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BREAKING | B.C. tourism minister resigns due to 'pressing and urgent personal matters'

British Columbia's tourism minister has resigned from cabinet and gone on medical leave effective immediately, the premier announced Wednesday. In a brief statement, John Horgan said Minister of Tourism, Art, Culture and Sport Melanie Mark "advised me of her decision to resign her cabinet portfolio and go on medical leave to focus on pressing and urgent personal matters."

Melanie Mark in September 2019. (Province of British Columbia/Flickr)

Will Arnett narrates new Netflix documentary about Vancouver Island wilderness

Vancouver Island will be in the spotlight in an upcoming Netflix documentary series titled "Island of the Sea Wolves." The docuseries is narrated by Canadian actor Will Arnett and focuses mostly on local animals, like the eponymous coastal sea wolves, the endangered and endemic Vancouver Island marmots, as well as black bears, bald eagles and sea otters.

A still image from the Island of the Sea Wolves trailer is shown. (Netflix)

Sooke residents say 'out-of-control' traffic congestion on the rise

David Evans, owner of the Stick In The Mud Coffee House and Specialty Roaster in Sooke, says the highway construction, coupled with increased interest in communities along the island's western coast, has led to high traffic volumes. "Congestion is at a point that I have never seen before," he said Tuesday. "It is really bad."

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