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Number of COVID-19 patients in critical care rises to 28, as B.C. hospitalizations, deaths continue to fall

Another 26 people died in B.C. last week after testing positive for COVID-19, while 273 people are in hospital, including 28 in intensive care.

Families left high and dry as B.C. cities struggle to meet demand for swimming lessons

Prince George has 700 people on its swimming lesson waiting list, Kamloops and Kelowna are in the midst of a lifeguard shortage while in Vancouver parents exchange advice on how to game the registration system.

Indigenous leaders hope new required high school courses in B.C. will help combat racism

President of the Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs says he found the news "encouraging" and says students have a fundamental right to learn the history of the lands they live on. He says learning Indigenous history, in a truthful and objective way, will help combat racism.

UBC Okanagan student pleads guilty to filming woman in washroom after RCMP allegedly hesitate to pursue charge

A student at the University of British Columbia's Okanagan campus has admitted he filmed a fellow student in a campus washroom, pleading guilty to a criminal charge the victim believes might not have been laid because of the RCMP's initial response to the case.

For evacuees forced out of their homes in B.C., Christmas will look very different this year

More than 1,000 people in British Columbia will be spending the Christmas holidays out of their homes this year, after being displaced from catastrophic flooding and fires in 2021, according to the province.

More Merritt evacuees may soon return home, while others granted limited daily access

More residents of Merritt, B.C. will potentially be able to return home by weekend, while others are being permitted limited daily access to their property as the area remains under an evacuation order.

Daily heat records smashed across B.C. as subtropical winds whip through province

Penticton reached 22.5 C on Wednesday, over 10 C warmer than the previous Dec. 1 record and matching the all-time high temperature recorded in Canada for the month of December.

B.C.'s River Forecast Centre understaffed, says new report

The report from the Canadian Centre for Policy Alternatives says staffing levels at the centre that monitors the province's rivers and provides warnings for flood risk has remained unchanged for years, despite an internal warning.

First Merritt evacuees return home to 'a city that's changed'

About 1,500 residents of Merritt, B.C., were allowed to return to their homes Tuesday, a week after the entire city of 7,000 was forced to evacuate after the Coldwater River spilled its banks and caused the complete failure of the municipality's wastewater system. 

Town of Princeton swamped after floodwaters breach dike

Princeton's mayor says half of the downtown area is under water and there is a boil water advisory due to potential contamination from flooding.

Kelowna RCMP warn cannabis stores after armed robbery

Investigators say a pair of armed, masked thieves fled with cash and remain at large.

B.C. winemakers in good spirits about 2021 vintage despite summer of fire and extreme heat

This year could be known as one of the better vintages in recent memory for British Columbia's wine industry, despite the unprecedented growing conditions wine growers faced over the summer with fires, a record-breaking heat wave and extreme drought conditions.

B.C. city gives Ogopogo copyright to First Nation after cultural appropriation concerns

Last Monday, Vernon city council voted to give its ownership of the Ogopogo name to the Syilx Nation, after members of Indigenous communities questioned why the city recently gave permission to a local book author to use the name, which carries religious meaning.

This small B.C. school is tripping over twins

For a school the size of Parkview Elementary in Sicamous, B.C., having two or three sets of twins is not uncommon. However, the school of 205 students had six sets of twins to begin the 2021-22 school year — a figure that caught principal Carla Schneider by surprise when she looked at the class lists.

Ski resorts across B.C. desperate for staff as seasonal workers struggle to enter Canada

Heavily reliant on seasonal workers from all over the world to stay afloat, staff shortages are one of the biggest concerns facing B.C. ski resorts right now — especially as the pandemic continues to prove a roadblock for many trying to enter the country. 

Rust Valley Restorers star sells 'field of dreams' collection of 500 rusting vintage cars

After more than four decades of collecting classic cars, reality TV star Mike Hall of Tappen, B.C., says selling his collection is the right choice to make at this time in his life.

Victoria opening new COVID-19 isolation shelter spaces as outbreak worsens

A cluster of 300 people currently in, or connected to, the city's unsheltered community are infected with COVID-19.

Here's what a local lake looks like without water, as crews replace an outlet pipe near Summerland

The District of Summerland, just north of Penticton, emptied the lake to fix a century-old pipe in the Isintok Dam.

B.C. must shore up risk crisis communications before, during, after wildfires: report

Upgrades to communications systems in British Columbia's wildfire zones are needed to save lives and properties, says a report released Wednesday.

Mountain goat 'turned the tables,' killed grizzly bear in Yoho National Park

Parks Canada says a mountain goat in Yoho National park took on a grizzly bear — and won.

Technical Safety B.C. warns of carbon monoxide risk in certain gas furnace models

Several makes and models of gas furnaces across the province have a design flaw that could lead to carbon monoxide exposures, warns Technical Safety B.C.

Cooler temperatures, rain help B.C. firefighting effort, but relief may be short-lived

Overnight rain helped slow the growth of some of B.C.'s biggest wildfires, even as thousands of properties remain on evacuation alert.

What you need to know about B.C. wildfires for Aug. 16

More than 6,000 properties are under evacuation order Monday after high winds fuelled dozens of wildfires across B.C.

What you need to know about B.C. wildfires for Aug. 15

The province says the next 72 hours will be critical, and residents in fire zones should be prepared for more evacuation orders and alerts.

What you need to know about B.C. wildfires for Aug. 14

The province says the next 72 hours will be critical, and residents in fire zones should be prepared for more evacuation orders and alerts.

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