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Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle

Liberals pressed on whether B.C. drug decriminalization could pave way nationally

House of Commons rejects NDP bill to allow drugs for personal use countrywide

Minister of Justice and Attorney General of Canada David Lametti rises during Question Period in the House of Commons on Parliament Hill in Ottawa on Monday, May 16, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/ Patrick Doyle
Assembly of First Nations former chief Phil Fontaine, center, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Residential school survivors met with Roman Catholic bishops today to discuss what they expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini

Residential school survivors tell bishops their expectations of Pope Francis’s visit

Group of residential school survivors wants the papal visit expanded to more locations

Assembly of First Nations former chief Phil Fontaine, center, stands outside St. Peter’s Square at the end of a meeting with Pope Francis at the Vatican, Thursday, March 31, 2022. Residential school survivors met with Roman Catholic bishops today to discuss what they expect from Pope Francis’ visit to Canada next month.THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Andrew Medichini
Sunny days are back again for businesses feeding off Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail and the other attractions of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim. (John McKinley photo)

`Life is getting back to normal’ for tourism on Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim

Residents remain cautious with COVID as businesses struggle with staffing as visitors flood back

Sunny days are back again for businesses feeding off Ucluelet’s Wild Pacific Trail and the other attractions of Vancouver Island’s Pacific Rim. (John McKinley photo)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

One person dead, 70 displaced after apartment fire in North Vancouver

Police say the victim’s identity is not being released because their family hasn’t yet been notified

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Motorists travel on the Sea-to-Sky highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. The employer of striking transit workers in B.C.’s Sea-to-Sky region says it is “evaluating its options” after a tentative agreement reached through mediation was rejected despite being recommended by the workers’ bargaining committee.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Special mediator appointed after Sea-to-Sky transit workers vote to reject deal

Tentative deal to end strike that began on Jan. 29 was rejected by Unifor members

Motorists travel on the Sea-to-Sky highway between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay, B.C., on Friday, April 23, 2021. The employer of striking transit workers in B.C.’s Sea-to-Sky region says it is “evaluating its options” after a tentative agreement reached through mediation was rejected despite being recommended by the workers’ bargaining committee.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Jean Charest formally launches his campaign for the Conservative leadership campaign at an event in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley

Charest pledges review of assault-style firearm ban after saying no laws would change

Gun control re-emerged as an issue during the Conservative leadership race thanks to new legislation

Jean Charest formally launches his campaign for the Conservative leadership campaign at an event in Calgary, Alta. on Thursday, March 10, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Dave Chidley
A report by the B.C. ombudsperson says the province kept federal money for almost three years that should have been passed along to the caregiving grandparents of a disabled girl. (Pixabay photo)

‘Disturbing’ case highlights inequity in disability benefit: B.C. ombudsperson

B.C. acted unjustly, delaying thousands of dollars in federal payments to disabled girl’s caregivers

A report by the B.C. ombudsperson says the province kept federal money for almost three years that should have been passed along to the caregiving grandparents of a disabled girl. (Pixabay photo)
B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson holds a copy of exemption documents in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after British Columbia was granted authority to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs for personal use. 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Decriminalization of hard drugs puts B.C. in small, select group of jurisdictions

Portugal and a handfull of South American countries among the others to take similar steps

B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Sheila Malcolmson holds a copy of exemption documents in Vancouver on Tuesday, May 31, 2022, after British Columbia was granted authority to decriminalize possession of some hard drugs for personal use. 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
In this March 24, 2017 photo, a tick is displayed in Plainville, Mass. The prevalence of tiny crawling bugs that can carry Lyme disease is higher than ever in most of Canada this year, a leading tick researcher says, with the most ticks found in Ontario and Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Connors/The Sun Chronicle via AP

Experts expect bad year for ticks as disease-carrying bugs expand range in Canada

Researcher says climate change means each tick season will likely be worse than the last

In this March 24, 2017 photo, a tick is displayed in Plainville, Mass. The prevalence of tiny crawling bugs that can carry Lyme disease is higher than ever in most of Canada this year, a leading tick researcher says, with the most ticks found in Ontario and Nova Scotia. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Connors/The Sun Chronicle via AP
Jolean Olvedo, left, weeps while being comforted by her partner Natalia Gutierrez at a memorial for Robb Elementary School students and teachers who were killed in last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)

Texas police: School door shut but didn’t lock before attack

Gunman used it to get inside and kill 19 students and two teachers

Jolean Olvedo, left, weeps while being comforted by her partner Natalia Gutierrez at a memorial for Robb Elementary School students and teachers who were killed in last week’s school shooting in Uvalde, Texas, Tuesday, May 31, 2022. (AP Photo/Jae C. Hong)
Jacob Sansom (left) and his uncle Maurice Cardinal are shown in a handout photo from the Facebook page “Justice for Jake and Morris.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook-Justice for Jake and Morris

Jury finds Alberta men guilty of murder and manslaughter in shooting

Crown argued the accused, Anthony and Roger Bilodeau, took the law into their own hands

Jacob Sansom (left) and his uncle Maurice Cardinal are shown in a handout photo from the Facebook page “Justice for Jake and Morris.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook-Justice for Jake and Morris
Seized firearms are displayed during an RCMP and Crime Stoppers news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Planned new measures to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers are being welcomed by advocates who have long been calling for loopholes in the system to be closed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Measures in new bill to keep guns from abusers, stalkers, welcomed by advocates

New law calls for automatic removal of gun licences for domestic violence or stalking

Seized firearms are displayed during an RCMP and Crime Stoppers news conference at RCMP headquarters in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, May 17, 2021. Planned new measures to keep guns out of the hands of abusers and stalkers are being welcomed by advocates who have long been calling for loopholes in the system to be closed. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The remains of a cut block is seen in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Understanding B.C.’s old-growth logging deferrals by the numbers

Forests minister: deferrals a temporary measure aimed at preventing irreversible biodiversity loss

The remains of a cut block is seen in the Fairy Creek logging area near Port Renfrew, B.C. Tuesday, Oct. 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Samwel Uko is shown in a family handout photo. An inquest into his death just over two years ago has begun in Regina. Uko killed himself after failing to get mental health care from a hospital he visited twice earlier on the day he died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook MANDATORY CREDIT

Race affected care for B.C. man who killed himself after visiting Regina hospital: family

Abbotsford’s Samwel Uko had sought mental help at Regina General Hospital the morning before drowning

Samwel Uko is shown in a family handout photo. An inquest into his death just over two years ago has begun in Regina. Uko killed himself after failing to get mental health care from a hospital he visited twice earlier on the day he died. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Facebook MANDATORY CREDIT
Sarah Sansom poses for a portrait at her home in Nobleford, Alta., on Friday, May 29, 2020. Sarah’s husband Jacob (Jake) Sansom and his uncle Morris Cardinal were found shot to death on a rural road in eastern Alberta in March 2020. Anthony Michael Bilodeau, 31, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder over the deaths of Sansom and Cardinal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter

Closing arguments made in case of Alberta father, son accused of murdering hunters

Were suspects defended themselves, or taking the law into their own hands?

Sarah Sansom poses for a portrait at her home in Nobleford, Alta., on Friday, May 29, 2020. Sarah’s husband Jacob (Jake) Sansom and his uncle Morris Cardinal were found shot to death on a rural road in eastern Alberta in March 2020. Anthony Michael Bilodeau, 31, has been charged with two counts of second-degree murder over the deaths of Sansom and Cardinal. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Rossiter
B.C. Premier John Horgan, left, and Health Minister Adrian Dix listen during an announcement to mark the start of construction on the redevelopment and modernization of the Burnaby Hospital, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, May 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C. starts Burnaby Hospital upgrade as rural hospitals face weekend ward closures

Hospitals at Clearwater, Port McNeill closed temporarily, Burnaby gets $1.3 billion upgrade

B.C. Premier John Horgan, left, and Health Minister Adrian Dix listen during an announcement to mark the start of construction on the redevelopment and modernization of the Burnaby Hospital, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, May 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at Surrey RCMP Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The federal government is set to make what it's calling an "important announcement" with the British Columbia government on the overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Canada to make ‘important announcement’ with B.C. on overdose crisis

Public health approach focused on reducing harms and saving lives to be revealed

Evidence bags containing fentanyl are displayed during a news conference at Surrey RCMP Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Thursday, Sept. 3, 2020. The federal government is set to make what it's calling an "important announcement" with the British Columbia government on the overdose crisis. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
People cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Canada’s auditor general has released a report on access to benefits among hard-to-reach populations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Feds not doing enough to make sure hard-to-reach groups access benefits: auditor

Report says government not doing enough to make sure the money goes where it’s needed

People cast their shadows as they walk in Toronto on Monday, Feb. 27, 2012. Canada’s auditor general has released a report on access to benefits among hard-to-reach populations.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A woman walks her dogs along the beach by Lake Ontario as the sun rises in Toronto on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Higher than normal temperatures across much of the country will offer Canadians a chance to enjoy the summer, but predictions from a prominent national forecaster warn the humidity could welcome a rather stormy season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn

B.C. gets a break as hot summer, big storms to sweep much of Canada: Weather Network

Alberta springtime dryness, Manitoba floods should even out into typical Prairie precipitation

A woman walks her dogs along the beach by Lake Ontario as the sun rises in Toronto on Wednesday, February 10, 2021. Higher than normal temperatures across much of the country will offer Canadians a chance to enjoy the summer, but predictions from a prominent national forecaster warn the humidity could welcome a rather stormy season. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Frank Gunn
Barry Moore, of Saskatchewan, places his hand on his handgun as he waits to compete during the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Canada National Championships in Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Thursday July 31, 2014. freeze on importing, buying or selling handguns is a central feature of Canadian firearm-control legislation tabled Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

National handgun freeze key feature of federal Liberals’ new firearm-control bill

Bill would allow removal of gun licences for domestic violence or criminal harassment

Barry Moore, of Saskatchewan, places his hand on his handgun as he waits to compete during the International Practical Shooting Confederation (IPSC) Canada National Championships in Pitt Meadows, B.C., on Thursday July 31, 2014. freeze on importing, buying or selling handguns is a central feature of Canadian firearm-control legislation tabled Monday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck