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One dead in bus crash

Jul 31, 2015 / 10:01 pm

UPDATE: 10 p.m. The vehicle incident 11 km west of Chase is now clear, in both directions. UPDATE: 9:20 p.m. Highway 1 is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Expect delays do to congestion. UPDATE 7:15 p.m. One man now is confirmed dead in the collision between a...

Stop Abbotsford

Jul 31, 2015 / 8:55 pm

A judge may not be able to solve homelessness, but he could use his powers to bar officials in Abbotsford, from prohibiting camps that provide the necessities of life, a lawyer has argued. B.C. Supreme Court heard Friday that there's ample evidence that dozens of people living in makeshift...

Mill deaths accidental

Jul 31, 2015 / 8:30 pm

A coroner's jury has ruled the deaths of two mill workers caught in a fiery explosion in Burns Lake, more than three years ago were accidental. Robert Luggi, 45, and Carl Charlie, 42, were working at Babine Forest Products in the community 225 kilometres west of Prince George when the...

Charged with murder

Jul 31, 2015 / 7:35 pm

A 22-year-old man from northeastern B.C. has been charged with second-degree murder. RCMP Cpl. Dave Tyreman says in a news release that police were called to a residence in Fort Nelson Wednesday for reports of a serious assault. He says the 30-year-old victim was rushed to hospital but died...

River closures expanded

Jul 31, 2015 / 4:08 pm

Drought conditions are forcing the provincial government to ban fishing and impose water restrictions for farms in parts of southern British Columbia in a bid to help fish stocks through a hot, dry summer. The Ministry of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations is suspending fishing in...

Heavy metal heist

Jul 31, 2015 / 2:38 pm

Mounties in northern B.C. are attempting to dredge up suspects in the theft of a bulldozer, excavator and other equipment worth an estimated $500,000. Police were called out to a site down a forest service road near Tumbler Ridge on July 15. RCMP say a drilling company left the equipment at...

Money for job training

Jul 31, 2015 / 12:17 pm

The Splatsin First Nation in the North Okanagan is the latest group to benefit from the Conservative gravy train that has been rolling through the Valley recently. The latest funding announcement by Okanagan-Shuswap MP Colin Mayes, who will not be running in the fall election, has the Splatsin...

Former top cop's new gig

Jul 31, 2015 / 9:31 am

Former Vancouver police chief Jim Chu has moved from crime fighting to private enterprise. Chu has joined the Aquilini Investment Group as vice-president of special projects and partnerships. An announcement from the company says he will ensure safety standards are upheld and meaningful...

Taser cop a 'scapegoat'

Jul 31, 2015 / 6:32 am

The wife of an RCMP officer who killed himself two years ago claims that her husband was used by the Mounties a scapegoat in the death of Robert Dziekanski at Vancouver's airport in October 2007. In a statement of claim filed in B.C. Supreme Court, Sheila Lemaitre said her husband, Pierre,...

No transgender protection

Jul 31, 2015 / 6:29 am

When rainbow flags and noisy revellers fill Vancouver's Davie Street for the city's annual Pride Parade on Sunday, there's one political leader who will be conspicuously absent: Premier Christy Clark. The British Columbia Liberals have refused to sign a pledge that calls for new...

No sunshine tax in gas price

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

Okanagan residents often complain about the "sunshine tax" when it comes to the cost of living in our area, especially when it comes to the price of gasoline. But an industry watchdog has another explanation – despite the fact retailers in the Okanagan have higher profit margins...

KVR trail improvements

Jul 31, 2015 / 5:00 am

The Kettle Valley Rail Trail between Oliver and Osoyoos is slated for improvements in the next few years. Okanagan-Coquihalla MP Dan Albas joined RDOS representatives and others on Road 22, Thursday to announce the Canada 150 Community Infrastructure Program has made available $124,600 for the...

Blaze guts four businesses

Jul 30, 2015 / 4:40 pm

Four businesses were destroyed by fire in downtown Port Coquitlam, Thursday. The fire started in a barbershop on Shaughnessy Street about 7 a.m. “It migrated from there through the ceiling into the other four businesses,” Fire Chief Nick Delmonico told CTV. The barbershop, a...

Port Mann tolls on way up

Jul 30, 2015 / 4:29 pm

Drivers will soon pay more to cross the Port Mann Bridge. Starting Aug. 15, passenger vehicles (pickups, SUVs and cars) will pay an additional 15 cents per bridge crossing, or $3.15. For Lower Mainland commuters who cross the river twice each day, that amounts to an increase of $109.50 a...

Teen boater goes missing

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:52 pm

Police are searching for a 17-year-old male after his empty boat was found near Burns Lake. RCMP spokesman Cpl. Dave Tyreman says police received reports of the overdue boater about 9 p.m. Tuesday, about eight hours after Bryce Gray was last spotted. Gray's boat was found empty on the...

Crime wave culprit nabbed

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:43 pm

Police have arrested a man believed to be responsible for a number of break-ins and thefts on Vancouver Island. Nanaimo RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong says Parksville, Courtenay and Nanaimo police have received a number of reports over the last three months about break and enters where tools, bikes,...

No fires allowed

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:29 pm

There's no room for careless fires this B.C. Day long weekend, and the provincial government is reminding people a fire ban is still in effect for the entire Okanagan. Minister of Forests Steve Thomson, MLA for Kelowna-Mission, said with more than 1,000 B.C. Wildfire Service personnel and...

Largest plane to hit YVR

Jul 30, 2015 / 3:24 pm

The world's largest commercial airliner, the Airbus 380, will be touching down in Vancouver next year. British Airways announced Thursday daily service from Vancouver to London's Heathrow Airport will begin May 1, 2016. This will be the only scheduled A380 route in Western...

Valley man goes missing

Jul 30, 2015 / 1:39 pm

Burnaby RCMP are requesting the public's assistance in locating missing Summerland resident Dominic Bellerose. Bellerose, 43, was last seen on July 24, when he was dropped off at the Burnaby-Lougheed skytrain station. He was expected to return to Summerland with a co-worker on July 27,...

Clark shakes up cabinet

Jul 30, 2015 / 10:02 am

British Columbia Premier Christy Clark has rearranged her cabinet, moving one of her most respected ministers from education to the Ministry of Community, Sport and Cultural Development. Peter Fassbender led the government through a bitter labour dispute involving unionized public school...

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