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Facing death sentence

Jul 27, 2016 / 4:44 pm
The mother of Vancouver Mayor Gregor Robertson's girlfriend is facing the death penalty in China. Chinese prosecutors are seeking the death penalty for Qu Zhang Mingjie, mother of Chinese pop star Wanting Qu, for allegedly embezzling $69 million, according to an article in South China...

Battling Cariboo wildfire

Jul 27, 2016 / 3:18 pm
BC Wildfire Service crews are battling a 14-hectare wildfire burning in a protected area, near the junction of the Homathko River and Mosley Creek. Twenty-nine firefighters and two helicopters are working on the fire about 220 kilometres southwest of Williams Lake – with more support from...

Fall into river leads to search

Jul 27, 2016 / 3:10 pm
A search is underway of the Fraser River near Williams Lake after a 24-year-old man fell off the Rudy Johnson Bridge Tuesday night. Just after midnight, several people were hanging out on the bridge when the man accidentally fell off into the river below. Police were called, but a search of...

BC writer on Booker list

Jul 27, 2016 / 1:50 pm
Vancouver-born Madeleine Thien says she feels lucky and honoured to be among the novelists in contention for the prestigious Man Booker Prize. Thien and Montreal-born David Szalay were among the 13 authors named to the long list for the lucrative British literary award on Wednesday. "I...

Missing boy's body found

Jul 27, 2016 / 1:42 pm
UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Rescuers in Yoho National Park are releasing more details about the search for a young Calgary boy swept to his death in the Yoho River in southeastern British Columbia. Parks Canada spokesman Lisa Paulson says the 11-year-old and his nine-year-old brother were jumping on...

Explosive long weekend ban

Jul 27, 2016 / 12:37 pm
By John Boivin Don’t plan to shoot off any fireworks in the province’s southeast this B.C. Day long weekend. The BC Wildfire Service is reminding people the Southeast Fire Centre is still under Category 2 and 3 prohibitions for open burning, which includes private fireworks...

Fentanyl crackdown

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:27 am
British Columbia is asking the federal government to help it crack down on fentanyl overdoses that have been classified a public health emergency in the province. Premier Christy Clark wants the federal government to restrict access to devices, such as pill presses and tableting machines, and to...
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Firebomber locked up

Jul 27, 2016 / 11:25 am
UPDATE: 11:25 p.m. A man who targeted 15 families with firebombings and shootings because he thought they had links to a training centre for emergency responders in British Columbia has been sentenced to 13 years and six months in prison. Forty-three-year-old Vincent Cheung of Langley pleaded...

Dumb crook of the day

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:56 am
RCMP have arrested a man suspected of taking a photo of himself with an iPhone they say was stolen in Nanaimo. Const. Gary O'Brien says in a news release that the 39-year-old was arrested less than 48 hours after the selfie was circulated on social media. The man, who hasn't been...

Cliff rescue in Lynn Canyon

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:53 am
Three teens had to be rescued from a popular cliff-jumping spot in North Vancouver, Tuesday evening. The boys called 911 after getting stuck on a ledge under a suspension bridge in Lynn Canyon. “It is frustrating,” Fire Chief David Franco told CTV. Every year, firefighters are...

Expo Line in sad shape

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:28 am
SkyTrain's Expo Line is in need of $50 million in repairs. A report by the National Research Council of Canada obtained by CTV under the Freedom of Information Act found 557 defects on the line that connects downtown Vancouver to Surrey. The revelation drew reactions such as...

Notorious rapist released

Jul 27, 2016 / 10:16 am
A notorious rapist has been granted parole in the Lower Mainland. CTV reports Larry Takahashi, one of Canada's most prolific sex offenders, was granted day parole. Authorities confirmed the release, but did not provide a location. Takahashi was known as the Balaclava Rapist in the...

BC woman in huge bust

Jul 27, 2016 / 8:54 am
Police in Central California say they arrested a Canadian woman allegedly carrying 38 kilograms of heroin after a police dog alerted his handler to drugs inside her pickup during a traffic stop. The Modesto Bee reports 63-year-old Kathleen Landry, of British Columbia, was arrested Monday on...

Vigilante effort spreading

Jul 27, 2016 / 6:40 am
The vigilante group Creep Catchers has spread to Surrey. The group lures alleged pedophiles with online ads, text messages and photos, then confronts the men after arranging to meet with supposed minors. Videos of the confrontations are posted to social media to shame the men. The group...

Battle of the badger

Jul 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
It wasn’t quite the catch of the day he was looking for, but it certainly makes for a whale of a tale. Ron Lancour was fishing on Sheridan Lake, near 100 Mile House, a quiet spot at a resort he’s been visiting for years. The Kelowna resident says he was poking along with both...

Fentanyl on festival's radar

Jul 27, 2016 / 5:00 am
2016 has proven to be the deadliest year ever for fentanyl in B.C. so far, prompting a local music festival to step up its already one-of-a-kind drug testing program. Shambhala Music Festival, one of North America's longest-running electronic music festivals, is looking to purchase a mobile...

Road trip disasters

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:57 pm
As July comes to a close, and the weather in the Okanagan finally appears to be behaving like summer, road trip season is in full swing. While road trips should be focused on getting away from the stress of everyday life, unexpected issues can throw a wrench in the best-laid plans. One such...

Killer dad's review delayed

Jul 26, 2016 / 5:00 pm
An annual hearing to review the confinement of a mentally ill Merritt man who killed his three children has been adjourned for 10 months. The province's Criminal Justice Branch says Allan Schoenborn consented to delaying this Thursday's hearing while B.C. Crown lawyers seek to have him...

No reprieve, says de Jong

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:49 pm
Finance Minister Mike de Jong says there will be no reprieve from British Columbia's proposed 15 per cent property transfer tax on foreigners buying homes in the Metro Vancouver area. The additional tax comes into effect on Aug. 2 and the minister says long-term contracts, such as pre-sale...

Jazzed up in Kaslo

Jul 26, 2016 / 4:03 pm
The Kaslo Jazz Etc Festival celebrates its 25th year this long weekend. Nestled in the Kootenays, the festival's organizers say world-class musicians are featured, along with workshops, kids' entertainment and lots of retail shopping and food choices, July 29-31. KJES is a registered...

Best of BC's residents

Jul 26, 2016 / 2:47 pm
A diverse group of leaders with talents ranging from music to medicine has received the province's top accolade. John Mann, a founding member of the iconic Canadian band Spirit of the West, was among 16 people presented with the Order of British Columbia on Tuesday. Lt.-Gov. Judith...

Thunderstorm warning

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:42 pm
The entire Okanagan Valley could be in for quite the storm this afternoon. An earlier thunderstorm watch issued by Environment Canada has now been updated to a warning. Meteorologists Lisa Coldwells is forecasting the possibility of heavy downpours that may bring up to 15 millimetres of rain...

Share your best park pix

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:30 pm
If you've got a hot shot of a B.C. provincial park, share it. To celebrate its arrival on Instagram, B.C. Parks is looking for beautiful, adventure-inspiring and fun-filled photos from park visitors throughout the province. Whether it’s camping at a favourite spot, hiking with...

Heckler regrets bad PR

Jul 26, 2016 / 1:10 pm
While many think it lacks sincerity, the man who ran into a CTV Vancouver live broadcast and directed vulgar obscenities at a female reporter has apologized. Nicolas Pogossian headed to CTV Vancouver headquarters Monday afternoon to issue his apology. “It was just a stupid, impulsive...

$10k reward in teen murder

Jul 26, 2016 / 11:05 am
The Vancouver Police Board has offered a reward of up to $10,000 for information leading to the conviction of whoever is responsible for the murder of an "innocent child." Police say 15-year-old Jason Nguyen was killed one year ago today, but the motive for his death remains...

Climber falls to his death

Jul 26, 2016 / 8:27 am
A Vancouver climber has lost his life after a tragic fall on Monday near Revelstoke. According to Revelstoke RCMP, 61-year-old Carl Douglas was negotiating a steep incline in Glacier National Park when the piece of rock he was holding on to broke away from the rock face causing him to...

Severe thunderstorm watch

Jul 26, 2016 / 7:07 am
Another severe thunderstorm watch has been issued for the entire Okanagan Valley and parts of Southern B.C. Environment Canada says that thunderstorms are expected to develop across the Central, South and North Okanagan today, and there is the potential for some of these storms to become...

Cops will join Pride parade

Jul 26, 2016 / 7:06 am
Vancouver police say they will take part in the city's annual Pride parade, despite a call from the activist group Black Lives Matter for the force to stay away. Ahead of Sunday's march, Vancouver Police spokesman Sgt. Randy Fincham indicated the force had not been dissuaded from...

Wild brawl in Sooke

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:52 am
Investigators on southern Vancouver Island are trying to determine why a dispute between a landlord and tenant escalated to a wild brawl in Sooke, west of Victoria. RCMP say 10 people were involved, and weapons ranged from bear spray and a baseball bat to a steel pipe, brass knuckles, knives,...

Poke-drivers ticketed

Jul 26, 2016 / 6:08 am
Vancouver police have issued six tickets in just two days to drivers playing Pokemon Go behind the wheel. The mobile app phenomenon combines the virtual and real worlds as players hunt down characters in real locations. The game "is presenting a new set of challenges as police have...

Needles Ferry reopens

Jul 26, 2016 / 5:40 am
UPDATE: Tuesday 5:30 a.m. Highway 6 was reopened at the Needles Ferry as the vessel went back into service at 10:35 p.m. ORIGINAL: Monday 2:30 p.m. The Needles Ferry has been docked. The ferry crosses the Arrow Lake at Fauquier on Highway 6. The highway is closed in both directions...

Murder victim named

Jul 25, 2016 / 6:15 pm
The man killed in what police believe was a targeted shooting in Surrey over the weekend, has been identified. Jatinder “Michael” Sandhu, 28, has been identified as the man killed sometime after 10 p.m. Saturday on the 14300 block of 90A Avenue. The Integrated Homicide...

Family dog dies in fire

Jul 25, 2016 / 3:26 pm
A Surrey family is in mourning after losing their beloved one-eyed Chihuahua in a house fire. The fire broke out at 8:30 p.m. Sunday at the home on 99th Avenue and 21 firefighters were deployed to battle the flames. Several people were in the home at the time, but were able to get out safely...

Sex assault suspect sought

Jul 25, 2016 / 2:58 pm
Surrey RCMP is requesting the public’s assistance in identifying a suspect in an alleged sexual assault after receiving video surveillance of the possible suspect. On May 2 at about 8:30 p.m., Surrey RCMP was advised of a sexual assault at a gas station in the 7100 block of King George...

Dead diver from Edmonton

Jul 25, 2016 / 2:21 pm
The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man who died following a scuba-diving incident in the ocean near Nanoose on July 20 as Martin Keith Bishop, 52, of Edmonton, Alta. Bishop was visiting the mid-Island region on a family vacation and on July 20, went on a scuba-diving...

New tax on foreign buyers

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:13 am
Foreign nationals who buy real estate in Metro Vancouver would pay an additional property transfer tax of 15 per cent under legislation being brought in today by the British Columbia government. Finance Minister Mike de Jong introduced the tax as part of legislation aimed at addressing low...

Leave weapons at home

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:02 am
Armed with good intentions, a resident decided to safely dispose of a possible live shell by dropping it off at the front counter of the Merritt RCMP detachment. The individual didn't know much about its history, but described the item as a 105-mm artillery shell. There had been no...

Bad driver with guns

Jul 25, 2016 / 11:00 am
A 44-year-old man is behind bars after driving erratically on Highway 5 near Merritt with six firearms in his vehicle. According to RCMP Cpl. Dan Moskaluk, a white Toyota Camry struck a transport truck about 7:50 a.m. on July 21. The driver of the Toyota tried to flee the scene, but, thanks to...

Hip's long goodbye

Jul 25, 2016 / 10:13 am
The Tragically Hip are saying farewell to Vancouver. They played the first of two final concerts in Vancouver Sunday night, a two-hour marathon set at Rogers Arena. The second concert is set for Tuesday. The Hip kicked off its final cross-country tour in Victoria last week, and has...

Summer session on housing

Jul 25, 2016 / 9:58 am
British Columbia's Liberal government must walk a fine line between creating affordable housing and causing a crash, as real estate prices loom large over next year's election, experts say. The legislature is set to convene Monday to debate changes to Vancouver's charter that would...
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