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Lake Country looks for $2.6M

Dec 17, 2014 / 5:33 pm

The District of Lake Country Council has taken the first step in trying to secure funds to pay for its portion of the CN Rail purchase. The municipality Tuesday gave first three reading to a Loan Authorization Bylaw which, if passed, will trigger an Alternative Approval Process. The bylaw...

Bomb threat shuts school

Dec 17, 2014 / 3:00 pm

Update -- 3 p.m. The RCMP have given the “all clear” sign for classes to resume at Shuswap Middle School on Thursday. Police searched the school and determined there was no threat from a bomb. Anyone with information is asked to talk to school administrators. Original...

Man breaks-in, eats & falls asleep

Dec 17, 2014 / 1:08 pm

Mounties say they arrested a man who decided to take a nap after breaking into a North Vancouver apartment. RCMP say the 24-year-old Surrey man broke into the home and helped himself to food and personal items. Police say the man put some items in a backpack and fell asleep on the...

$180k of BS bought online

Dec 17, 2014 / 9:45 am

A popular card game played a Black Friday shopping trick on 30,000 customers in an apparent effort to mock consumer culture. Cards Against Humanity, which bills itself as "a card game for horrible people," removed the game from the online store on Nov. 28. Instead, the website...

Crash traps driver

Dec 17, 2014 / 8:30 am

An accident Tuesday morning in Blind Bay, just east of Sorrento, left a car on its roof and a driver trapped inside. Salmon Arm RCMP say they responded to a single vehicle accident on Cedar Drive around 10:30 a.m. A 55-year-old female driver from Blind Bay had driven off the road and struck a...

Hells Angel convicted of extortion

Dec 16, 2014 / 8:00 pm

An alleged full-patch member of the Hells Angels has been convicted in BC Supreme Court of extortion and theft over $5,000. Neil MacKenzie of BC's Criminal Justice Branch says the case against Robert Widdifield went to trial in the fall and a decision was handed down in Nanaimo on...

Verdict upheld in ferry sinking

Dec 16, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A mariner who was in charge of a passenger ferry the night the vessel struck an island and sank off the coast of British Columbia, killing two passengers, has lost an appeal of his criminal negligence convictions. Karl Lilgert was convicted last year of criminal negligence causing death and...

New food bank opens

Dec 16, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The District of Peachland has a new food bank thanks to a partnership with Habitat for Humanity. Six families in need will also be getting new homes out of the deal as the District donated the land under the old food bank for the construction of three duplexes. "For the donation of the...

Site C dam approved

Dec 16, 2014 / 2:50 pm

British Columbia's government has given the green light for construction of the massive Site C hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in the province's northeast. Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett says the decision to go ahead with the $8.5-billion project is what's best for...

Tailings spill hits creek

Dec 16, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Update -- Dec. 16 A do not use water order has been rescinded for the Wolfe Creek area, located immediately downstream from the Copper Mountain Mine to the mouth of the Similkameen River. The water ban went into place following a tailings spill on Dec. 10, but Interior Health was quick to...

School lockdown lifted

Dec 16, 2014 / 11:50 am

Update: 11:50 a.m. Police have arrested a 31-year-old suspect in connection with an assault in Port Moody that forced six schools to go on lockdown Tuesday morning. The suspect allegedly hijacked a woman’s vehicle before officers caught him. The Port Moody school district confirmed...

Clark approval rating drops

Dec 16, 2014 / 8:30 am

For the first time since Christy Clark’s surprise election victory last year, a majority of British Columbians disapprove of her job performance, according to a new poll. Just one-third of respondents in Insights West’s “BC Government Report Card” said they like the way...

Site C announcement Tuesday

Dec 15, 2014 / 7:45 pm

The British Columbia government is poised to make a major announcement on the controversial Site C hydroelectric dam project. Provincial Energy and Mines Minister Bill Bennett has called a news conference in Victoria on Tuesday to make what his ministry says is a major announcement. Bennett...

BC Ferries cuts fuel surcharge

Dec 15, 2014 / 12:15 pm

BC Ferries has announced that a 3.4 per cent fuel surcharge that came in the midst of three consecutive years of fare increases will be eliminated starting Wednesday. Ferries president Mike Corrigan says favourable market conditions mean the charge that began mid-January is no longer...

Food Bank in funding final

Dec 15, 2014 / 9:30 am

The Lake Country Food Bank hopes Christmas comes in January. That's when the Aviva Fund will announce the winner of its $100,000 community fund. The food bank is one of 40 finalists from across the country who have advanced through the public voting phase. The decision now rests with a...

Avian flu spreads to egg farm

Dec 15, 2014 / 5:00 am

Officials have confirmed a Langley farm is the latest to be hit by an avian flu outbreak that has already affected hundreds of thousands of birds in BC. CTV Vancouver reports the outbreak was discovered at an egg-laying farm in Langley. Canadian Food Inspection Agency officials say 53,000 birds...

Search called off for boater

Dec 14, 2014 / 7:00 pm

The Mounties say they've called off the search for a missing boater who disappeared when a rowboat capsized in the Gulf Islands. A news release says two men on a three-metre rowboat left Lyall Harbour on Saturna Island late Friday night, en route to their sailboat on Mayne Island. They...

Smoke alarm saves family

Dec 14, 2014 / 10:10 am

“It’s a sound we all can live with,” says Revelstoke Fire Chief Rob Girard after a family was saved by their working smoke alarm. Early Saturday morning, just after 1:30 a.m., Revelstoke Fire Rescue Services responded to a residential structure fire in the 3000 block of...

Teen killed in beating named

Dec 13, 2014 / 6:58 pm

Update -- Police in B.C. have identified a 15-year-old boy who has died after being assaulted by a group of people in Surrey. The Integrated Homicide Investigations Team says officers are looking for witnesses to the altercation overnight Saturday that fatally injured Dario Bartoli. Surrey...

Disaster relief flood funds

Dec 13, 2014 / 6:31 pm

Financial relief is being offered to residents of 31 B.C. communities after major flooding swept through the south coast over the past week. Dozens of homes were evacuated or on alert and a mudslide rolled over one residence in the Qualicum Beach area in the worst of several areas damaged by...

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