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British envoy seeks Canada’s climate change help at UN talks in Glasgow

Canada has doubled its financial commitments to climate financing and raised its emissions-reductions targets

Minister of Finance and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland joins Prime Minister Justin Trudeau during a press conference as they visit the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario in Ottawa on October 21, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Internal government analysis shows depth of reliance on now-defunct recovery benefit

By early June, 75% of the 1.8 million unique recipients of the benefit were continuous or repeat beneficiaries

LifeLabs office on Fort Street in downtown Victoria on October 12, 2021. (Photo by Bailey Moreton)

BCGEU, LifeLabs reach new tentative agreement after union workers begin strike

Details are being finalized, employees will be presented with deal ahead of a vote on Monday

BC Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25, between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in anticipation of rough seas. (News Bulletin file photo)

BC Ferries sailings cancelled with forecasts calling for stormy seas

Monday-morning sailings to and from Nanaimo and Victoria cancelled

BC Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings scheduled for Monday, Oct. 25, between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland in anticipation of rough seas. (News Bulletin file photo)
A tug boat sprays the hull of the M/V Zim Kingston at 9:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 24. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)

Emergency zone doubled as crews continue to battle fire on cargo ship off of Victoria coast

Coast guard vessels cannot directly fight the fire because of toxic chemicals on board

A tug boat sprays the hull of the M/V Zim Kingston at 9:50 a.m., Sunday, Oct. 24. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)

Africa tries to end vaccine inequity by replicating Moderna’s mRNA shot

Scientists are making an end run around an industry that has vastly prioritized rich countries over poor

Caryn Fenner, Afrigen Biologics and Vaccines' technical director, poses for a photo in Cape Town, South Africa, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. With the backing of the World Health Organization, Afrigen scientists are assembling the equipment needed to reverse engineer Moderna's coronavirus vaccine. “The excitement is around learning how we harness mRNA technology to develop a COVID-19 vaccine,” Fenner said. ​(AP Photo/Jerome Delay)
FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s vaccine card enters 2nd stage; bars, gyms, ticketed events to require 2 COVID shots

Vaccine card venues will be able to increase capacity to 100%

FILE – Ravi Kahlon, B.C. Minister of Jobs, Economic Recovery and Innovation, has his provincial COVID-19 vaccine card scanned by White Spot restaurant general manager Bill Warwick, before having breakfast in Delta, B.C., on Wednesday, September 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Parents more hesitant to vaccinate kids than themselves, researcher says

Although 82% of eligible Canadians are fully vaccinated, only 51% of parents plan to immunize their kids

Health-care workers wait to vaccinate people at a COVID-19 clinic in Montreal, Tuesday, Aug. 10, 2021. While many parents were overjoyed at the news that Health Canada is considering approval of the first COVID-19 vaccine for kids age five to 11 in Canada, some are feeling more trepidatious, and public health officials said they are going to have a much more nuanced conversation with parents about vaccination than they did with adults. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Smoke coming off MV Zim Kingston vessel can be seen from Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

Cargo ship catches fire off Victoria’s shore on Saturday after losing 40 shipping containers

Fire aboard MV Zim Kingston reported to Coast Guard around 11 a.m., lifeboat sitting nearby

Smoke coming off MV Zim Kingston vessel can be seen from Victoria. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)

RCMP investigating reported double homicide on Vancouver Island

Police called to scene in Crofton shortly after midnight on Saturday, Oct. 23

Police are investigating an alleged double homicide in Crofton. (Kevin Rothbauer/Citizen)
LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)
LifeLabs workers represented by BCEGU strike outside LifeLabs administrative offices in Burnaby on Oct. 23. (Cole Schisler photo)
This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)

Baldwin was told gun was ‘cold’ before movie set shooting

Baldwin described the killing as a “tragic accident.”

This photo shows the Bonanza Creek Ranch one day after an incident left one crew member dead and another injured, Friday, Oct. 22, 2021 in Santa Fe, N.M. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is producing and starring in a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, authorities said. (Roberto E. Rosales/Albuquerque Journal)
Police have cordoned off a large area directly outside the emergency entrance to Chilliwack General Hospital. Paul Henderson photos.

Brash morning shooting directly outside B.C. hospital

Paramedics came upon shooting scene outside Chilliwack General Hospital

Police have cordoned off a large area directly outside the emergency entrance to Chilliwack General Hospital. Paul Henderson photos.
Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot

Canadian ski resorts face labour shortage, government slow to issue working visas

“We’ll start panicking around Nov. 1 if nothing changes because there’s just not enough Canadians…”

Skiers stands at the top of Big White ski resort in Kelowna, B.C., Friday, Jan. 26, 2007. Canadian ski resorts, including Big White, that rely on Canada’s backlogged visa approval service are facing a labour shortage this season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot
Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

Edward Rogers seeks to assert control at Rogers Communications as company stands firm

Rogers removed from board seat after failed attempt to oust CEO Joe Natale

Edward Rogers attends the company’s annual general meeting in Toronto on Thursday, April 18, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

O’Toole’s Tories outliers in Canadian politics for keeping vaccination status secret

Most federal and provincial parties are open about the immunization status of their members

A syringe is loaded with COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. The federal Conservatives’ refusal to disclose how many of their elected members are fully vaccinated makes them something of an outlier in the Canadian political sphere. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. school boards told to determine their own vaccine policy for staff

A patchwork approach could affect any unvaccinated teachers working in multiple districts

A cleaned classroom is seen during a media tour of Hastings Elementary school in Vancouver, Wednesday, September 2, 2020. British Columbia’s Education Ministry has released new guidelines to help school boards with COVID-19 vaccination policies, but is leaving any final decision up to the respective boards. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston

Workers fired for refusing vaccines likely won’t get EI, minister says

Federal Employment Minister Carla Qualtrough said refusing vaccination would be just cause for firing

The employment insurance section of the Government of Canada website is shown on a laptop. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jesse Johnston
Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)

B.C. records 13 more COVID-19 deaths Friday, 649 new cases

365 people in hospital, intensive care patients up to 142

Anna Lewald, left, a registered nurse at South Peninsula Hospital, gives Dave Aplin, right, an influenza vaccine at a flu and Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinic Friday, Oct. 15, 2021, at Homer High School in Homer, Alaska. (Photo by Michael Armstrong/Homer News)
Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick

First Nations seek safety upgrade for B.C. harbour after pair of floatplane crashes

Second Tofino incident in less than three months sparks call to Transport Canada for improvements

Fishing boats on the fourth street dock in Tofino sway from side-to-side with the heavy rain and wind after the tsunami warning ends, on Tuesday, Jan. 23, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Melissa Renwick