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A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary on Friday, March 27, 2020. (Jeff McIntosh/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

Blood donations are rebounding from COVID, but there remains a need for more

Canadian Blood Services is in need of more blood donors following the COVID-19 pandemic

  • Aug 5, 2021
Island Health medical health officer officer Mike Benusic, left, joins Minister of Health Adrian Dix and Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in the drawing room at the Victoria Conference Centre vaccination site to promote walk-in Wednesdays, an effort by the province to encourage those needing a first or second dose of the COVID-19 vaccine during a site tour in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

B.C. reports 402 new COVID cases as active infections top 2,000

No new deaths for the second day in a row

Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry talks about B.C.’s plan to restart the province during a press conference at Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on May 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Most B.C. COVID cases are in 20 to 40-year-olds with 1 or fewer doses: top doctor

B.C. health minister warns that the unimmunized might face consequences at work or in travel

Labour Minister Harry Bains arrives at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Chad Hipolito/THE CANADIAN PRESS)

B.C. looks for input on paid sick leave legislation

‘We are thrilled to see the government move in this direction,’ Together Against Poverty Society said

  • Aug 5, 2021
Labour Minister Harry Bains arrives at B.C. Legislature in Victoria, B.C., on Monday, June 26, 2017. (Chad Hipolito/THE CANADIAN PRESS)
A Canada Border Services Agency agent wears a mask at the Thousand Islands US/Canada border crossing in Lansdowne, Ont., on Friday July. 30, 2021. A group of U.S. and Canadian business leaders is pushing Congress for a plan to ease restrictions at the land border with Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

U.S. considers requiring foreign visitors to be vaccinated as travel pressure mounts

White House officials may impose a vaccine requirement on incoming travellers

A Canada Border Services Agency agent wears a mask at the Thousand Islands US/Canada border crossing in Lansdowne, Ont., on Friday July. 30, 2021. A group of U.S. and Canadian business leaders is pushing Congress for a plan to ease restrictions at the land border with Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Kyle Gianis. (@ironathletics_official/Instagram)

Man who survived 4 gangland hits in B.C. found dead at Okanagan campground

Kyle Gianis believed to have died of self-inflicted wounds days after failed hit in Kelowna

Kyle Gianis. (@ironathletics_official/Instagram)
Yin Yin Din, sister of Kyaw Din who was shot by police, at a protest in Maple Ridge. (The News files)

Donor steps up for Maple Ridge police shooting victim’s sister

Offers to fund a counsellor after he also lost a loved one

Yin Yin Din, sister of Kyaw Din who was shot by police, at a protest in Maple Ridge. (The News files)
A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Consequences’ for unvaccinated promised by B.C. officials, who stay vague on vaccine passports

Quebec announced plans for vaccine passports to come later this year

A woman receives her first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine at an immunization clinic in Surrey, B.C., on May 14, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Most reports of the cough have come from the Kamloops region (BC SPCA)

BC SPCA warns dog owners of contagious cough

There are 24 confirmed cases of this highly transmissible sickness

Most reports of the cough have come from the Kamloops region (BC SPCA)
People eat lunch in the parking lot outside the Pink Pearl Chinese restaurant, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. The British Columbia government has introduced a four-step restart plan in a gradual return to normality when more people are vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s Walk-in Wednesday proves a success; 33,277 COVID vaccine jabs into arms

More than 6,100 of the walk-in appointments were for a first dose

  • Aug 5, 2021
People eat lunch in the parking lot outside the Pink Pearl Chinese restaurant, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, May 25, 2021. The British Columbia government has introduced a four-step restart plan in a gradual return to normality when more people are vaccinated against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

New evacuations ordered as B.C. wildfire flares, but rain possible this weekend

More than 100 new fires have broken out this week in British Columbia

Thomas Creek fire seen from West Bench Aug. 3. (Brennan Phillips Western News)
A vial of Moderna vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canada focused on 2nd doses, not COVID booster shots as 4th wave looms: Tam

Top doctor waiting for more data and information on variants

A vial of Moderna vaccine is seen at a mass COVID-19 vaccination clinic in Calgary, Alta., Thursday, April 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Quebec premier announces vaccine passport system after rise in COVID-19 cases

Plan could require Quebecers to show proof of vaccination to access some non-essential services

Quebec Premier Francois Legault responds to a question during a news conference in Montreal on Tuesday, June 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
FILE- In this Saturday, June 26, 2021 file photo a paramedic with Falck Northwest ambulances treats a man experiencing heat exposure during a heat wave, in Salem, Ore. Consecutive days of temperatures as high as 116 F in Portland, Ore., made a folly of years of planning for more anticipated emergencies such as earthquakes and snowstorms and it was only as the disaster unfolded that authorities got a sense of how devastating it would ultimately be. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard,File)

Northwest heat wave targeted vulnerable, tested climate prep

Crisis was a wake-up call for the normally temperate Pacific Northwest

FILE- In this Saturday, June 26, 2021 file photo a paramedic with Falck Northwest ambulances treats a man experiencing heat exposure during a heat wave, in Salem, Ore. Consecutive days of temperatures as high as 116 F in Portland, Ore., made a folly of years of planning for more anticipated emergencies such as earthquakes and snowstorms and it was only as the disaster unfolded that authorities got a sense of how devastating it would ultimately be. (AP Photo/Nathan Howard,File)
Flames consume a home on Highway 89 as the Dixie Fire tears through the Greenville community of Plumas County, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. The fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)

‘We lost Greenville.’ Wildfire decimates California town

California’s largest current wildfire has blackened more than 1,305 square kilometres

Flames consume a home on Highway 89 as the Dixie Fire tears through the Greenville community of Plumas County, Calif., on Wednesday, Aug. 4, 2021. The fire leveled multiple historic buildings and dozens of homes in central Greenville. (AP Photo/Noah Berger)
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 reaches $78 million

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

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
Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)

VIDEO: Game time changed for Olympic women’s soccer final between Canada and Sweden

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema and Abbotsford’s Sophie Schmidt are on the Canadian team, gunning for gold

Chilliwack’s Jordyn Huitema (left in red jersey/shorts with purple pinnie) joins Canadian national women’s soccer squad teammates mobbing Jessie Fleming after her penalty kick goal lifted the team to a 1-0 semi-final win over the United States. (Canada Soccer photo)
The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

West Kootenay People for Racial Justice invited to consult on Police Act review

The Nelson-based group made nine recommendations

The Nelson Police Department. Photo: Bill Metcalfe
Chris Sherlock, a 65-year-old resident of British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley, is seen in an undated handout photo. Sherlock, who relied on the CERB last year, says he was never told his monthly income would drop by nearly $500 as a consequence. New Democrats say they’ve have been flooded with calls from seniors who suddenly find themselves cut off from monthly government payments due to emergency benefits they received last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Chris Sherlock, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Seniors cut off from federal income supplement after receiving emergency benefits

$2,000 a month in Canada Emergency Response Benefit has rendered some ineligible

Chris Sherlock, a 65-year-old resident of British Columbia’s Cowichan Valley, is seen in an undated handout photo. Sherlock, who relied on the CERB last year, says he was never told his monthly income would drop by nearly $500 as a consequence. New Democrats say they’ve have been flooded with calls from seniors who suddenly find themselves cut off from monthly government payments due to emergency benefits they received last year. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Chris Sherlock, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Damian Warner of Canada clears a hurdle alongside Garrett Scantling, of United States in a heat of the decathlon men’s 110-metre hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel

Three-medal day for Canada as Damian Warner wins decathlon gold, sets Olympic record

Laurence Vincent-Lapointe wins silver in canoeing, Lauriane Genest wins bronze in cycling

Damian Warner of Canada clears a hurdle alongside Garrett Scantling, of United States in a heat of the decathlon men’s 110-metre hurdles at the 2020 Summer Olympics, Thursday, Aug. 5, 2021, in Tokyo, Japan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Charlie Riedel