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Chad, son Daxton, daughter Trinity and wife Shanal pose for a photo at DeMille’s Farm Market where Trinity was born in the early morning hours of on Aug. 3, 2021. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

VIDEO: Shuswap couple pull of Highway 1 in Salmon Arm to give birth to child

Father guided over phone through early morning delivery of daughter

A helicopter flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., Friday, July 16, 2021. Wildfire starts across British Columbia are ramping up again as heat and dry conditions replace last week’s slightly damper weather, boosting the wildfire danger to high or extreme in all but small pockets of the province. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Damage estimate for fire-razed Lytton, B.C., reaches $78 million

Fire raced through community, killing two people and leaving other residents minutes to get out

In this photo provided by the Bootleg Fire Incident Command, columns of smoke rise from the Bootleg Fire in southern Oregon on Sunday, July 18, 2021. The federal government says neither Canada nor the United States can spare each other any extra personnel as they deal with one of the most severe wildfire seasons in recent memory. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Bootleg Fire Incident Command via AP

Canada, U.S. seek new approach as blistering 2021 wildfire season drains resources

Neither country able to share resources due to severity of conditions on either side of the border

A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Fixing long-term care in Canada could cost $13.7B, budget watchdog estimates

Pandemic infected more than 1/4 of Canada’s 205,000 long-term care residents, killing over 15,000

A health care worker leaves after finishing her shift for the day at the Eatonville Care Centre in Toronto on Friday, April 24, 2020. A report published this morning by parliamentary budget officer Yves Giroux estimates ending wait lists, increasing staff pay and benefits, providing more hours of care each day and expanding home care could cost around $13.7 billion. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney makes his way to the chamber as the Alberta Legislature sits through the weekend to pass a series of emergency bills, in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association is calling on the Government of Alberta to reinstate COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation requirements to control viral spread. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta’s top doctor apologizes for causing ‘confusion, fear or anger’ on COVID-19

Hinshaw: isolation measures disruptive and no longer necessary with vaccine protection

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney makes his way to the chamber as the Alberta Legislature sits through the weekend to pass a series of emergency bills, in Edmonton, Friday, March 20, 2020. The Edmonton Zone Medical Staff Association is calling on the Government of Alberta to reinstate COVID-19 testing, tracing and isolation requirements to control viral spread. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

B.C. reports 342 new COVID cases, half of which are in Interior Health

Province hit a daily case count not seen in months

Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

B.C. reports 342 new COVID cases as infections reach a two-month high

Half of the day’s cases come from Interior Health

Fraser Health held a COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib in Surrey on Friday, May 7, 2021. Roughly 400 people pre-registered to get their vaccine the week before. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
BC SPCA special constables seizing kitten/ dog. (supplied image)

Amid suspicions over animal welfare, BC SPCA points to gaps in accountability

For 126 years, the BC Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals has worked to protect the province’s creatures

  • Aug 4, 2021
BC SPCA special constables seizing kitten/ dog. (supplied image)
Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Rain helps curb B.C. wildfires, not enough to make long-term impact or clear smoke

65 evacuation orders in place affecting about 4,300 properties around the province

Wildfire smoke fills the air and obstructs the view of the mountains as people continue to take part in outdoor activities even though the air is currently 18 times above WHO exposure recommendation, in Sicamous B.C., Thursday July 29, 2021. Smoke from British Columbia wildfires has caused flight cancellations and delays at airports in Kelowna and Kamloops. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power

Canadian border workers issue Friday strike notice

‘Sweeping; series of actions possible at airports, borders, ports, postal facilities and headquarters

A CBSA officer places a document on the windshield of a car entering Canada and asks it to pull off to the side in Niagara Falls, Ont., Friday, July 16, 2021. A union representing about 9,000 Canadian Border Service Agency workers says its members will begin job action across the country on Friday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Peter Power
Police vehicles are seen outside the Pentagon Metro area Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Man who fatally stabbed Pentagon officer had troubled past

Background suggests act of a violence-prone individual more likely than part of a broader conspiracy

Police vehicles are seen outside the Pentagon Metro area Tuesday, Aug. 3, 2021, at the Pentagon in Washington. The Pentagon is on lockdown after multiple gunshots were fired near a platform by the facility’s Metro station. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)
Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)

‘Please tell someone:’ B.C. woman whose mother was murdered begs abuse survivors to get help

‘I didn’t believe this could happen to my mom either, but it did’

Jacquie Bartlett with a photo of her mother before things went awry. (Zoe Ducklow/New Staff)
Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.

What B.C. wildfire evacuees need to know upon returning home

Garden food should be discarded, pools should be drained and cleaned

Evacuation re-entry kits are available for property owners returning home.
Pedestrians walk in Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 4, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe

More Canadians say worst of COVID-19 yet to come as the Delta variant spreads: poll

Leger survey says number of Canadians who believe the pandemic has passed its peak is declining

Pedestrians walk in Place Jacques-Cartier in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 4, 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughe
Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer is running for the Conservative Nominee in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. He is pictured here speaking with members of the audience at a Candidate Public Meeting held in the Barriere Lions Hall the evening of July 28. Members of the Conservative Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding will be voting online starting Aug. 6 - 9, 2021, to choose who will be representing them in the next Federal election. (Jill Hayward photo)

Stamer holds public meeting before Conservative Candidate vote set for Aug. 6 -9

Ward Stamer is running to be selected as the Conservative Nominee in…

Barriere Mayor Ward Stamer is running for the Conservative Nominee in the Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo. He is pictured here speaking with members of the audience at a Candidate Public Meeting held in the Barriere Lions Hall the evening of July 28. Members of the Conservative Kamloops-Thompson-Cariboo riding will be voting online starting Aug. 6 - 9, 2021, to choose who will be representing them in the next Federal election. (Jill Hayward photo)
Police remove encampment supporters as they clear Lamport Stadium Park encampment in Toronto, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Police and politicians’ efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Toronto, Vancouver Island protests shine spotlight on media access

Fairy Creek protests, Toronto park evictions put focus on attempts to limit freedom of the press

Police remove encampment supporters as they clear Lamport Stadium Park encampment in Toronto, Wednesday, July 21, 2021. Police and politicians’ efforts to limit public access to recent events in Toronto and Vancouver Island have cast a spotlight on the role of journalists and spurred concerns over freedom of the press. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
The B.C. Ferries terminal at Tsawwassen. (Black Press file photo)

BC Ferries apologizes after ferry-goers stranded waiting for non-existent sailing

Tsawwassen, Salt Spring and Pender Islands B.C. Day schedule error creates issues

The B.C. Ferries terminal at Tsawwassen. (Black Press file photo)
A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. urges unvaccinated people to get their COVID shot during Walk-in Wednesday

All vaccine clinics are offering drop-in appointments, no registration needed

A woman wears a vaccinated sticker after receiving a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s chief electoral officer warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Final outcome of a pandemic election could take a few days: chief electoral officer

Trudeau expected to later this month call an election in mid to late September

Chief Electoral Officer Stephane Perrault signs the writs of the 43rd general election during a photo opportunity in Gatineau, Que., Friday, Sept. 20, 2019. Canadians may have to wait a few days to find out the final results of a federal election called in the midst of the COVID-19 pandemic, Canada’s chief electoral officer warns. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, cooks pancakes while hosting the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Premier backs Alberta’s top doctor, defends Alberta’s response as COVID-19 cases rise

Close contacts of individuals who test positive for the virus are no longer required to isolate

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, right, cooks pancakes while hosting the Premier’s annual Stampede breakfast in Calgary, Alta., Monday, July 12, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh