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TRU says it's sorry

Thompson Rivers University has issued a retraction and apology to more than 400 people who received notification saying they'd been accepted to classes, when in fact they had not.

TRU apologized for the "erroneous communication" advising applicants they had been accepted into the fall 2015 intake for the bachelor of science nursing degree program.

The university says the incorrect communication resulted from "a technical error in a mail merge process in the admission office."

The email indicating acceptance to the BScN program was sent in error on Thursday and was mistakenly sent to a total of 504 applicants. Of those, 401 should not have received the message. Seat offers were confirmed for 103 applicants, however. 

“We are extremely sorry that this error occurred,” said TRU interim registrar Lindsay Harris. 

“Retraction emails were sent to all affected applicants between 9 and 11:30 p.m. last night. Follow-up communication is a top priority and is being provided promptly.”

Harris confirmed TRU is conducting an investigation into the process that led to the error and that revisions will be made to reduce the risk of a recurrence.

“The application process for nursing seats is competitive throughout the province,” said Dr. Donna Murnaghan, dean of TRU's School of Nursing.

“We understand how awkward this situation is and how disappointed prospective students and their families may be. We sincerely apologize for any inconvenience this mistake may have caused.”


Dad secretly taped daughter

A British Columbia man who used his cellphone to secretly record videos of his 15-year-old stepdaughter changing has been sentenced to 18 months in jail.

Court heard the man — who cannot be named to protect his victim's identity — downloaded a program on his phone to make it act as a motion-detecting camera and set it up in the teen's bedroom.

The 36-year-old man pleaded guilty in B.C. Supreme Court in Kamloops on Thursday to making child pornography and possession of child pornography.

Court heard Canadian authorities were tipped off after German police traced a suspicious IP address to a North Kamloops residence.

Mounties executed a search warrant on the home in September 2013 and seized one computer and one cellphone.

Court heard a number of video files were found on the cellphone among family photos.

Investigators also found 17 child-pornography photos, plus another 28 photos that had been deleted.

Crown prosecutor Catriona Elliott said three different videos showed the teenage girl in various stages of undress.

"In these videos, you can see this teenaged girl, both her front and her back, naked."

In addition to the 18-month jail term, the accused must also register as a sex offender.

He had no previous criminal record.

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Nurse attacked by patient

A nurse is recovering today after she was seriously assaulted by a patient, Wednesday evening.

According to the Ministry of Health, the nurse was attacked at the Hillside Centre in Kamloops.

The nurse is reportedly recovering at home after she was treated in hospital – details of her injuries are not being released.

“I am very concerned by this incident and have asked that a team made up of a representative from the ministry, Interior Health and the BC Nurses’ Union go into Hillside Psychiatric and immediately review what happened and bring recommendations back to the ministry and health authority on improving safety at the centre,” says Minister Terry Lake.

“I will be joining BCNU president Gayle Duteil and the health authority in a meeting at Hillside Centre tomorrow.”

Hillside Centre is a 44-bed facility located on the Royal Inland Hospital campus that provides services to adults and the elderly with acute illness and/or severely dysfunctional behaviours who cannot be cared for in the psychiatric system in their own area.

Nurses and doctors have faced similar attacks in recent months, prompting authorities to look for a solution.

In December 2014, a Penticton doctor in the psychiatric department of Penticton Regional Hospital was violently attacked by a patient. The patient, Gregory Nield of Summerland. was arrested and charged with assault causing bodily harm and aggravated assault.

Only a day later, a nurse, also at Hillside Centre in Kamloops, was 'brutally assaulted' by someone who allegedly grabbed her by the hair, punched her several times and threw her against a wall.

In March this year, a ER nurse in Abbotsford was savagely attacked by a patient.

BC Nurses’ Union president Gayle Duteil says urgent action is needed.

“The fact that another nurse has been hurt while trying to provide safe patient care underscores the urgent need to make worksites safer,” says Duteil. “The parties responsible for delivering patient care need to focus on the safety and security of nurses and other health-care providers.”

The provincial government says it has heard the plea and has committed to reviewing four of 12 sites BCNU has identified as needing attention, including Hillside.

“A violence-prevention summit between health authorities, union representatives, WorkSafe BC and HEABC last week led to a commitment to broadly look at ways to improve safety in facilities throughout the province,” adds Lake who says work has already begun in four of the most high-risk facilities, including Hillside in Kamloops, Forensic Psychiatric Unit in Port Coquitlam, Seven Oaks Tertiary Mental Health in Victoria and Abbotsford Regional Hospital.

“Certain facilities, such as psychiatric facilities, experience greater challenges when it comes to workplace violence, because they care for some of the most complex, and sometimes unpredictable, patients, and we need to take a close look at these facilities,” says Lake.


Lake ferry breaks down

UPDATE 12:30 p.m.

The ferry is now back in operation.

Motorists in the Thompson region are advised that the Adams Lake ferry is shut down.

DriveBC reports traffic is halted in both directions due to a mechanical failure on the vessel.

The Adams Lake ferry is an open-deck, cable ferry similar to but smaller than the Arrow Lake ferry in the Kootenays.

An estimated time of opening is not yet available. 

Lockdown a false alarm

UPDATE 9:00 A.M.

Kamloops RCMP are now saying they consider yesterday's threatening phone call a act of public mischief, and a false alarm.

Cpl. Cherly Bush says RCMP Investigators have determined that the call came from a blocked source and are continuing their attempts to identify the origin.

Further investigation has revealed that other communities within the province received calls at approximately the same time and date, with almost identical information from the caller.

“This further leads police to believe that this was a false call,” says Bush.

She warns that all these types of investigations are treated very seriously, as they create unnecessary stress for staff and students, while putting the safety of the public at great risk while emergency crews respond.

“These incidents also divert police and other emergency personnel from legitimate emergencies,” says Bush. “As previously stated, these callers could face charges of public mischief.”

UPDATE 5:30 P.M. 

Summit Elementary in Kamloops has been given the all clear, after a phone threat earlier today left the school in lockdown.

Kamloops RCMP say they were called shortly after 2 p.m. about the phone threat and were told staff had locked down the school to ensure student safety.

“Officers attended the scene, cordoned off the area, and made entry to the school to ensure there was no threat to the students inside the building,” explains Cpl. Cheryl Bush.

“The threat was non- specific in nature, but was made to the school and the caller indicated they had a weapon.”

She says once the inside of the school was deemed safe, police set up a meeting place for parents at Pineridge Elementary School to receive information.

The outer perimeter of the school was then cleared before students were bussed to Pineridge to connect with their parents.

Bush says the investigation into the origin of the call is ongoing at this time and police are asking anyone with information to please contact Kamloops RCMP or call Crime Stoppers.


Summit Elementary in Kamloops has been placed on lockdown after threats were made to the school.

RCMP were made aware of the threats about 2:30 p.m. and immediately responded to the scene, said spokesman Const. Jason Epp.

Police are currently inside the school, and there are no immediate threats to the children or staff.

Because the school is in lockdown and the matter is still being actively investigated, parents wishing further information are advised that a muster point has been set up at Pine Ridge Elementary School, located at 1770 Springview Place.

Once the lockdown at Summit Elementary is lifted, the children will be bused to Pine Ridge.

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