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Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh

Prairie farmers pray for rain as drought, grasshoppers ravage crops and pastures

Scorching temperatures have left crops in poor condition across wide swaths of Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba

Farm hand Connor Hunt bales a hay crop near Cremona, Alta., Monday, July 17, 2017. Farmers are calling for emergency relief as drought ravages crops across the Prairie provinces. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)

Extreme heat waves are putting lakes and rivers in hot water this summer

Many people may perceive lakes and rivers to be refuges from unprecedented heat, but freshwater systems are no less sensitive

  • Jul 16, 2021
Temperatures soared into the 40s this summer as the province of B.C., Canada baked in a ‘heat dome.’ (Caitlin Clow/Vernon Morning Star)
RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)

Surrey RCMP investigating anti-Muslim graffiti incidents

Police say reports of the hate-motivated graffiti have been coming in since July 5

RCMP. (Phil McLachlan/Capital News)
(Vancouver Police Department)

Stun grenade deployed in Vancouver takedown of suspect allegedly seen holding rifle

Const. Tania Visintin said the man arrested wasn’t an active shooter

(Vancouver Police Department)
A decommissioned Royal Canadian Navy diving support ship sat derelict in Bridgewater, N.S. in 2019. ANDREW VAUGHAN /THE CANADIAN PRESS

Feds doling out $1.5M for removal of 18 derelict boats from B.C., Atlantic coasts

18 abandoned vessels will be pulled out from Bamfield, Barkley Sound and Nootka Sound waters

A decommissioned Royal Canadian Navy diving support ship sat derelict in Bridgewater, N.S. in 2019. ANDREW VAUGHAN /THE CANADIAN PRESS
Surrey Parks’ stewardship programs co-ordinator, Trevor Kavanagh, talks about tree watering bags in a video posted to the city’s website (surrey.ca).

Surrey’s thirsty street trees could use help of residents to survive hot summer

Tree watering bags and buckets with holes pre-drilled help hydrate them

Surrey Parks’ stewardship programs co-ordinator, Trevor Kavanagh, talks about tree watering bags in a video posted to the city’s website (surrey.ca).
Large ‘Caution – Geese Crossing’ signs that were recently posted near Southmere Village Park were not authorized nor installed by the City of Surrey, and are to be removed soon. (Nick Greenizan photo)

Signs warning of South Surrey goose-crossing hazard unauthorized, will be removed: city

Residents say growing population of birds is creating traffic chaos on 16 Avenue

Large ‘Caution – Geese Crossing’ signs that were recently posted near Southmere Village Park were not authorized nor installed by the City of Surrey, and are to be removed soon. (Nick Greenizan photo)
Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue)

Wildfire season strikes a month early in B.C. with 1,100 blazes to date

Dry conditions will see new fires spark across the province into fall, says B.C. Wildfire Services

Flames attack the hillside in Bonney Lake. (East Pierce Fire & Rescue)
Bradley Furman, 30, broke into tears as BC Supreme Court Justice Clarke Burnett sentenced him to a total of 38 months in prison on Tuesday, Feb. 11. (File Photo)
Bradley Furman, 30, broke into tears as BC Supreme Court Justice Clarke Burnett sentenced him to a total of 38 months in prison on Tuesday, Feb. 11. (File Photo)
New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Annual pace of housing starts in Canada slowed in June: CMHC

The seasonally adjusted annual rate of housing starts fell 1.5% to 282,070 units in June compared to 286,296 in May

New homes are built in a housing construction development in the west-end of Ottawa on Thursday, May 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

Canadians likely to be targeted by foreign actors in next election, cyber agency says

Holding a federal election during the pandemic would reportedly increase the threat of foreign interference

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau holds a news conference at Rideau cottage in Ottawa, on Friday, March 13, 2020. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand
Traffic flows along 192 Street south of 24 Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186 and 196 Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26

‘Lengthy’ public hearings anticipated for Surrey’s South Campbell Heights, Harmony

Surrey is only Metro city with room to rezone for industry: council

Traffic flows along 192 Street south of 24 Avenue in the South Campbell Heights neighbourhood. The City of Surrey is seeking to re-designate 600 acres south of 20 Avenue, between approximately 186 and 196 Streets to employment lands, and to expand the urban containment boundary. A public hearing is set for July 26
Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo

Quadra Island’s gas station loses only employee, closes – and nearest pump is a ferry away

Last employee calls it quits after couple weeks working the till by himself

Quadra Island Gas N Go. Submitted photo
Wildfire rescues pets in Lytton. (GoFundMe)
Wildfire rescues pets in Lytton. (GoFundMe)
Gagandeep Grewal, front right, and his wife Harpreet Grewal, left, each receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Will B.C. see a 4th wave? Researcher says it’s a battle of vaccines versus the variants

Sarah Otto recommends that even fully vaccinated individuals wear masks in crowded indoor areas

Gagandeep Grewal, front right, and his wife Harpreet Grewal, left, each receive their first dose of the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine during an immunization clinic at the Gurdwara Dukh Nivaran Sahib, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday, May 14, 2021. Gurdwara leadership reached out to the Sikh community and registered and booked a total of 800 people for vaccinations during two clinics held in the dining hall of their temple last week and Friday. The East Newton neighbourhood is an area that Fraser Health has identified as one where a high rate of COVID-19 transmission is still occurring. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
City of Surrey’s Love Where You Live cleanup campaign is reducing the amount of trash strewn about the community, including litter and large items that have been illegally dumped. (Contributed photo)

City of Surrey’s Love Where You Live clean-up campaign hits halfway mark

Still time to participate and be entered in a draw for backyard barbecue prize pack

  • Jul 17, 2021
City of Surrey’s Love Where You Live cleanup campaign is reducing the amount of trash strewn about the community, including litter and large items that have been illegally dumped. (Contributed photo)
The out of control Sparks Lake fire burning forests on June 30, 2021. BC WILDFIRE SERVICE

Sparks Lake wildfire near Kamloops remains largest in B.C.

An update on wildfires in the Kamloops region

  • Jul 15, 2021
The out of control Sparks Lake fire burning forests on June 30, 2021. BC WILDFIRE SERVICE
The U.S. and Canadian flags fly atop the Peace Arch at Peace Arch Historical State Park on the border with Canada in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson

80% of British Columbians believe border with U.S. should remain closed: survey

A majority would also like also to see travellers arriving in Canada placed into mandatory quarantine

The U.S. and Canadian flags fly atop the Peace Arch at Peace Arch Historical State Park on the border with Canada in Blaine, Wash. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP, Elaine Thompson
Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s help to find missing 13-year-old Dakota Skidmore, who was last seen on July 13. (Photo: Surrey RCMP handout)

UPDATE: Police say 13-year-old has returned home safely

Surrey RCMP say Dakota Skidmore left a house in the 10900-block of 131A Street on July 13

Surrey RCMP is asking for the public’s help to find missing 13-year-old Dakota Skidmore, who was last seen on July 13. (Photo: Surrey RCMP handout)
Vancouver law courts. (File photo)

Surrey robber loses bid to have guilty pleas vacated to avoid being deported

Sukhvinder Singh Khungay pleaded guilty to five counts of robbery and one count of using an imitation handgun while committing or attempting to commit an indictable offence

Vancouver law courts. (File photo)