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Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)

District, Legion to formalize upkeep of Sooke cenotaph

Groups will sign a memorandum of understanding

Wreaths adorn the cenotaph in Sooke after Remembrance Day ceremonies in Sooke on Friday, Nov. 11, 2022. (Kevin Laird - Sooke News Mirror)
Stuart Richardson (right) watches a saxophone quartet play at ValleyFair Mall in Maple Ridge as bellringers for the Salvation Army. (Neil Corbett/The News)

Salvation Army not allowed in front of BC Liquor stores this Christmas

Liquor branch says it already has campaign for food banks, Share-a-Bear

Stuart Richardson (right) watches a saxophone quartet play at ValleyFair Mall in Maple Ridge as bellringers for the Salvation Army. (Neil Corbett/The News)
Elders for Ancient Trees performs at the Bay Centre in downtown Victoria to advocate for old-growth protections. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Elders for Ancient Trees performs at the Bay Centre in downtown Victoria to advocate for old-growth protections. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
Image from a video taken of the arrest on May 30 in downtown Kelowna.

“Imperfect but reasonable”: Judge finds Kelowna constable not guilty of assault

Const. Siggy Pietrzak was caught on camera punching a suspect during an arrest downtown

  • Dec 1, 2022
Image from a video taken of the arrest on May 30 in downtown Kelowna.
Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

‘It was transformative’: Nelson residents reflect on attending COP27

Gideon Berry and mother Marian Berry spent a week at the U.N. climate summit in November

Dr. Marian Berry, back in Nelson after attending a week at the COP27 U.N. climate summit in Egypt in November. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, centre, speaks to the sergeant-at-arms Véronique Michel, who prevented the three PQ elected members to enter the Blue Room at the legislature in Quebec City, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The three PQ members refused to swear an oath to the King. St-Pierre Plamondon is flanked by Pascal Berubé, left, and Joël Arseneau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Parti Québécois barred from Quebec legislature after refusing to take oath to King

PQ Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, two others, blocked from entering

Parti Québécois Leader Paul St-Pierre Plamondon, centre, speaks to the sergeant-at-arms Véronique Michel, who prevented the three PQ elected members to enter the Blue Room at the legislature in Quebec City, Thursday, Dec. 1, 2022. The three PQ members refused to swear an oath to the King. St-Pierre Plamondon is flanked by Pascal Berubé, left, and Joël Arseneau. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Origins Natural Learning Childcare Center in Quispamsis, N.B. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Families across Nunavut are now paying an average of $10 a day for child care under a Canada-wide plan.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Nunavut reaches $10-a-day average for child care, years ahead of Canada-wide goal

Federal child-care agreements aim for same with every province and territory by 2026

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits Origins Natural Learning Childcare Center in Quispamsis, N.B. on Thursday, Jan. 24, 2019. Families across Nunavut are now paying an average of $10 a day for child care under a Canada-wide plan.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan
A B.C. police officer quit a task force on resource extraction projects over concerns about how police were interacting with protesters at Fairy Creek. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. police officer quits task force over concerns about RCMP tactics at Fairy Creek

Officer said he couldn’t stand behind police smashing protesters’ car windows, taking their belongings

  • Dec 1, 2022
A B.C. police officer quit a task force on resource extraction projects over concerns about how police were interacting with protesters at Fairy Creek. (Black Press Media file photo)
Students in Mission middle schools and secondary schools are disrputing classrooms because of vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. school district troubled by vaping students

Mission superintendent Angus Wilson says students leaving classes to vape is impacting their capacity to learn and focus

Students in Mission middle schools and secondary schools are disrputing classrooms because of vaping. (Black Press Media file photo)
RCMP picked up this e-scooter Nov. 28 near the 300-block of Bonaparte Street after it sat there for weeks. Police hope to return it to its rightful owner. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)
RCMP picked up this e-scooter Nov. 28 near the 300-block of Bonaparte Street after it sat there for weeks. Police hope to return it to its rightful owner. (Courtesy West Shore RCMP)
cə̓q̓cq̓am (Thunder) Ryan Oliverius of Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and Shayla Raine, a nehiyaw iskwew from Louis Bull Tribe, have created a docu-series together called Decolonizing Wellness. (Submitted photo)

B.C. documentary series explores couple’s journey to decolonize wellness

Couple experiments with cutting out phones and TV, meditating in nature and making hand drums

  • Dec 1, 2022
cə̓q̓cq̓am (Thunder) Ryan Oliverius of Okanagan Indian Band (OKIB) and Shayla Raine, a nehiyaw iskwew from Louis Bull Tribe, have created a docu-series together called Decolonizing Wellness. (Submitted photo)
Jennifer Toland of Eliguk Lake Lodge in the Chilcotin captured the cold perfectly in this photo taken during a similar cold snap in years’ past, like the cold weather the region is experiencing Dec. 1 2022, where Puntzi Mountain in the coldest spot in B.C. (Jennifer Toland photo)

UPDATED: Extreme cold warning issued for B.C.’s Chilcotin as temperatures plunge to nearly -40C

Icy cold, wind and chance of more snow forecast for parts of B.C.: Environment Canada

Jennifer Toland of Eliguk Lake Lodge in the Chilcotin captured the cold perfectly in this photo taken during a similar cold snap in years’ past, like the cold weather the region is experiencing Dec. 1 2022, where Puntzi Mountain in the coldest spot in B.C. (Jennifer Toland photo)
Students make their way to the first day of school at Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. teachers strongly approve three-year contract with pay boost, added benefits

British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. Nearly…

Students make their way to the first day of school at Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver, Monday, Sept. 22, 2014. British Columbia’s public school teachers have ratified a new three-year contract. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Activists prepare to release a sky lantern with a message on the banks of the Hooghly River ahead of World AIDS Day in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)

HIV activists hope World AIDS Day marks an end to backsliding on infections, stigma

Public Health Agency of Canada estimated 62,790 Canadians were living with HIV in 2020

Activists prepare to release a sky lantern with a message on the banks of the Hooghly River ahead of World AIDS Day in Kolkata, India, Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. Every year, on 1 December, the world commemorates World AIDS Day. People around the world unite to show support for people living with and affected by HIV and to remember those who lost their lives to AIDS. (AP Photo/Bikas Das)
Dozens of vehicles sit stranded on the northbound lanes of the Alex Fraser Bridge on Tuesday night. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
Dozens of vehicles sit stranded on the northbound lanes of the Alex Fraser Bridge on Tuesday night. (Photo: Shane MacKichan)
People walk past the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Educated immigrants face underemployment as Canada leads G7 in educated workforce

Number people in Canada with a bachelor’s degree or higher rose to 6.4 million in 2021

People walk past the University of Toronto campus in Toronto on Wednesday, June 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Students from the University of Victoria rally in front of McPherson Library to support the Iranian protests fighting for freedom. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)

University of Victoria students join global rally to amplify the voice of Iranians

The rally connected universities globally to raise awareness about humanitarian issues in Iran

Students from the University of Victoria rally in front of McPherson Library to support the Iranian protests fighting for freedom. (Hollie Ferguson/News Staff)
In this image taken from video, Canadian law enforcement personnel surrounded a residence on the James Smith Cree First Nation reservation in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, as they search for a suspect in a series of stabbings. The federal government is to spend $1.2 million to repair and replace houses damaged during the stabbings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Bumsted

Ottawa to spend $1.2 million to replace and repair homes after mass stabbing

Houses became crime scenes after 11 people died and 18 were injured

In this image taken from video, Canadian law enforcement personnel surrounded a residence on the James Smith Cree First Nation reservation in Saskatchewan on Tuesday, Sept. 6, 2022, as they search for a suspect in a series of stabbings. The federal government is to spend $1.2 million to repair and replace houses damaged during the stabbings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Robert Bumsted
Ward Elcock waits to appear before the Commons Public Safety Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday October 25, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

CSIS definition of threat irrelevant to Emergencies Act decision, ex-directors say

Spy directors argue government should redefine national security threats in Emergencies Act

Ward Elcock waits to appear before the Commons Public Safety Committee on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Monday October 25, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld