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Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)

Traffic pollution can impair brain function, say B.C. researchers

Groundbreaking UVic and UBC study finds even brief exposures have adverse effects on human brain

Functional magnetic resonance imaging (fMRI) shows decreased functional connectivity in the human brain after exposure to traffic pollution. (Courtesy UBC Faculty of Medicine)
Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)

Make ‘ultra-wealthy’ speeders pay bigger fines: B.C. official

District of Saanich councillor wants fines to work as a proper deterrant, no matter people’s means

Saanich councillor Teale Phelps Bondaroff is pushing to make higher-income earners pay more for traffic violations. (Black Press Media file photo)
A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)

Theft of dinosaur footprints in northeast B.C. lands Alberta man jail time, $15K fine

Bennward Ingram sentenced to 25 days in jail and $15,000 fine for role in vandalizing protected site

A northeast B.C. dinosaur footprint compared to a human foot. (District of Hudson’s Hope website)
WorkSafeBC issued a fine to Stephan Contracting Ltd. after a worker was seriously injured on a job site. (Image file)
WorkSafeBC issued a fine to Stephan Contracting Ltd. after a worker was seriously injured on a job site. (Image file)
Rainbow House or by the Kwak’wala word Gukwas sa Wagalus, and is the first of its kind in the country. Photo by Ali Roddam

Vancouver Island 2SLGBTQ+ youth housing project will be the first of its kind in Canada

Gukwas sa Wagalus or Rainbow House first of its kind in Canada

  • Jan 25, 2023
Rainbow House or by the Kwak’wala word Gukwas sa Wagalus, and is the first of its kind in the country. Photo by Ali Roddam
“Down” use drives up overdose rate in Terrace and area. (Black Press file photo)

Health authority urges drug testing following surge in overdoses

Substance known as “down” contains deadly fentanyl

“Down” use drives up overdose rate in Terrace and area. (Black Press file photo)
Ken Wylie is a survivor of a deadly avalanche in the Selkirk Mountains in 2003, as seen in this handout photo received Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. He is warning others to be cautious as the snowpack is now in similar conditions 20 years later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ken Wylie
Ken Wylie is a survivor of a deadly avalanche in the Selkirk Mountains in 2003, as seen in this handout photo received Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. He is warning others to be cautious as the snowpack is now in similar conditions 20 years later. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Ken Wylie
People of European descent may choose to falsely claim to be Indigenous for personal gain or a sense of absolution, but Métis legal expert Jean Teillet says it would take a psychiatrist to try to fully answer, “why?” Teillet, counsel for the Women of The Metis Nation, is seen speaking to reporters at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Friday, May 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Indigenous identity fraud ‘the ultimate step in colonialism,’ Métis lawyer says

Jean Teillet examined the harm caused by Indigenous identity fraud, suggested prevention measures

People of European descent may choose to falsely claim to be Indigenous for personal gain or a sense of absolution, but Métis legal expert Jean Teillet says it would take a psychiatrist to try to fully answer, “why?” Teillet, counsel for the Women of The Metis Nation, is seen speaking to reporters at the Supreme Court of Canada in Ottawa on Friday, May 24, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Trudeau, premiers to meet in February to move health care talks along

Meeting intended to solidify the steps needed to reach a deal

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, joined by Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Siegfried Hecker, from left, Daniel Holz, Sharon Squassoni, Mary Robinson and Elbegdorj Tsakhia with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, remove a cloth covering the Doomsday Clock before a virtual news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that it has moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)

‘Doomsday Clock’ moves closest ever to midnight due to Ukraine war

‘People and scientists are warning us and we have to wake up now’

Siegfried Hecker, from left, Daniel Holz, Sharon Squassoni, Mary Robinson and Elbegdorj Tsakhia with the Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists, remove a cloth covering the Doomsday Clock before a virtual news conference at the National Press Club in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023. The Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists announced that it has moved the minute hand of the Doomsday Clock to 90 seconds to midnight. (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky)
Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, left, looks on as Innocence Project attorney Susan Freidman speaks during Schweitzer’s court case Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Hilo, Hawaii. Attorneys for Schweitzer, imprisoned for more than 20 years after his conviction for the 1991 sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder of a white woman visiting the Big Island, ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss his conviction due to new evidence, including DNA testing in the case. (Marco Garcia/The Innocence Project via AP Images)

Hawaii man released from prison after 20 years amid new evidence in murder, rape case

Albert “Ian” Schweitzer was convicted in 2000 and sentenced to 130 years in prison

Albert “Ian” Schweitzer, left, looks on as Innocence Project attorney Susan Freidman speaks during Schweitzer’s court case Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, in Hilo, Hawaii. Attorneys for Schweitzer, imprisoned for more than 20 years after his conviction for the 1991 sexual assault, kidnapping, and murder of a white woman visiting the Big Island, ask a judge Tuesday to dismiss his conviction due to new evidence, including DNA testing in the case. (Marco Garcia/The Innocence Project via AP Images)
An aircraft is silhouetted against the moon in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada annually has declined by more than 80 per cent since 2019, even as aviation experts warn of an ever-growing labour shortage that threatens to disrupt Canada’s airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Probst

Number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada has collapsed since 2019

The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada has declined by…

An aircraft is silhouetted against the moon in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada annually has declined by more than 80 per cent since 2019, even as aviation experts warn of an ever-growing labour shortage that threatens to disrupt Canada’s airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Probst
FILE - A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

U.S. Justice Dept. sues Google over digital advertising dominance

The Justice Department and eight states filed an antitrust suit against Google…

FILE - A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - Kanye West, known as Ye, watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, on March 11, 2022. A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, that Ye, could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Australia could deny Ye entry over antisemitism: official

Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

FILE - Kanye West, known as Ye, watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, on March 11, 2022. A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, that Ye, could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
FILE - A nurse prepares a syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation station in Jackson, Miss., July 19, 2022. U.S. health officials are proposing a simplified approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, which would allow most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. The new system unveiled Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 would make COVID-19 inoculations more like the annual flu shot. Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

U.S. proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans

The FDA will ask its panel of outside vaccine experts to weigh in at a meeting Thursday

FILE - A nurse prepares a syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation station in Jackson, Miss., July 19, 2022. U.S. health officials are proposing a simplified approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, which would allow most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. The new system unveiled Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 would make COVID-19 inoculations more like the annual flu shot. Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)

PODCAST: SS Pacific shipwreck from the B.C. gold rush found off Washington State

TODAY IN B.C.: Steamer sank claiming over 300 lives with gold aboard

Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)
Vancouver police constable Nicole Chan died by suicide on Jan. 27, 2019. A coroner’s inquest into her death is seeking to determine the facts around what happened. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Chan)

Const. Nicole Chan had history with suicide prior to VPD hiring her, inquest hears

Applicants with suicidal history almost never hired, Vancouver police psychologist testifies

Vancouver police constable Nicole Chan died by suicide on Jan. 27, 2019. A coroner’s inquest into her death is seeking to determine the facts around what happened. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Chan)
Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)

Caribou herds being left undisturbed in the Shuswap and surrounding areas

Frisby-Boulder and other herds remain small in number but healthy

Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)
A Canadian passport sits on a suitcase in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Social Development Minister Karina Gould says Service Canada has “virtually eliminated” the backlog of thousands of passport applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Canadian passport sits on a suitcase in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Social Development Minister Karina Gould says Service Canada has “virtually eliminated” the backlog of thousands of passport applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton during the second day of meetings at Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Fiscal room tightening as economy teeters, associate finance minister says

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered an economic update to the cabinet Tuesday

Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton during the second day of meetings at Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn