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MV. Beattie Elementary (File photo)

North Okanagan-Shuswap school boards not ready to decide on vaccine policy

School districts 83 and 22 waiting on more data before deciding on whether to make vaccines mandatory

MV. Beattie Elementary (File photo)
William Victor Schneider will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa, unless the Crown’s appeal of the retrial is successful on Dec. 10, 2021. (Vancouver Police Department photo)

Supreme Court to hear appeal of former Vernon man’s retrial

William Victor Schneider, formerly convicted of second-degree murder, was granted retrial in February

William Victor Schneider will stand trial on May 24, 2022, on a charge of second-degree murder in relation to the death of Japanese exchange student Natsumi Kogawa, unless the Crown’s appeal of the retrial is successful on Dec. 10, 2021. (Vancouver Police Department photo)
Trooper Losier, from Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadian) Regiment, moves sandbags during Operation LENTUS, in Princeton, British Columbia, Nov. 25, 2021. Photo credit: Private Daniel Pereira, 39 CBG Public Affairs, Canadian Armed Forces Photo

Princeton braces for another potential flood

Weather patterns continue to shift, and the worst should be known by Tuesday

Trooper Losier, from Lord Strathcona’s Horse (Royal Canadian) Regiment, moves sandbags during Operation LENTUS, in Princeton, British Columbia, Nov. 25, 2021. Photo credit: Private Daniel Pereira, 39 CBG Public Affairs, Canadian Armed Forces Photo
Highway 1 is pictured during a fly over the flood damage in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, November 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Nooksack River expected to reach ‘moderate’ flood stage with weekend rain: City of Abbotsford

With damage to dike systems, more water could cross the border into Abbotsford on Sunday

Highway 1 is pictured during a fly over the flood damage in Abbotsford, B.C., Tuesday, November 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Traditional healers Edna and Laureen Felix from Splatsin were invited by the Shuswap Emergency Program to the reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort to provide support and healing for evacuees. They will be there this weekend, Nov. 27 and 28. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Traditional healing available to evacuees in Salmon Arm this weekend

Splatsin mother, daughter to offer a safe space so people can talk or take part in a Healing Circle

Traditional healers Edna and Laureen Felix from Splatsin were invited by the Shuswap Emergency Program to the reception centre at the Prestige Harbourfront Resort to provide support and healing for evacuees. They will be there this weekend, Nov. 27 and 28. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. is shown on Aug. 13, 2020. With Parliament having resumed, Canadians can expect to see the Liberal government make the reintroduction of what was previously known as Bill C-10 a priority.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jenny Kane

Media experts agree action is needed, but urge caution on how streaming is regulated

The Liberals have promised to quickly reintroduce legislation aimed at reforming the Broadcasting Act

A logo for Netflix on a remote control in Portland, Ore. is shown on Aug. 13, 2020. With Parliament having resumed, Canadians can expect to see the Liberal government make the reintroduction of what was previously known as Bill C-10 a priority.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Jenny Kane
Shoppers wait in line at an electronics store in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

‘Not like it normally is’: Black Friday shoppers hunt for deals

Canadians report mixed experiences of Black Friday deals

Shoppers wait in line at an electronics store in Calgary, Alta., Friday, Nov. 27, 2020, amid a worldwide COVID-19 pandemic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan photo)

Systemic racism in policing across B.C. demands reform says Human Rights Commissioner

B.C. Human Rights Commission report calls for systemic change

  • Nov 27, 2021
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan photo)
One of the flooded farms in Sumas Prairie from an aerial tour with provincial officials, Nov. 23, 2021. Some farms are recovering but more heavy rain is expected. (B.C. government photo)

B.C., Ottawa to match flood relief donations to Canadian Red Cross

Trudeau, Horgan tour flooded Abbotsford area to see damage

One of the flooded farms in Sumas Prairie from an aerial tour with provincial officials, Nov. 23, 2021. Some farms are recovering but more heavy rain is expected. (B.C. government photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a statement about a new COVID-19 variant of concern, “Omicron.” Pictured here, Henry receiving a seasonal influenza vaccination in October. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. health officials report 341 new COVID cases, issue statement on Omicron variant

Effect of ‘Omicron’ variant on transmission and severity not yet known

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry has issued a statement about a new COVID-19 variant of concern, “Omicron.” Pictured here, Henry receiving a seasonal influenza vaccination in October. (B.C. government photo)
Work is being done on a section of the Coquihalla Highway after damage was caused by heavy rains and mudslides north of Hope, B.C., on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Hwy. 3, 99 and parts of Hwy. 1 to close over weekend as heavy rainfall sparks slide concerns

3 atmospheric rivers set to hit the region after last week’s flooding

Work is being done on a section of the Coquihalla Highway after damage was caused by heavy rains and mudslides north of Hope, B.C., on Monday, November 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Chilliwack’s Aaron Tschritter died in a car crash in the early hours of Nov. 25 in Texas. (Melissa Tschritter/ Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Chilliwack man reported missing dies in car crash in Texas

Chilliwack Realtor Aaron Tschritter died in an early-morning crash on expressway in Dallas

Chilliwack’s Aaron Tschritter died in a car crash in the early hours of Nov. 25 in Texas. (Melissa Tschritter/ Facebook photo)
An atmospheric river led to flooding across Metro Vancouver on Nov. 14. Three more are forecast for the weekend into next week, according to Environment Canada. (Shane MacKichan)

Environment Canada issues ‘red alert’ with 3 atmospheric rivers in the forecast

Atmospheric river on Nov. 26 saw 40-60 mm in areas of B.C.

An atmospheric river led to flooding across Metro Vancouver on Nov. 14. Three more are forecast for the weekend into next week, according to Environment Canada. (Shane MacKichan)
B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, Delta South MLA Ian Paton and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun meet with farmers from the Sumas Prairie, Nov. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)

Fraser Valley milk production returns, B.C. ranchers pitch in

Okanagan, Kootenay dairy farms shipping to Alberta

B.C. Agriculture Minister Lana Popham, Delta South MLA Ian Paton and Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun meet with farmers from the Sumas Prairie, Nov. 23, 2021. (B.C. government photo)
A worker walks past the West block as Parliament returns, in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The government has introduced a bill today to create 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, and also to create criminal code offences for anyone threatening a health care worker. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals push sick leave, crack down on health-care worker harassment in single bill

Bill would provide 10 days of paid sick leave to federally regulated workers

A worker walks past the West block as Parliament returns, in Ottawa, Monday, Nov. 22, 2021. The government has introduced a bill today to create 10 days of paid sick leave for federally regulated workers, and also to create criminal code offences for anyone threatening a health care worker. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
FILE - This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication. U.S. health officials say Merck’s experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but raises safety issues for pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 ahead of a public meeting next week where outside experts will debate the drug’s benefits and risks. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)

U.S. FDA says Merck COVID pill effective, experts will review safety

Drug would be the first that U.S. patients could take at home to ease symptoms and speed recovery

FILE - This undated file image provided by Merck & Co. shows their new antiviral medication. U.S. health officials say Merck’s experimental COVID-19 pill is effective but raises safety issues for pregnant women. The Food and Drug Administration posted its review Friday, Nov. 26, 2021 ahead of a public meeting next week where outside experts will debate the drug’s benefits and risks. (Merck & Co. via AP, File)
A watchful snowman diverts traffic away from the Kicking Horse Canyon. Through traffic will resume in the canyon on Dec. 1. (Claire Palmer photo)

Highway 1 to re-open east of Golden Dec. 1

The second round of extended closures to the stretch of road is wrapping up

A watchful snowman diverts traffic away from the Kicking Horse Canyon. Through traffic will resume in the canyon on Dec. 1. (Claire Palmer photo)
Impact of atmospheric river rainfall event in Sumas Prairie on Nov. 12-14 is still widely evident across the Fraser Valley with two more similar weather events forecast over the next four days. (File photo)

Okanagan avoids red alert rainfall warning

Massive precipitation expected to slam Lower Mainland and Fraser Valley next Tuesday/Wednesday

Impact of atmospheric river rainfall event in Sumas Prairie on Nov. 12-14 is still widely evident across the Fraser Valley with two more similar weather events forecast over the next four days. (File photo)
Interior Health is planning whole community immunization clinics in rural and remote communities. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Interior Health planning COVID clinics in rural areas

Clinics are open to people 18 and older for boosters as well as children aged five to 11

Interior Health is planning whole community immunization clinics in rural and remote communities. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating the RCMP after a man sustained a serious injury following his arrest in Enderby on Nov. 24, 2021. (File Photo)

Police watchdog investigating after man injured following arrest in Enderby

The man was arrested twice in less than 10 hours; RCMP’s role in injury under investigation

The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) is investigating the RCMP after a man sustained a serious injury following his arrest in Enderby on Nov. 24, 2021. (File Photo)