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Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A skimmer aircraft fighting a wildfire near Kimberley in 2020. Paul Rodgers file photo/Kimberley Bulletin.

Skimmer aircraft conducts ‘forced landing’ while fighting wildfire near Cranbrook

Pilot walks away, airlifted by helicopter to Cranbrook for treatment following ‘forced landing’ on Tuesday

A skimmer aircraft fighting a wildfire near Kimberley in 2020. Paul Rodgers file photo/Kimberley Bulletin.
Police seized these two airsoft pistols on Monday (Aug. 1) in Abbotsford after reports came in about two men firing guns in the parking lot of Cabela’s. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

Surrey man charged after reports of guns being fired outside Abbotsford store

Weapons seized after incident in Cabela’s parking lot were airsoft pistols

Police seized these two airsoft pistols on Monday (Aug. 1) in Abbotsford after reports came in about two men firing guns in the parking lot of Cabela’s. (Abbotsford Police Department 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

Expensive gas not leading to increase in out-of-fuel calls in B.C., towing industry says

Unlike their American neighbours, higher gas prices do not appear to have…

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
The Eat Good, Do Good program is designed to help those struggling with food security and bring business back to local restaurants (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson).

Local dairy farmers donate $50K to B.C. food banks amid spiking need

BC Dairy partnered with restaurants in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna to raise money

The Eat Good, Do Good program is designed to help those struggling with food security and bring business back to local restaurants (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson).
Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)

Officials turning to campfire bans as fire season heats up in B.C.

Bans come into effect on Thursday (Aug. 4) for the Coastal, Kamloops and Southeast fire centres

Campfire. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media - File)
On July 16, Operation Freedom Paws Canada held its first annual open house which also included a graduation ceremony for its two newest graduates. (Photo courtesy of Operation Freedom Paws Canada)

Operation Freedom Paws connects therapy dogs with veterans and disabled community in B.C.

Operation Freedom Paws, which trains therapy dogs and their owners, has been in B.C. since 2020

On July 16, Operation Freedom Paws Canada held its first annual open house which also included a graduation ceremony for its two newest graduates. (Photo courtesy of Operation Freedom Paws Canada)
(Facebook/E-Comm911)

5-minute 911 wait times now the ‘new normal’ call takers union says

The union representing call takers at E-Comm says the organization needs a new funding model

(Facebook/E-Comm911)
Aydin Coban is shown in this handout photo from the time of his arrest by Dutch police, entered into an exhibit at his trial in British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster, B.C.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-DUTCH POLICE **MANDATORY CREDIT**

Data ‘fragments’ can’t identify Dutch man as Amanda Todd’s extortionist, says defence

Crown, in contrast, said ‘treasure trove of information’ linking man to Todd

Aydin Coban is shown in this handout photo from the time of his arrest by Dutch police, entered into an exhibit at his trial in British Columbia Supreme Court in New Westminster, B.C.. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-DUTCH POLICE **MANDATORY CREDIT**
Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The federal NDP member of Parliament says she hopes all of her colleagues will now recognize what happened inside residential schools as a genocide, after the system was recently called such by Pope Francis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Leah Gazan rises during question period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, June 21, 2021. The federal NDP member of Parliament says she hopes all of her colleagues will now recognize what happened inside residential schools as a genocide, after the system was recently called such by Pope Francis.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Lianna McDonald, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection based out of Winnipeg, poses in Winnipeg on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone
Lianna McDonald, the executive director of the Canadian Centre for Child Protection based out of Winnipeg, poses in Winnipeg on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Geraldine Malone
Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party’s last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Jean Charest takes part in the Conservative Party of Canada French-language leadership debate in Laval, Quebec on Wednesday, May 25, 2022. The party’s last official debate of the race before results are revealed Sept.10 will happen tonight in Ottawa.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
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(BC Wildfire Services)
Merritt on Nov. 15, 2021, following torrential downpour for several hours, sparking flooding and evacuation orders. (Photo: Bailee Allen).

B.C. evacuees can now get emergency funding through e-transfers from the province

Emergency Support Services e-transfer registration requires BC Services Card app

Merritt on Nov. 15, 2021, following torrential downpour for several hours, sparking flooding and evacuation orders. (Photo: Bailee Allen).
July 26, Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for 38 regions in the province. (Image: Environment Canada).

Guide for health-checks during extreme heat released by B.C. officials

As B.C. gets out of its first heat wave of the summer, new guide gives insight to health checks

July 26, Environment Canada has issued heat warnings for 38 regions in the province. (Image: Environment Canada).
Beachgoers set up an umbrella on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. A study by Toronto researchers says the prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise in Ontario, climbing by 30 per cent from 2003 to 2017 following a period of decline decades earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong

New B.C.-based technology may help diagnose skin cancer sooner

Early detection greatly improves the chances of successful treatment

Beachgoers set up an umbrella on the beach in Huntington Beach, Calif., Saturday, Sept. 5, 2020. A study by Toronto researchers says the prevalence of non-melanoma skin cancer is on the rise in Ontario, climbing by 30 per cent from 2003 to 2017 following a period of decline decades earlier. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Jae C. Hong
In one region, a bear walked through an open door at three houses in one day during last year’s heat wave. (Photo: BC Conservation Officer Service/twitter).

Keep doors shut to avoid a bear home invasion during hot weather: Conservation Officers

Parts of the province to heat up to the mid-to-high 20s and exceed 30 C this weekend

In one region, a bear walked through an open door at three houses in one day during last year’s heat wave. (Photo: BC Conservation Officer Service/twitter).
Rent sign via The Star

Rental scams have spiked 160% since 2021, sparking warning from the BBB

The Better Business Bureau of Mainland B.C. has released a warning for those looking to rent

Rent sign via The Star
(Black Press file photo)
(Black Press file photo)
Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)

PODCAST: Former world figure skating champ Victor Kraatz back coaching in B.C.

TODAY IN B.C.: Skater spent 3 years in Finland teaching hockey players about power and efficiency

Victor Kraatz. (photo submitted)