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Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan answers a reporters question as he joins Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for a campaign event in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada’s only female defence minister was in 1993. Is it time for another?

Military has faced recent incidents involving sexual misconduct

Minister of National Defence Harjit Sajjan answers a reporters question as he joins Liberal Leader Justin Trudeau for a campaign event in downtown Vancouver, B.C., on August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Michael Kovrig, centre right, waves to media as his wife Vina Nadjibulla, centre left, and sister Ariana Botha after his arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

Canada faces immediate, long-term decisions on China ties after Two Michaels’ return

Liberals promised that they would develop a comprehensive strategy for the Asia-Pacific region

Michael Kovrig, centre right, waves to media as his wife Vina Nadjibulla, centre left, and sister Ariana Botha after his arrival at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on September 25, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson

Denied cross-border shoppers, some U.S. companies opt to export to Canada instead

Ongoing closure of the Mexican and Canadian land borders is costing U.S. businesses $1.5 billion a month

A car approaches one of the few lanes open at the Peace Arch border crossing between Canada and the United States, in Blaine, Wash., June 8, 2021. The U.S. State Department is now urging Americans to “reconsider travel” to Canada due to what the Centers for Disease Control call “high” levels of COVID-19 infection. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Elaine Thompson
Tim Hortons franchise co-owner, former Tkemlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief and former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shane Gottfriedson holds a box of orange-sprinkled Tim Hortons doughnuts in this undated handout photo taken from video. The discovery of the unmarked graves of children, some as young as three years old, sent shockwaves across the country last spring. It also propelled a group of Indigenous Tim Hortons owners to come up with fundraising campaign for residential school survivors involving an orange-sprinkled doughnut. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Indigenous Tim Hortons owners drive campaign for residential school survivors

Tim Hortons will donate 100 per cent of the retail price of orange-sprinkled doughnuts for one

Tim Hortons franchise co-owner, former Tkemlups te Secwepemc First Nation chief and former B.C. regional chief for the Assembly of First Nations Shane Gottfriedson holds a box of orange-sprinkled Tim Hortons doughnuts in this undated handout photo taken from video. The discovery of the unmarked graves of children, some as young as three years old, sent shockwaves across the country last spring. It also propelled a group of Indigenous Tim Hortons owners to come up with fundraising campaign for residential school survivors involving an orange-sprinkled doughnut. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Tim Hortons *MANDATORY CREDIT*
RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)

2 students dead after early-morning collision at UBC

A 21-year-old man was arrested at the scene

RCMP crest. (Black Press Media files)
Richie Stelmack. (B.C. RCMP)

Missing teen boy, 15, found dead northeast of Squamish

Richie Stelmack had been missing since Sept. 22

Richie Stelmack. (B.C. RCMP)
A salmon is reeled in by a fisherman along the shores of the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Fishers, experts await details on Ottawa’s latest plan to save Pacific salmon

Fisheries and Oceans said stocks are declining to ‘historic lows’ due to climate change, habitat loss

A salmon is reeled in by a fisherman along the shores of the Fraser River near Chilliwack, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 1, 2010. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A food delivery person wears a face mask as they walk away from a downtown Vancouver restaurant with a pick-up on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel

B.C. extends order capping fees charged by food delivery services at 15%

All other fees are capped at an additional five per cent

A food delivery person wears a face mask as they walk away from a downtown Vancouver restaurant with a pick-up on Thursday, Dec. 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Marissa Tiel
A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Survivor offers advice on how to honour National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Geraldine Shingoose believes it’s important to listen to survivors’ experiences

A woman places one of 215 pairs of children’s shoes on the steps of the Vancouver Art Gallery as a memorial to the 215 children whose remains have been found buried at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, in Vancouver, B.C., Friday, May 28, 2021. When the Tk’emlúps te Secwe̓pemc Nation announced the discovery of 215 unmarked graves found at the site of a former residential school in Kamloops, B.C., Canadians had to face the horrific realities Indigenous children and youth had to live while being forced to attend residential schools. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Kovrig, centre, embraces his wife Vina Nadjibulla, left, and sister Ariana Botha after arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Two Canadians who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years are home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Michael Kovrig and Michael Spavor back in Canada after detention in China

