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A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Department of National Defence says Canada is working with the United States to protect sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats after a high-altitude surveillance balloon was detected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette

Canada says NORAD tracking high-altitude surveillance balloon detected over the U.S.

Pentagon says it decided not to shoot it down over concerns of hurting people on the ground

A high-altitude balloon floats over Billings, Mont., on Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. The Department of National Defence says Canada is working with the United States to protect sensitive information from foreign intelligence threats after a high-altitude surveillance balloon was detected. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Larry Mayer/The Billings Gazette
A person jogs next to a backdrop of the Montreal skyline as ice fog rises off the St. Lawerence River in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Montreal shelters prepare as extreme cold warnings hit Eastern Canada, Maritimes

‘Vigorous’ cold front will stay into Saturday, wind chill of around -40 C puts people at risk.

A person jogs next to a backdrop of the Montreal skyline as ice fog rises off the St. Lawerence River in Montreal, Saturday, Jan. 22, 2022. Environment Canada has issued an extreme cold warning for the region. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Joyce Murray, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, rises during question period on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Federal politicians are expected to make a significant announcement on ocean protection during an international conference in Vancouver on how to take action on promises to protect the marine world made at recent global environment meetings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Global ocean conservation conference in B.C. hopes to build on Montreal agreements

Significant announcements expected on ocean protection initiatives

Joyce Murray, minister of fisheries, oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard, rises during question period on Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022, in Ottawa. Federal politicians are expected to make a significant announcement on ocean protection during an international conference in Vancouver on how to take action on promises to protect the marine world made at recent global environment meetings. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Minister of Heritage Pablo Rodriguez responds to a question during a session at the Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time conference, Thursday, February 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Senate passes Liberals’ controversial online streaming act with a dozen amendments

Senators made amendments intended to protect user-generated content, boost Indigenous, Black content

Minister of Heritage Pablo Rodriguez responds to a question during a session at the Canadian Media Producers Association Prime Time conference, Thursday, February 2, 2023 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
The Coquihalla Highway is expecting 15 centimetres of snow on Friday night, Feb. 3. (DriveBC)

Snowfall warning issued for Coquihalla Highway

Starting Friday night and into Saturday morning, the highway is expecting 15 centimetres of snow

The Coquihalla Highway is expecting 15 centimetres of snow on Friday night, Feb. 3. (DriveBC)
Wilfred Kilgren of Rosedale. (RCMP)

RCMP looking for mental health patient missing from Chilliwack General Hospital

Police say 74-year-old Wilfred James Kilgren could be heading to Saskatchewan in an SUV

Wilfred Kilgren of Rosedale. (RCMP)
British Columbia Teachers’ Federation President Clint Johnston said and advertisement for uncertified teachers in Chilliwack is a sign of worse to come. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)

No easy fix for rise of uncertified teachers in BC schools: BCTF

President Clint Johnston calls for sped-up certification process, but larger issues also in play

British Columbia Teachers’ Federation President Clint Johnston said and advertisement for uncertified teachers in Chilliwack is a sign of worse to come. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress file)
One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)

UPDATE: Highway 5 reopened after fatal collision north of Kamloops

Two commercial vehicles collided near McLure Thursday; the other driver was taken to hospital

One driver has died and another has been taken to hospital after two semi trucks collided on Highway 5 north of Kamloops around noon Thursday, Feb. 2, 2023. (Roy Parker/Facebook photo)
The province is putting $2 million toward paramedics training to help address labour shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. delivers $2 million to bolster paramedics training, but gaps remain

Funding to help about 130 students across province, rural areas struggle more to attract staff

The province is putting $2 million toward paramedics training to help address labour shortages. (Black Press Media file photo)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. Two RCMP officers have been accused of manslaughter over the death of an Indigenous man in British Columbia, while three of their fellow Mounties are charged with attempting to obstruct justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

A timeline of murder and manslaughter cases involving Canadian police

5 B.C. RCMP officers were charged Wednesday in connection to the death of an Indigenous man

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. Two RCMP officers have been accused of manslaughter over the death of an Indigenous man in British Columbia, while three of their fellow Mounties are charged with attempting to obstruct justice.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
An assistant nursing professor at the University of New Brunswick says there is a crisis-level shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners in the country. A nurse tends to a patient at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan, 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young

As sexual assault rates rise, provinces face shortages of specially trained nurses

Many forensic nurse positions are only offered casually, making it unrealistic for many to take on

An assistant nursing professor at the University of New Brunswick says there is a crisis-level shortage of sexual assault nurse examiners in the country. A nurse tends to a patient at the Bluewater Health Hospital in Sarnia, Ont., on Wednesday, Jan, 26, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Rolo, a nine-year-old pit bull terrier, was found abandoned in Prince George. The BC SPCA is caring for him. (Photo courtesy of BC SPCA)
Rolo, a nine-year-old pit bull terrier, was found abandoned in Prince George. The BC SPCA is caring for him. (Photo courtesy of BC SPCA)
A shark is seen swimming across a sandbar on Aug. 13, 2021, off the Massachusetts’ coast of Cape Cod. Researchers say better fisheries management and conservation are turning the tide on shark and ray population declines in the Northwest Atlantic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Phil Marcelo

Tide begins to turn on declining NW Atlantic shark and ray populations: study

SFU probe finds declines halted in 3 species, and 6 species are rebuilding their numbers

A shark is seen swimming across a sandbar on Aug. 13, 2021, off the Massachusetts’ coast of Cape Cod. Researchers say better fisheries management and conservation are turning the tide on shark and ray population declines in the Northwest Atlantic. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Phil Marcelo
B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon promises to put about $1.5 billion dollars toward a no-cost recovery-oriented approach toward helping individuals needing treatment and recovery from drug use. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

Falcon promises $1.5 billion ‘no-cost recovery-oriented’ approach toward addiction

B.C. Liberal leader said new plan would include recovery centres established across the province

B.C. Liberal Party Leader Kevin Falcon promises to put about $1.5 billion dollars toward a no-cost recovery-oriented approach toward helping individuals needing treatment and recovery from drug use. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
Rescue workers examine a damage portion at the site of Monday's suicide bombing after authorities finished the rescue operation, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. A suicide bombing that struck inside a mosque at a police and government compound in northwest Pakistan reflects "security lapses," current and former officials said as the death toll from the devastating blast climbed to 100 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Militant who killed 101 at Pakistan mosque wore uniform

Police say they have identified bomber, close to arresting suspects who helped him carry out bombing

Rescue workers examine a damage portion at the site of Monday's suicide bombing after authorities finished the rescue operation, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Tuesday, Jan. 31, 2023. A suicide bombing that struck inside a mosque at a police and government compound in northwest Pakistan reflects "security lapses," current and former officials said as the death toll from the devastating blast climbed to 100 on Tuesday. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)
People skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Canada’s largest skating rink has officially broken it’s record for the latest opening date - but it hasn’t opened yet. The National Capital Commission announced on social media today that the last time the canal opened this late was Feb. 2, 2002, but as the years have progressed the seasons have gotten shorter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang

Rideau Canal, world’s largest skating rink, set to have latest opening date on record

Weather turning colder, but has been too mild this year to build safe ice

People skate on the Rideau Canal Skateway on Saturday, March 5, 2022. Canada’s largest skating rink has officially broken it’s record for the latest opening date - but it hasn’t opened yet. The National Capital Commission announced on social media today that the last time the canal opened this late was Feb. 2, 2002, but as the years have progressed the seasons have gotten shorter. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Justin Tang
This photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows guns and ammunition that were found in an L.A. apartment. A man who reportedly made violent threats was arrested and investigators found a cache of guns and ammunition in his Hollywood high-rise apartment, where several rifles were pointed at a nearby park, police said Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)

Police: ‘High chance’ of Hollywood mass shooting prevented

Guns and ammunition seized from high-rise apartment where several rifles were pointed at nearby park

This photo provided by the Los Angeles Police Department shows guns and ammunition that were found in an L.A. apartment. A man who reportedly made violent threats was arrested and investigators found a cache of guns and ammunition in his Hollywood high-rise apartment, where several rifles were pointed at a nearby park, police said Wednesday, Feb. 1, 2023. (Los Angeles Police Department via AP)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals table bill delaying medically assisted dying expansion to March 2024

‘We want to be sure, we want to be safe, we want everybody to be on the same page’

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti and Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions and Associate Minister of Health, hold a press conference on Parliament Hill in Ottawa, Thursday, Dec. 15, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Okanagan College’s servers were hacked in January. (Black Press file photo)

Okanagan College ‘did not entertain conversations’ about paying ransom

College calling the hacking a ‘double extortion attack’

Okanagan College’s servers were hacked in January. (Black Press file photo)
A wheelchair accessible taxicab in Castlegar, B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C. announces new funds to offset costs of running wheelchair-accessible taxis

Province hopes change increases availability of rides to people with mobility challenges

A wheelchair accessible taxicab in Castlegar, B.C. (Black Press Media file photo)