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A real estate sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler

What the Bank of Canada’s latest rate hike means for mortgage holders

4.5 per cent likely to remain until Canada’s high inflation rate falls to its two per cent target

A real estate sign is displayed in front of a house in the Riverdale area of Toronto on Wednesday, September 29, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Evan Buhler
This photo provided by the Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, showing the booking photo of Pascale Ferrier. A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, via AP

Poison pen: Quebec woman pleads guilty to sending Trump, others ricin-laced letters

Pascale Ferrier agreed to a sentence of nearly 22 years behind bars.

This photo provided by the Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, showing the booking photo of Pascale Ferrier. A Quebec woman accused of mailing poison to former president Donald Trump has pleaded guilty and agreed to a prison sentence of nearly 22 years. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Hidalgo County (Texas) Sheriff’s Office, via AP
Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Five people have been killed in British Columbia avalanches this month. Forecasters have compared this season’s snowpack with the conditions of 2003, one of the worst years on record for fatalities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

A timeline of the avalanche hazard in B.C., where five people are dead

Forecasters are saying 2023 has the most dangerous conditions since 2003

Backcountry skiers are dwarfed by the mountains as they make their way along a mountain ridge near McGillivray Pass Lodge located in the southern Chilcotin Mountains of British Columbia, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2012. Five people have been killed in British Columbia avalanches this month. Forecasters have compared this season’s snowpack with the conditions of 2003, one of the worst years on record for fatalities. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Bonita and Don Findlay pictured on a trip in Italy in 2005. (Photo: Anna Burns)

B.C. widow grateful MAID allowed her husband to die with dignity, compassion

Woman recalls experience as changes loom over who can access medically assisted death

Bonita and Don Findlay pictured on a trip in Italy in 2005. (Photo: Anna Burns)
The investigation continues at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The investigation continues at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

66 more potential graves identified at former residential school in B.C.’s Cariboo

The results come from Phase 2 of investigation into unmarked graves at St. Joseph’s Mission

The investigation continues at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
The investigation continues at the site of the former St. Joseph’s Mission Residential School near Williams Lake. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)

Police seize 1.5 million illegal cigarettes after B.C. traffic stop

A North Okanagan man was arrested and released from custody pending a future court date

Police in Vernon seized nearly 1.5 million contraband cigarettes after a traffic stop was conducted on Sunday, Jan. 8, 2023. (RCMP photo)
Laser tag (Pixabay photo)

B.C. lawyer wins $37 after suing over ‘disappointing’ children’s laser tag birthday party

Extra pizza costs, adult play rates and the ordering — or lack thereof – of loot bags part of decision

Laser tag (Pixabay photo)
Township of Langley mayor Eric Woodward, Cloverdale–Langley City MP John Aldag, and Langley City Mayor Nathan Pachal at a Wednesday, Jan. 25 announcement of $2.86 in federal funding to fight gun and gang violence in both communities. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
Township of Langley mayor Eric Woodward, Cloverdale–Langley City MP John Aldag, and Langley City Mayor Nathan Pachal at a Wednesday, Jan. 25 announcement of $2.86 in federal funding to fight gun and gang violence in both communities. (Dan Ferguson/Langley Advance Times)
The Incomappleux Valley (Paul Zizka)
The Incomappleux Valley (Paul Zizka)
Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack was charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019, and will plead guilty to one. (LinkedIn)

Chilliwack physiotherapist facing sexual assault charges reaches plea deal

Sanjay Amrutkar was facing eight counts. He’ll plead guilty to one and will see no jail time

Sanjay Amrutkar of Chilliwack was charged with eight counts of sexual assault while working as a physiotherapist in 2019, and will plead guilty to one. (LinkedIn)
Peace Arch Hospital doctor Amir Behboudi, front, with puppeteer and ventriloquist Kellie Haines, Magrau and UBC medical student Tsz Shing (Brandon) Ng pose with Beyond Your Eye Productions’ Carmen Klotz left, and Sharron Bates during a video filming session. (contributed photo)

Making the ER less scary for kids: B.C. doctor enlists help of puppeteer

Videos featuring ventriloquist and colourful puppet Magrau are free for any hospital to use

Peace Arch Hospital doctor Amir Behboudi, front, with puppeteer and ventriloquist Kellie Haines, Magrau and UBC medical student Tsz Shing (Brandon) Ng pose with Beyond Your Eye Productions’ Carmen Klotz left, and Sharron Bates during a video filming session. (contributed photo)
A 37-year-old Hope man has been arrested after breaking and entering into a business and stealing around $2000 worth of merchandise. (File photo by Advocate staff)

37-year-old man arrested in relation to theft of $2,000 worth of items from Hope business

Break-in and theft occurred Monday morning (Jan. 23) at a business on Wallace Street

A 37-year-old Hope man has been arrested after breaking and entering into a business and stealing around $2000 worth of merchandise. (File photo by Advocate staff)
NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (left) tours the Campbell River Food Bank with North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney during Singh’s visit to the riding on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror

Jagmeet Singh retrenching NDP policy around the needs of the working class

NDP leader addresses some of his priorities during Vancouver Island visit

NDP leader Jagmeet Singh (left) tours the Campbell River Food Bank with North Island-Powell River MP Rachel Blaney during Singh’s visit to the riding on Jan. 23. Photo by Marc Kitteringham/Campbell River Mirror
Reinhard “Bud” Loewen has pleaded guilty to six of the 24 sexual assault charges he faced. (Facebook photo)

Former Abbotsford masseur pleads guilty to 6 of his 24 sexual assault charges

Reinhard ‘Bud’ Loewen was first charged in December 2020

Reinhard “Bud” Loewen has pleaded guilty to six of the 24 sexual assault charges he faced. (Facebook photo)
Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)

Traffic pollution can impair brain function, say B.C. researchers

Groundbreaking UVic and UBC study finds even brief exposures have adverse effects on human brain

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)
Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Make ‘ultra-wealthy’ speeders pay bigger fines: B.C. official

District of Saanich councillor wants fines to work as a proper deterrant, no matter people’s means

Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)
A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)

Theft of dinosaur footprints in northeast B.C. lands Alberta man jail time, $15K fine

Bennward Ingram sentenced to 25 days in jail and $15,000 fine for role in vandalizing protected site

A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)
Rainbow House or by the Kwak’wala word Gukwas sa Wagalus, and is the first of its kind in the country. Photo by Ali Roddam

Vancouver Island 2SLGBTQ+ youth housing project will be the first of its kind in Canada

Gukwas sa Wagalus or Rainbow House first of its kind in Canada

  • Jan 25, 2023
Rainbow House or by the Kwak’wala word Gukwas sa Wagalus, and is the first of its kind in the country. Photo by Ali Roddam
Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)

Abbotsford man out nearly $6,000 in plumbing tools after theft from locked truck

Plumber had been grieving his father when thief broke into canopy to take livelihood

Plumber Brian McCann is out nearly $6,000 in tools after a thief broke into his locked canopy while McCann was dealing with the death of his father. ICBC doesn’t cover content insurance, so he’s struggling to get back to work. (Submitted photo)
Ken Wylie is a survivor of a deadly avalanche in the Selkirk Mountains in 2003, as seen in this handout photo received Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. He is warning others to be cautious as the snowpack is now in similar conditions 20 years later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ken Wylie
Ken Wylie is a survivor of a deadly avalanche in the Selkirk Mountains in 2003, as seen in this handout photo received Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. He is warning others to be cautious as the snowpack is now in similar conditions 20 years later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ken Wylie