April 13th, 2024

National News

Canada advises against all travel to Israel, West Bank due to heightened risk

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

OTTAWA – Canadians are being told to avoid all travel to Israel and the West Bank because of the “unpredictable security situation” in the region. Global Affairs Canada says there is a heightened risk of attacks on Israeli territory, while tensions and violence are high in the West Bank. Palestinian health officials say a Palestinian ... Read More »

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Overdoses prompts B.C. First Nation to declare state of emergency

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

WILLIAMS LAKE, B.C. – A spike in overdose deaths in the six British Columbia nations that make up the Tsilhqot’in National Government has prompted the chiefs to declare a local state of emergency. The Cariboo area nation says in a statement that toxic drugs combined with the historical and present-day harms of colonialism are contributing ... Read More »

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‘Very smart’ B.C. orca calf evades rescuers, forcing switch in tactics

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

ZEBALLOS, B.C. – The team trying to rescue an orphaned killer whale trapped in a British Columbia lagoon says they will have to change tactics after being “truly humbled at the intelligence, adaptability and resilience” of the calf that managed to evade capture Friday. A statement issued by the Ehattesaht First Nation chief and council ... Read More »

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B.C. orca calf ‘decided that she is not ready to be moved,’ rescue team says

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

ZEBALLOS, B.C. – The team trying to rescue an orphaned killer whale trapped in a B.C. lagoon says they are “truly humbled at the intelligence, adaptability and resilience” of the calf that managed to evade capture today. A statement issued by the Ehattesaht First Nation chief and council and the rescue team says they made ... Read More »

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DNA tests shows B.C. woman was killed by dogs, not bear: coroner’s report

By Brenna Owen, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

VANCOUVER – A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner’s report says she was mauled by dogs from another property. The report says the dogs responsible for the death of 54-year-old Ping (Amy) ... Read More »

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Priest accused of sex assaults against children in Nunavut dies in France

By Brittany Hobson, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

A priest accused of sexually abusing Inuit children in Nunavut decades ago has died in France after a long, undisclosed illness. The Oblates of Mary Immaculate, including the Oblates of Lacombe Canada and the Oblate Province of France, say Joannes Rivoire died Thursday. He was in his 90s. Rev. Ken Thorson with the Oblates of ... Read More »

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First attempt to catch orphaned orca calf in B.C. lagoon is unsuccessful

By Dirk Meissner, The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

ZEBALLOS, B.C. – An orphaned killer whale stranded in a remote Vancouver Island lagoon is proving difficult for rescuers to catch. An official at the site says the capture operation is in the “demobilization stage” today after an unsuccessful attempt to rescue the two-year-old orca that began before dawn. Ehattesaht First Nation Chief Simon John ... Read More »

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $23 million from province

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

UBC – The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government. The university says in a statement that the funding will add new seats in existing programs in the faculties of applied science, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and ... Read More »

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University of B.C. to add 778 technology seats with $21 million from province

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

UBC – The University of British Columbia will add 778 more student spaces for technology-related programs over the next six years through a $23-million investment from the provincial government. The university says in a statement that the funding will add new seats in existing programs in the faculties of applied science, medicine, pharmaceutical sciences, and ... Read More »

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DNA tests show dogs killed B.C. woman, not bear as first thought: coroner’s report

By The Canadian Press on April 12th, 2024

VANCOUVER – A woman killed while picking blueberries on a farm east of Vancouver was initially thought to have died in a bear attack in August 2021, but a newly released coroner’s report says she was mauled by dogs from another property. The report says the dogs responsible for the death of 54-year-old Ping (Amy) ... Read More »

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