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‘Sextortion’ targeting teen boys on the rise in Victoria, says VicPD

Police issue warning after significant jump in online intimate message scam

  • Jan 24, 2023
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Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)

Port Hardy pleads for help as serious doctor shortfall looms

Doctor warns resignations will cut staffing in half, mayor writes letter to Dix

Port Hardy Hospital. (Island Health photo)
Historic Sooke Harbour House. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Historic Sooke Harbour House. (File - Sooke News Mirror)
Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as it looked 60 years ago. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation)

Nanaimo hospital could use a check-up as it reaches 60th anniversary

NRGH has had significant expansion projects over the years and several more are in the works

Nanaimo Regional General Hospital as it looked 60 years ago. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo and District Hospital Foundation)
The Washington Park Medical Clinic at the Superstore plaza in Courtenay is set to close April 28, 2023. Photo by Erin Haluschak

Courtenay walk-in clinic set to close in the spring

The Washington Park Medical Clinic’s last day is April 28

The Washington Park Medical Clinic at the Superstore plaza in Courtenay is set to close April 28, 2023. Photo by Erin Haluschak
The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast

B.C. music festival visitors more likely to use drug-checking services: Interior Health

A report found high uptake of drug testing at the Bass Coast and Shambhala music festivals

The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast
A TTC worker is shown in a bus while on shift in Toronto on April 23, 2020. Police continue to investigate after up to 15 youth allegedly attacked two Toronto Transit Commission workers on a bus. Toronto police say officers responded to the area of Kennedy Road and Merrian Road in the city’s east end Monday afternoon where a group of 10 to 15 youths, all male, allegedly assaulted two TTC employees.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

UPDATED: Four 13-yr-old boys arrested in alleged attack on Toronto transit workers

The teens cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act

A TTC worker is shown in a bus while on shift in Toronto on April 23, 2020. Police continue to investigate after up to 15 youth allegedly attacked two Toronto Transit Commission workers on a bus. Toronto police say officers responded to the area of Kennedy Road and Merrian Road in the city’s east end Monday afternoon where a group of 10 to 15 youths, all male, allegedly assaulted two TTC employees.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrive at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Passport backlog update expected as federal cabinet retreat enters second day

Offices unable to deal with passport renewal applications as COVID-19 restrictions eased last year

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrive at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Lt. Gov. Janet Austin said during the inaugural ceremony recognizing the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award that more work lies ahead when it comes to Reconciliation. (Photo Courtesy of DON CRAIG photography)

Appeal for ‘revolutionary’ change voiced at B.C.’s latest reconciliation awards

Award recognize individuals and organizations who have furthered and inspired reconciliation

Lt. Gov. Janet Austin said during the inaugural ceremony recognizing the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award that more work lies ahead when it comes to Reconciliation. (Photo Courtesy of DON CRAIG photography)
New figures released show British Columbia passed the 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the start of pandemic in March 2020, but other metrics such as hospitalizations are trending down. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Grim milestone: British Columbia passes 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths

Other COVID-19 figures, influenza cases are trending down while RSV cases remain high

New figures released show British Columbia passed the 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the start of pandemic in March 2020, but other metrics such as hospitalizations are trending down. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Sanjiv Gandhi, a former children’s surgeon, joined B.C. Greens party leader Sonia Furstenau and house leader Adam Olsen in Vancouver Monday when party announced him as their second deputy leader. (Screencap)

B.C. Greens appoint former children’s surgeon Sanjiv Gandhi as 2nd deputy leader

Sanjiv Gandhi makes appeal for mandatory masking during winter season

Sanjiv Gandhi, a former children’s surgeon, joined B.C. Greens party leader Sonia Furstenau and house leader Adam Olsen in Vancouver Monday when party announced him as their second deputy leader. (Screencap)
School District 83 trustees voted unanimously in support of an anti-racism policy at their Jan. 17 board meeting. The province is mandating that all schools district and independent schools are required to have codes of conduct and policies to address racism and discrimination. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)

B.C. announces anti-racism plan for inside Kindergarten to Grade 12 classrooms

Anti-Racism Action Plan sets out to support school districts in building more inclusive classrooms

School District 83 trustees voted unanimously in support of an anti-racism policy at their Jan. 17 board meeting. The province is mandating that all schools district and independent schools are required to have codes of conduct and policies to address racism and discrimination. (Lachlan Labere-Salmon Arm Observer)
Kathy Yuen drills into the importance of keeping the communication channels open for the success of your home building project. (HAVAN photo)

PODCAST: What’s the Drill? Home Building Communication Strategies

TODAY IN BC: HAVAN’s podcast ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’

Kathy Yuen drills into the importance of keeping the communication channels open for the success of your home building project. (HAVAN photo)
The Northwest Territories is considering whether to end seasonal time changes after a survey suggested there’s interest in the move. The Northwest Territories flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Majority of survey respondents vote to end seasonal time change in N.W.T.

Yukon, Saskatchewan and parts of Nunavut and Quebec have ended seasonal time changes

The Northwest Territories is considering whether to end seasonal time changes after a survey suggested there’s interest in the move. The Northwest Territories flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Monday July 6, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A view of Hidden Lake in Banff National Park near Lake Louise is shown on Friday, Sept. 1, 2022. Parks Canada has announced infrastructure upgrades in the four mountain national parks in Alberta and British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

Banff, Jasper, Kootenay and Yoho national parks to see infrastructure upgrades

$71 million in federal funding for quartet of national parks long B.C./Alberta border

A view of Hidden Lake in Banff National Park near Lake Louise is shown on Friday, Sept. 1, 2022. Parks Canada has announced infrastructure upgrades in the four mountain national parks in Alberta and British Columbia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Ottawa’s Chief of Police Eric Stubbs says resources, logistics, traffic, towing and staffing plans are in place ahead of potential protests this weekend. Then RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs, speaks in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday February 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Ottawa’s Chief of Police Eric Stubbs says resources, logistics, traffic, towing and staffing plans are in place ahead of potential protests this weekend. Then RCMP Assistant Commissioner Eric Stubbs, speaks in Surrey, B.C., on Wednesday February 5, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Workers wait for electricity outside their workshop following a power breakdown across the country, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Much of Pakistan was left without power for several hours on Monday morning as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)

Lights out in Pakistan as energy-saving move backfires

Major cities and remote towns without electricity for more than 12 hours

Workers wait for electricity outside their workshop following a power breakdown across the country, in Lahore, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. Much of Pakistan was left without power for several hours on Monday morning as an energy-saving measure by the government backfired. The outage spread panic and raised questions about the cash-strapped government’s handling of the crisis. (AP Photo/K.M. Chaudary)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the Lunar New Year parade, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Trudeau and his ministers are gathering at a Hamilton hotel today to begin a three-day cabinet retreat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

New health deal a focus as Trudeau and cabinet begin three-day retreat in Hamilton

Trudeau says more money will come when he sees accountability from provinces on how it will be spent

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau attends the Lunar New Year parade, in Vancouver, on Sunday, January 22, 2023. Trudeau and his ministers are gathering at a Hamilton hotel today to begin a three-day cabinet retreat. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Campbell River food bank volunteer Bob Naylor helps federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh fill a bag of food for a food bank client during Singh’s visit to Campbell River on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Federal NDP leader visits Campbell River to discuss affordability, housing and food security

Jagmeet Singh holds roundtable, tours Campbell River Food Bank and visits Comox Valley officials

Campbell River food bank volunteer Bob Naylor helps federal NDP leader Jagmeet Singh fill a bag of food for a food bank client during Singh’s visit to Campbell River on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
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Restaurant pays out Kelowna woman $25K in workplace sexual harassment case

The harassment was not reported to the owners of Bouchons Bistro while it was happening

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