British Columbia

Former Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey player Jake Virtanen returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a lunch break in his sexual assault trial, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Jury starts deliberating in sexual assault trial of former Vancouver Canuck Virtanen

Virtanen accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his hotel room in 2017

Former Vancouver Canucks NHL hockey player Jake Virtanen returns to B.C. Supreme Court after a lunch break in his sexual assault trial, in Vancouver, on Friday, July 22, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Nohomin Creek fire is estimated at 2,364 hecatres as of July 25. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Services)

Lytton’s Nohomin Creek fire sees some growth as heat wave hits B.C.

The wildfire grew from 2,193 hectares to about 2,364 hectares Monday

The Nohomin Creek fire is estimated at 2,364 hecatres as of July 25. (Photo courtesy of B.C. Wildfire Services)
A 2021 file photo shows smokey skies in Williams Lake. Much of B.C. is under heat warnings for the final week of July 2022. (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Williams Lake Tribune)

Heat warnings issued across B.C. as highs threaten to hit 40 C

Temperatures expected to peak from Wednesday to Friday

A 2021 file photo shows smokey skies in Williams Lake. Much of B.C. is under heat warnings for the final week of July 2022. (Monica Lamb-Yorski/Williams Lake Tribune)
B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)

B.C. premier pitches plan for less gas from cattle

Innovative technology could drastically reduce cattle methane emissions

B.C. Premier John Horgan and T’Sou-ke Nation Chief Gordie Planes listen to an explanation from Synergraze founder and CEO Tamara Loiselle on how the spore tank works at a demonstration project in a greenhouse that’s home to an innovative project aimed at reducing methane gas emissions from livestock. (Rick Stiebel - Sooke News Mirror)
Head coach Shannon Maion is see with her daughter Natalie (left) after Cloverdale’s U11 Fury captured provincial softball gold earlier in July. At right Maion is seen playing for Team Canada in 2002. This year, Maion chose not to enter her team in year-round softball training, instead allowing her players to focus on the multi-sport approach. Maion said, “We showed that you do not have to be playing year round at this age in order to be successful.” (Photos submitted: Shannon Maion)

Cloverdale softball coach finds success with ‘multi-sport’ approach

‘We showed that you do not have to be playing year round at this age in order to be successful’

Head coach Shannon Maion is see with her daughter Natalie (left) after Cloverdale’s U11 Fury captured provincial softball gold earlier in July. At right Maion is seen playing for Team Canada in 2002. This year, Maion chose not to enter her team in year-round softball training, instead allowing her players to focus on the multi-sport approach. Maion said, “We showed that you do not have to be playing year round at this age in order to be successful.” (Photos submitted: Shannon Maion)
94 of the top 100 most expensive gas stations in Canada can be found in B.C. according to the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). (File Photo)

Bring cash: B.C. gas stations make up 94 of top 100 priciest in Canada

The average price of gas in the province sits at 199.2¢/L as of July 20

94 of the top 100 most expensive gas stations in Canada can be found in B.C. according to the Oil Price Information Service (OPIS). (File Photo)
An investigation by Kamloops RCMP and B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit prevented the Throttle Lockers gang from establishing a clubhouse in Kamloops. (Courtesy of Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit British Columbia)

Joint investigation stops Hells Angels ‘support club’ from expanding into Kamloops

3 alleged Throttle Lockers gang members charged with drug-related offences

An investigation by Kamloops RCMP and B.C.’s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit prevented the Throttle Lockers gang from establishing a clubhouse in Kamloops. (Courtesy of Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit British Columbia)
A jail cell at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. (Black Press Media file photo)

B.C.’s Ombudsperson calls for oversight of municipal jails after detainee left screaming in pain

Currently no means of recourse for detainees mistreated by jail guards in RCMP-policed communities

A jail cell at the Nanaimo RCMP detachment. (Black Press Media file photo)
Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Inuvik, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson, warning temperatures could rise to 32 degrees today. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
(Courtesy of Pixabay)

British Columbians told to prepare as temperatures set to ramp up this weekend

Province issues heat-safety tips ahead of potential heat waves

Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for Inuvik, Aklavik, Tsiigehtchic and Fort McPherson, warning temperatures could rise to 32 degrees today. (Photo courtesy of Pixabay)
(Courtesy of Pixabay)
Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)

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Canada's Best City Report. (photos submitted)
A former B.C. caregiver was convicted July 15 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to one of her patients. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)

Caregiver convicted on lesser charge in death of developmentally disabled B.C. woman

Astrid Charlotte Dahl failed to provide necessaries of life to woman in her care, court found

A former B.C. caregiver was convicted July 15 of failing to provide the necessaries of life to one of her patients. (Cliff MacArthur/provincialcourt.bc.ca)
Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair arrives at a news conference Tuesday June 9, 2020 in Ottawa. Blair announced an advance payment of $870 million for B.C.’s disaster recovery efforts July 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Feds deliver $870M of promised $5B disaster recovery fund to B.C.

Money to go to rebuilding infrastructure destroyed by 2021’s fires, floods

Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister Bill Blair arrives at a news conference Tuesday June 9, 2020 in Ottawa. Blair announced an advance payment of $870 million for B.C.’s disaster recovery efforts July 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A mother bear and cubs walking on a trail. (WildSafeBC/file photo)

‘Bear jams’ becoming increasingly common and more than some B.C. travellers can bear

TranBC shares strategies to avoid an unsafe ‘bear jam’ while travelling

A mother bear and cubs walking on a trail. (WildSafeBC/file photo)
Jan Rabson. (Submitted Photo)

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TODAY IN B.C.: Actor has worked with Johnny Carson, Robin Williams, voiced ‘Minions’ and more

Jan Rabson. (Submitted Photo)
A young southern resident killer whale (left), shown in a handout photo, spotted swimming in the waters off the west side of Vancouver Island now has a name. The Center for Whale Research based in Washington state says it has dubbed the latest addition to K Pod as K45 after staff spotted it in a tight group with other family members northeast of Race Rocks on Saturday. CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Centre for Whale Research
A young southern resident killer whale (left), shown in a handout photo, spotted swimming in the waters off the west side of Vancouver Island now has a name. The Center for Whale Research based in Washington state says it has dubbed the latest addition to K Pod as K45 after staff spotted it in a tight group with other family members northeast of Race Rocks on Saturday. CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Centre for Whale Research
A jar full of empty COVID-19 vaccine vials is shown at the Junction Chemist pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A jar full of empty COVID-19 vaccine vials is shown at the Junction Chemist pharmacy during the COVID-19 pandemic in Toronto on April 6, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
B.C. Premier John Horgan pauses after announcing he will not run in the next provincial election during a news conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. A group representing emergency room doctors across the country has a message for Canada’s premiers: come up with a co-ordinated plan to prevent their workplaces from being closed due to staffing shortages that are creating an unprecedented crisis in health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Ottawa’s share of health-care funding to be top concern at premiers’ meeting in B.C.

Premiers calling for feds to increase their share of spending from 22 to 35 per cent

B.C. Premier John Horgan pauses after announcing he will not run in the next provincial election during a news conference in Vancouver, on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. A group representing emergency room doctors across the country has a message for Canada’s premiers: come up with a co-ordinated plan to prevent their workplaces from being closed due to staffing shortages that are creating an unprecedented crisis in health care. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope in her doctor’s office. In B.C., some family doctors are calling for a switch from the current payment model that compensates them per patient, to one that compensates them regardless of the time they spend with each person. CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle

B.C. family doctors say time-based payment model one way to create less stress, better care

Current fee-for-service model pays doctors per patient regardless of how long they spend with them

A doctor examines a patient with a stethoscope in her doctor’s office. In B.C., some family doctors are calling for a switch from the current payment model that compensates them per patient, to one that compensates them regardless of the time they spend with each person. CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Thomas Kienzle
People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. GasBuddy’s head petroleum analyst says drivers should expect some relief at the pump heading into the end of July and start of August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VIDEO: B.C. gas prices expected to drop below $2/litre mark: analyst

Global prices dropping as economy slows, threatens recession

People fuel up vehicles at a Shell gas station in Vancouver, on Saturday, May 14, 2022. GasBuddy’s head petroleum analyst says drivers should expect some relief at the pump heading into the end of July and start of August. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)

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Jim Pattison. (Submitted Photo)