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Royals arrive in Victoria

Sep 24, 2016 / 4:09 pm
Prince William, his wife Kate and their children arrived in Victoria on Saturday to start a week-long visit to British Columbia and Yukon. The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge were scheduled to participate in a welcoming ceremony at the B.C. legislature on Saturday evening with Prime Minister...

Suspicious death ID'd

Sep 24, 2016 / 1:16 pm
Police have identified the man found dead in a vehicle Friday in Coquitlam, a death police believe involved foul play. Jason Leigh Zellmer, a Surrey resident, was found in a vehicle on the 4900 block of Quarry Road just after 6:30 a.m. “From the evidence gathered so far, Mr....

Man killed in shooting

Sep 24, 2016 / 9:30 am
A man was shot dead early Saturday morning in Maple Ridge. Police responded to the area near 243 Street and 102 Avenue just after 2 a.m. to find a 32-year-old man suffering from gunshot wounds. He was transported to the hospital but died from his injuries. The 24300 block of 102 Avenue...

Firm accused of crime link

Sep 24, 2016 / 8:11 am
A payment processing company in Vancouver has been accused of being a "significant transnational criminal organization" by the United States Treasury Department. In a news release Thursday, the department alleges the PacNet Group has a 20-year history of laundering cash raised through...

Bacon trial pushed back

Sep 24, 2016 / 8:02 am
UPDATE: 8 a.m. The trial of a man accused of one count of first-degree murder in an attack that left six people dead has been delayed, pushing it back more than a decade from when the slayings happened in Surrey. Justice Kathleen Ker of the B.C. Supreme Court says it's "completely...

Heartbreak seniors reunited

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:29 pm
Two seniors who broke B.C.'s heart have been reunited. Wolfram and Anita Gottschalk spent several months separated in different care homes due to a lack of beds. Their story tugged at the heartstrings, but the couple was all smiles Thursday as they were back together at the Residence at...

Tolko draws mayor's fury

Sep 23, 2016 / 2:55 pm
The mayor of Merritt says he's angry about Tolko Industries' decision to close a sawmill that employs 200 people in his community. Neil Menard says the company had set up a meeting with city officials last week but cancelled it, and now he knows why. Tolko says the mill will be...
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Extradited over murder

Sep 23, 2016 / 2:22 pm
Edmonton police say an American man has been extradited to Canada to face murder and arson charges. Police said Jason Steadman, who 41, is charged in the death of Dwayne Demkiw. Demkiw was last seen leaving his workplace in Edmonton at about 4 a.m. on May 31, 2015. Later that morning, his...

Body found near river

Sep 23, 2016 / 1:04 pm
UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. Police say a body discovered near a vehicle this morning is suspicious. "The area surrounding the scene will be cordoned off for a significant amount of time," said RCMP in a statement. "The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team (IHIT) has been called and...

Pricey pot laws approved

Sep 23, 2016 / 12:28 pm
Victoria city council has approved new regulations for medical cannabis businesses, but complying with the new bylaw won't be cheap. Starting immediately, a $5,000 business licence and $7,500 rezoning application are required for all shops where medicinal pot is sold. The zoning...

Royal meeting with PM

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:44 am
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is coming to hang out with the royals – but not in Kelowna. Trudeau is scheduled only to attend events in Victoria and Vancouver. “Canadians have tremendous affection for the Royal Family, and are excited to welcome The Duke and Duchess to our nation...

Dog swims with whales

Sep 23, 2016 / 9:26 am
A Victoria dog went swimming with the whales. And its owner caught it all on camera. Alain Schmitz captured his golden retriever Colby going for a splash with two killer whales off Clover Point recently. Schmitz regularly throws rocks for Colby to chase into the water on their daily...

AG asked to step in for tot

Sep 23, 2016 / 6:59 am
British Columbia's representative for children and youth is urging the province's attorney general to intervene in the case of a Metis toddler being adopted to non-aboriginal parents in Ontario. Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond said she is acting on advice from three leading Metis cultural...

Grenade scare in East Van

Sep 23, 2016 / 6:55 am
Vancouver Police say two live grenades had to be blown up in a controlled explosion in East Vancouver. The bomb disposal squad took care of the devices after they were discovered in a vehicle during a traffic stop early Thursday evening. Acting Sgt. Brian Montague has issued a release saying...

A royal welcome

Sep 23, 2016 / 6:45 am
The indigenous guardians of British Columbia's remote and largely untouched Great Bear Rainforest are preparing a royal welcome for the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge as part of a Canadian tour of iconic B.C. and Yukon locales dripping with history, beauty and social conscience. Starting...

Call for body cams after bite

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:56 am
A legal advocacy group in British Columbia is calling for dog handlers with the Vancouver Police Department to wear body cameras after a bystander was accidentally mauled this week during a police takedown. Doug King of Pivot Legal Society says the use of police dogs is on the rise and that...

Clark's approval rating up

Sep 23, 2016 / 5:00 am
While realtors and some homeowners are furious over the Liberal party's new 15 per cent tax on foreign buyers in Metro Vancouver, that move may be paying off in the polls. According to the Angus Reid Institute, the policy change is unequivocally popular with people living in the region and...

BC ties to global fraud case

Sep 22, 2016 / 4:37 pm
A Vancouver company is making international headlines after it was named by the U.S. attorney general in an international mail and lotto fraud case. According to a statement from the U.S. Treasury Department, allegations have been made that the PacNet Group has a lengthy history of money...

Homes for middle class

Sep 22, 2016 / 3:09 pm
The results are encouraging, but very preliminary. That's the opinion of Premier Christy Clark after August numbers were released following implementation of the government's 15 per cent foreign tax on home purchases in the Lower Mainland. The government introduced the tax at the...

Grizzly vacation over

Sep 22, 2016 / 11:33 am
A nearly week-long holiday of swimming and munching on berries has come to an end for two grizzly bears that have been caught on a tiny island just off the north-east tip of Vancouver Island. Village of Alert Bay chief administrative officer Justin Beadle said the two- to-three-year-old bruins...

Stampede to beat tax

Sep 22, 2016 / 11:10 am
Property purchase data released today by British Columbia's Finance Ministry indicates a stampede by prospective foreign buyers to avoid paying a 15 per cent tax in the days before the Aug. 2 deadline. But the numbers also reveal the sudden rush slowed to a trickle after the deadline. A...

Talking pot, homelessness

Sep 22, 2016 / 11:06 am
Nearly 2,000 municipal politicians, civic staff and other community leaders are preparing for a five-day Union of B.C. Municipalities convention beginning Monday in Victoria. Representatives of 189 local governments from all corners of B.C. can take part in opening day panels on tent cities,...

New area code rolls out

Sep 22, 2016 / 10:54 am
A new area code is rolling out across B.C. phone numbers. The 236 area code was introduced in 2013 but is just starting to be used more commonly. The prefix can be assigned to any number in the province and is not area dependent like the Lower mainland's 604. The code won't change...

Royal visit to shine light

Sep 22, 2016 / 7:04 am
It's been almost 30 years since Diana, Princess of Wales, kissed an AIDS patient on the cheek. Her open-hearted, selfless gesture of compassion at London's Mildmay Hospital in 1989 was noticed around the world and helped reduce the vast belief that AIDS could be transferred by human...

Police K-9 bites bystander

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:05 pm
A probe has been launched after a man was seriously injured during a police takedown in New Westminster. The Independent Investigations Office says officers from the Vancouver Police Department were arresting several people Monday when a male bystander was bitten by a police dog. They say a...

Prescribed burns in Lytton

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:38 pm
After Lytton was threatened by a fast-growing wildfire in late August, residents may spot more smoke in the area, but there's no cause for concern. The BC Wildfire Service will be conducting three prescribed burns between Sept. 22 and 28, and smoke and flames may be visible from those in...

Shattered by loss of toddler

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:33 pm
A British Columbia foster mother says there are no words to describe her loss after the provincial government removed a Metis toddler she has raised almost since birth from her care. The woman's lawyer says the Ministry of Children and Family Development moved the little girl to a local...

Keeping vigilant on fentanyl

Sep 21, 2016 / 4:23 pm
British Columbia is bombarding the province with thousands of overdose-reversing naloxone kits as part of an all-out assault against a drug crisis that has killed 488 people so far this year. Health Minister Terry Lake said Wednesday during an update on the opioid emergency that 13,000...

Deadly crisis deepens

Sep 21, 2016 / 3:02 pm
There is little good news to share when it comes to the overdose crisis in B.C. More people overdosed and died in Kelowna in 2016 so far than in all of 2015 – and the provincial numbers are not any better. As of Aug. 31, 2016, 488 people have died in B.C. as a result of the use of...

A warning from Louis C.K.

Sep 21, 2016 / 12:06 pm
Ticket scalping is no laughing matter for Louis C.K. The comedian's two Vancouver shows are sold out, and the performer has a warning for anyone looking to purchase from resellers. “We take great efforts and have many methods of finding out what inventory is being sold on...

Deaf can now text 911

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:47 am
A new text service in the Interior offers vital and potentially lifesaving communications link for people who are deaf/deaf-blind, hard-of-hearing or speech impaired. The service is delivered by E-Comm – the emergency communications centre responsible for answering 911 calls in the central...

Payday loans to cost less

Sep 21, 2016 / 11:21 am
The British Columbia government is taking steps to cut the interest rates charged on so-called payday loans. The maximum allowable charge for a payday loan in B.C. will drop from $23 to $17 for every $100 borrowed, starting Jan. 1, 2017. The Ministry of Public Safety and Solicitor General...

Ex-NHLer saves teen

Sep 21, 2016 / 10:57 am
A former Vancouver Canucks player has made one heck of a save. Dave Babych, who used to play defence for the Canucks in the mid-1990s, carried an injured teenager off a hiking trail in the North Shore. Christa Minielly, 13, was hiking with a friend on the Baden-Powell Trail a couple weeks ago...

Pay bump for tech industry

Sep 21, 2016 / 9:37 am
Those in B.C.'s tech industry may have noticed a pay bump in the last year. An HR Tech Group report has indicated that the average pay in the industry has jumped 5.8 per cent from last year – the highest jump they've seen since they started their annual salary survey 25 years...

'Wills mania' all over again

Sep 21, 2016 / 9:00 am
The screams were deafening. It was March 24, 1998, and hundreds of teenage girls were crammed behind barriers outside a suburban Vancouver high school. The girls weren't squealing for the Backstreet Boys or Leonardo DiCaprio — they were there to see a real-life prince. "You...

No one knew she was gone

Sep 21, 2016 / 7:00 am
A family friend of a Saskatchewan woman found dead in a forested area of British Columbia hopes a national inquiry into missing and murdered indigenous women will look into why police publicize some missing person cases but not others. Dana Morenstein says Deanna Desjarlais of Saskatoon, who was...

Memorable royal visits

Sep 21, 2016 / 6:16 am
Prince William and his wife, the Duchess of Cambridge, are set to visit British Columbia with their two young children, Prince George and Princess Charlotte. The House of Windsor has a close bond with Canada, with many royal tours over the years. Here's a look back at some of the...

Preparing for royal visit

Sep 21, 2016 / 5:57 am
The silverware is being polished, the menu crafted, children's toys are being chosen and even the fridge is being stocked with locally brewed beers. Government House in Victoria is getting careful attention in preparation for Saturday's arrival of royal guests. "In many respects,...

Liberals lagging in new poll

Sep 20, 2016 / 7:30 pm
The ruling BC Liberal Party finds itself lagging behind the NDP in the latest provincial poll conducted by Mainstreet/Postmedia. The poll, which surveyed 2,207 people September 7 and 8, has the NDP holding a five per cent edge (38 per cent to 33 percent). The poll has a margin of error of +/-...

Kidnapped man found alive

Sep 20, 2016 / 4:14 pm
A man who was kidnapped while two others were murdered in East Vancouver on Sept. 17 has been found alive by police, and three men were taken into custody Monday. Vancouver Police were called to Dieppe Place just before 10 p.m. on Saturday to find a dead man and woman, later identified as...
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