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A pair of Great Horn owlets pose majestically on their way to a rehabilitation centre outside the Boundary. Photo: Submitted

Man fined for keeping baby owls in his B.C. home

Investigating Conservation Officer says the man had the birds for two months

A pair of Great Horn owlets pose majestically on their way to a rehabilitation centre outside the Boundary. Photo: Submitted
Oceans Cleanup CEO and founder Bayon Slat speaks to the crowd in front of their vessel’s crew members on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Ocean Cleanup returns to B.C. with its first dent out of the Great Pacific Garbage Patch

Victoria in the running as company looks for a base of operations to meet its 2040 goal

Oceans Cleanup CEO and founder Bayon Slat speaks to the crowd in front of their vessel’s crew members on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Making travel plans? Pack your federal and B.C. vaccine cards, Horgan says

Federal vaccine card has information the B.C. version does not

B.C. Premier John Horgan speaks after the B.C. Lions CFL football team announced they would recognize the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on Sept. 30 at their Sept. 24 game against Saskatchewan, in Vancouver, on Thursday, September 16, 2021. Orange t-shirts with an Indigenous B.C. Lions logo by Kwakwaka'wakw-Tlingit artist Corrine Hunt will be handed out to 10,000 people at the game and tickets will be provided to 350 residential school survivors to attend. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)

Pandemic sparked puppy boom in B.C., but no spike in pet returns: BC SPCA

More people are looking to adopt pets due to pandemic, SPCA

More people are looking to adopt dogs, and other pets, because of pandemic: SPCA. (File image)
Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)

Bold bear breaks into West Kootenay family home

The bear was caught, taken away and destroyed by Conservation Officers

Bear breaks into Edgewood home. (Contributed/Kyle Storie)
Workers standing near the boring machine which is 190-metres-long with a diameter of more than six metres. (Photo Supplied/Rio Tinto)

Rio Tinto breaks major milestone in Kemano T2 hydropower project in northern B.C.

Tunnel boring machine cut through 7.6 kilometres of rock over the past 30 months

Workers standing near the boring machine which is 190-metres-long with a diameter of more than six metres. (Photo Supplied/Rio Tinto)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Pfizer will ship millions of vaccine doses for kids as soon as it’s approved: Trudeau

No deadline in Canada for the decision on whether to approve vaccine for kids to be made

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau looks on during a tour and meet-and-greet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says as soon as Health Canada approves the COVID-19 vaccine for kids, Pfizer will ship millions of doses to vaccinate children as young as five. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The U.S. Capitol building, centre, is seen next to the bottom part of the Washington Monument, left, before sunrise on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. A new survey suggests a majority of Canadians are satisfied with the state of their democracy, a stark contrast with their southern neighbours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Julio Cortez

Unlike U.S. neighbours, most Canadians content with state of their democracy: survey

Pew survey found two-thirds of respondents in Canada expressed satisfaction

The U.S. Capitol building, centre, is seen next to the bottom part of the Washington Monument, left, before sunrise on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, Dec. 19, 2019. A new survey suggests a majority of Canadians are satisfied with the state of their democracy, a stark contrast with their southern neighbours. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Julio Cortez
Maverick, a young golden retriever, died of hemorrhaging during a China Southern Airlines flight. (Monique Collette photo)

Beloved dog dies on flight from China; B.C. woman demands action from airline

Owner Monique Collette wants answers, changes to airline policy and an apology

Maverick, a young golden retriever, died of hemorrhaging during a China Southern Airlines flight. (Monique Collette photo)
Women in the northwest don’t have access to surgical abortions in the region. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Teresa Crawford)

Access to surgical abortions in northwest B.C. a concern due to doctor shortages

Victims of abuse, low income and Indigenous women most affected says Vancouver Rape Relief

Women in the northwest don’t have access to surgical abortions in the region. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Teresa Crawford)
The Kelowna Rockets fill the arena against the Calgary Hitmen on February 28, 2015, at Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)

Interior Health MLAs ask B.C. to clarify why local WHL teams are stuck with capacity limits

Provincial restrictions on gatherings set to ease next week, Interior may have to wait

The Kelowna Rockets fill the arena against the Calgary Hitmen on February 28, 2015, at Prospera Place in Kelowna. (Marissa Baecker/Shoot the Breeze)
Firefighters are on hand to make certain the Halloween bonfire and fireworks are handled safely at the Otter Point Fire Department bonfire on Halloween. (Contributed - Otter Point Fire Department)

Spooky week in Sooke for Halloween

The fire department, museum and Harmony Project are hosting events

Firefighters are on hand to make certain the Halloween bonfire and fireworks are handled safely at the Otter Point Fire Department bonfire on Halloween. (Contributed - Otter Point Fire Department)
Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

18 tickets issued, 1,266 COVID-related complaints received in B.C. over vaccine cards

Many discretionary businesses must check vaccination status of customers prior to letting them in

Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. British Columbia’s COVID-19 vaccine card system went into effect Monday. Anyone who wants access to a range of non-essential indoor services must show proof of at least one dose of vaccine, with a second shot required by Oct. 24. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Brian Wise is hoping his case will be revisited and he will be given access to the treatment that once worked for him. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)

Mismanaged forgotten: Abbotsford man hoping for help after decades of pain

‘I don’t know if I want to keep fighting, just to stay alive’

Brian Wise is hoping his case will be revisited and he will be given access to the treatment that once worked for him. (Jessica Peters/ Abbotsford News)
Nanaimo RCMP say they expect the performance of a cut-out image of a Mountie on Speed Watch operations will be anything but flat when it comes to curbing speeders. (Photo submitted)

‘Const. Scarecrow’ has got his eye on you, Vancouver Island speeders

Nanaimo RCMP’s cut-out Mountie designed to remain stoic while accompanying Speed Watch volunteers

Nanaimo RCMP say they expect the performance of a cut-out image of a Mountie on Speed Watch operations will be anything but flat when it comes to curbing speeders. (Photo submitted)
Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)

Northern B.C. First Nation band blocks MCFD workers from taking 6-year-old off reserve

Chief councillor told ministry workers that child will remain in the community until further resolution

Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)
Aleah Ashlee of the Comox Valley is a guard on the University of Victoria women’s basketball team. Photo by Peggy Street

Basketball’s ‘Grandma Aleah’ loving her status as a rare 6th-year Vike

Comox Valley basketball product Aleah Ashlee back for another run with UVic

Aleah Ashlee of the Comox Valley is a guard on the University of Victoria women’s basketball team. Photo by Peggy Street
FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)

‘Probability is strong’ human remains may be Brian Laundrie, suspect in Petito death

Lawyer for family of missing Brian Laundrie told CNN remains in Florida nature preserve may be his

FILE - This police camera video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van she was traveling in with her boyfriend, Brian Laundrie, near the entrance to Arches National Park on Aug. 12, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP)
Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Current COVID benefits to end Oct. 23, but new targeted aid will be available until May: Freeland

Aid will be targeted towards regions under lockdowns or for businesses with heavy losses

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland holds a press conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, April 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The Vancouver Police Board will hear a report Thursday recommending the force change its handcuffing policy after the arrest of an Indigenous man and his granddaughter at a bank in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver Police Board told to change handcuff rules after arrest of Indigenous man

Maxwell Johnson filed a complaint with the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal after 2019 incident

A Vancouver Police Department patch is seen on an officer’s uniform in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Saturday, January 9, 2021. The Vancouver Police Board will hear a report Thursday recommending the force change its handcuffing policy after the arrest of an Indigenous man and his granddaughter at a bank in 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck