Some whale watchers ‘routinely’ too close to endangered resident orcas, report says

The groups say some whale-watching companies and recreational fishers in the Salish Sea are “routinely” violating a buffer zone of 400 metres, and sometimes are “pursuing” the orcas into U.S. waters.
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Woman accused in daycare death of Regina 3-year-old acquitted
A trial hearing held more than three years after Zoey Hancock's death lasted just minutes as the prosecutor submitted no evidence and rested its case.
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Vaccine mandate for B.C. health care workers to take effect Tuesday
The B.C. premier says he's hopeful that a small number of health-care workers who are still resistant will get the information they need to make the choice for vaccination.
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Richard Shimooka: Friends of Canada still in Afghanistan face immeasurable risks to their lives
Opinion: At least 10,000 such individuals remain in Afghanistan today, many of whom have already received some vetting. They remain in limbo, stuck under the looming threat of Taliban reprisal while clinging to the thin promise that countries like Canada might remember and act upon their commitments.
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Letters to The Sun, Oct. 26, 2021: Overwhelming density in Vancouver
It was with considerable dismay and trepidation that I read in The Sun this week about the very ambitious plans to develop South False Creek and the Jericho lands. We are already dealing with massive traffic snarl-ups, parking issues, sardine-packed SkyTrain cars and overwhelmed hospitals (even before COVID complicated life). It is a challenge to […]
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Vaughn Palmer: Security alert ordered for B.C. government offices
Opinion: Alert cites rising tide of protests against resource projects on top of anti-vaccination protests
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COVID-19: Return to full-capacity events in Vancouver fuelled by cheap tickets, pent-up demand
Capacity restrictions being lifted Monday coincided with a "greater-than-imagined" demand for sports tickets, says one Vancouver ticket broker
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Coderre, Plante clash over affordable housing in latest mayoral debate
Coderre promises 10,000 social housing units in the next four years, while Plante pledges 60,000 affordable housing units within a decade.
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Lost hiker ignored phone calls from search team because they didn’t recognize number
A person who went missing during a hike last week in Colorado ignored multiple phone calls from search-and-rescue because they didn’t recognize the number, according to authorities.
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Lachine Hospital to close ER overnight as of Nov. 7
Will accept emergencies only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m.
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COVID-19: Return to full-capacity events fuelled by cheap tickets, pent-up demand
Capacity restrictions being lifted Monday coincided with a "greater-than-imagined" demand for sports tickets which are being sold at lower-than-expected prices, says one Vancouver ticket broker.
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Canada changes online criteria for Afghan refugee program; only those who fled eligible
The program is one of two set up to help bring 40,000 Afghan refugees to Canada and is intended for vulnerable groups.
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Saskatchewan health advisors ask for more COVID-19 restrictions — again
Medical health officers warned the health-care system could collapse if the Saskatchewan government does not impose more restrictions to stop the spread of COVID-19.
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Dan Fumano: B.C. man cries foul over 'vacancy tax' on home of 21 years
Opinion: Richmond man's situation doesn't seem to fit spirit of the speculation and vacancy tax. So it's worth considering his story, as other governments consider similar measures.
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Lake Country BC community rallies together for safer trails
"It used to be really, really steep and now I have rheumatoid arthritis and I can move down there quite easily."
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Cowan: Four-game West Coast trip could make or break Canadiens
It's still early in the season, but Habs have dug themselves a pretty big hole with 1-5-0 start.
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Regina tent city, ‘Camp Marjorie,’ meets with social services minister
'Camp Marjorie' organizers met with Saskatchewan's social services minister to discuss solutions for those affected by the SIS program.
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Blood Tribe members taking chief and council, feds to court over settlement concerns
Members of the Blood Tribe have filed a judicial review against their chief and council over a $150-million cattle settlement reached in September.
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Lachine Hospital to drastically cut ER hours, officials blame ‘critical’ staff shortages
Under the new hours, the emergency room will remain open seven days a week, but only from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m. Ambulances will be temporarily redirected.
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COVID-19: Percentage of fully vaccinated eligible British Columbians close to 85 per cent
There were 1,618 new cases of the disease reported over the past three days in B.C. and 20 deaths
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Kelowna cyber security expert urges vigilance during uptick in cyber attacks
As more of our lives move online, experts are warning people and businesses to be extra careful about data breaches, particularly as there is an uptick in cyber attacks.
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Martin Regg Cohn: Doug Ford and Andrea Horwath are on the attack. Can Steven Del Duca turn that into a win?
Everyone is everyone’s enemy in Ontario’s negative pre-election campaign, Martin Regg Cohn writes.
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New wording in Canada’s Afghan-resettlement criteria has critics accusing Ottawa of ‘throwing up their arms’
Ottawa has quietly changed the criteria on its website for a special program to resettle vulnerable Afghan refugees to Canada by excluding those who are still trapped in the country.
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‘Immediate return in bookings’: B.C. hospitality sector celebrates end of indoor capacity limits
Effective Monday in most parts of the province, there are no capacity limits at weddings, restaurants and other venues where all guests can prove they're double-vaccinated.
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Insiders say Erin O’Toole has no easy way out as Conservatives prepare to meet amid battle over COVID-19 vaccinations
Conservative MPs are set to meet in Ottawa on Wednesday for the latest in a series of what are becoming increasingly fractious meetings
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Zach Hyman the right fit for Edmonton Oilers; McDavid 2nd star of the week
Three of Zach Hyman's five goals for the Edmonton Oilers this season have been scored from in tight.
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Alberta woman warns of brazen catalytic converter theft as complaints skyrocket
An Alberta woman was shocked after her vehicle's catalytic converter is stolen in broad daylight at a busy Calgary-area mall.
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Replace ministers of defence and Indigenous relations, critics urge Justin Trudeau, as he prepares to shuffle cabinet
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau will name a new federal cabinet on Tuesday, as opposition parties call on him to replace veteran government ministers who have allegedly failed to advance Indigenous reconciliation and confront sexual misconduct in the Canadian military.
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Toronto police identify homicide victim of Saturday shooting
Mathio Youkhanna, 24, of Toronto was shot and killed on Oct. 23 at a shopping plaza near Weston Road and Highway 401.
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Gregor Chisholm: Astros vs. Braves. Ouch. It’s hard to cheer for anyone in this World Series
The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves will set foot on baseball’s biggest stage for Game 1 of the World Series on Tuesday night at Minute Maid Park. Unfortunately, neither one appears all that deserving of the honour, Gregor Chisholm writes.
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Green party wants Ontario to cut emissions in half by 2030
Ontario needs to cut its greenhouse gas emissions in half by 2030 and be net-zero by 2045, says Green Party Leader Mike Schreiner who plans to propose a private member’s bill to address climate change.
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Lawsuit launched against Alberta Health Services over COVID-19 vaccine mandate
In a statement, an AHS spokesperson says "over 9,000 physicians and 200 medical leaders work with AHS. This lawsuit represents far less than 0.1 per cent of those physicians."
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Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor chosen 1st star of the week
With eight points in just three games, Winnipeg Jets forward Kyle Connor is the NHL's player of the week.
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Man accused of killing B.C. father and son was staying in their house, friend says
'They were like two peas in a pod. They were best friends. They would do everything together.'
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False positive COVID-19 test halts B.C. man’s Vegas vacation
Trevor Meyer is double-vaccinated and experiencing no symptoms, but was told to self-isolate while his positive rapid-test result was reported to Fraser Health.
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Apartment fire claims one life: Victoria Police
Investigators are working to determine what caused the fire, but the blaze is not being investigated as a criminal act, police said.
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