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Family of Kelowna crane collapse victims stuck in quarantine despite travel exemption

Norbert Stemmer and his mother rushed over to Canada from Germany after finding out his nephews died in the Kelowna crane collapse, but now they're stuck in quarantine despite being fully vaccinated and showing negative PCR tests.

Steveston recycling plant aims to transform plastic ocean debris into useful products

A new plastic-processing plant that opened Wednesday in Steveston aims to turn plastic found in B.C.'s oceans into useful products. 

B.C. declares COVID-19 outbreak in Central Okanagan, reimposes mask mandate

After a rapid rise in COVID-19 cases in the Central Okanagan, British Columbia is declaring an outbreak in the region and reimposing a local mask mandate, as well as other public health measures.

Kelowna band bringing back live music with mobile bus

After months of gig cancellations, a Kelowna band decided to take its show on the road and bought a bus. 

Long-term care homes in B.C. open to fully vaccinated visitors later this month

Residents in B.C.'s long-term care facilities will soon be allowed to visit with friends and family members without restrictions, provided they are fully vaccinated.

Calls for action grow as B.C. hospital diverts maternity patient because of pediatrician shortage

A two-week diversion of maternity patients from White Rock's Peace Arch Hospital because of a shortage in pediatric care has many calling for action.

Lytton resident praises firefighters for saving animals she had to leave behind as she fled

A Lytton couple were relieved to hear that their animals are safe and in local firefighters' care nearly 3 days after a devastating wildfire destroyed their property and the village around them.

B.C.'s heat wave likely contributed to 719 sudden deaths in a week, coroner says — triple the usual number

The BC Coroners Service has reported 719 sudden deaths in the past week, triple the amount that would normally occur in the province.

Davie Street rainbow crosswalk defaced with white paint

Vancouver police are investigating after the rainbow crosswalk on Davie Street was defaced by white paint Thursday afternoon at the start of Pride season.

Patios and other pandemic innovations here to stay, B.C. hospitality workers say

Hospitality workers had to get creative when the pandemic severely limited the industry. Some chefs began selling food over social media and temporary patios sprung up all over Vancouver. As restrictions begin to ease, some say those creations will be here to stay.