Meng’s arrest in Vancouver in December 2018 at the behest of the U.S. has been a source of simmering tensions

Michael Kovrig, centre, embraces his wife Vina Nadjibulla, left, and sister Ariana Botha after arriving at Pearson International Airport in Toronto, Saturday, Sept. 25, 2021. Two Canadians who were imprisoned in China for nearly three years are home. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Extinction Rebellion protesters marched down Vancouver’s Main Street on Sept. 25. (Cole Schisler photo)
Extinction Rebellion protesters marched down Vancouver’s Main Street on Sept. 25. (Cole Schisler photo)
Jason Klop filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court on Sept. 17, stating the college has no jurisdiction over his sale of FMT to buyers outside of Canada. Facebook photo.

B.C. naturopath fights order to stop selling human poop in dubious treatments

Jason Klop takes legal action against College of Naturopathic Physicians of B.C.

Jason Klop filed a petition in B.C. Supreme Court on Sept. 17, stating the college has no jurisdiction over his sale of FMT to buyers outside of Canada. Facebook photo.
PCRS official Steven Esau acting as tour guide for Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson at Traverse youth treatment facility in Chilliwack on Sept. 22, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)

Provincial reps tour first treatment facility for B.C. teens

First 20-bed treatment facility for teens in B.C. with both clinical and outdoor components

PCRS official Steven Esau acting as tour guide for Chilliwack MLA Dan Coulter and Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson at Traverse youth treatment facility in Chilliwack on Sept. 22, 2021. (Jennifer Feinberg/ Chilliwack Progress)
Canada Service centre documents that display Employment Insurance options are pictured in Ottawa on July 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

There are new rules about employment insurance. Here’s what you need to know.

The employment insurance system is set for another round of pandemic-related changes

Canada Service centre documents that display Employment Insurance options are pictured in Ottawa on July 7, 2015. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
People have placed children shoes in front of churches and court buildings across Canada, including in Hope, B.C. Here, several shoes sit on the steps of the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Good Hope church, on May 31, 2021. Across the road, a display of orange shirts, crosses and flowers was being created. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Canadian Catholic bishops ‘apologize unequivocally’ for residential schools

The Canadian Conference of Catholic Bishops agreed to the wording of the one-page statement

People have placed children shoes in front of churches and court buildings across Canada, including in Hope, B.C. Here, several shoes sit on the steps of the Roman Catholic Our Lady of Good Hope church, on May 31, 2021. Across the road, a display of orange shirts, crosses and flowers was being created. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are shown in a composite image of two 2018 images taken from video footage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP

Kovrig and Spavor on way back to Canada after nearly three years detention in China

Canadians Michael Spavor and Michael Kovrig were free and bound for home late Friday

Meng Wanzhou, second right, chief financial officer of Huawei, returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a break from her extradition hearing in Vancouver on Wednesday, August 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Michael Kovrig, left, and Michael Spavor are shown in a composite image of two 2018 images taken from video footage. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP
The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

Sicamous to donate $1 per person in district to help Village of Lytton rebuild

Sicamous council received a call to action from the Regional District of Mount Waddington

The remains of a large structure and vehicles destroyed by the Lytton Creek wildfire are seen on the side of the Trans-Canada Highway near Lytton on Aug. 15, 2021. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
Photograph taken during Vanderhoof Curling Club’s 2019 season. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)

Vanderhoof Curling Club ready to rock new season

Early registration held for 2021-22 curling season

Photograph taken during Vanderhoof Curling Club’s 2019 season. (Aman Parhar/Omineca Express)
A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)

B.C. records 743 more COVID-19 cases Friday, 7 more deaths

34 deaths in 8 days, hospital and ICU cases remain high

A pop up COVID-19 vaccine clinic at Rotary Park in Smithers is open for walk-ins for first and second doses of vaccine until 6 p.m. Friday and and at the Smithers arena Saturday, Sept. 25, 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. (Deb Meissner/Interior News)
BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)

BC Housing vows to fight for ‘vital’ Penticton shelter in court

The filing is in response to the city’s civil claim filed in July

BC Housing has proposed that Victory Church at 352 Winnipeg Street in Penticton be used to shelter up to 42 people experiencing homelessness from Oct. 2020 to March 2021. (Jesse Day - Western News)