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TOTA ready for winter

Aug 30, 2016 / 6:57 pm
Let it snow, let it snow… The Thompson Okanagan Tourism Association is eagerly ramping up for the winter season – even though it's still August. One of TOTA’s focuses in its 10-year regional tourism strategy is elevating winter visits, says CEO Glenn...

Thieves could have died

Aug 30, 2016 / 3:36 pm
BC Hydro says thieves risked death or serious injury by cutting down two power poles with chainsaws in Surrey. Hydro says the two poles were located on separate properties and their transformers were stripped of copper. Spokeswoman Mora Scott says 25,000 volts of electricity was running...

Family of 14 in an RV

Aug 30, 2016 / 3:04 pm
While living in tight quarters on an RV with family may be a nightmare scenario for some, the Kellogg family say they couldn't be happier. And there's 14 of them. Before 2012, the Kellogg clan rarely even travelled much as a family. They have been living in their 36-foot RV for the past...

Deadly fall from waterfall

Aug 30, 2016 / 2:43 pm
A woman who died while hiking in the Kootenays has been identified. Jamie Denise Latreille, 37, from Nelson, died Aug. 26 when she lost her footing and fell about 25 metres from the top of Cottonwood Falls in Nelson, said the BC Coroners Service. She was hiking with a companion when she...

$10K sidewalk to nowhere

Aug 30, 2016 / 1:39 pm
On a lonely stretch of concrete in Smithers, B.C., a black-and-white sign cautions passersby: "The end is near." But rather than warn of impending doomsday, the sign literally refers to the end of the sidewalk, just a short 30-metre stroll away. The "sidewalk to nowhere"...

Power blowing in the wind

Aug 30, 2016 / 12:41 pm
Three years after first being proposed, construction on the first two wind farms in the Okanagan is underway. The wind farms, developed by Zero Emission Energy Developments, came to light in October 2013, when they sought approval from the Regional District of Okanagan Similkameen. The farms...

SUV speeding before crash

Aug 30, 2016 / 11:51 am
Witnesses seem to be confirming what Vancouver police already suspect – an SUV that crashed, killing two, was speeding prior to the crash. Three pedestrians were also injured in the crash at the intersection of Davie and Seymour streets about 5:30 p.m. Monday. Police investigating the...


Lakes to be poisoned

Aug 30, 2016 / 10:59 am
British Columbia's Fish and Wildlife Branch says all the fish in two lakes in the Upper Nicola watershed will have to be killed in order to get rid of an unwanted perch. Biologist Steve Maricle says perch were spotted earlier this year in Windy Lake and Little Windy Lake, both about 50...

Bad news for home buyers

Aug 30, 2016 / 10:34 am
Royal Bank says the first half of this year marked the biggest six-month drop in housing affordability in the Vancouver area since at least the early 1990s. The bank says its cost-of-ownership measure for Vancouver rose to 90.3 per cent of a typical family's pre-tax income after rising 6.1...

Deal at the 11th hour

Aug 30, 2016 / 9:05 am
A marathon bargaining session between the City of Kimberley and its unionized workers has ended with a new tentative agreement. The two sides announced Monday night they had reached a deal and the 80 municipal staff represented by the United Steelworkers of America will not be locked out. The...

From heartbreak to reunion

Aug 30, 2016 / 6:09 am
The family of an elderly husband and wife who were forced to live in separate care homes say the health authority overseeing the couples' care is moving forward with plans to reunite them. Ashley Bartyik says her family met with Fraser Health and has decided to move her 83-year-old...

New cams for highways

Aug 30, 2016 / 5:00 am
Just in time for the long weekend, DriveBC has added new highway cameras to several Southern Interior roadways. For those who might travel the Coquihalla to metro Vancouver before school is back in session, new cameras have been added to the areas of Britton Creek, the Summitt, Zopkios, Box...

Waking up to a nightmare

Aug 29, 2016 / 11:47 pm
A Vancouver woman beat a scorpion to death with a frying pan after it stung her several times as she slept. "It was this big, black, ugly thing that made no sense to me, with its little lobster claws and its tail," she told CTV News. "It was very, very painful," Rachel Fox...

Crash kills two

Aug 29, 2016 / 7:50 pm
UPDATE 7:50 p.m. A single vehicle crash in Vancouver's downtown core has claimed the lives of two people. Three others are injured. Vancouver police say shortly before 5:30 Monday afternoon, the driver of a white Lexus traveling north on Seymour Street lost control of the...

Senior, pet attacked by dog

Aug 29, 2016 / 7:00 pm
A 77-year-old woman and her small dog both spent time in hospital for injuries suffered from what she said was a pit bull attack in White Rock. The incident occurred on the morning of Saturday, Aug. 20, when the White Rock woman said she was walking her dog. The victim told city officials the...

100-year-old runs 100m

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:23 pm
It took 100-year-old Indian runner Man Kaur almost a minute and a half to complete the 100-metre race, but she never broke her stride. And when she finally crossed the finish line at the Americas Masters Games in Vancouver, her competitors — many of them two decades younger — were...

Highway 1 reopens

Aug 29, 2016 / 4:16 pm
UPDATE: 4:15 p.m. Highway 1 is now open eastbound; however the right lane is still blocked westbound. UPDATE: 3:25 p.m. Highway 1 remains closed east of Highway 9 following a Monday morning collision. DriveBC estimates to road will reopen sometime before 6 p.m. Several detours are...

High-risk sex offender out

Aug 29, 2016 / 3:46 pm
A high-risk sex offender living in Vancouver has been specifically banned from Kamloops. The Vancouver Police Department said it believes that "compelling circumstances exist" to warn people about Michael Wayne Carpenter, 45. Carpenter is serving a 10-year supervision order after he...

Busy year of cop gripes

Aug 29, 2016 / 3:34 pm
British Columbia's police complaint commissioner says 2015-16 was the busiest year ever for the body that provides impartial civilian oversight of complaints by the public involving municipal police. The organization's annual report shows 1,230 files were opened over the year, just...

Spares bears, goes political

Aug 29, 2016 / 2:26 pm
An ex-conservation officer who was suspended after refusing to kill two bear cubs will run for the NDP in next year's provincial election. Bryce Casavant will run in the Vancouver Island riding of Comox/Courtenay. "I have spent my life trying to do the right thing, and now I want to...

Traffic artery unclogged

Aug 29, 2016 / 1:45 pm
The Pattullo Bridge completely reopened to traffic, Monday, easing commuter stress on a major Metro Vancouver commuter route. Months of repair work created headaches for motorists starting in late April. But, the good news is the opening is more than a month earlier than anticipated by...

Warm water halts fishing

Aug 29, 2016 / 10:50 am
Anglers in the Nicola region will have to go elsewhere to catch their limit. The province has temporarily shut down fishing on Nicola River, Coldwater River and Spius Creek to help protect steelhead and other trout from health risks associated with rising water temperatures. The closure will...

Got a job that needs doing?

Aug 29, 2016 / 10:43 am
A small army of volunteers is looking for work. Interior Savings is sending 500 employees into 14 communities, including the Okanagan, to help local organizations. The company's yearly Day of Difference on Oct. 20 has been set aside by the credit union to recognize "its...

No need for NEB: Brooks

Aug 29, 2016 / 10:00 am
BC Conservative leadership contender Dan Brooks says there's no need for National Energy Board involvement with his "made in B.C." pipeline solution. Brooks says one of the strongest arguments behind his proposal for a new Crown corporation to build and operate a crude-oil pipeline...

Last-ditch effort in lockout

Aug 29, 2016 / 9:42 am
Municipal workers in Kimberley are still on the job, at least for another day, after the City of Kimberley postponed plans to lock them out on Sunday. The lockout, announced last Friday, was scheduled for 3 p.m. on Sunday, after months of negotiations failed to find a settlement with the...

Fighting ODs with posters

Aug 29, 2016 / 9:02 am
Fraser Health has launched a poster ad campaign bolstering its ongoing drive to raise awareness of what it says is the overdose crisis in British Columbia. The posters will be displayed at transit stops, bars and restaurants, and are aimed at recreational and regular drug users, their families...

Ode to a farmer

Aug 29, 2016 / 5:00 am
If you're a poet, but didn't know it, the BC Association of Farmers' Markets would like to hear from you. In conjunction with Farmers' Association Week, Sept. 12-18, the association is asking people across the province to submit original poems to honour local farmers. The 4th...

2 groups of hikers rescued

Aug 28, 2016 / 11:00 pm
North Shore Rescue crews were called to the aid of two groups of hikers in less than 24 hours over the weekend. Nicola Toews and a friend spent a night at the Elsay Lake emergency shelter after getting lost while hiking on North Vancouver's Mount Seymour, Saturday. The pair took a wrong...

$13B for agrifoods

Aug 28, 2016 / 6:29 pm
The B.C. economy is getting fat off the agrifood industry. Sales of B.C. agrifood products topped $13 billion for the first time in 2015, growing by more than $700 million for the second consecutive year, and contributing to a $2.5 billion (24 per cent) rise in revenues since 2010. The B.C....

Multiple fires in Vancouver

Aug 28, 2016 / 4:21 pm
Fire crews in the Lower Mainland were kept busy over the weekend, tackling several fires. Officials said an intense fire gutted a home in Surrey in a blaze that started at around 9 a.m. Smoke from the could be seen for kilometres. Witnesses reported seeing several people and their dogs...

Agricultural sector booms

Aug 28, 2016 / 11:25 am
The provincial government says agricultural sales in the province have grown for the second consecutive year. According to the province, sales of B.C. agrifood products topped $13 billion for the first time in 2015, growing by more than $700 million for the second-consecutive year, and...

How to market KVR Trail

Aug 28, 2016 / 5:00 am
Marketed properly, the KVR Trail could be a boon for communities situated along the trail. That, according to Glenn Mandziuk, CEO of the Thompson Okanagan Tourist Association. Mandziuk has spent the past several weeks getting local government feedback on a tourism strategy for the KVR...

Fire in Princeton area

Aug 27, 2016 / 8:30 pm
UPDATE: 8:37 p.m. According to fire information officer Rachel Witt, there are currently 18 firefighters on scene at the Wolfe Creek fire, burning east of Princeton. It is estimated to be 1.5 hectares in size and is a smouldering ground fire with minimum open flame. Nothing is threatened...

Barricade situation

Aug 27, 2016 / 6:16 pm
Surrey RCMP is currently on scene at a residence in the 14200 block of Melrose Drive of Surrey for a report of a barricaded male. On Saturday, at approximately 10:40 a.m., the RCMP responded to a report of an assault and that the suspect male has barricaded himself inside the residence. Upon...

Crash on Coquihalla

Aug 27, 2016 / 4:02 pm
Castanet is receiving reports of a crash on the Coquihalla Highway on Saturday afternoon. The incident took place just after 3 p.m. in the northbound lanes this side of the old toll booth heading toward Merritt, according to witnesses. An SUV pulling a trailer apparently lost control and...

Bear with them, use sense

Aug 27, 2016 / 10:15 am
Bears have been seen ambling through neighbourhoods in West Kelowna and Vernon this week. Eight were shot in Revelstoke last week after getting into garbage or fruit trees, with some threatening members of the public. The Ministry of the Environment is asking the public to take some...

Man shot in East Van

Aug 27, 2016 / 9:04 am
A man was shot in a suspected targeted shooting in East Vancouver Friday night. At about 11:30 p.m., the 27-year-old man was shot near East 3rd Avenue and Templeton Drive. Police found him shortly afterwards at Commercial Drive and East 1st Avenue in the driver's side of his vehicle,...

Schools by the numbers

Aug 27, 2016 / 5:30 am
There are a lot of parents out buying pencils, lunch kits and new running shoes for the start of the school year next month. In fact, 528,689 full-time students are expected to be heading back to B.C.'s 1,578 public schools and 350 independent schools this September. While student numbers...

Couple weds on SkyTrain

Aug 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
A Metro Vancouver couple tied the knot on SkyTrain this week. Newlyweds Nathaly and Jeff exchanged wedding vows Thursday on board a train at the Stadium-Chinatown Station. The couple met three years ago on SkyTrain, according to TransLink's Buzzer blog. "Both of us had made a...

Park attackers sought

Aug 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
An assault at an Abbotsford park has police searching for two suspects. Two approached a woman in Albert Dyck Park, Thursday afternoon. One of the men grabbed the 25 year old around the mouth and face and swore at her before she was able to break free. Several bystanders scared the men...
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