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Ranching family honoured

May 22, 2015 / 9:00 pm

A pioneer ranching family in the Nicola Valley is the latest recipient of British Columbia's Century Farm Award. Agriculture Minister Norm Letnick presented Pooley Ranch and third generation owner Mark Pooley with the award Friday at the B.C. Cattlemen's Association annual general...

Gunfire erupts near mall

May 22, 2015 / 6:33 pm

Good Samaritans rushed to help a man hit by gunfire outside a shopping mall in Coquitlam, B.C., helping the victim out of his vehicle so he could sit on a curb, says a witness. The shooting that put the unidentified man in hospital with non-life-threatening injuries took place Friday at about...

Killer says sorry

May 22, 2015 / 3:50 pm

A man who admitted to manslaughter in the death of a Surrey hockey mom told court he never thought in a million years that he would be capable of causing such harm. A judge handed Yosef Gopaul a combined 12-year prison sentence on Friday for the death of Julie Paskall and for another robbery he...

Dolphin has surgery

May 22, 2015 / 2:23 pm

One of two Pacific white-sided dolphins at the Vancouver Aquarium is in serious condition after groundbreaking emergency surgery for a gastrointestinal disorder. Aquarium veterinarian Dr. Martin Haulena says that while the procedure was successful, 21-year-old Hana being watched around the...

Pursuit ends in arrest

May 22, 2015 / 11:00 am

Mounties say a man is in custody after a pursuit in Nanaimo, B.C., that involved several police cars being rammed and the suspect jumping into a frigid river. Police say the 31-year-old man was wanted for a number of property- and driving-related offences in Ladysmith and Duncan and was being...

Spill could cost big bucks

May 22, 2015 / 10:45 am

A major oil spill caused by Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion could cost Vancouver's economy up to $1.2 billion, according to a new report released by the city. The report, conducted by the University of B.C.'s Fisheries Economics Research Unit, examines the potential...

Fires erupt in northern B.C.

May 22, 2015 / 10:17 am

The Prophet River fire is now estimated to cover 700 hectares, according to Jordan Turner, Fire Information Officer for the Wildfire Management Branch. Turner said the fire has "grown very quickly since yesterday." The fire is now roughly 14 kilometres away from the community of Prophet...

Guilty plea in beating death

May 22, 2015 / 10:05 am

The man accused of second-degree murder in the beating death of British Columbia hockey mom Julie Paskall has pleaded guilty to a lesser charge. Yosef Gopaul admitted to manslaughter in the death of the woman who went to a Surrey arena to pick up her 16-year-old son, who'd been refereeing a...

Free rides due to fire

May 22, 2015 / 9:30 am

TransLink says public transit will be free across Metro Vancouver today after a "freak accident" shut down a major SkyTrain line. The Expo Line has been halted between Burnaby and Vancouver after a spark from routine track maintenance ignited a bird's nest under a track. The...

Message in a bottle

May 22, 2015 / 6:40 am

A group out canoeing made an unusual find in Victoria's inner harbour. Now, they plan to honour the message they found in a bottle. Tucked inside, they found a note reading: “If you find this bottle, please throw it back in the water, my wish is to see the world,” Russell...

Fight over murder site

May 21, 2015 / 5:24 pm

A British Columbia regional district won't pay to clean up the remains of a trailer demolished seven years after a man murdered his three children inside. The Merritt home where Allan Schoenborn stabbed his daughter and smothered his two sons has served as a loathsome reminder to the city...

Ferry cuts plan sunk

May 21, 2015 / 3:56 pm

BC Ferries is scrapping plans to trim services on its money-making major routes between Vancouver Island and the B.C. mainland. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall says it will find other areas within the company to cut $4.9 million instead of service reductions on the major routes. Marshall...

Ticket blitz hits mark

May 21, 2015 / 3:23 pm

Mounties in Surrey may be dealing with a slight case of writer's cramp. During the course of Canada Road Safety Week, Surrey RCMP were busy enforcing the rules of the road with a blitz on high-risk driving. From May 12 to 18, Surrey RCMP, in conjunction with the Traffic Enforcement Unit,...

It's an elfie selfie

May 21, 2015 / 1:30 pm

A B.C. man got the vacation photo of a lifetime in Thailand — and he can't even take credit for it. Christian LeBlanc was feeding an elephant when the animal grabbed his GoPro camera, set to continuous shooting, and snapped a photo with its trunk. The snapshot, which LeBlanc is...

Elderly stretched to limit

May 21, 2015 / 11:57 am

B.C.'s seniors' advocate is urging the provincial government to accept 18 recommendations to make housing more affordable, available and appropriate for the province's elderly. Isobel Mackenzie has released a wide-ranging report after canvassing thousands of seniors across the...

Bail for 2 in stabbing death

May 21, 2015 / 6:50 am

Two of four male teenagers charged with manslaughter in the stabbing death of a 19-year-old man in Whistler have been granted bail. Three of the suspects, who are 17, were charged after Luka Gordic was pronounced dead at a local clinic following violence that erupted last Sunday. Two were...

More time for ATVers

May 21, 2015 / 5:00 am

The deadline for registering all-terrain vehicles as part of a changing provincial law has been pushed back to Nov. 1 from the original June 1 deadline. The province has extended the deadline to give off-road users more time to get the mandatory registration, and to allow the details of the...

Comprehending murder

May 20, 2015 / 8:30 pm

A British Columbia lawyer says his clients are trying to comprehend why a family member was the victim of an alleged gruesome murder in West Vancouver's upscale British Properties. Police were called to a house in the tiny neighbourhood earlier this month after receiving reports of a violent...

Charges in Surrey shootings

May 20, 2015 / 5:03 pm

Metro Vancouver's gang task force has arrested and charged two men believed to be connected to a series of shootings in Surrey. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit searched a home in Surrey and seized marijuana, four rifles and a handgun. Eighteen-year-old Chandanjot Singh Gill...

Fire ban extended

May 20, 2015 / 4:45 pm

Due to unusually warm spring conditions and a dry long-range forecast, the Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations has announced a ban on large fires in southeast British Columbia. The ban takes effect on Friday at noon, and covers Category 2 and 3 fires. These include the...

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