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Const. Rick O’Brien, 51, of the Ridge Meadows RCMP was killed on Sept. 22 while executing a search warrant in Coquitlam. (Ridge Meadows RCMP/The News)

Charges laid in homicide of B.C. RCMP officer

Nicholas Bellemare is facing first-degree murder and attempted murder with a firearm charges

A memorial has been set up at the Ridge Meadows RCMP detachment in Maple Ridge to honour Const. Rick O’Brien, who was killed on Sept. 22 while executing a search warrant in Coquitlam. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

PHOTOS: Community rallies to honour slain B.C. RCMP officer

A memorial is at the Maple Ridge detachment, with a GoFundMe also available

A flock of birds flies past as Moninder Singh, front right, a spokesperson for the British Columbia Gurdwaras Council (BCGC), waits to speak to reporters outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, September 18, 2023, where temple president Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down in his vehicle while leaving the temple parking lot in June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Eby suspects feds holding back info in India case that could protect B.C.

Premier says people in B.C. ‘feeling pressure from India,’ Ottawa has info that might help

A flock of birds flies past as Moninder Singh, front right, a spokesperson for the British Columbia Gurdwaras Council (BCGC), waits to speak to reporters outside the Guru Nanak Sikh Gurdwara Sahib in Surrey, B.C., on Monday, September 18, 2023, where temple president Hardeep Singh Nijjar was gunned down in his vehicle while leaving the temple parking lot in June. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Several of the vehicles had to navigate tight squeezes through barrier blocks that prevent larger motorized vehicles at the trail entrances that crossed roadways.
Photo: Karen McKinley
Several of the vehicles had to navigate tight squeezes through barrier blocks that prevent larger motorized vehicles at the trail entrances that crossed roadways.
Photo: Karen McKinley
People look on as athletes participate in the Head and Tail of the Gorge rowing event in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, October 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Autumn expected to dawn cool and damp in drought-plagued B.C.

Clouds and showers are expected to sweep across the south coast, heavy rain arrives Monday

People look on as athletes participate in the Head and Tail of the Gorge rowing event in Victoria, B.C., on Saturday, October 16, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Ridge Meadows RCMP lowered its flags to half mast on Sept. 22 following a shooting in Coquitlam that resulted in one RCMP officer being killed and another wounded. (Brandon Tucker/The News)

Ridge Meadows Mountie killed, 2 other officers injured in Coquitlam incident

Rick O’Brien was a 7-year member of the Ridge Meadows RCMP; he joined the detachment Sept. 19, 2016

Ridge Meadows RCMP lowered its flags to half mast on Sept. 22 following a shooting in Coquitlam that resulted in one RCMP officer being killed and another wounded. (Brandon Tucker/The News)
Premier David Eby promised additional support for municipalities to help them speed up housing policies. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)

$61M in housing help for B.C. cities on its way soon, premier pledges

Eby promises fund to help communities accelerate projects, $4.75 million for rural firefighters

Premier David Eby promised additional support for municipalities to help them speed up housing policies. (Wolf Depner/News Staff)
Nelson CARES executive director Jacqueline Nobiss delivers their remarks at the society’s annual general meeting Sept. 20. Photo: Tyler Harper

Nelson CARES financially healthy following fraud

The city’s biggest non-profit appears to have survived losing nearly $600K

Nelson CARES executive director Jacqueline Nobiss delivers their remarks at the society’s annual general meeting Sept. 20. Photo: Tyler Harper
Squiala First Nation Chief David Jimmie speaks at an update on Thursday (Sept. 21) in Mission on Stó:lō Nation’s research into potential unmarked graves and missing children at former residential schools in Mission, Chilliwack and Yale. /Dillon White Photo

Funding, archival access hurdles for Fraser Valley residential school research

Stó:lō Nation calls for more support from federal government, religious organization

Squiala First Nation Chief David Jimmie speaks at an update on Thursday (Sept. 21) in Mission on Stó:lō Nation’s research into potential unmarked graves and missing children at former residential schools in Mission, Chilliwack and Yale. /Dillon White Photo
Women dance during the Abyas song to cleanse and bless the ground for the cedar mortuary pole replica carved by Mungo Martin in 1955 was removed from Thunderbird Park during a commemorative ceremony on the grounds of the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)

‘Forbidden Music’ explores complex preservation of B.C. Indigenous culture

Film documents 1950s efforts to preserve music threatened by potlatch ban, residential schools

Women dance during the Abyas song to cleanse and bless the ground for the cedar mortuary pole replica carved by Mungo Martin in 1955 was removed from Thunderbird Park during a commemorative ceremony on the grounds of the Royal B.C. Museum in Victoria, B.C., on Wednesday, June 5, 2019. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito)
A new report compiled for the provincial government details a shortage of sheriffs across B.C., resulting in court closures and delays. (Photo: Province of B.C.)

Cash coming to address B.C.’s longstanding sheriff shortage: Sharma

Report reveals workplace culture issues feeding recruitment and retention crisis

A new report compiled for the provincial government details a shortage of sheriffs across B.C., resulting in court closures and delays. (Photo: Province of B.C.)
The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The four British Columbia firefighters who died in a highway crash this week all worked for a Kamloops-based contractor, whose owner says they were like family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

4 ‘irreplaceable’ lives lost, B.C. families, firefighting contractor mourn

Firefighters killed in highway crash near Cache Creek worked for Kamloops-based Tomahawk Ventures

The RCMP logo is seen outside Royal Canadian Mounted Police “E” Division Headquarters, in Surrey, B.C., on Friday April 13, 2018. The four British Columbia firefighters who died in a highway crash this week all worked for a Kamloops-based contractor, whose owner says they were like family. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Fish mitigation efforts are underway in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir. Photo: Betsy Kline

BC Hydro ramping up fish mitigation efforts at Arrow Lakes

‘We want the community to know we are taking this extremely seriously’

Fish mitigation efforts are underway in the Arrow Lakes Reservoir. Photo: Betsy Kline
A 1957 aerial photo of St. Mary’s Residential School at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. Several years later the buildings were demolished after the new school was built in 1960. /Mission Community Archives photo.

Stó:lō Nation residential school probe finds 158 child deaths, potential unmarked graves

Findings announced for investigation that included ground-penetrating radar and archival research

A 1957 aerial photo of St. Mary’s Residential School at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission. Several years later the buildings were demolished after the new school was built in 1960. /Mission Community Archives photo.
Media wait outside B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A sexual assault expert is testifying at the British Columbia Supreme Court trial of a man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl six years ago.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Media wait outside B.C. Supreme Court, in Vancouver, B.C., on Tuesday, June 2, 2015. A sexual assault expert is testifying at the British Columbia Supreme Court trial of a man accused of killing a 13-year-old girl six years ago.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
The Coastal GasLink pipeline has been fined $340,000 by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office for issues related to erosion and sediment control. Piping is seen on the top of a receiving platform which will be connected to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline terminus at the LNG Canada export terminal under construction, in Kitimat, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Coastal GasLink fined $340,000 for erosion, sediment control challenges

Work on northern B.C. pipeline has racked up $800,000 in fines since 2019

The Coastal GasLink pipeline has been fined $340,000 by the B.C. Environmental Assessment Office for issues related to erosion and sediment control. Piping is seen on the top of a receiving platform which will be connected to the Coastal GasLink natural gas pipeline terminus at the LNG Canada export terminal under construction, in Kitimat, B.C., Wednesday, Sept. 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Next Generation 9-1-1 will allow users to text emergencies in promising to revolutionize emergency dispatching. But it will also generate additional costs and UBCM delegates are calling on the province to introduce a call-answer levy on cellphones to help generate the necessary revenues. (Black Press Media file photo)

Next Generation 9-1-1 promises B.C. emergency dispatching revolution

E-Comm compares incoming emergency response system to replacing rotary phones with smart phones

Next Generation 9-1-1 will allow users to text emergencies in promising to revolutionize emergency dispatching. But it will also generate additional costs and UBCM delegates are calling on the province to introduce a call-answer levy on cellphones to help generate the necessary revenues. (Black Press Media file photo)
Crews have worked to stabilize Highway 97 at a rock slide area north of Summerland. The highway will open to two lanes of traffic in each direction on Friday, Sept. 23 at noon. (Courtesy of Chute Creek Construction)

Highway 97 north of Summerland to reopen in both directions

Landslide had resulted in detours, followed by single lane alternating traffic

Crews have worked to stabilize Highway 97 at a rock slide area north of Summerland. The highway will open to two lanes of traffic in each direction on Friday, Sept. 23 at noon. (Courtesy of Chute Creek Construction)
Richmond RCMP are releasing photos of the clothing a man was wearing when his body was pulled from the north arm of the Fraser River on May 30, 2022 in hopes of someone being able to identify him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Richmond RCMP are releasing photos of the clothing a man was wearing when his body was pulled from the north arm of the Fraser River on May 30, 2022 in hopes of someone being able to identify him. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck