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Insider trading and fraud

Feb 8, 2016 / 5:15 pm
The independent office charged with overseeing the British Columbia real estate market will investigate allegations of fraud and insider trading by some Metro Vancouver real estate agents, the provincial government said Monday. Superintendent of Real Estate Carolyn Rogers will work with an...

Woman violently attacked

Feb 8, 2016 / 3:51 pm
A woman is recovering in hospital after she was violently attacked in Surrey, Sunday evening. According to Surrey RCMP, one man is in custody following the assault of the woman with a weapon inside a home. On Feb. 7 at 7:40 p.m., RCMP received a call from a witness who heard a commotion at an...

Canada depends on B.C.

Feb 8, 2016 / 1:44 pm
Premier Christy Clark says her government is returning to the legislature determined to stick to its big-picture goals of pursuing a liquefied natural gas industry and completing the $9-billion Site C hydroelectric dam. The British Columbia Liberal government will lay out its plans in...

Three men shot in Shuswap

Feb 8, 2016 / 12:47 pm
Three men suffering gunshot wounds were rushed to hospital Sunday. According to RCMP, the Southeast District General Investigation Section and Chase RCMP are investigating the shooting incident, which occurred in Celista Sunday evening. “At about 6:55 pm the Chase RCMP responded to...

Dog saved from house fire

Feb 8, 2016 / 9:06 am
A Vancouver family's pet dog is expected to survive after being rescued from a burning home. Crews were called to a house in East Vancouver around midnight Sunday when the homeowners returned to find smoke coming out of a second floor window. Firefighters found a dog inside the building...

2 stabbed in Surrey

Feb 8, 2016 / 7:50 am
Two people were taken to hospital overnight after a stabbing incident in Surrey. About 10:15 p.m., Surrey RCMP responded to the 11300 block of Surrey Road. A 62-year-old man and 30-year-old woman were found suffering from apparent stab wounds. They were both taken to hospital in stable...

Man a dangerous offender

Feb 7, 2016 / 7:03 pm
A predator with a history of sexual assaults against young girls has been labelled a dangerous offender, meaning Ibata Hexamer, 48, will be kept in prison indefinitely. Hexamer's record of assaults dates back to 1995 when he attacked teenage girls in Metro Vancouver. Hexamer was arrested...
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Protest in swanky 'hood

Feb 7, 2016 / 6:45 pm
Protesters gathered in one of Vancouver’s swankiest neighbourhoods to decry of the actions of one of their own. The owners of a 7,300 square-foot, $7-million, newly renovated mansion want to tear it down – a decision that dozens protested Sunday afternoon. “It’s greed,...

Arrest in strange hit and run

Feb 7, 2016 / 6:19 pm
RCMP in Pemberton have made an arrest in a bizarre hit-and-run that happened on the weekend. “Whistler Pemberton RCMP have located the vehicle and parties involved in the hit and run incident. A 35-year-old Port Douglas male has been arrested in relation to this incident,” police...

2 year old declared dead

Feb 7, 2016 / 2:56 pm
A two-year-old girl found in the backyard pond of a home in Langley, has died. The Mounties say they were notified around 3 p.m. on Saturday that a toddler had gone missing while playing with other children in the yard of a five-acre, rural property. Police, firefighters and search-and-rescue...

Fatal accident near Chase

Feb 7, 2016 / 11:21 am
One person is dead following a motorcycle accident near Chase Saturday. On Feb. 6, RCMP responded to a report of a two-vehicle collision on Highway 1, one kilometre east of Chase. “At approximately 9:28 a.m., a westbound semi tractor-trailer combination unit was struck head-on by an...

Help sought in strange crash

Feb 7, 2016 / 8:50 am
Pemberton RCMP are seeking the public's help in tracking down individuals involved in an unusual collision. On Saturday, police responded to a report of a pickup hitting a pedestrian on Highway 99, just south of Portage Road, about 11:15 a.m. The truck apparently struck a pedestrian on...

Sobering centre - long wait

Feb 7, 2016 / 7:40 am
Health officials in Vancouver are planning a new "sobering centre" seven years after it was recommended by an inquiry into the death of a severely intoxicated homeless man, but some advocates and family members say it still falls short. Vancouver Coastal Health has begun planning a...

Stigma lingers in sex trade

Feb 7, 2016 / 7:37 am
When Cheryl's manager discovered the 38-year-old used to work in the sex trade, she says he joked that a name plate on her desk read "pubic relations." Kayla, 61, was in a new job too when she says a police officer informed a colleague she had formerly been a "prostitute and a...

CRA scam still active

Feb 7, 2016 / 5:00 am
A Coquitlam man is $8,000 poorer after receiving a phone call from someone impersonating a Canadian Revenue Agency Officer. The bogus CRA representative told the victim he owed money to the government and would be arrested by the RCMP if he failed to pay. Const. Jamie Phillipson said the...

Cyclist dies, hit by semi

Feb 6, 2016 / 10:19 pm
A cyclist struck by a semi-truck on Friday has died. The male cyclist from Vancouver was hit near Brunette Avenue and Sherbrooke Street in New Westminster, about 3:30 p.m. He was rushed to hospital with serious injuries, but succumbed to his injuries. “It is with great sorrow for us...

Priest arrested for sex crimes

Feb 6, 2016 / 3:47 pm
An Anglican priest has been arrested in Coquitlam in connection to a number of sexual assaults in Edmonton in the 1980s. Father Gordon William Dominey, 63, allegedly sexually assaulted five youth while he worked at the Edmonton Youth Development Centre from 1985 to 1989. Edmonton police began...

Hwy. 1 reopens

Feb 6, 2016 / 3:22 pm
UPDATED: 3:23 P.M. Highway 1 has now been completely cleared, and both lanes of traffic are open. UPDATED: 3:10 P.M. Highway 1 has now been partially opened to alternating traffic two kilometres east of Chase, after a serious accident closed it for several hours Saturday. DriveBC...

Limo co. tongue lashing

Feb 6, 2016 / 7:35 am
A Vancouver bride to be got more than she bargained for when she tried to book a limo for her upcoming wedding. “It’s become quite clear that your marriage probably won’t last, because I really can’t see how anybody can tolerate being married to you,” a Vancouver...

Grateful to be alive

Feb 6, 2016 / 7:20 am
An Abbotsford woman pinned under a truck in a crash this week is grateful to be alive. Allie Dufour has been in Royal Columbian Hospital since Monday, when the pickup jumped the sidewalk, striking her as she was walking with her boyfriend Dufour, 19, suffered a fractured elbow, leg injuries,...

Historic step for bands

Feb 5, 2016 / 7:03 pm
The Northern Shuswap Tribal Council says it is encouraged with Friday’s signing of an incremental treaty deal with the province. Four Northern Shuswap First Nation bands, represented by a council treaty group, are currently negotiating a treaty with the federal and provincial...

Highway 1 now open

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:48 pm
UPDATED: 5:48 P.M. Avalanche control is now completed and clean up is underway. Highway 1 is now open and reduced to single lane alternating traffic at various locations between 13 and 19 km west of Revelstoke. The road is also reopened from Three Valley Gap to 8 km west of...

Highway alert

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:29 pm
A weather alert continues for the Coquihalla from Hope to Merritt, Friday night and into Saturday morning. DriveBC is cautioning motorists to expect heavy snowfall mixed with rain, and freezing temperatures which may cause icy conditions. A travel advisory is in effect and drivers are urged...

Another spike in OD deaths

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:04 pm
Vancouver police are warning drug users to be cautious after 11 overdose deaths in 16 days. Police say the spike is concerning because three people typically die each week from drug overdoses. The high number of recent deaths occurred in the Downtown Eastside and east Vancouver...

Biosolid spill cleaned up

Feb 5, 2016 / 3:55 pm
The you know what literally hit the fan – or, in this case, the pavement – resulting in a massive spill of human waste. Emergency response crews worked through the night and are said to be close to cleaning up biosolids being trucked from the Westside Regional Wastewater Treatment...

Clark shops for federal help

Feb 5, 2016 / 3:43 pm
British Columbia is Canada's only economic bright spot – and the federal government needs to financially back mega-projects in the province that are good for the country, says Premier Christy Clark Clark met with Prime Minister Justin Trudeau Friday in Ottawa, where she said she...

Fentanyl probe nets six

Feb 5, 2016 / 2:42 pm
Charges have been approved against six people following a lengthy fentanyl investigation. Multiple charges followed the seizure of drugs, cash, guns and property. In April of last year, Vancouver police displayed numerous items seized during the raid of a sophisticated drug distribution...

Tent city gets the boot

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:58 pm
The B.C. government will be evicting homeless campers behind the courthouse in Victoria and offering them temporary shelter and rental housing. The province says notices will be delivered today advising campers to vacate the courthouse property by Feb. 25. A news release from the Housing...

Yogi the dog to be killed

Feb 5, 2016 / 12:17 pm
Yogi, the Rottweiler-husky cross that attacked two sisters in December, will be put to death after its owner withdrew an application to keep the dog alive. The sisters, Kati and Jessi Mather, 21, had taken the dog from Lucas MacNeil’s house with Jesse’s three-year-old son on Dec....

Reducing emergency waits

Feb 5, 2016 / 11:50 am
The agency that oversees British Columbia's paramedics and ambulance system has created a plan it hopes will better serve the province's growing — and aging — population. The plan stems from the B.C. Emergency Health Services review of more than 350,000 emergency responses by...

Industry emitting more gas

Feb 5, 2016 / 11:00 am
Provincial industrial greenhouse gas emissions rose 5.7 per cent between 2013 and 2014, according to a new report released today by the province. The government credits the rise in emissions, released today in the 2014 industrial greenhouse gas emissions report, to growth in the oil and gas...

Snow warning on highways

Feb 5, 2016 / 8:27 am
Mother Nature is delivering a snowy start to the long weekend for many British Columbia families. B.C. marks Family Day on Monday, but anyone driving to or from the Southern Interior may choose to delay the start of their trip until Saturday. Safety Minister Mike Morris is urging everyone to...

Stabbing on Surrey street

Feb 5, 2016 / 6:19 am
Surrey RCMP responded to a stabbing on 120th Street overnight. Police investigated the scene late into the night in front of a business on the 8200 block following the stabbing of a man in an altercation between several people. About 10 p.m., police responded to the incident. A 36-year-old...

Crash cleared, hwy open

Feb 5, 2016 / 5:58 am
DriveBC reports a crash on the Trans-Canada Highway at Three Valley Gap has been cleared. The highway was closed in both directions for two hours between 3 and 5 a.m. due to the vehicle incident, and no detour was available. No details are yet available on the nature of the...

Animal killer granted leave

Feb 4, 2016 / 8:36 pm
A Vancouver-area woman who was convicted of brutally killing animals and admitted to wanting to kill a homeless person can now leave her halfway house unescorted. A court order issued Thursday means Kayla Bourque can leave the New Westminster, residence between 9 a.m. and 11 a.m. on Thursdays...

Having a labour shortage?

Feb 4, 2016 / 8:21 pm
Employers in the tourism sector are being asked to fill out a survey explaining how labour shortages impact their business. As part of the BC Tourism Labour Market Strategy, the survey is presented by go2HR, a company that has served BC's tourism and hospitality industry since 1979. With...

No place to play

Feb 4, 2016 / 6:11 pm
The Hells Angels have lost a bid to regain control of a clubhouse in Nanaimo, in advance of a civil trial scheduled for next year. The province seized the clubhouse in November 2007 under the Civil Forfeiture Act. Orders were granted against the property by B.C. Supreme Court judges at that...

Elephant's 'concrete prison'

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:46 pm
What struck Ulara Nakagawa when she first saw Japan's oldest elephant was how she resembled a figurine in a "concrete prison." "There was absolutely nothing else for her to do," the Vancouver woman wrote in a blog post about the 69-year-old animal. "It was beyond...

RCMP actions 'dubious'

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:42 pm
Police officers involved in an undercover terrorism sting posed as spiritual guides and offered "dubious" and "eyebrow-raising" interpretations of Islam to a British Columbia man with extremist Muslim views, says an Islamic expert. Omid Safi, head of Islamic studies at Duke...

Multiple car thieves busted

Feb 4, 2016 / 4:15 pm
The Vancouver Police Department put the brakes on nine car thieves Wednesday, Feb. 3. The first arrests started when a VPD K-9 officer found a stolen Chevy Trax parked on Slocan Street near East 6th Avenue at about 1 p.m. “The car was taken with the keys that were in a gym bag stolen at...
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