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Claudia, Andres and her daughter stand together at a press conference in New Westminster on August 3, 2022. (Loretta Laurin photo)

Family from Mexico facing deportation from B.C. receives outpouring of support

Over 900 people have written letters supporting the family’s push to remain in Canada

Claudia, Andres and her daughter stand together at a press conference in New Westminster on August 3, 2022. (Loretta Laurin photo)
People protest the mishandling of sexual assault cases at a university campus on Nov. 4, 2021. In B.C., the number of reported sexual assaults in 2021 leapt 15 per cent over the year before. (Kendall Warner/The News Advance via AP)
People protest the mishandling of sexual assault cases at a university campus on Nov. 4, 2021. In B.C., the number of reported sexual assaults in 2021 leapt 15 per cent over the year before. (Kendall Warner/The News Advance via AP)
Recently released data from Stats Canada shows police-reported hate crimes have risen across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov

Hate crimes across Canada increased 27% in 2021: Stats Canada

Vancouver had the highest number of police-reported hate crimes in B.C. at 429

Recently released data from Stats Canada shows police-reported hate crimes have risen across Canada. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Christopher Katsarov
The Connell Ridge wildfire south of Cranbrook is estimated at 500 hectares, as of Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.

Wildfire south of Cranbrook grows to estimated 500 hectares

Crews working to build control lines as weather forecast predicts increased winds Wednesday evening

The Connell Ridge wildfire south of Cranbrook is estimated at 500 hectares, as of Wednesday afternoon. Trevor Crawley photo.
Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)

We don’t enjoy ‘killing animals,’ says former B.C. conservation officer

Peter Pauwels discusses the challenges and rewards of 30 years on the job

Peter Pauwels, a retired conservation officer, says the job offers many interesting and rewarding moments, but there are many challenges. “We have to do many unpleasant things in this job. The amount of animals I’ve had to kill is staggering. (Contrtibuted - Peter Pauwels)
The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. issued a public safety notice Aug. 3, identifying 11 dangerous B.C. gangsters. (Courtesy of CFSEU-BC)

11 B.C. gangsters identified as posing a ‘significant threat’ to public safety

Police believe anyone connected to or near the gangsters may be putting themselves at risk

The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. issued a public safety notice Aug. 3, identifying 11 dangerous B.C. gangsters. (Courtesy of CFSEU-BC)
Debbie Lynn, left, and Deanna Desjarlais were at the South Cariboo Farmer’s Market Friday to drum up support for organ donation in memory of Desjarlais’s son Cayden. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Mom honours son’s memory with pitch for organ donors

Deanna Desjarlais seeks donors at South Cariboo Farmer’s Market

Debbie Lynn, left, and Deanna Desjarlais were at the South Cariboo Farmer’s Market Friday to drum up support for organ donation in memory of Desjarlais’s son Cayden. (Kelly Sinoski photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)

VIDEO: Illegal parking at Cultus Lake causes problems for first responders

Cultus Lake Fire Department has to creep through traffic on Columbia Valley Highway

A Cultus Lake Fire Department engine tries to thread the needle through traffic and parked cars on a busy day last weekend. (Cultus Lake FD screenshot)
Jerry Boscariol, front, with his 2 lb-2 oz Kokanee and his son Avery. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

Fishing Derby nets success

The scorching summer sun beating down did little to dim the enthusiasm of competitors at the Sulphurous and Hathaway Lakes Fishing Derby on the weekend.

Jerry Boscariol, front, with his 2 lb-2 oz Kokanee and his son Avery. (Fiona Grisswell photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
File Photo / The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh
File Photo / The Canadian Press/Jeff McIntosh
A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)

Kelowna had Canada’s highest crime rate in 2021

Kelowna also ranked seventh worse in the country for violent crime

A report from Statistics Canada shows Kelowna with the highest rate in the country for 2021. (File photo)
BC Wildfire Ground Crews (BC Wildfire Service)
BC Wildfire Ground Crews (BC Wildfire Service)
One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.

Snowbirds cancel show at Penticton Peach Festival after crash

Snowbirds were scheduled to perform Wednesday above Okanagan Lake

One of the Canadian Forces Snowbirds had a minor crash at an airshow in Fort St. John on Tuesday, grounding the pilots for the Penticton Peach Festival performance that was supposed to happen Wednesday.
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
Firefighters are battling 91 active fires in B.C. as of Aug. 3, including at Keremeos Creek near Penticton. Here, they work to implement small-scale planned ignitions along Highway 3A. (BC Wildfire Service/Twitter)
CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)

Ucluelet whale watching boat towed to shore after taking on water

The MV Chinook Princess got into trouble around Turret Island within the Broken Group Islands

CCGS Cape McKay and 24 passengers and crew aboard the MV Chinook Princess arrive safely in the Ucluelet Harbour on July 30. (Cathy Gilbert photo)
Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)

Ucluelet unveils new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street signs

“Our bilingu̓al street sign project is a small way we can honour the Yuułuʔiłʔatḥ people”

Jeneva Touchie points to a new bilingual Nuu-chah-nulth / English street sign across from the high school. The District of Ucluelet hosted a small gathering on July 29 to unveil the new bilingual sign, which will be one of many installed around town over the next few months. (Nora O’Malley photo)
A skimmer aircraft fighting a wildfire near Kimberley in 2020. Paul Rodgers file photo/Kimberley Bulletin.

Skimmer aircraft conducts ‘forced landing’ while fighting wildfire near Cranbrook

Pilot walks away, airlifted by helicopter to Cranbrook for treatment following ‘forced landing’ on Tuesday

A skimmer aircraft fighting a wildfire near Kimberley in 2020. Paul Rodgers file photo/Kimberley Bulletin.
Police seized these two airsoft pistols on Monday (Aug. 1) in Abbotsford after reports came in about two men firing guns in the parking lot of Cabela’s. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)

Surrey man charged after reports of guns being fired outside Abbotsford store

Weapons seized after incident in Cabela’s parking lot were airsoft pistols

Police seized these two airsoft pistols on Monday (Aug. 1) in Abbotsford after reports came in about two men firing guns in the parking lot of Cabela’s. (Abbotsford Police Department photo)
A sign at a gas station displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline after it reached a new high of $2.28 in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gasoline prices are showing no signs of letting up as the average price in Canada tops $2 a litre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Expensive gas not leading to increase in out-of-fuel calls in B.C., towing industry says

Unlike their American neighbours, higher gas prices do not appear to have…

A sign at a gas station displays the price of a litre of regular grade gasoline after it reached a new high of $2.28 in Vancouver on Saturday, May 14, 2022. Gasoline prices are showing no signs of letting up as the average price in Canada tops $2 a litre.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Eat Good, Do Good program is designed to help those struggling with food security and bring business back to local restaurants (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson).

Local dairy farmers donate $50K to B.C. food banks amid spiking need

BC Dairy partnered with restaurants in Metro Vancouver, Victoria, and Kelowna to raise money

The Eat Good, Do Good program is designed to help those struggling with food security and bring business back to local restaurants (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson).