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Housing strategy on agenda

Jun 29, 2016 / 6:54 am
Canada's housing minister says he and his provincial and territorial counterparts are working toward the country's first national housing strategy in four decades. Jean-Yves Duclos said Tuesday that Canadians will have their say on a long-term strategy for the country through online...

Saving BC's killer whales

Jun 29, 2016 / 6:31 am
Strategic fishery closures and marine habitat protection are part of a proposed plan by the federal government to protect the threatened killer whales off Canada's West Coast. The recovery plan for the Northern and Southern Resident Killer Whale population has been set out online by the...

Miss BC open to all

Jun 28, 2016 / 8:00 pm
You do not have to fit societal body expectations to run for Miss BC. This year, 10 women from the Okanagan, Kootenay’s and Northern B.C. will be competing at the inclusive Miss BC Pageant this weekend in Fort Langley. Organizers say this pageant is unique because its focus is on...

Homeless ruling to come

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:17 pm
UPDATED: 6:17 p.m. A B.C. Supreme Court judge has reserved his decision on the fate of a homeless camp on the grounds of the Victoria courthouse. Chief Justice Christopher Hinkson said Tuesday that he needs time to review submissions after hearing the provincial government's second...

Woman chains self to tree

Jun 28, 2016 / 5:08 pm
A stand off has begun on Vancouver Island between a regional district and a tree-loving woman. The Cowichan Valley Regional District is planning to remove a maple tree, which some say is 1,000 years old, from a parking lot in Duncan. CVRD chair Jon Lefebure says the tree is “reaching a...

Deadly W-18 in Vancouver

Jun 28, 2016 / 4:40 pm
The deadly drug W-18 has been discovered in Vancouver. On April 8, two men were arrested by police following an break-and-enter in Vancouver’s West End. Upon searching the men, one of them was found in possession of a quantity of drugs, including what was thought to be a counterfeit...

Links between gunfire?

Jun 28, 2016 / 1:49 pm
Surrey RCMP's serious crime unit is investigating after a man showed up to a local area hospital last night suffering from a gunshot wound. The victim is a 21-year-old Surrey man who is known to police. His injury is not considered life threatening, police said. No other details were...
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Crash course in speed limits

Jun 28, 2016 / 12:27 pm
It would appear higher speeds do not lead to more crashes. New data released today shows crash rates have dropped, or are unchanged, on 19 of 33 sections of highway where speed limits were increased in 2014, Minister of Transportation and Infrastructure Todd Stone announced. The Coquihalla...

Alarm sounded over drought

Jun 28, 2016 / 11:21 am
Low rainfall and record-high temperatures have prompted British Columbia to issue its highest drought alert for residents across southern and eastern Vancouver Island. The province is asking people to conserve water as much as possible because of extremely dry conditions that will force the...

Extreme sport, spiritual leap

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:31 am
Sean Chuma describes it as a spiritual moment, standing on the railing of the Perrine Bridge, 150 metres above the meandering Snake River in southern Idaho. Moments later, his mind completely focused on the present, he said he hurled himself into the stifling afternoon air. "I have a...

More gunfire on streets

Jun 28, 2016 / 6:09 am
RCMP responded to yet another incident of shots fired in Surrey's Newton area Monday night. About 8 p.m., police received a report of gunfire on the 12800 block of 60th Avenue. Two vehicles were seen fleeing the scene, but descriptions have not been confirmed. Officers are canvassing...

More diversity for police

Jun 27, 2016 / 4:59 pm
Surrey police are becoming even more multicultural. As many Surrey residents celebrate Canadian Multiculturalism Day today, Surrey RCMP is working to connect with the many diverse communities it serves with its Diversity Unit. Sgt. Alanna Dunlop said as the City of Surrey continues to grow...

Taxman wants what's due

Jun 27, 2016 / 3:33 pm
Government officials are sending out a friendly reminder to homeowners to get their property taxes in soon, or face a penalty. Property taxes for 2016 must be paid by midnight on Monday, July 4. Current taxes that are not paid are subject to a 10 per cent penalty. Homeowners should have...

