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Employees at the South Coast B.C. Boys and Girls Club will be able to substitute five statutory holidays starting January 1, 2022. (File photo)

B.C. organization giving employees cultural flexibility on stat holidays

Boys Girls Clubs of South Coast B.C. hopes substituting stats can make workplaces more inclusive

Employees at the South Coast B.C. Boys and Girls Club will be able to substitute five statutory holidays starting January 1, 2022. (File photo)
Big truck semi trailer moves on the highway towards sunset
Big truck semi trailer moves on the highway towards sunset
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

‘An added insult’: Tk’emlúps slam Trudeau for not responding to Truth and Reconciliation invites

Prime minister travelled to Tofino on Sept. 30 and did not attend any ceremonies

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on Wednesday, Oct. 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A rapid COVID-19 test swab is processed at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. The district is encouraging all students and staff to test before the first day of school, August 25, and there are three sites for the drive-up testing. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)

B.C. waiting for new rapid tests to be approved before large-scale rollout in schools

Other provinces like Ontario are utilizing rapid testing in schools

A rapid COVID-19 test swab is processed at Palos Verdes High School in Palos Verdes Estates, Calif., Tuesday, Aug. 24, 2021. The district is encouraging all students and staff to test before the first day of school, August 25, and there are three sites for the drive-up testing. (Brittany Murray/The Orange County Register via AP)
Demonstrators line the Dallas Road walkway in Victoria B.C. on March 28 to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)

British Columbians down on Trans Mountain, but open to reconsidering Northern Gateway: poll

Only 45 per cent of British Columbians support TMX while 41 per cent open to Northern Gateway

Demonstrators line the Dallas Road walkway in Victoria B.C. on March 28 to protest the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. (Jake Romphf/News Staff)
Duncan Magnus, with Magnus Law, advises the public to have conversations with family members about wills and other legal arrangements, and seek professional guidance. (Special to Langley Advance Times)

Avoid ‘nightmare,’ Langley lawyer supports Make-A-Will Week

Legal agreement allows family to manage personal care, health

Duncan Magnus, with Magnus Law, advises the public to have conversations with family members about wills and other legal arrangements, and seek professional guidance. (Special to Langley Advance Times)
A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)

Incorrect allowed dosage on acetaminophen label could lead to overdose or death

Health Canada: 500 mg tablets sold in packages containing 1,000 and 100 caplets

A sign is displayed in front of Health Canada headquarters in Ottawa. (Sean Kilpatrick/The Canadian Press)
FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, health officials prepare to vaccine residents of the Malawi village of Tomali, where young children become test subjects for the world’s first vaccine against malaria. The World Health Organization recommended that the world’s first malaria vaccine be given to children across Africa, in a move officials hope will spur the stalled progress against efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)

UN endorses world’s 1st malaria vaccine as ‘historic moment’

Scientists say the vaccine could have a major impact against malaria in Africa

FILE - In this file photo taken Wednesday, Dec. 11, 2019, health officials prepare to vaccine residents of the Malawi village of Tomali, where young children become test subjects for the world’s first vaccine against malaria. The World Health Organization recommended that the world’s first malaria vaccine be given to children across Africa, in a move officials hope will spur the stalled progress against efforts to curb the spread of the parasitic disease. (AP Photo/Jerome Delay, File)
A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Pfizer to seek vaccine approval for Canadians as young as five in about a week

U.S. drugmaker submitted a formal request to the U.S. Food and Drug Administration today

A vial of Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is pictured at an Alberta Health Services vaccination clinic in Didsbury, Alta., Tuesday, June 29, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles

Sister of pregnant Alberta woman who died of COVID-19 urges others to get vaccinated

GoFundMe page recently set up to help support her children after preventable death

Jennifer Rosebluff-Thomas, left, poses with her sister Carol Charles in this undated handout photo. Rosebluff-Thomas died of COVID-19 last month. She was about 29 weeks pregnant with her ninth child. She was also unvaccinated and contracted the more dangerous Delta variant. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO, Carol Charles
Metro Vancouver’s regional planning committee will weigh economic and environmental impacts of Surrey’s plan for South Campbell Heights. (Mike Falconer photo)

Metro Van committee to hear opposing viewpoints on Surrey’s South Campbell Heights plan

Regional planning meeting Friday will hear from a wide range of speakers

Metro Vancouver’s regional planning committee will weigh economic and environmental impacts of Surrey’s plan for South Campbell Heights. (Mike Falconer photo)
COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre is being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)

B.C. COVID-19 infections rise, 752 confirmed Wednesday

9 more deaths, hospitalized patients up to 350

COVID-19 vaccine clinic at the Victoria Conference Centre is being used for virus testing appointments, Oct. 6, 2021. (Tom Fletcher/Black Press Media)
Two employees who drive for work review a safety checklist before getting behind the wheel. (iStock photo).

B.C. drivers unaware of risks while driving for work: survey

Road Safety at Work found 84 per cent of respondents believe crashes are unavoidable

Two employees who drive for work review a safety checklist before getting behind the wheel. (iStock photo).
The law courts are shown in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski

Man receives ten-year sentence for unprovoked hammer attack on Winnipeg teen

Judge: ‘He shows no insight, remorse or willingness to change’

The law courts are shown in Winnipeg on Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/David Lipnowski
People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy

NDP says errors meant voters — including First Nations — were disenfranchised

Party requests official inquiry into what it calls ‘numerous and systemic failures’

People start to line up early for the Canadian general election before polls open in west-end Toronto for the Monday, Sept. 20, 2021 election. The NDP has requested an official inquiry into what it calls “numerous and systemic failures of election officials” on election day. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graeme Roy
Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association held an emergency summit Tuesday night to discuss how move forward since the pandemic brought the health system to a breaking point, with no end in sight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO/Canadian Medical Association

CMA president decries ‘gaslighting’ of health-care workers over COVID-19 toll

Health-care sector facing a “huge data gap” in knowing what resources are available for them

Canadian Medical Association president Dr. Katharine Smart is shown in a handout photo. The Canadian Medical Association and the Canadian Nurses Association held an emergency summit Tuesday night to discuss how move forward since the pandemic brought the health system to a breaking point, with no end in sight. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO/Canadian Medical Association
FILE – Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

Tracker says B.C. schools recording COVID-19 exposures at 10 times last year’s rate

Volunteer moms have logged more than 1,000 cases, ‘and it is only early October’

FILE – Grade one students wear masks as they attend class at Honore Mercier elementary school Tuesday, March 9, 2021 in Montreal.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
Brookswood’s Devon Goodrick has not been seen or heard from since the early hours of Saturday, Sept. 25. A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 at Douglas Park in Langley City. (file)

Candlelight vigil planned for missing Langley man

Friends and family hope Thursday night event at Douglas Park will help locate Devon Goodrick

Brookswood’s Devon Goodrick has not been seen or heard from since the early hours of Saturday, Sept. 25. A candlelight vigil will be held Thursday, Oct. 7 at Douglas Park in Langley City. (file)
Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Despite rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations far exceeding other areas of the city, residents of the M3N postal code continue to struggle with the lowest vaccination rates in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston

Moderna asks Health Canada to authorize booster shot of its SpikeVax COVID-19 vaccine

Last month Moderna said there were signs immunity was waning the longer people got from their doses

Healthcare workers from Women’s College Hospital prepare doses of the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine at a pop-up vaccine clinic in Toronto’s Jane and Finch neighbourhood, in the M3N postal code, on Saturday, April 17, 2021. Despite rates of COVID-19 deaths and hospitalizations far exceeding other areas of the city, residents of the M3N postal code continue to struggle with the lowest vaccination rates in Toronto. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Cole Burston
A Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine is readied at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous strains — dangers that are drastically reduced with vaccination. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan

Risk of death 133% higher with Delta than original COVID: Canadian study

Delta presents huge risk, especially for the unvaccinated who now make up the vast majority of COVID-19 cases

A Pfizer-BioNtech COVID-19 vaccine is readied at a vaccination clinic in Dartmouth, N.S. on Thursday, June 3, 2021. A new study using Canadian data suggests the Delta variant of the COVID-19 virus causes more serious disease and is associated with an increased risk of death compared to previous strains — dangers that are drastically reduced with vaccination. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Vaughan