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Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)

Emerging teenage B.C. pop star makes debut at U.K.’s legendary Wembley Stadium

Lauren Spencer-Smith performed at the Summertime Ball this past weekend in London, England

Nanaimo singer Lauren Spencer-Smith took the stage at Wembley Stadium in London, England, on Sunday, June 12, as part of the Summertime Ball show. (Lauren Spencer-Smith/TikTok image)
FILE - This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, left, and Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. The United Arab Emirates on Monday, June 13, 2022, banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear” from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. (Disney/Pixar via AP, File)

United Arab Emirates bans Pixar’s ‘Lightyear’ from showing

Animated Disney movie includes a female character kissing her female partner

FILE - This image released by Disney/Pixar shows character Buzz Lightyear, voiced by Chris Evans, left, and Alisha Hawthorne, voiced by Uzo Aduba, in a scene from the animated film “Lightyear,” releasing June 17. The United Arab Emirates on Monday, June 13, 2022, banned the upcoming Pixar animated feature “Lightyear” from showing in movie theaters amid reports that the film includes a kiss between two female characters. (Disney/Pixar via AP, File)
Paul Rodgers is featured in the song Red Harvest. The song, by Richard T. Bear and featuring Rodgers, is in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. (Quarto Valley Records)

B.C. artist featured on song to help people of Ukraine

Red Harvest features vocals by Summerland musician Paul Rodgers

Paul Rodgers is featured in the song Red Harvest. The song, by Richard T. Bear and featuring Rodgers, is in response to the ongoing conflict in Ukraine. (Quarto Valley Records)
Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives
Christopher Moore (centre) leads a group of bikers at the front of Nelson’s first Pride Parade in 1996. The parade nearly didn’t happen due to public pressure and concerns for the lives of participants. Photo courtesy Touchstones Nelson LGBTQ2S+ Archives
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
Britney Spears and Sam Asghari arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of “Once Upon a Time in Hollywood,” at the TCL Chinese Theatre, Monday, July 22, 2019. (Photo by Jordan Strauss/Invision/AP, File)
French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, right, plays one of her 20 conch shells during a jam session with her aunt, front left, and mother. Zaichkowski originally learned about the conch from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and jokingly ordered her first one off eBay. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)
French horn musician and Royal Canadian Navy Naden Band member Alliszon Zaichkowski, right, plays one of her 20 conch shells during a jam session with her aunt, front left, and mother. Zaichkowski originally learned about the conch from William Golding’s Lord of the Flies and jokingly ordered her first one off eBay. (Courtesy of Alliszon Zaichkowski)
FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Bill Cosby, in video testimony, denies sex abuse of teen in 1970s

Trial represents one of the last remaining legal claims against 85-year-old

FILE - Bill Cosby arrives for a sentencing hearing following his sexual assault conviction at the Montgomery County Courthouse in Norristown Pa., on Sept. 25, 2018. Eleven months after he was freed from prison, 85-year-old Cosby will again be the defendant in a sexual assault proceeding, this time a civil case in California. Judy Huth, who is now 64, alleges that in 1975 when she was 16, Cosby sexually assaulted her at the Playboy Mansion. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Hilary Swank attends the Disney 2022 Upfront presentation at Basketball City Pier 36 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Hilary Swank attends the Disney 2022 Upfront presentation at Basketball City Pier 36 on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, in New York. (Photo by Charles Sykes/Invision/AP)
Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer

Author explores the glory days of Nelson rail in his latest work

When Trains Ruled the Kootenays to be launched June 22 at the Touchstone Museum of Arts and History

Cover of "When Trains Ruled the Kootenays." courtesy Terry Gainer
In this undated photo provided by Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films on Saturday, June 4, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear have cream tea at Buckingham Palace, in London, taken from a film that was shown at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace. (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films via AP)

Queen Elizabeth’s jubilee celebration takes a ratings bow

Monarchy still has a hold on its former colony’s heart

In this undated photo provided by Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films on Saturday, June 4, 2022, Queen Elizabeth II and Paddington Bear have cream tea at Buckingham Palace, in London, taken from a film that was shown at the BBC Platinum Party at the Palace. (Buckingham Palace/ Studio Canal / BBC Studios / Heyday Films via AP)
Serena Ryder to perform at the Key City Theatre on Sept. 29 as part of her tour 'The Art of Falling Apart' in support of her latest album of the same title. Photo submitted.

Serena Ryder to perform at Key City Theatre

Serena Ryder will in Cranbrook for a performance at the Key City…

Serena Ryder to perform at the Key City Theatre on Sept. 29 as part of her tour 'The Art of Falling Apart' in support of her latest album of the same title. Photo submitted.
Canadian comedian Ron James is touring B.C., including Cranbrook, June 10; Trail, June 11; and Nelson, June 12. Photo courtesy Shantero Productions

All roads lead to Ron James

the legendary Canadian comedian is back on tour, with a new memoir that is a comedic map of the country

Canadian comedian Ron James is touring B.C., including Cranbrook, June 10; Trail, June 11; and Nelson, June 12. Photo courtesy Shantero Productions
Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard arrives alongside his wife Rebekah Asselstine, for his sex assault trial at the Toronto courthouse, in Toronto, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Jacob Hoggard trial exposes misconceptions about consent, say experts

Criminal Code requires that consent be affirmatively communicated through a person’s words or conduct

Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard arrives alongside his wife Rebekah Asselstine, for his sex assault trial at the Toronto courthouse, in Toronto, Tuesday, May 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
Mila’s cat. The young artists even get credit, with a ‘signature’ in the book, next to the finished produt.

B.C. children’s book author takes submitted drawings from kids and turns them into characters

Kwaku Amoateng is quite the creative father. In 2021, the Comox military…

Mila’s cat. The young artists even get credit, with a ‘signature’ in the book, next to the finished produt.
Vancouver-raised author Pik-Shuen Fung, shown in a handout photo, has won this year's Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Fung was awarded the $60,000 prize for "Ghost Forest" at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

B.C. author’s ‘Ghost Forest’ wins Amazon Canada First Novel Award

Pik-Shuen Fung awarded the $60,000 prize for story of woman grappling with the death of her father

Vancouver-raised author Pik-Shuen Fung, shown in a handout photo, has won this year's Amazon Canada First Novel Award. Fung was awarded the $60,000 prize for "Ghost Forest" at a ceremony in Toronto on Wednesday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
A promotional poster for the 1977 single God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols on display, during a photo-op ahead of a rock and pop memorabilia auction, in central London, Thursday June 25, 2009. In Britain, there are several traditional elements to a royal anniversary: pageants, street parties, the Sex Pistols. Queen Elizabeth II and the Pistols have been linked since the punk pioneers released the song “God Save the Queen” in 1977 during the monarch’s Silver Jubilee. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
A promotional poster for the 1977 single God Save The Queen by the Sex Pistols on display, during a photo-op ahead of a rock and pop memorabilia auction, in central London, Thursday June 25, 2009. In Britain, there are several traditional elements to a royal anniversary: pageants, street parties, the Sex Pistols. Queen Elizabeth II and the Pistols have been linked since the punk pioneers released the song “God Save the Queen” in 1977 during the monarch’s Silver Jubilee. (AP Photo/Lefteris Pitarakis, File)
Actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse Friday, May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Va. A jury heard closing arguments in Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made their closing arguments to a Virginia jury in Depp’s civil suit against his ex-wife.(AP Photo/Craig Hudson)

Jury sides with Johnny Depp on defamation lawsuit, ex-wife Amber Heard on counterclaim

Heard, who was stoic in the courtroom as the verdict was read, said she was heartbroken

Actress Amber Heard departs the Fairfax County Courthouse Friday, May 27, 2022 in Fairfax, Va. A jury heard closing arguments in Johnny Depp’s high-profile libel lawsuit against ex-wife Amber Heard. Lawyers for Johnny Depp and Amber Heard made their closing arguments to a Virginia jury in Depp’s civil suit against his ex-wife.(AP Photo/Craig Hudson)
Children and youth under the age of 18 can access the Vancouver Art Gallery for free for five years starting July 1, 2022. (Photo: Anita Bonnarens)

Vancouver Art Gallery soon free for those 18 and under thanks to $1M donation

Free admission to begin July 1 and last until gallery moves to new building in 2027

Children and youth under the age of 18 can access the Vancouver Art Gallery for free for five years starting July 1, 2022. (Photo: Anita Bonnarens)
Matt Sager of Lost Car Rescue. (Image courtesy HISTORY Canada / Jeff Topham)

PODCAST: Classic car hunting with Matt Sager of TV’s ‘Lost Car Rescue’

TODAY IN B.C.: Program follows team through Northern B.C. and the Prairies

Matt Sager of Lost Car Rescue. (Image courtesy HISTORY Canada / Jeff Topham)
Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard arrives alongside his wife Rebekah Asselstine, for his sex assault trial at the Toronto courthouse on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Toronto. The Canadian musician, who is currently awaiting a verdict in his sexual assault trial, has been charged in another alleged sexual assault.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Hedley singer Jacob Hoggard facing new sexual assault charge

Jury deliberations in earlier case against Hoggard have begun, meaning new charge can be made public

Canadian musician Jacob Hoggard arrives alongside his wife Rebekah Asselstine, for his sex assault trial at the Toronto courthouse on Tuesday, May 10, 2022 in Toronto. The Canadian musician, who is currently awaiting a verdict in his sexual assault trial, has been charged in another alleged sexual assault.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston