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Vandals spray painted anti-mask messages on Lumby’s J.W. Inglis Elementary school, as pictured Monday, Oct. 25. (Shandel Dyck photo)

5 Vernon and area schools vandalized overnight

Negative graffiti spray-painted on Lumby elementary and Vernon schools

B.C.’s greenhouse gas emissions have continued to rise in recent years, and as of 2018 were 17% higher than 2007, the baseline year for the province’s carbon tax, mainly due to population growth. (B.C. government)

B.C. emissions, carbon tax keep rising as Ottawa rules catch up

Building, vehicle, fuel rules aim to bend emissions down

The Ktunaxa Nation governments have declared a mental health state of emergency for its vulnerable citizens.

B.C. First Nation declare a mental health state of emergency

Mental wellness of Ktunaxa youth and young adults is a particular concern, Nation says

One Water Street. (Contributed)

Mounties on scene after woman falls from downtown Kelowna tower, dies

The incident happened just before 10 a.m., woman pronounced dead on scene

One Water Street. (Contributed)
Vandals spray painted anti-mask messages on Lumby’s J.W. Inglis Elementary school, as pictured Monday, Oct. 25. (Shandel Dyck photo)
Vandals spray painted anti-mask messages on Lumby’s J.W. Inglis Elementary school, as pictured Monday, Oct. 25. (Shandel Dyck photo)
Upgrades to Lake Country's wastewater facility are moving ahead, to the tune of $8.8 million. (District photo)

Lake Country borrowing $8.8M for wastewater treatment

Electoral approval obtained through alternate approval process

Upgrades to Lake Country's wastewater facility are moving ahead, to the tune of $8.8 million. (District photo)
Dawn Tam, RBC’s Regional Financial Planning Consultant for B.C., says that couples have two main stressors as they start planning their life together: planning weddings and managing finances together. (Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror)

Money stress heightened for 68% of Canadian couples during the pandemic

RBC poll finds weddings, money management top stressors

  • Oct 25, 2021
Dawn Tam, RBC’s Regional Financial Planning Consultant for B.C., says that couples have two main stressors as they start planning their life together: planning weddings and managing finances together. (Mike Davies/Campbell River Mirror)
RCMP, Conservation officers, DFO and Wildlife officers all participated in a roadside blitz near Boston Bar on Oct. 16 and 17 to enforce B.C. hunting and angling laws. (BC Conservation Office photo)

Loaded firearm nets ticket for hunter in roadside conservation blitz near Boston Bar

Hunters and anglers targeted by conservation officers in B.C. ‘funnel point’

RCMP, Conservation officers, DFO and Wildlife officers all participated in a roadside blitz near Boston Bar on Oct. 16 and 17 to enforce B.C. hunting and angling laws. (BC Conservation Office photo)
Mounties on the scene of a fatal Kelowna collision at Richter Street and Doyle Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 24. (Paula Tran/Capital News)

Cops, coroner investigating fatal downtown Kelowna collision

The lone occupant, a 37-year-old Kelowna man, was pronounced dead at the scene

Mounties on the scene of a fatal Kelowna collision at Richter Street and Doyle Avenue on Sunday, Oct. 24. (Paula Tran/Capital News)
A 44-year-old Penticton man well known to police faces multiple charges for damaging a Summerland store using a chainsaw. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Chainsaw-wielding man faces multiple charges for incident at Summerland store

A 44-year-old Penticton man known to police is in custody

A 44-year-old Penticton man well known to police faces multiple charges for damaging a Summerland store using a chainsaw. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
A 26-year-old woman is confirmed as the woman killed in the multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 on Saturday. (Facebook)

26-year-old woman killed in multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 near Penticton

RCMP say she was speeding before her vehicle crossed the double solid line

A 26-year-old woman is confirmed as the woman killed in the multi-vehicle crash on Highway 97 on Saturday. (Facebook)
This undated photo released by Netflix shows South Korean cast members, from left, Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon in a scene from “Squid Game.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Youngkyu Park/Netflix via AP

‘Squid Game’ causing fear on Canadian playgrounds

Parents and school officials concerned hit Netflix show’s violence being mimicked in schoolyards

This undated photo released by Netflix shows South Korean cast members, from left, Park Hae-soo, Lee Jung-jae and Jung Ho-yeon in a scene from “Squid Game.” THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Youngkyu Park/Netflix via AP
FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2021 file photo, smoke rises from the Feyzin Total refinery chimneys, outside Lyon, central France. The World Meteorological Organization says greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and continued to increase at a faster clip than the average rate in the last decade, despite a temporary blip downward amid coronavirus-linked lockdowns. The U.N. weather agency, releasing its flagship annual report on heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere on Monday Oct. 25, 2021, said concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are all above levels in the pre-industrial era pegged to before 1750, when human activities “started disrupting Earth’s natural equilibrium.”(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, file)

UN says cuts fall short, greenhouse gas levels hit a new record

Parts of the Amazon rainforest have gone from being a carbon ‘sink’ to a source of CO2

FILE - In this Oct. 15, 2021 file photo, smoke rises from the Feyzin Total refinery chimneys, outside Lyon, central France. The World Meteorological Organization says greenhouse gas concentrations hit a new record high last year and continued to increase at a faster clip than the average rate in the last decade, despite a temporary blip downward amid coronavirus-linked lockdowns. The U.N. weather agency, releasing its flagship annual report on heat-trapping gases in the atmosphere on Monday Oct. 25, 2021, said concentrations of carbon dioxide, methane and nitrous oxide are all above levels in the pre-industrial era pegged to before 1750, when human activities “started disrupting Earth’s natural equilibrium.”(AP Photo/Laurent Cipriani, file)
NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

‘Never going to be ashamed:’ Métis, two-spirit NDP MP wants to rebrand Alberta

Desjarlais says his ancestors fought alongside Metis leader Louis Riel

NDP MP Blake Desjarlais poses for a portrait in Edmonton, Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
FILE - American actor James Michael Tyler poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in New York. Tyler, the actor known widely for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends,” died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles from prostate cancer. He was 59. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)

James Michael Tyler, who played Gunther on ‘Friends,’ dies

Tyler the most frequently recurring guest star on the iconic series, playing a Central Perk barista

FILE - American actor James Michael Tyler poses for a portrait on Wednesday, Nov. 14, 2012, in New York. Tyler, the actor known widely for his recurring role as Gunther on “Friends,” died Sunday, Oct. 24, 2021, at his home in Los Angeles from prostate cancer. He was 59. (Photo by Carlo Allegri/Invision/AP, File)
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on October 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Path to Trudeau’s new cabinet hits final stretch ahead of swearing-in ceremony

There will be gender parity among the regionally balanced appointments

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau arrives to a press conference in Ottawa on October 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
The fire on the container ship Zim Kingston anchored near Victoria has been stabilized as of Oct. 24. Five crew members remain onboard. (Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard)

UPDATE: Container ship still smouldering as storm hampers firefighting efforts

Crews have been dousing a chemical fire onboard MV Zim Kingston off Victoria since Saturday

The fire on the container ship Zim Kingston anchored near Victoria has been stabilized as of Oct. 24. Five crew members remain onboard. (Courtesy Canadian Coast Guard)
An Aquabus water taxi travels on False Creek as a person holds an umbrella while walking under fall foliage on the seawall, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Powerful storm hits B.C. south coast, thousands without power but no reported damage

Weather office says gusts of 90 to 100 km/h are still possible as storm tracks northeast

An Aquabus water taxi travels on False Creek as a person holds an umbrella while walking under fall foliage on the seawall, in Vancouver, on Saturday, Oct. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Kevin coming to greet friend Kyle Sunderman. (Kyle Sunderman)

Kevin, the broken-winged Penticton goose, is back after mysterious disappearance

The locally famous bird hadn’t been seen in Penticton in months

Kevin coming to greet friend Kyle Sunderman. (Kyle Sunderman)
Vernon’s Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, with the gold medal she won in the blue belt juvenile division at the EUG (Evolve Ur Game) 3 competition in Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 23. The win over an American competitor moves Marchand to the No. 1 contender spot in the division for EUG 4 in early 2022. (Instagram photo)

Major martial arts win for Okanagan fighter

Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, now No. 1 contender in Brazilian jiu-jitsu division for next bout in early 2022

  • Oct 25, 2021
Vernon’s Lillian (Lillatron) Marchand, 15, with the gold medal she won in the blue belt juvenile division at the EUG (Evolve Ur Game) 3 competition in Las Vegas Saturday, Oct. 23. The win over an American competitor moves Marchand to the No. 1 contender spot in the division for EUG 4 in early 2022. (Instagram photo)