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Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, puts on her protective mask after releasing details about a COVID-19 vaccination card that will be needed by anyone wanting to eat in restaurants, visit theatres or go to other events. She made the announcement at a news conference at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Restrictions eased for Interior businesses following vax card program

Liquor service again allowed after 10 p.m. in the Central Okanagan

Provincial health officer, Dr. Bonnie Henry, puts on her protective mask after releasing details about a COVID-19 vaccination card that will be needed by anyone wanting to eat in restaurants, visit theatres or go to other events. She made the announcement at a news conference at the B.C. legislature in Victoria on Monday, Aug. 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Telus and Bell wireless customers are experiencing outages. (Pixabay photo)

UPDATE: Telus service restored in B.C. and Alberta

It is unclear whether Bell’s services have been restored

Telus and Bell wireless customers are experiencing outages. (Pixabay photo)
Rosa Campagna Deck was ordered to pay surgeon Dr. Brian Peterson in damages, after posting a series of defamatory comments on her website and Google Reviews. (Pexels)

Kelowna blogger ordered to pay $30K for defamatory comments after plastic surgery

Rosa Campagna Deck was ordered to pay damages to surgeon Dr. Brian Peterson

Rosa Campagna Deck was ordered to pay surgeon Dr. Brian Peterson in damages, after posting a series of defamatory comments on her website and Google Reviews. (Pexels)
Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)

Some B.C. residents are seeking out horse dewormer to treat COVID-19

Misinformation about ivermectin has been spread online, identifying it as a treatment for COVID-19

Ivermectin is a medication that is used to treat parasite infestations in dogs, cats and large animals. While a form of ivermectin that is safe for human consumption exists, it is not approved to treat or prevent COVID-19. (Pexels)
Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) and the BC Federation of Students (BCFS) are urging Elections Canada to reconsider its decision not to establish polling stations at post-secondary campuses this year. (Elections Canada photo)

Reinstate on-campus voting options, B.C. student groups urge ahead of federal election

On-campus polling stations were available for most students in the last two elections

Undergraduates of Canadian Research-Intensive Universities (UCRU) and the BC Federation of Students (BCFS) are urging Elections Canada to reconsider its decision not to establish polling stations at post-secondary campuses this year. (Elections Canada photo)
Downtown Kelowna waterfront, looking north toward the White Rock Lake fire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)

West Kelowna resort refuses refund to wildfire, COVID cautious tourist

Province has discouraged travel to the Central Okanagan amid surging COVID, raging fires

Downtown Kelowna waterfront, looking north toward the White Rock Lake fire on Aug. 15, 2021. (Michael Rodriguez/Kelowna Capital News)
The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)

Some Interior Health long-term care homes proactively relocated due to wildfires

Families are being contacted directly and provided details of their loved one’s temporary location

The White Rock Lake wildfire has come down to Westside Road near Vernon, as pictured Monday, Aug. 16. (Contributed)
A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)

Conditions at Okanagan’s Mount Law, White Rock Lake fires remain volatile

A detailed damage assessment will be done when it is safe to do so, say wildfire officials

A man looks towards the White Rock Lake fire from downtown Kelowna on Aug. 15, 2021. (Aaron Hemens/Capital News)
Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is joined by Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Conspiracy theorists take over Interior Health COVID-19 town hall

Dr. Bonnie Henry and Adrian Dix fielded several questions about debunked vaccine conspiracies

Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry is joined by Minister of Health Adrian Dix at the Victoria Conference Centre on Tuesday, August 3, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito
Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his election victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)

COVID benefits to blame for lacking employment, says Kelowna MLA

Ben Stewart’s winery recently listed a job working 60-plus hours a week at minimum wage

Kelowna West MLA Ben Stewart addresses a small gathering of campaign supporters at the West Kelowna Yacht Club, shortly after hearing of his election victory on Oct. 24, 2020. (Phil McLachlan/Black Press Media file)
The area between Pandosy Street and KLO Road remains cordoned off as RCMP investigate a suspected targeted shooting that sent two men to the hospital on Saturday, July 31. (Jef Hill/Contributed)

Explosive device found at site of Kelowna shooting that sent 2 men to hospital

Mounties continue to investigate alleged targeted shooting that happened on Saturday, July 31.

The area between Pandosy Street and KLO Road remains cordoned off as RCMP investigate a suspected targeted shooting that sent two men to the hospital on Saturday, July 31. (Jef Hill/Contributed)
Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)

BREAKING: Mask mandate returns to Central Okanagan, COVID-19 outbreak declared

The Interior Health region leads recent provincial COVID-19 case counts

Health Minister Adrian Dix and Dr. Bonnie Henry will be providing an update on COVID-19 in the Interior Health region on Wednesday, July 28. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Hayward)
Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)

Okanagan Nation Alliance celebrates resilience, successes

The event was one of the first times that many Nation members have been able to safely gather.

Members of the Okanagan Nation Alliance at the 2021 Okanagan Nation Alliance annual general assembly. (Okanagan Nation Alliance/Facebook)
Lifeworks’ Mental Health Index measures current data against pre-pandemic benchmarks. (Pexels)

COVID-19 isolation has impacted mental health of 1-in-5 Canadians, survey finds

Report also found some workers are struggling with their employers’ unclear return to work plans

Lifeworks’ Mental Health Index measures current data against pre-pandemic benchmarks. (Pexels)
The heat warnings come after many areas in the region are battling wildfires and drought from the lack of rain. (Pexels)

More heat warnings coming for B.C.’s Southern Interior: Environment Canada

High temperatures are forecasted for much of the region this week

The heat warnings come after many areas in the region are battling wildfires and drought from the lack of rain. (Pexels)
Emergency crews responding to a downtown Kelowna construction site after a crane fell on Monday, July 12. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)

UPDATE: Multiple deaths reported after ‘catastrophic’ crane collapse in Kelowna

The City of Kelowna has declared a local state of emergency, several buildings remain evacuated

Emergency crews responding to a downtown Kelowna construction site after a crane fell on Monday, July 12. (Michael Rodriguez/Capital News)
RCMP looking for information regarding fireworks incident involving a nine-year-old girl at City Park on Canada Day (Black Press Media stock photo)

VIDEO: Girl, 9, injured by firework in Kelowna Canada Day shenanigans

The girl sustained serious, but non-life-threatening injuries

RCMP looking for information regarding fireworks incident involving a nine-year-old girl at City Park on Canada Day (Black Press Media stock photo)