Dustin Godfrey

Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. Photo courtesy Abbotsford School District

Teacher shortage leaves B.C. French immersion class learning in English

Concerned parents seek to speak to school board, advocate for solutions for teacher shortage

Sandy Hill Elementary School in Abbotsford. Photo courtesy Abbotsford School District
Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.

Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.

Harman Kaur’s self-published book speaks volumes to Punjabi Sikh women, underrepresented in media

Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.
Abbotsford cat Chocolate lost its left eye after being shot with a pellet gun, and likely won’t regain sight in its right eye after a concussion incurred in the incident, owner Greg Golt says. (Submitted photo)

B.C. cat recovering, loses eye after shot 9 times with pellet gun

Owner says Chocolate likely won’t regain sight in other eye due to concussion sustained in incident

Abbotsford cat Chocolate lost its left eye after being shot with a pellet gun, and likely won’t regain sight in its right eye after a concussion incurred in the incident, owner Greg Golt says. (Submitted photo)
Dave Teixeira.

Advocate for B.C. victim’s family blasts ‘secretive’ B.C. Review Board

Comments come following Gabriel Klein’s fitness for trial hearings in high school stabbing case

Dave Teixeira.
An artist’s sketch depicts Gabriel Klein in court during his fitness hearing on April 19 at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (Sketch by Sheila Allan)

Accused found unfit for murder trial over B.C. school stabbing

Gabriel Klein is set to appear before the B.C. Review Board again in mid-January

An artist’s sketch depicts Gabriel Klein in court during his fitness hearing on April 19 at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (Sketch by Sheila Allan)
Michael Douglas Sheets, convicted of manslaughter, arson and other charges, has been returned to Mission Institution, officials say. (Submitted photo)

Convicted killer recaptured after escaping B.C. prison

Michael Douglas Sheets had escaped Mission Institution Saturday night

Michael Douglas Sheets, convicted of manslaughter, arson and other charges, has been returned to Mission Institution, officials say. (Submitted photo)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says proportional representation may provide a greater opportunity for Indigenous engagement in the provincial legislature. Contributed photo

Electoral reform could boost Indigenous representation: Grand Chief

Penticton’s Grand Chief Stewart Phillip touts electoral reform as opportunity for adequate representation

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip says proportional representation may provide a greater opportunity for Indigenous engagement in the provincial legislature. Contributed photo
On Tricia Bates’s desk sits a Chipewyan dictionary, with which she hopes to learn the language of her biological family. The Chipewyan people are a Dené people from the northern prairies and Northwest Territory.

‘Nobody’s child’: A Penticton woman’s journey to healing from the ’60s Scoop

Tricia Bates, 49, says she only got confirmation this year that she was part of the ’60s Scoop

On Tricia Bates’s desk sits a Chipewyan dictionary, with which she hopes to learn the language of her biological family. The Chipewyan people are a Dené people from the northern prairies and Northwest Territory.
Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun (left) speaks on the funds for airport infrastructure announced Thursday by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena, alongside Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Province kicks in $5M for B.C. airport improvements

Money, going to 23 communities, will fund things like taxiway improvements and obstacle removal

Abbotsford Mayor Henry Braun (left) speaks on the funds for airport infrastructure announced Thursday by Transportation and Infrastructure Minister Claire Trevena, alongside Abbotsford South MLA Darryl Plecas.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
LGBTQ advocates Donald Keras (left) and John Federici, both with PFLAG Abbotsford, from the Abbotsford area say they found homophobic material (pictured) distributed in three businesses. Federici said he does not believe the business owners were aware of the pamphlets, nor were they supporters of the material.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Homophobic flyers left at 3 B.C. businesses

PFLAG representative John Federici warning owners to keep an eye out for unwanted material

LGBTQ advocates Donald Keras (left) and John Federici, both with PFLAG Abbotsford, from the Abbotsford area say they found homophobic material (pictured) distributed in three businesses. Federici said he does not believe the business owners were aware of the pamphlets, nor were they supporters of the material.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
Godfrey: A few parting words as this reporter moves on

Godfrey: A few parting words as this reporter moves on

Dustin Godfrey is moving from the Penticton Western News to their sister paper in Abbotsford

Godfrey: A few parting words as this reporter moves on
Penticton RCMP Const. James Grandy hands out some “positive tickets” to Austin and Taylor Relkov, 7 and 8, while out for a ride with their mother, Michelle down by the Peach. The positive ticket campaign, put on by the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society in partnership with RCMP, bylaw and others, awards tickets to people — typically youth up to age 24 — with coupons for places like Veriberry or the Freeride Boardshop if seen wearing a helmet while riding skateboards, bikes or scooters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Penticton youth fine with getting these tickets

Brain Injury Society kicks off positive ticketing campaign to encourage youth wearing helmets

Penticton RCMP Const. James Grandy hands out some “positive tickets” to Austin and Taylor Relkov, 7 and 8, while out for a ride with their mother, Michelle down by the Peach. The positive ticket campaign, put on by the South Okanagan Similkameen Brain Injury Society in partnership with RCMP, bylaw and others, awards tickets to people — typically youth up to age 24 — with coupons for places like Veriberry or the Freeride Boardshop if seen wearing a helmet while riding skateboards, bikes or scooters.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Is Penticton real estate finally stabilizing after years of record heat?

Is Penticton real estate finally stabilizing after years of record heat?

Average sale price for Q1+2 in Penticton increased year over year, but June sees decline from May

Is Penticton real estate finally stabilizing after years of record heat?
The City of Penticton is seeking bids from companies to replace sections of the Skaha Lake marina docks after city hall’s deal with Trio Marine Group fell through, leaving responsibility for dock repairs to the municipality.                                Image courtesy Google Maps

City of Penticton seeking bids to repair sections of Skaha Lake docks

City says repairs needed urgently after certain areas ‘didn’t stand up very well’ in recent wind storm

The City of Penticton is seeking bids from companies to replace sections of the Skaha Lake marina docks after city hall’s deal with Trio Marine Group fell through, leaving responsibility for dock repairs to the municipality.                                Image courtesy Google Maps
Penticton Indian Band’s waterline project to enhance health issues: chief

Penticton Indian Band’s waterline project to enhance health issues: chief

Construction set to begin within 2 weeks on decades-old line with asbestos in areas of the system

Penticton Indian Band’s waterline project to enhance health issues: chief
Mike Mai, counsellor with Pathways Addictions Resource Centre, will be taking on a new outreach role helping those addicted to opioids to better care for themselves in their day-to-day lives to assist with recovery efforts. That includes helping with doctor visits, maintaining housing and obtaining legal aid, income assistance or employment.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

New role at Pathways to help navigate addictions recovery in Penticton

The part-time role received a year’s worth of funding from the Community Action Initiative

Mike Mai, counsellor with Pathways Addictions Resource Centre, will be taking on a new outreach role helping those addicted to opioids to better care for themselves in their day-to-day lives to assist with recovery efforts. That includes helping with doctor visits, maintaining housing and obtaining legal aid, income assistance or employment.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
SS Sicamous Society director Adolf Steffen leans on the railing of the pier along the starboard side of the historic sternwheeler. The pier was just recently completed, along with renovations incurred by last year’s flooding, and will be showed off at an open house on Saturday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Full steam ahead for SS Sicamous after renovations finished

SS Sicamous hosting open house to showcase new look, with hot dogs, face painting and activities

SS Sicamous Society director Adolf Steffen leans on the railing of the pier along the starboard side of the historic sternwheeler. The pier was just recently completed, along with renovations incurred by last year’s flooding, and will be showed off at an open house on Saturday.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Finding meaning as a young journalist in a demoralized industry

Finding meaning as a young journalist in a demoralized industry

As I sat in a relative’s house in Abbotsford at the tail…

Finding meaning as a young journalist in a demoralized industry
Penticton woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.

Penticton woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.

A search of Stephany Heppner’s car yielded items like suspected fentanyl and fraudulent documents

Penticton woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.
Quin Cormier, a detailer at Skaha Ford, died in a workplace accident at the dealership in April 2017. A WorkSafeBC report obtained by the Western News alleges violations of two work safety regulations at the time of Cormier’s death.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe

UPDATE: Report finds cause for penalty at Penticton car dealer after fatal accident

Exclusive: WorkSafeBC report alleges 2 regulation violations at Skaha Ford at time of April 2017 fatal accident

Quin Cormier, a detailer at Skaha Ford, died in a workplace accident at the dealership in April 2017. A WorkSafeBC report obtained by the Western News alleges violations of two work safety regulations at the time of Cormier’s death.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe