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Engaged couple Rob Sensel, left, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Kathryn Bell Lewis, of Richmond, B.C., spend time together separated by a ditch along the Canada-U.S. border, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The closure of the Canada-U.S. border to non-essential travel has been extended another month, the U.S. announced Sept. 20. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

White House announces another extension of U.S. border closure with Canada

Closure will be extended until Oct. 21, non-essential travel has been restricted since March of 2020

Engaged couple Rob Sensel, left, of Mount Vernon, Wash., and Kathryn Bell Lewis, of Richmond, B.C., spend time together separated by a ditch along the Canada-U.S. border, in Abbotsford, B.C., on Sunday, May 10, 2020. The closure of the Canada-U.S. border to non-essential travel has been extended another month, the U.S. announced Sept. 20. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Home destroyed by the White Rock Lake fire. (Todd McMurray)
Home destroyed by the White Rock Lake fire. (Todd McMurray)
An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Party leaders cast their ballots in federal election

Elections Canada has warned it could take up to four days to finish counting

An Elections Canada voter information card is shown on Tuesday, Aug 31, 2021. Canadians are at the polls for the federal election today, September 20, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Voters shared with Black Press Media what their pandemic voting experience was like. (Elections Canada)

VIDEO: Voters on their pandemic election day experience

Here’s what some voters had to say about voting during a pandemic

Voters shared with Black Press Media what their pandemic voting experience was like. (Elections Canada)
Summerland bylaw officers Darren Krell, left, and Dan Maja, right, were honoured on Friday after assisting Al Klar, at centre. On June 21, Klar had a heart attack. Krell and Maja were at his business at the time and were able to provide assistance until paramedics arrived. (Contributed)

Quick action by Summerland bylaw officers save man’s life

Officers were at business when founder had a heart attack

Summerland bylaw officers Darren Krell, left, and Dan Maja, right, were honoured on Friday after assisting Al Klar, at centre. On June 21, Klar had a heart attack. Krell and Maja were at his business at the time and were able to provide assistance until paramedics arrived. (Contributed)
Firefighters ignite back-burn on the Deka Lake wildfire near 100 Mile House, July 5, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service)

B.C.’s 2021 wildfire season winds down, third biggest in area burned

Premier commits to more fire prevention starting next spring

Firefighters ignite back-burn on the Deka Lake wildfire near 100 Mile House, July 5, 2021. (B.C. Wildfire Service)
Members of Chantel Moore’s family gathered on the steps of the B.C. legislature on June 4. It was the first anniversary of the 26-year-old mother being fatally shot by a police officer in New Brunswick during what was supposed to be a wellness check. (Black Press Media news staff)

Family of fatally shot B.C. woman denounce liquid poured on police chief at memorial

Victoria event was to honour police shooting victim Chantel Moore, call for changes to policing

Members of Chantel Moore’s family gathered on the steps of the B.C. legislature on June 4. It was the first anniversary of the 26-year-old mother being fatally shot by a police officer in New Brunswick during what was supposed to be a wellness check. (Black Press Media news staff)
Col. Chris Hadfield, decorated Canadian astronaut, made a surprise stop at Falkland School Sept. 17, 2021, on his way to pick up his new puppy, Henry, from the community. (Falkland School)

VIDEO: Astronaut Chris Hadfield surprises rural North Okanagan students with visit

Decorated Canadian speaks to students in Falkland about space travels

Col. Chris Hadfield, decorated Canadian astronaut, made a surprise stop at Falkland School Sept. 17, 2021, on his way to pick up his new puppy, Henry, from the community. (Falkland School)
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, Friday, September 10, 2021 in Chambly, Que. Canadians will vote in a federal election Sept. 20th. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Biden easing U.S. foreign travel restrictions, requiring vaccines

Changes expected to come in to effect in early November

The Canadian border is pictured at the Peace Arch Canada/USA border crossing in Surrey, B.C. Friday, March 20, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward
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I got a ‘mild’ breakthrough case. Here’s what I wish I’d known

Writer shares his personal post-vaccine COVID-19 experience and what he learned

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Jan Paleta has been missing since Sept. 17. (Lake Country RCMP)

RCMP asking for assistance in locating missing Lake Country man

58-year-old Jan Paleta was last seen on or around Sept. 15 in Lake Country

Jan Paleta has been missing since Sept. 17. (Lake Country RCMP)
In this file photo, a nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)

Trials show Pfizer COVID shot safely bolsters antibodies in younger kids

Antibody levels comparable to those seen in a trial of 16-to-25-year-olds

In this file photo, a nurse holds a phial of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine at Guy’s Hospital in London, Tuesday, Dec. 8, 2020. (AP Photo/Frank Augstein, Pool)
Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Alberta’s COVID-19 vaccine passport system begins today

Venues can operate without capacity limits if they require proof of vaccination, negative test

Alberta Premier Jason Kenney takes questions after announcing new COVID-19 measures for Alberta in Calgary, Wednesday, Sept. 15, 2021.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul

200 Afghans, including female students and dancers, make daring overland escape

Taliban decreed male high-school students should return to the classroom, but not girls

Taliban fighters stand guard at a checkpoint in the Wazir Akbar Khan neighborhood in the city of Kabul, Afghanistan, Aug. 22, 2021. Dozens of female Afghan students have escaped the Taliban and are heading to Saskatoon after a daring land journey lasting weeks. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP-Rahmat Gul
British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

B.C. health authority issues alarm over nurse shortage in Fort St. John

‘Exhausted, overworked, and facing brutal criticism from the public’

British Columbia's provincial flag flies on a flag pole in Ottawa, Friday July 3, 2020. A British Columbia health authority says it is facing a severe nursing shortage in a northern city as staff face criticism from COVID-19 protesters. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
(Left to right) Dan Albas (Conservative), Joan Phillip (NDP) and Sarah Eves (Liberal) are eyeing a seat in Ottawa this fall for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. (Contributed)

Meet the candidates: Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola

Three candidates are vying for a seat in Ottawa this fall

(Left to right) Dan Albas (Conservative), Joan Phillip (NDP) and Sarah Eves (Liberal) are eyeing a seat in Ottawa this fall for Central Okanagan-Similkameen-Nicola. (Contributed)
While the Salmon Arm Marina in Shuswap Lake’s Salmon Arm Bay is deep enough to accommodate boats in September when the water level can be low, the channel outside the entrance to the marina is more shallow and, in 2021, reports were that it was not accessible to many boats beyond Aug.31. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)

Boaters want Shuswap Lake channel dredged but obstacles deter city

Salmon Arm mayor, staff say cost, government requirements, short life of remedy prohibitive

While the Salmon Arm Marina in Shuswap Lake’s Salmon Arm Bay is deep enough to accommodate boats in September when the water level can be low, the channel outside the entrance to the marina is more shallow and, in 2021, reports were that it was not accessible to many boats beyond Aug.31. (Martha Wickett - Salmon Arm Observer)
A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz

VIDEO: Are you voting in today’s federal election?

There are 30 million eligible voters in Canada, 6.8 million of whom voted early

A voter casts their ballot in the advance polls, in Chambly, Que., Friday, Sept. 10, 2021. Canada’s first-ever pandemic election culminates today as Canadians from coast-to-coast go to the polls to choose the 338 MPs to sit in the House of Commons. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Ryan Remiorz
From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O'Toole (Conservative). 
From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)
From top left: Justin Trudeau (Liberal), Jagmeet Singh (NDP), Erin O'Toole (Conservative). 
From bottom left: Yves-Francois Blanchet (Bloc Quebecois), Maxime Bernier (PPC), Annamie Paul (Green). (Canadian Press photos)