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Opponents of a Republican-backed bill that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity, gather in the Indiana House balcony, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, during a House Education Committee hearing at the Statehouse. Opponents maintained that Hoosier youth would be unfairly discriminated against by the bill, which Indiana lawmakers advanced to the full House. (AP Photo/Casey Smith)

Indiana lawmakers advance bill banning transgender athletes

Bill: Students born male but who identify as female can’t participate in a sport designated for girls

Opponents of a Republican-backed bill that would ban transgender women and girls from participating in school sports that match their gender identity, gather in the Indiana House balcony, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022, during a House Education Committee hearing at the Statehouse. Opponents maintained that Hoosier youth would be unfairly discriminated against by the bill, which Indiana lawmakers advanced to the full House. (AP Photo/Casey Smith)
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More than 40 cases of COVID-19 at West Kelowna senior care home

Four care homes are reporting COVID-19 outbreaks in the Kelowna area

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Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home. (File photo)

COVID-19 outbreak declared at Oliver’s McKinney Place

Last year, McKinney Place had one of the worst outbreaks, with 17 deaths related to COVID-19

Interior Health has declared a COVID-19 outbreak at McKinney Place long term care home. (File photo)
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UBCO prof and Okanagan Nation knowledge keeper elected to Royal Society of Canada

Okanagan focus on trauma of colonization leads to national recognition for Dr. Jeannette Armstrong

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Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Indigenous non-profit looks to acquire ownership of Trans Mountain Pipeline

Nesika Services calls itself a grassroots, community-led group of Alberta and B.C. communities

Construction of the Trans Mountain Pipeline is pictured near Hope, B.C., Monday, Oct. 18, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Police vehicles are parked on the grounds of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. German police say a lone gunman wounded several people at a lecture theatre in the southwest city of Heidelberg on Monday. Police said in a brief statement that the perpetrator was dead but didn’t give details of how that happened. (R.Priebe/Pr-Video/dpa via AP)

Student kills 1, wounds 3 in shooting at German university

Lone gunman opened fire during a packed lecture at Heidelberg University before killing himself

Police vehicles are parked on the grounds of Heidelberg University in Heidelberg, Germany, Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. German police say a lone gunman wounded several people at a lecture theatre in the southwest city of Heidelberg on Monday. Police said in a brief statement that the perpetrator was dead but didn’t give details of how that happened. (R.Priebe/Pr-Video/dpa via AP)
The Hawaii Mars sits on Sproat Lake back in 2013. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)

Iconic B.C. Martin Mars waterbomber put up for sale

Coulson Aviation looks for new home for Hawaii Mars, inactive in firefighting since 2015

The Hawaii Mars sits on Sproat Lake back in 2013. (SONJA DRINKWATER / ALBERNI VALLEY NEWS)
Temporary bridge across 70-metre gap in Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon at Jackass Mountain allowed the key B.C. Interior route to reopen Jan. 24, 2022. (B.C. government photo)

B.C.’s Highway 1 reopens through hard-hit Fraser Canyon Monday

Single-lane bridge spans 80-metre gap at Jackass Mountain

Temporary bridge across 70-metre gap in Highway 1 in the Fraser Canyon at Jackass Mountain allowed the key B.C. Interior route to reopen Jan. 24, 2022. (B.C. government photo)
Osoyoos Elementary. (google)

Interior Health monitoring low attendance at Osoyoos and Oliver schools

Osoyoos Elementary and Tuc-el-Nuit Elementary saw letters sent home to families

Osoyoos Elementary. (google)
A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)

‘Freedom Fighters’ tune into article on potential takeover of Voice of the Shuswap

Membership in Salmon Arm’s community radio station triples in comparison to the past 10 years

A Jan. 19, 2022 Observer article on the suspected takeover attempt targeted at the board of Salmon Arm’s community radio station was reposted the day it went online on a BC Freedom Fighters mesaging channel. (Image from Canadian Vacccine Deaths and Adverse Reactions site)
A crash near Enderby closed the highway for seven hours Friday night. (DriveBC map)

One dead, 2 seriously injured in Enderby crash

‘A dense fog that settled in the area had reduced visibility to nearly zero at the time of the crash’

A crash near Enderby closed the highway for seven hours Friday night. (DriveBC map)
Dale Habib is the owner of Liquid Zoo in Kelowna

Former Kelowna gang member pleads guilty to firearm charges

Brother to the former owner of the Liquid Zoo plead guilty to two firearm-related charges

Dale Habib is the owner of Liquid Zoo in Kelowna
New forms ready for concrete to be poured to replace the original sidewalks at the Quail Crossing housing project in Keremeos. The original sidewalks were improperly set below the doorways. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)

Delayed Keremeos BC Housing projects expected ready summer 2022

The two projects were originally intended to be open in 2020

New forms ready for concrete to be poured to replace the original sidewalks at the Quail Crossing housing project in Keremeos. The original sidewalks were improperly set below the doorways. (Brennan Phillips - Keremeos Review)
A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)

New report suggests Alaskan fisheries are overharvesting plummeting B.C. salmon stocks

Alaska criticized report, calling it was an “unfair and biased attack on Alaska salmon fisheries

A king salmon is laid out for inspection by Alaska Department of Fish and Game at the Mike Pusich Douglas Harbor officials during the Golden North Salmon Derby on Aug. 25, 2019. (Peter Segall / Juneau Empire)
A woman with an umbrella walks during a snowfall in Agios Steganos, north of Athens, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The wave of bad weather hitting Greece is forecast to continue through Tuesday, and has seen snow falling even on some islands. Authorities have warned the public to avoid all but essential outdoor movement, and several major roads and highways are passable only with snow chains. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)

Snow blankets Athens, Greek islands and Istanbul

Temperatures reached -17 C in eastern Albania as storm, named Elpida hits Mediterranean

A woman with an umbrella walks during a snowfall in Agios Steganos, north of Athens, on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022. The wave of bad weather hitting Greece is forecast to continue through Tuesday, and has seen snow falling even on some islands. Authorities have warned the public to avoid all but essential outdoor movement, and several major roads and highways are passable only with snow chains. (AP Photo/Thanassis Stavrakis)
Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark

Women are a growing group of Canadian military veterans, but services are lagging

Women more likely to leave with medical releases, and experience steeper declines in income

Jessica Wiebe poses for a photo at Long Lake in Halifax on Friday, January 21, 2022. Halifax artist Jessica Wiebe served eight years in the Canadian Armed Forces as an artillery gunner, often the lone woman in a male-dominated environment. Now she draws on that experience, and her mental and physical struggles after leaving the military, to create her art.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Kelly Clark
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B.C. doctors ask employers to stop requiring sick notes amid pandemic staffing challenges

Doctors say the notes place unnecessary burden on already busy medical system

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The Penticton Community Centre fitness room was closed Dec. 22, 2021 and reopened Jan. 20, 2022. (City of Penticton)

Penticton Chamber asks government to prove why restrictions and capacity limits continue

Into the 3rd year of restrictions, businesses say they are at their breaking point

The Penticton Community Centre fitness room was closed Dec. 22, 2021 and reopened Jan. 20, 2022. (City of Penticton)
A border marker is shown just outside of Emerson, Man. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. A Florida man will appear before a judge in Minnesota on Monday to face human smuggling charges after three people and an infant, believed to be a family from India, were found dead Wednesday just metres from the Canada-U.S. border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods

Focus in U.S.-Canada border tragedy to shift Monday as accused appears in court

Steve Shand, 47, will appear by video before a Minnesota judge for a detention and preliminary hearing

A border marker is shown just outside of Emerson, Man. on Thursday, Jan. 20, 2022. A Florida man will appear before a judge in Minnesota on Monday to face human smuggling charges after three people and an infant, believed to be a family from India, were found dead Wednesday just metres from the Canada-U.S. border. THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods
A two vehicle crash had closed the West Bench bridge Sunday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)

Two vehicle crash closes Penticton bridge

Police and ambulance were on the scene at the bridge in West Bench

A two vehicle crash had closed the West Bench bridge Sunday afternoon. (Brennan Phillips Western News)