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Charges in child abandonment

Dec 21, 2014 / 3:50 pm

SURREY - RCMP are recommending charges against a man who they say struck a three-year-old boy in the face and abandoned him at a bus stop. Staff Sgt. Joe Johal says police are recommending charges of assault and child abandonment. Johal says the man is a Surrey resident who is related to the...

Abandoned child now home

Dec 21, 2014 / 11:28 am

SURREY - RCMP say they have made an arrest after receiving reports that a three-year-old boy was struck in the face and abandoned at a bus stop in Surrey,and the boy is now with his mother. Police say they were contacted about the incident Saturday morning by witnesses. Callers reported the...

Have a green Christmas

Dec 21, 2014 / 5:05 am

Have a green Christmas this holiday season and recycle your Christmas tree and burnt out lights at one of many locations through the South Okanagan. Burning Christmas trees creates strong smoke due to moisture in the wood and needles. Fine particulates from smoke have been linked to respiratory...

Arsonists caught on camera

Dec 21, 2014 / 4:35 am

Mounties are asking the public to help identify two people caught on camera torching a home in Surrey earlier this year, CTV Vancouver reports. The home, located in 10200-block of 143A Street, was set on fire in the early morning hours of July 15. By the time firefighters arrived, the home was...

Earthquake detected off coast

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:30 pm

There was a 4.3 magnitude earthquake off the coast of B.C. on Saturday afternoon. The federal agency that monitors earthquakes in Canada says the tremor was centred offshore about 517 kilometres west northwest of Vancouver. Earthquakes Canada says there are no reports of damage, but none...

Electrical fire on SkyTrain

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:00 pm

SkyTrain service was disrupted between two busy stations in the Metro Vancouver area by what transit officials believe was an electrical fault. Translink says service resumed between the Canada Line between Aberdeen and Richmond-Brighouse stations after being closed for several hours Saturday...

Support staff ratify deals

Dec 20, 2014 / 8:00 pm

All education support workers in BC who negotiated agreements with the province this summer have ratified their contracts. The province says the remaining seven districts and unions representing some 3,500 workers have recently signed on to their agreements. The districts include Vancouver,...

One killed in crash

Dec 20, 2014 / 3:04 pm

A head-on collision claimed the life of one man near Salmo Saturday morning. Shortly after 8 a.m., one vehicle crossed the centre line, colliding head on with the second. A male was pronounced dead at the scene and a female was taken to Trail hospital with serious but non-life threatening...

Flu doesn't affect bird supply

Dec 20, 2014 / 2:43 pm

Poultry producers are assuring B.C. residents there will be plenty of turkeys on store shelves during the holidays despite an avian flu outbreak that has killed thousands of animals. The industry group representing farmers who raise chickens, turkeys and eggs says it has bolstered its stock with...

Massive BC gold mine approved

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:11 pm

The federal government has approved the environmental assessment application for the massive KSM gold and copper mine in northwestern British Columbia near the Alaska border. The mine, which is owned by Seabridge Gold Inc., is considered the largest undeveloped gold reserve in the world and also...

Snowmobile victims identified

Dec 19, 2014 / 3:07 pm

The BC Coroners Service has confirmed the identity of a man and woman who died after a snowmobile incident near Nakusp on Dec. 14. They were Calvin Leo White, aged 27, from Slocan Park, and Elise Lindberg Hansen, aged 29, from Winlaw. Both communities are in the West Kootenays. Mr. White and...

Wine in grocery stores April 1

Dec 19, 2014 / 12:00 pm

Grocery stores in the province will be able to stock 100 per cent BC wine on their shelves beginning April 1. This is phase two of the liquor-in-store model announced by the province Friday. This second phase will allow existing VQA stores and independent wine stores to relocate or transfer...

Cop charged with murder

Dec 19, 2014 / 10:30 am

A Delta constable charged with second-degree murder appeared in court Thursday, where dozens of fellow officers gathered in a show of solidarity. Cst. Jordan MacWilliams, a seven-year veteran of the Delta Police Department, is accused in the high-profile shooting of an armed man outside the...

Road Report

Dec 19, 2014 / 8:30 am

A special weather statement has been issued for the Okanagan Connector this weekend as a Pacific storm moving through BC could impact holiday travellers. Environment Canada is expecting significant snowfall on highway passes beginning Saturday morning and stretching through to Sunday. The...

Equipment theft at job site

Dec 19, 2014 / 5:00 am

According to the Oliver RCMP, at some point during the evening hours of Dec. 17 to 18, thieves raided a job site in the 4300 Block of Black Sage Road. Items stolen included approximately 600 L of diesel fuel along with a Light plant portable generator (model MLT5080) and a Frost Fighter heater...

Controversial minister shuffled

Dec 19, 2014 / 4:59 am

Premier Christy Clark has shuffled her cabinet, moving Amrik Virk out of his advanced education portfolio on the same day an updated report revealed that the minister was fully knowledgeable about a compensation package that broke government guidelines. The premier's office said Thursday...

$27K raised for women's shelter

Dec 18, 2014 / 8:04 pm

The Kelowna Women’s Shelter just received their largest single donation of the year. Almost $27,000 was raised by eight Shopper’s Drug Mart locations in the Kelowna area through their Tree of Life fundraising campaign. The campaign itself provides funding to 450 women’s...

University dispute now court bound

Dec 18, 2014 / 7:23 pm

A Christian university embroiled in a debate about religious freedoms and same-sex equality rights will challenge in court a Law Society of British Columbia decision not to accredit graduates from its proposed law school. In contention is a community covenant at Trinity Western University in...

Water bans lifted

Dec 18, 2014 / 4:51 pm

All water bans issued after the Copper Mountain Mine spill last week have been lifted. The bans were put in place when a tailings line overflowed and spilled into Wolfe Creek. The mine acted quickly by putting silt screens in place and testing since then has shown that contamination did not...

Tailings spill hits creek

Dec 18, 2014 / 2:36 pm

Update -- Dec. 18 Interior Health has rescinded the Do Not Use water order for the Rock Ridge Canyon Water System. Test results from the well and Wolfe Creek indicate that water in the area does not present a risk to health and is considered safe for bathing, recreation and...

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