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Police cruiser sex scandal

Oct 25, 2014 / 7:47 am

The RCMP has quietly revealed that it won't pursue further disciplinary action against a female Mountie who said her superior sexually assaulted her in a police cruiser. Cst. Susan Gastaldo's lawyer said Friday that the way the force issued a statement on its decision suggests it's...

Hwy. 8 re-opens

Oct 24, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Highway 8 has now re-opened to traffic. Highway 8 is closed in both directions 3 km west of Merritt. DriveBC estimates the time of opening 8 a.m. to 11 a.m. Northbound traffic can detour from Merritt to Hwy. 97D then to Hwy. 97C onto Hwy 8., southbound traffic can detour onto Hwy. 97C...

Crown: YVR thief deserves jail

Oct 23, 2014 / 8:02 pm

A Vancouver airport security screener's "sleight of hand" should earn him four to six months in jail, a Crown prosecutor told the man's sentencing hearing. Yuriy Ruvinskiy appeared in Richmond provincial court on Thursday for a sentencing hearing. He pleaded guilty in...

A lesson about hangings

Oct 23, 2014 / 4:48 pm

It wasn't long ago that an RCMP officer asked Chief Joe Alphonse for some help in understanding the people of his First Nation. The Mountie, who was from the small community of Alexis Creek west of Williams Lake told Alphonse that every encounter he had with aboriginal people in the...

Snow coming to 97C & Hwy. 5

Oct 23, 2014 / 2:48 pm

Old man winter is expected to make his first appearance in the Southern Interior. A special weather statement issued Thursday by Environment Canada calls for snow this evening on both the Okanagan Connector and the Coquihalla Highway between Merritt and Hope. As temperatures fall behind a...

Shooter linked to BC

Oct 22, 2014 / 3:38 pm

The man alleged to have taken part in the shooting in Ottawa this morning had ties to BC. Provincial court documents say Michael Joseph Paul Zehaf Bibeau, 32, was arrested in Vancouver in Dec, 2011. He was charged with robbery and uttering threats. Zehaf Bibeau was sentenced, two...

Tribes protest pipeline

Oct 22, 2014 / 3:24 pm

Photo: Contributed - Blackwater Media Photo: Contributed - Blackwater Media Photo: Contributed - Blackwater Media Photo: Contributed - Blackwater Media Photo: Contributed - Blackwater Media Tribal representatives from both sides of the border spoke in unified opposition today against oil...

BC legislature warned

Oct 22, 2014 / 11:26 am

The clerk of British Columbia's legislature says some provincial politicians were warned this week about heightened security concerns from officials in Ottawa. Craig James says officials at the legislature received information from Ottawa that there could be a problem and he briefed several...

Falling debris at BC Place

Oct 22, 2014 / 8:15 am

Leaking water isn’t the only thing that’s fallen onto the BC Place field since its $563 million renovation was completed three years ago, reports CTV Vancouver. The stadium’s retractable roof couldn’t be opened or closed while people were underneath for months in 2012 due...

8-hour standoff ends

Oct 22, 2014 / 6:17 am

A Vancouver man is being treated for mental disorder and minor injuries after an eight-hour standoff with police. Cst. Randy Fincham says police arrived at an East Vancouver apartment on Tuesday morning after a woman claimed her ex-boyfriend had broken into her home and was acting...

80,000 lose power

Oct 22, 2014 / 5:54 am

A wind warning has ended for parts of B.C.'s south coast as severe weather at its height left almost 80,000 BC Hydro customers without electricity overnight. Environment Canada says a rainfall warning remains in effect in Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and Whistler, and BC Hydro says roughly...

Cops cleared of excessive force

Oct 21, 2014 / 2:57 pm

A pair of RCMP officers in Penticton will not be criminally charged in relation to an excessive force complaint from earlier this year. The allegation stems from an incident on March 22 when a vehicle was found in the parking lot of a school, with its engine running around 3 a.m. When the...

LNG tax drop

Oct 21, 2014 / 2:36 pm

The British Columbia government has climbed down from its proposed goal of a seven per cent income tax on the province's liquefied natural gas industry, and instead cut the rate in half to 3.5 per cent for the next two decades. Finance Minister Mike De Jong said Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural...

BC's green LNG law

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:56 pm

New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied-natural-gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and makes the industry the cleanest in the world, says Environment Minister Mary Polak. Polak tabled the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act Monday,...

Family condemns RCMP

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:49 pm

The sister of a British Columbia man who was shot by the RCMP after a manhunt says the force should have found a way to end the ordeal peacefully, but instead she says police wrote him off as a violent misfit and shot him in what amounted to an execution. Peter de Groot, 45, was killed last...

Grizzly chomps on camera

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:10 pm

A wildlife filmmaker from the UK got more than he bargained for while shooting along the BC coast last month. John Kitchin was able to get a bear’s-eye-view of a curious grizzly near Glendale Cove at Knight Inlet, located near the north end of Vancouver Island after it attempted to snack...

Officer charged with murder

Oct 20, 2014 / 11:52 am

A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a standoff outside a casino two years ago. BC's criminal justice branch says the charge was approved against Cst. Jordan MacWilliams of the Delta Police Department. Forty-eight-year-old Mehrdad...

Tougher distracted driving laws

Oct 20, 2014 / 9:45 am

British Columbia's Justice Minister, Suzanne Anton, has introduced tougher distracted driving penalties and is signalling that higher fines are coming down the road. Starting Oct. 20, three penalty points will be added to the record of drivers caught talking on a handheld device while...

Serious weekend crashes

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:50 am

Three people are fighting for their lives after a series of crashes that happened around the Lower Mainland Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, reports CTV Vancouver. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in a serious crash in Vancouver that happened on West Broadway near Cypress...

Repairs begin on disabled ship

Oct 20, 2014 / 6:06 am

A Russian cargo ship that was adrift off the British Columbia coast after a power outage has docked. The Prince Rupert Port Authority says the Simushir has been towed to the Fairview Container Terminal, and the vessel is expected to stay for 48 hours for repairs. The container ship was en...

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