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The ‘Every child matters’ barricade painted at the entrance to the ‘Orange Bridge’ (Riverbend Bridge) was vandalized sometime in the evening of Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (SUSAN QUINN/ Alberni Valley News)

Vandals paint racial slur on Port Alberni’s ‘Orange Bridge’ hours after reconciliation walk

Tseshaht First Nation denounces act, says there is ‘zero tolerance’ for racism in community

A person walks their dog past the storefront of a Spirit Halloween on Avenue Road, in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. After two years of COVID-19 restrictions curbing Halloween festivities, some Canadians may be willing to open their wallets wide for a trendy costume or candy for trick-or-treaters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Lupul

‘Huge demand’: Supply issues could haunt Halloween amid trick-or-treating rebound

Canadians expected to pounce on the holiday after a couple years of subdued celebrations

A person walks their dog past the storefront of a Spirit Halloween on Avenue Road, in Toronto, Wednesday, Sept. 21, 2022. After two years of COVID-19 restrictions curbing Halloween festivities, some Canadians may be willing to open their wallets wide for a trendy costume or candy for trick-or-treaters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Alex Lupul
Riley Christie took this impressive photo in Penticton of the newly launched Starlink satellites crossing Okanagan night skies. (Facebook)

Long trail of satellites dazzle night sky over the Okanagan

SpaceX’s Elon Musk end goal is to launch 40,000 satellites into space

Riley Christie took this impressive photo in Penticton of the newly launched Starlink satellites crossing Okanagan night skies. (Facebook)
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The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix on effigies being hung by the neck during an anti-vaccine event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)

B.C. doctor alleged to be part of anti-vax effigy hanging facing possible discipline

Regulatory college investigating conduct of Dr. Daniel Yoshio Nagase

The faces of Premier John Horgan and Health Minister Adrian Dix on effigies being hung by the neck during an anti-vaccine event at the B.C. legislature on Dec. 9, 2021. (Photo courtesy of Facebook/Anne O’Neil)
Mattresses lie on the floor in a holding cell at the basement of a police station which was used by Russian forces in the recently liberated town of Izium, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Based on accounts of survivors and police, Associated Press journalists located 10 torture sites in the town and gained access to five of them including the police station. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)

VIDEO: 10 torture sites in 1 town: Russia sowed pain, fear in Izium

Russians occupied the Ukrainian city for 7 months, where they are believed to have tortured dozens

Mattresses lie on the floor in a holding cell at the basement of a police station which was used by Russian forces in the recently liberated town of Izium, Ukraine, Thursday, Sept. 22, 2022. Based on accounts of survivors and police, Associated Press journalists located 10 torture sites in the town and gained access to five of them including the police station. (AP Photo/Evgeniy Maloletka)
Latvians cast their ballots at a polling station during general elections, in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polling stations opened Saturday in Latvia for a general election influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine, disintegration among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority and the economy, particularly high energy prices. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)

Latvian premier’s center-right party wins national election

Party captured just 19 per cent of the vote, but still came out above others

Latvians cast their ballots at a polling station during general elections, in Riga, Latvia, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Polling stations opened Saturday in Latvia for a general election influenced by neighboring Russia’s attack on Ukraine, disintegration among the Baltic country’s sizable ethnic-Russian minority and the economy, particularly high energy prices. (AP Photo/Roman Koksarov)
Soccer fans carry an injured man following clashes during a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Clashes between supporters of two Indonesian soccer teams in East Java province killed over 100 fans and a number of police officers, mostly trampled to death, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Yudha Prabowo)

125 die as tear gas triggers crush at Indonesia soccer match

Police used tear gas after violence broke out at the stadium

Soccer fans carry an injured man following clashes during a soccer match at Kanjuruhan Stadium in Malang, East Java, Indonesia, Saturday, Oct. 1, 2022. Clashes between supporters of two Indonesian soccer teams in East Java province killed over 100 fans and a number of police officers, mostly trampled to death, police said Sunday. (AP Photo/Yudha Prabowo)
Kashish Hukku Jani is seen in Vancouver, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Jani, 22, a fourth-year communication design student at Emily Carr University, said skyrocketing living costs make it hard to focus on her studies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Inflation hits international students hard, with some turning to food banks

One Vancouver food bank said three-quarters of the students it aids were from overseas

Kashish Hukku Jani is seen in Vancouver, on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. Jani, 22, a fourth-year communication design student at Emily Carr University, said skyrocketing living costs make it hard to focus on her studies. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has officially stepped down as leader of the UCP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney has officially stepped down as leader of the UCP. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Ashton Pede went to the Vernon hospital Friday night, Sept. 30, after allegedly being attacked by a bus driver during a B.C. Hockey League game. (Contributed)

BCHL team bus driver allegedly attacks fan outside Salmon Arm arena

Ashton Pede was assessed at the Vernon hospital after the alleged incident Sept. 30

Ashton Pede went to the Vernon hospital Friday night, Sept. 30, after allegedly being attacked by a bus driver during a B.C. Hockey League game. (Contributed)
A look back at the Heather Lake wildfire on Sept. 6, 2022. Looking south from a helicopter in E.C. Manning Park. (Photo- BC Wildfire Service)

Planned ignitions to bring heavy smoke along Highway 3: BC Wildfire Service

If conditions are favourable, ignitions will take place between 1 p.m. and 4 p.m., Oct. 1

A look back at the Heather Lake wildfire on Sept. 6, 2022. Looking south from a helicopter in E.C. Manning Park. (Photo- BC Wildfire Service)
A 35-year-old woman has died as the result of a motorcycle crash in the North Okanagan, which took place Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Woman dies in motorcycle crash in the North Okanagan

The crash near Grindrod on Highway 97A took place Friday evening

A 35-year-old woman has died as the result of a motorcycle crash in the North Okanagan, which took place Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Splatsin Elder and residential school survivor Ethel Thomas (second from left) spoke and gave a prayer to the congregation at the Splatsin Community Centre. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

Hundreds march in Enderby to mark National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

The names of Splatsin survivors of residential schools were read aloud at the end of the march

Splatsin Elder and residential school survivor Ethel Thomas (second from left) spoke and gave a prayer to the congregation at the Splatsin Community Centre. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
Police are searching for missing teen Leah Gabriella Pahlke, who was last seen in Vernon on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (Submitted photo)

Police search for missing teen last seen in the North Okanagan

Anyone with information on the whereabouts of Leah Pahlke is urged to contact their local RCMP

Police are searching for missing teen Leah Gabriella Pahlke, who was last seen in Vernon on Monday, Sept. 26, 2022. (Submitted photo)
Water streams past buildings on the oceanfront after Hurricane Ian passed by the area, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Sanibel Island, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)

Dozens dead from Ian, one of strongest, costliest US storms

At least 30 people were confirmed dead, including 27 in Florida

Water streams past buildings on the oceanfront after Hurricane Ian passed by the area, Friday, Sept. 30, 2022, in Sanibel Island, Fla. (AP Photo/Steve Helber)
People take part in ceremonies for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Provinces, territories face calls to make Day for Truth and Reconciliation a holiday

First Nations Leadership Council deeply concerned B.C. had not made Sept. 30 a statutory holiday.

People take part in ceremonies for the National Day of Truth and Reconciliation in Ottawa on Friday, Sept. 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A woman walks through Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 16, 2020. As of Saturday, October 1, 2022, travellers to Canada will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 — and wearing a mask on planes and trains is no longer mandatory, though it is still recommended. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Canada has now ended its COVID-19 travel restrictions, mask mandates

Health Minister Jean-Yves Duclos warned restrictions could be back again if needed

A woman walks through Pearson International Airport in Toronto on March 16, 2020. As of Saturday, October 1, 2022, travellers to Canada will no longer be required to show proof of vaccination against COVID-19 — and wearing a mask on planes and trains is no longer mandatory, though it is still recommended. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette