Time nearly up for $1M

Someone is about to lose their chance to be a millionaire.

A winning Lotto Max ticket worth $1 million was sold Oct. 30, 2015, in Burnaby.

"Lottery players should check their pockets, drawers and secret hiding places to see if they hold the $1 million ticket," said the BC Lotto Corporation in a statement Tuesday.

The winning ticket holder has until 4:30 p.m. on Friday to claim the prize.

The BCLC said only four major prizes have gone unclaimed in B.C. since 2006, for a total of nearly $535,000.

BA makes emergency stop

UPDATE: 8:15 a.m.

British Airways says a plane travelling from San Francisco to London diverted to Vancouver after members of the crew reported feeling ill.

The airline said 22 crew members and about two passengers were taken to hospital for medical checks as a precaution.

Vancouver Coastal Health's Gavin Wilson said 25 people were assessed at three area hospitals, in Vancouver, Richmond and Delta.

"British Airways tells us they were all crew members, no passengers," he said.

All 25 were released within hours, said Wilson, noting initial reports that the crew had been treated for smoke inhalation were being revised.

"It's a rapidly changing situation and right now, I can't confirm that it was smoke inhalation that actually brought them in."

The airline said it was investigating what caused the problem.

The Airbus A380 took off around 10 p.m. EDT on Monday and landed in Vancouver shortly before 3 a.m. EDT.

The jet can hold 469 passengers, but the airline did not say exactly how many were aboard.

Passengers were being put up in hotels and booked on other flights.

ORIGINAL 5:45 a.m.

A British Airways jet made an emergency landing in Vancouver Monday night after members of the crew reported feeling sick, the company reports.

The aircraft, an Airbus 380, was travelling from San Francisco to London when it diverted to Vancouver. 

The airline stated 22 crew members and about two passengers were taken to hospital for medical checks as a precaution.

The plane had left San Francisco around 7 p.m. Monday and landed in Vancouver several hours later.

The cause is being investigated.

The jet can hold 469 passengers but BA did not say exactly how many were on board.

Passengers have been put up in hotels and will be rebooked on other flights.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Hateful taunts investigated

Officers with the Abbotsford Police Department have contacted the hate crimes unit and Crown counsel as they investigate a hate-filled rant caught on video.

Sgt. Judy Bird says the man who unleashed an angry tirade was mad about a ticket issued for parking in a reserved space, and he is known to police.

The video shows a man getting out of a truck and walking aggressively toward the person who issued the ticket and someone else who was recording the incident.

The passenger hurls a torrent of racial slurs, raising his arm and declaring a "white power" sentiment as he keeps swearing.

"When did you come to Canada?" he yells as he continues his expletive-laden tirade.

"I was born in Canada," a man replies as the passenger gets back into the truck that is slowly driven out of a parking lot as the man carries on swearing.

Bird says police are not yet certain if the initial target of the slurs was an Abbotsford bylaw officer or an employee of a private parking firm.

She says the person who was recording the incident is also taunted with expletives that she called shocking and upsetting.


No jail for bathroom voyeur

A student who made secret bathroom recordings at the B.C. Institute of Technology has been put on probation.

Chieh-Sen Yang won't serve any jail time. He was given a suspended sentence for recording classmates in the bathroom in 2015.

He'll serve two years' probation.

Yang pleaded guilty to two counts of secretly observing/recording nudity in a private place.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Boy becomes the teacher

A Grade 8 student stunned a gathering of national aboriginal leaders and the federal indigenous affairs minister Monday by saying he volunteered to become his school's indigenous language teacher after one too many berry-picking field trips.

Tim Masso, 13, said he asked school officials if he could help teach the indigenous studies course at Ucluelet Secondary School even though he is still learning the Nuu-chah-nulth language.

Masso said he has designed flash cards so he and his class of 23 students in grades 8 to 10 can learn the indigenous language.

He was among people asking questions after Indigenous Affairs Minister Carol Bennett spoke at an Assembly of First Nations annual meeting.

Masso's voice choked with emotion as he explained his despair signing up for an indigenous language course at his high school but instead being sent out to pick berries.

"The next week we just kept picking berries and they just chucked them out," he told about 200 people at the Songhees Wellness Centre. "I said, 'Do you want me to do the language because it doesn't really look like we're doing it.'"

Masso said he suggested bringing elders from his community to help with the classes.

"It would be great if we had elders there," he said. "I don't know. I can't really do the language because I'm still learning and if we had the elders there we could do it. It's just silly."

School District 70 superintendent Greg Smith said Masso is far ahead of most students when it comes to language so the school enlisted him to help with the language portions of the class.

