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The Spirit of British Columbia. (File)

BC Ferries converts ‘Spirit of British Columbia’ to LNG

The vessel is back in operation following its refit in Poland, converted to operate on liquified natural gas

The Spirit of British Columbia. (File)
Dogs have no sweat glands and can withstand high temperatures for only a short time, says the SPCA. (Black Press File)

Don’t play the odds with your pets

BC SPCA asks people to leave pets at home, not in their cars

Dogs have no sweat glands and can withstand high temperatures for only a short time, says the SPCA. (Black Press File)
Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found

Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found

Delta Police investigation has deemed incident non-suspicious in nature

Elderly man who went missing from a BC Ferry still hasn’t been found
Skydiving is a dangerous sport, says the owner of Capital City Skydiving in North Saanich. Emergency training and practice can help avoid trouble, as in the case of a skydiver who cut away a malfunctioning chute on April 22. (Facebook)

B.C. skydiver lands safely after cutting away main chute

Greater Victoria emergency services called after witnesses saw spiralling chute

Skydiving is a dangerous sport, says the owner of Capital City Skydiving in North Saanich. Emergency training and practice can help avoid trouble, as in the case of a skydiver who cut away a malfunctioning chute on April 22. (Facebook)
2 crew members fall into water during BC Ferries safety drill

2 crew members fall into water during BC Ferries safety drill

One crew member is injured after rescue boat mechanism fails, causing it to fall from the ferry

2 crew members fall into water during BC Ferries safety drill
A BC SPCA worker washes one of 45 Havanese dogs that were taken from a Victoria-area property. The BC SPCA is recommending charges against the owner in order to seek a ban. (BC SPCA)

BC SPCA seeks cruelty charge after seizing 45 filthy dogs

Dogs found in Victoria-area home; matted with urine and feces

A BC SPCA worker washes one of 45 Havanese dogs that were taken from a Victoria-area property. The BC SPCA is recommending charges against the owner in order to seek a ban. (BC SPCA)
North Saanich councillors. They usually get along, but now they’re debating how long they talk at meetings and who talks the most. (File)

City council spends 36 minutes debating length of policy discussions

North Saanich councillors tinkered with how long they should debate an issue to limit meeting times

North Saanich councillors. They usually get along, but now they’re debating how long they talk at meetings and who talks the most. (File)
Peninsula Minor Hockey Atom coach Ron Cooke gives some tips to one of the young goalies during the 2014 Atom skills assessment day at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Steven Heywood/News Staff File)

Chinese youth hockey team touring Vancouver Island

Little Wolf Beijing Hockey to test skills against Island minor hockey players

Peninsula Minor Hockey Atom coach Ron Cooke gives some tips to one of the young goalies during the 2014 Atom skills assessment day at Panorama Recreation Centre. (Steven Heywood/News Staff File)
Sand spit-dune habitat on James Island’s north spit – critical habitat for several endangered species. (Photo courtesy the Nature Conservancy of Canada)

B.C. First Nation sues for the return of $54 million private island

Civil claim alleges province, feds failed to live up to terms of an 1852 treaty

Sand spit-dune habitat on James Island’s north spit – critical habitat for several endangered species. (Photo courtesy the Nature Conservancy of Canada)
Police are looking for the owner of this urn. (Sidney North Saanich RCMP)

Police seek information on lost urn found on Vancouver Island beach

Police say the urn weighs 25 pounds and was possibly tossed into the sea

Police are looking for the owner of this urn. (Sidney North Saanich RCMP)
The Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich made full face protection mandatory this season. BC Hockey is now extending that level of face coverage to all of the Junior B hockey teams in the province. (Gordon Lee Photography)

BC Hockey makes full face protection mandatory at the Junior B level

Changes in effect next season, Peninsula Panthers on Vancouver Island the first to adopt policy

The Peninsula Panthers in North Saanich made full face protection mandatory this season. BC Hockey is now extending that level of face coverage to all of the Junior B hockey teams in the province. (Gordon Lee Photography)
The Panthers mandated that all of their players wear full face protection this season, making them the first Junior B team in B.C. to do so. (Steven Heywood/News staff)

BC Hockey makes full face protection mandatory at the Junior B level

Changes in effect across B.C. next season

The Panthers mandated that all of their players wear full face protection this season, making them the first Junior B team in B.C. to do so. (Steven Heywood/News staff)
Pedestrian injured in crosswalk collision                                Emergency personnel tend to a man who was struck by a car in a downtown Sidney crosswalk Tuesday afternoon. The man was treated for minor injuries. Please turn to page 5 for more.                                (Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Photo)

Pedestrian hit moments after receiving safety reflector from police

The Vancouver Island man was treated for minor injuries by police at the scene

Pedestrian injured in crosswalk collision                                Emergency personnel tend to a man who was struck by a car in a downtown Sidney crosswalk Tuesday afternoon. The man was treated for minor injuries. Please turn to page 5 for more.                                (Sidney/North Saanich RCMP Photo)
(Wikimedia Commons/Kam Abbott)

Major changes coming to BC Ferries

Passengers no longer allowed to remain on lower vehicle deck and complete smoking ban coming in 2018.

(Wikimedia Commons/Kam Abbott)
Major changes coming to BC Ferries

Major changes coming to BC Ferries

Passengers no longer allowed to remain on lower vehicle deck and complete smoking ban in 2018.

Major changes coming to BC Ferries
Vessels with BC Ferries could become smoke free in 2017.

BC Ferries passengers to be banned from lower decks; smoking could be thing of the past

Formal announcement on BC Ferries policy changes expected in the new year.

Vessels with BC Ferries could become smoke free in 2017.