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Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied

B.C. mom uses ribbons to honour late son, shed light on mental illness

Judi Hills says we need to do more to end the stigma associated with mental illness

Judi Hills tied a ribbon to a tree in the Puntledge Park neighbourhood in memory of her son and of all the people who have struggled in silence. Photo supplied
Colourized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in MDCK cells (seen in green) as shown in this undated handout photo. A Quebec marine mammal research group says the virus could be responsible for a high number of dead seals being found in the province.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith via NIH
Colourized transmission electron micrograph of Avian influenza A H5N1 viruses (seen in gold) grown in MDCK cells (seen in green) as shown in this undated handout photo. A Quebec marine mammal research group says the virus could be responsible for a high number of dead seals being found in the province.THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-CDC/Cynthia Goldsmith via NIH
Melanie Joly rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The foreign affairs minister is calling for calm as the Chinese government announced a series of military exercises around Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island this week.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Melanie Joly rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, June 16, 2022. The foreign affairs minister is calling for calm as the Chinese government announced a series of military exercises around Taiwan following U.S. House Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s visit to the island this week.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
Marc Miller provides an update in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. The crown-Indigenous relations minister delivered a national apology on behalf of the federal government to a Saskatchewan First Nation for an “experiment in radical social engineering” that forced a farming colony on the community’s land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Ottawa apologizes for ‘radical social engineering’ experiment on First Nation

The First Nation agreed to a $150-million federal settlement last year

Marc Miller provides an update in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. The crown-Indigenous relations minister delivered a national apology on behalf of the federal government to a Saskatchewan First Nation for an “experiment in radical social engineering” that forced a farming colony on the community’s land. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Aydin Coban’s lawyer Joe Saulnier pauses while responding to questions outside B.C. Supreme Court, in New Westminster, B.C., on Monday, June 6, 2022. The defence lawyer for the Dutch man accused of harassment and extortion of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd says sharing a link is “not child pornography.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Defence lawyer says sharing link is ‘not child pornography’ in B.C. teenager case

Crown says there is a “treasure trove of information” linking Coban to the harassment of Amanda Todd

Aydin Coban’s lawyer Joe Saulnier pauses while responding to questions outside B.C. Supreme Court, in New Westminster, B.C., on Monday, June 6, 2022. The defence lawyer for the Dutch man accused of harassment and extortion of B.C. teenager Amanda Todd says sharing a link is “not child pornography.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Premier John Horgan answers questions from the media in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The premier says he’s considering taking the same approach as a Victoria couple who placed a newspaper ad to find a family doctor in his attempt to pressure the federal government to increase health funding.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. premier says he may copy couple who put out newspaper ad looking for doctor

Janet Mort says she’s offended by Horgan’s ‘tongue and cheek’ comment

Premier John Horgan answers questions from the media in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, February 8, 2022. The premier says he’s considering taking the same approach as a Victoria couple who placed a newspaper ad to find a family doctor in his attempt to pressure the federal government to increase health funding.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Claudia, Andres and her daughter stand together at a press conference in New Westminster on August 3, 2022. (Loretta Laurin photo)

Family from Mexico facing deportation from B.C. receives outpouring of support

Over 900 people have written letters supporting the family’s push to remain in Canada

Claudia, Andres and her daughter stand together at a press conference in New Westminster on August 3, 2022. (Loretta Laurin photo)
People protest the mishandling of sexual assault cases at a university campus on Nov. 4, 2021. In B.C., the number of reported sexual assaults in 2021 leapt 15 per cent over the year before. (Kendall Warner/The News Advance via AP)
People protest the mishandling of sexual assault cases at a university campus on Nov. 4, 2021. In B.C., the number of reported sexual assaults in 2021 leapt 15 per cent over the year before. (Kendall Warner/The News Advance via AP)
Recently released data from Stats Canada shows police-reported hate crimes have risen across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Hate crimes across Canada increased 27% in 2021: Stats Canada

Vancouver had the highest number of police-reported hate crimes in B.C. at 429

Recently released data from Stats Canada shows police-reported hate crimes have risen across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The Connell Ridge wildfire south of Cranbrook is estimated at 500 hectares, as of Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.

Wildfire south of Cranbrook grows to estimated 500 hectares

Crews working to build control lines as weather forecast predicts increased winds Wednesday evening

The Connell Ridge wildfire south of Cranbrook is estimated at 500 hectares, as of Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.
Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former B.C. conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. issued a public safety notice Aug. 3, identifying 11 dangerous B.C. gangsters. (Courtesy of CFSEU-BC)

11 B.C. gangsters identified as posing a ‘significant threat’ to public safety

Police believe anyone connected to or near the gangsters may be putting themselves at risk

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. issued a public safety notice Aug. 3, identifying 11 dangerous B.C. gangsters. (Courtesy of CFSEU-BC)
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
File Photo / The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh
File Photo / The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh
A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)

Kelowna had Canada’s highest crime rate in 2021

Kelowna also ranked seventh worse in the country for violent crime

A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Ground Crews (BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Ground Crews (BC Wildfire Service)
One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.

Snowbirds cancel show at Penticton Peach Festival after crash

Snowbirds were scheduled to perform Wednesday above Okanagan Lake

One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)

Ucluelet whale watching boat towed to shore after taking on water

The MV Chinook Princess got into trouble around Turret Island within the Broken Group Islands

CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)
Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)