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Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)

U.S. man who re-entered Canada 20 minutes after being deported loses appeal of 9 month jail term

Gabriale Rene St. Constantine, 59, told Surrey judge he feared political unrest, violence in Oregon

Statue of Lady Justice at Vancouver courthouse. (Black Press Media)
A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

New Canadian care home standards to emphasize fact that they are homes, not wards

Consultations showed pandemic policies hurt mental and social well-being, balance called for

A woman tries to speak to her mother, through a window at Orchard Villa Care home, in Pickering, Ont. on Saturday, April 25, 2020. The expert spearheading new draft national standards for long-term care says they must strike a balance between residents’ safety and their quality of life. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Police obtained this image of a suspect via video footage. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)

West Shore RCMP looking for male suspect after industrial equipment stolen in Langford

Tools, equipment stolen from Island Crushing Ltd. site on Millstream Road

Police obtained this image of a suspect via video footage. (Courtesy of West Shore RCMP)
The Sidney Fire Department on scene at a single-vehicle crash along Canora Road Jan. 12. (Courtesy of Sidney Fire Department)
The Sidney Fire Department on scene at a single-vehicle crash along Canora Road Jan. 12. (Courtesy of Sidney Fire Department)
School administration officials, including principals, make decisions about closing in-person classes. (pixabay photo)
School administration officials, including principals, make decisions about closing in-person classes. (pixabay photo)
A LifeLabs staffing shortage is causing the health care provider to temporarily close and reduce hours at some Greater Victoria locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)

LifeLabs temporarily closes 2 Greater Victoria sites, reduces hours at 2 others

Jan. 11 to 23 measures come in as COVID-19 causes staffing shortage

A LifeLabs staffing shortage is causing the health care provider to temporarily close and reduce hours at some Greater Victoria locations. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston)
The City of Colwood is advising motorists of construction in the area of Sooke and Metchosin roads which will result in periodic lane closures and detours until Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)

Colwood construction causing delays at Metchosin and Sooke roads

Periodic lane closures and detours will last until Feb. 21

The City of Colwood is advising motorists of construction in the area of Sooke and Metchosin roads which will result in periodic lane closures and detours until Feb. 21. (Photo courtesy of City of Colwood)
Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)

B.C. COVID-19 case decline continues, 2,239 cases for Tuesday

Hospitalization continues to go up, 4 more health care outbreaks

Eric Aviles, age 6, receives the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine from pharmacist Sylvia Uong at a vaccine clinic for children ages 5 to 11 in Santa Ana, Calif., Nov. 9, 2021. Vaccines for children are being administered at community clinics in B.C.(Associated Press/Jae C. Hong)
Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
Ministry of Transportation staff survey the damage at the last remaining northbound strand of Bottletop Bridge. (Cole Schisler/Black Press)
B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)

B.C. vaccine protection holding as Omicron spreads, Dr. Henry says

60-70% less likely to land in hospital with two COVID-19 shots

B.C. provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry updates COVID-19 efforts, Vancouver, Dec. 29, 2021. (B.C. government)
Icy road conditions led to the crash. (Photo: Facebook)
Icy road conditions led to the crash. (Photo: Facebook)
FILE - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Jack Hill, Pool Photo via AP, File)

UK’s Johnson accused of breaking lockdown with garden party

British prime minister has insisted he personally broke no rules

FILE - Britain’s Prime Minister Boris Johnson pauses during a coronavirus media briefing in Downing Street, London, Tuesday, Jan. 4, 2022. (Jack Hill, Pool Photo via AP, File)
Oceanview Community Church has secured housing for a refugee family after raising money over the past three years. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips)

Ladysmith church secures housing in Duncan for refugee family

Oceanview community church raised over $58,000 to sponsor the family

Oceanview Community Church has secured housing for a refugee family after raising money over the past three years. (Photo courtesy of Pastor Darin Phillips)
FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. Russia, the United States and its NATO allies are meeting this week for negotiations focused on Moscow’s demand for Western security guarantees and Western concerns about a recent buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)

Kremlin: Not much optimism after Russia-US talks on Ukraine

Moscow wants guarantees to halt NATO’s eastward expansion, Washington calls that a non-starter

FILE - Russian President Vladimir Putin, left, and U.S President Joe Biden shake hands during their meeting at the ‘Villa la Grange’ in Geneva, Switzerland in Geneva, Switzerland, June 16, 2021. Russia, the United States and its NATO allies are meeting this week for negotiations focused on Moscow’s demand for Western security guarantees and Western concerns about a recent buildup of Russian troops near Ukraine. (AP Photo/Alexander Zemlianichenko, Pool, File)
Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Swamped Alberta limiting PCR testing to high-risk cases only

Province’s COVID cases top 57,000: Top doctor says true number likely 10 times higher

Alberta chief medical officer of health, Dr. Deena Hinshaw, provides a COVID-19 update in Edmonton on Friday, Sept. 3, 2021. Alberta is reducing availability to COVID-19 testing as it deals with a rising wave of cases brought on by the Omicron variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Tent camp reappears on Pandora Ave. in Victoria, Nov. 27, 2021. Motels were bought by B.C. Housing and permanent supportive housing projects are underway in Victoria and other B.C. communities in an effort to keep up with influx of homeless people with mental and addiction conditions. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C. urban mayors say they’ve hit their limit on homelessness, disorder

‘Catch and release’ system for people with mental illness, addiction

Tent camp reappears on Pandora Ave. in Victoria, Nov. 27, 2021. Motels were bought by B.C. Housing and permanent supportive housing projects are underway in Victoria and other B.C. communities in an effort to keep up with influx of homeless people with mental and addiction conditions. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)

B.C. post-secondary students launch petitions calling for online learning

Students call for online classes and enhanced safety measures in the classroom

Langara College in Vancouver. (Wikimedia Commons)
Saanich police are asking for public assistance identifying the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run of a pedestrian on the evening of Jan. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich police search for driver who struck 60-year-old pedestrian, left scene

Jan. 10 incident took place around 7:45 p.m. at Burnside Road West and McKenzie Avenue

Saanich police are asking for public assistance identifying the vehicle involved in a hit-and-run of a pedestrian on the evening of Jan. 10. (Black Press Media file photo)
Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)

Still Standing show schedule features Island community on Jan. 26

Chemainus part of Season 7 shooting that provided many challenges due to COVID

Still Standing host Jonny Harris strolls through Chemainus last summer, with the Native Heritage mural in the background, while filming a segment on the community for the program that airs Jan. 26 on CBC. (Photo by Chris Armstrong)
Route taken by a BC Hydro pole washed away west of Merritt by flooding in November 2021. (Photo credit: BC Hydro)

Hydro pole travels hundreds of kilometres from Nicola River to Boundary Bay

Broken pole found after being washed away following flooding on Highway 8 east of Merritt

Route taken by a BC Hydro pole washed away west of Merritt by flooding in November 2021. (Photo credit: BC Hydro)