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JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)

B.C. TikTok sensation JESSIA is Canada’s Breakthrough Artist of the Year

Homegrown Ucluelet singer-songwriter’s wins her first Juno, celebrates with European tour

JESSIA reacts after winning the award for Breakthrough Artist of the Year presented by the Minister of Canadian Heritage Pablo Rodriguez and singer-songwriter Donovan Woods at the 51st annual JUNO Awards in Toronto on May 15. (CARAS/The JUNO Awards photo)
Minister of National Defence Anita Anand makes an announcement in support of Ukraine during a press conference at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Trudeau cancels appearance at event in B.C. after protesters hurl racial slurs

About four dozen protesters used expletives as they chanted against Trudeau

Minister of National Defence Anita Anand makes an announcement in support of Ukraine during a press conference at the Ukrainian Cultural Centre in Victoria, B.C., on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
People react outside the Civic Center following a deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

Texas killer locked classroom door and started shooting students and teachers inside

Gunman kills 19 children, 2 teachers in elementary school rampage

People react outside the Civic Center following a deadly school shooting at Robb Elementary School in Uvalde, Texas Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
FILE - A woman walks past a boutique in the GUM department store closed due to sanctions on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 28, 2022. Three months after the Feb. 24 invasion, many ordinary Russians are reeling from those blows to their livelihoods and emotions. Moscow’s vast shopping malls have turned into eerie expanses of shuttered storefronts once occupied by Western retailers. (AP Photo, File)

After 3 months of war, life in Russia has profoundly changed

Economic and social repercussions of war against Ukraine playing out inside Russian borders

FILE - A woman walks past a boutique in the GUM department store closed due to sanctions on Red Square in Moscow, Russia, Monday, March 28, 2022. Three months after the Feb. 24 invasion, many ordinary Russians are reeling from those blows to their livelihoods and emotions. Moscow’s vast shopping malls have turned into eerie expanses of shuttered storefronts once occupied by Western retailers. (AP Photo, File)
This Golden-based home has been named on of the top 10 vacation rentals in Canada. (Vrbo photo)

Golden home named in top 10 Canadian Vacation Homes of the Year

The Scandinavian-style ski-in ski-out is located in Golden with easy access to Kicking Horse Resort

This Golden-based home has been named on of the top 10 vacation rentals in Canada. (Vrbo photo)
Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, right, is checked by Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid during first period NHL second-round playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Tuesday, May 24, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Nugent-Hopkins, Kane score 2 apiece as Oilers outlast Flames, grab 3-1 playoff series lead

Edmonton’s 5-3 win in Game 4 leaves them one victory away from third round

Calgary Flames forward Johnny Gaudreau, right, is checked by Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid during first period NHL second-round playoff hockey action in Edmonton, Tuesday, May 24, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Teagan Dunnett made her BC Junior Tier 1 Lacrosse League debut for the Langley Thunder this season, becoming what is believed to be the first female lacrosse player to suit up in the league’s history. (Ryan Molag, Langley Events Centre/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Teagan Dunnett made her BC Junior Tier 1 Lacrosse League debut for the Langley Thunder this season, becoming what is believed to be the first female lacrosse player to suit up in the league’s history. (Ryan Molag, Langley Events Centre/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Devon Franks was dismayed to see the pile of mementos and trinkets left by families had been stripped from gravesites at the Langley Lawn cemetery operated by the Township of Langley at 4393 208th St. in Brookswood. She and husband Robbie made the discovery during a visit on Friday, May 21. (Robbie Franks/Special to Langley Advance Times)

B.C. cemetery condemned for trashing mementos left by families

Langley municipal cemetery removed items left by families and put them in a pile

Devon Franks was dismayed to see the pile of mementos and trinkets left by families had been stripped from gravesites at the Langley Lawn cemetery operated by the Township of Langley at 4393 208th St. in Brookswood. She and husband Robbie made the discovery during a visit on Friday, May 21. (Robbie Franks/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)

UPDATE: Texas school shooting death toll rises to 18 children, 3 adults

Robb Elementary the deadliest shooting at a U.S. grade school since Sandy Hook, almost a decade ago

Police walk near Robb Elementary School following a shooting, Tuesday, May 24, 2022, in Uvalde, Texas. (AP Photo/Dario Lopez-Mills)
A Sidney/North Saanich RCMP police vehicle parked in front of the terminal building at Victoria International Airport. Police are clearing out passengers from the building and informing others that upcoming flights are cancelled at the present time. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

UPDATE: Victoria airport back to normal operations after ‘incendiary item’ found Tuesday

Flights were cancelled over a six-hour span, many travellers headed for ferry terminal

A Sidney/North Saanich RCMP police vehicle parked in front of the terminal building at Victoria International Airport. Police are clearing out passengers from the building and informing others that upcoming flights are cancelled at the present time. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were in Vancouver Tuesday (May 24) to announce the 2025 Invictus Games will be held in the city. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)

$30M pledged for Vancouver to host winter hybrid Invictus Games in 2025

Province, federal government each contributing $15 million to event

Premier John Horgan and Prime Minister Justin Trudeau were in Vancouver Tuesday (May 24) to announce the 2025 Invictus Games will be held in the city. (Jane Skrypnek/Black Press Media)
Sergey Toporkov and Olena Toporkova in the garden of his uncle and aunt’s South Surrey home.

Ukraine refugees, now in B.C., bear witness to ordeal of war

Sergey Toporkov and his wife Olena arrived in Canada with little but the clothes on their backs

Sergey Toporkov and Olena Toporkova in the garden of his uncle and aunt’s South Surrey home.
A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)

Man’s body recovered from Nanaimo lake after apparent drowning

Victim went for a swim Sunday, searchers found body Monday

A man’s body was recovered from Long Lake after he was reported missing over the weekend. (Black Press Media file photo)
FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash. Authorities say they’ve found the first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 in a rural area east of Blaine. State entomologists will now develop a plan to eradicate the nest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)

US scientists will set 1,000 traps for murder hornets this year

Hornets will be considered eradicated if Washington has gone three full years with no detections

FILE - In this Oct. 24, 2020, file photo, a Washington state Department of Agriculture worker holds two of the dozens of Asian giant hornets vacuumed from a tree in Blaine, Wash. Authorities say they’ve found the first Asian giant hornet nest of 2021 in a rural area east of Blaine. State entomologists will now develop a plan to eradicate the nest. (AP Photo/Elaine Thompson, File)
The apps of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Martin Meissner

Creator of popular kids’ YouTube channel slams federal online-streaming bill

Super Simple Songs creator says legislation that doesn’t recognize how digital platforms work

The apps of Amazon Prime Video, Netflix and YouTube are pictured on an iPhone in Gelsenkirchen, Germany, Thursday, Sept. 10, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Martin Meissner
A Hydro-Québec logo is seen on their head office building in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hydro-Québec says more than 130,000 customers are still without power after a powerful storm swept across the province on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

UPDATED: Tens of thousands still without power in Ontario and Quebec after destructive storm

Ten people died after Saturday’s thunderstorm, power expected to be fully restored within a few days

A Hydro-Québec logo is seen on their head office building in Montreal, Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015. Hydro-Québec says more than 130,000 customers are still without power after a powerful storm swept across the province on Saturday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A charred mattress and other debris sit on the front lawn of a house on Menzies Street on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)

Firefighters rescue ‘disoriented’ person from home following early-morning fire in Chilliwack

‘Fire suppression efforts were delayed due to a marijuana grow operation in the basement,’ says official

A charred mattress and other debris sit on the front lawn of a house on Menzies Street on Tuesday, May 24, 2022. (Paul Henderson/ Chilliwack Progress)
Victoria will get the province’s first electric bus to service transit routes. (Courtesy of BC Transit)

B.C.’s first electric transit bus expected to arrive in Greater Victoria this fall

BC Transit announces 10 more electric buses for Capital Region coming in 2023

Victoria will get the province’s first electric bus to service transit routes. (Courtesy of BC Transit)
Surrey RCMP were called to help after a newborn seal was found alone on the beach at Blackie Spit on Sunday (May 22, 2022). (Glenn Petersen photo)

Seal pup ‘Timbit’ rescued from B.C. shoreline

Marine mammal rescue team believes mother abandoned newborn seal

Surrey RCMP were called to help after a newborn seal was found alone on the beach at Blackie Spit on Sunday (May 22, 2022). (Glenn Petersen photo)
Reba McEntire poses with Brent Gray, Mati Arsoniadis, Ashlynne Riddoch at the Washington Avenue Grill Monday (May 23, 2022). (Contributed photo)
Reba McEntire poses with Brent Gray, Mati Arsoniadis, Ashlynne Riddoch at the Washington Avenue Grill Monday (May 23, 2022). (Contributed photo)