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BC legislature warned

Oct 22, 2014 / 11:26 am

The clerk of British Columbia's legislature says some provincial politicians were warned this week about heightened security concerns from officials in Ottawa. Craig James says officials at the legislature received information from Ottawa that there could be a problem and he briefed several...

Falling debris at BC Place

Oct 22, 2014 / 8:15 am

Leaking water isn’t the only thing that’s fallen onto the BC Place field since its $563 million renovation was completed three years ago, reports CTV Vancouver. The stadium’s retractable roof couldn’t be opened or closed while people were underneath for months in 2012 due...

8-hour standoff ends

Oct 22, 2014 / 6:17 am

A Vancouver man is being treated for mental disorder and minor injuries after an eight-hour standoff with police. Cst. Randy Fincham says police arrived at an East Vancouver apartment on Tuesday morning after a woman claimed her ex-boyfriend had broken into her home and was acting...

80,000 lose power

Oct 22, 2014 / 5:54 am

A wind warning has ended for parts of B.C.'s south coast as severe weather at its height left almost 80,000 BC Hydro customers without electricity overnight. Environment Canada says a rainfall warning remains in effect in Metro Vancouver, Howe Sound and Whistler, and BC Hydro says roughly...

Cops cleared of excessive force

Oct 21, 2014 / 2:57 pm

A pair of RCMP officers in Penticton will not be criminally charged in relation to an excessive force complaint from earlier this year. The allegation stems from an incident on March 22 when a vehicle was found in the parking lot of a school, with its engine running around 3 a.m. When the...

LNG tax drop

Oct 21, 2014 / 2:36 pm

The British Columbia government has climbed down from its proposed goal of a seven per cent income tax on the province's liquefied natural gas industry, and instead cut the rate in half to 3.5 per cent for the next two decades. Finance Minister Mike De Jong said Bill 6, the Liquefied Natural...

BC's green LNG law

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:56 pm

New legislation introduced in British Columbia requires liquefied-natural-gas plants to meet emission standards or face penalties and makes the industry the cleanest in the world, says Environment Minister Mary Polak. Polak tabled the Greenhouse Gas Industrial Reporting and Control Act Monday,...

Family condemns RCMP

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:49 pm

The sister of a British Columbia man who was shot by the RCMP after a manhunt says the force should have found a way to end the ordeal peacefully, but instead she says police wrote him off as a violent misfit and shot him in what amounted to an execution. Peter de Groot, 45, was killed last...

Grizzly chomps on camera

Oct 20, 2014 / 12:10 pm

A wildlife filmmaker from the UK got more than he bargained for while shooting along the BC coast last month. John Kitchin was able to get a bear’s-eye-view of a curious grizzly near Glendale Cove at Knight Inlet, located near the north end of Vancouver Island after it attempted to snack...

Officer charged with murder

Oct 20, 2014 / 11:52 am

A Vancouver-area police officer has been charged with second-degree murder in connection with a standoff outside a casino two years ago. BC's criminal justice branch says the charge was approved against Cst. Jordan MacWilliams of the Delta Police Department. Forty-eight-year-old Mehrdad...

Tougher distracted driving laws

Oct 20, 2014 / 9:45 am

British Columbia's Justice Minister, Suzanne Anton, has introduced tougher distracted driving penalties and is signalling that higher fines are coming down the road. Starting Oct. 20, three penalty points will be added to the record of drivers caught talking on a handheld device while...

Serious weekend crashes

Oct 20, 2014 / 7:50 am

Three people are fighting for their lives after a series of crashes that happened around the Lower Mainland Saturday evening and early Sunday morning, reports CTV Vancouver. Alcohol is believed to have played a role in a serious crash in Vancouver that happened on West Broadway near Cypress...

Repairs begin on disabled ship

Oct 20, 2014 / 6:06 am

A Russian cargo ship that was adrift off the British Columbia coast after a power outage has docked. The Prince Rupert Port Authority says the Simushir has been towed to the Fairview Container Terminal, and the vessel is expected to stay for 48 hours for repairs. The container ship was en...

Sights on Site C's price tag

Oct 19, 2014 / 7:03 pm

With provincial and federal environmental certificates now in hand, BC Hydro faces a much tougher hurdle for its massive Site C hydroelectric project — the bottom line. The Crown agency estimates it will cost $7.9 billion to build the dam on the Peace River, making it the largest...

Disabled ship heads to BC port

Oct 19, 2014 / 6:46 am

The stricken Russian container ship Simushar is under tow again off the north coast of British Columbia. The Canadian Forces' joint rescue co-ordination centre in Victoria says the ocean-going American tug boat Barbara Foss has a secure line attached to the ship. Spokesperson Acting Sub...

Care facility death natural

Oct 18, 2014 / 9:23 pm

The BC Coroners Service says a man in a Salmon Arm long-term care home died of natural causes, and not an attack by another resident as first suspected. Ninety-three-year-old John Young was found Oct. 2 in the room of another Bastion Place patient who suffered dementia, and died five days...

Two missing after barge sinks

Oct 18, 2014 / 7:19 pm

One man was rescued Saturday and two others are missing after a barge sank in the Georgia Strait near Campbell River, B.C. A mayday call went out from the 20-metre vessel just before 3 a.m. Saturday, advising that the steel landing craft was taking on water. Cpl. Poppy Hallam says one man...

Russian ship drifts again

Oct 18, 2014 / 7:12 pm

UPDATE 7 P.M. A large tug boat arrived Saturday night to hook onto a Russian cargo ship adrift off the British Columbia coast, calming fears that the ship might drift ashore and cause an environmental disaster. Lt. Paul Pendergast of the Canadian Forces' Joint Rescue Co-ordination Centre...

Maple Hall opens in S. Korea

Oct 18, 2014 / 11:48 am

B.C. wood-frame construction was showcased in South Korea Saturday, with the official opening of the GICO Community Centre. Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations Minister Steve Thomson cut the ribbon for the project, which is the centrepiece of a 141-unit wood- frame housing complex in...

No excessive force charges

Oct 17, 2014 / 9:13 pm

Two Mounties involved in a late-night physical altercation with a man in Princeton, B.C., won't be charged, but the man who went to hospital still faces assault allegations. A statement from the provincial Criminal Justice Branch says an altercation broke out between the unnamed driver...

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