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The province and four First Nations located in the area subject to Treaty 8 announced Friday a consensus document spelling out various initiatives to address the effects of industrial development stemming from oil and gas exploration. The orange-bounded area show the area deemed important by Blueberry River First Nation. It and the provincial government Wednesday announced a historic agreement for a land-management approach. (Screencap)

4 B.C. First Nations reach land-management consensus with province

But final agreements could take years to negotiate and three Treaty 8 nations remain on the outside

The province and four First Nations located in the area subject to Treaty 8 announced Friday a consensus document spelling out various initiatives to address the effects of industrial development stemming from oil and gas exploration. The orange-bounded area show the area deemed important by Blueberry River First Nation. It and the provincial government Wednesday announced a historic agreement for a land-management approach. (Screencap)
Moms Stop the Harm advocates and supporters march from Centennial Square to the Ministry of Health building in Victoria on April 14, 2022, the sixth anniversary of B.C. declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Moms Stop the Harm advocates and supporters march from Centennial Square to the Ministry of Health building in Victoria on April 14, 2022, the sixth anniversary of B.C. declaring the opioid crisis a public health emergency. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, from left to right, Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jennifer Whiteside stand together during a news conference in Vancouver, on Monday, January 30, 2023. Decriminalization of people with small amounts of illegal drugs for their own use has become a reality in British Columbia, but substance users and researchers say the move is expected to make little immediate difference because of a toxic drug supply that is killing people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

‘Dangerous’ to think B.C.’s decriminalization plan will reduce OD deaths: researcher

Users will not be arrested or have their drugs seized by police starting Tuesday

B.C. Provincial Health Officer Dr. Bonnie Henry, from left to right, Carolyn Bennett, federal minister of Mental Health and Addictions, and B.C. Minister of Mental Health and Addictions Jennifer Whiteside stand together during a news conference in Vancouver, on Monday, January 30, 2023. Decriminalization of people with small amounts of illegal drugs for their own use has become a reality in British Columbia, but substance users and researchers say the move is expected to make little immediate difference because of a toxic drug supply that is killing people. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A panel of experts with the Health Standards Organization has developed updated guidance for how care homes should operate in light of the deadly and tragic toll the pandemic took on Canadian residents and their quality of life. A man looks out the window at the Camilla Care Community centre overlooking crosses marking the deaths of multiple people that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on May 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Time is of the essence to bring in and enforce new long-term care standards: authors

The Health Standards Organization released updated standards Tuesday

A panel of experts with the Health Standards Organization has developed updated guidance for how care homes should operate in light of the deadly and tragic toll the pandemic took on Canadian residents and their quality of life. A man looks out the window at the Camilla Care Community centre overlooking crosses marking the deaths of multiple people that occurred during the COVID-19 pandemic in Mississauga, Ont., on May 26, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Snow fell on the Lower Mainland overnight on Tuesday (Jan. 31) with flurries expected to continue this morning. Pictured: Alexander Avenue in Chilliwack. /Jennifer Feinberg Photo

Flurries fall on Lower Mainland overnight with snow expected to continue

Delays expected on major routes as flurries could change to rain this afternoon

Snow fell on the Lower Mainland overnight on Tuesday (Jan. 31) with flurries expected to continue this morning. Pictured: Alexander Avenue in Chilliwack. /Jennifer Feinberg Photo
Laura Shaver, back left, speaks at a gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. British Columbia is introducing a policy of decriminalization on Tuesday as part of what it says is an overall plan in its fight against overdose deaths from illicit drugs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Laura Shaver, back left, speaks at a gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. British Columbia is introducing a policy of decriminalization on Tuesday as part of what it says is an overall plan in its fight against overdose deaths from illicit drugs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

What to know about B.C. decriminalizing possession of drugs for personal use – starting today

Federal exemption from the Controlled Drugs and Substance Act will continue until Jan. 31, 2026

Laura Shaver, back left, speaks at a gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. British Columbia is introducing a policy of decriminalization on Tuesday as part of what it says is an overall plan in its fight against overdose deaths from illicit drugs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Laura Shaver, back left, speaks at a gathering to remember those who died from a suspected illicit drug overdose, in Vancouver, on Wednesday, February 9, 2022. British Columbia is introducing a policy of decriminalization on Tuesday as part of what it says is an overall plan in its fight against overdose deaths from illicit drugs. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee. (HAVAN photo)

PODCAST: How much space do you need for a home?

TODAY IN BC: HAVAN’s podcast ‘Measure Twice, Cut Once’

Co-hosts Mike and Jennifer-Lee. (HAVAN photo)
Jennifer Chan, front centre, the sister of late Vancouver Police Const. Nicole Chan, who died by suicide in 2019, returns to a coroner’s inquest, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. A Vancouver Police sergeant who says he was Nicole Chan’s friend and mentor has told a coroner’s inquest that Chan believed she would never return to work because human resource officers went to the hospital when she was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Const. Nicole Chan feared never working at VPD again after hospital stint: sergeant

‘She had zero contact with anybody from the VPD, other than myself, at the end’

Jennifer Chan, front centre, the sister of late Vancouver Police Const. Nicole Chan, who died by suicide in 2019, returns to a coroner’s inquest, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. A Vancouver Police sergeant who says he was Nicole Chan’s friend and mentor has told a coroner’s inquest that Chan believed she would never return to work because human resource officers went to the hospital when she was apprehended under the Mental Health Act. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A food delivery rider walks up a staircase near restaurants only allowing take away in a shuttered commercial distirct as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)

WHO decided the COVID-19 global emergency isn’t over. What happens next?

In the past 8 weeks, at least 170,000 people have died around the world in connection with the virus

A food delivery rider walks up a staircase near restaurants only allowing take away in a shuttered commercial distirct as part of COVID-19 controls in Beijing, Tuesday, Nov. 22, 2022. (AP Photo/Andy Wong)
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada speaks to reporters at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Sunday, December 18, 2022. The federal Liberals will not change Ottawa’s environmental protection law to make it mandatory for every toxic substance to have a pollution prevention plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change of Canada speaks to reporters at the COP15 UN Biodiversity Conference in Montreal, Sunday, December 18, 2022. The federal Liberals will not change Ottawa’s environmental protection law to make it mandatory for every toxic substance to have a pollution prevention plan. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Water flows down a wash into Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. More than 10% of the water carried by the Colorado River evaporates, leaks or spills as the 1,450-mile powerhouse river of the West flows through the region’s dams, reservoirs and open-air canals. (AP Photo/John Locher)

In the American West, pressure mounts to count water lost to evaporation

As jurisdictions battle for their share, 10% loss on the Colorado can no longer be ignored

Water flows down a wash into Lake Mead at the Lake Mead National Recreation Area, Friday, Jan. 27, 2023, near Boulder City, Nev. More than 10% of the water carried by the Colorado River evaporates, leaks or spills as the 1,450-mile powerhouse river of the West flows through the region’s dams, reservoirs and open-air canals. (AP Photo/John Locher)
A person in Nelson holds a bag with 2.5 grams of methamphetamine. Possession of that amount of certain types of drugs, including meth, will be decriminalized in B.C. as of Jan. 31. Photo: Tyler Harper

B.C. drug advocates cautiously optimistic about decriminalization

But there remains concerns about how possession will be enforced

A person in Nelson holds a bag with 2.5 grams of methamphetamine. Possession of that amount of certain types of drugs, including meth, will be decriminalized in B.C. as of Jan. 31. Photo: Tyler Harper
Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers worked with the Canadian Coast Guard last week to crack down on illegal crab traps in Boundary Bay. Officers seized 270 traps, averaging 60 a day during the five-day operation. (DFO photo)

Hundreds of suspected illegal, ghost crab traps seized in Boundary Bay by fisheries officers

Ghost fishing a ‘very, very despicable act’ detrimental to ocean creatures: Demsky

Fisheries and Oceans Canada officers worked with the Canadian Coast Guard last week to crack down on illegal crab traps in Boundary Bay. Officers seized 270 traps, averaging 60 a day during the five-day operation. (DFO photo)
Transit users wait to board a First Transit bus in Agassiz in 2019. (Grace Kennedy/Agassiz-Harrison Observer file)

Fraser Valley bus operators serve 72-hour strike notice as negotiations drag on with employer

CUPE says workers deserve equal pay for working in Chilliwack, Abbotsford, Mission, Hope, Agassiz

Transit users wait to board a First Transit bus in Agassiz in 2019. (Grace Kennedy/Agassiz-Harrison Observer file)
Ombudsperson Jay Chalke said there were still spots available for in-person meetings at ‘complaint clinics’ conducted by office staff in the Lower Mainland the week of Feb. 6. (Office of the Ombudsperson/Special to Langley Advance Times)

Government watchdog agency to hold in-person ‘complaint clinics’ in Lower Mainland

Ombudsperson staff will be booking appointments in Langley, Abbotsford, Surrey, Delta and New West

Ombudsperson Jay Chalke said there were still spots available for in-person meetings at ‘complaint clinics’ conducted by office staff in the Lower Mainland the week of Feb. 6. (Office of the Ombudsperson/Special to Langley Advance Times)
Parents of two-year-old Gracie Ackley said her condition steadily worsened while they spent hours waiting for assistance at the Langley Memorial Hospital ER on Jan. 26. (Ackley family - used with permission)
Parents of two-year-old Gracie Ackley said her condition steadily worsened while they spent hours waiting for assistance at the Langley Memorial Hospital ER on Jan. 26. (Ackley family - used with permission)
A group of local men practice archery on a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)

VIDEO: The ancient skill of archery thrives in northeastern India

The skill is part of a traditional rite for Indigenous people in Meghalaya

A group of local men practice archery on a ridge overlooking the Laitlum Canyon about 20km (12 miles) from Shillong, India, Sunday, Jan. 22, 2023. In villages scattered across the northeastern Indian state of Meghalaya an ancient tradition of archery still continues and regular competitions are held between different localities. (AP Photo/Ashwini Bhatia)
(Black Press Media file photo)

Delta man charged in fatal Coquitlam stabbing

Chalice Slavik, 24, charged with manslaughter in death of 66-year-old Terry Miller in February 2022

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Witnesses saw the man get out of a white Hyundai in the 1600 block of Ellis and procede to smash several windows at a bank. (Black Press file photo)

Axe-wielding man smashes bank windows in downtown Kelowna

‘These types of unprovoked attacks on our local businesses are concerning to the RCMP’

Witnesses saw the man get out of a white Hyundai in the 1600 block of Ellis and procede to smash several windows at a bank. (Black Press file photo)
Army soldiers and police officers clear the way for ambulances rushing toward a bomb explosion site, at the main entry gate of police offices, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. A powerful bomb went off Monday near a mosque and police offices in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least a few people and wounding some 70 worshippers, police and government officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)

Pakistan mosque suicide bomber kills 59, wounds over 150

A commander for the Pakistani Taliban claimed responsibility for the attack on Twitter

Army soldiers and police officers clear the way for ambulances rushing toward a bomb explosion site, at the main entry gate of police offices, in Peshawar, Pakistan, Monday, Jan. 30, 2023. A powerful bomb went off Monday near a mosque and police offices in the northwestern Pakistani city of Peshawar, killing at least a few people and wounding some 70 worshippers, police and government officials said. (AP Photo/Muhammad Sajjad)