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Worker caused SkyTrain shutdown

Jul 22, 2014 / 7:15 pm

The union representing SkyTrain workers is questioning the blame being cast on one of its suspended members following a five-hour service disruption for two rapid-transit lines in Metro Vancouver. TransLink issued a news release Tuesday saying an electrician installing a new circuit breaker for...

Woman tackles burglar

Jul 22, 2014 / 7:00 pm

A feisty Vancouver Island woman is being applauded by Mounties for taking down a male burglar who broke into her home. Nanaimo RCMP Const. Gary O'Brien says homeowner Jamie Fawcett is only five foot two, and the alleged thief was about six inches taller, but she tackled him...

No foul play at music festival

Jul 22, 2014 / 2:21 pm

Foul play has been ruled out in the death of a Regina man at a music festival north of Vancouver. Staff Sgt. Jennifer Pound of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team says evidence found at the scene, witness statements and the results of an autopsy have determined that foul play was not a...

Highway re-opened

Jul 22, 2014 / 11:12 am

Update -- 11 a.m. The road has been reopened in both directions. Original story -- 8:30 a.m. A serious crash has closed the Trans-Canada highway near Revelstoke. The incident happened around 6:30 Tuesday morning, just east of the town. The road is closed in both directions and is...

Shooting suspect on the loose

Jul 21, 2014 / 8:10 pm

Mounties are searching for a suspect after a man was shot in Surrey’s Cloverdale neighbourhood Monday afternoon. The victim was shot at a home near 187 Street and 60 Avenue shortly after 4 p.m. He was taken to Royal Columbian Hospital with undisclosed injuries, and is expected to...

Passengers leave stalled SkyTrains

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:46 pm

For the second time in a week, passengers aboard two of Metro Vancouver's rapid-transit lines pried open the doors of stalled trains and walked along the system's narrow, elevated tracks. TransLink spokeswoman Colleen Brennan says an electrical short at about 12:30 p.m. Monday sparked a...

Liquefied natural gas cleans air

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:14 pm

Premier Christy Clark says British Columbia's proposed liquefied natural gas industry has the power to fight air pollution in China and clear up smog in Los Angeles. The premier's natural gas development minister also boasted to delegates at the same conference on Monday that the LNG...

Murder charge laid in attack

Jul 21, 2014 / 1:30 pm

A charge of second-degree murder has now been laid against a community leader in Surrey, BC. Baldev Singh Kalsi is accused of the July 13 attack on his wife, Narider Kaur Kalsi. She died Sunday, shortly after her family agreed to have her removed from life support. The charge against the...

Lytton wildfire

Jul 21, 2014 / 11:16 am

Update -- July 21 The Botanie Road Fire was most recently mapped at 1,389 hectares, slightly smaller than yesterday, and is now 5 per cent contained. There was a five person crew on the fire last night and it was also patrolled overnight. Monday brought 121 people back onsite, assisted by...

Union wants more mediation

Jul 21, 2014 / 10:45 am

Both sides in British Columbia's ongoing teachers' dispute are talking about "mediation" but still remain far apart on key contract issues. The province's roughly 40,000 public school educators walked off the job June 17, with the main issues in the dispute focused on wages...

Man missing in rowboat

Jul 21, 2014 / 7:04 am

Rescue aircraft are back in the skies as another day of searching begins for a man last seen in a small rowboat off northern Vancouver Island. A military Cormorant helicopter and a Buffalo rescue airplane have resumed the search grid about 225 kilometres north of Port Hardy, B.C. They're...

Suspicious death at Pemberton

Jul 19, 2014 / 3:34 pm

Police are investigating a suspicious death at the Pemberton Music Festival, north of Vancouver. Members of B.C.'s Integrated Homicide Investigations Team cordoned off an area near a row of portable toilets after the death late Friday. Police set up a trailer at the scene, but said it...

Ashcroft Manor avoids flames

Jul 19, 2014 / 2:01 pm

Despite the rumours, Ashcroft Manor & Teahouse on Highway 1 is still standing and is apparently open for business. A fire broke out Friday night and soon engulfed some old buildings next door to the Manor. Ashcroft fire chief Brian Henderson said the buildings had been left vacant since...

Teen found naked and shot

Jul 18, 2014 / 8:47 am

It was a bizarre incident in Pitt Meadows Wednesday night when Mounties found a teenager naked and shot. According to CTV Vancouver, the 19-year-old man told police he had been abducted earlier in the evening. “He actually went up to one of the local houses, he was trying to get away...

Over 1,100 evacuated

Jul 18, 2014 / 8:38 am

Update July 18 The evacuation order for more than 1,100 residents of Hudson's Hope, BC, has been lifted, allowing residents chased out by a wildfire to return home. While the threat of the fire overrunning the town has eased, locals have been told that they'll need to remain on...

Additional support for wildfires

Jul 17, 2014 / 8:50 pm

As wildfire activity in the province continues to spark up, the Wildfire Management Branch has called in over 70 firefighters from other provinces. A 14-member team from Alberta arrived in BC on July 14 to help with the Red Deer Creek fire, located about 61 kilometres southeast of Tumbler Ridge....

Boot Hill fire

Jul 17, 2014 / 3:35 pm

A second fire has broken out on the opposite side of the mountain, kilometres away from the now 313 hectare Apex Mountain area. The fire, deemed the Boot Hill fire, is aggressive and moving quickly. It has now grown to over 138 hectares in size. The Ministry of Forests is reporting that it is...

BC Lotto to pay bad gamblers

Jul 17, 2014 / 1:59 pm

A judge has ruled the BC Lottery Corp. must pay back a group of problem gamblers who had jackpots taken from them because they had signed up for a voluntary self-exclusion program. But the ruling only covers a 14-month period in 2009 and 2010, and people who lost jackpots since then are out of...

Maka-Murray Evac. Order

Jul 17, 2014 / 12:30 pm

UPDATE 12:30 P.M. The Maka-Murray wildfire is now over 400 hectares, and continuing to grow rapidly. It is ten times the size it was when first reported Tuesday afternoon. Fire fighters, air-tankers and helicopters have responded to the fire over the past few days. There is currently...

Two arrested in gold theft

Jul 17, 2014 / 10:15 am

Vancouver police have made an arrest in a smash-and-grab robbery in the city's gallery row. Police Sgt. Randy Fincham says officers raided a rooming house in the city on Wednesday and seized several pieces of gold jewelry. The aboriginal artwork matches pieces stolen Monday when a man...

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