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Hwy. 99 partially open

Aug 20, 2014 / 7:21 pm

12:10 p.m. update: 7:20 p.m. update: Highway 99 is now reduced to single lane alternating traffic with a pilot car, due to the mudslide from Lillooet to 35 km north of the municipality. Delays up to 20 minutes expected. 3:15 p.m. update: Highway 99 is still closed, DriveBC says...

Orphaned bruin released

Aug 20, 2014 / 10:47 am

An orphaned, yearling grizzly dubbed Littlefoot is once again wandering free in the wilds of southeastern British Columbia, saved by a unique pilot project between the province and two animal welfare groups. The little bear weighed just under 13 kilograms when he was found in the spring after...

Man killed during rodeo

Aug 19, 2014 / 7:30 pm

A horse race down a steep mountain slope in the B.C. Interior has claimed the life of a 44-year-old man. The accident occurred Sunday afternoon at the Redstone Rodeo near the community of Alexis Creek, about 660 kilometres north of Vancouver. Coroner Barb McLintock says some of the horses in...

Supertankers: 'pure madness'

Aug 19, 2014 / 1:45 pm

Touring the Douglas Channel on British Columbia's North Coast has convinced federal Opposition Leader Thomas Mulcair it would be "pure madness" to allow supertankers carrying raw bitumen to ply the narrow passage. The New Democratic Party leader said Tuesday the planned route for...

200 hit with ID fraud

Aug 19, 2014 / 1:40 pm

Police believe three suspects used stolen mail such as driver's licences, wills and immigration documents to commit fraud against about 200 people across the Metro Vancouver region. RCMP say the investigation began with a complaint about the suspicious purchase of iPhones at a Burnaby...

Missing hikers found safe

Aug 19, 2014 / 12:18 pm

Update 12 p.m. Two hikers have walked out to safety after an unexpected night in the rugged backcountry of Vancouver's North Shore mountains. The man and woman are in good condition, despite their ordeal. They became separated from a larger group Monday on the Howe Sound Crest trail, a...

Severe thunderstorm watch

Aug 19, 2014 / 8:42 am

A severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the Okanagan Valley. Environment Canada says conditions are favourable for the development of dangerous thunderstorms that may be capable of producing strong wind gusts and torrential rain. They are calling for periods of heavy rain that could...

Taken down in Mexico

Aug 18, 2014 / 7:26 pm

A Vancouver-area man wanted by police for allegedly playing a role in the deaths of two associates of the notorious Bacon brothers is behind bars in British Columbia after his arrest in Mexico. Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says Cory Vallee was arrested...

Investigation into tailings breach

Aug 18, 2014 / 12:00 pm

The BC government has appointed a three-member panel to conduct an independent investigation of a massive tailings pond breach at a gold and copper mine. The government is also ordering other mine companies to conduct safety inspections of their own tailings ponds by Dec. 1, and to have the...

Man faces 37 new gun charges

Aug 18, 2014 / 10:39 am

A Langley, B.C., man now faces many more charges related to alleged trafficking of firearms and other weapons. Sgt. Lindsey Houghton, with B.C.'s Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit, says an additional 37 charges have been laid against Bradley Friesen, who faces a total of 46...

Teen arrested in suspicious death

Aug 18, 2014 / 9:00 am

RCMP in Mackenzie, B.C., are investigating what police believe is a suspicious death. Police say a dead person was discovered on a property on the east side of Mackenzie and an investigation was started on Saturday. RCMP say a 17-year-old was taken into custody and has been remanded under the...

Children accused of setting fire

Aug 18, 2014 / 8:12 am

Firefighters in Salmon Arm made quick work of an arson fire in a school in that Shuswap-area city, but officials are still stunned by the trio alleged to have started the blaze. RCMP say three youngsters, aged six, eight and 10, were picked up a short time after flames were reported at about...

Mountie flips car in crash

Aug 18, 2014 / 7:35 am

Surrey RCMP are investigating after one of their officers struck a cement divider with his cruiser, causing the car to roll over and slide on its roof down one of the city’s busiest routes. CTV Vancouver says the Mountie was driving a marked police car northbound in the 7600-block of King...

Polygamy questions remain

Aug 17, 2014 / 3:31 pm

The criminal case against two men from a polygamous sect in British Columbia is likely to re-examine whether the ban on multiple marriages violates the right to religious freedom, experts say, despite a court decision three years ago that declared the law constitutional. Winston Blackmore and...

'Prince of Pot' returns to Vancouver

Aug 17, 2014 / 3:20 pm

Hundreds gathered in Vancouver to welcome the return of Marc Emery, Canada's self-styled "Prince of Pot," after he spent more than four years serving a prison sentence in the U.S. The welcoming ceremony took place Sunday at Victory Square, not far from the Cannabis Culture store in...

One arrested after body found

Aug 17, 2014 / 2:57 pm

The Mackenzie RCMP and the North District Major Crime Unit are investigating what appears to be a suspicious death. Police launched the investigation on Saturday Aug 16 after a dead body was discovered at a property on the east side of Mackenzie. Investigators along with forensic specialists...

Water safe for humans: Govt

Aug 16, 2014 / 12:44 pm

The BC government is saying that water samples taken around Quesnel Lake show the sediment poses no risk to human health. However, the fish should be worried. The results indicate that the sediment exceeds guidelines for copper and iron and may pose a risk to aquatic life. "Three...

Wildfire won't be tamed

Aug 16, 2014 / 8:11 am

Firefighters are bracing for windy conditions that could strengthen a blaze in the north-central Interior between Houston and Burns Lake that prompted the evacuation of 120 homes. The Wildfire Management Branch said late Friday firefighters were gearing up for 24 to 36 hours of prolonged and...

2 charged with luring child

Aug 15, 2014 / 7:50 pm

Child luring charges have been laid against two men from Delta, B.C., and Mounties say they're looking for more possible victims. RCMP say 24-year-old John Wells was arrested on Wednesday and charged with five counts of luring a child and one count of invitation to sexual touching. Kelly...

New laws save lives: study

Aug 15, 2014 / 2:15 pm

A new study suggests that while changes to British Columbia’s drunk driving laws have been controversial, they may also be linked to a drop in fatal car crashes and hospital admissions. According to CTV Vancouver, researchers from the University of British Columbia contend that the harsher...

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