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Canadian military selects new pistol to replace aging handguns

The Canadian military is getting new pistols to replace its current Second World War-era sidearms. The Department of National Defence on Friday announced an initial contract award of US$3.2 million to outfit the Canadian Army with 7,000 new handguns and holsters.

Second Lieutenant Ahan Chauhan of 5 Service Battalion participates in range practice with a 9mm Browning pistol at 2nd Canadian Division Support Base Valcartier on March 21 2022. The military announced a replacement for the Browning pistol on Friday, Oct. 7, 2022. (Cpl. Marc-André Leclerc, Valcartier Imaging Section, Canadian Armed Forces)

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Vancouver Island paper mill to close indefinitely, at least 150 jobs affected

B.C.-based company Paper Excellence says it is indefinitely ceasing its paper operations at one of its Vancouver Island facilities in two months. In an announcement Thursday, the company said its Catalyst Crofton facility, south of Nanaimo, B.C., will stop producing paper in early December, a move that's expected to affect at least 150 workers.

The Catalyst paper and pulp mill in Crofton, B.C. is shown in this undated file photo.

Daily heat records tumble again in B.C., as drought conditions worsen

Unseasonable warmth over much of British Columbia is showing no sign of easing, with another day of temperature records in the books and many regions reporting no significant rain since early July. Environment Canada says 11 daily maximum temperature records were set Wednesday across parts of Vancouver Island, the central coast, southern Interior and southeastern B.C.

B.C. says 54 doctors have signed contracts after new salary incentives announced

The B.C. government says that 54 doctors have signed contracts with the province to provide full-time family doctor service after the Ministry of Health announced a signing bonus and other incentives earlier this summer. On June 21, the province announced it would be offering a $25,000 signing bonus as well as medical training debt forgiveness up to $130,000 to new family doctors who agreed to work in B.C. for five years.

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Uvalde schools suspend entire police force after outrage

Uvalde's school district on Friday pulled its embattled campus police force off the job following a wave of new outrage over the hiring of a former state trooper who was part of the hesitant law enforcement response during the May shooting at Robb Elementary School.

Canada permanently banning top Iranian regime officials, levelling new sanctions

Canada is permanently banning top members of the Iranian regime from coming into the country, restricting financial transactions with Iran, and pursuing new sanction enforcement measures, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau announced Friday. 'We're taking steps that will raise the bar internationally, in holding Iran accountable," Trudeau said.

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Vancouver Island woman adorns home with hundreds of skeletons year round

Monica says her appreciation for skulls and skeletons began when he was 13 years old. Now there are more than 275 decorative skulls in her home, including skull paintings on the wall, skeletal salt-and-pepper shakers on the dining room table, skull-adorned coffee cups in the kitchen, and a coffin-shaped skeleton clock in the living room.

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