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Saanich Police joined by Victoria Police and RCMP respond gunfire involving multiple people and injuries reported at the Bank of Montreal during an active situation in Saanich, B.C., on Tuesday, June 28, 2022. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chad Hipolito

Woman held hostage during B.C. bank shooting experiencing roller-coaster of emotions

Fryer has been mentally replaying Tuesday morning’s events ever since

Harjit Sajjan, Minister of National Defence, speaks during press conference in Ottawa on July 23, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Anti-Taliban law could be tweaked to get more humanitarian aid to Afghans: minister

Up to 10 years in jail for Canadians who, directly or indirectly, send property or finances to Taliban

An Edmonton Police Service logo is shown on a lectern at a press conference in Edmonton, Oct. 2, 2017. Police say a missing 13-year-old Edmonton girl has been found alive in the United States. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jason Franson

Missing 13-year-old Edmonton girl found alive in Oregon, 41-year-old man arrested

41-year-old Oregon man will be charged with child luring and is expected to face additional charges

In a photo posted to Facebook, Kristy Addison showed the tooth marks left on her clothing by a coyote while she was walking her small dog in Aldergrove near 244th St. and Robertson Crescent on Wednesday, June 29. She has gone public about her ordeal in a bid to locate the couple who came to her rescue after a pack of coyotes became aggressive. (Facebook)

VIDEO: B.C. woman rescued from coyote attack searches for Good Samaritans

Says ‘heaven-sent’ couple in SUV saved her and her small dog

In a photo posted to Facebook, Kristy Addison showed the tooth marks left on her clothing by a coyote while she was walking her small dog in Aldergrove near 244th St. and Robertson Crescent on Wednesday, June 29. She has gone public about her ordeal in a bid to locate the couple who came to her rescue after a pack of coyotes became aggressive. (Facebook)
Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22-year-old twins from Duncan, have been identified by police as the suspects killed during an exchange of gunfire June 28 at a bank in Saanich. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)

UPDATE: Saanich bank shootout suspects confirmed as 22-year-old twins from Duncan

No motive is known and police continue to ask the public to come forward with any information

Mathew and Isaac Auchterlonie, 22-year-old twins from Duncan, have been identified by police as the suspects killed during an exchange of gunfire June 28 at a bank in Saanich. (Courtesy of BC RCMP)
Mountain Market manager, Dawn Deydey said they were excited for the Mountain Market to be making a return in 2022. Pictured here at the market’s kick-off event on July 1 at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Mountain Market makes a return to Fernie

The market will be back to pre-pandemic programming this year

Mountain Market manager, Dawn Deydey said they were excited for the Mountain Market to be making a return in 2022. Pictured here at the market’s kick-off event on July 1 at the Fernie Aquatic Centre. (Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center left, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, center, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, and Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir pose for a group photo with Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia and NATO leaders before a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads of state will meet for a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday through Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP

Canada to lead upgraded force in Latvia, but resists calls to meet spending target

Trudeau said the agreement lays out the next steps for the Canadian-led battlegroup in Latvia

Spain’s Prime Minister Pedro Sanchez, left, France’s President Emmanuel Macron, Canada’s Prime Minister Justin Trudeau, center left, Germany’s Chancellor Olaf Scholz, center, Czech Prime Minister Petr Fiala, and Iceland’s Prime Minister Katrin Jakobsdottir pose for a group photo with Spain’s King Felipe and Queen Letizia and NATO leaders before a gala dinner at the Royal Palace in Madrid, Spain, Tuesday, June 28, 2022. North Atlantic Treaty Organization heads of state will meet for a NATO summit in Madrid from Tuesday through Thursday. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Jonathan Ernst/Pool via AP
RoseAnne Archibald, the new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is photographed in Toronto on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
RoseAnne Archibald, the new National Chief of the Assembly of First Nations, is photographed in Toronto on Friday, August 6, 2021. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Chris Young
Signs are pictured on Parliament Hill prior to Canada Day in Ottawa on Monday, June 27, 2022. Downtown Ottawa is once again awash in red and white and crowded with people draped in the Maple Leaf. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick

Police, heavy security greet protests and celebrations alike in downtown Ottawa

Ottawa’s bylaw service says it had issued 275 parking tickets and towed 72 vehicles since Wednesday

Signs are pictured on Parliament Hill prior to Canada Day in Ottawa on Monday, June 27, 2022. Downtown Ottawa is once again awash in red and white and crowded with people draped in the Maple Leaf. THE CANADIAN PRESS/Sean Kilpatrick
Fernie came together for Indigenous Reconciliation events on July 1 2022. (All images by Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)

Fernie gathers to reconcile

Canada Day was given over to Indigenous Reconciliation

Fernie came together for Indigenous Reconciliation events on July 1 2022. (All images by Scott Tibballs / The Free Press)
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
Police issued 80 speeding tickets to drivers to reduce the number of collisions with bears in Yoho National Park. (WildsafeBC - Facebook)

Drivers issued 80 speeding tickets in Yoho National Park to reduce bear collisions

The B.C. Highway Patrol stepped up enforcement after several bears were struck by vehicles

Police issued 80 speeding tickets to drivers to reduce the number of collisions with bears in Yoho National Park. (WildsafeBC - Facebook)
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
Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)

Tŝilhqot’in voices support for AFN National Chief RoseAnne Archibald amid complaint probe

TNG said it stands with Archibald’s call for a forensic audit, fundamental reform at AFN

Various First Nations groups including the Tsilhqot’in National Government are coming to the defense of AFN National Chief Roseanne Archibald who was suspended on June 17. (Monica Lamb-Yorski photo - Williams Lake Tribune)
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
The Iconic Fernie app is free from the Apple App store and Google Play. (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)

New walking tour app launched in Fernie

The ‘Iconic Fernie’ app can guide visitors around town and teach them about attractions

The Iconic Fernie app is free from the Apple App store and Google Play. (Image courtesy of Tourism Fernie)
Saanich Police Department Chief Dean Duthie speaks to the media Thursday (June 30) to provide an update on the investigation into a bank robbery in Saanich Tuesday (June 28) which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)

VIDEO: Police, coroners working to identify suspects in Saanich bank shootout

Police looking for information on vehicle believed to be associated with suspects

Saanich Police Department Chief Dean Duthie speaks to the media Thursday (June 30) to provide an update on the investigation into a bank robbery in Saanich Tuesday (June 28) which left two suspects dead and six police officers injured. (Justin Samanski-Langille/News Staff)
The petition signatories include workers at Civeo at Sitka Lodge, Horizon North Dexterra at the LNG site, and Crossroads Lodge. (File photo)

200 LNG Canada camp workers push for 12 per cent wage increase amidst inflation

Union says many contracted workers left out of wage hikes last month

The petition signatories include workers at Civeo at Sitka Lodge, Horizon North Dexterra at the LNG site, and Crossroads Lodge. (File photo)