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The Nanaimo Area Network of Drug Users site in the 200 block of Nicol Street has been designated a nuisance property. (News Bulletin file photo)

Nanaimo declares ‘open-air crack house’ harm-reduction site a nuisance property

Councillors lament lack of resources directed to peer-led overdose prevention tent

The Nanaimo Area Network of Drug Users site in the 200 block of Nicol Street has been designated a nuisance property. (News Bulletin file photo)
A group fishing off Greater Victoria had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a trio of young orcas on Jan. 17. (Courtesy Craig Twidale)

VIDEO: Young orcas caught showboating off Greater Victoria

Group fishing near Race Rocks films rare encounter with killer whales

A group fishing off Greater Victoria had a once-in-a-lifetime encounter with a trio of young orcas on Jan. 17. (Courtesy Craig Twidale)
Ray Watkins Elementary School in Gold River has been closed for two days after some staff and students reported itchiness, redness and welts. Photo courtesy Vancouver Island West School District

Gold River elementary school closed for two days for health reasons

Staff and students at Ray Watkins Elementary reported itchiness, redness and welts on Wednesday

Ray Watkins Elementary School in Gold River has been closed for two days after some staff and students reported itchiness, redness and welts. Photo courtesy Vancouver Island West School District
A woman walks in Chinatown in Vancouver, Friday, February 5, 2021. Vancouver councillors have unanimously approved funding for its Uplifting Chinatown Action Plan, in an attempt to revive the historic neighbourhood. The plan focuses on enhanced cleaning and sanitation, graffiti removal, beautification and other community supports. Costs for the plan this year are expected to be about $2.1 million for what the city says is an urgent “strategy to protect Chinatown, which has experienced significant challenges in recent years, including anti-Asian racism and public safety concerns.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Vancouver to fund plans to renew its embattled Chinatown neighbourhood

Sanitation, graffiti removal and beautification included in $2.1 million plan

A woman walks in Chinatown in Vancouver, Friday, February 5, 2021. Vancouver councillors have unanimously approved funding for its Uplifting Chinatown Action Plan, in an attempt to revive the historic neighbourhood. The plan focuses on enhanced cleaning and sanitation, graffiti removal, beautification and other community supports. Costs for the plan this year are expected to be about $2.1 million for what the city says is an urgent “strategy to protect Chinatown, which has experienced significant challenges in recent years, including anti-Asian racism and public safety concerns.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. The federal New Democrats are kicking off their three-day caucus retreat today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

NDP leader says Liberal government is waging war against the working class

Singh accused the prime minister of not doing enough to combat inflation and rising grocery prices

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh speaks to reporters in the foyer of the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 14, 2022. The federal New Democrats are kicking off their three-day caucus retreat today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 13, 2022. Anand says the federal government will provide 200 armoured vehicles to the Ukrainian military. Anand announced the contribution during a visit to Kyiv today, where the minister also met her Ukrainian counterpart. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa commits 200 more armoured vehicles to Ukraine as allies debate sending tanks

Announcement overshadowed somewhat by question of whether Canada will also send tanks

Anita Anand, Minister of National Defence, holds a media availability on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on December 13, 2022. Anand says the federal government will provide 200 armoured vehicles to the Ukrainian military. Anand announced the contribution during a visit to Kyiv today, where the minister also met her Ukrainian counterpart. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Thompson Rivers University campus. (Sean Brady/Kamloops This Week)

Thompson Rivers University admin sexually harassed women, made racist comments: report

B.C. university has been investigating 55 allegations against 2 administrators since Feb. 2021

  • Jan 18, 2023
Thompson Rivers University campus. (Sean Brady/Kamloops This Week)
Djifa lee, a second-grade teacher at Saunders Elementary, center, stands with her daughter as she speaks in front of the Newport News School Board at the Newport News Public Schools Administration building on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Newport News, Va. Community members spoke about issues and solutions to violence in schools following the shooting at Richneck Elementary by a six-year-old that left a teacher in critical condition. (Billy Schuerman/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)

Anger grows in Virginia city where first-grader shot teacher

‘If Abigail had been respected, she wouldn’t be in the hospital right now’

Djifa lee, a second-grade teacher at Saunders Elementary, center, stands with her daughter as she speaks in front of the Newport News School Board at the Newport News Public Schools Administration building on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023, in Newport News, Va. Community members spoke about issues and solutions to violence in schools following the shooting at Richneck Elementary by a six-year-old that left a teacher in critical condition. (Billy Schuerman/The Virginian-Pilot via AP)
CSL Tecumseh moved into Pier B on Jan. 17 at Ogden Point in the Breakwater District. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)

Bustling Victoria breakwater sees ships on the move with a break-in reported

Container ship GSL Eleni moved out and CSL Tecumseh moved in at Pier B

CSL Tecumseh moved into Pier B on Jan. 17 at Ogden Point in the Breakwater District. (Greater Victoria Harbour Authority/Twitter)
Global Affairs Canada says it's aware of the death of a Canadian citizen, in response to a question about reports a young medical student fighting with Ukrainian forces was killed in battle Sunday, near the city of Bakhmut. Damaged buildings and houses are seen in Bakhmut, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LIBKOS

Canadian fighting with Ukrainian forces dies in battle: reports

Grygorii Tsekhmistrenko died on Sunday near the city of Bakhmut

Global Affairs Canada says it's aware of the death of a Canadian citizen, in response to a question about reports a young medical student fighting with Ukrainian forces was killed in battle Sunday, near the city of Bakhmut. Damaged buildings and houses are seen in Bakhmut, Ukraine, Thursday, Jan. 12, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-LIBKOS
Roots, tree trunks and mud pile up against a parkade that collapsed in a mudslide at the 700 block of South Island Highway in Campbell River Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror

Condos evacuated after parkades ‘came down’ in Campbell River mudslide

No cars damaged when parkades come crashing down near row of homes alongside the Island Highway

Roots, tree trunks and mud pile up against a parkade that collapsed in a mudslide at the 700 block of South Island Highway in Campbell River Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Photo by Alistair Taylor/Campbell River Mirror
Pindy Janda, Vice President of the B.C. Pharmacy Association. (BC Pharmacy Association photo)

PODCAST: Shortages of children and adult medicines across B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Pharmacy Association offers insights and solutions

Pindy Janda, Vice President of the B.C. Pharmacy Association. (BC Pharmacy Association photo)
A large police presence on Clerke Road in Coldstream early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)

UPDATE: Two bodies found in home near Vernon

Vernon North Okanagan make discovery after answering assault with weapon call at 5:30 a.m. Tuesday

A large police presence on Clerke Road in Coldstream early Tuesday, Jan. 17. (Roger Knox - Morning Star)
VIU advised that Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is returning an honorary degree she received from the university 10 years ago. (News Bulletin file photo)

Vancouver Island University accepts return of honorary degree from Turpel-Lafond

University says it is in the process of developing an Indigenous identity policy

VIU advised that Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond is returning an honorary degree she received from the university 10 years ago. (News Bulletin file photo)
Representatives from Canada’s alcohol industry say mandatory warning labels are not needed on booze containers as suggested in guidance that greatly reduces the amount Canadians should be drinking due to health risks including seven types of cancer. Bottles of British Columbia wine on display at a liquor store in Cremona, Alta., on Feb. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

New alcohol guidance focuses on continuum of risk, suggests warning labels

Report updates Canada’s guidelines set in 2011, when two drinks a day were considered low risk

Representatives from Canada’s alcohol industry say mandatory warning labels are not needed on booze containers as suggested in guidance that greatly reduces the amount Canadians should be drinking due to health risks including seven types of cancer. Bottles of British Columbia wine on display at a liquor store in Cremona, Alta., on Feb. 7, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Canada’s special interlocutor for unmarked graves at former residential schools, Kimberly Murray says the fight is not over to obtain records needed to answer “hard questions,” including who the missing children were, how they died and where they are buried. Murray speaks at a news conference in Ottawa June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Residential school records needed to answer ‘hard questions’: special interlocutor

National Truth and Reconciliation report detailed at least 4,100 deaths at the institutions

Canada’s special interlocutor for unmarked graves at former residential schools, Kimberly Murray says the fight is not over to obtain records needed to answer “hard questions,” including who the missing children were, how they died and where they are buried. Murray speaks at a news conference in Ottawa June 8, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
The Victoria Francophone Society is looking to buy the building at 1218 Langley Street. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
The Victoria Francophone Society is looking to buy the building at 1218 Langley Street. (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
An aerial view of the annual herring spawn in the Salish Sea. Black Press file photo

Concerns resurface as roe herring fishery approaches in Strait of Georgia

Advocates say species in decline, federal government not doing enough to protect it

An aerial view of the annual herring spawn in the Salish Sea. Black Press file photo
Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston and Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey flank Premier David Eby as he announces $90 million over three years to support high-value industrial and manufacturing projects. (Omineca Express)

B.C. announces up to $90M over 3 years for areas impacted by changes in forestry

Announcement gets applause from industry leaders with some pushing for additional measures

Minister of Forests Bruce Ralston and Minister of Jobs, Economic Development and Innovation Brenda Bailey flank Premier David Eby as he announces $90 million over three years to support high-value industrial and manufacturing projects. (Omineca Express)
People are being urged to butt out on Wednesday. (Unsplash photo)

Greater Victoria residents urged to butt out on ‘Weedless Wednesday’

Those who smoke or vape are encouraged to abstain from smoking for 24 hours

People are being urged to butt out on Wednesday. (Unsplash photo)