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Art to come from storm

Sep 2, 2015 / 11:01 am

A windstorm that toppled trees across British Columbia's south coast could fuel many fireplaces over the coming winter, but officials hope it will spark something creative, too. The Vancouver Park Board estimates at least 500 trees came down in parks and along boulevards during the Saturday...

Massive weekend bust

Sep 2, 2015 / 10:00 am

If you are running from police in a stolen vehicle, you may not want to lead them right to your property with a plethora of illegal things for them to find. Salmon Arm RCMP is getting a pat on the back after completing one of the largest drug busts in the detachment's history An estimated...

Lawsuit over cheap tickets

Sep 2, 2015 / 6:29 am

A mistake by Air Canada in offering a package of flights at just 10 per cent of the value has triggered a proposed class-action lawsuit by customers who thought they got an amazing deal. Court documents, filed in both Quebec and British Columbia, stated the flight pass was offered between Aug....

Still no power for 3,500

Sep 1, 2015 / 4:36 pm

BC Hydro says a windstorm that knocked out power in thousands of homes and businesses is believed to be the largest such outage ever for the utility. Winds gusting up to 80 km/h at the height of Saturday's storm in southwestern British Columbia toppled trees that damaged transmission lines...

Toll of wrongful conviction

Sep 1, 2015 / 2:41 pm

The daughter of a wrongfully convicted British Columbia man turned to drugs and alcohol to numb the pain she felt following her father's arrest, 27-year imprisonment and eventual release, a court has heard. It was a coping mechanism that would eventually take her life. Tanya Olivares, 42,...

Pipeline figurehead passes

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:58 am

Janet Holder, the woman regarded as the British Columbia figurehead for the proposed Northern Gateway pipeline, has died following a long battle with leukemia. "Janet will be dearly missed by everyone at Enbridge," said Al Monaco, president of the Calgary-based company behind the...

Earthquake felt here

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:20 am

Any shaking in the Okanagan this morning was likely the result of a 4.3 magnitude earthquake, about 38 kilometres north of Coulee Dam in Washington. According to Natural Resources Canada, the quake at 9:42 a.m. was felt in Bridesville, Penticton, Kelowna and other locations. One report from...

Evacuee centre to close

Sep 1, 2015 / 11:11 am

An emergency centre set up for residents affected by the Rock Creek-Westbridge wildfire will shut down on Wednesday. As most residents who were impacted by the fire have met with support agencies and evacuations have been lifted, the Midway Resilience Centre will be close at 5 p.m. Sept....

30,000 still without power

Aug 31, 2015 / 8:00 pm

VANCOUVER - Communities and residents across southwestern British Columbia are tallying the damage after a powerful weekend windstorm ripped up trees, crushed vehicles and left half-a-million customers without power. At the peak of the storm Saturday, winds gusted between 80 and 100 kilometres...

Fatal accident near Merritt

Aug 31, 2015 / 6:12 pm

A man is dead a woman was sent to hospital following a single-vehicle accident on the Coquihalla near Merritt Monday. At approximately 745 a.m. Merritt RCMP and BC Ambulance responded to the report of a single-vehicle collision on the Coquihalla Highway four kilometers south of Merritt. RCMP...

Shocking cop-stop video

Aug 31, 2015 / 2:40 pm

A Salt Spring Island RCMP officer was injured during an incident, early Saturday. Shortly after 12 a.m., officers were conducting an impaired driving checkpoint when a man driving a Chevrolet Blazer attempted to avoid the checkpoint, nearly striking an officer who was on foot. A stationary...

Gas leak under control

Aug 31, 2015 / 2:17 pm

UPDATE: 2 p.m. FortisBC says a natural gas leak in Vancouver's downtown core has been brought under control. Crews upgrading a plaza in front of the Vancouver Art Gallery ruptured a gas line late Monday morning. The leak forced the closure of West Georgia Street, between Burrard and...

Man sues for lost years

Aug 31, 2015 / 2:05 pm

The lawyer for a British Columbia man wrongfully convicted of sexual assault says his client's 27 years behind bars devastated his family and also caused serious harm to the integrity of the judicial system. Ivan Henry is suing prosecutors for allegedly breaching his charter rights after he...

Smoky skies advisory ends

Aug 31, 2015 / 12:08 pm

A smoky skies advisory for the Okanagan, Similkameen and Fraser Canyon regions has been lifted. The Ministry of Environment, in collaboration with the Interior Health Authority, ended the advisory this morning. The advisory was issued Aug. 23 due to heavy smoke across the Southern Interior...

Laptop buy finds child porn

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:58 am

Charges of sexual assault and child pornography have been laid against an Abbotsford man whose laptop allegedly contained disturbing images. The laptop was sold online to someone who discovered the material and contacted police. Investigators say they located the seller, and now 52-year-old...

Auto insurance on way up

Aug 31, 2015 / 11:22 am

It will be two months before the Insurance Corp. of B.C. applies for a specific change to basic insurance rates, but drivers across the province are being warned they will pay more. ICBC has begun filing its basic insurance rate application with the B.C. Utilities Commission, but final parts of...

Delays start day at YVR

Aug 31, 2015 / 10:21 am

A rough start to the day for passengers flying to the United States from Vancouver International Airport. YVR reports the U.S. departures baggage system had mechanical problems early Monday morning. The breakdown of the luggage conveyors was fixed before 7 a.m., but it delayed several...

Wind and rain blow in

Aug 31, 2015 / 8:32 am

Despite the Little White Mountain fire being fully contained smoke is still lingering in the valley. The air quality index rating for the Central Okanagan remains between a low and moderate risk to health, and a smoky skies advisory is still in effect for the entire Okanagan. In Kelowna, rain...

Alerts lifted in Grand Forks

Aug 31, 2015 / 7:00 am

Evacuation alerts were lifted Sunday for areas of Grand Forks and Christina Lake previously threatened by the Stickpin wildfire in Washington state. The alert has be lifted for the following areas: Grand Forks, southeast corner/Airport Electoral Area D/rural Grand Forks south of the...

Many still without power

Aug 31, 2015 / 6:23 am

Electricity is slowly being restored across Metro Vancouver two days after the region was battered by a powerful windstorm, but now the area is being drenched by heavy rain. A rainfall warning is in effect for Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and the Fraser Valley with up to 80 millimetres expected...

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