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Highway 97 closed south of West Kelowna after reports of car crashing into lake

Highway closed in both directions; no detour available

Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (File photo)
Salmon Arm creates new bylaw on single-use plastic check-out bag ban, in full force by July 2022. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Paul Chiasson)

Ban on single-use plastic checkout bags to return to Salmon Arm

After several twists and turns, bylaw will be passed in January 2022, in full effect by July 2022

A special ceremony at St. James elementary school thanks Shirley Thompson and Margaret Flaherty-Specht for their combined 42 years of teaching at the school. (Submitted Photo)

COVID-19 exposures at Vernon’s Catholic and Christian schools

Five schools had potential exposures last week in the area

K Mountain was one of several familiar locales for Similkameen fans of Vancouver’s Peach Pit to see in their latest video. (Peach Pit - Youtube)

Vancouver’s Peach Pit debuts music video shot in Similkameen Valley

Familiar sights in Up Granville include K Mountain and the Grist Mill

K Mountain was one of several familiar locales for Similkameen fans of Vancouver’s Peach Pit to see in their latest video. (Peach Pit - Youtube)
Highway 1 Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (DriveBC camera)

Highway 1 closure near Revelstoke

Vehicle incident west of city closes both directions

Highway 1 Friday, Oct. 15, 2021. (DriveBC camera)
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Power outage affects over 1,300 Kelowna properties

No estimated time for power to be restored

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British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Two B.C. women file constitutional challenge of vaccine card

Claim says both women have medical issues tied to vaccinations

British Columbia’s provincial flag flies on a flagpole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Repairs to the Whiteman Bridge will close Westside Road daily from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)

Westside Road closure to cause delays between Vernon and Kelowna

Whiteman Bridge repairs take place daily Oct. 18 to Nov. 4

Repairs to the Whiteman Bridge will close Westside Road daily from Oct. 18 to Nov. 4. (Jennifer Smith - Morning Star)
The Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta has ordered the Alberta Pipe Trade College to pay $35,000 to Branka Turnbull, shown in this undated handout image, after she was fired as an instructor of the technical college in Edmonton in 2013 because of a pregnancy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO

Alberta technical college ordered to pay former teacher who was fired for pregnancy

Branka Turnbull calls Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta decision vindication

The Human Rights Tribunal of Alberta has ordered the Alberta Pipe Trade College to pay $35,000 to Branka Turnbull, shown in this undated handout image, after she was fired as an instructor of the technical college in Edmonton in 2013 because of a pregnancy. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO
Commissioner Austin Cullen, back centre, listens to introductions before opening statements at the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia in Vancouver on Monday, February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Closing submissions in B.C. money laundering inquiry include call to work together

Commission concluded testimony last month, hearing from about 200 witnesses

Commissioner Austin Cullen, back centre, listens to introductions before opening statements at the Cullen Commission of Inquiry into Money Laundering in British Columbia in Vancouver on Monday, February 24, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Fraser Health hosts same-day vaccine clinic at Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey, June 1, 2021. (Photo: City of Surrey)

B.C. reports 13 more COVID-19 deaths, 667 new cases Friday

Infection rate remains high in Northern Health region

Fraser Health hosts same-day vaccine clinic at Newton Recreation Centre in Surrey, June 1, 2021. (Photo: City of Surrey)
Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Paramedics and hospital staff are required to be vaccinated as of Oct. 26. (The Canadian Press)

B.C. vaccination order extending to hospitals, community care

Dentists, doctors, nurses, mental health, ministry contractors

Ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Paramedics and hospital staff are required to be vaccinated as of Oct. 26. (The Canadian Press)
Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.

Stats Canada reports significant pandemic-related jumps in depression and anxiety

Public health officer: ‘Huge amount of work ahead of us with restoring resiliency in our communities’

Self-reported rates of anxiety and depression increased during parts of the pandemic. File photo.
Rob Fleming (left), B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure, visited the Salmon Arm West Highway 1 project site on Oct. 14, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)
Rob Fleming (left), B.C.’s minister of transportation and infrastructure, visited the Salmon Arm West Highway 1 project site on Oct. 14, 2021. (Zachary Roman/Salmon Arm Observer)
New Brunswick’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Government employees in New Brunswick have been ordered to stop making territorial or title acknowledgements in reference to First Nations lands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

New Brunswick government employees ordered to stop making Indigenous acknowledgments

Green leader: ‘another stick in the eye for Indigenous people throughout New Brunswick’

New Brunswick’s provincial flag flies in Ottawa, Monday, July 6, 2020. Government employees in New Brunswick have been ordered to stop making territorial or title acknowledgements in reference to First Nations lands. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The Nunavut government has declared a 14-day state of emergency in Iqaluit after water in the capital was deemed undrinkable and potentially tainted with petroleum. The first shipment of potable water for residents also arrived by plane, with more expected to be delivered in the coming days. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter

Nunavut declares emergency in Iqaluit, city receives first shipment of potable water

Residents told not to drink the tap water after a fuel smell was detected at treatment plant

Residents line up to fill containers with potable water in Iqaluit, Nunavut on Thursday, Oct. 14, 2021. The Nunavut government has declared a 14-day state of emergency in Iqaluit after water in the capital was deemed undrinkable and potentially tainted with petroleum. The first shipment of potable water for residents also arrived by plane, with more expected to be delivered in the coming days. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Emma Tranter
A message is seen on the window of the Sk’elep School of Excellence as the Canadian, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and B.C. flags are reflected in the window flying at half mast to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau to visit Tk’emlúps te Secwepemc in B.C. next week

Trip follows not responding to invitations to visit on National Day for Truth and Reconcilation

A message is seen on the window of the Sk’elep School of Excellence as the Canadian, Tk’emlups te Secwepemc and B.C. flags are reflected in the window flying at half mast to honour the 215 children whose remains have been discovered buried near the former Kamloops Indian Residential School, in Kamloops, B.C., on Saturday, June 5, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
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Kelowna’s rental rates 4th highest among Canadian cities

The price of a two-bedroom apartment in Kelowna is only $70 less than in Toronto

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Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)

Shuswap school closed for one week due to COVID-19 exposures to reopen Monday

In-class instruction set to resume on Oct. 18

Staffing constraints due to COVID-19 exposures prompt School District 83 to close Sorrento Elementary for one week, from Oct. 12 to 15, 2021. (Google image)
The 62nd All Native Basketball Tournament for Feb. 2021 has been cancelled. Port Simpson Strike Force battles the Haida Gwaii team in the 2020 61st ANBT at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

Shooting for nothing but net with All Native Basketball Tournament return

Tournament set to begin Feb. 13, 2022, may be extended longer than a week if demand exists

The 62nd All Native Basketball Tournament for Feb. 2021 has been cancelled. Port Simpson Strike Force battles the Haida Gwaii team in the 2020 61st ANBT at the Jim Ciccone Civic Centre in Prince Rupert. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)