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A photo of the construction work taking place around Kennedy Lake. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

One more summer of construction for delayed, over-budget West Coast highway link

Fall 2022 now the expected completion date for the $54 million Kennedy Lake improvement project

A photo of the construction work taking place around Kennedy Lake. (SUSAN QUINN / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
The last cruise ship of the year, the Norwegian Encore, sails out of Juneau on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021, ending a cruise ship season that almost didn’t happen. Despite other warnings lifting, Canadians are still advised to avoid cruise ship travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Canada lifts global advisory on non-essential travel, still advises against cruises

Global travel advisory has been in place since March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit

The last cruise ship of the year, the Norwegian Encore, sails out of Juneau on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021, ending a cruise ship season that almost didn’t happen. Despite other warnings lifting, Canadians are still advised to avoid cruise ship travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian Blood Services eyes removing sexual orientation-based donation restrictions

In most of Canada, men who have sex with men can donate only if they have abstained from sex

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, photo Alec Baldwin watches the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships in New York. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, N.M., the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Sheriff: Woman dead after Alec Baldwin fires movie set prop gun

Cinematographer dead, director injured while filming Western in the New Mexican desert

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, photo Alec Baldwin watches the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships in New York. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, N.M., the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
Vancouver Canucks centre Jason Dickinson, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
Vancouver Canucks centre Jason Dickinson, centre, celebrates with teammates after scoring against the Chicago Blackhawks during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Chicago, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)
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Should B.C. have paid sick leave laws? Can employers afford it? Not everyone agrees

Countries like Germany have as many as 30 employer-paid sick days

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100 Mile House RCMP and members of the North District Major Crime Unit are investigating a homicide on Exeter Station Road on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

100 Mile House RCMP investigate late-night homicide, one person dead

Gunshots were reported shortly before officers found the victim

100 Mile House RCMP and members of the North District Major Crime Unit are investigating a homicide on Exeter Station Road on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
The Vernon Panthers and Bateman Timberwolves battle at a past B.C. high school provincial final in BC Place. That venue will not be hosting the 2021 slate of championship games. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)

B.C. high school football searching for new venue

McLeod Athletic Park is not available, SFU reps scheduling a meeting after BC Place unable to host

The Vernon Panthers and Bateman Timberwolves battle at a past B.C. high school provincial final in BC Place. That venue will not be hosting the 2021 slate of championship games. (Ben Lypka/Abbotsford News)
Hope resident Frank Granovski ordered takeout from Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope on Oct. 19, 2021, saying it may be his last burger there if the business closes for good. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Safety Minister warns others after Hope restaurant closed over COVID protocols

It’s a ‘very serious matter and you ignore it at your peril’

Hope resident Frank Granovski ordered takeout from Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope on Oct. 19, 2021, saying it may be his last burger there if the business closes for good. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
A J Pod calf, born Sept. 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41. (Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association)

B.C. whale-watching guide fined $10,000 for disturbing killer whales

Charges stem from May 2019 incident near Willow Point in Campbell River

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A J Pod calf, born Sept. 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41. (Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association)
North Port, Fla., police officers block the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains were found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito . (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

FBI: Remains found in Florida park identified as Brian Laundrie

Dental records confirmed Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito

North Port, Fla., police officers block the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains were found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito . (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)

Seaspan Ferries pilots use of renewable natural gas on LNG-powered fleet

Company estimates missions can be reduced by upwards of 85 per cent versus traditional diesel fuel.

Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Q&A: What you need to know about the national proof-of-vaccine document

Answers to some of the most common questions tied to federal vaccine passport reveal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)

B.C.’s two-dose COVID-19 requirement takes effect on Sunday

715 more cases Thursday, four more virus-related deaths

A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks at the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

PMO says it will do all it can to ensure all residential school records are provided

More than four million documents provided to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks at the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
St. Mark’s chief caretaker, Carlo Alberto Tesserin talks with AP journalist during an interview, in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Lashing winds that pushed 1.87 meters (nearly 6 feet 2 inches) of water into Venice in November 2019 and ripped the lead tiles off St. Mark’s Basilica for the first time ever shocked Venetians with the city’s second-worst flood in history, but it was the additional four exceptional floods over the next six weeks that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change

Venice’s worse-case scenario for sea level rise by the end of the century is 120 centimeters

St. Mark’s chief caretaker, Carlo Alberto Tesserin talks with AP journalist during an interview, in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Lashing winds that pushed 1.87 meters (nearly 6 feet 2 inches) of water into Venice in November 2019 and ripped the lead tiles off St. Mark’s Basilica for the first time ever shocked Venetians with the city’s second-worst flood in history, but it was the additional four exceptional floods over the next six weeks that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in the debating chamber to mark the official start of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II ‘in good spirits’ after a night in hospital

Palace said she had reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days after cancelling trip

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in the debating chamber to mark the official start of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)
Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)
Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)
Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope restaurant ordered to remain closed over COVID non-compliance: B.C. court

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope must stay closed until it comes into compliance with health orders

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Premier John Horgan speaks at a briefing in the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. premier defends freedom of information fee, may not be $25

‘Get real,’ Horgan tells B.C. Liberals seeking screen images

Premier John Horgan speaks at a briefing in the B.C. legislature. (B.C. government photo)