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E-Comm says the organization is understaffed and underfunded while facing a record level of calls for service. (E-Comm photo)

‘Understaffed and underfunded’: E-Comm struggling to meet demand for B.C. 911 calls

Staff shortages and increased call volumes straining E-Comm’s resources

Statue of Lady Justice at B.C. Supreme Court in Vancouver. (File photo)

Lawyer says ‘nothing normal’ about City of Surrey’s political signage bylaw

A B.C. judge is told this is ‘exactly what the Charter is supposed to help prevent’ as he presides over Surrey political signage bylaw case. He has reserved his decision

B.C. Premier John Horgan takes questions in the legislature on the replacement of the Royal B.C. Museum, May 18, 2022. (Hansard TV)

Hospitals, schools or a new Royal B.C. Museum, opposition asks

We’re doing all of those, Premier John Horgan says

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada’s COVID-19 infections among adults tripled in early 2022 due to Omicron: study

Researchers found nearly 30 per cent of Canadian adults were infected during the first Omicron wave

Specimens to be tested for COVID-19 are seen at LifeLabs after being logged upon receipt at the company’s lab, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, March 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Liberals reject NDP call to hike GST rebate, Canada Child Benefit cheques

Singh: salaries have gone up 3.3 per cent while consumer price index rose 6.8 per cent in April

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh meets with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Thursday, Nov. 14, 2019. The prime minister appears to be rejecting a call from the NDP to hike the GST rebate and Canada Child Benefit cheques this year, noting both are already indexed to inflation.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry’s work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko

Russia shuts down CBC/Radio-Canada Moscow bureau, removes journalist accreditations

Move in retaliation for Ottawa’s ban on Kremlin-backed RT, formerly known as Russia Today

Russian Foreign Ministry spokesperson Maria Zakharova gestures as she attends Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov’s annual roundup news conference summing up his ministry’s work in 2019, in Moscow, Russia, Friday, Jan. 17, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Alexander Zemlianichenko
Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive in Ottawa as part of a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson

Prince Charles, Camilla visit Ukrainian church in Ottawa as gesture of support

Day in Ottawa included wreath-laying at the National War Memorial, tour of the famed ByWard Market

Prince Charles and Camilla, Duchess of Cornwall are greeted as they arrive in Ottawa as part of a three-day Canadian tour, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson
Among the items police discovered in a stolen vehicle that sped away from Abbotsford into Langley on Jan. 20 were 12 catalytic converters. Tyson Fust of Langley has now been sentenced. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)

B.C. man gets 138 days in jail for catalytic converter thefts

‘Prolific offender’ Tyson Fust previously pleaded guilty to 4 of the 13 charges he faced

Among the items police discovered in a stolen vehicle that sped away from Abbotsford into Langley on Jan. 20 were 12 catalytic converters. Tyson Fust of Langley has now been sentenced. (PHOTO: Abbotsford Police Department)
Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)

13 people displaced by house fire in Nanaimo

Residents, including 8 children, escaped unharmed from fire on Doric Avenue

Thirteen people have been displaced but are uninjured after fleeing a fire that destroyed their home in Nanaimo on Tuesday, May 17. (Kaajal Manhas photo)
Emergency officials blocked Koksilah Road from traffic after a number of power poles were knocked over during a windstorm on May 18. This was just one of the areas in the Cowichan Valley that saw power outages during the storm. At the storm’s height, thousands were without power from Shawnigan to Saltair. (Photos by Robert Barron, top and Kevin Rothbauer, below)

Power out to thousands in Cowichan Valley

Windstorm has brought down numerous trees on lines

Emergency officials blocked Koksilah Road from traffic after a number of power poles were knocked over during a windstorm on May 18. This was just one of the areas in the Cowichan Valley that saw power outages during the storm. At the storm’s height, thousands were without power from Shawnigan to Saltair. (Photos by Robert Barron, top and Kevin Rothbauer, below)
Vehicles are seen as they drive along the Coquihalla Highway Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Highways through southern British Columbia’s mountain passes looked more like mid-winter than mid-May as Environment Canada advised another five more centimetres of snow was expected before the latest unseasonable weather eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Warning for up to 10cm of snow on Coquihalla and Highway 3

Environment Canada says the snow is expected until Thursday morning

Vehicles are seen as they drive along the Coquihalla Highway Wednesday, Jan. 19, 2022. Highways through southern British Columbia’s mountain passes looked more like mid-winter than mid-May as Environment Canada advised another five more centimetres of snow was expected before the latest unseasonable weather eased. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)

Thousands without power on B.C.’s south coast amid windstorm

B.C. Hydro estimates some 20,000 customers are without power after windstorm hits overnight

FILE: Hydro crews work on downed power lines taken out by a tree. (Colleen Flanagan/Black Press Media)
Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti photographed in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)

Justice minister meeting with B.C. Indigenous leaders in Chilliwack as ‘trust-building exercise’

‘It’s important to see the sites,’ Minister David Lametti said of residential school site tour

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti photographed in Ottawa, Dec. 7, 2021. (The Canadian Press/Adrian Wyld)
Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke

B.C. Liquor, Cannabis stores raise over $1M for Ukraine humanitarian aid

Stores in Langley, Penticton, Peninsula, Kamloops, Cranbrook and Port Coquitlam led the way

Nine year old Zoriana greets her sister, Sofiia, as her and their mother, Natalia, arrive from Ukraine in St. John’s, Monday, May 9, 2022. Newfoundland and Labrador received its first plane load of refugees from Ukraine. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Greg Locke
Border crossings are likely to have delays on long weekends. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)

Expect a busy summer at border crossings says Canada Border Services Agency

Have your ArriveCAN app filled out within 72 hours of a border crossing

Border crossings are likely to have delays on long weekends. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The Harrison Hot Springs Public Mineral Pool is set to re-open for weekends effective May 21. Tourism Harrison indicated hours may expand further in the coming weeks. (Contributed Photo/Tourism Harrison)

Harrison Hot Springs public mineral pool set to re-open on Saturday

The pool has been closed since the early days of COVID-19

The Harrison Hot Springs Public Mineral Pool is set to re-open for weekends effective May 21. Tourism Harrison indicated hours may expand further in the coming weeks. (Contributed Photo/Tourism Harrison)
A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)

Strong wind gusts to hit Vancouver Island on Wednesday

Wind warnings issued for regions spanning the Island

A wind warning is in effect for Greater Victoria and Vancouver Island on Wednesday. (Black Press Media file photo)
A sign at a gas station displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline after it reached a new high of $2.28 in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gasoline prices are showing no signs of letting up as the average price in Canada tops $2 a litre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Closer travel spots gain appeal as average gas price tops $2 a litre for first time

Average price across the country for regular gasoline hit all-time high of $2.06 per litre Monday

A sign at a gas station displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline after it reached a new high of $2.28 in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gasoline prices are showing no signs of letting up as the average price in Canada tops $2 a litre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Photos of Chantel Moore are displayed at the coroner’s inquest into her death in Fredericton, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a wellness check in Edmundston, N.B., two years ago says he doesn't know why things escalated so quickly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett

Officer who killed B.C. Indigenous woman during wellness check testifies at inquest

Edmundston police Const. Jeremy Son doesn’t know why things escalated so quickly

Photos of Chantel Moore are displayed at the coroner’s inquest into her death in Fredericton, Tuesday, May 17, 2022. The police officer who fatally shot a 26-year-old Indigenous woman during a wellness check in Edmundston, N.B., two years ago says he doesn't know why things escalated so quickly. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kevin Bissett
A real estate sale sign is shown in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood Saturday, March 7, 2020. A wave of buyer’s remorse is taking shape in several heated real estate markets, after housing prices started dropping and the number of sales slowed over the last two months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

Worry, buyer’s remorse high as real estate market slowdown materializes

Country experienced a 25.7 per cent drop in the number of homes sold over the last year

A real estate sale sign is shown in a west-end Toronto neighbourhood Saturday, March 7, 2020. A wave of buyer’s remorse is taking shape in several heated real estate markets, after housing prices started dropping and the number of sales slowed over the last two months. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy