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‘Doctor Strange’ actor and her husband found guilty of sexually abusing a minor

Zara Phythian and Victor Marke convicted of 14 counts of abuse that began when the victim was 13

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Clippings and remnants of an alleged cannabis grow operation after a fire in downtown Prince Rupert on May 1. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Cannabis law loopholes create challenges for Prince Rupert

Bachrach says “inordinate” amounts of cannabis being prescribed allow commercial-sized production

Clippings and remnants of an alleged cannabis grow operation after a fire in downtown Prince Rupert on May 1. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
Moms Stop the Harm advocates and supporters gather at Centennial Square on the sixth anniversary to mark the public health emergency of the declaration due to the significant increase in opioid-related overdose across the province during the Cut The Red Tape theme in Victoria, Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Pandemic impacted quality of illicit drugs and ‘contaminants’ in B.C., new study shows

A new study surveyed 738 people who use drugs and found 272 people reported worsening drug quality

Moms Stop the Harm advocates and supporters gather at Centennial Square on the sixth anniversary to mark the public health emergency of the declaration due to the significant increase in opioid-related overdose across the province during the Cut The Red Tape theme in Victoria, Thursday, April 14, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Murray Rankin (B.C. government photo)

Coastal GasLink doesn’t need Wet’suwet’en deal, B.C. minister says

Hereditary chief continues protests as pipeline moves ahead

B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Murray Rankin (B.C. government photo)
Protesters fill the front steps of the legislature Tuesday at a rally for the BC Nurses’ Union during National Nursing Week. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

“Mortal’ B.C. nurses rally at legislature, call for better working conditions

Many B.C. nurses considering leaving jobs, union vice-president says

Protesters fill the front steps of the legislature Tuesday at a rally for the BC Nurses’ Union during National Nursing Week. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
A Fortis crew repairs the damaged gas line along Tolmie Avenue just east of Quadra Avenue on Wednesday morning. The line was damaged by a third party. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)

B.C. man ordered to pay for damaging gas line despite blueprints showing it was elsewhere

B.C. Civil Resolution Tribunal ordered Fischer to pay $2,309 in damages plus fees

A Fortis crew repairs the damaged gas line along Tolmie Avenue just east of Quadra Avenue on Wednesday morning. The line was damaged by a third party. (Travis Paterson/News Staff)
Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

77 young bears killed in 2021, sparking complaint from animal rights group

Group argues B.C. Conservation euthanized some bears when no clear threat to public existed

Two orphaned grizzly bear cubs run while playing at the Greater Vancouver Zoo on July 8, 2020. Records obtained by non-profit Fur-Bearers show 77 bears cubs and juveniles were euthanized in B.C. in 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A B.C. man was denied a $5,000 damage claim May 10, for an injury he sustained from a falling portable speaker at the Columbia SkyTrain station. (Black Press Media file photo)
A B.C. man was denied a $5,000 damage claim May 10, for an injury he sustained from a falling portable speaker at the Columbia SkyTrain station. (Black Press Media file photo)
Guide Eli Schellenberg, in red, leads climbers down from the summit of the Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata near Banff, Alta., Thursday, June 20, 2019. Even as gas prices hit record highs, Canadians are fanning out across the country for fresh travel experiences after two years of bottled-up demand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadians hold their noses at gas prices as they hit the road, skies once again

Some tourism operators expected to double down on domestic markets

Guide Eli Schellenberg, in red, leads climbers down from the summit of the Mt. Norquay Via Ferrata near Banff, Alta., Thursday, June 20, 2019. Even as gas prices hit record highs, Canadians are fanning out across the country for fresh travel experiences after two years of bottled-up demand. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
An Edmonton Police Services logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton on October 2, 2017. The Edmonton Police Service Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit says it began investigating after the fire in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Man faces cruelty charges after almost 700 reptiles, amphibians found in Edmonton home

‘A sad reminder of the suffering many exotic reptiles endure at the hands of breeders and importers’

An Edmonton Police Services logo is shown at a press conference in Edmonton on October 2, 2017. The Edmonton Police Service Animal Cruelty Investigative Unit says it began investigating after the fire in November. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Alberta premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after being sworn into office in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Alberta government alters bereavement leave legislation amid abortion debate

Amendment would allow for leave in any pregnancy that doesn’t end in a live birth

Alberta premier Jason Kenney shakes hands with Kaycee Madu after being sworn into office in Edmonton on Tuesday April 30, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)

Summerland reconciliation mural vandalized

Mural at Summerland Secondary School had a Truth and Reconciliation message

On May 10, a Summerland mural with a Truth and Reconciliation message was defaced by vandals. (John Arendt - Summerland Review)
Only vehicles weighing less than 10,000 kg are allowed to use the Johnston Bridge. Extensive repairs mean the bridge’s capacity would return to over 60,000 kg, although Quesnel council could choose to keep the limit on the bridge. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Johnston Bridge repair price tag now estimated at over $11 million

Quesnel city council approved applying for a $6 million federal grant to repair the aging bridge

Only vehicles weighing less than 10,000 kg are allowed to use the Johnston Bridge. Extensive repairs mean the bridge’s capacity would return to over 60,000 kg, although Quesnel council could choose to keep the limit on the bridge. (Cassidy Dankochik Photo - Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
Mourners gathered for a ceremony May 11 at the site of the stabbing of a young man on Midnight Drive in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Vigil held to honour young homicide victim in Williams Lake neighbourhood

Police turn attention to nearby home on Midnight Drive after 19-year-old dies of stab wounds

Mourners gathered for a ceremony May 11 at the site of the stabbing of a young man on Midnight Drive in Williams Lake. (Ruth Lloyd photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Approximately 28,000 juvenile chinook salmon were recently released at the Bowron River Bridge. (Spruce City Wildlife Association/Facebook photo)

Thousands of juvenile chinook salmon released in Bowron River

A Prince George not-for-profit led a stock rebuilding effort on Sunday, May 8

Approximately 28,000 juvenile chinook salmon were recently released at the Bowron River Bridge. (Spruce City Wildlife Association/Facebook photo)
Members of the Governing Body of the Highway of Tears gathered in Prince George on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. (Submitted photo)

‘Pillars of Hope and Strength’ to honour Indigenous lives lost along Highway 16

Pillars made of local red cedar by Indigenous artists will be raised in Prince George and Prince Rupert

Members of the Governing Body of the Highway of Tears gathered in Prince George on the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls in Canada. (Submitted photo)
A man who killed his mother in Gibsons in 2020 was found by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last week to be not criminally responsible for his actions. (Black Press Media file photo)
A man who killed his mother in Gibsons in 2020 was found by a B.C. Supreme Court judge last week to be not criminally responsible for his actions. (Black Press Media file photo)
Ted Traer is this year’s WildsafeBC Cariboo coordinator. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)

Wildsafe BC is back in operation in the Cariboo

A familiar face is working as the region’s coordinator

Ted Traer is this year’s WildsafeBC Cariboo coordinator. (Rebecca Dyok photo — Quesnel Cariboo Observer)
FILE - Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk's great Twitter turnabout, in which he disclosed his massive stake in the social media company, got a seat on its board, publicly floated drastic changes and then turned down the board role, all happened in a week. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)

Musk says he would reverse Twitter’s ban of Donald Trump

Musk prefers temporary suspensions for content ‘destructive to the world’

FILE - Elon Musk speaks at the SATELLITE Conference and Exhibition March 9, 2020, in Washington. Musk's great Twitter turnabout, in which he disclosed his massive stake in the social media company, got a seat on its board, publicly floated drastic changes and then turned down the board role, all happened in a week. (AP Photo/Susan Walsh, File)
Asylum seekers cross the border from New York into Canada at Roxham Road in Hemmingford, Que., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Weather, eased COVID-19 restrictions fuel spike in irregular Canada-U.S. migration

Illegal and irregular migration is beginning to ramp back up towards pre-pandemic levels

Asylum seekers cross the border from New York into Canada at Roxham Road in Hemmingford, Que., Wednesday, March 18, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz