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FILE – A COVID-19 rapid testing area is seen on the international arrivals level at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Non-U.S. air travellers must take COVID test, isolate as feds try to slow Omicron spread

Nigeria, Malawi and Egypt have been added to the travel ban list

FILE – A COVID-19 rapid testing area is seen on the international arrivals level at Vancouver International Airport, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, July 30, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)

B.C. reports first case of COVID-19 Omicron variant, in isolation

204 recent travellers to Africa being tested in B.C.

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the COVID-19 situation, B.C. legislature, July 20, 2020. (B.C. government)
Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Floodwaters turned Okanagan River back towards Osoyoos Lake

The Similkameen River levels caused the Zosel Dam to overflow

Logs coming down the Similkameen River damaged the Red Bridge in Keremeos. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
The former owner of the Deep Creek General Store in Armstrong has been ordered to pay close to $100,000 after he sexually harassed a former employee in 2017. (Google Maps)

Former Armstrong store owner ordered to pay $99K for sexual harassment

Wooyoung Joung offered a former employee cash for sex, and then fired her when she refused

The former owner of the Deep Creek General Store in Armstrong has been ordered to pay close to $100,000 after he sexually harassed a former employee in 2017. (Google Maps)
Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Big White apologizes for calls to open highway for tourist traffic

“I deeply apologize and recognize fully how my comments could be misconstrued as insensitive”

Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)

Children in Interior Health are eligible for vaccines

Children age five to eleven are eligible for COVID-19 vaccine registration

Kane Peterson, 9, gets his COVID vaccination at North Sound Pediatrics in Mill Creek, WA on Nov. 6, 2021. A vaccination clinic for children aged 5 to 11 is planned for the Ashcroft HUB on Nov. 30. (Photo credit: Kevin Clark/The Herald)
B.C. flood alert map for the morning of Nov. 30, 2021. Yellow indicates high stream flow advisory, with minor local flooding possible. Orange is flood watch, where rivers are rising and may exceed bank full. Red is flood warning, where rivers have exceeded bank full or will do so imminently. Red area shown is east of Hope. (B.C. River Forecast Centre)

Snow-melt, rain to increase B.C. flood risk as 3rd storm moves in

Flood watch across southern B.C., Nooksack River in U.S.

B.C. flood alert map for the morning of Nov. 30, 2021. Yellow indicates high stream flow advisory, with minor local flooding possible. Orange is flood watch, where rivers are rising and may exceed bank full. Red is flood warning, where rivers have exceeded bank full or will do so imminently. Red area shown is east of Hope. (B.C. River Forecast Centre)
Police deployed a spike belt to stop a suspect in a stolen vehicle Monday night. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP file photo)

Spikebelt stops Spallumcheen suspect in police chase

40-year-old Vernon man facing charges

Police deployed a spike belt to stop a suspect in a stolen vehicle Monday night. (Vernon North Okanagan RCMP file photo)
A collaboration between Canadian, American and Australian law enforcement saw seizure of 4.1 kilograms of methamphetamine, hidden in a painting. (B.C. RCMP photo)

Canadian, U.S. law enforcement seize 4 kg of meth encased in painting en route to Australia

Multi-jurisdictional operation sees Australian man arrested

A collaboration between Canadian, American and Australian law enforcement saw seizure of 4.1 kilograms of methamphetamine, hidden in a painting. (B.C. RCMP photo)
A man walks between transport trucks waiting to deliver cargo containers at Port Metro Vancouver’s Center container facility in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday May 10, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Two trucking companies serving Vancouver port threaten to strike Friday

Unifor drivers may walk off the job at Aheer Transportation and Prudential Transportation

A man walks between transport trucks waiting to deliver cargo containers at Port Metro Vancouver’s Center container facility in Vancouver, B.C., on Friday May 10, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

G7 health ministers closely monitoring new Omicron variant of COVID-19

Omicron’s appearance prompted border closures, screening measures in Canada and around the world

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos responds to a question during a news conference by video conference, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. Duclos says Canada supports the development of a new global convention on pandemic preparedness and response that will be debated at a special meeting of the World Health Assembly Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Lawyer Jonathan Denis speaks to reporters in Calgary, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed by a former junior high school students alleging sexual misconduct of a Calgary teacher who died in February. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland

‘I definitely feel cheated’: Former students suing deceased Calgary teacher, board

Gregory was charged in February with 17 counts of sexual assault and sexual exploitation

Lawyer Jonathan Denis speaks to reporters in Calgary, Monday, Nov. 29, 2021. A proposed class-action lawsuit has been filed by a former junior high school students alleging sexual misconduct of a Calgary teacher who died in February. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Bill Graveland
The first ever fully net-zero home built in northern B.C. was built in Fort St. James. The town has become something of a leader in energy-efficient homes thanks to Northern Homecraft, a Vanderhoof company. (Photo Northern Homecraft)

This northern B.C. town is leading the way in net-zero energy homes

Vanderhoof company wins awards for work they are doing in Fort St. James

The first ever fully net-zero home built in northern B.C. was built in Fort St. James. The town has become something of a leader in energy-efficient homes thanks to Northern Homecraft, a Vanderhoof company. (Photo Northern Homecraft)
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97% of B.C. public service employees fully vaccinated against COVID following mandate

1.13% of staff remain completely unvaccinated or refused to provide immunization status

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The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)

Better Business Bureau’s ‘Naughty List’ warns B.C. residents of holiday scams

Fake charities, puppy scams, free gift cards among things to watch out for

The Better Business Bureau is reminding residents to watch out for holiday scams. (Black Press Media file photo)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
A female raccoon dragging a leg trap is sedated for examination at the Wild Animal Rehabilitation Centre in Metchosin. It was later put down. (Courtesy Wild ARC)
Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

One of B.C.’s youngest councillors wants voting age pushed to 16

Saanich’s Ned Taylor said the earlier one begins voting, the longer they’ll remain a voter

Saanich Coun. Ned Taylor wants young people involved in politics, and one way to ensure that, he says, is to reduce the voting age to 16 in B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)
The neutered male has no permanent forms of identification. (BC SPCA Maple Ridge/Special to The News)

Are you this dog’s owner? BC SPCA looking out for dog displaced during Abbotsford flooding

The dog was brought from the Chilliwack branch to Maple Ridge due to evacuations

The neutered male has no permanent forms of identification. (BC SPCA Maple Ridge/Special to The News)
Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

BC Ferries unveils Indigenous design for next Salish Class vessel

Including Island artist Maynard Johnny Jr.’s artwork seen as meaningful act towards reconciliation

Kwakwaka’wakw and Coast Salish artist Maynard Johnny Jr. beside the unveiled design of the Salish Heron vessel. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Crystal Hanlon, 39, has not been seen since Nov. 19. (RCMP photo)

UPDATE: Missing Vernon woman found safe minutes after RCMP announcement

39-year-old reported as last seen Nov. 19

Crystal Hanlon, 39, has not been seen since Nov. 19. (RCMP photo)