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Amir Abdulrahman is shown in this undated police handout photo. He has pleaded guilty to manslaughter in the death of Sgt. Andrew Harnett. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - Calgary Police

Passenger pleads guilty to manslaughter in hit-and-run death of Calgary officer

Teen who was the alleged driver charged with first-degree murder, trial is to begin Jan. 31

The Supreme Court of Canada is seen in Ottawa, on Thursday, June 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Supreme Court restores manslaughter conviction in Regina child starvation case

Kevin Goforth will go back to the Saskatchewan Court of Appeal as sentence reduction considered

A worker disassembles a Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters, in New York, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. Police say a man is facing charges including arson for setting fire to a 50-foot Christmas tree in front of Fox News headquarters in midtown Manhattan. The tree outside of the News Corp. building that houses Fox News, The Wall Street Journal and the New York Post caught fire shortly after midnight Wednesday. (AP Photo/Richard Drew)

Giant Christmas tree outside Fox News headquarters set on fire

Man charged with criminal mischief, arson and trespassing

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)

Chopper lowers diver who pulls body from car resting just above Niagara Falls

Vehicle sat about 50 metres from the brink of the American Falls

A U.S. Coast Guard rescue diver is lowered toward the vehicle lodged in the water at the brink of Niagara Falls, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. (Derek Gee/Buffalo News via AP)
A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)

Black bear cub rescued from Vancouver Island tree, taken to wildlife centre

Goal is to release the animal safely back into the wild

A conservation officer rescues the black bear cub from a tree in Port Alice. (Cathy Anderson photo)
Nanaimo’s Stephen Parkes won $50,000 on a $3 scratch-and-win ticket recently. (Photo submitted)

Nanaimo man wins $50,000 on $3 scratch ticket

Stephen Parkes had trouble sleeping after scratching his winner just before bedtime

Nanaimo’s Stephen Parkes won $50,000 on a $3 scratch-and-win ticket recently. (Photo submitted)
City of Penticton is being called out for evicting and selling a vulnerable woman’s home at auction for not paying $10,000 in property taxes. (File photo)

Penticton should repay vulnerable woman after home sold to pay property tax: B.C. Ombudsperson

The City of Penticton sold the home after the woman was unable to pay $10,000 in taxes

City of Penticton is being called out for evicting and selling a vulnerable woman’s home at auction for not paying $10,000 in property taxes. (File photo)
Saanich police confirm that a youth struck by a vehicle while in a marked crosswalk on Dec. 6 has died. (Black Press Media file photo)

Youth struck by vehicle in Greater Victoria crosswalk dies in hospital

Incident occurred late Monday night near an intertsection in Saanich

Saanich police confirm that a youth struck by a vehicle while in a marked crosswalk on Dec. 6 has died. (Black Press Media file photo)
The local state of emergency that was put in place after last month’s flooding has ended. (File photo)

State of emergency prompted by flooding lifted in Cowichan

Recovery efforts continue in areas affected

  • Dec 7, 2021
The local state of emergency that was put in place after last month’s flooding has ended. (File photo)
It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

31 bears euthanized in the Elk Valley

Conservation Officers have been forced to destroy 31 bears in the Elk Valley so far

It has been a brutal year for bears in the Elk Valley, with dozens destroyed by Conservation Officers and more killed by traffic and trains. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
People wearing face masks stand near a clock outside of an office building counting down the days to the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein

Canadian officials to boycott Winter Olympics in China

Prime minister says country is ‘extremely concerned’ about China’s human rights abuses

People wearing face masks stand near a clock outside of an office building counting down the days to the opening ceremony of the 2022 Winter Olympics in Beijing, Wednesday, Dec. 8, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Mark Schiefelbein
Walmart Supercentre in Campbell River was the site of a stabbing on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror

Arrest made after shoplifter in purple wig stabs security guard in B.C. Walmart

A man in his 30s was taken into custody on Tuesday evening.

Walmart Supercentre in Campbell River was the site of a stabbing on Tuesday, Dec. 7. Ronan O’Doherty/ Campbell River Mirror
The federal government has confirmed legislation making conversion therapy illegal. Angelo Octaviano said he is proud to be his true self, at a gathering of LGBTQ Prince Rupert community members, supporters and allies to celebrate Pride month on June 19. (Photo: supplied, Kyle Hilliard)

Senate gives speedy passage to bill banning conversion therapy

Bill expected to receive royal assent as early as today

The federal government has confirmed legislation making conversion therapy illegal. Angelo Octaviano said he is proud to be his true self, at a gathering of LGBTQ Prince Rupert community members, supporters and allies to celebrate Pride month on June 19. (Photo: supplied, Kyle Hilliard)
A security guard stands in position outside a ward being prepared for the Omicron coronavirus variant at Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Within hours of the World Health Organization designating Omicron a variant of concern late last month, Moderna issued a press release telling the public it was already working on a vaccine booster that could target the new threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ajit Solanki

Improvements to vaccine technology in COVID age could benefit future inoculations

One benefit to mRNA vaccines is how they are rapidly adaptable

A security guard stands in position outside a ward being prepared for the Omicron coronavirus variant at Civil hospital in Ahmedabad, India, Monday, Dec. 6, 2021. Within hours of the World Health Organization designating Omicron a variant of concern late last month, Moderna issued a press release telling the public it was already working on a vaccine booster that could target the new threat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Ajit Solanki
B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth and his ministry have committed $486,000 to aid 24 school districts to create programs to assist children at risk of entering gangs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

B.C. public safety ministry commits $486K to combat gangs recruiting children

Money administered through School District Mentorship Program, says B.C. government

B.C. Minister of Public Safety Mike Farnworth and his ministry have committed $486,000 to aid 24 school districts to create programs to assist children at risk of entering gangs. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Mark Holland speaks during a news conference on November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Liberals raise doubts of high number of vaccine exemptions among Conservatives

House leader calls for Conservative transparency about number of unvaccinated elected officials

Leader of the Government in the House of Commons Mark Holland speaks during a news conference on November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)

Malahat Skywalk gearing up for Christmas

Number of events planned over festive season

  • Dec 7, 2021
The Malahat SkyWalk will host numerous events over the Christmas season. (John McKinley/Black Press)
According to a Research Co. survey, 36 per cent of B.C. residents are willing to fly to another province, or territory, this holiday season. (Black Press file)
According to a Research Co. survey, 36 per cent of B.C. residents are willing to fly to another province, or territory, this holiday season. (Black Press file)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which begins booking third doses for people aged 65 and up this week. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. records 326 cases of COVID-19 Tuesday, one more death

New infections still mainly among unvaccinated people

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry and vaccination lead Dr. Penny Ballem outline B.C.’s COVID-19 booster vaccine program, which begins booking third doses for people aged 65 and up this week. (B.C. government photo)
Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. safety agency issues worker hazard warnings for flooding cleanup

Risks may include asbestos and chemical or biological contamination, among others

Properties on Hatzic Lake are surrounded by high water after floodwaters began to recede, near Mission, B.C., on Sunday, December 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck