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Labour peace over Site C

May 27, 2015 / 2:49 pm

BC Hydro and the province's unionized building trades workers have reached an agreement over the construction of the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam. The deal means union members will work alongside non-union workers and with independent and First Nations contractors. Hydro president...

Masked intruder attacks

May 27, 2015 / 2:28 pm

Police in Vancouver are investigating an attempted sexual assault of a woman who awoke to find a masked man on top of her. Sgt. Randy Fincham says the 21-year-old woman was asleep in her bed at about 6 a.m. when she realized a stranger in dark clothing had entered the room. Police say the...

Almost half ballots in

May 27, 2015 / 12:30 pm

Elections BC says its has received and screened nearly 45 per cent of the transit-tax plebiscite packages mailed to Metro Vancouver residents two days before voting closes. Ballots must be in by 8 p.m. Friday, and can be dropped off at nine offices throughout the region. Chief electoral...

Former teacher charged

May 27, 2015 / 12:26 pm

A Vancouver Island private school says a teacher accused of a series of sexual offences against young people is no longer employed at its facility. Andrew Olson is accused of four counts of sexual exploitation — a charge which applies to authority figures who sexually assault a minor...

Green brand threatened

May 27, 2015 / 12:11 pm

The City of Vancouver says the risks of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion to people, wildlife and the economy greatly outweigh the benefits. Deputy city manager Sadhu Johnston presented to council expert evidence that the city has collected on Kinder Morgan's proposal,...

Teen killed in crash

May 27, 2015 / 11:57 am

A teenage driver is dead after her car plunged into a water-filled ditch in the Fraser Valley. The 18 year old lost control of her Honda Civic on the 12700 block of Woolridge Road in Pitt Meadows, Tuesday night. The car flipped and landed in the ditch. Police say the 17-year-old passenger was...

Were they manipulated?

May 27, 2015 / 6:43 am

Another defence lawyer is expected to deliver closing arguments today in the trial of a husband and wife accused of plotting to bomb the B.C. legislature. Mark Jette will begin his final submissions on behalf of client Amanda Korody. Korody and John Nuttall are accused of planting homemade...

Painting could fetch $600K

May 27, 2015 / 6:26 am

Paintings by Canadian artists Emily Carr, Paul-Emile Borduas and Tom Thomson are among the highlights of tonight's Heffel spring auction in Vancouver. Seven Carr works are on offer, including "Forest Light" from her mature period, which has a pre-sale estimate of...

Car pinned under semi

May 27, 2015 / 5:52 am

Four people are in hospital after a crash that police say appears to have happened during a street race in Surrey. RCMP say the collision happened at about 11:40 p.m. on Tuesday. Mounties say one vehicle was wedged under a semi truck while a second vehicle drove off. Officers say all of...

Union pitch to save laundry

May 26, 2015 / 7:45 pm

A Hospital Employee's Union rep, accompanied by dozens of laundry workers, urged Interior Health Tuesday to scrap plans to privatize hospital laundry services in the region. Donisa Bernardo, financial secretary for the HEU, told IH board members that current laundry services employ 150...

Smart meter moratorium

May 26, 2015 / 7:30 pm

Citing health and other concerns, Regional District of Okanagan-Similkameen director, Tom Siddon, presented a petition and called for a moratorium on smart meter installation in Area D, at the last RDOS board meeting. "This is being imposed on people without their consent, and I just think...

Impact projections needed

May 26, 2015 / 7:12 pm

British Columbia's auditor general says the province has failed to adequately address the long-term environmental impact of its resource-development decisions. Carol Bellringer issued a report Tuesday, saying that building roads, logging forests and exploring gas fields come with...

Not boring, says mayor

May 26, 2015 / 5:34 pm

It seems Vancouver has gone from being one of the world's most livable cities to "mind-numbingly boring" in the space of nine months — at least according to The Economist. Last August, the magazine rated Vancouver as the third-most livable city in the world, but now it says...

Baby whale's new home

May 26, 2015 / 12:49 pm

A baby false killer whale found stranded near Tofino last summer will not be released back to the wild. The whale, named Chester by Vancouver Aquarium staff, was in poor condition and had cuts on his body when he was rescued in July 2014. A panel of experts put together by Fisheries and...

Youth worker sex charges

May 26, 2015 / 12:45 pm

Police say a West Vancouver man involved in youth programs has been charged in two separate alleged sexual assaults on a teenage girl. Officers say they received information earlier this month about a man who sexually assaulted an intoxicated youth at his home in early January. Police say...

More crashes on 2 wheels

May 26, 2015 / 12:37 pm

The South Okanagan-Similkameen has seen an alarming increase in motorcycle crashes. On average, there is one fatal motorcycle crash per year in the area, but in 2014 there were four. And injury motorcycle crashes in the region are up by 30 per cent since 2012. In 2014, 18 per cent of fatal...

How boring is Vancouver?

May 26, 2015 / 12:12 pm

Vancouver regularly ranks among the world's most liveable cities. But does nice equal fun? Not according to The Economist. Blog poster Gulliver describes Van City as “mind-numbingly boring.” He argues that some of the world's best cities are losing their edge in trying...

Business lost in fire

May 26, 2015 / 11:55 am

Harriet and Rick Grandbois were engaged in quiet Sunday morning rituals when news came their Naramata workshop was on fire. It was their daughter, telling them the Plexus Woodworks shop was burning. They tried to call 911, but the phone line was dead, so they sent another daughter up the hill...

Comic book hero

May 26, 2015 / 11:42 am

Film star and Vancouver native Ryan Reynolds has made a sick kid's dream come true. Reynolds, who has been in Vancouver filming the comic book action film Deadpool, met six-year-old Tony Acevedo last week, dressed in character. The young fan has Hodgkin's disease, and the meeting was...

Backyard goats?

May 26, 2015 / 11:05 am

An 11-year old girl's bid to have miniature goats permitted in a Vancouver Island community's backyards appears to be moving forward at the mayor's office. Jillian McCue of Saanich made a presentation to council on Monday night. She says she will need to present her ideas to three...

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