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Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

How is cannabis legalization going? Feds launch overdue review to find out

Century-long prohibition on the recreational use and sale of cannabis lifted in October 2018

Cannabis buds lay along a drying rack at the CannTrust Niagara Greenhouse Facility in Fenwick, Ont., on Tuesday, June 26, 2018. Federal ministers are expected to launch a long-awaited review of the government’s cannabis legislation today. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attend a media conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)

No millennial monolith as Gen Y leaders rise at UN

Young “excellencies” making their mark at the largest gathering of world leaders

Finnish Prime Minister Sanna Marin, left, and European Parliament President Roberta Metsola attend a media conference at the European Parliament in Strasbourg, eastern France, Tuesday, Sept. 13, 2022. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias)
Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)

Tonga volcano blast was unusual, could even warm the Earth

January eruption shot millions of tons of water vapor high up into the atmosphere

Members of Japan’s Air Self-Defense Force help load boxes of water into an airplane at an airbase in Komaki, central Japan, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022, as they were preparing to take off for Australia on their way to Tonga to transport the emergency relief goods, following Saturday’s volcanic eruption near the Pacific nation. Japan’s Defense Ministry said it would send emergency relief, including drinking water and equipment for cleaning away volcanic ash. (Kyodo News via AP)
This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)

Hurricane Fiona forecast to bring ‘severe’ winds, heavy rainfall to Atlantic Canada

Potential for flooding in coastal and mainland areas and an “all-time” low pressure across the region

This satellite image provided by NOAA shows Hurricane Fiona in the Atlantic Ocean near Bermuda, moving north on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Fiona, which struck Puerto Rico as a Category 1 hurricane, was up to a Category 4 on Thursday. (NOAA via AP)
The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin

Specialists join forces to push B.C. for same recognition as family doctors

‘Patients are getting sicker and dying on our wait-lists’

The trauma bay is photographed during simulation training at St. Michael's Hospital in Toronto on Tuesday, August 13, 2019. In B.C. Specialists ranging from cardiologists, pediatricians and orthopedic surgeons are pushing the British Columbia government to alleviate backlogs that have exacerbated wait times. It comes as the head of the Canadian Medical Association says it's time for innovative solutions to address the same problem across the country.THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Tijana Martin
OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Feds stop short of mandatory national crime gun tracing, citing provincial control

Only a small fraction of the tens of thousands of crime guns recovered each year are being traced

OPP officers prepare to bag a firearm after Ontario Provincial Police host a news conference in Vaughan, Ont., on Thursday, Feb. 23, 2017. Federal agencies are trying to boost efforts to trace the origins of guns used in crimes, but it appears jurisdictional hurdles could prevent the measures from going as far as some would like. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Rebecca Onstein with her mom at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace on Sept. 22. (Submitted photo)

‘No place will take her’: No help for B.C. senior in “life or limb” condition

“If they don’t get my mom out she’ll lose her leg or she will die. And that’s not fair,” says daughter

Rebecca Onstein with her mom at the Mills Memorial Hospital in Terrace on Sept. 22. (Submitted photo)
Site plans for the purpose-built dementia care facility in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. (Courtesy Capital Regional Hospital District)

CRD plans for Colwood dementia care facility clear another hurdle

More than $3 million approved in 2023 provisional budget

Site plans for the purpose-built dementia care facility in Colwood’s Royal Bay neighbourhood. (Courtesy Capital Regional Hospital District)
Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)

Housing crisis takes centre stage in Greater Victoria

Non-profit housing providers give calls to action ahead of elections

Corinne Saad, executive director of Gorge View Society, discusses the joint list of calls to action during a media event on Sept. 22 at the Camas Gardens Supportive Housing Site in Victoria. (Austin Westphal/News Staff)
View of a damaged bridge after Hurricane Fiona hit Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)

Bermuda, Canada prepare for Hurricane Fiona as Puerto Rico struggles

Hundreds of people in Puerto Rico remain cut off four days after storm swept throw

View of a damaged bridge after Hurricane Fiona hit Villa Esperanza in Salinas, Puerto Rico, Wednesday, September 21, 2022. (AP Photo/Alejandro Granadillo)
A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A sign welcomes visitors to Merritt, B.C., Friday, Nov. 19, 2021. The city is launching a four-day work week pilot program in hopes of attracting, recruiting and retaining staff for the city. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
From left: Belmont Grade 11 student Dylan Miller, outdoor education teacher Dayna Christ-Rowling, Grade 12 student Ally Arnold and Grade 11 student Alysia St Jacques in front of the student garden at Belmont Secondary. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
From left: Belmont Grade 11 student Dylan Miller, outdoor education teacher Dayna Christ-Rowling, Grade 12 student Ally Arnold and Grade 11 student Alysia St Jacques in front of the student garden at Belmont Secondary. (Bailey Moreton/News Staff)
The Sir John A. Macdonald statue during its removed from Victoria’s City Hall in 2018. The city will return the statue to a historical society focused on the country’s first prime minister. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria to part ways with John A. Macdonald statue

Macdonald known for racist statements, policies against various groups

The Sir John A. Macdonald statue during its removed from Victoria’s City Hall in 2018. The city will return the statue to a historical society focused on the country’s first prime minister. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Victoria Downtown Residents Association is hosting a pair of events Sept. 25 and 26 to help downtown residents get to know council candidates ahead of October’s municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)

Downtown Victoria residents able to meet election candidates at two specific events

Mayoral debate held Sept. 25 with councillor meet and greet Sept. 26

The Victoria Downtown Residents Association is hosting a pair of events Sept. 25 and 26 to help downtown residents get to know council candidates ahead of October’s municipal election. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ocean lovers gather for a beach clean of Cox Bay in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory on Sept. 17. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Surfrider Canada and Reef host International Coastal Cleanup Day in Tofino

About 60 volunteers pitched in for a cleanup of Cox Bay on Sept. 17

Ocean lovers gather for a beach clean of Cox Bay in Tla-o-qui-aht First Nation territory on Sept. 17. (Nora O’Malley photo)
Police obtained CCTV footage and have released two images of a suspect after an incident on a BC Transit bus. (Courtesy VicPD)

Man wanted in Ontario arrested following alleged knife threat on Victoria bus

Bus driver told police the man brandished knife at him on Sept. 15

Police obtained CCTV footage and have released two images of a suspect after an incident on a BC Transit bus. (Courtesy VicPD)
Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Lawyer Jessica Zita, representing Lisa Banfield, addresses the Mass Casualty Commission inquiry into the mass murders in rural Nova Scotia on April 18/19, 2020, in Truro, N.S. on Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Gabriel Wortman, dressed as an RCMP officer and driving a replica police cruiser, murdered 22 people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. seniors have lowest financial support in Canada, says advocate

Report covers home support, eye exams, hearing aids and monthly supplements

Seniors Advocate Isobel Mackenzie is photographed at her office in Victoria, B.C., on Friday, Dec. 15, 2017. Mackenzie says British Columbia ranks last among Canada’s provinces and territories in providing key financial support for seniors. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Police and investigators are seen at the side of the road outside Rosthern, Sask., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Saskatchewan’s chief coroner says two public inquests are to be held following a deadly stabbing rampage northeast of Saskatoon earlier this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone

Inquests to be held into Saskatchewan stabbings, death of suspect in custody

One will focus on stabbing victims, the other on the death of suspect Myles Sanderson

Police and investigators are seen at the side of the road outside Rosthern, Sask., on Wednesday, Sept. 7, 2022. Saskatchewan’s chief coroner says two public inquests are to be held following a deadly stabbing rampage northeast of Saskatoon earlier this month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone
FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)

Alex Jones testifies in trial over his Sandy Hook hoax lies

Jones complained to reporters during breaks about not being able to testify that he is ‘innocent’

FILE - Alex Jones speaks to the media before entering court for day five of the Sandy Hook defamation damages trial at Connecticut Superior Court in Waterbury, Conn., Tuesday, Sept. 20, 2022. Seven days into his trial for calling the Sandy Hook school shooting a hoax, Jones is expected make his first courtroom appearance and begin testifying Thursday, Sept. 22 as he and his lawyer try to limit damages he must pay to families who lost loved ones in the massacre. (Tyler Sizemore/Hearst Connecticut Media via AP, File)
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