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Parents scrambling for daycare

Sep 1, 2014 / 2:16 pm

Daycare operators in British Columbia are scrambling to keep up with increased demand for child support as more parents need places to babysit their kids because schools will not open. Janos Stiasny (YANOS Stee-AZ-nee), owner of Wise Owl Montessori Child Care, says spots in his daycare have...

A letter from Min of Education

Sep 1, 2014 / 10:22 am

As all British Columbians are aware, the teacher strike continued through the summer and into this school year. It is not known when school will start. Minister of Education Peter Fassbender penned this letter to try and clarify his position on the ordeal. Here it is in full...

Teachers: 40 years of battles

Sep 1, 2014 / 7:46 am

All summer long, there's been one overriding conversation amongst parents who have school-age children: British Columbia's acrimonious teachers' strike. Project analyst Robert Ford, with Credential Financial, has a 12-year-old daughter and six-year-old son who won't be starting...

Fatal Coquihalla crash

Sep 1, 2014 / 6:50 am

6:50 a.m. update: A woman is dead following a single vehicle rollover on the Coquihalla. The accident happened at around 6:45 p.m. Sunday night, 13 km north of Merritt. RCMP report a 2010 Mazda 3, traveling south bound, went off the highway to the left, the driver corrected to bring the...

BC sets up support payments

Aug 31, 2014 / 8:02 pm

The BC government has started a website for parents to get $40 per day for daycare due to the disruption of school. Starting today, parents of public school students 12 years old and under can register at http://bcparentinfo.ca/ to receive $40 per student for each day school is not in session...

BC to start daycare payments

Aug 31, 2014 / 12:50 pm

British Columbia expects to start giving cash to parents to offset the costs of daycare that result from kids not being in school because of a teachers strike. Education Minister Peter Fassbender says parents who start registering at the government's website can expect to receive $40 a day...

No school Tuesday

Aug 30, 2014 / 7:24 pm

RICHMOND, B.C. - Veteran mediator Vince Ready has walked away from talks between British Columbia teachers and their employer, smothering hopes of parents that the school year would start on time. All 40,000 of the province's public school teachers went on strike two weeks before summer...
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Woman sues ex after failing class

Aug 29, 2014 / 9:12 pm

A 22-year-old B.C. woman is suing her ex-boyfriend to pay tuition for a class she says she failed due to distress over the breakup. Roopam Plawn, a marketing student at Thompson Rivers University in Kamloops, says in her notice of claim that she is seeking $500 for the class, $600 for anxiety,...

Elevated chemicals near breach

Aug 29, 2014 / 8:51 pm

Elevated levels of seven chemical elements have been found by B.C. government staff in the sediment near a mine tailings spill. The Ministry of Environment says copper, iron, manganese, arsenic, silver, selenium and vanadium were found in concentrations that exceeded provincial standards during...

Bus crash update

Aug 29, 2014 / 12:14 pm

Interior Health has announced that seven people are now listed in critical condition following Thursday afternoon's tour bus crash south of Merritt. Of the 43 patients sent to local hospitals, 10 were sent to Royal Inland Hospital in Kamloops, 22 to Kelowna General Hospital in Kelowna, and...

Coquihalla bus crash

Aug 29, 2014 / 1:55 am

Raw video by CTV Vancouver 1:55 a.m. update: Highway 5 is now open after the route was closed due to a bus crash, 30 km south of Merritt, Thursday afternoon. UPDATE 9:55 P.M. At this time, Interior Health has received 43 patients from today’s bus accident on the Coquihalla Highway,...

Girl abducted, sexually assaulted

Aug 28, 2014 / 9:12 pm

Police say a nine-year-old girl was abducted from her bedroom while she slept and sexually assaulted by a man who then left her in a nearby yard in Surrey, B.C. RCMP say the girl's mother called 911 on Wednesday night to say her daughter fled back to her home after the alleged abuser took...

Remains matched to Ontario man

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:40 pm

Human remains found in the mountains near North Vancouver have been identified as those of a 20-year-old Ontario man who went missing more than a decade ago while visiting his grandmother in British Columbia. The BC Coroners' Service says the woman reported her grandson, Dante Ponzanetti,...

Mediator sits down for strike talk

Aug 28, 2014 / 2:25 pm

A potentially pivotal meeting between B.C.'s teachers' union, a government negotiator and a labour mediator is underway in the Vancouver area. Teachers have been on strike since mid-June, and there is still no deal to end a strike that is threatening to derail the start of the school...

Teachers asked to suspend strike

Aug 28, 2014 / 7:00 am

A highly-anticipated meeting between both sides in the B.C. teachers’ dispute Wednesday did not ensure a timely start to the school year, but did provide a ray of hope that classes could be in session next week. Education Minister Peter Fassbender brought B.C. Teachers’ Federation...

Alleged killer accused of lying

Aug 27, 2014 / 8:57 pm

A young British Columbia man charged with murdering three women and a 15-year-old girl has been accused during cross-examination of making up a story about the involvement of other men in the deaths. Crown prosecutor Joseph Temple highlighted Wednesday apparent discrepancies between what Cody...

Dog kicker to donate money

Aug 27, 2014 / 3:17 pm

A U.S. millionaire caught on camera apparently repeatedly kicking a puppy in a Vancouver elevator has been ordered to donate $100,000 and complete 1,000 hours of community service, or lose his job as CEO of a major catering company. Desmond Hague will also be given a written censure and placed...

60 yr old scotch, $20,000/bottle

Aug 27, 2014 / 2:49 pm

If you're an aficionado of scotch, or a collector of rare things, you may want to be in Vancouver Sept 9. On Sept 9, three bottles of ultra-rare, collectible, 60-year-old Glenfarclas Scotch whisky will be put up for sale at the Signature BC Liquor Store at 39th and Cambie in...

Senior negotiators to meet

Aug 27, 2014 / 7:10 am

Parents and students in BC should have a better idea by the end of the day about the chance of public schools resuming, as scheduled, next Tuesday. For the first time in weeks, senior negotiators for the BC Teachers' Federation and the government will meet in Victoria with Education Minister...

Accused says he didn't act alone

Aug 26, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A young man accused of murdering three women and a teenage girl in northern British Columbia admits he was involved in two of the killings, but he told his trial Tuesday that he didn't act alone. Cody Legebokoff, 24, who is charged with four counts of first-degree murder, took the stand in...
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