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Anthony Rota is escorted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole to the Speakers chair after being elected as the Speaker of the House of Commons Monday, November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld

Board exceeded its authority in imposing vaccine mandate for Commons: Speaker

Anthony Rota says only the House itself can make a decision to restrict access

Anthony Rota is escorted by Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and Conservative leader Erin O’Toole to the Speakers chair after being elected as the Speaker of the House of Commons Monday, November 22, 2021 in Ottawa. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Adrian Wyld
A traveller carrying luggage into the Edmonton International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Confusion has been growing at some Canadian airports that say they want more direction from the federal government since it changed COVID-19 testing rules for travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
A traveller carrying luggage into the Edmonton International Airport on Thursday, Dec. 2, 2021. Confusion has been growing at some Canadian airports that say they want more direction from the federal government since it changed COVID-19 testing rules for travellers. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson
Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)

Documentary on Okanagan, Kamloops wheelchair community making its international debut

Re-Inventing The Wheel won the best feature documentary at the 2020 Chelsea Film Festival in New York

Re-Inventing The Wheel will be making its online international debut on Dec. 3, coinciding with the International Day of Persons with Disabilities. (Contributed)
With the arrival of December, Environment Canada officially observes the start of winter. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)

This winter in the Okanagan is the hardest ever to predict, meteorologist says

To kick off the month of December, cities in the Okanagan set national heat records

With the arrival of December, Environment Canada officially observes the start of winter. (Brennan Phillips - Western News)
Crews work on Coldwater Road, south of Merritt and parallel to the closed Coquihalla, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)

B.C. officials urge drivers to avoid travel, conserve gas even as 3rd storm passes

Although the sun is shining and the rain has stopped falling across…

Crews work on Coldwater Road, south of Merritt and parallel to the closed Coquihalla, on Tuesday, Nov. 30, 2021. (B.C. Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure)
This message opposing the planned Moira House shelter on Kingston Avenue in North Kamloops was among those seen attached to fencing on Tuesday, Nov. 30.KTW

Kamloops man assaulted while removing anti-homeless shelter leaflets

A 21-year-old man with autism spectrum disorder is recovering after being punched in the face

  • Dec 2, 2021
This message opposing the planned Moira House shelter on Kingston Avenue in North Kamloops was among those seen attached to fencing on Tuesday, Nov. 30.KTW
Venues in Penticton are back to hosting 100 per cent of their capacity, including the SOEC, Cleland Theatre and Penticton's Trade and Covention Centre. (Monique Tamminga, Western News)

‘The news we’ve been waiting for’: Capacity restrictions lifted at venues in Penticton

Upcoming Vees games, concerts and events have changed to full-capacity set-ups

Venues in Penticton are back to hosting 100 per cent of their capacity, including the SOEC, Cleland Theatre and Penticton's Trade and Covention Centre. (Monique Tamminga, Western News)
Several recent incidents on 24th Avenue have seen a large police presence in the area, which was repeated Dec. 2 as four homes were searched for drugs. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)

VIDEO: 19 arrests made in Vernon drug bust

RCMP executed search warrants on four 24th Avenue properties Tuesday morning

Several recent incidents on 24th Avenue have seen a large police presence in the area, which was repeated Dec. 2 as four homes were searched for drugs. (Brendan Shykora - Morning Star)
The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)

Less than 25% of users have applied for groundwater licence as B.C.’s deadline nears

Those without a licence could face fines, penalties and lose water rights

The province of B.C. is requiring irrigators, industries, waterworks and others who use groundwater from a well or dugout for non-domestic use to apply for a water license by March of 2022. (Corey Bullock/Cranbrook Townsman)
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Kelowna chiropractor pens motion to regulator to ‘take a stand’ against vaccine mandates

Mark Foullong urged the College of Chiropractors of British Columbia to maintain “medical freedom of choice”

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Purchase of the Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor by the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (excluding portions owned by the Splatsin), was completed in early 2018. (Photo contributed)

Columbia Shuswap Regional District dismisses claim it plans to bring rails back to rail trail

CSRD administrator says updated agreement with Shuswap property owners ‘functionally the same’

Purchase of the Sicamous to Armstrong rail corridor by the Regional District of North Okanagan and the Columbia Shuswap Regional District (excluding portions owned by the Splatsin), was completed in early 2018. (Photo contributed)
An Osoyoos family got the fright of their life when someone through a piece of concrete through their front window, with glass landing on the mom who fell asleep on the couch. The man seen in the photo is the victim’s partner who came to the rescue with a ladder and plywood to board up the window. (Submitted)

Osoyoos family shaken after chunk of concrete thrown through front window

The family had fallen asleep on the couch when glass and concrete came down on them

An Osoyoos family got the fright of their life when someone through a piece of concrete through their front window, with glass landing on the mom who fell asleep on the couch. The man seen in the photo is the victim’s partner who came to the rescue with a ladder and plywood to board up the window. (Submitted)
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Former treasurer of the Kelowna Minor Lacrosse Association charged with theft, fraud

John Scott Adams has been charged with theft over $5000 and fraud over $5000 following a three-year investigation.

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Rutland Senior Secondary. (File photo)

Violence threat at Rutland Secondary School

Precautionary steps taken at Rutland Senior Secondary after social media ‘threat-related behaviour’

Rutland Senior Secondary. (File photo)
Eleven COSAR members and the dog team were called in to help search for the man who fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard near Glenmore Road on Dec. 1. (Contributed)

Man located by COSAR after flipping car, walking away in Lake Country

The man fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard

Eleven COSAR members and the dog team were called in to help search for the man who fled the scene after flipping his vehicle into an orchard near Glenmore Road on Dec. 1. (Contributed)
An ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Lion’s Gate Hospital and Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver were the first sites of major COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. (The Canadian Press)

COVID-19 outbreaks in steep decline at B.C. hospitals, care homes

Mandatory vaccination for health staff, visitors paying off

An ambulance paramedic in full protective gear works outside Lion’s Gate Hospital, March 23, 2020. Lion’s Gate Hospital and Lynn Valley Care Centre in North Vancouver were the first sites of major COVID-19 outbreaks in B.C. (The Canadian Press)
A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)

Penticton crash on Highway 97 was fatal

BC Coroners Service confirm one person died in the crash at an uncontrolled highway intersection

A person was killed in this crash at the uncontrolled intersection of Warren Ave. and Channel Parkway on Tuesday, Dec. 1. (Monique Tamminga Western News)
Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Abbotsford in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)

Highway 1 reopens from Abbotsford to Hope

No travel restrictions, but drivers urged to limit to essential purposes

Highway 1 is open between Chilliwack and Abbotsford in all lanes as flood waters recede and the Tiger Dam was disassembled. (Photo/B.C. Transportation)
Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was among those speaking against provincial policy on old growth forests at a press conference Dec. 1. (Canadian Press photo)

B.C. government falling short with old-growth forest protection, say Indigenous leaders

30-day limit to respond to old growth deferral inadequate, says grand chief and union

Grand Chief Stewart Phillip, president of Union of B.C. Indian Chiefs, was among those speaking against provincial policy on old growth forests at a press conference Dec. 1. (Canadian Press photo)