Dustin Godfrey

Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.

Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.

Harman Kaur’s self-published book speaks volumes to Punjabi Sikh women, underrepresented in media

Poet’s new book looks at her identity as a Punjabi Sikh woman living in B.C.
Abbotsford cat Chocolate lost its left eye after being shot with a pellet gun, and likely won’t regain sight in its right eye after a concussion incurred in the incident, owner Greg Golt says. (Submitted photo)

B.C. cat recovering, loses eye after shot 9 times with pellet gun

Owner says Chocolate likely won’t regain sight in other eye due to concussion sustained in incident

Abbotsford cat Chocolate lost its left eye after being shot with a pellet gun, and likely won’t regain sight in its right eye after a concussion incurred in the incident, owner Greg Golt says. (Submitted photo)
Dave Teixeira.

Advocate for B.C. victim’s family blasts ‘secretive’ B.C. Review Board

Comments come following Gabriel Klein’s fitness for trial hearings in high school stabbing case

Dave Teixeira.
An artist’s sketch depicts Gabriel Klein in court during his fitness hearing on April 19 at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (Sketch by Sheila Allan)

Accused found unfit for murder trial over B.C. school stabbing

Gabriel Klein is set to appear before the B.C. Review Board again in mid-January

An artist’s sketch depicts Gabriel Klein in court during his fitness hearing on April 19 at B.C. Supreme Court in New Westminster. (Sketch by Sheila Allan)
Michael Douglas Sheets, convicted of manslaughter, arson and other charges, has been returned to Mission Institution, officials say. (Submitted photo)

Convicted killer recaptured after escaping B.C. prison

Michael Douglas Sheets had escaped Mission Institution Saturday night

Michael Douglas Sheets, convicted of manslaughter, arson and other charges, has been returned to Mission Institution, officials say. (Submitted photo)
LGBTQ advocates Donald Keras (left) and John Federici, both with PFLAG Abbotsford, from the Abbotsford area say they found homophobic material (pictured) distributed in three businesses. Federici said he does not believe the business owners were aware of the pamphlets, nor were they supporters of the material.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News

Homophobic flyers left at 3 B.C. businesses

PFLAG representative John Federici warning owners to keep an eye out for unwanted material

LGBTQ advocates Donald Keras (left) and John Federici, both with PFLAG Abbotsford, from the Abbotsford area say they found homophobic material (pictured) distributed in three businesses. Federici said he does not believe the business owners were aware of the pamphlets, nor were they supporters of the material.                                Dustin Godfrey/Abbotsford News
B.C. woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.

B.C. woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.

Search of a car found allegedly stolen goods from Vancouver, Surrey, Coquitlam, Red Deer and Calgary

B.C. woman facing 77 charges after arrest in Airdrie, Alta.
Quin Cormier, a detailer at Skaha Ford, died in a workplace accident at the dealership in April 2017. A WorkSafeBC report obtained by the Western News alleges violations of two work safety regulations at the time of Cormier’s death.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe

UPDATED: Report finds cause for penalty for B.C. car dealer after fatal accident

Exclusive: WorkSafeBC report alleges 2 regulation violations at Skaha Ford at time of April 2017 fatal accident

Quin Cormier, a detailer at Skaha Ford, died in a workplace accident at the dealership in April 2017. A WorkSafeBC report obtained by the Western News alleges violations of two work safety regulations at the time of Cormier’s death.                                Photo courtesy GoFundMe
A year after fire, B.C. senior and his dog thankful to be together

A year after fire, B.C. senior and his dog thankful to be together

Terry Theroux was separated from Scruffy for 3 months after evictions, fire displaced Highland residents

A year after fire, B.C. senior and his dog thankful to be together
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

B.C. inmate gets 2 years in prison for assault on guard

Union rep said inmate sucker punched correctional officer, continued assault after officer fell

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry

From cooks throwing knives to a breakdown that nearly killed a chef, kitchens struggle to deal with stress

Scorned by fire: Kitchen managers talk mental health in the industry
A still shot from video of a physical confrontation between accused Bremnar Lance and two police officers in Hedley in 2016, shown in court during Lance’s trial this week.                                Photo courtesy Penticton Law Courts

Video shows alleged 2016 assault on police officer in Hedley

Bremner Lance is accused of assault on a peace officer causing bodily harm and uttering threats

A still shot from video of a physical confrontation between accused Bremnar Lance and two police officers in Hedley in 2016, shown in court during Lance’s trial this week.                                Photo courtesy Penticton Law Courts
B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods

B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods

Temperatures are expected to rise close to 30 C in Southern Interior, threatening hasty snowmelt

B.C. officials watching for impact of ‘extreme’ heat on floods
B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Correcting the Okanagan Correctional

B.C. Corrections, an academic and a union boss on moving forward from Incorrectional

B.C. Solicitor General and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth gets a tour of the lobby of Okanagan Correctional Centre with a pair of correctional officers on a February afternoon. Farnworth says he is still optimistic about the outlook of the jail as the dust in the new facility settles.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

COLUMN: When we fail inmates, we fail ourselves

Solutions for inmates go far beyond the walls of the Okanagan Correctional Centre

A view of the South Okanagan on a sunny day as you leave the Okanagan Correctional Centre. For the final part in the Okanagan Incorrectional series, available in Fridays paper, we speak to a union boss and an academic about how to improve corrections and Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth about the work being done on the B.C. governments part.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Remedying health care at Okanagan’s jail

PART 6.5: PHSA has gone on a hiring bender to bolster health coverage, but OCC not out of the rough yet

The Okanagan Correctional Centre (top), as seen from atop McIntyre Bluffs one February evening, is one of a growing number of projects in the Osoyoos Indian Band’s Senkulmen industrial park.                                 Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo

B.C. pharmacist pleads guilty to animal cruelty charge

Joelle Mbamy was handed $1k fine, on top of $5k fine already imposed, and 10-year animal prohibition

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, pleaded guilty to one count of animal cruelty ahead of her trial Thursday morning. Submitted photo
The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Ailing health care biggest hurdle for Okanagan jail

PART SIX: Inmates reportedly wait weeks for broken bones to be seen, challenges with maintaining medical staff

The Okanagan Correctional Centre as seen from the a packed staff parking lot after a media scrum with Public Safety Minister Mike Farnworth in February. The jail reportedly struggled last year to maintain a consistent team of medical staff, which a legal advocate believes is what has led to lacking health care in the facility.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News
A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo

Okanagan woman had 6 years of SPCA complaints: documents

Joelle Mbamy is set to go to trial on animal cruelty charges on Thursday in provincial court

A Penticton woman accused of leaving her dogs to suffer outside in the winter, underfed, wet and freezing cold, was charged with three counts of animal cruelty.                                Submitted photo
Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News

Isolation likely factor in drugs, rule-breaking at Okanagan jail

PART FIVE: OCC has highest rate of infractions in B.C. and the second-highest rate of contraband violations

Seen from McIntyre Bluffs one February night, the Okanagan Correctional Centre is flooded with light, next to the darkness of empty land and the starlike twinkle of Oliver’s streetlights.                                Dustin Godfrey/Western News