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Sea-to-Sky needs repairs

Apr 21, 2015 / 1:00 pm

Transportation Minister Todd Stone says a retaining wall on the Sea-to-Sky Highway near the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal needs repairs, but doesn't pose safety concerns despite questions by the Opposition about the new highway falling. Stone says Transportation Ministry engineers assure him...

Risk worth it, says migrant

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:26 pm

A young Sri Lankan man crammed into the cargo hold of a ship with nearly 500 others had only one thing on his mind — getting to the promised land called Canada. Nearly five years after the vessel arrived in British Columbia, the refugee claimant says he understands the plight of hundreds...

Election must face pot topic

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:19 pm

Ross Rebagliati says he's been waiting 17 years for marijuana to go mainstream, and he's convinced the issue is so hot that politicians will be forced to address legalization in the upcoming federal election. The Olympic gold medallist, who has since started his own medical pot brand,...

Struggling to get their dope

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:04 pm

A University of British Columbia study suggests medical marijuana patients are struggling to access cannabis under current regulations and many are turning to the black market. The study, led by UBC nursing Prof. Lynda Balneaves and PhD student Rielle Capler, looks at the impact of shifting...

OK Falls park vote

Apr 21, 2015 / 12:00 pm

On April 25, voters within the Okanagan Falls and District Recreation Service Area will speak to the purchase of park space in Okanagan Falls and Heritage Hills. The question being asked is if residents are in favour of the Regional District Okanagan Similkameen adopting a bylaw to provide for...

New clues in disappearance

Apr 21, 2015 / 11:26 am

Fifty Mounties are combing Vancouver Island's Comox Valley as part of a search for a missing mother who was last seen on Halloween in 2013. RCMP say new information in an investigation into the disappearance of Julia Strobach has prompted them to conduct a meticulous search of two green...

Steve Fonyo recovering

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:46 am

Former marathon runner Steve Fonyo continues to recover from a vicious home invasion earlier this year. The 49-year-old was stabbed in the back at his Surrey home in February, in what police believe was a targeted attack. It left him in a medically induced coma for weeks, but now able to walk...

RCMP issue safety warning

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:28 am

RCMP have issued a public warning after a woman was attacked on the same Burnaby block where a man's body was found three days before. Police say the woman was walking home about 1:40 a.m. Sunday when a man attacked her from behind and knocked her to the ground (near Smith Avenue and Gilpin...

4/20 mayhem fills the ER

Apr 21, 2015 / 10:23 am

Thousands of revellers celebrated 4/20 Monday across the world, and, as usual, one of the biggest turnouts was in Vancouver. The annual marijuana celebration took place in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery with a massive “smoke out” at 4:20 p.m. But, this year, nearly 40 people...

Crash history of plane

Apr 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Carson Air twin-engine aircraft that crashed shortly after takeoff earlier this month near Vancouver had been safely in service for 38 years prior to the incident. The Swearingen SA226-TC Metro II had been in service since 1977, according to documentation from the Aviation Safety...

Spill ship set to leave

Apr 20, 2015 / 5:24 pm

A ship that leaked more than 2,700 litres of bunker fuel into the waters off Vancouver almost two weeks ago will soon be given the go-ahead to dock at Vancouver's port. The Coast Guard says it has completed its decontamination of the MV Marathassa. A bathtub ring of bunker fuel remains...

Pedestrian dies on highway

Apr 20, 2015 / 3:46 pm

A young man has died after being hit by a truck Friday night on Highway 3 near Schneider Road in Keremeos. At 11:03 p.m, a 2012 dark blue Dodge truck was travelling east on the highway when it collided with the unknown man, who was crossing the highway. The man died as a result of the...

Cash for kids' playground

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:59 pm

Improvements are coming to the Pioneer Park playground in Oyama. Kelowna-Lake Country MLA Norm Letnick has delivered a $35,000 grant to the District of Lake Country, to be used for short-term projects and activities in the community. “By prudently managing the province's finances,...

Stop shooting, mayor pleads

Apr 20, 2015 / 1:45 pm

The mayor of the British Columbia city at the centre of a gang war implored those shooting at each another to stop before more people are killed. Surrey Mayor Linda Hepner's comments come after police named 22-year-old Arun Bains as the victim in a shooting over the weekend. Mounties say...

Child killed by new driver

Apr 20, 2015 / 9:15 am

A child is dead after a young driver lost control of a vehicle and crashed into four people on a sidewalk. The incident happened Sunday afternoon at a strip mall in Port Coquitlam, about 3 p.m. CTV Vancouver reports police describing a chaotic scene, in which a learner driver in a blue SUV...

Locals move to block Site C

Apr 20, 2015 / 6:39 am

A land owner in northeastern British Columbia says he stands to lose virtually everything if the provincial government is allowed to move ahead with building a controversial dam in the region. Ken Boon operates a farm, a campground and a log-home business in an area of the Peace River valley...

Revenge feared in gang war

Apr 20, 2015 / 6:27 am

Police in Surrey say they are concerned about the possibility of a revenge attack after a man known to have links to drugs was killed early Sunday in the most recent flare-up of violence. Officers responded to reports of gunfire in Surrey early Sunday morning. They found a vehicle believed to be...

Squamish rockslide

Apr 20, 2015 / 6:25 am

Emergency crews are unaware of any injuries after a large boulder detached from the face of the Stawamus Chief Mountain in Squamish on Sunday and triggered a rock slide. Officials say the debris cascaded down the mountain's north peak and landed several hundred metres from a nearby service...

Recognition for mine fight

Apr 19, 2015 / 7:45 pm

A woman who led a fight against a proposed open-pit copper and gold mine in British Columbia has won the North American prize in the world's largest international contest for grassroots environmental activism. Marilyn Baptiste, 45, will pocket US$175,000 at a ceremony tonight at San...

Cultural plan task force

Apr 19, 2015 / 6:52 pm

A cultural planning process is now underway that will result in a comprehensive long-term plan in Summerland. At the recent council meeting, the terms of reference for the Cultural Plan Task Force were adopted. Council received a strong response from the public to the call for applications,...

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