Sinking prompts rethink

A sunken tug and the subsequent diesel spill on British Columbia's central coast is prompting a rethink to emergency response that could allow those closest to the disaster to take the lead, says the federal indigenous affairs minister.

Carolyn Bennett told the Assembly of First Nations gathering in Victoria that her government has promised to work shoulder-to-shoulder with the Heiltsuk First Nation in the waters and on the shoreline off Bella Bella that have been soiled by the fuel spill.

But she said sometimes helping may mean stepping back.

"This is about respect and not swooping in and doing something that we think is right. It is about listening to the nation and working with them," the minister told First Nation leaders.

The Nathan E. Stewart tug was pushing a barge on Oct. 13 when it ran aground and later sank. It was carrying over 200,000 litres of diesel, 2,400 litres lube oil and nearly 3,700 litres of water, oil, sludge and other engine-room contaminants called dirty bilge.

Bennett said that in the future, being ready for such events will mean having locals prepared.

"To have First Nations as first responders is going to be hugely important and they're ready, willing and able, we've just got to get on with it," she told reporters after her speech.

She said sometimes helpers show up who end up distracting the process when the community could just get on with the work.

Heiltsuk Chief Marilyn Slett said Monday that the spill is certainly a cautionary tale for preparation for coastal First Nations.

She said they are just now assessing the impact in the area.

"It's an area rich with resources and ultimately a lifeline for our community," she said, adding that she watched a humpback whale swim through a fuel slick on her most recent fly-over of the spill.

A situation report issued Monday said two tanks containing oil or contaminants from the submerged tug off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest were either torn open or severely damaged when the vessel ran aground.

Turkey horror video

Undercover video taken at an Abbotsford slaughter house has prompted calls for change.

The gruesome footage from Mercy for Animals shows turkeys at a Lilydale slaughterhouse in Abbotsford being "tortured to death."

"You can see them struggle in pain, flinching in pain. Many of the birds were still fully conscious, blinking and vocalizing when their throats are slit open," Matt Rice, executive vice-president for Mercy For Animals, told reporters at a news conference in Vancouver.

"Many of the birds were too sick or injured to even walk, suffering from broken bones or wings."

Turkeys are shown being shackled upside down, dragged through an electrified bath before having their throats slit. In some cases, the blade misses. Instead, the birds die in vats of boiling water intended to remove the feathers.

"(It's) scalding their heads to death. Their eyes pop out of their head. It looks like a f***** horror movie," one of the workers tells an undercover infiltrator from the activist group.

Still, the methods used to kill the birds are industry standard.

"Turkeys are every bit as capable as experiencing pain and suffering as our beloved dogs and cats at home and they deserve the same protection from needless cruelty and violence," said Rice.

Sofina Foods, which owns Lilydale, said in a statement that the Abbotsford plant complies with industry practices and regulations.

"We collaborate with industry, regulatory and other experts continuously to enhance our practices," said the statement.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Watchdog's to-do list

The woman who has been watching out for British Columbia's children and youth for the last decade urged improved child welfare services for indigenous children, more help for kids leaving foster care and a government-wide children's plan.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has given her last report to a standing committee on children and youth at the B.C. Legislature.

B.C.'s first representative of children and youth was a fierce advocate for vulnerable young people during her tenure, and her report outlined several of her office's accomplishments including reducing the number of children in care and improving their education outcomes.

But her report also says more help is urgently needed for the average of 700 youth a year in the province who "age out" of care when they turn 19 and are more likely to become homeless, to run afoul of the justice system and to have mental-health or substance-abuse issues.

Turpel-Lafond added the percentage of aboriginal children in care has increased in the last decade and both the provincial and federal governments can and should do more to help indigenous young people.

Children's Minister Stephanie Cadieux thanked Turpel-Lafond for her service and says the ministry has addressed more than 70 per cent of her recommendations, with the rest either under way or in development.

Sex assault mediation fails

UPDATED: 3:45 p.m.

A former University of British Columbia student who filed a human rights complaint over the school's handling of sexual assault reports says mediation ended unsuccessfully after 90 minutes on Monday.

Glynnis Kirchmeier says she cannot disclose what happened during the early settlement meeting due to a confidentiality agreement, but she is pushing ahead with her case.

She filed a complaint in March with the BC Human Rights Tribunal, which said UBC didn't act on numerous complaints about a male PhD student over long periods of time, resulting in more students becoming victims of sexual violence.

Kirchmeier says she filed the complaint both as an individual and on behalf of anyone who has alleged sexual assault, sexual harassment or sex discrimination to the university.

None of the allegations has been proven, but the school promised to create a stand-alone sexual assault policy in November 2015 after Kirchmeier and other women came forward with complaints about UBC's handling of the case.

The university is currently consulting with students, faculty and staff on a draft policy, which has been criticized for continuing to rely on the school's general Non-Academic Misconduct process to discipline students accused of sexual assault.

"It's been a year since they promised to do better and I don't see them incorporating that promise in a way that makes me think that it's safe to drop the complaint," says Kirchmeier.

The university did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Kirchmeier says the tribunal has asked her and UBC to make submissions on whether her complaint was filed within the necessary time limit. The tribunal requires a complaint to be filed within six months of the most recent discriminatory action.

As long as the complaint is not thrown out, the next steps will be for the university to file its response and for the disclosure process to begin.

The BC Human Rights Tribunal's website says that if parties cannot resolve their issues through mediation, the responding party can reply to the complaint and apply to dismiss it without a hearing.

The tribunal says it holds a hearing if the parties cannot resolve a complaint and it is not dismissed.

Kirchmeier has developed 44 recommendations for how the university could better respond to complaints of sexual misconduct, including changes to policy and training.

She says the real issue is equal access to education because women who report sexual misconduct often end up leaving the university.

Shot in broad daylight

A man was shot on busy Scott Road in North Delta this morning.

Police are investigating after the victim was shot near Scott Road and 92 Avenue about 11:15 a.m.

The man was taken to hospital with unconfirmed injuries.

Police closed Scott Road (120th Street) to northbound traffic as they investigated the scene.

The shooter is still at large.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Racist tirade caught on cam

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m.

Officers with the Abbotsford Police Department have contacted the hate crimes unit and Crown counsel as they investigate a man shouting racial taunts.

Sgt. Judy Bird says the disturbing incident on Friday has been posted online.

She describes a man upset about a ticket issued for parking in a reserved space getting out of a truck and walking aggressively way toward the person who issued the ticket and someone else who is recording the incident.

Bird says police are not yet certain if the initial target of the slurs by a passenger in the truck was an Abbotsford bylaw officer or an employee of a private parking firm.

She says the person who was recording the incident is also taunted with a series of expletives that are shocking and upsetting.

Baird says everyone involved has now been identified and further progress on the case is expected.

– The Canadian Press

ORIGINAL: 6:30 a.m.

A racist tirade caught on camera in Abbotsford is going viral.

The confrontation began over a vehicle parked in a reserved spot.

It's blowing up on Facebook, but is so full of vulgar language we won't share it here.

Abbotsford Police say the incident happened near Pauline Street and South Fraser Way.

A man in the Ford truck became irate over a ticket issued by a bylaw officer and started yelling at the officer and a worker in the building who recorded the verbal assault on his phone.

At one point, the man can be heard yelling "white power."

Police are investigating the confrontation.

– with files from CTV Vancouver

Divers inspect sunken tug

A report says two tanks containing oil or contaminants from a submerged tug west of Bella Bella, off British Columbia's central coast, were either torn open or severely damaged when the vessel ran aground.

Despite bad weather that has complicated salvage efforts, divers were able to check the bottom of the Nathan E. Stewart on Sunday, as it rests in nine metres of water in a channel about 500 kilometres north of Vancouver.

A joint situation report issued by the American tug owner and federal, provincial and First Nations groups says divers found the lube tank torn and pumped out nothing but water on Sunday from the severely damaged bilge tank.

When the tug ran aground on Oct. 13, the lube tank contained about 2,400 litres of oil and bilge tank was believed to have held nearly 3,700 litres of water, oil, sludge and other engine-room and ship's contaminants called dirty bilge.

The report says about 1,200 litres of a lube oil and seawater mixture has been removed while the hydraulic oil and gear oil tanks have been pumped, but it does not mention any further recovery of the thousands of litres of diesel oil still believed to be aboard.

Gale force winds hampered salvage efforts over the weekend, breaking apart a boom surrounding the tug on Friday, but the report says replacement booms have held since then.

Tug owner Kirby Offshore Marine hopes to drain the vessel's fuel tanks and use a crane to lift it onto a barge for removal from the area off the coast of the Great Bear Rainforest.

Contaminants from the tug prompted an almost immediate closure of bivalve shellfish fisheries in Seaforth Channel and Gale Passage.

The Heiltsuk First Nation has described the situation as an environmental disaster that has severely harmed its economy because they depend on harvests from clam beds.

Chief Marilyn Slett has said her community is in a state of shock over the latest setback involving the broken booms and questioned why more seaworthy booms weren't installed after the tug boat sank.

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