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Esquimalt’s Sunset Lodge long-term care home is the site of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. (Google Maps)

Two more deaths reported from COVID-19 outbreak at Esquimalt care home

Six Sunset Lodge residents have died since outbreak began Aug. 27

Esquimalt’s Sunset Lodge long-term care home is the site of an ongoing COVID-19 outbreak. (Google Maps)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta premier cites COVID-19 vaccine uptake since passport announcement

Jason Kenney says COVID-19 vaccine bookings have nearly tripled

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Pregnant southern resident orca J-pod member J36 (Alki) is seen in drone photos (SR3)

J-Pod is expecting: 3 endangered southern resident whales pregnant, researchers say

Drone shots from U.S. researchers reveal three swimming moms-to-be

Pregnant southern resident orca J-pod member J36 (Alki) is seen in drone photos (SR3)
Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

New home for Indigenous language totem pole in Port Alberni

Language pole was a joint carving project in partnership with the United Nations

Carver Tim Paul, left, talks with a collaborator prior to the ‘closing the eyes’ ceremony for n’aasn’aas?aqsa Aug. 13, 2021 at the Maritime Discovery Centre. The totem will be unveiled in its final resting place near Victoria Quay on Saturday, Sept. 18, 2021. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)
Brenda and Gord Gartley were evicted from their Maple Ridge home after entering a rent-to-own agreement with realtor Kevin Bratch and his partner. (Contributed)

B.C. realtor order to pay $95,000 penalty for predatory rent-to-own scheme

Judgment also considered similar agreements by Kevin Bratch in Pitt Meadows and Richmond

Brenda and Gord Gartley were evicted from their Maple Ridge home after entering a rent-to-own agreement with realtor Kevin Bratch and his partner. (Contributed)
Sign in a school washroom telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook)

42 soap dispensers ripped from washroom walls at 3 Chilliwack schools over TikTok challenge

42 soap dispensers ripped off washroom walls in past 2 days, says Chilliwack school district

Sign in a school washroom telling people to use hand sanitizer since there’s no soap due to thefts. (Facebook)
A number of opinions from the community have come forward on what, if anything, the cross that was cut down this summer on Mount Tzouhalem should be replaced with. (File photo)

Cowichan residents ponder how — or if — fallen cross should be replaced

Vandals cut down longstanding landmark at the top of Duncan area’s Mount Tzouhalem in July

A number of opinions from the community have come forward on what, if anything, the cross that was cut down this summer on Mount Tzouhalem should be replaced with. (File photo)
FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. nurses’ union ‘cannot support’ COVID vaccine mandate that could mean fewer staff

Health minister says province is working on plans to deal with fallout

FILE – A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Vancouver Quadra PPC candidate Renate Siekmann is facing calls for her resignation after she distributed some 52,000 flyers comparing vaccine passports to the residential school system. (Wade Grant/Twitter)

Vancouver PPC candidate called to resign after comparing vaccine cards to residential schools

B.C. Assembly of First Nations Regional Chief Terry Teegee calls for removal of PPC candidate

Vancouver Quadra PPC candidate Renate Siekmann is facing calls for her resignation after she distributed some 52,000 flyers comparing vaccine passports to the residential school system. (Wade Grant/Twitter)
Someone skipped breakfast in Princeton Monday, Sept. 13. MCG photo
Someone skipped breakfast in Princeton Monday, Sept. 13. MCG photo
Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)

B.C. driving school owner to install dash cams, in spite of prohibition

Mark Anderson said he intends to defy regulations due to better serve his clients

Mark Anderson, owner of West Coast Driver Training, is planning on defying the rules that prevent him from installing dash cams in his company cars. (Robert Barron/Citizen)
Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Pfizer, Moderna mRNA vaccine get new brand names and full Health Canada approval

Pfizer BioNTech’s vaccine will now be called Comirnaty and the Moderna’s vaccine will be named SpikeVax

Empty Moderna vaccine vials are shown before a COVID-19 vaccine drive-thru clinic at Richardson stadium in Kingston, Ont., on Friday, July 2, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne

Climate change cited as reason to deny injunction extension over logging in B.C.

Lawyers debate application to extend injunction against Fairy Creek protests

A bus and sign are shown near the Eden blockade in the Fairy Creek area near Port Renfrew, B.C., on May, 11, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jen Osborne
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu wait on their campaign bus to be introduced to a crowd at a campaign stop in Brampton, Ont. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
NDP Leader Jagmeet Singh and his wife Gurkiran Kaur Sidhu wait on their campaign bus to be introduced to a crowd at a campaign stop in Brampton, Ont. Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., late Saturday July 13, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Vancouver police say fatal daylight shooting in downtown hotel parkade was targeted

Police statement does not say if the city’s 13th homicide of the year is linked to gangs

The Fairmont Pacific Rim Hotel is pictured in Vancouver, B.C., late Saturday July 13, 2013. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney announces new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Fairy Creek protesters say that some of their belongings, including tarps and awnings, ended up in this dumpster at the Bings Creek waste management facility. (Carole Toothill photo)

Protesters, Teal Jones disagree about Fairy Creek ‘garbage’

Abandoned or confiscated? Company says personal items are being returned

Fairy Creek protesters say that some of their belongings, including tarps and awnings, ended up in this dumpster at the Bings Creek waste management facility. (Carole Toothill photo)
The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)

Business as usual for many Vancouver Island establishments as vaccine pass arrives

Fitness centres and arenas see similar numbers of patrons, restaurant industry asking for patience

The BC Vaccine Card Verifier app is available in the Apple App Store and Google Play Store. (Black Press Media files)
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Charlie Rensby gets a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in Burns Lake. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)

B.C. COVID-19 infections stay high, 661 new cases Wednesday

7 more deaths in 24 hours, hospital cases remain at 288

Charlie Rensby gets a COVID-19 vaccination at a clinic in Burns Lake. (Priyanka Ketkar photo/Lakes District News)