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Highway 99 is closed between Porteau Cove and Lions Bay after a serious collision Tuesday afternoon, (Jan. 25). (DriveBC/Twitter)

Serious collision closes Highway 99 north of Lions Bay

Squamish RCMP estimate the road will be closed for three to five hours

A deer that fell through ice in Westwood Lake got a ride to safety aboard Nanaimo Fire Rescue’s rescue boat on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Photo courtesy Nanaimo Fire Rescue)

Deer rescued after falling through ice on Vancouver Island lake

Nanaimo Fire Rescue and B.C. Conservation Officer Service respond to incident Tuesday, Jan. 25

North Cowichan/Duncan RCMP are looking for seven-year-old Violet Bennett, who has gone missing with her father Jesse Bennett. (RCMP Handout)

Mother of missing Vancouver Island girl asks father for her safe return

Seven-year-old Violet Bennett and father missing since Jan. 20

There were 307,205 deaths in Canada in 2020, representing a 7.7 per cent increase from 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)

StatCan: COVID-19 led to more than half-a-year drop in life expectancy in 2020

National life expectancy was 81.7 years for those born in 2020

There were 307,205 deaths in Canada in 2020, representing a 7.7 per cent increase from 2019. (AP Photo/Charlie Riedel, File)
Facebook employees unveil a new logo and the name “Meta” on the sign in front of Facebook headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Menlo Park, Calif. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images

Digital giants must pay media for using news: Heritage Minister Pablo Rodriguez

Federal government consulting opposition about a bill modelled on action taken in Australia

Facebook employees unveil a new logo and the name “Meta” on the sign in front of Facebook headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 28, 2021, in Menlo Park, Calif. Justin Sullivan | Getty Images
A B.C. COVID-19 testing station on Oct. 8. (Fraser Health photo)

B.C.’s COVID-19 infections level at 1,446 for Tuesday, one death

Hospitalization also stable, up to 144 people in ICU

A B.C. COVID-19 testing station on Oct. 8. (Fraser Health photo)
The Keep the RCMP in Surrey campaign organized a rally outside of Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday (Jan. 25) for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s first court appearance for his public mischief charge. (Photo: Lauren Collins)

No plea entered on Surrey mayor’s first court date

Tuesday’s court date lasted a full three minutes. The matter will next be in Surrey provincial court on Feb. 22. McCallum is charged with public mischief

The Keep the RCMP in Surrey campaign organized a rally outside of Surrey Provincial Court Tuesday (Jan. 25) for Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum’s first court appearance for his public mischief charge. (Photo: Lauren Collins)
Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends immunocompromised kids between the ages of five and 11 be offered a third dose of an mRNA vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Kids should get the COVID-19 shot, and an extra for the immunocompromised: NACI

Health advisory committee strengthening its endorsement of vaccination

Fraser Health registered nurse Ramn Manan draws a dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine into a syringe at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. The National Advisory Committee on Immunization now recommends immunocompromised kids between the ages of five and 11 be offered a third dose of an mRNA vaccine to protect them against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Audio equipment in Terrace city council chambers photographed Aug. 21, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)

Terrace council briefs: Sewer capacity, flags and Sm’algyax

Highlights from the Jan. 24, 2022 Terrace council meeting

Audio equipment in Terrace city council chambers photographed Aug. 21, 2020. (Black Press Media file photo)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described B.C.’s latest COVID-19 analysis and modelling at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C. vaccine card order extended to June 30 as Omicron spreads

Youth sports tournaments allowed to resume on Feb. 1

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry described B.C.’s latest COVID-19 analysis and modelling at the B.C. legislature, Jan. 14, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Stephanie Howes and her family received support from the Creston community after the theft of their moving trailer. (Facebook)

Family moving to Kootenays has truck and trailer stolen; Grand Forks RCMP nab suspect

Police say family was moving house when they were robbed of their worldly possessions

Stephanie Howes and her family received support from the Creston community after the theft of their moving trailer. (Facebook)
A paramedic helps load medical equipment into an ambulance at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., Friday, April 3, 2020. Paramedics across Canada are calling for improved mental health services amid staff shortages and unprecedented call volumes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Paramedics, dispatchers call for more resources as mental health issues spike

Ambulance Paramedics of B.C. estimates paramedics responded to more than a million calls last year

A paramedic helps load medical equipment into an ambulance at the Royal Columbian Hospital in New Westminster, B.C., Friday, April 3, 2020. Paramedics across Canada are calling for improved mental health services amid staff shortages and unprecedented call volumes. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A serviceman stands holding his machine-gun in a trench on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Ukraine’s leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared to accept a shipment of American military equipment Tuesday to shore up their defenses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexei Alexandrov

Canada faces criticism for ‘soft’ response to Ukraine amid Russia threat

Ukrainian Canadians amplifying the requests by Ukrainian leadership in Kyiv for several key asks

A serviceman stands holding his machine-gun in a trench on the territory controlled by pro-Russian militants at frontline with Ukrainian government forces in Slavyanoserbsk, Luhansk region, eastern Ukraine, Tuesday, Jan. 25, 2022. Ukraine’s leaders sought to reassure the nation that a feared invasion from neighboring Russia was not imminent, even as they acknowledged the threat is real and prepared to accept a shipment of American military equipment Tuesday to shore up their defenses. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexei Alexandrov
CCGS Cape Ann responded to a vessel that ran aground near Tofino on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)

Four injured in water taxi crash near Tofino

Ahousaht Coast Guard Auxiliary received a report that a vessel had run aground near Catface Mountain

CCGS Cape Ann responded to a vessel that ran aground near Tofino on Tuesday morning. (Black Press Media file photo)
Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from a shipping container on Queensway Dr. sometime between Jan. 14 and Jan. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
Thousands of dollars worth of equipment was stolen from a shipping container on Queensway Dr. sometime between Jan. 14 and Jan. 17. (Black Press Media file photo)
Williams Lake First Nation announced the preliminary findings of the probe at former residential school, St. Joseph’s Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Williams Lake Tribune Facebook live image)
Williams Lake First Nation announced the preliminary findings of the probe at former residential school, St. Joseph’s Mission on Tuesday, Jan. 25. (Williams Lake Tribune Facebook live image)
Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates. (Langley Advance Times file)

GoFundMe says funds for ‘freedom convoy’ of B.C. truckers opposed to vaccine mandates will be ‘safely held’

‘Part of our standard process to ensure the protection of all donors’ spokesperson says

Supporters cheered on a procession of trucks on Sunday morning, Jan. 23, as they passed through Langley en route to Ottawa to protest vaccine mandates. (Langley Advance Times file)
Salmon Arm RCMP use a spike belt to ground a vehicle after it was reported driving into oncoming lanes on Highway 1 on Thursday night, July 7, 2020. (Black Press file photo)

‘It’s solvable’: Banff RCMP hoping to identify man’s remains recovered decades ago

Skeleton discovered by a tour guide on the backside of Sulphur Mountain in 1998

Salmon Arm RCMP use a spike belt to ground a vehicle after it was reported driving into oncoming lanes on Highway 1 on Thursday night, July 7, 2020. (Black Press file photo)
FILE – Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Craig James makes a statement to the media in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday November 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms

Cufflinks, shoes purchased abroad at centre of B.C. legislature clerk fraud trial: Crown

Craig James is facing 2 counts of fraud over $5,000 and 3 counts of breach of trust by a public officer

FILE – Clerk of the Legislative Assembly Craig James makes a statement to the media in Vancouver, B.C., on Monday November 26, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ben Nelms
Trucks sit idle before a cross-country convoy departure for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Delta, B.C., on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

GoFundMe withholding $4.5 million from trucker convoy until plan presented

Funds raised from 58,300 donors, according to the GoFundMe page of the ‘Freedom Convoy’

Trucks sit idle before a cross-country convoy departure for Ottawa to protest a federal vaccine mandate for truckers, in Delta, B.C., on Sunday, January 23, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck