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The last cruise ship of the year, the Norwegian Encore, sails out of Juneau on Wednesday, Oct., 20, 2021, ending a cruise ship season that almost didn’t happen. Despite other warnings lifting, Canadians are still advised to avoid cruise ship travel. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

Canada lifts global advisory on non-essential travel, still advises against cruises

Global travel advisory has been in place since March 2020 as the COVID-19 pandemic hit

A blood donor clinic pictured at a shopping mall in Calgary, Alta., Friday, March 27, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Canadian Blood Services eyes removing sexual orientation-based donation restrictions

In most of Canada, men who have sex with men can donate only if they have abstained from sex

FILE - In this Nov. 9, 2017, file photo, an American flag is flown next to the Chinese national emblem during a welcome ceremony for visiting U.S. U.S. officials are issuing new warnings about China’s ambitions in artificial intelligence and a range of advanced technologies that could eventually give Beijing a decisive military edge and possible dominance over health care and other essential sectors in America. (AP Photo/Andy Wong, File)

US intel warns China could dominate advanced technologies

National Counterintelligence and Security Center warns about risks of accepting Chinese investment

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, photo Alec Baldwin watches the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships in New York. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, N.M., the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)

Sheriff: Woman dead after Alec Baldwin fires movie set prop gun

Cinematographer dead, director injured while filming Western in the New Mexican desert

FILE - In this Sunday, Sept. 12, 2021, photo Alec Baldwin watches the men's singles final of the US Open tennis championships in New York. A prop firearm discharged by veteran actor Alec Baldwin, who is starring and producing a Western movie, killed his director of photography and injured the director Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021 at the movie set outside Santa Fe, N.M., the Santa Fe County Sheriff’s Office said.(AP Photo/John Minchillo, File)
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Should B.C. have paid sick leave laws? Can employers afford it? Not everyone agrees

Countries like Germany have as many as 30 employer-paid sick days

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100 Mile House RCMP and members of the North District Major Crime Unit are investigating a homicide on Exeter Station Road on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)

100 Mile House RCMP investigate late-night homicide, one person dead

Gunshots were reported shortly before officers found the victim

100 Mile House RCMP and members of the North District Major Crime Unit are investigating a homicide on Exeter Station Road on Wednesday, Oct. 20. (Patrick Davies photo - 100 Mile Free Press)
Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)

Greater Victoria MLA Adam Olsen reveals past drug use in an attempt to end stigma

MLA for Saanich North and the Islands talks about cocaine, other substance use in his 20s

Adam Olsen, MLA for Saanich North and the Islands, speaks about drug use during a speech in the legislature. (Government of British Columbia)
Hope resident Frank Granovski ordered takeout from Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope on Oct. 19, 2021, saying it may be his last burger there if the business closes for good. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)

Safety Minister warns others after Hope restaurant closed over COVID protocols

It’s a ‘very serious matter and you ignore it at your peril’

Hope resident Frank Granovski ordered takeout from Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope on Oct. 19, 2021, saying it may be his last burger there if the business closes for good. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard file)
A J Pod calf, born Sept. 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41. (Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association)

B.C. whale-watching guide fined $10,000 for disturbing killer whales

Charges stem from May 2019 incident near Willow Point in Campbell River

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A J Pod calf, born Sept. 24, 2020 surfaces next to mother J41. (Talia Goodyear/Orca Spirit Adventures/Pacific Whale Watch Association)
North Port, Fla., police officers block the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains were found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito . (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)

FBI: Remains found in Florida park identified as Brian Laundrie

Dental records confirmed Laundrie, a person of interest in the death of his girlfriend, Gabby Petito

North Port, Fla., police officers block the entrance to the Myakkahatchee Creek Environmental Park Wednesday, Oct. 20, 2021, in North Port, Fla. Items believed to belong to Brian Laundrie and potential human remains were found in a Florida wilderness park during a search for clues in the slaying of Gabby Petito . (AP Photo/Chris O’Meara)
Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)

Seaspan Ferries pilots use of renewable natural gas on LNG-powered fleet

Company estimates missions can be reduced by upwards of 85 per cent versus traditional diesel fuel.

Seaspan Ferries has become the first Canadian marine company to pilot the use of renewable natural gas for its marine fleet. (Seaspan Ferries photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Q&A: What you need to know about the national proof-of-vaccine document

Answers to some of the most common questions tied to federal vaccine passport reveal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland meet with doctors at the Children’s Hospital of Eastern Ontario, in Ottawa, Thursday, Oct. 21, 2021, during a visit to announce Canada’s new vaccine passport. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)

B.C.’s two-dose COVID-19 requirement takes effect on Sunday

715 more cases Thursday, four more virus-related deaths

A B.C. vaccine card showing two doses is required to enter restaurants, movie theatres and sporting events as of Sunday, Oct. 24. (Peace Arch News photo)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks at the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

PMO says it will do all it can to ensure all residential school records are provided

More than four million documents provided to the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau pauses for a moment as he listens to Chief Rosanne Casimir as she speaks at the Tk’emlups te Secwepemc in Kamloops, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
GM workers use human assistance automation on vehicle doors at the General Motors assembly plant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oshawa, Ont., on Friday, March 19, 2021. More than 880,000 Canadians work in industries at risk of decline or closure in the global transition to clean energy, a new analysis says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

More than 880,000 Canadian jobs vulnerable in global clean energy transition

Canadian Institute for Climate Choices says Alberta carries the most risk, followed by Saskatchewan

GM workers use human assistance automation on vehicle doors at the General Motors assembly plant during the COVID-19 pandemic in Oshawa, Ont., on Friday, March 19, 2021. More than 880,000 Canadians work in industries at risk of decline or closure in the global transition to clean energy, a new analysis says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
St. Mark’s chief caretaker, Carlo Alberto Tesserin talks with AP journalist during an interview, in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Lashing winds that pushed 1.87 meters (nearly 6 feet 2 inches) of water into Venice in November 2019 and ripped the lead tiles off St. Mark’s Basilica for the first time ever shocked Venetians with the city’s second-worst flood in history, but it was the additional four exceptional floods over the next six weeks that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)

Flooding in Venice worsens off-season amid climate change

Venice’s worse-case scenario for sea level rise by the end of the century is 120 centimeters

St. Mark’s chief caretaker, Carlo Alberto Tesserin talks with AP journalist during an interview, in Venice, Italy, Thursday, Oct. 7, 2021. Lashing winds that pushed 1.87 meters (nearly 6 feet 2 inches) of water into Venice in November 2019 and ripped the lead tiles off St. Mark’s Basilica for the first time ever shocked Venetians with the city’s second-worst flood in history, but it was the additional four exceptional floods over the next six weeks that triggered fears about the impact of worsening climate change. (AP Photo/Antonio Calanni)
Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in the debating chamber to mark the official start of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)

Queen Elizabeth II ‘in good spirits’ after a night in hospital

Palace said she had reluctantly accepted medical advice to rest for a few days after cancelling trip

Britain’s Queen Elizabeth II delivers her speech in the debating chamber to mark the official start of the sixth session of the Scottish Parliament, in Edinburgh, Scotland, Saturday, Oct. 2, 2021. (Jane Barlow/Pool Photo via AP)
Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)

‘Fearless’ northern B.C. chief remembered after death

Roger Jimmie passed away last week

Chief Roger Jimmie was a strong advocate for Indigenous forestry rights. In a 1990 Observer article he was demanding Kluskus be allowed to log their own land. (Quesnel Observer File Photo - 1990)
Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)

Senate report urges charging Brazil’s leader over pandemic mishandling

Decision on whether to file most of the charges up to prosecutor-general, a Bolsonaro appointee

Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro waits for the arrival of Colombia's President Ivan Duque to Planalto presidential palace in Brasilia, Brazil, Tuesday, Oct. 19, 2021. Duque is on a two-day visit to Brazil. (AP Photo/Eraldo Peres)
Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)

Hope restaurant ordered to remain closed over COVID non-compliance: B.C. court

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope must stay closed until it comes into compliance with health orders

Rolly’s Restaurant in Hope was in court this week after ignoring a health order to close. (Jessica Peters/ Hope Standard)