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A helicopter with a water bucket flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Doctors, air pollution experts forecast worsening health effects of wildfire smoke

Advice for a five-day episode doesn’t work when you’re talking about an entire potential season

A helicopter with a water bucket flies past the Tremont Creek wildfire burning on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada's next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: Mary Simon becomes Canada’s 1st Indigenous governor general

Simon becomes the country’s first Indigenous governor general in stripped-down ceremony

Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada's next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Passengers onboard WestJet flight 3185 July 21 from Vancouver to Victoria may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. (Black Press Media file photo)

COVID-19 exposure reported on flight to Victoria

Passengers on July 21 WestJet flight from Vancouver affected

Passengers onboard WestJet flight 3185 July 21 from Vancouver to Victoria may have been exposed to a case of COVID-19, according to the B.C. Centre for Disease Control. (Black Press Media file photo)
Smoke can be seen emanating from 25-30 feet up a tree in the Millard Nature Park in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell

Courtenay firefighters tend to small fire at homeless encampment in city’s forested area

Members of the Courtenay Fire Department responded to a call from the…

Smoke can be seen emanating from 25-30 feet up a tree in the Millard Nature Park in Courtenay. Photo by Terry Farrell
Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)

Vancouver Island man donates 140,000 mollusk specimens to biodiversity museum

UBC’s Beaty museum grateful for Bill Merilees’s historical record of B.C. marine biodiversity

Bill Merilees, a retired B.C. Parks regional information officer, collected mollusk shells from B.C. and Washington state coastlines for 50 years and has donated his 140,000-specimen collection to University of British Columbia’s Beaty Biodiversity Museum. (Chris Bush/News Bulletin)
George Robinson waves as concrete trucks go by during a parade held in his honour – family, friends, and former colleagues gathered to show their love and appreciation for him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)

VIDEO: Saanich truck parade celebrates 91-year-old’s 45-year career at Butler Concrete

Arranged by daughters and former colleagues who remember their time working with him fondly

George Robinson waves as concrete trucks go by during a parade held in his honour – family, friends, and former colleagues gathered to show their love and appreciation for him. (Megan Atkins-Baker/News Staff)
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Alberta bike gangs battle in Cranbrook

RCMP separate two brawling gangs; several bikers went to hospital with apparent stab wounds; one group escorted out of town

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A stabbing in downtown Victoria sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Saturday morning. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

UPDATE: Downtown Victoria stabbing victim taken to hospital, suspect arrested

The victim’s injuries are non-life-threatening after they received medical treatment

A stabbing in downtown Victoria sent one person to hospital with non-life-threatening injuries on Saturday morning. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Construction of a nature-like fishway past the Big Bar landslide, March 2021. (B.C. government)

Salmon getting through B.C.’s Big Bar landslide, runs rebounding

Early Stuart sockeye run expected near average after low years

Construction of a nature-like fishway past the Big Bar landslide, March 2021. (B.C. government)
Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)

COVID-19 restrictions lifting at B.C. seniors home ‘absolutely’ a big deal

Doris Gage, 95, is set to celebrate her great-grandson’s 1st birthday July 24

Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)
Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich staff, council gain help in amenity package negotiations with developers

8-1 vote puts temporary policy in place, more clarity provided for now

Saanich council approved a temporary policy on community amenity contributions for developments, to guide staff and council until a permanent policy is approved, likely in late 2022. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
A new report presented to Victoria council July 22 outlines barriers and recommendations to ending homelessness in Greater Victoria. (Black Press Media file photo)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)

B.C.’s COVID-19 spread rises, 112 more cases confirmed Friday

Interior Health region infections higher than Lower Mainland

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)
AccessBC continues its advocacy for no-cost prescription contraception in B.C through a letter-writing campaign. (Black Press Media file photo)

Saanich-based group continues its call for no-cost birth control

Access BC wants free contraception included in 2022 provincial budget

AccessBC continues its advocacy for no-cost prescription contraception in B.C through a letter-writing campaign. (Black Press Media file photo)
A program that is by peers, for peers, will expand reach for those in need of mental health support. (Pexels)

Victoria peer-led program provides training to improve quality of mental health services

Curriculum covers a wide range of topics, including family peer support and substance use

A program that is by peers, for peers, will expand reach for those in need of mental health support. (Pexels)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
Missing person Cameron Blake Beaven. (Submitted)
Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
Nanaimo courthouse. (News Bulletin file photo)
The Tetayut (Sandhill) Creek watershed has been listed by the province as being at risk from water scarcity. (Black Press Media file)

Saanich Peninsula watershed among those being monitored for drought by province

Tetayut/Sandhill Creek suffering from a lack of rainfall in recent weeks

The Tetayut (Sandhill) Creek watershed has been listed by the province as being at risk from water scarcity. (Black Press Media file)
The Lake Cowichan RCMP confirm missing persons Nadia Elkouni and Helmy Sherif have been safely located. (RCMP handout)

Missing elderly couple last seen near Honeymoon Bay found safe

Victoria residents had been heading from Lake Cowichan to Port Renfrew

The Lake Cowichan RCMP confirm missing persons Nadia Elkouni and Helmy Sherif have been safely located. (RCMP handout)