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A pedestrian walks on a bridge above vehicle traffic in New Delhi, India, Tuesday, Nov. 12, 2019, as the city is enveloped under thick smog. The air quality index exceeded 400, about eight times the recommended maximum. A study released on Tuesday, May 17, 2022, blames pollution of all types for 9 million deaths a year globally, with the death toll attributed to dirty air from cars, trucks and industry rising 55% since 2000. (AP Photo/Manish Swarup, File)

Global pollution kills 9 million people a year, study finds

As many deaths as cigarette smoking and second-hand smoke combined

RCMP are seen here making arrests May 17 near Argenta, B.C., north of Nelson. A group had been camped out protesting a logging company’s plans for the area. Photo: Louis Bockner

RCMP make arrests at logging protest north of Nelson

Last Stand West Kootenay was camped out on a road near Argenta

Two wooden barns that are part of the Alberni District Fall Fairgrounds go up in flames in the early morning hours of May 17, 2022. (PHOTO COURTESY PETER HESSE)

Suspicious fire destroys two empty horse barns at Port Alberni’s fall fairgrounds

It’s the third suspicious fire in the past six months at the site, officials say

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland students to repair vandalized mural

Graffiti was sprayed on mural with reconciliation message

A mural in Summerland with a Truth and Reconciliation message has been vandalized. The damage was discovered on May 10. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Burned cars and structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. A report on the wildfire concludes the disaster couldn’t have been stopped, even with an area-wide emergency response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Report into Lytton wildfire says more community fireproofing needed

Best possible fire response would have been “overwhelmed” due to easily ignitable structures and homes

Burned cars and structures are seen in Lytton, B.C., on Friday, July 9, 2021, after a wildfire destroyed most of the village on June 30. A report on the wildfire concludes the disaster couldn’t have been stopped, even with an area-wide emergency response.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Village of Queen Charlotte offices. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)

Village of Queen Charlotte votes to restore ancestral Haida name

“Maybe this will start spreading east and more communities will look at doing what we’re doing”

The Village of Queen Charlotte offices. (Haida Gwaii Observer file photo)
People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022.The Canadian Airports Council is asking the federal government to do away with COVID-19 protocols at customs to clear up the chaos that international travellers experience when they arrive in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Regular travel and public health measures can’t coexist: Canadian Airport Council

Council wants federal government to do away with random tests and public health questions at customs

People wait in line to check in at Pearson International Airport in Toronto on Thursday, May 12, 2022.The Canadian Airports Council is asking the federal government to do away with COVID-19 protocols at customs to clear up the chaos that international travellers experience when they arrive in Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Vaping devices are displayed at a store in New York, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Canadian government is in the midst of reviewing the legislation that legalized vaping for the first time since it was passed in 2018, and appears to be veering away from the narrow path between treating vapes as a harm reduction tool and danger in and of itself. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mary Altaffer

Government’s changing vape strategy shifts focus away from cigarettes, advocates fear

Harms of vaping relative to smoking tobacco cigarettes are still something of a mystery

Vaping devices are displayed at a store in New York, Thursday, Jan. 2, 2020. The Canadian government is in the midst of reviewing the legislation that legalized vaping for the first time since it was passed in 2018, and appears to be veering away from the narrow path between treating vapes as a harm reduction tool and danger in and of itself. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Mary Altaffer
The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)

Bear destroys Vancouver Island van after getting trapped inside

RCMP officer frees black bear, but not before it obliterates the vehicle’s interior

The interior of Ucluelet resident Katharine Fleming’s van was demolished on Friday morning when a bear became trapped inside and desperately tried to break its way out. (Andrew Bailey photo)
Midway RCMP clarified that a traffic stop was conducted just outside of Greenwood at the time of the incident. (File photo/Black Press Media)

RCMP confirm Mountie who pulled over driver in Midway was not an imposter

A woman claimed, on social media, she was pulled over by a police impersonator outside of Greenwood

Midway RCMP clarified that a traffic stop was conducted just outside of Greenwood at the time of the incident. (File photo/Black Press Media)
Jan Smith (right) leads by doing with energy and enthusiasm, supporting other volunteers in our education work, restoration of native plants on the property and managing our growing organization. Here she is leading a group tour at the facility. The facility is closed to the public until further notice, due to the discovery of avian flu in the Comox Valley.

Vancouver Island bird rescue centre closes public access to protect against avian flu

Mountainaire Avian Rescue Society Visitor Centre closes to protect against avian flu

  • May 17, 2022
Jan Smith (right) leads by doing with energy and enthusiasm, supporting other volunteers in our education work, restoration of native plants on the property and managing our growing organization. Here she is leading a group tour at the facility. The facility is closed to the public until further notice, due to the discovery of avian flu in the Comox Valley.
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive in St. John’s to begin a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Prince Charles offers remarks about reconciliation as Canadian tour begins

Gov. Gen. Mary Simon welcomed Charles and Camilla to Canada in Inuktitut

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall, arrive in St. John’s to begin a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

PM says inviting Iran to Vancouver soccer friendly is not “a very good idea”

Some call match slap in the face to Canadians who died on Ukraine International Airlines Flight 752

Members of Canada’s national soccer team celebrate after clinching a berth in CONCACAF World Cup Qualifier soccer action against Jamaica in Toronto on Sunday March 27, 2022 THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
An investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, May 16, 2022. The case of a white gunman accused of massacring 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket last weekend has highlighted the role of social media to promote hatred. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Rourke

Over half of young people see racist content online about immigrants, poll suggests

Leger survey an indication that younger people are more likely to see this sort of content

An investigator works at the scene of a shooting at a supermarket, in Buffalo, N.Y., Monday, May 16, 2022. The case of a white gunman accused of massacring 10 Black people in a racist attack at a Buffalo, N.Y., supermarket last weekend has highlighted the role of social media to promote hatred. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Matt Rourke
B.C. Library Association executive director Rina Hadziev speaks at the James Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, May 17, 2022. (B.C. government video)

B.C. boosts public libraries with $8M COVID-19 recovery fund

Pandemic shows need for technology, building upgrades

B.C. Library Association executive director Rina Hadziev speaks at the James Bay branch of the Greater Victoria Public Library, May 17, 2022. (B.C. government video)
Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, is awaiting sentencing on two child-pornography charges, of which he was convicted in February 2022.

Crown says former Abbotsford vice-principal should get up to 3 years for child porn

Judge reserves sentencing decision for Mike Haire, convicted of 2 offences

Mike Haire, a former vice-principal at W. A. Fraser middle school in Abbotsford, is awaiting sentencing on two child-pornography charges, of which he was convicted in February 2022.
Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May, here seen in September, says the recent run of climatic crises has shifted the discussion around climate change in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)

‘Not indecent’: Elizabeth May sponsors petition advocating for public nudity in Canada

Though she is the sponsor, Elizabeth May says she does not support public nudity

Federal Green Party MP Elizabeth May, here seen in September, says the recent run of climatic crises has shifted the discussion around climate change in Canada. (Black Press Media file photo)
A smiling Stocky at a February ceremony near the Lazo Marsh to honour his birthday, his service to Canada, and his lifelong contributions to nature, conservation and Ducks Unlimited Canada. A large cairn was unveiled. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Legendary Vancouver Island war hero pilot dies at age 100

Western Desert Campaign ace James (Stocky) Edwards remembered as a gentleman, and an icon

A smiling Stocky at a February ceremony near the Lazo Marsh to honour his birthday, his service to Canada, and his lifelong contributions to nature, conservation and Ducks Unlimited Canada. A large cairn was unveiled. Photo by Erin Haluschak
Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance at Rainfest 2022 in Duncan City Square in February. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)

Vancouver Island’s Funkanometry dances its way onto ‘America’s Got Talent’

World of Dance veterans move their way onto a new stage, will appear on ‘Talent’s’ season 17

Funkanometry’s Carlow Rush, left, and Jacksun Fryer dance at Rainfest 2022 in Duncan City Square in February. (Sarah Simpson/Citizen)
BC Ferries is expecting a busy May long weekend and has added 110 extra sailings to help ease traffic. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

BC Ferries pads long weekend with 110 extra sailings as reservations sell out

More than 300,000 passengers and 100,000 vehicles expected over May long weekend

BC Ferries is expecting a busy May long weekend and has added 110 extra sailings to help ease traffic. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)