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A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Omicron response should focus on global vaccine equity, not travel bans: scientists

South African President Cyril Ramaphosa called the restrictions ‘completely unjustified’

A plane is silhouetted as it takes off from Vancouver International Airport in Richmond, B.C., Monday, May 13, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)

Tsawout First Nation launches fundraiser for family after fire destroys home

Fundraiser looks to raise $30,000 for a down payment

Tsawout First Nation has launched a fundraiser to help Anna Walkus and her family after a Thursday morning fire destroyed their home. (Black Press Media file photo)
Volunteers working for the Goldstream Hatchery to recover male salmon, as part of their salmon fertilization program. (Photo courtesy of Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery)

Enough salmon eggs survive flooding for Bowker Creek to run incubation program

High water flows had destroyed group’s incubation boxes, washed away salmon nests in Oak Bay

Volunteers working for the Goldstream Hatchery to recover male salmon, as part of their salmon fertilization program. (Photo courtesy of Bowker Creek Salmon Recovery)
Rail lines running parallel to the U.S. border are sandbagged in Abbotsford. Andy Holota / Black Press Media photo.

UPDATE: Sumas, Wa., sounds flood siren, Nooksack River flowing over U.S. border into Abbotsford

100 millimetres of rain dumped on the region raised water levels at bottom of Sumas Lake by 3 inches

Rail lines running parallel to the U.S. border are sandbagged in Abbotsford. Andy Holota / Black Press Media photo.
FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)
FILE – This undated electron microscope image made available by the U.S. National Institutes of Health in February 2020 shows the virus that causes COVID-19. (NIAID-RML via AP, File)
Saanich Police Department officers seen in front of 3293 Douglas St. on Nov. 28. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Saanich Police Department officers seen in front of 3293 Douglas St. on Nov. 28. (Kiernan Green/News Staff)
Crews work to repair the Coquihalla at Kingsvale Bridge, which is about 38 km south of Merritt, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
Crews work to repair the Coquihalla at Kingsvale Bridge, which is about 38 km south of Merritt, on Saturday, Nov. 27, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
The area impacted by the power outage in Saanich on Nov. 28 at 7:30 a.m. (Supplied by BC Hydro)

BC Hydro says Saanich outage should be fixed by 6 p.m.

Outage is due to planned work being done on equipment

The area impacted by the power outage in Saanich on Nov. 28 at 7:30 a.m. (Supplied by BC Hydro)
Flooding on Martindale Road in Parksville. A flood watch is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, with high water levels in the Sooke Lake reservoir leading to the closure of the Sooke Potholes. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gillespie Road, north of East Sooke, sees flooding

Currently residents are being asked to drive with caution, more to come

Flooding on Martindale Road in Parksville. A flood watch is in effect for most of Vancouver Island, with high water levels in the Sooke Lake reservoir leading to the closure of the Sooke Potholes. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Nechako River is seen flowing through Vanderhoof, B.C., in an Oct. 12, 2021, handout photo. A British Columbia regional district and three neighbouring First Nations have agreed to work together to restore a river that has been diverted for the last 70 years in order to generate hydroelectricity for aluminum smelting and the province’s power grid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Johnny Ketlo, *MANDATORY CREDIT*

First Nations, regional district in B.C. working together to restore diverted Nechako River

The Nechako, among the major tributaries of the Fraser River, runs through the town of Vanderhoof

The Nechako River is seen flowing through Vanderhoof, B.C., in an Oct. 12, 2021, handout photo. A British Columbia regional district and three neighbouring First Nations have agreed to work together to restore a river that has been diverted for the last 70 years in order to generate hydroelectricity for aluminum smelting and the province’s power grid. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Johnny Ketlo, *MANDATORY CREDIT*
Donations to the Student Bursary Legacy Fund celebrating Camosun College’s 50th anniversary will be matched up to $15,000 through Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)

Camosun College Student Society commits to matching bursary donations

Up to $15,000 will be matched for donations to 50th anniversary bursary fund until Nov. 30

