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Today, the city of Victoria, B.C. is a picturesque location and a popular tourist destination. (Pixabay.com)

QUIZ: Are you ready for Victoria Day?

The May long weekend is a tribute to British monarch Queen Victoria

A turtle and a duck share a sunbathing log at Sardis Park in Chilliwack on April 9, 2015. Monday, May 23, 2022 is World Turtle Day. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

Unofficial holidays: Here’s what people are celebrating for the week of May 22 to 28

World Turtle Day, World Dracula Day, Brisket Day are all coming up this week

About 50 people gathered in Hope on Saturday, May 21, 2022 to hear Premier John Horgan announce $100 million in funding to honour Japanese-Canadians and to “continue the healing for generations to come,” Horgan said. The livestream broadcast of the announcement in Hope was hosted by the Tashme Historical Society. Folks gathered at the Hope Recreation Centre about 20 kilometres northwest of the former Tashme Internment Camp. At 1,200 acres in size, Tashme was Canada’s largest Japanese-Canadian internment site of the Second World War and, at its height, was home to 2,644 people. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. commits $100 million to support Japanese Canadians interned in World War II

Funding will go to health and wellness programs for survivors, memorials and public education

About 50 people gathered in Hope on Saturday, May 21, 2022 to hear Premier John Horgan announce $100 million in funding to honour Japanese-Canadians and to “continue the healing for generations to come,” Horgan said. The livestream broadcast of the announcement in Hope was hosted by the Tashme Historical Society. Folks gathered at the Hope Recreation Centre about 20 kilometres northwest of the former Tashme Internment Camp. At 1,200 acres in size, Tashme was Canada’s largest Japanese-Canadian internment site of the Second World War and, at its height, was home to 2,644 people. (Jenna Hauck/ Chilliwack Progress)
Bucars RV Centre general manager Jeff Redmond with new recreational vehicles on his lot in Balzac, Alta. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. With gasoline prices hitting all-time highs, Redmond says he’s planning to stay closer to home when RV camping this summer. But he adds recreational vehicles are still one of the most affordable ways to travel as a couple or with a family once other costs are factored in. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol

‘Still going’: Some RVers say high gasoline prices could keep them closer to home

Some RVers plan longer stays at their destination to make costs worthwhile

Bucars RV Centre general manager Jeff Redmond with new recreational vehicles on his lot in Balzac, Alta. on Tuesday, May 17, 2022. With gasoline prices hitting all-time highs, Redmond says he’s planning to stay closer to home when RV camping this summer. But he adds recreational vehicles are still one of the most affordable ways to travel as a couple or with a family once other costs are factored in. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Todd Korol
Turkeys are pictured at a farm near Sauk Centre, Minn., on Nov. 2, 2005. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a small flock of poultry in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Janet Hostetter

Turkeys on farm with ‘bird flu’ to be culled, poultry group says

Canada Food Inspection Agency confirmed the presence of H1N1 on the farm this week

Turkeys are pictured at a farm near Sauk Centre, Minn., on Nov. 2, 2005. The Canadian Food Inspection Agency has confirmed the presence of highly pathogenic avian influenza in a small flock of poultry in Richmond, B.C. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Janet Hostetter
A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. A national substance use research organization is warning about a new type of opioid that is increasingly being found in Canada’s unregulated drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Rise of new opioid highlights unpredictable drug supply: Expert

Rising presence in the drug supply of potent synthetic opioids referred to as nitazenes

A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa on Friday, January 3, 2014. A national substance use research organization is warning about a new type of opioid that is increasingly being found in Canada’s unregulated drug supply. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Battle of Alberta deadlocked after Oilers dump Flames 5-3 to even playoff series

Draisaitl, Keith have 3 points apiece for Edmonton; Game 3 goes Sunday

Edmonton Oilers centre Connor McDavid, right, scores on Calgary Flames goalie Jacob Markstrom during second period NHL second round playoff hockey action in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon and husband Whit Fraser are met by Premier John Horgan and Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin at their vehicle procession on the legislature grounds Friday, May 20. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)

Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon makes her first official visit to B.C.

Ceremonial welcome from premier, lieutenant-governor and military parade May 20

Gov.-Gen. Mary Simon and husband Whit Fraser are met by Premier John Horgan and Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin at their vehicle procession on the legislature grounds Friday, May 20. (Evert Lindquist/News Staff)
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
Stocky Edwards' funeral was at Christ the King Catholic Church in Courtenay on May 20. Photo by MIke Chouinard
Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)

B.C. veterinarian issues alert about flesh-eating disease in dogs on Vancouver Island

Six cases of necrotizing fasciitis reported on central Island since the fall

Necrotizing fasciitis, a disease that is difficult and expensive to treat and often fatal, has cropped up in six dogs in Nanaimo, Parksville and Qualicum Beach since October. (Stock photo)
(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)

B.C. man robs gas station, uses toddler as a shield against police

Kamloops RCMP say the Oliver man was arrested after attempted robbery with his 3-year-old child

(Phil McLachlan/Capital News/Stock)
Former social worker Robert Riley Saunders is in court for 13 charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)

Kelowna judge rules disgraced former social worker deprived youth

Robert Riley Saunders will be sentenced on June 22 and 23

Former social worker Robert Riley Saunders is in court for 13 charges of fraud, theft and breach of trust (Jacqueline Gelineau/Capital News)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, says he will stay in the top job to maintain continuity and stability in government until a new United Conservative party leader is chosen, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney, left, says he will stay in the top job to maintain continuity and stability in government until a new United Conservative party leader is chosen, in Calgary, Alta., Friday, May 20, 2022.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Due to the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer farmers like Tara Sawyer, pictured at her family’s farm near Acme, Alta., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, say this will be the most expensive crop in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Stakes are high for farmers as 2022 crop shapes up to be Canada’s most expensive ever

Costs surge due to inflationary pressures, spiking energy costs, and the war in Ukraine

Due to the rising costs of fuel and fertilizer farmers like Tara Sawyer, pictured at her family’s farm near Acme, Alta., Tuesday, May 17, 2022, say this will be the most expensive crop in Canadian history. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)

FIFA plans to announce 2026 World Cup sites on June 16

Vancouver, Edmonton, Toronto all in the running to host games

Former Brazilian player Kaká, left, and former Spanish player Iker Casillas present the Qatar FIFA World Cup trophy during the Trophy Tour by Coca-Cola kicked off today with a first-stop event in Dubai, United Arab Emirates, Thursday, May 12, 2022. (AP Photo/Kamran Jebreili)
Calgary Flames’ Joel Otto (left) jousts with Edmonton Oilers’ Steve Smith during NHL playoff action in Calgary, Apr.16, 1991. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE-Mike Ridewood)

‘A lot of hate’: Oilers, Flames alumni look back at last playoff Battle of Alberta

‘The most physical, aggressive, emotional series I’ve ever been part of’

Calgary Flames’ Joel Otto (left) jousts with Edmonton Oilers’ Steve Smith during NHL playoff action in Calgary, Apr.16, 1991. (CP PICTURE ARCHIVE-Mike Ridewood)
The new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)

B.C. primary care teams ‘chronically understaffed,’ opposition says

Urgent care clinics reach one million visits despite shortage

The new Primary Care Centre in Chilliwack on Friday, May 13, 2022. (Jenna Hauck/Chilliwack Progress)
Massive cinder blocks were knocked out of place by flooding at the Othello Tunnels. (Adventures R Us YouTube screenshot)

Most provincial parks open in time for May long weekend, despite winter storm damage

Parks around Hope and Lytton still closed after year filled with fire, heat and landslides

Massive cinder blocks were knocked out of place by flooding at the Othello Tunnels. (Adventures R Us YouTube screenshot)
The B.C. Government has received reports of suspected avian flu in pelicans across the Cariboo. (Kelly Sinoski photo — 100 Mile Free Press)

Colonies of endangered pelicans in Northern B.C. test positive for avian flu

Reports of sick pelicans in the Cariboo at Williams Lake, Alkali, Puntzi and Bouchie lakes.

The B.C. Government has received reports of suspected avian flu in pelicans across the Cariboo. (Kelly Sinoski photo — 100 Mile Free Press)