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Missing tourist dead

May 27, 2016 / 10:20 am
The BC Coroners Service has helped close a two-and-a-half-year-old missing person's case. The coroners office confirmed Friday, human remains found on Cypress Mountain in West Vancouver last month are those of British tourist Tom Billings. Billings was reported missing in the fall of...

More tragedy for dog trainer

May 27, 2016 / 9:47 am
It’s tragedy on top of tragedy for a Lower Mainland dog trainer. Dove Cresswell, who lost nine animals this week in a house fire, has now been robbed. Cresswell was teaching a dog agility class Tuesday night when the fire started in her Burnaby home. She rushed home to save the...

Motorists survive crash

May 27, 2016 / 9:45 am
UPDATE: 9:45 A.M. MAY 27 Three people escaped serious injury following a crash on Highway 1 at the Rogers Pass Summit Thursday. The single vehicle incident involved a semi, loaded with logs. Witnesses at the scene believe the semi may have jackknifed, spilling its load. The driver and...

Elderly women attacked

May 27, 2016 / 9:01 am
Two elderly women were randomly assaulted in Vancouver Thursday. The assaults happened in the city’s west side, two hours apart from each other. The first happened just before noon at West Broadway and Ash Street. According to police, an 84-year-old woman was sitting on her walker...

Tories focus on renewal

May 27, 2016 / 6:46 am
Thousands of Conservatives have bid farewell to former leader Stephen Harper and now get down to the work of renewing their party. The first full day of the Tories' convention will feature intensive debate on issues ranging from whether to drop the current policy opposing same sex marriage...

Best yet to come: Harper

May 26, 2016 / 10:26 pm
Raucous cheers greeted former prime minister Stephen Harper for likely the last time in his political life Thursday as he took the stage in front of thousands of Conservative party loyalists to celebrate the legacy of his nine years in power. The party remains strong and united even in the face...

Eastbound lanes open

May 26, 2016 / 7:27 pm
UPDATED: 7:27 p.m. Highway 1 has been reopened in the eastbound direction near Bridal Falls, but the highway remains closed in the westbound lanes. Westbound traffic is being rerouted at Highway 9. DriveBC estimates Highway 1 will fully reopen by midnight. ORIGINAL: 4:05 p.m. A...

Bear tears through kitchen

May 26, 2016 / 4:43 pm
A bear on the Sunshine Coast may have been looking to enact some revenge for the infamous Goldilocks incident when it broke into woman's kitchen. Gina Wood walked into her kitchen in Lund, B.C., on Monday to find a bear looking for snacks. While Goldilocks was known to be quite picky...

Kelowna woman missing

May 26, 2016 / 3:02 pm
Trail RCMP are seeking public assistance in locating a missing Kelowna woman. Neva Evdokimoff, 48, was reported missing by her family on May 25. Evdokimoff left her family's residence in Shore Acres at 8:30 a.m. May 24. “Neva was supposed to be driving home to her residence...

UVic receives Zika funding

May 26, 2016 / 2:43 pm
A researcher at the University of Victoria has received funding aimed at developing technology to help identify the Zika virus. Grand Challenges Canada, a federally funded body that supports public health innovations, has awarded $50,000 for research on two applications spearheaded by chemist...

Highway 3 closed

May 26, 2016 / 1:30 pm
Highway 3 is currently closed both directions, following a collision eight kilometres west of Sunday Summit. The road is reduced to single lane alternating traffic, according to DriveBC. Castanet will provide more details as they become available.

Fewer provincial exams

May 26, 2016 / 1:28 pm
High school students will be required to write only two provincial exams instead of five before they graduate as part of a new curriculum being rolled out in British Columbia. Education Minister Mike Bernier says math and literacy will be the only skills to be formally tested starting in the...

Crow loots crime scene

May 26, 2016 / 1:12 pm
A notorious character with prior run-ins with Vancouver Police briefly snatched a knife from a crime scene, but the cops aren't recommending charges. That's because the knife thief is believed to be Canuck the Crow, an infamous bird with a dedicated social media following and more than...

Mess a black eye for school

May 26, 2016 / 10:51 am
Partying high school grads in Surrey are being blamed for a huge mess left at a popular campsite. Trees were spray painted with curse words. Crumpled tents, broken chairs and piles of trash were left behind at a campsite near Harrison Lake over the weekend. Also left at the scene was a clue...

Paintings fetch over $3M

May 26, 2016 / 6:29 am
A trio of paintings by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris brought in more than $3 million at an auction in Vancouver on Wednesday night. The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says Harris's canvas "Laurentian Landscape" sold for almost $2.2 million, well over the pre-auction estimate...

Renowned BC carver dies

May 26, 2016 / 6:09 am
Norman Tait, a Nisga'a First Nation artist whose work is displayed around the world, has died at the age of 75. Tait was known for carving totems, but the self-taught artist's work also includes masks, jewelry and photos. He died of cancer in Vancouver on May 21, one day after his...

Trial wasn't fair: lawyer

May 26, 2016 / 6:05 am
A British Columbia man convicted of killing three women and a teenage girl deserves a new trial because a judge failed to disclose concerns about his defence counsel's "unethical behaviour" until after he had been sentenced, a lawyer argued Wednesday. Cody Legebokoff was sentenced...

Condo fire was arson

May 25, 2016 / 7:56 pm
A massive condominium fire in White Rock earlier this month was an act of arson. Shortly after 5 a.m. on May 15, White Rock RCMP and the White Rock Fire Department responded to a report of a fire in the 15200 block of Royal Avenue. “Upon attendance, first responders found the building...

'Not in my Navy'

May 25, 2016 / 6:38 pm
The West Coast's top-ranking naval officer says there's no room for sexual misconduct on board his ships, and he's on a mission to offer support and comfort to victims of abuse. Rear Admiral Gilles Couturier said Wednesday in an interview with The Canadian Press he won't tolerate...

Solving donation dilemma

May 25, 2016 / 4:30 pm
British Columbia's electoral body is recommending three options for revamping how political contributions are reported after criticism about high-priced fundraising events. Elections BC chief electoral officer Keith Archer says none of the options can be fully implemented before the next...

Grads get a free ride

May 25, 2016 / 2:07 pm
About 21,000 Grade 12 students across B.C. will get a safe ride home in June thanks to BC Transit. The transit company and 45 partner communities, including all Okanagan partners, will make the GradPASS available once again this year. The GradPASS, will allow students two days of free,...

No charges in odd incident

May 25, 2016 / 1:33 pm
Vancouver police say no charges will be recommended after a strange incident last week that involved a naked woman and prompted an emergency response in the city's downtown. Policed cordononed off a downtown block on the Robson Street shopping district last Friday after a witness called 911...

Cyclist dies of injuries

May 25, 2016 / 1:21 pm
A senior has succumbed to injuries suffered during a collision in Stanley Park last week. The unidentified 72-year-old man was cycling in the park early last Tuesday afternoon, when a vehicle made contact with him as they travelled along Stanley Park Drive near Second Beach. The cyclist lost...

Millions for Coquihalla

May 25, 2016 / 11:48 am
British Columbia's Coquihalla Highway is getting a $17.6-million upgrade to boost safety for commercial truckers. Transportation Minister Todd Stone said the project will include an expansion of the Box Canyon chain-up area, which is located about 30 kilometres north of Hope on Highway...

Great grapes!

May 25, 2016 / 11:25 am
Summer is right around the corner and once again the forecast it is looking like merlot, pinot and chardonnay. 2016 is on track to be another notable wine year, just like 2015, which was recognized for not only producing a stunning vintage, but also producing a lot more wine. This expected...

Killer to appeal conviction

May 25, 2016 / 10:57 am
A lawyer for a British Columbia man convicted of killing three women and a teenage girl says his client deserves a new trial because the judge made disparaging comments about the defence counsel that were only made public after a sentence was imposed. Cody Legebokoff was given life in prison...

Fire crews tried to save dogs

May 25, 2016 / 10:10 am
Eight dogs and two cats have died in a blaze at a dog trainer's home in Burnaby. Assistant Fire Chief Erik Vogel says it's unclear what sparked the fire about 8 p.m. Tuesday, when the animals were left alone while the trainer was out teaching a dog class. He says the crews that...

Iconic paintings on block

May 25, 2016 / 6:40 am
A trio of paintings by Group of Seven member Lawren Harris are slated for sale tonight at an auction in Vancouver. The Heffel Fine Art Auction House says Harris's canvas "Laurentian Landscape" is expected to fetch between $1.2 million and $1.6 million. Heffel says the painting...

Murder conviction appeal

May 25, 2016 / 6:25 am
A lawyer for a man convicted of murdering three women and a teenage girl in central British Columbia goes before the Court of Appeal today asking to overturn the convictions. Cody Legebokoff was sentenced to life in prison with no chance of parole for 25 years by a Prince George judge in...

A pleasant commute?

May 25, 2016 / 5:00 am
Do you enjoy your daily commute to work or school? A new Insights West poll says that really depends on your particular mode of transportation. The online poll found those who bike or walk are most satisfied, while those who drive or take public transportation have the lowest satisfaction...

Jaw broken in custody

May 24, 2016 / 10:09 pm
British Columbia's police watchdog has determined charges could be laid against RCMP officers after a woman's jaw was broken in a Langford jail. The Independent Investigations Office has forwarded a report to the Crown saying an officer may have committed an offence. The IIO says a...

Awarded $1M over crash

May 24, 2016 / 8:59 pm
A judge has awarded a man who survived war in the Democratic Republic of Congo more than $1 million for a car crash that exacerbated his post-traumatic stress disorder. British Columbia Supreme Court Justice Robert Sewell said in his written decision that Olivier Yewa Shongu led a difficult life...

Island driver crashes again

May 24, 2016 / 5:30 pm
More driving woes for the man implicated in the death of a Langford RCMP officer. CTV News is reporting Jake Fenton, the man said to be involved in the crash which killed Const. Sarah Beckett last month, was injured in a rollover accident early Sunday morning. Police in Langford, allege they...

Police shoot armed man

May 24, 2016 / 4:20 pm
UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. One suspect is in custody with gunshot wounds after an altercation with police in East Vancouver Tuesday afternoon. At 1 p.m., officers responded to a car fire in a McDonald’s parking lot near Hastings Street and Cassiar Street. While trying to deal with the fire,...

Fire crews sent to Alberta

May 24, 2016 / 4:19 pm
A steep decline in fire activity in British Columbia is allowing the province to loan out two teams of firefighters to Alberta and Ontario. Forests Minister Steve Thomson says the BC Wildfire Service is sending about 100 firefighters plus support personnel to each province to help fight fires...

Couple's bodies found

May 24, 2016 / 4:08 pm
Police in Washington State believe they have found the remains of a B.C. woman and her husband. The couple were reported missing in mid-April. A story, published by CTV Vancouver, says the remains were found in an area north of the couple's home in Oso, in Snohomish County. It's...

Snowpack far below average

May 24, 2016 / 4:04 pm
Environment officials are generally concerned about flooding this time of year, but a low snowpack currently has B.C. forecasters facing fears of drought instead. Dave Campbell is the director of the River Forecasting Centre and he says the May 15 snowpack reading shows most of the province is...

Honoured for bravery

May 24, 2016 / 3:59 pm
Several Okanagan residents will be receiving awards for their bravery next Monday from the Lieutenant Governor of British Columbia. The Canada Bravery Awards will be given to 21 people who “have shown profound courage by placing their own lives at risk to help others in risky...

Sex offender arrested

May 24, 2016 / 2:32 pm
A woman who faced a number of court-ordered conditions for convictions involving sex offences against children has been arrested in Abbotsford. Thirty-nine-year-old Audrey Black was picked up by police investigators on May 18. The Abbotsford Police Department says in a news release that the...

Roller-coaster a thrill ride

May 24, 2016 / 12:18 pm
Adventure and excitement were the theme this weekend in Revelstoke, as its brand new mountain coaster was opened to the public. “Are you ready to ride the coaster?” yelled Revelstoke Mayor Mark McKee to the cheering crowd at the opening ceremony. “This is a great day for the...
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