Donations to the Student Bursary Legacy Fund celebrating Camosun College’s 50th anniversary will be matched up to $15,000 through Nov. 30. (Black Press Media file photo)
India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, embraces Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they attend the opening ceremony of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. Canada and India are quietly setting the stage to reboot formal free trade talks as the Trudeau government seeks economic alternatives to China following the dispute over the two Michaels affair. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Alberto Pezzali

India pushes renewed trade talks with Canada in aftermath of two Michaels China woes

Canada began trade talks with India a decade ago under the Conservative government of Stephen Harper

India Prime Minister Narendra Modi, right, embraces Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau as they attend the opening ceremony of the COP26 U.N. Climate Summit, in Glasgow, Scotland, Monday, Nov. 1, 2021. Canada and India are quietly setting the stage to reboot formal free trade talks as the Trudeau government seeks economic alternatives to China following the dispute over the two Michaels affair. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Alberto Pezzali
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surveys the damage left behind from the flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, November 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surveys the damage left behind from the flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, November 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus wave to onlookers as they make their way down Government Street during the 2021 Peninsula Co-Op Santa Light Parade Saturday, Nov. 27. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

PHOTOS: Parade of lights kicks off the holiday season, bringing cheer to downtown Victoria

More than 50 floats and groups participated and hundreds lined Government Street despite heavy rain

Mrs. Claus and Santa Claus wave to onlookers as they make their way down Government Street during the 2021 Peninsula Co-Op Santa Light Parade Saturday, Nov. 27. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
A sign reading ‘Stay safe’ in Regent Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)

COVID variant spreads to more countries as world on alert

Italy and Germany were the latest to report confirmed cases of the omicron variant

A sign reading ‘Stay safe’ in Regent Street, in London, Friday, Nov. 26, 2021. A slew of nations moved to stop air travel from southern Africa on Friday, and stocks plunged in Asia and Europe in reaction to news of a new, potentially more transmissible COVID-19 variant. (AP Photo/Alberto Pezzali)
Gas prices are displayed on a pump at a gas station in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Canadians will get a short reprieve from rising fuel prices as fears about a virulent new COVID-19 variant are expected to provide about an 11 cents per litre break on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Canadians to get biggest drop in gasoline prices since 2009 over COVID variant fears

The national average price could drop to about $1.32 per litre but will begin to rise again midweek

Gas prices are displayed on a pump at a gas station in Montreal, Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021. Canadians will get a short reprieve from rising fuel prices as fears about a virulent new COVID-19 variant are expected to provide about an 11 cents per litre break on Sunday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Debris is pictured along a flooded road in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday, November 25, 2021. British Columbia’s Transportation Ministry is proactively closing several highways Saturday as another storm hammers the already-saturated south coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Evacuation alerts, highway closures as more rain hammers southern B.C.

Weather warnings blanketed much of the province’s south Saturday

Debris is pictured along a flooded road in Abbotsford, B.C., Thursday, November 25, 2021. British Columbia’s Transportation Ministry is proactively closing several highways Saturday as another storm hammers the already-saturated south coast. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surveys the damage left behind from the flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, November 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Stressful weekend weather watch on further Fraser Valley flooding

Abbotsford mayor cites Nooksack River overflow as key factor in rising water

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau surveys the damage left behind from the flood waters in Abbotsford, B.C., Friday, November 26, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
United Way of Southern Vancouver Island is offering West Shore and Sooke youth $500 grants for projects that will improve their communities. (Black Press Media file photo)

West Shore, Sooke youth offered $500 grants from United Way to improve communities

The Youth in Action program is new this year, with applications due online by Dec. 3

United Way of Southern Vancouver Island is offering West Shore and Sooke youth $500 grants for projects that will improve their communities. (Black Press Media file photo)
Several road sections in Victoria will be closed on Saturday for the Peninsula Co-Op Santa’s Light Parade. (Black Press media file photo)

TRAFFIC: Road closures in Victoria for Santa’s Light Parade

Several road sections downtown will be impacted on Saturday

Several road sections in Victoria will be closed on Saturday for the Peninsula Co-Op Santa’s Light Parade. (Black Press media file photo)