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Island adventure store manager explains AR-15 costs

Proposed prices for the federal government’s AR-15 buyback program are now released, but an island adventure shop says the proposed price might not be enough. According to Public Safety Canada, the proposed buyback price for an AR-15 is $1,337. While AR-15 rifles can start at around $1,000, Courtenay Gone Fishin’ manager...

BCSPCA struggling with slow adoption rates

The BCSPCA is facing lower-than-average adoption rates, and the organization is struggling to find space for animals coming into its care. "We have been having a really busy summer and we have a lot of really lovely, adoptable animals ready for adoption," said Christy King, East Kootenay SPCA branch manager....

High fire risk warning from the Coastal Fire Centre

With most of the coast now at a high fire risk and with a busy long weekend ahead, the Coastal Fire Centre is asking campers and recreators to be extra cautious with campfires. Fire information officer Julia Caranci says the recent switch in weather is having a large impact on...

Hockey Canada says it used money from reserve fund to pay for nine settlements totaling $7.6 million

More revelations in the Hockey Canada hearing. The national governing body for the sport in Canada says they paid out nine settlements from its National Equity Fund, totaling $7.6 million, since 1989. A large portion of the funds was related to Graham James, a former Canadian junior ice hockey coach who...

Woman bitten by bear on Powell River trail

Editor's note: This story was updated at 5:57 p.m. Wednesday with new information, including bear's outcome and status of the victim. A woman is recovering at home after being bitten by a black bear on a local trail. Powell River RCMP say the woman, walking her dog Wednesday morning, did everything...

Province introducing new support program for Indigenous children and families

Indigenous families with children aged three to 12 will be able to access free virtual, culturally grounded support. The program was developed with the guidance of various indigenous groups with the goal of offering a parent and caregiver coaching program. “We want Indigenous families to have access to the mental health...
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