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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
The Komagata Maru memorial was vandalized on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (Jindi Singh/Twitter)
The Komagata Maru memorial was vandalized on Sunday, Aug. 22, 2021. (Jindi Singh/Twitter)
Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew escaped from their burning home west of Salmon Arm on Switzmalph land about 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 after someone was seen running away from the house. (Contributed)

Home destroyed in fire; Salmon Arm RCMP track footprints to unconscious man 2km away

Man witnesses believe started fire flees for two kilometres, officer performs CPR for an hour

Bonnie Thomas and her son Darcy Andrew escaped from their burning home west of Salmon Arm on Switzmalph land about 3 a.m. Saturday, Jan. 8 after someone was seen running away from the house. (Contributed)
A sign is seen outside a LifeLabs location in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

11 LifeLabs locations close temporarily, 5 shorten hours due to Omicron spread

Laboratory says closures are being caused by staffing shortages

A sign is seen outside a LifeLabs location in North Vancouver B.C., on Friday, October 22, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
RCMP officers detain and speak with one of the protesters at the Real Canadian Superstore in Kamloops on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (Kamloops This Week/Facebook)

RCMP arrest 5, ticket 43 maskless protesters at Kamloops Superstore

Police responded following reports of increased intimidation and escalation during weekly protests

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RCMP officers detain and speak with one of the protesters at the Real Canadian Superstore in Kamloops on Monday, Jan. 10, 2022. (Kamloops This Week/Facebook)
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)
The most recent Bigg’s killer whale calf, T124A7, breaches the water alongside three adult members of the pod. (Karac Lindsay/Eagle Wing Tours, courtesy of Pacific Whale Watch Association)
The most recent Bigg’s killer whale calf, T124A7, breaches the water alongside three adult members of the pod. (Karac Lindsay/Eagle Wing Tours, courtesy of Pacific Whale Watch Association)
Peter Simpson, BC Ferries director of fleet operations and strategy; Cathi Charles Wherry, special advisor, First Peoples’ Cultural Council; and Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO, attend a ceremony announcing the name of the sixth Island-class ferry. (Photo submitted)
Peter Simpson, BC Ferries director of fleet operations and strategy; Cathi Charles Wherry, special advisor, First Peoples’ Cultural Council; and Mark Collins, BC Ferries’ president and CEO, attend a ceremony announcing the name of the sixth Island-class ferry. (Photo submitted)
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)
Residents have been sharing photos of highway potholes via social media. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)
Residents have been sharing photos of highway potholes via social media. (Devon Matheson/Facebook photo)
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)
View Royal Mayor David Screech finds himself annually explaining to residents that property taxes don’t increase or decrease to the same degree as property assessments. With assessments jumping 25 to 30 per cent in his municipality alone, he felt the need to post an explanation on social media. (Black Press Media file photo)

Assessments vs. taxation: why soaring Island assessments may not mean soaring taxes

Average increase, municipal budget shape tax increases more than individual assessment hike

View Royal Mayor David Screech finds himself annually explaining to residents that property taxes don’t increase or decrease to the same degree as property assessments. With assessments jumping 25 to 30 per cent in his municipality alone, he felt the need to post an explanation on social media. (Black Press Media file photo)
People rally against Bill 21 in Montreal in 2019. On Thursday (Jan. 6) Victoria council voted to contribute $9,500 to a growing legal challenge against the bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)

B.C.’s capital bucking up for legal challenge of Quebec’s religious symbols ban

Victoria among number of Canadian cities commiting cash, encourage other B.C. cities to do the same

People rally against Bill 21 in Montreal in 2019. On Thursday (Jan. 6) Victoria council voted to contribute $9,500 to a growing legal challenge against the bill. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes)
Victoria firefighters were called to an apartment fire in a building in the 1100-block of Fort Street. (Photo courtesy of Chris Boughton)
Victoria firefighters were called to an apartment fire in a building in the 1100-block of Fort Street. (Photo courtesy of Chris Boughton)
Icy road conditions led to the crash. (Photo: Facebook)
Icy road conditions led to the crash. (Photo: Facebook)
Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. braces for heavy rain, potential floods as latest atmospheric river arrives

Up to 150 millimetres of rain pending in a series of waves that won’t relent until Thursday

Rising floodwater surrounds a home and covers Highway 1 in Abbotsford,  B.C., Tuesday, Nov. 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Slim majority support government lockdowns, restrictions in response to Omicron

Growing number of Canadians are unhappy with how their governments are handling pandemic

FILE - A chef cooks Chinese food on a rainy fall day as the restaurant is open for curb-side pickup during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Monday, November 30, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
FILE - A woman walks towards the entrance of the TransAlta headquarters building in Calgary on April 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal

Watchdog group wants seat on Alberta probe into ATCO B.C. Trans Mountain dealings

Company allegedly tried to pass $12-million overpayment on to Alberta consumers

FILE - A woman walks towards the entrance of the TransAlta headquarters building in Calgary on April 29, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Larry MacDougal
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)