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Alpine skiing will be among the 17 sports taking place during the 2023 BC Winter Games, which have been awarded to Greater Vernon after the 2022 event was cancelled due to COVID and other reasons. (File photo)

Greater Vernon to host BC Winter Games in 2023

Event for Greater Vernon was to have been held in February 2022 but was postponed by pandemic and other factors

Alpine skiing will be among the 17 sports taking place during the 2023 BC Winter Games, which have been awarded to Greater Vernon after the 2022 event was cancelled due to COVID and other reasons. (File photo)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)

RCMP issue warning after youth groped in North Vancouver park

The assault took place in Trillium Park near Seymour Heights Elementary School on Feb. 11

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan - Black Press Media)
Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)

The main takeaways from B.C.’s budget 2022

Disaster recovery, climate change, child care, critical infrastructure all key priorities

Finance Minister Selina Robinson speaks in the B.C. legislature. (Hansard TV)
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe reacts during the women’s halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)

B.C. freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe captures silver medal at 2022 Beijing Olympics

Defending event champion turns in strong showing coming off serious injury

Canada’s Cassie Sharpe reacts during the women’s halfpipe finals at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Friday, Feb. 18, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Lee Jin-man)
Canada’s Cassie Sharpe competes during the women’s halfpipe qualification at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)

Island freestyle skier Cassie Sharpe qualifies for Olympic women’s halfpipe final

Defending gold-medallist looks to retain title for Canada

Canada’s Cassie Sharpe competes during the women’s halfpipe qualification at the 2022 Winter Olympics, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022, in Zhangjiakou, China. (AP Photo/Francisco Seco)
Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)

Nanaimo residents donated $19,000 to convoy blockades, hacked data reveals

About 170 people in Nanaimo donated to convoy protests and illegal blockades through GiveSendGo

Truck drivers hang a Canadian flag on the front grille of a truck parked in downtown Ottawa near Parliament Hill on Feb. 2. (Adrian Wyld/Canadian Press)
Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay has eight resident cases connected to a COVID-19 outbreak. (Black Press Media file photo)

5 new COVID outbreaks declared with 35 resident cases at Vancouver Island long-term care homes

5 outbreaks connected to 101 resident cases, 26 staff cases declared over

Glacier View Lodge in Courtenay has eight resident cases connected to a COVID-19 outbreak. (Black Press Media file photo)
Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom. (Photo supplied)

Port McNeill mayor re-elected as Vancouver Island Regional Library board chair

Port Hardy Councillor Fred Robertson was elected to serve on the nine-member executive committee

Port McNeill Mayor Gaby Wickstrom. (Photo supplied)
Vernon freestyle skier Elena Gaskell has pulled out of the first of her three scheduled events, Monday, Feb. 7, at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to an injury. (CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)

Injury setback at Olympics for Okanagan freestyle skier

Vernon’s Elena Gaskell pulls out of big air competition with lower-body injury; two other events scheduled

Vernon freestyle skier Elena Gaskell has pulled out of the first of her three scheduled events, Monday, Feb. 7, at the Beijing Winter Olympics due to an injury. (CANADIAN PRESS/Jacques Boissinot)
Ads run by a Florida man called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden to “free your hostages” and reopen the land border between the countries. (John Adams/YouTube)

Watchdog censures ad that compared Canadians to hostages over border closure

Ads bought by Florida man with property on Vancouver Island prompted viewer complaints

Ads run by a Florida man called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden to “free your hostages” and reopen the land border between the countries. (John Adams/YouTube)
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)

Record-setting 529 organ transplants performed in B.C. last year

2021 also saw a record 150 deceased organ donors and 75 living kidney donors

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.

BC SPCA accepting submissions for 2023 Calendar Contest

The BC SPCA is accepting submissions for its 2023 animal calendar. Entering…

The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.
Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)

10-cent recycling deposit added for milk and plant-based beverage containers

Deposits can be redeemed by returning containers to Return-It collection centres

Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil collected his 10th ATP Challenger Tennis Tour title Monday, Jan. 31, in Quimper, France. (camerawork usa photo)

Okanagan tennis player collects pro victory in France

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil wins 10th title on ATP Challenger Tour circuit, and first since 2019

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil collected his 10th ATP Challenger Tennis Tour title Monday, Jan. 31, in Quimper, France. (camerawork usa photo)
Lake Country’s Mary-Anne Arsenault (from left), Kelowna’s Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons and fifth player Morgan Muise are off to an 0-2 start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championships in Thunder Bay. (Curl BC photo)

B.C. champs looking for first win at Scotties

Kelowna Curling Club’s Mary-Anne Arsenault rink is off to 0-2 start, suffering pair of one-point defeats

Lake Country’s Mary-Anne Arsenault (from left), Kelowna’s Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons and fifth player Morgan Muise are off to an 0-2 start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championships in Thunder Bay. (Curl BC photo)
The Trans Canada Highway west of Revelstoke will be closed at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, for avalanche control activity. No detour will be available. (DriveBC)

Avalanche control to close Highway 1 near Revelstoke

Control activity on the Trans Canada west of Revelstoke to start at 1 p.m. Sunday; no detour available

The Trans Canada Highway west of Revelstoke will be closed at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, for avalanche control activity. No detour will be available. (DriveBC)
A large memorial board similar to the boards that were stolen. (RCMP)

Valuable bronze memorial plates stolen from Kelowna cemetery

RCMP is investigating the theft that occured on Dry Valley Road

A large memorial board similar to the boards that were stolen. (RCMP)
Highway 99 was closed after a fiery collision that sent two people to hospital in serious condition. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Sea to Sky Highway reopened after fiery crash

Two people were sent to hospital in serious condition

Highway 99 was closed after a fiery collision that sent two people to hospital in serious condition. (Submitted photo)
Xwisten Experience Tours in Lillooet is one of the many Indigenous experiences in B.C. (Photo courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC.)

B.C. announces $3.7M to help Indigenous tourism recover to pre-pandemic levels

Indigenous tourism was one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry prior to COVID

Xwisten Experience Tours in Lillooet is one of the many Indigenous experiences in B.C. (Photo courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC.)
In Nanaimo, single-family home assessments are up 34 per cent from a year ago, on average. (News Bulletin file photo)

Editorial: Assessments underline B.C.’s housing crunch

Homeowners across B.C. saw their 2022 property assessments go through the roof

In Nanaimo, single-family home assessments are up 34 per cent from a year ago, on average. (News Bulletin file photo)