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Home goes up in flames

May 6, 2016 / 9:47 am
A family of seven and their pets escaped their Langley home just in time as flames engulfed the residence this morning. The fire started on the main floor and quickly spread to the second floor and garage area. Home owner Bill Mullen told CTV he smelled smoke and by the time he grabbed his...

Searching for answers

May 5, 2016 / 10:01 pm
A hospital in Burnaby is facing tough questions after releasing a depressed patient who took his own life only an hour later. Kim Young told CTV News she dropped off her son Eddie, 38, at Burnaby General Hospital on Monday after he came home looking distraught and confused. She took him to...

Fire crosses into Alberta

May 5, 2016 / 9:40 pm
UPDATE: 9:40 p.m. A wildfire burning in northeast British Columbia has crossed over into Alberta, but B.C. crews are fighting the blaze on both sides of the border. The B.C. Wildfire Service says the Siphon Creek blaze burning northeast of Fort St. John jumped the border into Alberta late...

Western premiers meet

May 5, 2016 / 5:03 pm
UPDATE: 5 p.m. As wildfires burn uncontrollably across northern Alberta, government leaders in Western Canada are meeting to discuss pushing Ottawa to reverse historic funding cuts to disaster-mitigation programs. The catastrophic fires that have forced tens of thousands to flee their homes...

Call for law after injuries

May 5, 2016 / 4:59 pm
British Columbia's representative for children and youth is calling on the province to urgently consider a law allowing youth to be involuntarily placed in a facility for their short-term safety. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond made the recommendation Thursday in a special report on the multiple...

Pot brownie bureaucracy

May 5, 2016 / 3:42 pm
Victoria's mayor says it's not her job to regulate the quality and safety of the marijuana brownies sold at the city's medical pot dispensaries. Lisa Helps says it's up to provincial health officials to ensure the edible products sold at the shops are safe and of good...

Jr. defends daddy Trump

May 5, 2016 / 3:03 pm
Take a shot at Donald Trump and a family member may come to his defence. That was the case Thursday when Donald Trump Jr. called detractors of the Trump Tower development in Vancouver ridiculous and disgusting. The younger Trump made the comments during an interview with CTV Vancouver,...

Fined for bear gallbladders

May 5, 2016 / 2:38 pm
A Burnaby woman has been fined $5,200 after illegally buying bear gallbladders due to a cultural belief that the organs can treat seizures. Court records show Yon Kim was sentenced for two counts of trafficking in bear gallbladders under the Wildlife Act in Port Coquitlam provincial...

Pedal for the health of it

May 5, 2016 / 12:22 pm
As the annual Bike-to-Work-and-School week approaches – May 30 to June 3 – a planning group in Salmon Arm is inviting residents throughout the Shuswap to use the month of May to highlight the benefits of walking and cycling. According to the Shuswap Trail Alliance, a growing body of...

Christy critics mull review

May 5, 2016 / 10:04 am
UPDATE: 10 a.m. A report from British Columbia's conflict commissioner clears the premier of alleged financial conflicts, but critics are already mulling a judicial review of its findings. Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher says he does not understand how conflict commissioner Paul...

Bees buzz cop shop

May 4, 2016 / 5:11 pm
There was a buzz of excitement at the Vancouver Police Department headquarters, Wednesday, when thousands of bees made an appearance. Beekeepers from Hives for Humanity brought 30,000 bees to the VPD. They were placed in a temporary home at the building's third-floor community garden. The...

Charge in fatal stabbing

May 4, 2016 / 4:25 pm
A man has been charged with second-degree murder after a fatal stabbing in Chilliwack. Police say officers responded to reports of a stabbing Tuesday afternoon and found one man dead and another with a knife. Sgt. Stephanie Ashton of the Integrated Homicide Investigations Team says a...

Donate at liquor stores

May 4, 2016 / 4:19 pm
BC Liquor Stores are doing their part to help the thousands of people who were forced to flee a massive wildfire in Fort McMurray, Alta. A full evacuation of the community of 80,000 was ordered Tuesday as flames ripped through the town. Starting Wednesday, BC Liquor Stores customers can...

Man charged in shooting

May 4, 2016 / 4:14 pm
A Prince George man has been charged in relation to the targeted shooting that occurred in that community last week. Following the incident, four suspects were arrested with one of them, Jamie Wade Fatum, 23, being charged with attempted murder with a firearm, pointing a firearm and possession...

Disney kid to bank robber

May 4, 2016 / 3:51 pm
A man who starred as a child in Disney's 1986 adventure flick "Flight of the Navigator" is back in the spotlight after a bank robbery in Sechelt. RCMP arrested 42-year-old Deleriyes Joe Cramer of Gibsons on Sunday after a man dressed in a disguise escaped a bank with an undisclosed...

Life for killing heroin dealer

May 4, 2016 / 2:59 pm
A British Columbia woman in her 60s has been sentenced to life in prison without chance of parole for 11 years for the second-degree murder of her close friend and heroin dealer. Trudy Hunter was found guilty of killing Christina Docherty by stabbing her more than 20 times with a steak knife...

Meeting of Western minds

May 4, 2016 / 1:47 pm
A forest fire raging through Fort McMurray in northern Alberta has forced Canada's western leaders to alter their plans to meet in Vancouver later this week. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley has bowed out of the 2016 Western Premiers' Conference and will be replaced by her deputy premier...

B.C. can't spare fire crews

May 4, 2016 / 1:41 pm
British Columbia's forests minister says the province can't send personnel to neighbouring Alberta before dealing with its own fires spurred by unseasonably dry weather. "Alberta understands that," Steve Thomson said Wednesday. He said officials have discussed the...

Motorcyclist dies in crash

May 4, 2016 / 1:08 pm
A man has died after the motorcycle he was operating collided with a bus in the Lower Mainland. On Tuesday, about 2:30 p.m., RCMP responded to the Steveston area of Richmond for a serious crash between a 2015 Harley Davidson motorcycle and a transit bus operated by Coast Mountain Bus...

Min. wage up 40 cents

May 4, 2016 / 11:37 am
Minimum wage is going up by 40 cents an hour. The provincial government is increasing the minimum wage in two stages. The first increase will be 40 cents and bring the minimum wage rate to $10.85 per hour, effective Sept. 15, 2016. This new rate includes the 10 cents scheduled for the 2015...

Shooting likely gang related

May 4, 2016 / 10:52 am
A man is recovering in hospital following a targeted shooting in east Vancouver. Sgt. Randy Fincham says officers were called to the area of Oxford Street and Skeena Street in northeast Vancouver just after 11 p.m., Tuesday. A man suffering from multiple gunshot wounds was found in the...

Cops cleared in stabbing

May 4, 2016 / 10:42 am
Major crimes investigators from Vancouver Island continue to probe the stabbing death of a 36-year-old man on Salt Spring Island, northeast of Victoria, but a team from B.C.'s police watchdog has cleared Mounties of any involvement in the homicide. The Independent Investigations Office was...

Man shot in East Vancouver

May 4, 2016 / 8:00 am
One man remains in hospital this morning after he was shot in a targeted attack on Vancouver's east side last night. Shortly after 11 p.m. on Tuesday, the Vancouver Police Department received multiple 911 calls of shots being fired near Oxford Street and Skeena Street. “Attending...

Arrest in fatal stabbing

May 4, 2016 / 6:04 am
One man is dead following a stabbing in Chilliwack on Tuesday. The RCMP say they were called to the scene (on Yale Road near Spadina Ave.) after receiving a report of a stabbing about 3:30 p.m. Police say the victim died at the scene and another man is in custody. The Integrated Homicide...

85 fires burn across BC

May 4, 2016 / 4:56 am
There appears to be little relief on the way to help with this year's uncharacteristically early start to British Columbia's fire season. BC Wildfire Service spokesman Kevin Skrepnek says cooler temperatures forecast for the coming days are unlikely to bring much rain and that worsening...

Clandestine lab uncovered

May 3, 2016 / 11:39 pm
Police in White Rock will be busy Wednesday morning dismantling what is believed to be a clandestine illegal synthetic drug lab. RCMP is calling in the federal Clandestine Laboratory Enforcement and Response Team (CLEAR) to support the investigation. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement...

High-risk missing man

May 3, 2016 / 11:25 pm
Police are looking for a "high-risk missing person." RCMP in Surrey say Neil McRae went missing at about 8 p.m. Tuesday and was last seen on 154th Street in Surrey. "He has not been seen or heard from since," said police in a release. He's a 33-year-old Caucasian...

Hope springs eternal

May 3, 2016 / 7:09 pm
When it comes to the best tasting water in B.C., Hope reigns supreme. Battling against 13 other communities in the province for the best tasting water in B.C., Hope just squeaked out a win again runners-up Squamish and Port Alberni at the Whistler event. “All of the judges commented on...

Evac alert in Peace region

May 3, 2016 / 5:44 pm
An evacuation alert has been issued for residents in the Peace River area. The Peace River Regional District issued the alert because of the potential danger to life and health due to a wildfire. The alert includes the Beatton Airport Road area in Electoral Area B including all properties on...

Scathing critique of mining

May 3, 2016 / 3:48 pm
British Columbia's auditor general has delivered a scathing report that concludes the government is not properly prepared to protect the environment from potential disasters in the mining industry. Carol Bellringer said Tuesday that her office's mines audit was already underway in August...

SFU grasps bionic hand

May 3, 2016 / 3:41 pm
Danny Letain never imagined he'd be able to "feel" his fingers move again after losing part of his arm in a workplace accident 35 years ago. But with a new bionic hand developed by researchers at Simon Fraser University, he's now able to use the remaining muscles in his stump...

Ellard admits to murder

May 3, 2016 / 3:35 pm
UPDATE: 3:35 p.m. A young woman convicted of second-degree murder has for the first time taken responsibility for the brutal killing of a 14-year-old girl almost two decade ago, but Kelly Ellard's confession wasn't enough to earn her day parole. In her first parole hearing since the...

'Absurd' April heat record

May 3, 2016 / 3:12 pm
As a record-breaking April comes to a close, the month of May is looking to be another scorcher. In fact, April 2016 was the hottest April on record and the second driest ever for the Central Okanagan with 4.9 millimetres of rain. “Overall, Kelowna set the monthly record for April. It...

Mountie settles sex suit

May 3, 2016 / 12:08 pm
A British Columbia Mountie whose sexual harassment lawsuit against the RCMP prompted similar cases across the country has reached an out-of court settlement with the force. Cpl. Catherine Galliford says she was mentally prepared to face a court battle next year and was blindsided by the...

Home sales off the charts

May 3, 2016 / 11:37 am
The Real Estate Board of Greater Vancouver says home sales in the region hit a record level for April with prices sharply higher compared to a year ago. The board says sales totalled 4,781 for April, up 14.4 per cent from 4,179 in the same month last year. The increase came as the MLS...

Tree crashes into bedroom

May 3, 2016 / 11:19 am
A Lower Mainland couple is lucky to be alive after a tree came crashing through their roof Monday during a lightning storm. They were in their bedroom when wild weather brought the big tree busting into their bedroom at about 11 p.m. The husband was taken to hospital with minor...

Pot shops vow to fight

May 3, 2016 / 6:40 am
Vancouver's crackdown on unlicensed medical marijuana dispensaries has begun, with bylaw inspectors issuing 44 tickets to date and confirming that 22 stores have already closed. But many owners are refusing to shut their doors and are mulling legal action, while others are refocusing their...

A history of violence

May 3, 2016 / 6:37 am
The Crown will argue that a mentally ill British Columbia man who killed his three children has a decades-long history of violence, a court has heard. Prosecutors opened their case Monday in B.C. Supreme Court seeking a "high-risk accused" designation for Allan Schoenborn, 48, who was...

Largest jet to serve YVR

May 2, 2016 / 3:33 pm
The world's largest airliner will be making daily flights between Vancouver and England this summer. British Airways' mammoth Airbus A380 landed at Vancouver International Airport Sunday night, making its first non-stop flight between Canada's West Coast and the U.K. The scheduled...

Name of fire victim released

May 2, 2016 / 3:22 pm
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died in a residential structure fire in Vanderhoof on April 23, as Donald Pippy, 51, of Vanderhoof. Shortly before 5 a.m. on April 23, neighbours of Pippy phoned 911 to report his residence on Smedley Drive was on fire. The fire...
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