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Refugee sues over solitary

Nov 25, 2015 / 3:33 pm
A teenage refugee from South Sudan is suing the Children's Ministry in British Columbia over allegations he was held in solitary confinement for four months. The youth, known in court documents as K.C., filed a civil claim in B.C. Supreme Court saying his rights were infringed at the Burnaby...

Police justified in gunfight

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:48 pm
B.C.'s Criminal Justice Branch says no charges will be laid against Vancouver police officers after a running gun battle resulted in numerous shots hitting businesses, a tourist attraction and a suspect. The gunfight began in the city's Yaletown district in June last year when police...

Refugees: who will pay?

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:29 pm
British Columbia is ready to welcome Syrian refugees but still needs to work out funding details with the federal government, Premier Christy Clark says. "We hope that they'll be able to make sure that they have the funding in place to ensure that every refugee who settles has the...

Standoff in Merritt

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:23 pm
A police incident has shut down Highway 5A between Huston and Menzies streets in Merritt. According to a witness on scene, police are in the middle of a standoff with a man who has shut himself in a room at the Road Runner Motel. Police consider the man to be armed and dangerous. Those in the...

Hydro's biggest deal ever

Nov 25, 2015 / 2:15 pm
BC Hydro is poised to sign off on the largest construction contract involved in building the $8.3-billion Site C hydroelectric dam in the province's northeast. Hydro has selected Peace River Hydro Partners as the preferred proponent for the main civil works contract, valued at $1.5...

Feds sue UBC, dentist

Nov 25, 2015 / 11:51 am
The federal government is suing the University of British Columbia and a former associate dean of the faculty of dentistry alleging the misuse of millions in funding. The lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court says UBC received $10.6 million from Health Canada between 2002 and 2013 to provide...

Transit pervert guilty again

Nov 25, 2015 / 11:38 am
A British Columbia man with previous convictions for assaults on transit has been convicted on two new counts and designated a high-risk violent offender. Forty-five-year-old Jason Taylor has been handed a nine-month jail sentence, along with three years' probation. Transit Police say...

BC tourism a hot ticket

Nov 25, 2015 / 11:17 am
British Columbia was a popular tourist destination in 2015, with the Tourism Industry Association of B.C. describing the numbers as nothing short of staggering. Association executive director Walt Judas says visits to some parts of the province were up as much as 15 per cent. He says not...

Ship back under power

Nov 25, 2015 / 10:11 am
A troubled cargo carrier travelling south along the British Columbia coast has managed to restart its engines after several hours adrift. Transport Canada says the MV North Star is once again en route to Tacoma, Wash. An electrical problem left it dead in the water, 45 nautical miles of the...

Ready to welcome refugees

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:55 am
A B.C. branch of the United Way is launching a fundraising appeal to raise $500,000 to help as many as 3,000 Syrian refugees it says are expected to arrive in the Lower Mainland in the coming weeks. United Way of the Lower Mainland says 40 per cent of the new arrivals will be children under 18...

Lounges no longer needed

Nov 25, 2015 / 5:00 am
Restaurants in B.C. no longer need to provide a separate lounge for customers who want to drink. The government made the announcement Tuesday. The decision is part of a liquor review update that now allows customers to order alcohol without having to order food. Previously, restaurants were...

Adrift off Haida Gwaii

Nov 24, 2015 / 10:00 pm
The Canadian Coast Guard says a cargo ship is drifting off British Columbia's coast. The MV North Star was sailing from Anchorage, Alaska, to Tacoma, Wash., when it experienced an "electrical issue" and lost propulsion. The coast guard says it is now 45 nautical miles off the...

5 months for poppy thief

Nov 24, 2015 / 9:00 pm
A man who admitted in court to repeatedly pilfering poppy donations before Remembrance Day has been sentenced in Nanaimo, to five months in jail. Criminal Justice Branch spokesman Neil MacKenzie says Anthony Britt pleaded guilty to four separate theft charges arising out of incidents on Nov. 3...

Highway 5 closed

Nov 24, 2015 / 8:30 pm
UPDATE 8:30 P.M. According to Drive BC, one lane closure is now in effect. Highway 5 Southbound is closed from Surrey Lake Summit to Merritt because of a vehicle recovery. According to Drive BC, the estimated time of opening currently unavailable and an assessment in...

Arrest in school lockdown

Nov 24, 2015 / 4:35 pm
A Coquitlam middle school went into lockdown Monday, after a report of a man near the school with a weapon. Police responded to Scott Creek Middle School about 3:15 p.m. After a thorough investigation of the premises and surrounding area, RCMP determined the report of a weapon was unfounded...

Pileup closes Hwy 99

Nov 24, 2015 / 4:01 pm
A multi-vehicle pileup closed down the northbound lanes of Highway 99 in Richmond this morning. The crash happened north of the Deas Island tunnel about 9 a.m., closing all northbound lanes between Steveston Highway and Westminster Highway as crews managed the chaotic scene. As of 4 p.m., only a...

SkyTrain grinds to halt

Nov 24, 2015 / 3:45 pm
SkyTrain service was knocked out in downtown Vancouver Tuesday afternoon. An unspecified “power issue” has shut down service in both directions on the Expo and Millennium lines, and TransLink is telling commuters to expect delays. Trains were brought to a halt between the...

Poor kids left behind

Nov 24, 2015 / 2:34 pm
A coalition of 95 B.C. groups says the provincial government is failing to help its youngest and poorest citizens. First Call: B.C. Child and Youth Advocacy Coalition says one in five children in this province live in poverty, topping the national child poverty rate of 19 per cent. The...

UBC in damage control

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:56 pm
The University of British Columbia seems more concerned about handling a public relations crisis than taking meaningful action to help women feel safe after multiple allegations of sexual assault, says a complainant. Glynnis Kirchmeier, who is planning to launch a human-rights case against UBC,...

Budget surplus shrinking

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:39 pm
Finance Minister Mike de Jong says British Columbia's projected budget surplus continues to dip, but economic growth forecasts remain stable amid declines in neighbouring provinces and overseas. B.C.'s budget surplus was forecast at $284 last February, but now it's projected to be...

OD deaths could be cut

Nov 24, 2015 / 1:04 pm
A new report says overdose deaths could be reduced in British Columbia if more doctors used a provincial database to track prescriptions for pain killers. The report by the B.C. Centre for Excellence in HIV/AIDS says opioids such as oxycodone are increasingly being overprescribed for patients...

Shots fired into home

Nov 24, 2015 / 10:00 am
Police are investigating reports of shots fired into a home in Surrey overnight. RCMP responded to the 14200 block of 62A Avenue at 11 p.m. Monday. The home was occupied, but no one was injured. Police received several calls from witnesses who heard gunshots in the area of 142nd Street and...

Analysis slams IH plan

Nov 24, 2015 / 9:53 am
A case study compiled by the Hospital Employees' Union has found no case for privatizing laundry services in the Interior Health region. The Interior Health Authority has failed to establish a valid business case for privatizing hospital laundry services, Simon Fraser University economist...

'Giant wave' sunk boat

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:44 am
Dwayne Mazereeuw knew lives were in peril after a giant wave hit the Leviathan II and tossed him, his wife and 25 others into the chilling, rolling waters off the west coast of Vancouver Island. "As soon as the boat went over, as soon as people started flying into the water, I knew we were...

UBC response a 'mockery'

Nov 24, 2015 / 6:10 am
Universities become part of the problem if they fail to support women who come to them with reports of sexual assault, says the head of a Vancouver women's group. The University of British Columbia also has a moral duty to let women know they have the option of turning to police to report...

Burnaby loses pipe fight

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:54 pm
Burnaby has lost a key court case in which the city pitted its bylaws against federal legislation in a bid to stop expansion of the TransMountain pipeline. The city has fought plans to double the pipeline between Alberta and coastal B.C. and has tried to hamper planning for the expansion project...

Weaver seeks Green helm

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:41 pm
British Columbia's lone Green Party member of the legislature is set to officially announce his bid to run for party leader. Oak Bay-Gordon Head MLA Andrew Weaver will announce his candidacy Tuesday at the University of Victoria, where he will follow his leadership announcement with a...

Canada's back: Neil Young

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:38 pm
Music icon Neil Young has declared that "Canada is back" now that a Liberal government is in charge in Ottawa. The 70-year-old singer-songwriter says it's obvious that people are delighted with the change in government and he considers it to be positive news too. Young says he...

Why you should lawyer up

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:30 pm
The case of a man who was wrongfully imprisoned for nearly 30 years after representing himself in court should be a cautionary tale for people accused of crimes, says a lawyer for the government of British Columbia. John Hunter told B.C. Supreme Court that Ivan Henry's case may have ended...

Kids asked to hide gun

Nov 23, 2015 / 4:12 pm
Drug, weapon and assault charges have been laid against a 22-year-old Surrey man, in what RCMP say is another arrest in the city's low-level drug trade. Police were called to a domestic disturbance on Nov. 12 in the Guildford area, but the suspect had taken off in a vehicle with a female...

Pipe bombs seized

Nov 23, 2015 / 1:22 pm
Two people have been charged after police seized a loaded assault rifle, two pipe bombs and bomb-making equipment at a house in Prince George. RCMP say Dustin Olson and Meranda Dingwall each face seven charges, including two counts of possession of an explosive device. Twenty-three-year-old...

Economy tops poll priorities

Nov 23, 2015 / 12:43 pm
More than one in four British Columbians feels the economy and jobs are the province's most important issue. But, according to a new Insights West poll, more people are dissatisfied with the provincial government's performance on the LNG file. And approval ratings for the Premier Christy...

New tool in stroke fight

Nov 23, 2015 / 11:38 am
Paramedics in Vancouver and Richmond have joined colleagues in two Ontario locations to take part in a drug trial that could greatly improve outcomes for stroke patients. Emergency Health Services says the B.C. paramedics, along with those in Toronto and the Region of Peel, will administer a...

Death sparks shelter funds

Nov 23, 2015 / 10:17 am
The death of a regular user of a homeless shelter on the Sunshine Coast has prompted some quick action from B.C. Housing. A member of the region's homeless advisory committee, Kelly Foley, says extra funding for the operation was provided late last week. The shelter is now open every...

Rights complaint at UBC

Nov 22, 2015 / 8:40 pm
A former University of British Columbia graduate student plans to go the province's human rights tribunal over what she calls the school's broken and dysfunctional system for reporting and processing cases of sexual assault and harassment. Glynnis Kirchmeier told reporters gathered at...

Teen stabbed in Delta

Nov 22, 2015 / 5:52 pm
An 18-year-old young man was rushed to hospital in critical condition after a stabbing in the Lower Mainland. Police are investigating after the unidentified teen was stabbed on school grounds in Delta late Saturday night. The stabbing occurred at the back of Burnsview Secondary School, in...

Accident near Tappen

Nov 22, 2015 / 2:11 pm
Details are still sketchy, but witnesses have told Castanet a dirt bike was struck by a car on Highway 1 Saturday at Tappen, closing the highway. Leo Lenglet told Castanet the Trans Canada Highway was closed in both directions near Tappen Esso for several hours Saturday night with several...

Arctic front on its way

Nov 22, 2015 / 12:34 pm
UPDATE NOV. 22 NOON: Winter is on its way. Environment Canada has updated its Arctic weather warning Sunday morning to include the Okanagan and the entire southern half of the province. The special weather statement is in effect for the entire southern half of B.C., including Vancouver...

Stabbing at Surrey pub

Nov 22, 2015 / 7:27 am
Police are on the lookout for two men who fled a Surrey pub after a late-note stabbing incident. About 1:30 a.m., Surrey RCMP responded to a number of 911 calls reporting a stabbing inside the Flamingo Pub, on the 10768 block of King George Blvd. During the altercation, a man was stabbed in...

No more tears - or stalling

Nov 22, 2015 / 6:55 am
Community leaders along British Columbia's notorious Highway of Tears meet this week to debate the highly charged issue of improving safety along the route that cuts across the centre of the province. Eighteen women have been murdered or disappeared along Highway 16 and adjacent routes since...
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