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Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada's next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

VIDEO: Mary Simon becomes Canada’s 1st Indigenous governor general

Simon becomes the country’s first Indigenous governor general in stripped-down ceremony

Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Simon, an Inuk leader and former Canadian diplomat, has been named as Canada's next governor general — the first Indigenous person to serve in the role. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A side profile shows the truck’s wheels burnt away in the fire. Photo: Trail RCMP

Trail RCMP consider recommending charges after truck fire on Highway 3

Mounties say they motorist left the scene of a single-vehicle roll over early Saturday, July 24

A side profile shows the truck’s wheels burnt away in the fire. Photo: Trail RCMP
The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little

Michaud Creek fire evacuation reduced, Octopus Creek fire grows

The Octopus Creek Fire on Lower Arrow Lake now covers 11,444 hectares

The Octopus Creek fire seen from Edgewood on July 18. Photo: Jeannie Little
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Alberta bike gangs battle in Cranbrook

RCMP separate two brawling gangs; several bikers went to hospital with apparent stab wounds; one group escorted out of town

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Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Iqaluit, like the rest of Nunavut, is under a strict two-week lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Iqaluit’s elders home remains closed more than two months after case of COVID-19

Nearly 2 1/2 months later, none of them has returned and the elders home remains closed

Downtown Iqaluit, Nunavut, is shown after 2 p.m. sunset on Tuesday, Nov. 24, 2020. Iqaluit, like the rest of Nunavut, is under a strict two-week lockdown to help stop the spread of COVID-19. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The governments of Canada and Alberta have signed an agreement on an extension to the Canada-Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Alberta renews child-care deal with Ottawa; prolongs talks about $10 a day program

Ottawa is providing $290 million over four years and a one-time investment of $56 million

Children’s backpacks and shoes are seen at a daycare in Langley, B.C., on Tuesday, May 29, 2018. The governments of Canada and Alberta have signed an agreement on an extension to the Canada-Alberta Early Learning and Child Care Agreement. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Wildfire report author says heat dome highlights need for new plans in wildfire fight

Criticism from local Indigenous leaders about the 2021 response suggests some of the same problems remain

The Tremont Creek wildfire burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Construction of a nature-like fishway past the Big Bar landslide, March 2021. (B.C. government)

Salmon getting through B.C.’s Big Bar landslide, runs rebounding

Early Stuart sockeye run expected near average after low years

Construction of a nature-like fishway past the Big Bar landslide, March 2021. (B.C. government)
Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)

COVID-19 restrictions lifting at B.C. seniors home ‘absolutely’ a big deal

Doris Gage, 95, is set to celebrate her great-grandson’s 1st birthday July 24

Doris Gage (left) poses with her grandson Nash and her granddaughter Meghan Mitchell on April 1, 2021, when restrictions were lifted to allow in-suite visits. (Contributed photo)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Okanagan Corrections Centre. (Phil McLachlan - Western News)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)

B.C.’s COVID-19 spread rises, 112 more cases confirmed Friday

Interior Health region infections higher than Lower Mainland

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry visits the Interior Health region in late June, 2021 to say thank you to health care workers. (Penticton Western News)
Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park, near Whistler, by Jennifer Mets. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry.

Wildfire crew looking for newly started fire finds B.C. hiker missing for 2 weeks

Squamish RCMP says the hiker missing in the park for two weeks was found safe on Thursday

Garibaldi Lake Provincial Park, near Whistler, by Jennifer Mets. Amateur Photographer of the Year entry.
Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.

New Community Action Team in Cranbrook will help respond to overdose crisis

An on-the-ground support team for people with mental health or addiction issues is being formed in Cranbrook

Sheila Malcolmson, Minister of Mental Health and Addictions. Right: The Government of B.C. is investing $2.5 million to support new and existing Community Action Teams, including one in Cranbrook.
DC Krew Hair Company owners Sandra Davies and Madi Clark say that am anonyous spray painter should have talked to them face to face about their mask policy - instead of defacing the front of their Foster Street business. (Contributed photo)

B.C. hair salon target of ‘cowardly’ anti-mask graffiti

DC Krew owners dismayed after ‘#MASK NAZIS’ scrawled on windows in spray paint

DC Krew Hair Company owners Sandra Davies and Madi Clark say that am anonyous spray painter should have talked to them face to face about their mask policy - instead of defacing the front of their Foster Street business. (Contributed photo)
Emergency Map BC shows two reception centres (green icons) open in the Chilliwack area at Chilliwack secondary, and Shxwha:y Village. (EmergencyMapBC)

Chilliwack near capacity for accommodating displaced wildfire evacuees

400 fleeing wildfires sought help at emergency reception centre in Chilliwack since June 30

Emergency Map BC shows two reception centres (green icons) open in the Chilliwack area at Chilliwack secondary, and Shxwha:y Village. (EmergencyMapBC)
A Canadian flag sits on a members of Canadian forces that are leaving from CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on October 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg

Canada to resettle Afghans who worked with military, embassy

It will also include cooks, drivers and other staff employed at the Canadian Embassy in Kabul

A Canadian flag sits on a members of Canadian forces that are leaving from CFB Trenton, in Trenton, Ont., on October 16, 2014. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Lars Hagberg
Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Canada’s incoming governor general has had her first audience with the Queen. Simon will be sworn in as the representative of the sovereign in Canada on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Incoming governor general Mary Simon has 1st audience with Queen

The Queen and Simon met virtually on Thursday due to the COVID-19 pandemic

Mary Simon speaks during an announcement at the Canadian Museum of History in Gatineau, Que., on Tuesday, July 6, 2021. Canada’s incoming governor general has had her first audience with the Queen. Simon will be sworn in as the representative of the sovereign in Canada on Monday.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. says expanding emergency alert for wildfires is a priority, but no timeline set

About 4,300 properties were under evacuation orders Thursday due to wildfires

Helicopters fly past the Tremont Creek wildfire as it burns on the mountains above Ashcroft, B.C., on Friday, July 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service

Evacuation order for Trozzo Creek fire reduced

32 properties still remain on an evacuation order

The Trozzo Creek fire, July 21. Photo: BC Wildfire Service
David Robert Greatix, 62, was last seen early June 30, 2021. Photo RCMP

Police search for man missing in Manning Park with link to dead hiker Jordan Naterer

Police believe David Robert Greatix may have been researching Naterer’s story

David Robert Greatix, 62, was last seen early June 30, 2021. Photo RCMP