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Survey: Half of parents don’t have plan if kids must stay home from school due to COVID-19

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The back-to-school survey also revealed some of the challenges facing parents as they struggle to hold down a job while sending their kids to school in an uncertain time. Forty-five per cent of parents said they don’t have a plan if their child has to return home as a result of COVID-19.

Adrienne Revane has been struggling with tough decisions about work and school since early September when she came down with a sinus infection. The mom of three, including students in Grades 7 and 9, is accustomed to sinus infections and blamed the poor air quality in the Kootenays for her illness.

“I chose to keep my kids home from school while waiting for the results of a COVID test,” she said...

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Letter to the editor: They all knew who Trump was

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B.C. NDP favoured in spite of overwhelming disapproval of snap election, according to poll


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The majority (58 per cent) of British Columbians disapprove of Premier John Horgan’s decision to call an early election, according to a new poll from Insights West. The poll found that 30 per cent of respondents strongly oppose the snap election called for Oct. 24, while 27 per cent are somewhat opposed.

Despite the antipathy to an election being held a year early and in the middle of the COVID-19 pandemic, the poll indicates Horgan’s NDP remains the party of choice among British Columbians.

If a B.C. election was held tomorrow, which party’s candidate would you vote for? Photo by Insights West

If the election was held tomorrow, 42 per cent of decided voters said they would vote NDP, ahead of 29 per cent for the Liberals, 16 per cent for the Greens and 12 per cent fo...

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The Stroller, Sept. 25, 2020: Events in the Alle-Kiski Valley

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The Valley News Dispatch is compiling a list of autumn events and Halloween parades, parties and trick-or-treat nights. Send an email to [email protected]


Bands set to play at outdoor fundraiser in Gilpin

A fundraiser to support the Leechburg Pink Day event,“Lingrow Goes Pink,”will be from 1 to 7 p.m. Sunday at Lingrow Farm, 188 Forks Church Road, Gilpin.

Bands scheduled to perform include Sour Mash, Lenny Collini 4 Pack, Steel Mill Rising, First Light and Pat & Dave.

There will be food, beverages and raffles. Admission is $10. Bring a lawn chair. Face masks required indoors.


Acoustic concert planned Sunday at Trinity United Methodist Ch...

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5 great family outings with top-rated social distancing in Metro Vancouver


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Clausen says protocols include a maximum of only 20 people per tour, or five bubbles of four, to allow for increased physical distancing.

“Masks are required for our underground train tour, but not required for the rest of the site, though it is highly recommended. Visitors must purchase their tickets online before they arrive, or call ahead to pre-book their tickets so we can control the number of visitors. We also have enhanced sanitation procedures in place, and have placed hand sanitizing stations and physical distancing signage throughout the site,” said Clausen.

The underground train tour and BOOM! Mill show are all indoors and under cover.

FlyOver Canada features reduced capacity per ride and physical distancing between groups. Photo by FlyOver Canada ...
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Change needed in B.C.’s long-term care and assisted living facilities

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A total of 140 residents have died, which accounts for 62 per cent of the total deaths in B.C., which is lower than the rest of Canada, on average. There have been 654 COVID-19 cases in these facilities, with 295 of them affecting residents.

Those living in care facilities have had to deal with a lockdown and then limitations on visits, and the government has made changes to how the system works, such as limiting staff to a single site, that are designed to reduce the chance of staff and residents being exposed to the virus.

“Conversations about the sector clearly have a more pointed edge to them now, given what we’ve seen and experienced during the pandemic, but while it is more pointed, that edge has been there for a long time,” said McGrail...

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Dolphins QB Ryan Fitzpatrick handles Jaguars again

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Police watchdog rules shooting of Maple Ridge man not a criminal act

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The Independent Investigations Office on Thursday released its decision into the 2019 RCMP-involved shooting death of 54-year-old Kyaw Din.

Officers responded Aug. 11, 2019 to a reported domestic incident around 1:10 p.m. in the 12400-block Colemore Street in Maple Ridge.

Din was shot three times in the head and neck.

In a lengthy investigative report, the IIO said the actions of the police were reasonable and appropriate.

At the time of the shooting, neighbour Bruce Main said paramedics and police responded to a home across the street occupied by a man with a mental illness.

“He went off his meds and they called the ambulance,” he said.

Witnesses at the time said they didn’t know what precipitated the incident, but said it was not the first time police had responded ...

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After short stay in minors, Chase Rowe returns to La Roche baseball

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Burnaby man charged with possession of child pornography

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A 36-year-old Burnaby man has been charged with possession and distribution of child pornography.

RCMP said Michael Grondine, who is also known as Michael Grondines, was the subject of a three-year investigation after officers were tipped off in 2017 to reports of images and videos of child sexual abuse had been uploaded by someone in Burnaby.

Grondine was arrested and subsequently released on condition of no contact with anyone under the age of 18, and restrictions on visiting any area where young people are, including school grounds and playgrounds. Grondine is also banned from possessing any electronic devices that allow access to the internet.

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