver Police Department headquarters in Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

School disruption, ‘long COVID,’ all factors in choice to vaccinate young kids: Tam

Health Canada awaits findings in order to determine if the vaccine is safe, effective for children.

A person receives their COVID-19 vaccine during a drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, Jul. 2, 2021. Dr. Theresa Tam, the chief public health office, says safety data won’t be the only factor public health officials and parents will have to consider when deciding whether or not to vaccinate young kids against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Ballots are still being counted in the 2021 federal election. (Black Press file photo)

Counting of federal election mail ballots expected to continue until the weekend

Thousands of mail ballots still to be counted: 12 ridings started tally Friday

Ballots are still being counted in the 2021 federal election. (Black Press file photo)
Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)

Anti-vaccine protesters harass visitors outside Chilliwack brewery hosting NDP event

Location targeted as the location of a provincial NDP caucus event, innocent customers mocked

Anti-vaxxer protesters harassing visitors to a Chilliwack brewery on Sept. 23, 2021 where the NDP government caucus had a meeting. (Submitted)
New COVID-19 weekly cases continue to slide in the West Kootenay following summer surges. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control

Castlegar COVID-19 cases drop

For the first time in months, new cases drop to single digits in Castlegar

New COVID-19 weekly cases continue to slide in the West Kootenay following summer surges. Illustration: BC Centre for Disease Control
A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS

Vancouver Island forestry workers union condemn ‘extremist’ protest tactics at Fairy Creek

Union says protesters used tree spikes, tampered with helipads and encroached on tree fallers

A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS
The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

‘It’s really frustrating’: BCTF fears more school closures due to lack of COVID safety measures

BCTF president Teri Mooring renews calls for K–12 mask mandate and ventilation improvements

The Safe Schools Coalition, a group of parents, guardians and teachers, held a rally at Holland Park on Saturday (Aug. 28) to pusher for stronger COVID-19 measures going into the 2021-22 school year on Sept. 7. They’re asking for mask mandate for all grades, better ventilation, distancing and remote options. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Image from Surrey catalytic converter theft. (Submitted)

VIDEO: Surrey woman catches catalytic converter theft in progress

Surrey RCMP Cpl. Vanessa Munn said the theft happened Thursday in the 10800-block of 142 Street and was reported shortly after 5 p.m.

Image from Surrey catalytic converter theft. (Submitted)
The back of a BC Emergency Health Services ground ambulance. (PQB News file photo)

B.C. woman says husband’s death while family waited on hold won’t ‘be put on a shelf’

Nancy Blakey says talks include ‘very progressive’ meeting with BC Emergency Health Services

The back of a BC Emergency Health Services ground ambulance. (PQB News file photo)
Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)

B.C. nurse fights to bring ‘top notch’ supplies, neurosurgery facilities to West Africa

Korle-Bu Neuroscience Foundation trains surgeons, brings supplies where they’re needed most

Surgeons work on a patient in West Africa. (KBNF)
An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

1 in 6 mail-in ballots not returned in time to be counted

1.2 million mail-in ballots were requested for the federal election

An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)

Splatsin: BC Hydro decision to remove Shuswap River dam disregards title and rights

Utility to provider to decommission 92-year-old Wilsey Dam, improve access for salmon

BC Hydro plans to remove the Wilsey Dam and Shuswap Falls Powerhouse along the Shuswap River as part of a restoration project to help salmon access to historical spawning habitat. (BC Hydro photo)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Sad reality: Alberta top doc says COVID deaths keeping hospitals from being overrun

310 patients were in intensive care across the province on Thursday

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney gives a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Tuesday, Sept. 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson