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People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau urged to make decriminalization of illicit drugs a priority

Almost 23,000 Canadians died from an opioid overdose between January 2016 and March 2021

People hold a banner during a march to remember those who died during the overdose crisis and to call for a safe supply of illicit drugs on International Overdose Awareness Day, in Vancouver, on Tuesday, August 31, 2021. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is being urged to decriminalize the possession and use of illicit drugs as a way to combat the opioid crisis that has resulted in thousands of deaths in Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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VIDEO: Pedestrian killed by semi-truck on Highway 1 in Abbotsford

Abbotsford Police working to confirm identity of deceased man

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SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards speaks during a news conference as SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III stands behind her on an El platform at the 69th Street Transportation Center, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Philadelphia, following a brutal rape on the El, as other riders watched, over the weekend. They discussed the emergency call boxes on SEPTA trains and how to properly contact police from the trains. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)

Charges unlikely for riders who saw Philadelphia train rape

Officials says about 10 people were walking, sitting or standing near where the attack was occurring

SEPTA General Manager Leslie Richards speaks during a news conference as SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel III stands behind her on an El platform at the 69th Street Transportation Center, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021, in Philadelphia, following a brutal rape on the El, as other riders watched, over the weekend. They discussed the emergency call boxes on SEPTA trains and how to properly contact police from the trains. (Tom Gralish/The Philadelphia Inquirer via AP)
The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press

Woman injured by Nelson snowbank wins new trial against city: Canada’s top court

Taryn Marchi was hurt stepping over a plowed snowbank in 2015

The Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa. Photo: Adrian Wyld/The Canadian Press
Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)

Court proceedings begin in death of Langley’s Carson Crimeni

A 20-year-old has been charge with manslaughter in the case

Surrey provincial court. (File photo: Tom Zytaruk)
UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility demonstrates how earthquakes can cause hazards inside a home. (Black Press file photo)
UBC’s Earthquake Engineering Research Facility demonstrates how earthquakes can cause hazards inside a home. (Black Press file photo)
A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

Is your face mask protecting you from COVID variants? Here’s what to look for

Masks4Canada is encouraging everyone to use masks with proper fit and adequate filtration

A disposable face mask is shown attached to a woman’s arm in Old Montreal, Sunday, July 18 2021, as the COVID-19 pandemic continues in Canada and around the world. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)

Northern B.C. First Nation band blocks MCFD workers from taking 6-year-old off reserve

Chief councillor told ministry workers that child will remain in the community until further resolution

Gitanmaax chief councillor Tracey Woods, reads out the band’s decision to the social workers who had come to take back a six-year-old girl from the reserve. ( Git’luuhl’um’hetxwit/ Facebook)
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

B.C. reports 696 new COVID cases, 6 deaths on Wednesday

Vaccinations ticked up barely one-tenth of a percentage point

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
The collision took place between a van and a black semi on Wednesday afternoon. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
The collision took place between a van and a black semi on Wednesday afternoon. (Colleen Flanagan/The News)
Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)

Storm warning: B.C. West Coast prepares as best it can for inevitable rough weather

BC Hydro ready as La Nina returns, with expected intensified winds and rainfall

Storm watchers take in the waves off Ucluelet. (Westerly file photo)
Juanita Parnell won big with her ticket she purchased in Prince Rupert. (Facebook screenshot)
Juanita Parnell won big with her ticket she purchased in Prince Rupert. (Facebook screenshot)
A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Health-care workers demand Trudeau fast track paid sick-leave policy

Decent Work and Health Network says PM’s promise do so within 100 days not fast enough

A coalition of front-line health-care workers have asked Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to fast-track proposed legislative amendments to grant paid sick leave to federally regulated workers. Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visits a vaccine clinic in Ottawa on Tuesday, Sept. 28, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope is closed on Oct. 20 as they fight to stay operating without a business licence. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope restaurant licence taken ‘illegally,’ business owner tells court

Rolly’s Restaurant faces BC Supreme Court after defying Fraser Health closure order

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope is closed on Oct. 20 as they fight to stay operating without a business licence. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)
The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Conservatives object to Parliament double-vaccinated entry policy

NDP says hybrid Parliament safest to stop MPs becoming ‘vectors’ spreading COVID-19

The Peace tower is seen in Ottawa, on Monday, Oct. 18. 2021. Conservatives say they disagree with a committee of federal representatives deciding who is allowed to enter the House of Commons based on their vaccination status against COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
People walk pass a sign for flu shots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives

B.C. Children’s Hospital sees influx of emergency visits for respiratory viruses

Around 30 per cent of emergency patients are being seen for non-COVID respiratory infections

People walk pass a sign for flu shots. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Doug Ives
A flare stack lights the sky along refinery row in Edmonton on Friday December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

RBC report says $2 trillion needed to reach 2050 target of net-zero economy

Canada will have to spend at least $60 billion annually to cut emissions by 75 per cent

A flare stack lights the sky along refinery row in Edmonton on Friday December 28, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)

Health experts launch B.C. COVID briefings out of ‘growing concern’ with government response

Protect Our Province B.C. aims to highlight the best available science to combat COVID

B.C. Health Minister Adrian Dix and provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry update the province’s COVID-19 vaccine program, May 10, 2021. (B.C. government)
FILE - This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park. Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, has been charged with unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continue looking for him in Florida swampland, federal authorities announced Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)

FBI: Items linked to Laundrie, potential human remains found

Brian Laundrie, 23, is a person of interest in the killing of Gabby Petito, who was reported missing Sept. 11

FILE - This Aug. 12, 2021 file photo from video provided by The Moab Police Department shows Brian Laundrie talking to a police officer after police pulled over the van he was traveling in with his girlfriend, Gabrielle “Gabby” Petito, near the entrance to Arches National Park. Laundrie, the boyfriend of Gabby Petito, whose body was found at a national park in Wyoming after a cross-country trip with him, has been charged with unauthorized use of a debit card as searchers continue looking for him in Florida swampland, federal authorities announced Thursday, Sept. 23, 2021. (The Moab Police Department via AP, File)
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Police investigating after 2 replica pipe bombs found at safe injection site in Vancouver

Police say that while these bombs were not real, the public should remain vigilant

(Black Press Media files)