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Montreal Canadiens goalie Sam Montembeault (35) stops Vancouver Canucks’ Nils Aman (88), of Sweden, as Montreal’s Arber Xhekaj (72) defends during the first period of an NHL hockey game in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, Dec. 5, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Pettersson nets OT winner as Canucks rally for wild 7-6 victory over Canadiens

Visiting Habs held 4-0 lead after first period

Kirstie Alley attends the premiere of HBO’s “Girls” on Jan. 5, 2015, in New York. Alley, a two-time Emmy winner who starred in the 1980s sitcom “Cheers” and the hit film “Look Who’s Talking,” has died. She was 71. Her death was announced Monday by her children on social media and confirmed by her manager. The post said their mother died of cancer that was recently diagnosed. (Photo by Evan Agostini/Invision/AP, File)

Kirstie Alley, Emmy-winning ‘Cheers’ star, dies at age 71

She starred opposite Ted Danson as Rebecca Howe on iconic sitcom

HAVAN’s chair Mark Cooper, president of Shakespeare Homes & Renovations. (HAVAN photo)

PODCAST: Finding the right builder for you and your project

TODAY IN B.C.: HAVAN’s podcast ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’

The Salvation Army kettle campaign will once again be seen in front of BC Liquor stores. (The News files)

Kettle campaign bell ringers now allowed in front of liquor stores across B.C.

Liquor Distribution Branch reverses decision, will welcome Salvation Army

The Salvation Army kettle campaign will once again be seen in front of BC Liquor stores. (The News files)
Approximately one in 20 workers in Victoria consistently biked to work in 2021, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent census. (Black Press Media file photo)

Victoria, Kelowna top the country in percentage of people cycling to work

Victoria also had the second most people in the country who usually walked to work in 2021, said StatsCan

Approximately one in 20 workers in Victoria consistently biked to work in 2021, according to Statistics Canada’s most recent census. (Black Press Media file photo)
Cloverdale-raised Caedan Bankier in action with Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). (File photo courtesy Kamloops Blazers/Allen Douglas Photos)

4 B.C. hockey players have shot at making Canada’s World Juniors team roster

Starting Friday in Moncton, the camp will involve 4 goaltenders, 9 defencemen and 16 forwards

Cloverdale-raised Caedan Bankier in action with Kamloops Blazers of the Western Hockey League (WHL). (File photo courtesy Kamloops Blazers/Allen Douglas Photos)
Daily hospital visits continue to increase in B.C. as cases of respiratory illness surge among kids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. pediatric hospital visits up about 200 cases a day amid influenza surge

Province one third of the way through its flu season, Dr. Bonnie Henry says

Daily hospital visits continue to increase in B.C. as cases of respiratory illness surge among kids. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
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Creston man arrested for impersonating a police officer

Three local businesses were convinced to give him store credit

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Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne

Trudeau urges vaccinations amid a rise in kids’ illnesses clogging hospital ERs

PM says it’s everyone responsibility to ‘step up again’ to get vaccinated

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau speaks during an announcement in Ingersoll, Ont., on Monday, December 5, 2022. The prime minster says he is “extremely worried” about a rise in respiratory illnesses among children as hospitals across the country report they are struggling to keep up with high volumes of patients. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nicole Osborne
Snow-covered houses and the downtown skyline are seen after a snowstorm, in Vancouver on November 30, 2022. British Columbia’s property assessment agency is warning homeowners that figures released next month will likely be higher than the current market value.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. property assessments higher, but market has changed: assessor

Homeowners warned they are about to receive assessments that won’t reflect current values

Snow-covered houses and the downtown skyline are seen after a snowstorm, in Vancouver on November 30, 2022. British Columbia’s property assessment agency is warning homeowners that figures released next month will likely be higher than the current market value.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby

Military officer Dany Fortin acquitted on 1988 sexual assault charge

Fortin had been the military officer in charge of the federal government’s COVID-19 vaccine rollout

Maj.-Gen. Dany Fortin, right, arrives with his wife Madeleine Collin at a Gatineau, Que. courthouse on Tuesday, Oct. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
A man digs out snow from under a car stuck on a street in the aftermath of a snowstorm, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Snow, rain, freezing rain expected on south B.C. coast; extreme cold in northwest

No relief expected this week from recent weather patternsacross the province

A man digs out snow from under a car stuck on a street in the aftermath of a snowstorm, in Vancouver, B.C., Wednesday, Nov. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In this June. 2, 1953 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey, London. TH EVANADIAN PRESS/AP-Leslie Priest

Final goodbye: Recalling influential people who died in 2022

Queen Elizabeth II the most prominent name among many we lost in the past year

In this June. 2, 1953 file photo, Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Philip, Duke of Edinburgh wave to supporters from the balcony at Buckingham Palace, following her coronation at Westminster Abbey, London. TH EVANADIAN PRESS/AP-Leslie Priest
FILE - An Oxford English Dictionary is shown at the headquarters of the Associated Press in New York on Aug. 29, 2010. Oxford Dictionaries said Monday Dec. 5, 2022, that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year. It defines the term as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.” (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)

Oxford Dictionaries names ‘goblin mode’ its word of the year

Choice meant to reflect ‘the ethos, mood, or preoccupations of the past twelve months’

FILE - An Oxford English Dictionary is shown at the headquarters of the Associated Press in New York on Aug. 29, 2010. Oxford Dictionaries said Monday Dec. 5, 2022, that “goblin mode” has been selected by online vote as its word of the year. It defines the term as “a type of behavior which is unapologetically self-indulgent, lazy, slovenly, or greedy, typically in a way that rejects social norms or expectations.” (AP Photo/Caleb Jones, File)
FILE - Corn fields are completely dry in the Kochersberg near Strasbourg eastern France, Aug. 28, 2022. The conference known as COP15, which begins Tuesday, Dec. 6, hopes to set goals for the world for the next decade to help conserve the planet’s biodiversity and stem the loss of nature. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)

UN summit: Don’t repeat mistakes on nature, scientists warn

Governments ‘have not succeeded in bending the curve on biodiversity decline’: study

FILE - Corn fields are completely dry in the Kochersberg near Strasbourg eastern France, Aug. 28, 2022. The conference known as COP15, which begins Tuesday, Dec. 6, hopes to set goals for the world for the next decade to help conserve the planet’s biodiversity and stem the loss of nature. (AP Photo/Jean-Francois Badias, File)
Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

First Nation pickets continue to block construction of new B.C. hospital

Talks continue after Cowichan Tribes-owned company prevented from doing work over union issues

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
New BC Federation of Labour president Sussanne Skidmore (right) and secretary-treasurer Singh Kailley were elected on Nov. 24, 2022. (Credit: BC Federation of Labour/Facebook)

The new faces of B.C.’s labour movement

BC Federation of Labour pushing for more unions, better protections under new president

  • Dec 5, 2022
New BC Federation of Labour president Sussanne Skidmore (right) and secretary-treasurer Singh Kailley were elected on Nov. 24, 2022. (Credit: BC Federation of Labour/Facebook)
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. Student workers at the campus are trying to unionize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Inside the unionization battle at SFU and UBC

University workers pushing for adequate pay in increasingly expensive regions

  • Dec 5, 2022
The UBC sign is pictured at the University of British Columbia in Vancouver on April 23, 2019. Student workers at the campus are trying to unionize. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A woman shops for produce at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Food prices in Canada will continue to escalate in the new year, with grocery costs forecasted to rise up to seven per cent in 2023, new research predicts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canadian families will pay $1,065 more for groceries in 2023, report says

For a family of four, the total annual grocery bill is expected to be $16,288 next year

A woman shops for produce at the Granville Island Market in Vancouver, on Wednesday, July 20, 2022. Food prices in Canada will continue to escalate in the new year, with grocery costs forecasted to rise up to seven per cent in 2023, new research predicts.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jars full of empty COVID-19 vaccine vials are shown at the Junction Chemist pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. A large study that chronicles the trajectory of COVID-19 over the first 2-1/2 years of the pandemic shows most British Columbia children and adults under age 60 developed antibodies to slash the risk of severe illness either through vaccination, infection or both. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Most B.C. residents under 60 have been infected with COVID-19 or vaccinated: study

Proportion of those with COVID-19 antibodies rose to 95 per cent this summer from 5 at start of 2021

Jars full of empty COVID-19 vaccine vials are shown at the Junction Chemist pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on Wednesday, April 6, 2022. A large study that chronicles the trajectory of COVID-19 over the first 2-1/2 years of the pandemic shows most British Columbia children and adults under age 60 developed antibodies to slash the risk of severe illness either through vaccination, infection or both. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette