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Firefighters battle a suspicious blaze at Canadian Tire early Saturday, Nov. 19. (Vernon Firefighters Local1517 photo)

Vernon Canadian Tire to partially reopen after suspicious fire

The store’s auto service centre will reopen Monday, Dec. 5

The Coates’ Marvin the Martian sign that was stolen on Nov. 30, 2022. (Nancy Coates/ Facebook)

Sicamous couple’s iconic sign stolen, theft appears pre-planned

Nancy and Terry Coates offering $50 reward for return of sign in good shape

Jan. 16, hearing in Kelowna involving Grand Forks RCMP officer

Grand Forks mountie faces hearing in Kelowna for allegations of violating RCMP Code of Conduct

Constable Corey Flodell is facing five allegations of breaching the Code of Conduct

14 members of Whonnock Roofing and Gutters shovelled walks on Nov. 30 for donations to the family of Savanna Gervais. (Clay Gagnon/Special to The News)

B.C. company shovels driveways to collect donations for 4-year-old cancer victim

Whonnock Roofing collected more than $6,000 for family of Savanna Gervais

14 members of Whonnock Roofing and Gutters shovelled walks on Nov. 30 for donations to the family of Savanna Gervais. (Clay Gagnon/Special to The News)
(Kimberley Kaseweter, PhD./ Submitted)

Healthcare workers with psychopathic tendencies less willing to help patients in pain: UBCO study

Psychopathy is characterized by a lack of empathy and manipulative or antisocial behaviour

(Kimberley Kaseweter, PhD./ Submitted)
Opening day. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)

Revelstoke Mountain Resort’s opening day, a shining success

It was sunny skies and snowy slopes for the opening day

Opening day. (Josh Piercey/Revelstoke Review)
The Salvation Army’s former Lighthouse Shelter will be home to the Cafe at the Lighthouse come Monday, Dec. 5, a warming centre that will offer coffee, sandwiches and doughnuts as well as a place to shower and do laundry. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)

People without homes in Salmon Arm to get relief from cold with Salvation Army Café

Former homeless shelter to open 9 to 2 weekdays with food, showers, CMHA gets second outreach worker

The Salvation Army’s former Lighthouse Shelter will be home to the Cafe at the Lighthouse come Monday, Dec. 5, a warming centre that will offer coffee, sandwiches and doughnuts as well as a place to shower and do laundry. (Martha Wickett-Salmon Arm Observer)
B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. A review of British Columbia’s COVID-19 response says despite being unprepared for the pandemic, the province showed “resilience, balance, and nimbleness” during the emergency.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. COVID response praised for ‘nimbleness,’ despite lack of public trust: review

Authors say online survey on lack of trust was not representative of the population as a whole

B.C. Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth speaks during a news conference, in Vancouver, B.C., Monday, April 11, 2022. A review of British Columbia’s COVID-19 response says despite being unprepared for the pandemic, the province showed “resilience, balance, and nimbleness” during the emergency.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Penticton has been excluded from an expansion announcement from Interior Health and the Car-40 program. (File photo)

‘Disappointing’: Penticton excluded from Interior Health’s latest plans for Car-40 program

Mayor Julius Bloomfield says he remains optimistic IH is aware of the needs of Penticton

Penticton has been excluded from an expansion announcement from Interior Health and the Car-40 program. (File photo)
The current age restriction bylaws strata councils had the authority to impose on potential renters have been lifted by the provincial government on the premise of expanding the rental vacancy opportunities across the province. (Contributed)

Okanagan strata councils seek how to maintain rental controls

55 and over exemption offers pushback option to rental restrictions being lifted

The current age restriction bylaws strata councils had the authority to impose on potential renters have been lifted by the provincial government on the premise of expanding the rental vacancy opportunities across the province. (Contributed)
Children protest in front of BC Parliament for autism support in B.C. in 2021. (Autism BC)

B.C. children’s representative urges immediate help for children with special needs

Thousands of children with special needs receive little or no support: Charlesworth

Children protest in front of BC Parliament for autism support in B.C. in 2021. (Autism BC)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with B.C. Premier David Eby before an announcement at the Richmond Jewish Day School, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, December 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Trudeau, Eby talk housing , child care, overdose crisis and more during first meeting

Safe consumption forefront of countering the overdose crisis, prime minister says

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, right, meets with B.C. Premier David Eby before an announcement at the Richmond Jewish Day School, in Richmond, B.C., on Friday, December 2, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Dasi Menakadasi (not the subject of this article) celebrates by smoking recreational cannabis, in Vancouver on Oct. 17, 2018 on the one-year anniversary of legalization. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file/Darryl Dyck)

Fraser Valley man ordered to stop smoking cannabis from his strata property patio

Civil Resolution Tribunal decision said cannabis smoke in this case was a ‘nuisance to neighbours’

Dasi Menakadasi (not the subject of this article) celebrates by smoking recreational cannabis, in Vancouver on Oct. 17, 2018 on the one-year anniversary of legalization. (THE CANADIAN PRESS file/Darryl Dyck)
Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for “Freedom Convoy” organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Emergencies Act hearings end with final words on transparency, accountability

After 300 hours of testimony, 9,000 exhibits and a few major revelations,…

Commissioner Paul Rouleau listens to counsel question a witness at the Public Order Emergency Commission, in Ottawa, Friday, Nov. 4, 2022. Lawyers for “Freedom Convoy” organizers won their bid to gain access to unredacted versions of 20 documents at the Public Order Emergency Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
An electric vehicle is charged in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Parkland Corp. says it is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle charging network in western Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

B.C. to benefit as Parkland doubles western Canada EV charging network

50 ultra-fast charging stations coming to highways and destinations from Vancouver Island to Calgary

An electric vehicle is charged in Ottawa on Wednesday, July 13, 2022. Parkland Corp. says it is doubling the size of its previously announced electric vehicle charging network in western Canada.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Vaseux Lake is ready for use again thanks to the return of the milfoil harvester for the first time in 30 years. (Photo- Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association)

UBC Okanagan study to investigate where Eurasian watermilfoil occurs in lakes

Milfoil was introduced into the Okanagan Valley lake system some 40 years ago

Vaseux Lake is ready for use again thanks to the return of the milfoil harvester for the first time in 30 years. (Photo- Vaseux Lake Stewardship Association)
The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)
The Spirit of British Columbia has been stalled due to a mechanical error. (Black Press Media file photo)
Many young baseball players over the years have received their introduction to baseball at Elks Park in Salmon Arm. This photo was taken in July 2018. (File photo)

Treatment of baseball teams, their families at Elks Park in Salmon Arm sparks complaint

Council agrees with letter writer’s concerns over changes, would like meeting

Many young baseball players over the years have received their introduction to baseball at Elks Park in Salmon Arm. This photo was taken in July 2018. (File photo)
Penticton council will vote on a notice of motion on Tuesday, Dec. 6, that calls for the suspension of the city’s on-street paid parking program. (File photo)

End paid parking, support downtown businesses: Penticton councillor

Coun. Ryan Graham is introducing a notice of motion, calling for a temporary end to paid parking

Penticton council will vote on a notice of motion on Tuesday, Dec. 6, that calls for the suspension of the city’s on-street paid parking program. (File photo)
Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

First Nations picket halts work at $887 million B.C. hospital over union rules

‘This is Cowichan Tribes territory and we don’t need to be in any unions to work in our own backyard’

Jon Coleman (right) and other members of the Cowichan Tribes-owned Khowutzun Development Corporation are blocking work at the site of the new Cowichan District Hospital on Bell McKinnon Road over union issues. (Robert Barron/Citizen)