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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
District of Highlands council has approved the spending of COVID funds to upgrade the audio-visual technology and acoustics in the community hall. (Black Press Media file photo)

District of Highlands approves use of COVID funds to upgrade community hall

The funds will be used to improve audio-visual technology and acoustics for hybrid council meetings

District of Highlands council has approved the spending of COVID funds to upgrade the audio-visual technology and acoustics in the community hall. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
During a joint address with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Premier John Horgan said the idea of an alternative to the Malahat would be for the province to decide. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)

‘Not a federal concern’: a Malahat alternative would be up to B.C., not Ottawa says Horgan

The Prime Minister, Premier were asked about the potential for an alternate Island route on Friday

During a joint address with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Friday, Premier John Horgan said the idea of an alternative to the Malahat would be for the province to decide. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck)
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)
Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking storm Nov. 15. With more rain on the way, he worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

Flood-battered Langford residents worry next storms could spell disaster

Backyard of one Atkins Road property washed out to the back edge of family home

Jeff Morrow’s Atkins Road property was heavily damaged by flood waters during the record-breaking storm Nov. 15. With more rain on the way, he worries the situation will only get worse. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
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
The official community plan review in North Saanich cleared one, but not all hurdles during a special council meeting to consider the next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)

Familiar critics accuse North Saanich of ignoring public concerns about density

Public correspondence also shows support for more housing in community

The official community plan review in North Saanich cleared one, but not all hurdles during a special council meeting to consider the next moves. (Black Press Media file photo)
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)
Members of Greater Victoria’s Green Team work in Colwood’s Perimeter Park earlier in November. (Greater Victoria Green Team)

Volunteers sought for invasive species removal Saturday at Colwood park

Greater Victoria Green Team group will be at Pithouse Park from 9:45 a.m. to 1 p.m. Nov. 27

Members of Greater Victoria’s Green Team work in Colwood’s Perimeter Park earlier in November. (Greater Victoria Green Team)
Oak Bay Fire Department is seeking candidates for deputy chief. (Black Press Media file photo)

Oak Bay seeks dynamic deputy to help lead its fire department

Public relations skills an asset to work with Oak Bay fire

Oak Bay Fire Department is seeking candidates for deputy chief. (Black Press Media file photo)
Highway 4 is closed in both directions. Travellers should check DriveBC.ca for updates. (George Fifield photo)
Highway 4 is closed in both directions. Travellers should check DriveBC.ca for updates. (George Fifield 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)
The West Shore RCMP’s new gang enforcement unit should be up and running in the new year. (Black Press Media file photo)

Gang enforcement unit coming to West Shore RMCP in new year

Local police support program to bar gang members entry to restaurants, nightclubs

The West Shore RCMP’s new gang enforcement unit should be up and running in the new year. (Black Press Media file photo)