Arrest in school threat

Jun 27, 2016 / 1:58 pm
UPDATE: 2 p.m. RCMP in Nelson are shedding some light on the threat that led to the sudden and extended closure of a South Slocan high school. Police say "a very serious threat" led to the school shutdown and cancellation of grad ceremonies. The Kootenay Boundary RCMP received a...

Canada Day events galore

Jun 27, 2016 / 1:34 pm
On Friday, our nation will celebrate its 149th Birthday. If you’re here in the Okanagan that means preparing for a day of hot sun and fun activities. Temperatures are supposed to reach 35 C for the end of the week and if you’re planning how to party, here are a few ideas: In...

Sibling charged with murder

Jun 27, 2016 / 1:03 pm
The half-brother of an 18-year-old British Columbia mother has been charged with killing her. Matthew Pernosky is charged with second-degree murder, indignity to a body and disposing of Rachel Pernosky's body. Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Unit says...

Pulling at tent city pegs

Jun 27, 2016 / 12:01 pm
The British Columbia government says fire, crime and sanitary conditions at a homeless camp outside the courthouse in Victoria have degenerated since March when the province originally applied for a court injunction to shut it down. The government returned to B.C. Supreme Court on Monday for a...

Cops to testify against officer

Jun 27, 2016 / 11:15 am
A three-week trial is expected next year for the RCMP's former chief spokesman in British Columbia charged with a single count of sexual assault. Crown lawyer Michelle Booker told a provincial court judge she plans to call about eight witnesses, including four police officers, in the case...

Dying law faces court test

Jun 27, 2016 / 10:39 am
A 25-year-old British Columbia woman with a degenerative muscle disease is challenging Canada's physician-assisted dying law just days after it came into force. Julia Lamb of Chilliwack has spinal muscular atrophy and fears her body will weaken to the point that she could be left in a state...

Girl, 9, struck by vehicle

Jun 27, 2016 / 10:23 am
A nine-year-old girl was rushed to hospital after being struck by a vehicle in Revelstoke. Staff Sgt. Kurt Grabinsky said police, fire and ambulance were called at about 7:15 p.m. Wednesday to attend to a cyclist struck by a vehicle at the intersection of Fourth and Edward streets. “The...

Cop car, BMW crash

Jun 27, 2016 / 9:15 am
A serious crash between a BMW sedan and a police cruiser closed westbound lanes of the Trans-Canada highway for several hours last night. CTV video from the scene shows the SUV was severely damaged on the front end. A Chilliwack RCMP cruiser was also involved in the collision, say the...

Parrot refuge set to close

Jun 27, 2016 / 6:25 am
Hundreds of parrots living at a Vancouver Island sanctuary need new homes as an Aug. 1 deadline approaches for the closure of the World Parrot Refuge. Between 450 and 500 parrots, including macaws, cockatoos, lovebirds and conures, are up for adoption, following the death last February of refuge...

Man, dogs flee house fire

Jun 27, 2016 / 6:16 am
An overnight fire in Maple Ridge forced a man and his dogs out of their home. Flames towered over the home on Fraser Street late Sunday. The resident and animals fled the fire safely. There is no word on what caused the blaze. Fire crews were expected to remain on scene...

Lines down close hwy

Jun 27, 2016 / 5:50 am
UPDATE: The highway was reopened at about 12:45 a.m., DriveBC reports. ORIGINAL: Fallen power lines closed Highway 95A in both directions late Sunday night. The main highway was closed 10 kilometres north of Kimberley, east of Nelson, because of BC Hydro lines down. At about 11:30...

Jumper's chute fails

Jun 26, 2016 / 9:04 pm
UPDATE: 9:05 p.m. A Seattle man who died BASE jumping from the Stawamus Chief Mountain in British Columbia wouldn't want anyone to assume the worst about the extreme sport, says his girlfriend. Gary Kremer, a 30-year-old former marine, has been identified by his girlfriend Paige Anderson...

Wearable tech helps health

Jun 26, 2016 / 7:00 pm
When patients visit Dr. Vahid Sahiholnasab for a routine check-up, he often asks to review their electronic fitness trackers. He is learning that integrating new gizmos into health regimens can be a steeper climb than convincing people to walk 10,000 steps each day. "It's strange...

$150M for affordable homes

Jun 26, 2016 / 4:10 pm
The federal government says it's investing an additional $150 million over the next two years to help British Columbia residents get affordable housing. Jean-Yves Duclos, federal minister of families, children and social development, made the announcement in Vancouver on Sunday with B.C....

A shooting and 2 stabbings

Jun 26, 2016 / 4:03 pm
Vancouver police were kept busy Saturday night, responding to a shooting and two stabbings. At 12:50 a.m. Sunday, police responded to a shooting near Fraser Street and 55th Avenue. Police found a vehicle with bullet holes in it, but no one was injured. No suspects have been identified at...

Man stabbed in neck

Jun 26, 2016 / 6:53 am
Surrey RCMP are looking for a suspect after a man was stabbed in the neck early Sunday morning. At approximately 1:15 a.m., police received a call from staff of the Taphouse Bar in the 15300 Block of 102A Ave., reporting one of their staff was involved in an altercation with a person at the...

Threat evacuates school

Jun 25, 2016 / 7:52 am
A “serious threat” forced the emergency evacuation of Mt. Sentinel Secondary School in South Slocan Friday afternoon, resulting in all graduation ceremonies scheduled for this weekend to be postponed. The nature of the threat has yet to be disclosed, but in a letter posted on the...

Four stabbed in apartment

Jun 25, 2016 / 7:11 am
Multiple people were stabbed in an apartment in Surrey Friday night. Police were called to the 10500 block of University Drive just after midnight for an altercation. Four people were found injured in the apartment, with varying degrees of injury. None of the injuries were life...

Divided over strike

Jun 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
It appears Castanet readers are divided over whether a looming Canada Post strike or lockout would impact them. While municipalities are starting to warn people a possible strike or lockout could have implications to their tax bill, a recent poll found people are at odds about the potential...

Fired UBC prof a bully?

Jun 24, 2016 / 3:32 pm
Former students and faculty involved in the University of British Columbia's investigation of its creative writing chair say the allegations against him included sexual harassment, bullying and threats. The university announced Wednesday that acclaimed writer Steven Galloway no longer works...

Jobs caused breast cancer

Jun 24, 2016 / 1:44 pm
The Supreme Court of Canada has ruled in favour of three British Columbia medical workers who argued they developed breast cancer as a result of their jobs, where they used known carcinogenic chemicals. Katrina Hammer, Patricia Schmidt and Anne MacFarlane, who worked at Mission Memorial...

VPD release attacker sketch

Jun 24, 2016 / 1:40 pm
Vancouver Police have released a sketch of a suspect believed to be responsible for the sexual assault of a woman on Napier Street early Sunday morning. On June 19 at about 2 a.m., a woman was walking on Napier Street, near Victoria Drive, when an unidentified man approached her from behind,...

Excluded for being different

Jun 24, 2016 / 12:41 pm
A B.C. mom's open letter, penned after her son was excluded from a classmate's birthday party, is touching hearts across the internet. Jennifer Kiss-Engels wrote the emotional post and shared it through Facebook after her son Sawyer, who has Down Syndrome, was the only child out of 23...

43 face drug, gun charges

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:40 am
A total of 43 people are facing charges in connection with a year-long drug trafficking investigation in the Peace River region, RCMP announced Friday. During a news conference in Prince George, police showed off an array drugs, thousands of dollars in cash and weapons – including an AR15...

Help find family's medals

Jun 24, 2016 / 10:13 am
Surrey RCMP are appealing to the public for help in the return of military medals stolen during a residential break and enter earlier this month. On June 14th, a house was broken into in the 6300 block of 126th Street in Surrey, between 11 a.m. and 4 p.m. No witnesses to the event were located,...

Huge tree topples

Jun 24, 2016 / 8:30 am
A huge tree has toppled in Vancouver's West End, damaging two low-rise apartments. The tree was among a row of similar trees, all roughly 12 metres tall, along the 1800 block of Nelson Street, just north of Denman Street. Park Board officials say it came down without warning on Thursday...

Charges in brazen robbery

Jun 24, 2016 / 5:56 am
Mounties have laid charges three years after a pickup truck was used as a battering ram in a daring and damaging robbery at a northeastern British Columbia shopping mall. Fort St. John RCMP credit tips from the public and dogged work by officers for the three arrests. Mitchell Jeff, Rodger...
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