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A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. A national substance use research organization is warning about a new type of opioid that is increasingly being found in Canada’s unregulated drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rise of new opioid highlights unpredictable drug supply: Expert

Rising presence in the drug supply of potent synthetic opioids referred to as nitazenes

A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. A national substance use research organization is warning about a new type of opioid that is increasingly being found in Canada’s unregulated drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Battle of Alberta deadlocked after Oilers dump Flames 5-3 to even playoff series

Draisaitl, Keith have 3 points apiece for Edmonton; Game 3 goes Sunday

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)
A surveillance photo of a suspect in a reported robbery at CIBC in Parksville on May 19. (Submitted photo)
Tim Ennis is the next guest on the Record’s podcast, Off The Page.

PODCAST: Vancouver Island conservation biologist Tim Ennis talks all things bats

Off The Page: learn why bats are responsible for bad hangovers and much more

Tim Ennis is the next guest on the Record’s podcast, Off The Page.
Volunteers and researchers with Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) conducted a two-day clam abundance survey in the Nanoose Bay Recreational Shellfish Reserve on May 14 and May 15, 2022. (Kevin Forsyth photo)

Researchers trying to track clam numbers notice Nanoose Bay drop-off

No confirmation if it represents natural fluctuation or another cause

Volunteers and researchers with Mount Arrowsmith Biosphere Region Research Institute (MABRRI) conducted a two-day clam abundance survey in the Nanoose Bay Recreational Shellfish Reserve on May 14 and May 15, 2022. (Kevin Forsyth photo)
Doug Allin is the head coach for the Canadian Men’s U23 softball team, and an assistant coach for the men’s national team too. Contributed photo

Vancouver Island native leading Canada’s U23 softball program

Doug Allin helped Team Canada win Silver at Pan Am tourney in Argentina

Doug Allin is the head coach for the Canadian Men’s U23 softball team, and an assistant coach for the men’s national team too. Contributed photo
(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)

B.C. man robs gas station, uses toddler as a shield against police

Kamloops RCMP say the Oliver man was arrested after attempted robbery with his 3-year-old child

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
Former social worker Robert Riley Saunders is in court for 13 charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna judge rules disgraced former social worker deprived youth

Robert Riley Saunders will be sentenced on June 22 and 23

Former social worker Robert Riley Saunders is in court for 13 charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, says he will stay in the top job to maintain continuity and stability in government until a new United Conservative party leader is chosen, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, says he will stay in the top job to maintain continuity and stability in government until a new United Conservative party leader is chosen, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Due to the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer farmers like Tara Sawyer, pictured at her family’s farm near Acme, Alta., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, say this will be the most expensive crop in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Stakes are high for farmers as 2022 crop shapes up to be Canada’s most expensive ever

Costs surge due to inflationary pressures, spiking energy costs, and the war in Ukraine

Due to the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer farmers like Tara Sawyer, pictured at her family’s farm near Acme, Alta., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, say this will be the most expensive crop in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

FIFA plans to announce 2026 World Cup sites on June 16

Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto all in the running to host games

Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Calgary Flames’ Joel Otto (left) jousts with Edmonton Oilers’ Steve Smith during NHL playoff action in Calgary, Apr.16, 1991. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE-Mike Ridewood)

‘A lot of hate’: Oilers, Flames alumni look back at last playoff Battle of Alberta

‘The most physical, aggressive, emotional series I’ve ever been part of’

Calgary Flames’ Joel Otto (left) jousts with Edmonton Oilers’ Steve Smith during NHL playoff action in Calgary, Apr.16, 1991. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE-Mike Ridewood)
New photo display at the entrance to the DD memorial site on the Pacific Circle Route. (Photo submitted)

Six years and counting: Family angry fatal Chemainus stabbing still before the courts

Accused in Descoteau death now pursuing not criminally responsible defence despite pleading guilty

New photo display at the entrance to the DD memorial site on the Pacific Circle Route. (Photo submitted)
One man missing, and two people were saved after a boat capsized on May 19, 2022. (Gazette file)
One man missing, and two people were saved after a boat capsized on May 19, 2022. (Gazette file)
The new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. primary care teams ‘chronically understaffed,’ opposition says

Urgent care clinics reach one million visits despite shortage

The new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
West Coast Wonder Women founder Ellen Connor, seen here coaching members of the Sooke Boxing Club, is pumped about the return of WCWW Tournament May 20-22 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)

Wonder Women boxing tournament returns to Sooke this weekend

80 boxer from across North America will compete

West Coast Wonder Women founder Ellen Connor, seen here coaching members of the Sooke Boxing Club, is pumped about the return of WCWW Tournament May 20-22 at the Sooke Community Hall. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Massive cinder blocks were knocked out of place by flooding at the Othello Tunnels. (Adventures R Us YouTube screenshot)

Most provincial parks open in time for May long weekend, despite winter storm damage

Parks around Hope and Lytton still closed after year filled with fire, heat and landslides

Massive cinder blocks were knocked out of place by flooding at the Othello Tunnels. (Adventures R Us YouTube screenshot)
The B.C. Government has received reports of suspected avian flu in pelicans across the Cariboo. (Kelly Sinoski photo — 100 Mile Free Press)

Colonies of endangered pelicans in Northern B.C. test positive for avian flu

Reports of sick pelicans in the Cariboo at Williams Lake, Alkali, Puntzi and Bouchie lakes.

The B.C. Government has received reports of suspected avian flu in pelicans across the Cariboo. (Kelly Sinoski photo — 100 Mile Free Press)
Surrey RCMP say a 24-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly inappropriately touched a child in a store on May 15, 2022. (File photo: Black Press Media)

Man charged after police say 3-year-old child groped in B.C. store

Surrey RCMP say the child’s father, bystanders kept the suspect on scene until police arrived

Surrey RCMP say a 24-year-old man has been charged after he allegedly inappropriately touched a child in a store on May 15, 2022. (File photo: Black Press Media)