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Oil/gas incentives over $1B

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:17 pm

British Columbia's auditor general says doing business with the oil-and-gas industry has cost the province's coffers about $1.25 billion in royalties even before most of the product has been pulled from the ground. The incentives to be paid to the industry were just some of the items...

BC lawyers nix TWU law

Oct 30, 2014 / 7:06 pm

Members of the Law Society of British Columbia have voted overwhelmingly against accrediting a Christian university's law school. The referendum was called at the end of September by the society's governors, known as benchers, and was sparked by a community covenant at Trinity Western...

Mountie acquitted

Oct 30, 2014 / 4:01 pm

4 p.m.update: RCMP officer Micah Chan has been acquitted of charges of dangerous driving. More details to follow. 2 p.m. original story: RCMP officer Micah Chan will find out this afternoon whether or not he has been acquitted of charges related to dangerous driving, after a pursuit...

3 sentenced in Phillips murder

Oct 30, 2014 / 3:30 pm

A young man who set in motion and then watched as a Kelowna father was beaten to death in front of his sons has been sentenced to five years in prison for manslaughter. Judge Mark McEwan says Daniel McRae, who was 19 at the time, showed no signs of remorse after Dain Phillips was fatally...

Family still searching for daughter

Oct 30, 2014 / 11:20 am

The mystery of what happened to a 21-year-old BC woman continues to haunt her family more than a year after she disappeared. Caitlin Murray was last seen on Sept. 30, 2013, on video surveillance, at about 12:45 a.m., as she parked her car near the Fraser Bridge Hotel in Quesnel. Mounties...

Old email haunts mayoral hopeful

Oct 30, 2014 / 8:10 am

An angry, homophobic email has put a City of North Vancouver mayoral candidate on the defensive just weeks before the municipal election. According to CTV Vancouver, Kerry Morris wrote the email to his lawyer as part of a civil proceeding in 2009, referring to another attorney in the case as a...

Special spirits release this weekend

Oct 30, 2014 / 5:00 am

Liquor connoisseurs and those who just like to have a good stiff drink should celebrate this weekend as select BC Liquor Stores will release a wide range of global spirits. Thel Premium Spirit Release is on Nov. 1, customers and collectors will be able to choose from over 85 new, classic, and...

Court challenge against Site C

Oct 29, 2014 / 7:30 pm

A group of landowners in northeastern British Columbia is turning to the courts to quash provincial and federal environmental approvals for the multibillion-dollar Site C dam. The Peace Valley Landowners Association filed an application for judicial review this week in B.C. Supreme Court seeking...

Gang associates taken down

Oct 29, 2014 / 4:18 pm

Multiple drug and gun charges have been laid against two BC men who police say are well known for their gang associations and previous criminal convictions. The Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit says officers started tracking 32-year-old Isaac Drennan in Esquimalt in March after he...

Gov sends out strike cheques

Oct 29, 2014 / 3:20 pm

Parents in BC will hopefully be getting some good news in the mail, courtesy of the provincial government. Approximately 165,000 cheques have already been processed for those families who registered for Temporary Education Support Payment (TESP), equating to more than half of those who signed up...

10,000 doctors reach deal

Oct 29, 2014 / 11:43 am

A tentative five-year contract agreement has been reached between British Columbia's 10,000 doctors and the provincial government. Few specifics of the proposed contract are being provided, but the government says the deal that is expected to be ratified in early December is in line with its...

BC park a Nat. Geo finalist

Oct 29, 2014 / 9:57 am

A national park at the southern edge of British Columbia's Haida Gwaii archipelago is in the running for a National Geographic travel award. Gwaii Haanas has been selected in partnership with a tourism trade show in Berlin as one of three finalists for a World Legacy Award in a category...

Snake gives driver a scare

Oct 29, 2014 / 7:24 am

Of all the surprises you can expect when buying a used car, a four-foot-long snake isn’t one of them. But that’s exactly what Ray Khan of Langley discovered Monday morning after hopping into his recently-purchased Volvo S60 to head to work. According to CTV Vancouver, before he...

2 killed in single-vehicle crash

Oct 28, 2014 / 7:23 pm

Two people are dead after a single-vehicle crash northeast of Hudson's Hope. RCMP say a minivan was travelling toward Fort St. John on Monday night when it failed to make a turn. The van went into the ditch and rolled, ejecting both men inside. Cpl. Dave Tyreman says RCMP, fire rescue...

Fishy drug dealer sentenced

Oct 28, 2014 / 5:04 pm

A man convicted of selling drugs from his fishing resort in British Columbia's Interior won't be going to jail though he will spend the next 10 months under house arrest. Sixty-four-year-old Gerald Burgess was convicted in the summer of possessing for the purpose of trafficking drugs...

Merritt club sues ex director

Oct 28, 2014 / 2:15 pm

An aviation association in Merritt is suing one of its former directors for more than $20,000, alleging he wrote cheques to himself for his personal use. The Merritt Flying Club has filed a notice of claim in B.C. Supreme Court against Ian Gordon. The document says Gordon wrote two fraudulent...

Driver rams police car

Oct 27, 2014 / 8:36 am

A 20-year-old man is expected to appear in court today after ramming his vehicle into a police cruiser in an attempt to elude arrest. Westshore RCMP say police were doing a road check on Saturday night in the Greater Victoria area when they saw a male driver turn around in order to avoid the...

Storm to batter coast

Oct 27, 2014 / 6:19 am

Environment Canada is once again warning of blustery winds and heavy rainfall for the BC coast as the remnants of a tropical storm approaches. The agency says the remains of tropical storm Ana will move towards BC's central coast, Vancouver Island, Haida Gwaii and Metro Vancouver late...

Bats die from white-nose

Oct 27, 2014 / 6:04 am

Don't be afraid of bats this Halloween. Be afraid for them, warn biologists tracking a disease that has nearly wiped out the airborne mammals in Eastern Canada. The little brown bat, northern myotis and tri-coloured bat have been "functionally extirpated" by white-nose syndrome in...

Chilcotin War timeline

Oct 26, 2014 / 7:58 pm

A timeline of the events surrounding the Chilcotin War of 1864, known as Western Canada's deadliest attack by aboriginals on non-aboriginal settlers: 1844: Hudson's Bay Co. abandons Fort Chilcotin following constant Tsilhqot'in resistance. April 23, 1858: Six hundred miners arrive...

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