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Flowers on Central Saanich Road mark the spot where Kim Ward was struck by a vehicle and killed in August 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, continued Thursday in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)

More details emerge about fatal pedestrian crash in Central Saanich

Crash scene photographer, second eyewitness testify in day 4 of Anthony Thomas trial

Flowers on Central Saanich Road mark the spot where Kim Ward was struck by a vehicle and killed in August 2018. The trial for the man charged with causing her death, Anthony Thomas, continued Thursday in Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)

Northern Vancouver Island high school announces ‘functional closure’

‘This closure is due to the shortage of staff and the inability to cover these staff shortages’

North Island Secondary School in Port McNeill. (Gazette file photo)
Professional snowboarder Marie-France Roy, centre, listens to speakers at a solidarity for Fairy Creek rally in Tofino in June 2021. (Westerly file photo)

Police enforcement at Fairy Creek Watershed cost Canadians more than $10 million

Temporary injunction against protest in place as court considers appeal over rejected extension

Professional snowboarder Marie-France Roy, centre, listens to speakers at a solidarity for Fairy Creek rally in Tofino in June 2021. (Westerly file photo)
Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)

Councillor pitches reconciliation task force for Oak Bay

Notice of motion, on Monday’s agenda, also requests changes to history page on district website

Oak Bay is set to talk reconcilliation Monday, Jan. 24. (Black Press Media file photo)
“Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

B.C.’s COVID-19 fifth wave continues to decline, 15 more deaths

Hospital cases stable, 8 care home outbreaks Thursday

“Kids and Families Vaccine Clinic” in Toronto on Thursday, January 13, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Save-On-Foods will be limiting store capacity to 50 per cent as part of their COVID-19 business safety plan. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

Save-On-Foods reduces store capacity to 50% to curb COVID spread

The measure is part of their COVID-19 business safety plan

Save-On-Foods will be limiting store capacity to 50 per cent as part of their COVID-19 business safety plan. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Police tape is shown in Toronto Tuesday, May 2, 2017. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Manitoba RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy holds a news conference in Winnipeg on Thursday Jan. 20, 2022. Mounties in Manitoba say they have found the bodies of four people — including an infant and a teen — near the United States border. (Kelly Geraldine Malone/The Canadian Press via AP)

‘Heartbreaking tragedy:’ Four people found dead in blizzard in Manitoba near border

Man, woman and baby found just 10 metres from the border, a teen boy was a short distance away

Manitoba RCMP Assistant Commissioner Jane MacLatchy holds a news conference in Winnipeg on Thursday Jan. 20, 2022. Mounties in Manitoba say they have found the bodies of four people — including an infant and a teen — near the United States border. (Kelly Geraldine Malone/The Canadian Press via AP)
Missing man Jean Paul Dupuis is pictured in this 2020 photo, but is said to have lost weight since it was taken. (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)

MISSING: VicPD helping in search for Jean Paul Dupuis

43-year-old man last spoke to family on Jan. 1

Missing man Jean Paul Dupuis is pictured in this 2020 photo, but is said to have lost weight since it was taken. (Courtesy Victoria Police Department)
Abbotsford Regional Hospital and other B.C. acute-care health facilities are reinstating pay parking as of March 4. (Abbotsford News)

Public parking charges to return to B.C. hospitals on March 4

Parking lots filled up, patients and visitors couldn’t find any

Abbotsford Regional Hospital and other B.C. acute-care health facilities are reinstating pay parking as of March 4. (Abbotsford News)
Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from a safe supply being handed out to drug users by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Drug User Liberation Front and Moms Stop the Harm to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, are displayed in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. British Columbia’s chief coroner says at least 1,011 people died from suspected illicit drug overdoses from January to June, the highest death toll recorded in the first six months of a calendar year during the province’s overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Alberta police chiefs say too soon to support drug decriminalization

Calgary chief constable says decriminalization alone wouldn’t reduce addiction or overdose rates.

Methamphetamine, heroin and cocaine from a safe supply being handed out to drug users by the Vancouver Area Network of Drug Users, Drug User Liberation Front and Moms Stop the Harm to mark International Overdose Awareness Day, are displayed in the Downtown Eastside of Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. British Columbia’s chief coroner says at least 1,011 people died from suspected illicit drug overdoses from January to June, the highest death toll recorded in the first six months of a calendar year during the province’s overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Route of the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline. (BC Environmental Assessment Office)

Enbridge purchases Northwest B.C. pipeline from Chevron, Woodside

The proposed pipeline would carry LNG from Summit Lake, near Prince George to Kitimat

Route of the proposed Pacific Trail Pipeline. (BC Environmental Assessment Office)
Northern Health has expanded clinic hours at the Dze L K’ant Community Hall as new COVID cases surge in B.C. (Deb Meissner photo)

Northern Health specific COVID restrictions lifted

The health authority said they are aligning their restrictions with the rest of B.C.

Northern Health has expanded clinic hours at the Dze L K’ant Community Hall as new COVID cases surge in B.C. (Deb Meissner photo)
B.C. First Nations Justice Council chairperson Doug White III, left, seen here with B.C. Attorney General David Eby in March, was recognized for his work in B.C.’s legal system with a Queen’s counsel designation. (News Bulletin file)

Ottawa commits $8.9M to support B.C. Indigenous justice strategy

The funding will go toward the creation of 15 Indigenous justice centres in B.C.

B.C. First Nations Justice Council chairperson Doug White III, left, seen here with B.C. Attorney General David Eby in March, was recognized for his work in B.C.’s legal system with a Queen’s counsel designation. (News Bulletin file)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)

Health authority reverses decision to close B.C. hospital maternity ward

Fraser Health had planned to close Peace Arch Hospital ward for 3 months, starting Jan. 28

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday to show the community’s frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. The decision was reversed later Thursday. (Aaron Hinks photo)
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A health care worker is seen outside the Emergency dept. of the Vancouver General Hospital in Vancouver on March 30, 2020. Hospital emergency rooms in Alberta are likely to assess complaints from First Nations people as less urgent than those from other patients even when their problems are the same, says a new study that looked at millions of such visits. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)

UPDATE: Spill of 30 crushed cars cleaned up on Highway 1 near Kamloops

Crews were on scene since 4:30 a.m. until almost 4 p.m. cleaning up

A semi-truck lost a load of crushed cars on the Trans Canada Highway near Kamloops Thursday morning. (A&M Towing)
Crews work to repair the Bottletop Bridge on the Coquihalla Highway on Saturday, Nov. 27 2021. (B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure)

Drivers told not to stop for photos along flood-damaged Coquihalla highway

Reopening to traffic quickly followed by reports of unprepared drivers

Crews work to repair the Bottletop Bridge on the Coquihalla Highway on Saturday, Nov. 27 2021. (B.C. Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure)
In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, pallets of aid bound for Tonga are secured on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft at an airbase at Amberley, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga were finally able to land after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. (LACW Kate Czerny/Australian Defence Force via AP)

First aid flights finally arrive in Tonga after big volcano eruption

Pacific island nation has so far avoided the widespread devastation many initially feared

In this photo provided by the Australian Defence Force, pallets of aid bound for Tonga are secured on a Royal Australian Air Force C-17A Globemaster III aircraft at an airbase at Amberley, Australia, Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. The first flights carrying fresh water and other aid to Tonga were finally able to land after the Pacific nation’s main airport runway was cleared of ash left by a huge volcanic eruption. (LACW Kate Czerny/Australian Defence Force via AP)
A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday afternoon to show the community's frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. (Aaron Hinks photo)

UPDATE: Fraser Health reverses decision to close Peace Arch Hospital maternity

‘Temporary’ closure was to begin Jan. 28 and last for three months

A protest of about 75 people gathered at Peace Arch Hospital Thursday afternoon to show the community's frustration with a Fraser Health decision to temporarily close the maternity ward. (Aaron Hinks photo)