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An aircraft is silhouetted against the moon in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada annually has declined by more than 80 per cent since 2019, even as aviation experts warn of an ever-growing labour shortage that threatens to disrupt Canada’s airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Probst

Number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada has collapsed since 2019

The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada has declined by…

An aircraft is silhouetted against the moon in Frankfurt, Germany, Thursday, Oct. 6, 2022. The number of commercial pilot licences issued in Canada annually has declined by more than 80 per cent since 2019, even as aviation experts warn of an ever-growing labour shortage that threatens to disrupt Canada’s airline industry. THE CANADIAN PRESS/AP/Michael Probst
FILE - A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)

U.S. Justice Dept. sues Google over digital advertising dominance

The Justice Department and eight states filed an antitrust suit against Google…

FILE - A sign is shown on a Google building at their campus in Mountain View, Calif., on Sept. 24, 2019. The Justice Department and several states sued Google on Tuesday, Jan. 24, 2023, alleging that its dominance in digital advertising harms competition. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, File)
FILE - Kanye West, known as Ye, watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, on March 11, 2022. A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, that Ye, could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)

Australia could deny Ye entry over antisemitism: official

Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones

FILE - Kanye West, known as Ye, watches the first half of an NBA basketball game between the Washington Wizards and the Los Angeles Lakers in Los Angeles, on March 11, 2022. A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday, Jan. 25, 2023, that Ye, could be refused a visa due to antisemitic comments if he attempts to visit Australia. (AP Photo/Ashley Landis, File)
Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)

PODCAST: SS Pacific shipwreck from the B.C. gold rush found off Washington State

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Jeff Hummel’s company Rockfish Inc. has been granted salvage rights by U.S. Courts to the SS Pacific. (Submitted)
FILE - A nurse prepares a syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation station in Jackson, Miss., July 19, 2022. U.S. health officials are proposing a simplified approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, which would allow most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. The new system unveiled Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 would make COVID-19 inoculations more like the annual flu shot. Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)

U.S. proposes once-a-year COVID shots for most Americans

The FDA will ask its panel of outside vaccine experts to weigh in at a meeting Thursday

FILE - A nurse prepares a syringe of a COVID-19 vaccine at an inoculation station in Jackson, Miss., July 19, 2022. U.S. health officials are proposing a simplified approach to COVID-19 vaccinations, which would allow most adults and children to get a once-a-year shot to protect against the mutating virus. The new system unveiled Monday, Jan. 23, 2023 would make COVID-19 inoculations more like the annual flu shot. Americans would no longer have to keep track of how many shots they’ve received or how many months it’s been since their last booster. (AP Photo/Rogelio V. Solis, File)
Vancouver police constable Nicole Chan died by suicide on Jan. 27, 2019. A coroners’ inquest into her death is seeking to determine the facts around what happened. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Chan)

Const. Nicole Chan had history with suicide prior to VPD hiring her, inquest hears

Applicants with suicidal history almost never hired, Vancouver police psychologist testifies

Vancouver police constable Nicole Chan died by suicide on Jan. 27, 2019. A coroners’ inquest into her death is seeking to determine the facts around what happened. (Photo courtesy of Jennifer Chan)
Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)

Caribou herds being left undisturbed in the Shuswap and surrounding areas

Frisby-Boulder and other herds remain small in number but healthy

Caribou herds in the Shuswap and surrounding areas remain in low numbers but have been relatively undisturbed by humans in the past year. (Black Press file photo)
A Canadian passport sits on a suitcase in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Social Development Minister Karina Gould says Service Canada has “virtually eliminated” the backlog of thousands of passport applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
A Canadian passport sits on a suitcase in Ottawa on Tuesday, Jan. 17, 2023. Social Development Minister Karina Gould says Service Canada has “virtually eliminated” the backlog of thousands of passport applications. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton during the second day of meetings at Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Fiscal room tightening as economy teeters, associate finance minister says

Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland delivered an economic update to the cabinet Tuesday

Minister of Tourism and Associate Minister of Finance Randy Boissonnault speaks to the media at the Hamilton Convention Centre in Hamilton during the second day of meetings at Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Tuesday, January 24, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Former Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was charged with sexual assault on Dec. 7 2022 (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Former Kelowna Mayor Colin Basran was charged with sexual assault on Dec. 7 2022 (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
New research has spelled out for the first time the gap between official lists of trails in the southern Rockies and the number of trails there actually are, suggesting effects from the growing number of backcountry users may be larger than suspected.The hiking trail on Yamnuska in Alberta’s Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, part of Kananaskis Country, is shown in June 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz

Nearly one-quarter of trails in southern B.C., Alberta unmapped and unmanaged: study

Researchers found 24 per cent of all trails in the southern Rockies were undocumented and unmanaged

New research has spelled out for the first time the gap between official lists of trails in the southern Rockies and the number of trails there actually are, suggesting effects from the growing number of backcountry users may be larger than suspected.The hiking trail on Yamnuska in Alberta’s Bow Valley Wildland Provincial Park, part of Kananaskis Country, is shown in June 2017.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Colette Derworiz
Fish swim in a coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia in a handout photo. Fish, it turns out, are a chatty lot. They communicate about everything from what area of the sea has the best food to where predators might be hiding and, of course, their desire for for a mate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Simon Fraser University-Kieran Cox

Fish sounds could help scientists understand their ocean world

Scientists say acoustic monitoring can answer numerous questions related to ecology, evolution

Fish swim in a coral reef in Raja Ampat, Indonesia in a handout photo. Fish, it turns out, are a chatty lot. They communicate about everything from what area of the sea has the best food to where predators might be hiding and, of course, their desire for for a mate. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO-Simon Fraser University-Kieran Cox
Jennifer Chan, front left, the sister of late Vancouver Police Const. Nicole Chan, who died by suicide in 2019, leaves a coroner’s inquest, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

VPD Const. Nicole Chan pleaded for ‘justice’ in victim statement before suicide

Ongoing coroners’ inquest is examining the facts around Chan’s 2019 death

Jennifer Chan, front left, the sister of late Vancouver Police Const. Nicole Chan, who died by suicide in 2019, leaves a coroner’s inquest, in Burnaby, B.C., on Monday, Jan. 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Hereditary Chiefs Aaron Hans, Jeffery Snow and Snuxyaltwa (as known as Deric Snow) visit the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria which houses family poles. (Mercy Snow photo)

Totem pole returning to Bella Coola, Nuxalk territory, after decades in Victoria museum

The plan is to load the pole onto a truck on Feb. 13 in Victoria

Hereditary Chiefs Aaron Hans, Jeffery Snow and Snuxyaltwa (as known as Deric Snow) visit the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria which houses family poles. (Mercy Snow photo)
The risk of avalanches in Interior BC is the highest this season then it’s been in more than a decade according to Avalanche Canada. (File Photo)

American businessmen, brothers identified as 2 victims of Mt. McCrae Avalanche

Two guests and a guide were trapped in an avalanche while in backcountry with CMH Heli Skiing

The risk of avalanches in Interior BC is the highest this season then it’s been in more than a decade according to Avalanche Canada. (File Photo)
The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast

B.C. music festival visitors more likely to use drug-checking services: Interior Health

A report found high uptake of drug testing at the Bass Coast and Shambhala music festivals

The Bass Coast and Shambhala electronic music festivals each host drug-checking services. An Interior Health report shows a rise in festival goers having their drugs checked, especially if they bought drugs at the festival. Photo: Bass Coast
A TTC worker is shown in a bus while on shift in Toronto on April 23, 2020. Police continue to investigate after up to 15 youth allegedly attacked two Toronto Transit Commission workers on a bus. Toronto police say officers responded to the area of Kennedy Road and Merrian Road in the city’s east end Monday afternoon where a group of 10 to 15 youths, all male, allegedly assaulted two TTC employees.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

UPDATED: Four 13-yr-old boys arrested in alleged attack on Toronto transit workers

The teens cannot be identified under the Youth Criminal Justice Act

A TTC worker is shown in a bus while on shift in Toronto on April 23, 2020. Police continue to investigate after up to 15 youth allegedly attacked two Toronto Transit Commission workers on a bus. Toronto police say officers responded to the area of Kennedy Road and Merrian Road in the city’s east end Monday afternoon where a group of 10 to 15 youths, all male, allegedly assaulted two TTC employees.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrive at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn

Passport backlog update expected as federal cabinet retreat enters second day

Offices unable to deal with passport renewal applications as COVID-19 restrictions eased last year

Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, along with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, arrive at the Hamilton Convention Centre, in Hamilton, Ont., ahead of the Liberal Cabinet retreat, on Monday, January 23, 2023. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nick Iwanyshyn
Lt. Gov. Janet Austin said during the inaugural ceremony recognizing the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award that more work lies ahead when it comes to Reconciliation. (Photo Courtesy of DON CRAIG photography)

Appeal for ‘revolutionary’ change voiced at B.C.’s latest reconciliation awards

Award recognize individuals and organizations who have furthered and inspired reconciliation

Lt. Gov. Janet Austin said during the inaugural ceremony recognizing the 2021 and 2022 recipients of the British Columbia Reconciliation Award that more work lies ahead when it comes to Reconciliation. (Photo Courtesy of DON CRAIG photography)
New figures released show British Columbia passed the 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the start of pandemic in March 2020, but other metrics such as hospitalizations are trending down. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward

Grim milestone: British Columbia passes 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths

Other COVID-19 figures, influenza cases are trending down while RSV cases remain high

New figures released show British Columbia passed the 5,000-mark for COVID-19 deaths since the start of pandemic in March 2020, but other metrics such as hospitalizations are trending down. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward