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Sailor does not return from trip

Nov 23, 2014 / 6:59 pm

A 31-year-old man is missing after leaving Vancouver on a sailboat and failing to return as expected. Police say Rui Yamamoto was last seen on Nov. 9, when he left Vancouver on a solo sailing trip aboard an eight-metre Contessa boat named the Skibo. He was believed to be heading to the...

Girl, 11, arrested in Burnaby

Nov 23, 2014 / 3:52 pm

Several protesters including an 11-year-old girl have been taken into custody at a work site related to a proposed pipeline expansion near Vancouver. The RCMP have arrested dozens of people in the past week as officers enforce a court injunction ordering protesters to clear the way for Kinder...

Police involved shooting

Nov 23, 2014 / 10:49 am

BC's police watchdog has been deployed after a person was sent to hospital following a police-involved shooting in East Vancouver Thursday afternoon. CTV Vancouver reports the incident happened just after 5 p.m. at the intersection of East 41st and Knight streets. One person has been...

BC police honoured for service

Nov 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

Police officers who braved armed suspects, flames and icy waters to save others, and whose remarkable work enhanced safety in their communities, were recognized tonight at Government House. Each fall, government recognizes members of independent municipal police forces, the RCMP, and First...

Hwy 1 reopened

Nov 22, 2014 / 12:46 pm

Update -- 6 p.m. Traffic is back to normal following an earlier crash west of Revelstoke. Update -- 12:45 p.m. A witness tells Castanet that single lane alternating traffic is now getting through the site of the crash. Drivers are reminded to leave early and to take care on the roads....

$4M for mental health teams

Nov 22, 2014 / 11:30 am

A new program announced today aims at helping people with mental health and substance use disorders in BC's interior regions. First-of-their-kind Assertive Community Treatment teams and a crisis response team will provide targeted supports for Kamloops, Kelowna and the Cariboo-Chilcotin,...

Pipeline protest to continue

Nov 21, 2014 / 7:05 pm

First Nations vowed to stand in unity with protesters as police kept up arrests Friday in a Metro Vancouver conservation area where crews resumed survey work for the proposed Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. Shortly after activists announced they would do whatever it takes to stymie the...

Mounties open fire in Surrey

Nov 21, 2014 / 5:03 pm

Police fired their weapons on the streets of Surrey during a lunch-hour incident that saw two cruisers rammed by a fleeing car. RCMP say nobody was hit by the officers' gunfire in the city's Newton town centre. The incident erupted early Friday afternoon when Mounties say plain...

Snow hits BC highways

Nov 21, 2014 / 1:49 pm

Update -- 2:00 p.m. Drive BC is now reporting that drivers using the Coquihalla should be prepared for winter driving conditions from the Great Bear Snowshed to Exit 228, Coquihalla Lakes Road (15 km). A travel Advisory is now in effect. Environment Canada forecasts a heavy rate of snowfall...

Truck versus tractor-trailer

Nov 21, 2014 / 12:35 pm

Update -- 12:30 p.m. Hwy. 1 near Revelstoke is back open after winter road conditions caused several accidents this morning. Original Hwy. 1 near Revelstoke is down to single lane alternating traffic after winter road conditions caused several accidents this morning. Sgt. Kurt...

Over a dozen arrests at protest

Nov 21, 2014 / 9:00 am

An anticipated showdown between authorities and BC pipeline protesters came to a head Thursday morning after more than a dozen Mounties stormed Burnaby Mountain and began making arrests. In the hours that followed, 26 people, some in handcuffs, were led away from the Kinder Morgan site and taken...

Tractor-trailer bursts into flames

Nov 20, 2014 / 12:53 pm

A Surrey highway was closed for several hours Wednesday night, following a firey crash involving a semi tractor-trailer and a pickup truck, according to CTV Vancouver. Mounties say both drivers were taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries after the loaded semi hit a truck as it made...

Protesters arrested

Nov 20, 2014 / 10:59 am

A small group of protesters has linked arms and is chanting "Stop Kinder Morgan" as Mounties move in to end the months-long demonstration against the pipeline expansion. Media are reporting that some people have been arrested as police begin to enforce an court injunction granted on...

Ballet teacher charged by police

Nov 20, 2014 / 7:38 am

A 49-year-old former Goh Ballet Academy instructor has been charged after allegedly having a sexual relationship with an underage student, Vancouver police revealed Wednesday. Alejandro Vargas Gomez is accused of starting the relationship last January with a girl who was between the ages of 16...

Gangsters will stay in jail

Nov 19, 2014 / 5:01 pm

A British Columbia judge has rejected an attempt by two gangsters to have convictions related to a mass killing near Vancouver thrown out, ruling Wednesday that alleged abuses by police and jail officials shouldn't outweigh society's need to have the men punished for their crimes. Cody...

Ski hills anxious for snow

Nov 19, 2014 / 3:30 pm

Ski hills across the Okanagan are ready to open the doors on a new ski season. Only one thing is missing - snow. Although that is said to be on the way beginning tonight. Sun Peaks in Kamloops will be the first area ski hill to welcome skiers - they're scheduled to open...

Cop investigated for drunk driving

Nov 19, 2014 / 1:30 pm

A Vancouver police officer is under investigation for allegedly drinking and driving while off duty in Delta earlier this month, reports CTV Vancouver. Delta police said the officer failed a roadside alcohol screening after being pulled over on Nov. 6. When they realized the officer worked for...

Grocery store liquor on April 1

Nov 19, 2014 / 1:15 pm

Attorney General Suzanne Anton says liquor sales in British Columbia grocery stores start on April 1, 2015. She says April Fool's Day also marks the first day restrictions are lifted at B.C. Liquor Stores. Anton says government-run liquor stores will now be permitted to open on Sundays,...

New gas rate across province

Nov 19, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Energy utility FortisBC is preparing to introduce a common provincial rate for natural gas, resulting in some customers seeing an annual savings of more than $200. The company says the BC Utilities Commission has approved its request to modify rates provincewide, and most customers will now pay...

Veteran ticketed in parade

Nov 19, 2014 / 8:00 am

The Victoria Police Department has issued an apology following reports that an officer ticketed a veteran driving in a procession for Pvt. Steven Allen on Remembrance Day. Allen was killed during a military training exercise at an Alta. base earlier this month, and the 20-year-old’s body...

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