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Teachers' vote results

Sep 18, 2014 / 9:53 pm

Breaking News: 86 per cent of teachers vote yes to accept the tentative deal from the province. In total 31,741 teachers voted Thursday, 27,275 voted yes, 4,392 voted no. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender said "On behalf of government, I want to thank and congratulate B.C. teachers...

Police watchdog looks at shooting

Sep 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

British Columbia's police watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a police-involved shootout near Valemount. RCMP Insp. Ed Boettcher says police were maintaining a stakeout of a cabin on Kinbasket Lake on Wednesday after receiving a complaint that a man and a woman were...

Nurses protest in Nanaimo

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:30 am

With teachers preparing to vote on ratifying their deal with the B.C. government, the province’s nurses appear to be next in line for contract talks – but some are already gearing up for a fight. CTV Vancouver reports nurses in Nanaimo took to the street on Wednesday to rally against...

Body found was missing girl

Sep 18, 2014 / 7:18 am

The search for a missing Surrey teenager has ended in tragedy, reports CTV Vancouver. Surrey RCMP has confirmed that the body of a young person found near the Surrey Central Works Yard Tuesday night is that of 17-year-old Serena Vermeersch, who was reported missing earlier that day. Her body...

Watchdog investigates shooting

Sep 18, 2014 / 6:23 am

British Columbia's police watchdog is investigating after a man was killed during a police-involved shootout near Valemount. RCMP Insp. Ed Boettcher says police were maintaining a stakeout of a cabin on Kinbasket Lake on Wednesday after receiving a complaint that a man and a woman were...

It's decision day for teachers

Sep 18, 2014 / 6:22 am

More than half a million public school students in British Columbia should know by the end of the day whether they'll be heading back to class as early as next week. The BC Teachers' Federation is asking its more than 40,000 members to ratify a new collective agreement with the...

Surrey Mayor seeks Tory nod

Sep 17, 2014 / 8:39 pm

The outgoing mayor of British Columbia's second-largest city says she hopes to run for the federal Conservative party in the next election. Dianne Watts announced last April that she wouldn't seek re-election for another term as mayor in the Metro Vancouver city of more than 468,000...

Teachers debate tentative deal

Sep 17, 2014 / 2:35 pm

The initial euphoria of getting a negotiated deal in the bitter BC teachers' strike has worn off and now more than 40,000 union members are tallying their wins and losses before voting on the contract. Members of the BC Teachers' Federation will weigh in on whether the agreement reached...

Foul play in New West death

Sep 17, 2014 / 12:00 pm

On September 16 at 4:30pm, the New Westminster Police Department attended a residence in the 1100 block of Nanaimo Street for a male found deceased within the residence. It was determined by first responders that foul play was a factor in the individual’s death, therefore the Integrated...

Hiker in trouble for rescued seal

Sep 17, 2014 / 8:00 am

Parks Canada is investigating a woman who found a seal pup in distress on Vancouver Island last weekend and tried to rescue it. CTV Vancouver reports the woman was hiking the West Coast Trail in Pacific Rim National Park when she found the baby seal beached on Sunday. The pup was missing an eye,...

Accident on set claims life

Sep 17, 2014 / 6:58 am

An accident on the Vancouver-area set of a popular science-fiction television series connected to Steven Spielberg has claimed the life of a security guard. Scott McCloy of WorkSafeBC says the accident happened Monday night on the Burnaby set of the TV series, "Falling Skies." He...

Respiratory illnesses in BC

Sep 17, 2014 / 6:50 am

An uncommon respiratory virus, found mainly in children, that is sweeping across parts of the U.S. has been confirmed in three people in British Columbia. The BC Centre for Disease Control says the three cases of enterovirus D68 are from different areas of the province, and they are being...

8 people arrested in drug raids

Sep 16, 2014 / 7:15 pm

Eight people are facing multiple charges after police raids resulted in the seizure of drugs, weapons and $35,000 in cash in two Vancouver Island communities. RCMP say search warrants were executed at three suspected drug houses in Port Hardy and another in Port McNeill. Police say crack...

Premier calls deal historic

Sep 16, 2014 / 3:04 pm

At a press conference Tuesday afternoon in Vancouver, Premier Christy Clark referred to a tentative agreement with teachers as "historic". If ratified by teachers -- who are expected to vote on the proposed contract Thursday -- the deal would see schools reopened as early as Monday,...

Legebokoff gets life sentence

Sep 16, 2014 / 12:26 pm

Cody Alan Legebokoff has been sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years. The sentence was handed down Tuesday morning in a Prince George courtroom. According to Opinion 250 in Prince George, Justice Glen Parrett sentenced Legebokoff to 25 years in prison for each of...

Teachers reach deal

Sep 16, 2014 / 6:28 am

A tentative deal has been reached in the British Columbia teachers' strike, a mediator confirmed Tuesday. The breakthrough in negotiations came on the fifth day of talks at a Richmond hotel between the union and the employers' association with the help of Vince Ready. Ready, known for...

'Bushman' runs for mayor

Sep 15, 2014 / 1:58 pm

A man who was on a two-year run from police as the so-called Bushman of the Shuswap has now decided to make a different kind of run — for mayor of Williams Lake. John Bjornstrom became a fugitive in 1999, surviving on food and items he stole from cabins in the Shuswap Lake area. He was...

Marathon bargaining session

Sep 15, 2014 / 7:10 am

Representatives for B.C.'s public school teachers and their employers bargained through the weekend in another effort to resolve the strike that has postponed the start of the school year for more than half a million students. The two sides met with veteran mediator Vince Ready on Saturday...

Death ruled a homicide

Sep 14, 2014 / 7:17 pm

A suspicious death in Clinton, B.C., has been ruled a homicide. RCMP say an autopsy conducted on Friday confirmed a man found dead in his mobile home last Wednesday did not die naturally. Police say 61-year-old James Painter of Clinton was killed. Mounties are asking anyone with...

Danny Glover supports Unifor

Sep 14, 2014 / 3:29 pm

Canada's largest private sector union brought some star power to its national conference on Sunday. Actor Danny Glover, perhaps best known for his role in the Lethal Weapon movies, spoke to the delegates and expressed his support for Unifor. "I am in great solidarity with you,"...

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