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In this photo provided by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-19 positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center during response operations in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 2021. Roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were getting ready for their first day of school when Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care. Kootenai Health has had to move some patients into a conference room and get help from the military to deal with the flood of coronavirus patients. (Michael H. Lehman/DVIDS U.S. Navy/via AP)

School outbreaks could buckle hospitals in COVID-slammed Idaho

Border state’s vaccination rates among lowest in the U.S., cases grew by 44% in past two weeks

In this photo provided by the Defense Visual Information Distribution Service, U.S. Army Capt. Corrine Brown, a critical care nurse, administers an anti-viral medication to a COVID-19 positive patient at Kootenai Health regional medical center during response operations in Coeur d’Alene, Idaho, on Sept. 6, 2021. Roughly 11,000 kids in Coeur d’Alene were getting ready for their first day of school when Idaho public health officials announced this week that northern hospitals were so crowded with coronavirus patients that they would be allowed to ration health care. Kootenai Health has had to move some patients into a conference room and get help from the military to deal with the flood of coronavirus patients. (Michael H. Lehman/DVIDS U.S. Navy/via AP)
An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)

Off-duty Revelstoke Mountie and son, 11, rescue capsized canoers

The two men tipped their canoe in Griffin Lake over the weekend

An off-duty Revelstoke RCMP officer and his 11-year-old son saved capsized canoers Sept. 6. (Pixabay photo)
A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Report: intensive care COVID treatment costs more than 5 times heart attack treatment

Canadian COVID patients in the ICU stay for a long time and require a lot of treatment

A nurse attends to a patient in the COVID-19 Intensive Care Unit at Surrey Memorial Hospital in Surrey, B.C., Friday, June 4, 2021. The average cost of treating a COVID-19 patient who needs intensive care in Canada is estimated at over $50,000 compared with $8,400 for someone who’s had a heart attack, a new report says. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)

Patient’s death in Kamloops ER sitting area came amid marathon wait for treatment

Another ER patient claims nurse informed those waiting there was a severe staff shortage

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Royal Inland Hospital is in downtown Kamloops, at Columbia Street and Third Avenue. (Dave Eagles/Kamloops This Week)
Nanaimo RCMP Const. Denise Laforest, whose roadside CPR saved a baby’s life last week on northern Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)

Off-duty Mountie’s CPR saves baby’s life on the side of the highway on Vancouver Island

Emergency happened on a stretch of the north Island where there was no cellular service

Nanaimo RCMP Const. Denise Laforest, whose roadside CPR saved a baby’s life last week on northern Vancouver Island. (Photo submitted)
A.J. Elliott Elementary School in Sointula. (SD85.bc.ca photo)

Parents nearly empty small B.C. school of kids over teacher’s mask exemption

Majority of students are not attending class in Sointula, off northern Vancouver Island

A.J. Elliott Elementary School in Sointula. (SD85.bc.ca photo)
The B.C. Highway Patrol division of the RCMP will be on the lookout for distracted drivers this month, as enforcement ramps up. (Black Press Media file photo)

Distracted driving enforcement getting full police attention on B.C. highways

RCMP partners with ICBC, Road Safety BC on September distracted driving, seat belt campaign

The B.C. Highway Patrol division of the RCMP will be on the lookout for distracted drivers this month, as enforcement ramps up. (Black Press Media file photo)
Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)

Future teachers fork out Canada’s lowest tuitions, future dentists pay a mouthful

Drilling down into this year’s numbers shows a wide range in Canadian university fees

Domestic students pursuing a degree in dentistry in Canada, including at the University of Victoria, pay on average the highest undergraduate tuition fees, while future teachers pay the lowest. (Black Press Media File)
A view of the set for the French language federal election leaders’ debate is shown at the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, Sept.6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Radio-Canada/Ivanoh Demers

Leaders gear up for English-language debate tonight after French joust

Health transfers, child-care funding, climate and the COVID-19 take centre stage in first debate

A view of the set for the French language federal election leaders’ debate is shown at the Museum of Canadian History in Gatineau, Que. on Monday, Sept.6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Radio-Canada/Ivanoh Demers
Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

B.C.’s COVID-19 vaccine card system good first step, medical group says

Doctors of B.C. presidents says passport system highlights how vaccinations are reducing infections

Surrey firefighter Justin Sayson administers a first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to a man at a walk-up vaccination clinic at Bear Creek Park, in Surrey, B.C., on May 17, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A house is displayed for sale in a new housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Urban-area B.C. mayors want next Parliament to focus on housing

The B.C. Urban Mayors’ Caucus wants the feds to keep urban issues in mind

A house is displayed for sale in a new housing development in Ottawa on Tuesday, July 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)

Staffing shortages have businesses in B.C. tourist mecca struggling to stay open

As visitors flood back into Tofino, business owners struggle to find people to serve them

Visitors have poured back on to the beaches of the Tofino area, but an inability to attract and keep staff is preventing local businesses from being able to take full advantage. (John McKinley file)
FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)

WHO chief urges halt to booster shots for rest of the year

World Health Organization Director-General says world’s poor should not be satisfied with leftovers

FILE - In this Thursday, Sept. 2, 2021 file photo, a health worker prepares Pfizer vaccines during the national COVID-19 vaccination campaign in Pamplona, northern Spain. In a statement Monday Sept. 6, 2021, the European Medicines Agency says it has started an expedited evaluation on whether to recommend a booster dose of the coronavirus vaccine made by Pfizer-BioNTech. (AP Photo/Alvaro Barrientos, File)
Quesnel Coun. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, vice-president and Vanderhoof Coun. Brian Frenkel, president, prepare for virtual session of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Vancouver, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM photo)

B.C. municipal leaders back more local say in future of logging

Old growth ban makes no sense in Interior, convention told

Quesnel Coun. Laurey-Anne Roodenburg, vice-president and Vanderhoof Coun. Brian Frenkel, president, prepare for virtual session of the Union of B.C. Municipalities in Vancouver, Sept. 14, 2021. (UBCM photo)
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. reports 677 new cases, 1 death due to COVID-19

There are 288 people in hospital, nearly half of whom are in ICU

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Northern Health and the Ministry of Health are collaborating on programs to attract and retain health care professionals in northern BC. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)

B.C. offers cash, housing help to tempt health care workers into moving north

The province announced $6.38 million in funding to keep health care workers in the north

Northern Health and the Ministry of Health are collaborating on programs to attract and retain health care professionals in northern BC. (Photo: K-J Millar/The Northern View)
FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Newborn with COVID sent home from ICU, 2nd child remains in critical care: Dix

Two children under the age of 10 have died of COVID-19 since the pandemic began

FILE – British Columbia Health Minister Adrian Dix responds to questions during a news conference regarding the novel coronavirus COVID-19, in Vancouver, on Saturday, March 14, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

B.C. COVID-19 vaccine card could help loosen some pandemic restrictions: Henry

Limits on gatherings being revised to allow for exemptions where proof of vaccination is required

A person receives a COVID-19 vaccine at a vaccination clinic run by Vancouver Coastal Health, in Richmond, B.C., Saturday, April 10, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

B.C. to offer 3rd COVID-19 vaccine doses to severely immunocompromised people

Dr. Henry says part of this group likely did not mount a full immune response to first two doses

A vial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine is shown at a UHN COVID-19 vaccine clinic in Toronto on Jan. 7, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. The B.C. vaccine card comes into effect Monday, barring access to ticketed indoor events, gyms and restaurants to people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)

Controversial anti-vaccine card protest draws smaller numbers to Vancouver streets

Protest moved from Vancouver General Hospital after public backlash

A small group of anti-vaccine card protesters gathered outside Vancouver City Hall on Monday, Sept. 13, 2021. The B.C. vaccine card comes into effect Monday, barring access to ticketed indoor events, gyms and restaurants to people without at least one dose of a COVID-19 vaccine dose. (Cole Schisler/Black Press Media)