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Promised new SFU Surrey medical school to be ready by 2026, B.C. announces

Province announced new injection of up to $4.9 million on Nov. 28

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Traevon Desjarlais-Chalifoux, 17, was found dead in a closet of an Abbotsford group home in September 2020 after being reported missing four days earlier. His mother testified on the first day of a coroners’ inquest into his death on Nov. 28, 2022. (Credit: GoFundMe)

Mother of Cree teen who died in B.C. group home testifies at coroners’ inquest

Traevon Desjarlais found four days after reported missing in 2020

Traevon Desjarlais-Chalifoux, 17, was found dead in a closet of an Abbotsford group home in September 2020 after being reported missing four days earlier. His mother testified on the first day of a coroners’ inquest into his death on Nov. 28, 2022. (Credit: GoFundMe)
IHIT on the scene Oct. 4, 2018 on Yale Road east of Menzies after a shooting left one man dead. (Greg Knill/ Progress file)

First-degree murder charge laid in 2018 B.C. cold case

Kyle Cromarty, 27, killed in targeted shooting in Chilliwack

IHIT on the scene Oct. 4, 2018 on Yale Road east of Menzies after a shooting left one man dead. (Greg Knill/ Progress file)
An injured mule deer buck was located and euthanized in Quesnel on Wednesday, Nov. 23. (Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)

Deer wandering with arrow in side euthanized in Quesnel, sparking warning to hunters

The animal was located by the Conservation Officer Service and the RCMP

An injured mule deer buck was located and euthanized in Quesnel on Wednesday, Nov. 23. (Twitter/BC Conservation Officer Service)
FILE - Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 19, 2022. Gendron, a white gunman who targeted a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, plans to plead guilty on Monday, Nov. 28, to killing 10 people and wounding three others, according to lawyers representing victims’ relatives. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)

Buffalo gunman pleads guilty in racist supermarket massacre

Payton Gendron entered the plea roughly 2 miles from the grocery store where 10 people were killed

FILE - Payton Gendron is led into the courtroom for a hearing at Erie County Court in Buffalo, N.Y., on May 19, 2022. Gendron, a white gunman who targeted a Buffalo supermarket in a predominantly Black neighborhood, plans to plead guilty on Monday, Nov. 28, to killing 10 people and wounding three others, according to lawyers representing victims’ relatives. (AP Photo/Matt Rourke, File)
Auditor general Karen Hogan speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Canada’s auditor general says Ottawa cannot pin its lack of action on fixing emergency management on First Nations to how it first needs to hear from communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle

Feds must deliver ‘concrete actions’ to fix emergency response on First Nations: AG

Canada spending 3.5 times more money helping First Nations recover than helping them prepare

Auditor general Karen Hogan speaks at a news conference in Ottawa on Tuesday, November 15, 2022. Canada’s auditor general says Ottawa cannot pin its lack of action on fixing emergency management on First Nations to how it first needs to hear from communities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrick Doyle
Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly speaks during a news conference to announce Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy, in Vancouver, on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Joly seeks reprimand of Russian ambassador as embassy tweets against LGBTQ community

Embassy posted images of a crossed-out rainbow flag and Orthodox icons of Adam and Eve

Minister of Foreign Affairs Melanie Joly speaks during a news conference to announce Canada’s Indo-Pacific strategy, in Vancouver, on Sunday, November 27, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Former video analyst Rachel Doerrie filed a human rights complaint against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 22, claiming they fired her on a discriminatory basis. (Credit: Vancouver Canucks/Twitter)

Fired Vancouver Canucks analyst files human rights complaint against team

Rachel Doerrie says termination was discriminatory, based on sex and disabilities

Former video analyst Rachel Doerrie filed a human rights complaint against the Vancouver Canucks on Nov. 22, claiming they fired her on a discriminatory basis. (Credit: Vancouver Canucks/Twitter)
Video shot by a citizen outside of Abbotsford Centre on Saturday night (Nov. 26) captured a man under arrest being hit twice in the face by an officer. (Screengrab from video by Marty Gaites)

VIDEO: Abbotsford cop filmed punching man twice during arrest after The Offspring concert

Abbotsford Police Department says professional standards branch is reviewing incident

Video shot by a citizen outside of Abbotsford Centre on Saturday night (Nov. 26) captured a man under arrest being hit twice in the face by an officer. (Screengrab from video by Marty Gaites)
Kasari Govender, British Columbia’s Human Rights Commissioner, is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-B.C. Human Rights Commission. *MANDATORY CREDIT*

Human Rights Commissioner calls for an end to police officer program in B.C. schools

Marginalized students, as well as their parents and communities, have raised significant concerns

Kasari Govender, British Columbia’s Human Rights Commissioner, is seen in an undated handout photo. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-B.C. Human Rights Commission. *MANDATORY CREDIT*
This image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory shows Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby. The U.S. Geological Survey says the eruption began late Sunday night in the summit caldera of the volcano on the Big Island. Early Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, it said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities. (USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory via AP)

Hawaii’s Mauna Loa starts to erupt, sending ash nearby

Eruption Sunday contained within the summit area, weren’t threatening nearby communities

This image provided by the U.S. Geological Survey Hawaiian Volcano Observatory shows Hawaii’s Mauna Loa, the world’s largest active volcano, has started to erupt, prompting volcanic ash and debris to fall nearby. The U.S. Geological Survey says the eruption began late Sunday night in the summit caldera of the volcano on the Big Island. Early Monday, Nov. 28, 2022, it said lava flows were contained within the summit area and weren’t threatening nearby communities. (USGS Hawaiian Volcano Observatory via AP)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays tobacco in front of a grave of one of the victims of a mass stabbing at James Smith Cree Nation, Sask., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu

Trudeau visits First Nation in Saskatchewan rocked by stabbings that killed 11

PM scheduled to spend part of the day in meetings with leaders and community members

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau lays tobacco in front of a grave of one of the victims of a mass stabbing at James Smith Cree Nation, Sask., on Monday, Nov. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Heywood Yu
Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)

B.C. man with fractured spine warns of dangers in hanging holiday lights

‘Tis the season for decorations, ladders and the inevitable falls that go with them

Oak Bay resident Michael Hardiman reminds others to play it safe while hanging holiday lights after he fell, Saturday, Nov. 12 and returned home from the hospital the next Tuesday with a fractured vertebra. (Courtesy Michael Hardiman)
Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward

Sea lice numbers not necessarily influenced by salmon farms: industry studies

New data suggests sea lice levels trend up or down; Activists are skeptical

Aquatic science biologist Howie Manchester picks a salmon to collect samples from during a Department of Fisheries and Oceans fish health audit at the Okisollo fish farm near Campbell River, B.C. Wednesday, Oct. 31, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS /Jonathan Hayward
This age-progression sketch shows what Emma Fillipoff could look like today. (Courtesy of VicPD)

Age-progression sketch of missing Emma Fillipoff released ahead of 10-year anniversary

The sketch shows what she could look like a decade after her disappearance in Victoria

This age-progression sketch shows what Emma Fillipoff could look like today. (Courtesy of VicPD)
Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)

Province promises Tofino-Ucluelet highway will open to two-way traffic in early 2023

Four years of travel delays may finally be coming to an end for West Coast residents and visitors

Crews install a cantilever along Hwy. 4 in August 2022. (BC Ministry of transportation and infrastructure photo)
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$500,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Comox Valley

$500,000 winning lottery ticket sold in Comox Valley

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Dr. Christian Carrer and his partner Tetyana Grebenchykova, heads of the organization AICM, give a special emergency kit bag for first respondents to Paulina, an emergency room manager in the region of Balakliya, recently liberated by the Ukrainian army, on Friday Nov. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrice Bergeron

Aid group with Canadian funding leads mission to deliver medical supplies in Ukraine

Mission to help the devastated region crosses areas where Russian shelling continues

Dr. Christian Carrer and his partner Tetyana Grebenchykova, heads of the organization AICM, give a special emergency kit bag for first respondents to Paulina, an emergency room manager in the region of Balakliya, recently liberated by the Ukrainian army, on Friday Nov. 25, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Patrice Bergeron
Commissioner Paul Rouleau presides over the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Emergencies Act inquiry studies fundamental rights and freedoms at stake in protests

About 50 experts will share perspectives on use of the Emergencies Act as inquiry enters next phase

Commissioner Paul Rouleau presides over the Public Order Emergency Commission in Ottawa, on Wednesday, Nov. 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A snowplow works to shift snow off of a highway. Environment Canada is forecasting that much of southwestern B.C. could see snow on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)

Winter weather expected to strike southwestern B.C. this week

Snow forecast Tuesday night, with possibility of freezing rain in some areas Wednesday

A snowplow works to shift snow off of a highway. Environment Canada is forecasting that much of southwestern B.C. could see snow on Nov. 29 and Nov. 30. (AP Photo/Ted S. Warren)