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Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes on scene in early February, when three men were reported missing and later found dead following heavy flooding in the area. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)

UPDATE: Two missing scout leaders found near Sooke after swollen creek traps troop

Third leader and scouts located, prior to search for two leaders who’d gone for help

Juan de Fuca Search and Rescue manager Kathryn Farr and RCMP Cpl. Joe Holmes on scene in early February, when three men were reported missing and later found dead following heavy flooding in the area. (Kevin Laird/Sooke News Mirror)
The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)

Province increases security at Sooke park after three men swept away by river

Three men killed when accessing the park due to heavy rains, flooding

The gates leading to the Sooke Potholes Provincial Park has not been closed in years, according to area residents (Kevin Laird - Black Press Media)
Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. (Black Press Media)

Story of fatal misadventure emerging from B.C. river search for missing men

Two dead, another missing after torrential rains swell Sooke River on southern Vancouver Island

Cory Mills, Eric Blackmore and A.J. Jenson went missing in Sooke on Friday night. (Black Press Media)
Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found

Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found

A weekend search for three young men on southern Vancouver Island ends in tragedy

Large-scale search continues for man, 20, in Sooke River after two bodies found
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Dog recovering after being drenched in hot coffee, B.C. man charged

Man was taken into custody, charged, and released pending a court date

(MaxPixel)
Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)

‘It consumed my life’: Inside the world of gaming addiction

World Health Organization classifies gaming disorder as a mental health condition

Video game addiction has been recognized by the World Health Organization who estimates that three per cent of gamers will become addicted. (file photo)
This realistic looking DND dummy apparently went astray and was reported as a body to RCMP. A relieved RCMP detachment issues a tongue-in-cheek press release on the matter. (RCMP)

Training dummy or actual body? B.C. RCMP recovery mission takes a humorous turn

“Cold and unresponsive” body was DND training dummy

This realistic looking DND dummy apparently went astray and was reported as a body to RCMP. A relieved RCMP detachment issues a tongue-in-cheek press release on the matter. (RCMP)
Stephane Marcotte and Sarge have formed a powerful bond that allows Marcotte to lead a normal life. He takes issue with equating service dogs with emotional support animals. (Black Press)

Emotional support concept can harm legitimate service animals

True service animals are trained and certified

Stephane Marcotte and Sarge have formed a powerful bond that allows Marcotte to lead a normal life. He takes issue with equating service dogs with emotional support animals. (Black Press)
Oak Bay Police are reminding residents that the wild animals may forcefully and aggressively defend their young against perceived threats. The best way to avoid human-wildlife conflicts with deer is to stay a safe distance away. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)

Herd of deer attack B.C. woman

This isn’t the first time deer attacks have frightened residents in the province

Oak Bay Police are reminding residents that the wild animals may forcefully and aggressively defend their young against perceived threats. The best way to avoid human-wildlife conflicts with deer is to stay a safe distance away. (Keri Coles/Oak Bay News)
Tim Collins photo                                 Doug Bileski is one of the Aldergrove residents plagued by the foul odour coming from Canopy Growth’s marijuana operation. He is frustrated by the way every level of government has passed the buck on finding a solution.

Governments pass the buck on marijuana smell

The smell of the marijuana operation owned by Canopy Growth continues to…

Tim Collins photo                                 Doug Bileski is one of the Aldergrove residents plagued by the foul odour coming from Canopy Growth’s marijuana operation. He is frustrated by the way every level of government has passed the buck on finding a solution.
A Vancouver Olympic Games torch similar to this one was stolen from Aldergrove Secondary School. Now a torch has been found, but getting it back may not be so easy. Kurt Langmann photo

Olympic torch in limbo

The people at Copperleaf Technologies were understandably pleased that they managed to…

A Vancouver Olympic Games torch similar to this one was stolen from Aldergrove Secondary School. Now a torch has been found, but getting it back may not be so easy. Kurt Langmann photo
Despite a rainy day for last year’s Cruise-in, the organizers still attracted more than 30,000 guests to the streets of Aldergrove. All the profits from the annual event go to charity .(photo Black Press)

Cruise-in needs volunteers

This year will mark the second time that the Langley Good Times…

Despite a rainy day for last year’s Cruise-in, the organizers still attracted more than 30,000 guests to the streets of Aldergrove. All the profits from the annual event go to charity .(photo Black Press)
Rocket the cougar is doing well at the Vancouver Zoo after being rescued from certain death when his mother was hit by a vehicle. (photo Tim Collins)

Rescued and happy

Some need to be reminded that wild animals are not great pets

Rocket the cougar is doing well at the Vancouver Zoo after being rescued from certain death when his mother was hit by a vehicle. (photo Tim Collins)
Steve Droese (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Leeper are part of the neighbourhood group that has complained about the impact of having a 30 acre marijuana farm next to their homes. (photo / Tim Collins)

Marijuana cultivation affects neighbourhood’s quality of life

Misting cannons have done little to mask smell

Steve Droese (left) and Mr. and Mrs. Leeper are part of the neighbourhood group that has complained about the impact of having a 30 acre marijuana farm next to their homes. (photo / Tim Collins)
The newly refurbished train was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Vancouver Zoo. (photo contributed)

New attractions at the Vancouver Zoo

Two new attractions are now open at the Vancouver Zoo, just in…

The newly refurbished train was unveiled at a ribbon cutting ceremony at the Vancouver Zoo. (photo contributed)
For all the exposure “pig yoga” received, operators of the Happy Herd organization fear that people missed the point. (photo / contributed)

Happy Herd about more than yoga

ORganization hopes to educate-change attitudes

For all the exposure “pig yoga” received, operators of the Happy Herd organization fear that people missed the point. (photo / contributed)
The ribbon cutting for the Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience was met with cheers from the throngs of people assembled to try out the new facility. (photo / Tim Collins)

Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience opens with a splash

Free test swim passes now available

The ribbon cutting for the Otter Co-op Outdoor Experience was met with cheers from the throngs of people assembled to try out the new facility. (photo / Tim Collins)
The Firbromyalgia Well Spring Foundation’s Western Hoedown helps to raise awareness of what organizers call the invisible illness.

WEstern hoedown helps raise awareness

Nigel Thom is a volunteer with the Fibromyalgia Well Spring Foundation and…

The Firbromyalgia Well Spring Foundation’s Western Hoedown helps to raise awareness of what organizers call the invisible illness.
Mike Robinson works on his own mega-float; a giant depiction of the map of Canada.                                  Tim Collins photo

Aldergove’s Canada Day Parade the start of a good idea

“I want the Aldergrove Parade to be about more than just the…

Mike Robinson works on his own mega-float; a giant depiction of the map of Canada.                                  Tim Collins photo
Jordan Sinclair of Canopy Growth says the legalization of marijuana is good news for his company. (photo / contributed)                                Jordan Sinclair of Canopy Growth says the legalization of marijuana is good news for his company. (photo / contributed)

Marijuana cultivation a mixed blessing

Economic benefit comes with other issues

Jordan Sinclair of Canopy Growth says the legalization of marijuana is good news for his company. (photo / contributed)                                Jordan Sinclair of Canopy Growth says the legalization of marijuana is good news for his company. (photo / contributed)