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Conservative MP will not run again

Jan 31, 2015 / 7:00 pm

A British Columbia Conservative MP has decided not to seek re-election, saying it is time for him to move on to a new chapter of his life. Randy Kamp has served the riding of Pitt Meadows-Maple Ridge-Mission since 2004, and made the announcement Saturday at a local meeting of the party. Kamp...

More crime, fewer murders

Jan 31, 2015 / 7:00 pm

New statistics show that violent crime rose overall in Surrey, last year — but the number of murders went down by more than 30 per cent. Surrey RCMP released its fourth-quarter crime statistics this week, revealing that violent crime rose by 7 per cent in 2014 compared to the previous...

Truckers protest at Port Metro

Jan 31, 2015 / 6:15 pm

B.C. truckers staged a protest on Saturday against new licensing rules at Port Metro Vancouver. They say more than 600 truckers and office staff will lose their jobs because of the new requirements. Owners and operators were required to apply to the Port for a license, but a number of them...

Crash shuts power to thousands

Jan 31, 2015 / 6:10 pm

A single-vehicle crash in Vancouver snarled traffic and cut power to thousands of homes on Saturday evening. Vancouver Police say a car travelling eastbound on the Georgia Viaduct lost control just before 5 p.m. The car rolled over and caused extensive damage to power lines. Police say...

Woman saved from river dies

Jan 31, 2015 / 10:16 am

UPDATE 10:15 A.M. Despite the efforts of multiple rescue and medical personnel, The Comox Valley RCMP say the 26 year old Comox Valley woman pulled from the river did not survive. The woman’s 7 month old son, also rescued from the waters, was airlifted to BC Children’s Hospital,...

Booze rules may need tweak

Jan 31, 2015 / 6:03 am

B.C.'s new booze rules could be breaking international free-trade agreements, according to a California-based wine group. The new rules are set to come into effect April 1. Among the changes is the planned introduction of B.C. VQA wines to grocery stores, which would not be governed by the...

40-year-old death ID'd

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:50 pm

The body of an unknown man found in Vancouver almost four decades ago has finally been identified. Coroner Bill Inkster says the body was recovered in July 1975 and transported to Saint Paul's Hospital for a forensic examination. Inkster says despite extensive efforts by police and...

Okanagan businesses make top 5

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:00 pm

The top five finalists for the 12th annual Small Business B.C. Awards have been announced, and several Okanagan businesses have made the list. This year was the biggest yet for the competition, with more than 460 nominations received from 70 communities. Eight local businesses made the top...

'Certified Organic' a good thing

Jan 30, 2015 / 7:46 pm

Certified organic products are part of an exclusive club, and they should be. That's the position of the BC Association of Farmers Markets in response to the recent announcement that the Ministry of Agriculture will be bringing in new regulations for farmers claiming to be organic. Jon...

Police investigate stabbing

Jan 30, 2015 / 6:17 pm

Police in New Westminster are investigating a stabbing that took place Friday afternoon. Just after 2 p.m., police responded to a man who had been stabbed near 10th and Columbia Street, he was transported to hospital with unknown injuries. A portion of Columbia Square Plaza was closed down...

Kinder Morgan backs off in court

Jan 30, 2015 / 4:21 pm

Kinder Morgan says it will not continue court action against protesters who demonstrated against the proposed expansion of a pipeline while survey crews drilled on Burnaby Mountain. The company has filed a discontinuance of its B.C. Supreme Court civil lawsuit against five people who protested...

Talked down off bridge

Jan 30, 2015 / 3:10 pm

RCMP in Nanaimo were able to successfully talk a man down off the ledge of the Pearson Bridge Thursday night. Police received a 911 call about 10:45 p.m. indicating a male was about to jump off the bridge, said spokesperson Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong. Officers arrived on scene to find a man...

IH named a top B.C. employer

Jan 30, 2015 / 11:59 am

For the third year in a row, Interior Health has been named one of B.C.’s top employers. “Our congratulations to Interior Health as it takes this award for the third year running,” said Health Minister Terry Lake. “This is an employer that has committed itself to...

Cop cleared in longboard incident

Jan 30, 2015 / 11:48 am

West Vancouver Police say an officer has been cleared of wrongdoing in a videotaped confrontation with longboarders that went viral last year. The police service issued a statement Friday saying an investigation overseen by the Office of the Police Complaint Commissioner has concluded the...

McRae steps down from cabinet

Jan 30, 2015 / 11:43 am

A British Columbia minister has asked to step down from cabinet to deal with a family member's health problems. The premier's office issued a statement Friday saying that Minister of Social Development Don McRae has asked to be relieved of his cabinet duties. He will still serve in...

Dam design blamed for failure

Jan 30, 2015 / 11:41 am

The construction of a mine tailings pond on top of a sloped glacial lake weakened the foundation and was akin to loading a gun and then pulling the trigger, a report on the disaster says. A government-ordered report released Friday said the spill that gushed 24 million cubic metres of mine silt...

Phoney Botox 'doctor' shut down

Jan 30, 2015 / 9:44 am

A woman who allegedly misrepresented herself as a doctor and performed Botox injections has had her office shut down by the group that governs physicians in British Columbia. The College of Physicians and Surgeons says an investigation revealed the woman was using titles including doctor and...

Trial for accused hockey mom killer

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:57 am

A man accused of killing B.C. hockey mom Julie Paskall has been ordered to stand trial. Fifty-three-year-old Paskall was savagely beaten outside a community arena in Surrey, southeast of Vancouver, a little over a year ago. She had been at the arena to pick up her 16-year-old son, who was...

Cyclist killed in hit and run

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:55 am

Abbotsford Police are investigating after a cyclist was killed in an apparent hit and run. Police were called at about 11:20 p.m. to the 2000-block of Mount Lehman Road, where they found a severely injured man. Paramedics responded but the cyclist was pronounced dead at the scene. Police...

RCMP probe "open season" post

Jan 30, 2015 / 8:18 am

Terrace RCMP are investigating allegations that a hate crime was committed when someone posted a racist tirade on Facebook declaring "open season" on First Nations people. The comments appear to have come from a local man's Facebook account and were a response to a recent Terrace...

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