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Priest arrested for sex crimes

An Anglican priest has been arrested in Coquitlam in connection to a number of sexual assaults in Edmonton in the 1980s.

Father Gordon William Dominey, 63, allegedly sexually assaulted five youth while he worked at the Edmonton Youth Development Centre from 1985 to 1989.

Edmonton police began investigating reports of the assaults in September 2015.

Edmonton RCMP, with the help of the Coquitlam RCMP, arrested Dominey without incident Thursday.

He is facing five charges of sexual assault and five charges of gross indecency.

Dominey has been working at St. Catherine’s Capilano, an Anglican church in North Vancouver, as a interim priest since September 2015.

In a Sept. 7 post on their website, St. Catherine’s said Dominey “comes to us with a vast experience in interim ministry” and “will be a very good fit for St. Catherine’s.

“We warmly welcome Gordon to our Parish family.”

Dominey has been placed on administrative leave from St. Catherine’s since the arrest.

He has also worked at several other churches in the Diocese of New Westminster area in the past.

The Right Reverend Melissa Skelton posted on the Diocese of New Westminster’s website Saturday, stating she will be offering “pastoral care and support” to Dominey.

“This support will continue as the legal process unfolds,” Skelton wrote. “He is entitled to a presumption of innocence and I ask for your prayers for Gordon, for all those who are involved in this legal process and for those bringing forth the allegations against him.”

Edmonton police have asked anyone with additional information regarding “Father Gord” to contact them at 780-423-4567 or Crime Stoppers at 1-800-222-8477.

- With files from CTV News



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Hwy. 1 reopens

UPDATED: 3:23 P.M.

Highway 1 has now been completely cleared, and both lanes of traffic are open. 


UPDATED: 3:10 P.M.

Highway 1 has now been partially opened to alternating traffic two kilometres east of Chase, after a serious accident closed it for several hours Saturday.

DriveBC cautions drivers to still expect long delays in the area, due to heavy congestion.


ORIGINAL: 1:42 P.M.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions two kilometres east of Chase Saturday afternoon due to a vehicle collision.

There are reports one person was killed in the collision between a semi-truck and a motorcycle. 

BC Ambulance Service responded to the incident with one ground ambulance at 9:30 a.m., but no one was transported to the hospital. 

Highway 97 and Highway 97A or 97B provide an alternate route around the closure.

DriveBC estimates the highway will reopen between 3 p.m. and 5 p.m.



Limo co. tongue lashing

A Vancouver bride to be got more than she bargained for when she tried to book a limo for her upcoming wedding.

“It’s become quite clear that your marriage probably won’t last, because I really can’t see how anybody can tolerate being married to you,” a Vancouver Prestige Limos employee wrote in an email to Heather Oliver.

“I’ve known you for all of an hour, and I’d sooner cover myself in paper cuts and take a lemon juice bath than have anything else to do with you.”

A shocked Oliver went public with her story after the exchange.

Oliver had tried to line up a limo to drop her off at the July nuptials, then pick her up seven hours later.

Prestige responded that it books cars for a minimum of three hours. Oliver replied that she had quotes on hourly service from two other companies.

And then things went south.

“Good for you. I hope your marriage lasts. Thank you,” Prestige responded.

“How dare you. You must be a pretty miserable person to be so cruel,” Oliver emailed. And then the venom came out.

The exchange left her feeling disappointed and hurt, Oliver told CTV.

“You can’t help but take those kinds of words personally,” she said.

Prestige refused to comment on the matter.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



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Grateful to be alive

An Abbotsford woman pinned under a truck in a crash this week is grateful to be alive.

Allie Dufour has been in Royal Columbian Hospital since Monday, when the pickup jumped the sidewalk, striking her as she was walking with her boyfriend

Dufour, 19, suffered a fractured elbow, leg injuries, internal bruising and broken blood vessels in both eyes.

“Even the parts that aren’t all bandaged up are in pain, like all the time,” Dufour told CTV. “Falling asleep hurts.”

But, she's grateful it wasn’t worse.

Her boyfriend, Cam Susheski, yelled for help, and several Good Samaritans frantically tried to lift the truck off her. Someone showed up with a jack, and they were finally able to free her.

“I remember being underneath something, and it was all black and hearing Cam screaming my name,” Dufour said.

She was airlifted to Royal Columbian.

“I’m just so thankful. If Cam had froze up or anything, then I probably wouldn’t be alive. I owe him everything,” Dufour said.

Police arrested the 30-year-old driver and believe he was impaired by drugs.

– with files from CTV Vancouver



Historic step for bands

The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council says it is encouraged with Friday’s signing of an incremental treaty deal with the province.

Four Northern Shuswap First Nation bands, represented by a council treaty group, are currently negotiating a treaty with the federal and provincial governments.

Members from all four communities will vote in a referendum Feb. 11 on an agreement in principle.

The interim deals provide for the transfer of up to 3,760 hectares of Crown land to the Canim Lake Band, the Canoe Creek/Dog Creek band, the Soda Creek band and the Williams Lake band.

The council believes the deal will offer increased economic opportunities in forestry, tourism, commercial and industrial sectors.

The agreements also include funding for the construction of fencing to address the interests of area cattle ranchers affected by the deals.

If the agreement is endorsed by the bands' members, the treaty group will move on to final agreement negotiations.



Highway 1 now open

UPDATED: 5:48 P.M.

Avalanche control is now completed and clean up is underway. Highway 1 is now open and reduced to single lane alternating traffic at various locations between 13 and 19 km west of Revelstoke.

The road is also reopened from Three Valley Gap to 8 km west of Revelstoke.


UPDATED: 11:15 A.M.

For the third time today, Highway 1 will be closed near Revelstoke. 

While the first two closures were due to vehicle collisions, the highway will close Friday afternoon from 3:15 to 5:15 p.m. due to avalanche control.

The closure will take place from Three Valley Gap to eight kilometres west of Revelstoke. 

There will be no detour around the closure. 


UPDATED: 9:43 A.M.

Highway 1 has been reopened in both directions, 500 metres east of Revelstoke.


ORIGINAL: 7:16 A.M.

Highway 1 is closed in both directions 500 metres east of Revelstoke Friday morning due to a vehicle collision.

The incident happened at about 5 a.m. but the nature of the crash and the condition of those involved is currently unknown.

DriveBC says drivers can avoid the closure by passing through the town of Revelstoke.

The highway is expected to reopen by 10 a.m.

The highway was closed earlier in the morning, at 3 a.m. due to another vehicle collision, near the Three Valley Gap area, but that area has since reopened. 



Highway alert

A weather alert continues for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt, Friday night and into Saturday morning.

DriveBC is cautioning motorists to expect heavy snowfall mixed with rain, and freezing temperatures which may cause icy conditions.

A travel advisory is in effect and drivers are urged to use an alternative route.

For those traveling along Highway 1, the road will be closed on Saturday from West Boundary of Glacier National Park to East Boundary of Glacier National Park (43.8 km).

Crews will begin work for 7 a.m. drivers can expect individual closures of one to two hours until 1 p.m.

Check DriveBC for before heading out onto the roads.

 



Another spike in OD deaths

Vancouver police are warning drug users to be cautious after 11 overdose deaths in 16 days.

Police say the spike is concerning because three people typically die each week from drug overdoses.

The high number of recent deaths occurred in the Downtown Eastside and east Vancouver neighbourhoods, and police believe fentanyl use may be the cause.

Police say the victims ranged in age from 20 to 56 and that not all of them were known or experienced drug users.

Early signs of fentanyl overdose include severe sleepiness, slow heartbeat, trouble breathing, cold, clammy skin, and trouble walking or talking.

The Take Home Naloxone program in B.C. provides training and kits at various clinics and emergency departments so people can take the drug also known as narcan to reverse symptoms of an overdose.



Biosolid spill cleaned up

The you know what literally hit the fan – or, in this case, the pavement – resulting in a massive spill of human waste.

Emergency response crews worked through the night and are said to be close to cleaning up biosolids being trucked from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment Plant in West Kelowna.

The semi, operated by an RDCO contractor, overturned on the Riley Dam portion of Big Bar Road near Jesmond, about 1 p.m. Thursday, after hitting a patch of ice.

The spill happened about 10 kilometres from the truck's final destination, OK Ranch, in the Cariboo.

Bruce Smith with the regional district said the Ministry of Environment was contacted and the site secured.

He said crews, working in co-ordination with the ministry, are taking the necessary steps to remove the spilled materials and soil from the site.

"The trailer contained approximately 20 cubic metres of biosolid material. Emergency services and spill response crews worked through the night to remove the remaining biosolids from the trailer and remove the truck from the accident site," said Smith.

"Since this morning, the response team has been cleaning up the approximately five cubic metres of biosolids that spilled from the trailer."

While media are just being notified of the spill some 26 hours after the fact, Smith said residents of the affected area were notified last night by Interior Health.

Engine oil, hydraulic oil and coolant also leaked as a result of the rollover. The vehicle's fuel tanks remained intact.

The driver was pinned inside the cab. He was freed by emergency crews and taken to hospital in 100 Mile House with minor injuries. He has since been released.

Smith said Class B biosolids are a treated, nutrient rich byproduct of the wastewater treatment process used to enrich soils and stimulate plant growth.

"Biosolids are non-toxic and not considered to be a hazardous material under transport regulations in B.C.

"Because a very small percentage of pathogens may still be present in treated biosolids, the public is advised to keep themselves and pets away from the area until the Ministry of Environment and Interior Health Authority are able to rule out any potential health risks."

During the next week, the regional district will work with health and environment regulatory agencies to monitor the cleanup and water quality in Big Bar Creek.



Clark shops for federal help

British Columbia is Canada's only economic bright spot – and the federal government needs to financially back mega-projects in the province that are good for the country, says Premier Christy Clark

Clark met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday in Ottawa, where she said she pitched federal support for Metro Vancouver transit projects and a proposed billion-dollar upgrade of the hydro grid between B.C. and Alberta as a way to shut down Alberta's use of coal-fired power plants.

The province needs federal dollars to keep the engine running, Clark said.

"When you look at the map of the country, the only bright spot you see is British Columbia because we're strong, we're diverse and we're growing," she said in a telephone interview. "We really are the only bright spot in the country right now. There's so much uncertainty, such debt. So many people unemployed."

Trudeau was in Alberta this week meeting with government, industry, labour and social service groups to find ways to blunt the economic downturn caused by falling oil prices.

The Royal Bank forecasts B.C.'s economy to lead Canada's growth rate this year at 3.1 per cent and 2.9 per cent in 2017. The B.C. government, which is set to table its fourth consecutive surplus budget, has forecast growth at 2.4 per cent this year.

Clark said B.C. plans to apply for federal funding of the B.C.-Alberta hydro project to upgrade the grid between the provinces. She estimated the plan would cost about $1 billion.

"Alberta has promised to get off coal, finally. We can help them with energy so they can find a way to shut those coal plants."

Alberta Premier Rachel Notley's climate-change strategy calls for the mandatory end of emissions from Alberta coal-fired electrical plants by 2030.

Clark said she told Trudeau the power line would cut harmful greenhouse-gas emissions in Alberta.

"For us, it's great," she said. "That's profit for BC Hydro, which means it's good for ratepayers. It's also great for Canada because it means we are supplying Alberta with our clean energy so they can get off their coal habit."

B.C. announced plans in December 2014 to build the Site C dam, a $9 billion hydroelectric project in the province's northeast.

A delegation about 100 people from B.C., including business leaders and members of her cabinet, were in Ottawa meeting the federal government.

Clark said she and Trudeau also discussed much-needed infrastructure transit projects for Metro Vancouver, including the George Massey Tunnel replacement project, a key route to and from port facilities.

"Ending that (traffic) bottleneck in the George Massey Tunnel is just as important to Ontario as it is to the people in Tsawwassen," Clark said. "That's how they get their goods to market."



Fentanyl probe nets six

April 1, 2015 news conference

Charges have been approved against six people following a lengthy fentanyl investigation.

Multiple charges followed the seizure of drugs, cash, guns and property.

In April of last year, Vancouver police displayed numerous items seized during the raid of a sophisticated drug distribution network.

Project Trooper was a seven-month investigation by the VPD into a group that distributed drugs, including fentanyl, to Vancouver, Vancouver Island and Alberta.

During the operation, police seized:

  • $575,000 cash
  • 19 kilos of cocaine
  • 1.7 kilos of heroin
  • 12.5 kilos of methamphetamine
  • 23,763 fentanyl pills
  • 228 kilos of phenacetin
  • six handguns
  • two shotguns
  • four rifles
  • eight vehicles (four with hidden compartments)
  • $3.78 million in property including a Downtown Eastside apartment building, a New Westminster townhouse and a Coquitlam home.

In all, 34 charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking and eight firearms charges have been laid against four men and two women.



Tent city gets the boot

The B.C. government will be evicting homeless campers behind the courthouse in Victoria and offering them temporary shelter and rental housing.

The province says notices will be delivered today advising campers to vacate the courthouse property by Feb. 25.

A news release from the Housing Ministry says 88 housing units will be provided and that 50 of them will be available for about six months at a former youth custody centre outside the city.

Residents will be given three meals a day and have the option to camp in the courtyard of the former jail, which the province says can accommodate at least 20 tents.

The ministry says 38 rental spaces will be also available for about a year at a cost of $375 a month at a building the province has bought for $3.65 million.

The government has said there were safety concerns with the courthouse site where about 100 people have set up tents.



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