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PHOTOS: Aaron Goodvin in concert at the Ponoka Stampede

Goodvin performed on June 30

  • Jul 1, 2022
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Night 3 of chuckwagon action at the Ponoka Stampede

Chucks recap and more kids day photos from June 30

  • Jul 1, 2022
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An elderly couple eat ice cream cones near a large Canadian flag during Canada Day festivities in West Vancouver on Monday, July 1, 2019. It’s a long weekend that ushers in the unofficial start of summer with potato salad and grilled food, popsicles and lemonade, swimming and fireworks. Yet Canada Day entertaining will come with a bigger price tag this year as inflation surged to its highest level in nearly 40 years, Statistics Canada said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck

Alberta and Quebec most likely to support separation from Canada: poll

51 per cent of survey respondents said a new prime minister would improve life in their province

An elderly couple eat ice cream cones near a large Canadian flag during Canada Day festivities in West Vancouver on Monday, July 1, 2019. It’s a long weekend that ushers in the unofficial start of summer with potato salad and grilled food, popsicles and lemonade, swimming and fireworks. Yet Canada Day entertaining will come with a bigger price tag this year as inflation surged to its highest level in nearly 40 years, Statistics Canada said. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Darryl Dyck
Pigeon Lake. (File photo)

Water quality advisory issued for Zeiner Park Beach at Pigeon Lake

Advisory will remain in effect until further notice

  • Jul 1, 2022
Pigeon Lake. (File photo)
Army reservist James Topp speaks to the crowd during a protest against COVID-19 health measures at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ont. on Thursday, June 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
Army reservist James Topp speaks to the crowd during a protest against COVID-19 health measures at the National War Memorial in Ottawa, Ont. on Thursday, June 30, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Spencer Colby
A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocked the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., on February 2, 2022. A judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant bail for the fourth man charged with conspiracy to commit murder at a border blockade earlier this year in southern Alberta. Jerry Morin, 40, attended the two-day hearing in Lethbridge, Alta., by video. Queen’s Bench Justice Johnna Kubik says she would give her ruling on July 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
A truck convoy of anti-COVID-19 vaccine mandate demonstrators blocked the highway at the busy U.S. border crossing in Coutts, Alta., on February 2, 2022. A judge has reserved her decision on whether to grant bail for the fourth man charged with conspiracy to commit murder at a border blockade earlier this year in southern Alberta. Jerry Morin, 40, attended the two-day hearing in Lethbridge, Alta., by video. Queen’s Bench Justice Johnna Kubik says she would give her ruling on July 18. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jeff McIntosh
Paul Feather, vice-chair of the Collingwood Business Improvement Association and co-owner of Fish and Sips restaurant poses for a photo at his restaurant in Collingwood, Ont., on Thursday, June 30, 2022. When he opened Fish & Sips with his wife in 2015, Paul Feather found hiring to be one among many challenges of running a restaurant with long hours on the main drag of Collingwood, Ont. But after the COVID-19 pandemic struck and housing prices in vacation hotspots soared, the cod-and-calamari-slinging 49-year-old saw staffing as his No. 1 obstacle, due in no small part to a shortage of affordable rental units. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj

Affordable worker housing is latest tourist town business hurdle

Lack of available rentals means lack of employees for businesses

Paul Feather, vice-chair of the Collingwood Business Improvement Association and co-owner of Fish and Sips restaurant poses for a photo at his restaurant in Collingwood, Ont., on Thursday, June 30, 2022. When he opened Fish & Sips with his wife in 2015, Paul Feather found hiring to be one among many challenges of running a restaurant with long hours on the main drag of Collingwood, Ont. But after the COVID-19 pandemic struck and housing prices in vacation hotspots soared, the cod-and-calamari-slinging 49-year-old saw staffing as his No. 1 obstacle, due in no small part to a shortage of affordable rental units. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Andrew Lahodynskyj
A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

B.C. COVID hospitalizations remain steady, 17 new deaths reported

The latest data from the BCCDC shows 273 people currently in hospital and 32 in critical care

A man displays his COVID-19 rapid test kit. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Maskwacis resident Cyril Nerubenko has been deployed to Ukraine since April, 2022. (Photo submitted)

Maskwacis resident in Poland helping Ukrainian refugee effort

‘My whole world just turned upside down.’

  • Jul 1, 2022
Maskwacis resident Cyril Nerubenko has been deployed to Ukraine since April, 2022. (Photo submitted)
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PHOTOS: DAY 4 — Kids Day at Ponoka Stampede

A look at the leader board after the fourth pro rodeo performance

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Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos announces new food labelling in Ottawa on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Canada will require that companies add nutrition warnings to the front of pre-packaged food with high levels of saturated fat, sugar or sodium, starting in 2026. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Canada to require nutrition warnings on front of some packaged food

Canada will require that companies add nutrition warnings to the front of…

Minister of Health Jean-Yves Duclos announces new food labelling in Ottawa on Thursday, June 30, 2022. Canada will require that companies add nutrition warnings to the front of pre-packaged food with high levels of saturated fat, sugar or sodium, starting in 2026. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
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Vancouver man arrested after throwing glass bottle at a baby in a stroller

Police are asking the family to come forward so they can advance the investigation

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Power lines are shown in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette

Alberta Utilities Commission approves $31M ATCO fine, says in public interest

CALGARY — The Alberta Utilities Commission has approved a $31-million fine proposed…

Power lines are shown in Mississauga, Ont., on Monday, Aug. 19, 2019. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Nathan Denette
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For some, the Canadian flag has taken on new meaning this year

Erika Ibrahim, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — Puneet Luthra has always taken…

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A man pumps gas in Montreal, Friday, March 4, 2022. New federal regulations to force down the greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline and diesel will cost Canadians up to 13 cents more per litre at the pump by 2030.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes

New clean fuel regulations to raise gas prices, affect low-income Canadians the most

OTTAWA — New federal regulations to force down the greenhouse gas emissions…

A man pumps gas in Montreal, Friday, March 4, 2022. New federal regulations to force down the greenhouse gas emissions from gasoline and diesel will cost Canadians up to 13 cents more per litre at the pump by 2030.THE CANADIAN PRESS/Graham Hughes
Signs are pictured on Parliament Hill prior to Canada Day, in Ottawa on Monday, June 27, 2022. A Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements will march through Ottawa today, kicking off what organizers are promising to be a new wave of protests through the summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Soldier charged for criticizing vaccine mandates arrives in Ottawa amid protest fears

Lee Berthiaume, The Canadian Press OTTAWA — A Canadian soldier charged for…

Signs are pictured on Parliament Hill prior to Canada Day, in Ottawa on Monday, June 27, 2022. A Canadian soldier charged for speaking out against COVID-19 vaccine requirements will march through Ottawa today, kicking off what organizers are promising to be a new wave of protests through the summer. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Vancouver firefighters responded to a fire at Value Village at 1820 East Hastings around 10 p.m. on Wednesday June 29. (Shane MacKichan photo)

VIDEO: Fire rips through East Vancouver Value Village

Around 10 p.m. Wednesday night, 50 firefighters responded to the blaze on East Hastings

Vancouver firefighters responded to a fire at Value Village at 1820 East Hastings around 10 p.m. on Wednesday June 29. (Shane MacKichan photo)
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E-Comm warns of critical staff shortages going into Canada Day long weekend

911 dispatchers may have to work forced overtime to meet minimum staffing levels

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The 2022 Ponoka Stampede featuring several new events

The 2022 Ponoka Stampede will focus on the tradition of rodeo while…

  • Jun 30, 2022
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The Bareback riding event had the crowd on it’s feet at times during the Ponoka Stampede on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)
The Bareback riding event had the crowd on it’s feet at times during the Ponoka Stampede on Wednesday. (Photo by Ian Gustafson/ Advocate staff)