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Ads run by a Florida man called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden to “free your hostages” and reopen the land border between the countries. (John Adams/YouTube)

Watchdog censures ad that compared Canadians to hostages over border closure

Ads bought by Florida man with property on Vancouver Island prompted viewer complaints

Ads run by a Florida man called on Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and U.S. President Joe Biden to “free your hostages” and reopen the land border between the countries. (John Adams/YouTube)
Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)

Record-setting 529 organ transplants performed in B.C. last year

2021 also saw a record 150 deceased organ donors and 75 living kidney donors

Organ donation form from BC Transplant. (BC Transplant)
The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.

BC SPCA accepting submissions for 2023 Calendar Contest

The BC SPCA is accepting submissions for its 2023 animal calendar. Entering…

The BC SPCA 2023 Calendar Contest is open for submissions.
Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)

10-cent recycling deposit added for milk and plant-based beverage containers

Deposits can be redeemed by returning containers to Return-It collection centres

Recycle BC is bringing in a deposit system for milk and milk-alternative containers. (Recycle BC art)
Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil collected his 10th ATP Challenger Tennis Tour title Monday, Jan. 31, in Quimper, France. (camerawork usa photo)

Okanagan tennis player collects pro victory in France

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil wins 10th title on ATP Challenger Tour circuit, and first since 2019

Vernon’s Vasek Pospisil collected his 10th ATP Challenger Tennis Tour title Monday, Jan. 31, in Quimper, France. (camerawork usa photo)
Lake Country’s Mary-Anne Arsenault (from left), Kelowna’s Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons and fifth player Morgan Muise are off to an 0-2 start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championships in Thunder Bay. (Curl BC photo)

B.C. champs looking for first win at Scotties

Kelowna Curling Club’s Mary-Anne Arsenault rink is off to 0-2 start, suffering pair of one-point defeats

Lake Country’s Mary-Anne Arsenault (from left), Kelowna’s Jeanna Schraeder, Sasha Carter, Renee Simons and fifth player Morgan Muise are off to an 0-2 start at the Scotties Tournament of Hearts Canadian women’s curling championships in Thunder Bay. (Curl BC photo)
The Trans Canada Highway west of Revelstoke will be closed at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, for avalanche control activity. No detour will be available. (DriveBC)

Avalanche control to close Highway 1 near Revelstoke

Control activity on the Trans Canada west of Revelstoke to start at 1 p.m. Sunday; no detour available

The Trans Canada Highway west of Revelstoke will be closed at 1 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 30, for avalanche control activity. No detour will be available. (DriveBC)
A large memorial board similar to the boards that were stolen. (RCMP)

Valuable bronze memorial plates stolen from Kelowna cemetery

RCMP is investigating the theft that occured on Dry Valley Road

A large memorial board similar to the boards that were stolen. (RCMP)
Highway 99 was closed after a fiery collision that sent two people to hospital in serious condition. (Submitted photo)

UPDATE: Sea to Sky Highway reopened after fiery crash

Two people were sent to hospital in serious condition

Highway 99 was closed after a fiery collision that sent two people to hospital in serious condition. (Submitted photo)
Xwisten Experience Tours in Lillooet is one of the many Indigenous experiences in B.C. (Photo courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC.)

B.C. announces $3.7M to help Indigenous tourism recover to pre-pandemic levels

Indigenous tourism was one of the fastest-growing sectors in the industry prior to COVID

Xwisten Experience Tours in Lillooet is one of the many Indigenous experiences in B.C. (Photo courtesy Indigenous Tourism BC.)
Radio jammers are now classified as equipment related to trafficking by the Civil Forfeiture Office. (Creative Commons)

B.C. targets radio jammers, GPS trackers as drug-trafficking tools

Changes to the civil forfeiture program take aim at tools used by criminals

Radio jammers are now classified as equipment related to trafficking by the Civil Forfeiture Office. (Creative Commons)
A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)

UPDATE: One man killed in Trans-Canada Highway multi-vehicle collision in Shuswap

Highway 1 remains closed between Salmon Arm and Sicamous; detours available

A multi-vehicle collision involving trucks and cars killed one person and closed the Trans-Canada Highway between Salmon Arm and Sicamous Saturday, Jan. 8. The road remains closed in both directions Sunday. (@desiprotruckerpb09 photo)
Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)

Favourite Black Press Media stories of 2021, chosen by our journalists

Our editorial staff share their favourite stories from the year across our 80 local publications

Surrey-raised pro wrestler John “Earthquake” Tenta made a name for himself on the WWF circuit (now WWE) in the early 1990s. (contributed photo)
Ruth Hamilton with her famous Golden meteor. The rock is currently on loan to Western University for imaging and scans. (Ruth Hamilton photo)

Black Press Media’s Top 25 most-read stories of 2021

Revisit some of our most popular stories of 2021

Ruth Hamilton with her famous Golden meteor. The rock is currently on loan to Western University for imaging and scans. (Ruth Hamilton photo)
Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)

A look at mushrooms and their link to several holiday traditions

Anthropology instructor says ancient cultural traditions can be found in unexpected places

Amanita muscaria mushrooms are linked closely with many holiday traditions, says an anthropology instructor at Camosun College. (Pixabay)
B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)

Winter storm leaves thousands in B.C. without power

Outages can be reported to B.C. Hydro at 1-800-BCHYDRO (1-800-224-9376)

B.C. Hydro outage map, Dec. 18, 2021. (B.C. Hydro)
(Black Press file photo)

WestJet ‘strongly opposes’ travel advisory

The airline says the government should publicly share travel-related COVID-19 data

(Black Press file photo)
(THE NEWS – files)

High winds and heavy snow forecast for much of southern B.C.

Environment Canada issued warnings, watches and advisories for several regions

(THE NEWS – files)
Eye witness video posted to social media shows a funnel cloud forming near Vancouver’s North Shore. (@lil.IVN/Twitter)

VIDEO: Tornado warning issued for Vancouver’s North Shore

Environment Canada said the situation is “dangerous and potentially life-threatening”

Eye witness video posted to social media shows a funnel cloud forming near Vancouver’s North Shore. (@lil.IVN/Twitter)
A smaller jumping spider displays the freeze and retreat response when faced with a deceased predator. (Daniela Roessler/Twitter)

It’s not just you, study finds even some spiders have arachnophobia

Jumping spiders displayed fear behaviours when confronted with specimens of larger spiders

A smaller jumping spider displays the freeze and retreat response when faced with a deceased predator. (Daniela Roessler/Twitter)