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NEW | Former Tamil migrant ship being dismantled in B.C.

An abandoned cargo ship that once brought 76 Tamil migrants from Sri Lanka to British Columbia is being dismantled. The vessel was the first of two ships carrying Tamil asylum seekers to reach B.C.'s coastal waters more than a decade ago.

The coast guard provided photos to CTV News on Tuesday showing the vessel's large steel hull in pieces at a marine salvage yard near Campbell River, B.C. (Canadian Coast Guard)

Volunteer rescuers save baby porpoise trapped on B.C. beach

A dramatic rescue unfolded on the coast of Vancouver Island on Sunday evening. A young harbour porpoise was trapped on the shore along a popular resort area near Nanoose, B.C. Nathalie Marie was the first person to spot the marine mammal, which could easily be mistaken for a dolphin.

More than a dozen community members volunteered to help the stranded harbour porpoise. (@by_benbagley)

Sunken fishing boat off B.C. shifts into deeper water, leaks fuel in key orca habitat

Crews are working to drain fuel from a sunken fish boat in U.S. waters just east of Vancouver Island before it fouls a key feeding ground for endangered southern resident killer whales. An update from the U.S. Coast Guard says the 15-metre Aleutian Isle has shifted since it went down Saturday off Washington state, near San Juan Island, roughly 25 kilometres east of Victoria.

Coast Guard responders view boom deployed below off San Juan Island, Washington, in this recent handout photo. The United States Coast Guard says commercial divers are assessing a sunken fishing boat that went down Saturday in waters on the U.S. side of Haro Strait and is leaking fuel not far from southern Vancouver Island. The Aleutian Isle is under about 30 metres of water off San Juan Island, roughly 25 kilometres east of Victoria. A statement from the U.S. Coast Guard's Pacific Northwest district says a Good Samaritan rescued the five crew members from the nearly 15-metre vessel, but it went down with nearly 10,000 litres of fuel aboard. THE CANADIAN PRESS/HO - U.S. Coast Guard

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Victoria doctor says controversial retainer fee under review

A Victoria doctor that had asked her patients to pay a monthly $125 fee for expanded services says she's putting the idea on hold as her team reviews the policy. The fee's initial announcement didn't sit well with everyone, with one patient telling CTV News that they had concerns about their future care since they couldn't afford the new charge.

'Come in and explore': BC Aviation Museum holds first open house since pandemic

After being grounded for the past three years due to the pandemic, volunteers at the BC Aviation Museum in North Saanich, B.C., are ready for takeoff with the facility’s first open house since 2019. This weekend, more than 40 tour guides will be on hand to provide visitors with an in-depth look into B.C.’s aviation history.

Aircraft at the BC Aviation Museum are shown. (CTV News)

6 arrested after standoff with police at Campbell River home

An hours-long standoff between heavily armed police and the occupants of a home in Campbell River has ended with six arrests, Mounties say. Frontline officers responded to the home in the 600 block of Alpine Road around 2:30 a.m. Sunday, after receiving multiple reports of shots being fired.

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Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet accused of sexual assault

Quebec Cardinal Marc Ouellet is being accused of sexual assault in a class-action lawsuit against the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Quebec. The allegations are part of a series of claims made against clergy members included in two class-action lawsuits against the church and authorized by a judge.

Pope Francis, left, and Cardinal Marc Ouellet arrive at the opening of a 3-day Symposium on Vocations in the Paul VI hall at the Vatican, Thursday, Feb. 17, 2022. (AP Photo/Gregorio Borgia)

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OPINION | Economists are forecasting a recession in Canada, how should you prepare?

The next time the Bank of Canada raises interest rates on the scheduled date of September 7, 2022, it could potentially trigger a recession. Although there may be a chance that we don’t enter into a recession and the BoC is still hoping for a soft landing, it’s best to be prepared. Contributor Christopher Liew explains how.

Explosions rock Crimea in suspected Ukrainian attack

Explosions and fires ripped through an ammunition depot in Russia-annexed Crimea on Tuesday in the second suspected Ukrainian attack on the peninsula in just over a week, forcing the evacuation of more than 3,000 people.

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