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Senator Lillian Dyck stands outside the Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Dyck, who’s now retired, says she was “stunned” when she saw questions about the Indigenous heritage of former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, whose career she had celebrated as barrier-breaking. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Retired Cree senator stunned by ‘facade’ of Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond’s heritage

Lillian Dyck said a CBC investigation convinced her that Turpel-Lafond lied about being Indigenous

Senator Lillian Dyck stands outside the Senate Foyer on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Wednesday, Dec. 13, 2017. Dyck, who’s now retired, says she was “stunned” when she saw questions about the Indigenous heritage of former judge Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, whose career she had celebrated as barrier-breaking. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
A general view of Karama camp for internally displaced Syrians, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 by the village of Atma, Idlib province, Syria. The lawyer for six Canadian women and 13 children being held in Syrian camps says the federal government has agreed to help bring them home.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Omar Albam

Canada to repatriate six women, 13 children from Syrian detention, lawyer says

The Canadians are among the many foreign nationals in Syrian camps run by Kurdish forces

A general view of Karama camp for internally displaced Syrians, Monday, Feb. 14, 2022 by the village of Atma, Idlib province, Syria. The lawyer for six Canadian women and 13 children being held in Syrian camps says the federal government has agreed to help bring them home.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Omar Albam
Block Kitchen + Bar opened in Victoria Friday (Jan. 13). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)

Hip ‘designed to share’ restaurant opens doors in downtown Victoria

But Block Kitchen + Bar has no connection to predecessors Chuck’s Burger Bar or Lumberjack’s Bar and Grill

Block Kitchen + Bar opened in Victoria Friday (Jan. 13). (Brendan Mayer/News Staff)
One of ten malamute huskies found on a rural property two hours north of Fort St. John. (Photo courtesy of BC SPCA)

10 dogs left outside without food or water after B.C. owner hospitalized in Alberta

Malamute huskies found by BC SPCA officers tethered on a rural property in northeastern B.C.

One of ten malamute huskies found on a rural property two hours north of Fort St. John. (Photo courtesy of BC SPCA)
Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

Cowichan Tribes frustrated by lack of progress on hospital work dispute

Cowichan Tribes say First Nation companies are being treated unfairly

Jon Coleman (left) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation set up a protest line at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road in December that stopped work for 11 days. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Deputy leader Lisa Gunderson is the BC Green Party candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, party leader Sonia Furstenau announced Jan. 19. (Courtesy BC Green Party)

BC Greens prep for potential snap election, name Oak Bay-Gordon Head candidate

Lisa Gunderson is an anti-racism and equity consultant and educator

Deputy leader Lisa Gunderson is the BC Green Party candidate for Oak Bay-Gordon Head, party leader Sonia Furstenau announced Jan. 19. (Courtesy BC Green Party)
Sooke is a fishing hotspot for five species of salmon and halibut. (Contributed - Fishing-Booker)

Sooke one of the best places to fish in Canada: survey

‘Fishing is on fire practically all year’

Sooke is a fishing hotspot for five species of salmon and halibut. (Contributed - Fishing-Booker)
The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)

Sign denying status cards as ‘suitable’ ID at Port Hardy liquor store sparks uproar

Liquor store apologizes and removes sign after photo goes viral on social media

The Quarterdeck beer and wine store had this old sign hanging up stating it would not accept Indigenous status cards as ID, and it was promptly taken down by new management after it went viral online. (Jozi Child - Facebook photo)
FILE - A member of the Mile High Youth Corps walks near a smoldering pile of tree debris during a controlled burn with the U.S. Forest Service in Hatch Gulch Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Deckers, Colo. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the forest service conducted burns, tree thinning and other work to reduce wildfire risks across 5,000 square miles last year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson,File)

Feds send $930 million to curb ‘crisis’ of US West wildfires

Money to clear underbrush that could fuel future fires

FILE - A member of the Mile High Youth Corps walks near a smoldering pile of tree debris during a controlled burn with the U.S. Forest Service in Hatch Gulch Wednesday, Feb. 23, 2022, near Deckers, Colo. U.S. Agriculture Secretary Tom Vilsack says the forest service conducted burns, tree thinning and other work to reduce wildfire risks across 5,000 square miles last year. (AP Photo/Brittany Peterson,File)
The National Capital Commission is set to provide an update on the renaming of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. A vehicle travels along the parkway in Ottawa, Wednesday June 2, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Ottawa’s Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway to get an Indigenous name

Officials will engage with Indigenous communities and the public to discuss a new name

The National Capital Commission is set to provide an update on the renaming of the Sir John A. Macdonald Parkway. A vehicle travels along the parkway in Ottawa, Wednesday June 2, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
File photo: Tom Zytaruk

Surrey judge gives man house arrest after cop finds him drunk in taxi with rifle

Crown pointed out man convicted of an offence at least once a year since 1996

File photo: Tom Zytaruk
FILE - New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, center right in front, poses for a selfie with students of Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Aug. 16, 2017. Ardern became an inspiration to women around the world after winning the top job in 2017 at the relatively young age of 37. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)

New Zealand PM Jacinda Ardern, an icon to many, to step down

‘I know what this job takes, and I know that I no longer have enough in the tank to do it justice.’

FILE - New Zealand Labour Party leader Jacinda Ardern, center right in front, poses for a selfie with students of Addington School in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Aug. 16, 2017. Ardern became an inspiration to women around the world after winning the top job in 2017 at the relatively young age of 37. (AP Photo/Mark Baker, File)
Strata corporations in B.C. can still restrict short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or VRBO rental services, with bylaws, despite new legislation introduced by the provincial government last November. (Unsplash photo)

Stratas can still say ‘no’ to short-term stays despite ban on other rental restrictions

Short-term rentals such as Airbnb, VRBO considered business activities

Strata corporations in B.C. can still restrict short-term rentals, such as Airbnb or VRBO rental services, with bylaws, despite new legislation introduced by the provincial government last November. (Unsplash photo)
Anika and Ivan Kyrychenko and family after arriving in Kelowna. Host Pam Morgan with volunteer greeters from Kelowna Stands With Ukraine. (Cindy Fairs/Kelowna Stands With Ukraine)

‘Desperate’ need for immediate refugee housing: Okanagan not-for-profit calls for help

Twenty two Ukrainian families are arriving in the Okanagan before the end of February

Anika and Ivan Kyrychenko and family after arriving in Kelowna. Host Pam Morgan with volunteer greeters from Kelowna Stands With Ukraine. (Cindy Fairs/Kelowna Stands With Ukraine)
Tyler Wiebe was a devoted dad to his daughters Riley (left) and Harmony. Wiebe was fatally stabbed in Abbotsford on Sept. 1, 2022. (Facebook photo)

Family looking for answers in fatal stabbing of Abbotsford man

Tyler Wiebe, 32, was killed at an apartment building on Sept. 1, 2022

Tyler Wiebe was a devoted dad to his daughters Riley (left) and Harmony. Wiebe was fatally stabbed in Abbotsford on Sept. 1, 2022. (Facebook photo)
U.S. Border Patrol agents Katy Siemer, left and David Marcus stand outside the Customs and Border Protection facility in Pembina, N.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. A year after a family of four from India froze to death while trying to walk to the United States from Manitoba, the agency tasked with patrolling the border says others have not been deterred from attempting the same treacherous journey. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James McCarten

One year after death of Indian migrants at border, U.S. still sees illegal crossings

Drastic uptick seen of people entering North Dakota, Minnesota and Wisconsin illegally from Canada

U.S. Border Patrol agents Katy Siemer, left and David Marcus stand outside the Customs and Border Protection facility in Pembina, N.D., on Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. A year after a family of four from India froze to death while trying to walk to the United States from Manitoba, the agency tasked with patrolling the border says others have not been deterred from attempting the same treacherous journey. THE CANADIAN PRESS/James McCarten
Langley realtor David Foxwell faces seven charges, including assaulting a peace officer, in Leduc, Alberta, following a traffic stop in 2021. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)

Langley Realtor charged with assaulting Alberta Mountie during traffic stop

Charges stem from a 2021 incident in which the RCMP officer was allegedly dragged 300 metres

Langley realtor David Foxwell faces seven charges, including assaulting a peace officer, in Leduc, Alberta, following a traffic stop in 2021. (Matthew Claxton/Langley Advance Times)
The state of the forest industry has drawn a lot of this week as Premier David Eby continues to address key industry leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. forest industry looks to get out of the woods amid meetings with government leaders

Industry faces declining prices, other challenges as Eby speaks of ‘exhausted’ and ‘stressed’ forests

The state of the forest industry has drawn a lot of this week as Premier David Eby continues to address key industry leaders. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
RCMP execute a warrant at a Murray Street residence last month. The property was slapped with a nuisance designation at Nanaimo city council’s meeting Monday, Jan. 16. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo house designated a nuisance property after police were called 58 times

430 Murray St. one of two addresses slapped with nuisance designation this week

RCMP execute a warrant at a Murray Street residence last month. The property was slapped with a nuisance designation at Nanaimo city council’s meeting Monday, Jan. 16. (Photo submitted)
Signage for ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. In 2022, ICBC rejected 3,135 personalized licence plate applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

‘U2SLOW’, ‘GAS PIG’, ‘WT TRASH’: ICBC rejected 3,135 licence plates last year

Slogans can be denied for being discriminatory or sexually suggestive, among other things

Signage for ICBC (Insurance Corporation of British Columbia) is shown in Victoria, B.C., on February 6, 2018. In 2022, ICBC rejected 3,135 personalized licence plate applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito