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Snowfall causing problems

Nov 26, 2014 / 9:48 am

Update -- 9:30 a.m. FortisBC says they've been kept busy this morning with many outages throughout the valley, but most power has been restored to the Naramata and West Bench areas of the Okanagan. “We’ve restored most of the customers around there. We’ve also restored a...

Road Report: Highways

Nov 26, 2014 / 7:48 am

Update: 8:45 a.m. Highway 97C is back open and is reduced to single lane alternating traffic. Original Heavy snow continues to fall on the major highway passes leading to and from the Okanagan. A travel advisory had been in effect for Highway 3 in both directions from Hope to...

Gov't gives green light to LNG

Nov 25, 2014 / 9:00 pm

Three proposed multibillion-dollar liquefied natural gas projects in northern BC have been awarded the environmental green light by the provincial government. The ministries of Environment and Natural Gas Development now have environmental assessment certificates for two pipelines and one export...

Snow slams high passes

Nov 25, 2014 / 7:24 pm

Update 7 p.m. Heavy snow continues to fall over the the mountain passes tonight. Environment Canada now expects snow accumulations of up to 40 centimetres overnight, with the Coquihalla summit and Allison Pass being two of the hardest hit areas. However precipitation in those areas may...

Top Gear trapped in Trail

Nov 25, 2014 / 7:00 pm

As Castanet reported last week, the BBC show 'Top Gear' was scheduled to be in the Okanagan to shoot a segment for their show, but as it turns out, their trip to our province was not without some bumps in the road. Jeremy Clarkson -- the host of one of the world's best-known...

BCFED calls for $15 minimum wage

Nov 25, 2014 / 5:00 pm

The BC Federation of Labour has launched a new campaign calling on the province to increase the minimum wage. The campaign, 'Fight For $15' calls for an increase in the minimum wage to $15. "At the current minimum wage, working full-time is not enough to lift a worker out of...

Crash closes Highway 3

Nov 25, 2014 / 4:34 pm

A multi-vehicle incident has closed Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton. The road is closed in both directions south of the town, approximately six kilometres west of Saturday Creek. DriveBC is reporting there is no estimated time of reopening -- an assessment is currently in progress.

Anti-pipeline grandma

Nov 25, 2014 / 1:29 pm

An 84-year-old retired librarian says she's willing to violate a court injunction and go to jail as she and other anti-pipeline protesters take a stand against fossil fuels by interfering with survey work in Burnaby, B.C. Barbara Grant joined activists near Burnaby Mountain on Tuesday to...

Hwy.1 reopened after crash

Nov 25, 2014 / 11:31 am

Update 11:30 a.m. Hwy. 1 has reopened 30 kilometres west of Revelstoke after a fatal crash closed the highway Monday evening. Details below. Original An accident on the Trans-Canada Highway just west of Revelstoke has claimed one life. Two commercial vehicles collided around...

Black Friday deals or 'white lies'?

Nov 25, 2014 / 7:30 am

Savvy Black Friday shoppers should pay attention to products’ final price, not just how much they’re supposedly saving. That’s the takeaway from a new report released by Vancity Credit Union, which warns some major U.S. retailers inflate prices before Black Friday and Cyber...

Hwy 1 closed near Sicamous

Nov 24, 2014 / 8:42 pm

A traffic collision has forced closure of Highway 1, the Trans Canada, near Sicamous. According to DriveBC, the closure affects eastbound lanes 17km east of Sicamous. A detour is in effect eastbound via Oxbow Frontage Road and westbound via Malakwa Frontage Road. There is no estimated time...

Surrey shooters charged

Nov 24, 2014 / 8:30 pm

Two people have been charged following an incident that prompted RCMP officers to open fire on a fleeing vehicle. The confrontation happened last Friday in Surrey, where plain clothes officers used their cruisers to box in a suspect vehicle. But police say the driver attempted to ram his way...

Police involved shooting

Nov 24, 2014 / 2:05 pm

Update -- Nov. 24 The BC Coroners Service has released the identity of a man shot and killed by police in Vancouver over the weekend. Phuong Na (Tony) Du, 51, was a resident of Vancouver. He was shot by police on Saturday afternoon, shortly before 5 p.m. near the intersection of Knight Street...

High risk sex offender released

Nov 24, 2014 / 12:02 pm

The BC Ministry of Justice has a warning for the general public in advance of the release of Jason Beaudry. According to the ministry, Beaudry, 37, is a high risk violent sexual offender. He is currently in Kamloops and plans to reside in the City of Cranbrook. Beaudry has a lengthy...

Missing sailor found

Nov 24, 2014 / 10:35 am

Update -- Nov. 24 Vancouver police say that missing boater Rui Yamamoto has been found safe and sound on the Gulf Islands. Original story -- Nov. 23 A 31-year-old man is missing after leaving Vancouver on a sailboat and failing to return as expected. Police say Rui Yamamoto was last...

Winter road report

Nov 24, 2014 / 7:30 am

Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for parts of the Okanagan today, and for those traveling over the mountain passes. Motorists can expect heavy snow on the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt, and also Highway 3 between Hope and Princeton via the Allison...

Girl, 11, arrested in Burnaby

Nov 23, 2014 / 3:52 pm

Several protesters including an 11-year-old girl have been taken into custody at a work site related to a proposed pipeline expansion near Vancouver. The RCMP have arrested dozens of people in the past week as officers enforce a court injunction ordering protesters to clear the way for Kinder...

BC police honoured for service

Nov 23, 2014 / 10:00 am

Police officers who braved armed suspects, flames and icy waters to save others, and whose remarkable work enhanced safety in their communities, were recognized tonight at Government House. Each fall, government recognizes members of independent municipal police forces, the RCMP, and First...

Hwy 1 reopened

Nov 22, 2014 / 12:46 pm

Update -- 6 p.m. Traffic is back to normal following an earlier crash west of Revelstoke. Update -- 12:45 p.m. A witness tells Castanet that single lane alternating traffic is now getting through the site of the crash. Drivers are reminded to leave early and to take care on the roads....

$4M for mental health teams

Nov 22, 2014 / 11:30 am

A new program announced today aims at helping people with mental health and substance use disorders in BC's interior regions. First-of-their-kind Assertive Community Treatment teams and a crisis response team will provide targeted supports for Kamloops, Kelowna and the Cariboo-Chilcotin,...

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