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BC News Jan 14 to 20, 2018

Calls for resignation ignored

Jan 20, 2018 / 4:01 pm

A school board trustee in Chilliwack is vowing to stay in his job, despite calls that he resign over controversial remarks he made about LGBTQ issues. Barry...

Shooting victim identified

Jan 20, 2018 / 2:16 pm

UPDATE: 2:15 p.m. IHIT has identified the victim of a fatal shooting in Abbotsford on Friday to be 24-year-old Lovepreet Singh Dhaliwal. In a news release, IHIT...

Crash slows Hwy 1 again

Jan 20, 2018 / 12:49 pm

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. Another crash has slowed traffic along the Trans-Canada Highway about 20 kilometres west of Revelstoke, according to a motorist. Brandon Beal...

Snowfall warning on Hwy 5

Jan 20, 2018 / 9:49 am

Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning on Saturday morning for the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt. Heavy snowfall is expected to begin...

Gov. confiscates whisky

Jan 20, 2018 / 9:07 am

In a prohibition-style move, government officials raided B.C. businesses and confiscated hundreds of bottles of whisky. Odai Sirri, vice-president of operations...

'This is not a 9 to 5 job'

Jan 20, 2018 / 5:00 am

It takes a special breed of person to volunteer with search and rescue – the faint of heart need not apply. "Our guys have to know exactly what to do...

Hwy reopens at rock slide

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:30 pm

UPDATE: 10:30 p.m. Highway 1 reopened to single-lane, alternating traffic about 5:45 p.m., DriveBC reports. UPDATE: 2:45 p.m. DriveBC has revised its estimated...

Arrested after assault

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Some tense moments in Richmond Thursday when police were called to a possible hostage situation and a man with a gun. Cpl. Dennis Hwang said shortly before 8...

Urged to resign over rants

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:47 pm

B.C.'s education minister is joining calls for a school board member to step down after the trustee blasted education policies aimed at supporting LGBTQ...

Fighting ODs with tech

Jan 19, 2018 / 4:31 pm

Firefighters in Surrey have turned to technology in the battle against opioid overdoses. The fire department has partnered with Vancouver-based software...

Orphaned cougar rescued

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:32 pm

A young cougar, orphaned when its mother was hit by a vehicle, is recovering from frostbite and hunger in Williams Lake. Conservation officer Ron LeBlanc went...

No free pass for fare skipper

Jan 19, 2018 / 2:30 pm

Vancouver police say a 53-year-old man who decided to piggyback through a fare gate in plain view of officers ended up travelling straight to jail. Police say...

Hollywood North's a hit

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Mayor Gregor Robertson says it's great to hear that Vancouver remains in the top two places in North America for movie makers to live and work. Movie Maker...

Homeless farm to fold

Jan 19, 2018 / 1:15 pm

A Vancouver Island farm that cultivated a unique live-work program to help the homeless is shutting down. The society that operates Woodwynne Farms in Central...

Gunfight witness appeal

Jan 19, 2018 / 12:45 pm

Vancouver Police are making another appeal for witnesses to come forward in their investigation of a gunfight that claimed the life of the 23-year-old target as...

Body in trunk identified

Jan 19, 2018 / 11:24 am

UPDATE: 11:20 a.m. Vancouver Police confirm the body found in a parked car in East Vancouver, Thursday, was that of missing teen Sachdeep Singh Dhoot. Dhoot was...

Can't use Bitcoin for taxes

Jan 19, 2018 / 10:43 am

A North Vancouver man is out $3,000 after he was tax-scammed. RCMP say the man received a phone call from an alleged employee of Canada Revenue Agency on Jan....

3 hurt in sawmill blaze

Jan 19, 2018 / 9:36 am

Three workers were injured in a sawmill fire in South Vancouver early Friday. Firefighters continue to battle the two-alarm blaze, which is believed to have...

Bats battle deadly fungus

Jan 19, 2018 / 7:39 am

A deadly fungus that has wiped out a large portion of brown bats in Eastern Canada has landed on the West Coast. White nose syndrome, is a fungal disease...

Outburst shocks courtroom

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:34 am

A profanity-laced outburst shocked a Vancouver courtroom on Thursday. Tyler Lagimodiere is accused of stabbing a Vancouver photographer to death in Stanley Park...

Giant waves pound Island

Jan 19, 2018 / 6:06 am

Waves as high as 9.5 metres slammed the west coast of Vancouver Island on Thursday. The winter storm produced some of the largest waves seen in a decade....

Ferries smoke-free Monday

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:54 am

BC Ferries and terminals will go smoke-free starting Monday. The ban includes e-cigarettes and any other smoking materials. Signs have gone up on all vessels,...

A crack in the armour

Jan 19, 2018 / 5:00 am

On Nov. 19, 2017, the country watched as emergency responders from across the world marched together in support of a fractured family. At the memorial service...

Getting back to logging

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 pm

Premier John Horgan says he wants to reconnect British Columbia communities with the province's forest industry. He says previous Liberal government policy...

Overdose deaths on rise

Jan 18, 2018 / 4:24 pm

The city of Vancouver has had 335 overdose deaths last year, compared with 234 the year before. There was a huge jump in response to overdose calls by...

Closures on Hwy 1, 3

Jan 18, 2018 / 3:02 pm

DriveBC is reporting multiple highway closures in the Southern Interior. A rock slide has forced a closure on the Trans-Canada Highway in both directions, six...

Extreme wave hazard

Jan 18, 2018 / 2:44 pm

Parks Canada issued an extreme wave hazard advisory for the Pacific Rim region on Thursday. An Extreme wave hazard has been issued for Ucluelet, Tofino and...

Alleged thief rams cop car

Jan 18, 2018 / 2:44 pm

A Lower Mainland man is facing numerous charges after allegedly breaking into a business and ramming a police cruiser in a bid to escape. Richard James Harris...

Website for murdered teen

Jan 18, 2018 / 1:20 pm

UPDATE 1:21 p.m. Police are hoping a website with information on a murder victim can help them crack the case. Marissa Shen, 13, was murdered six months ago...

Built in BC ferry

Jan 18, 2018 / 12:56 pm

A new built in B.C. Ferry goes into service in the Kootenays this February. Glade II, a cable ferry connecting Glade residents with Highway 3A across the...

Travel advisory dropped

Jan 18, 2018 / 11:15 am

UPDATE 11:11 a.m. Looks like the sun has burned through the cloud cover we've had for the last week or so. Not only does it make for a brighter day it has...

No-whale era at aquarium

Jan 18, 2018 / 10:50 am

The Vancouver Aquarium has announced that it will no longer display whales or dolphins. Aquarium president John Nightingale says in a statement that the...

Ban declawing: SPCA

Jan 18, 2018 / 9:03 am

The society that protects animal welfare in British Columbia is looking to the leadership of Nova Scotia's veterinarians as it calls for a ban on feline...

Ministry of loneliness

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:52 am

The appointment of a minister of loneliness in the United Kingdom to tackle social isolation is an acknowledgment of a problem Canadian experts say needs to be...

Backing off on rate freeze

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:46 am

Is B.C.'s NDP government backing away from a campaign promise to freeze BC Hydro rates? Premier John Horgan says a blanket freeze may not be the best route....

Opioid vending closer

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:36 am

The B.C. Centre for Disease Control says a safe opioid vending machine is one step closer to reality. Executive medical director Dr. Mark Tyndall says the CDC...

Complaint over arrest death

Jan 18, 2018 / 6:20 am

A civil rights group has filed a complaint with the Civilian Review and Complaints Commission for the RCMP, alleging officers told witnesses to delete cellphone...

Do not use the term 'hero'

Jan 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Firefighters Scott Hemstad and Gord Ditchburn prefer people wouldn't use the word "hero." Hemstad is deputy chief of Vernon Fire Rescue, and...

Semis collide head on

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:41 pm

UPDATE: 5:40 p.m. Highway 1 is now open after a head-on collision involving two tractor trailers Wednesday. DriveBC said the highway is open as of 5:37 p.m. ...

Steals foot-long sex toy

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:36 pm

A Courtenay man was arrested after using a hammer to break into an adult boutique to steal a foot-long rubber sex toy. Surveillance cameras at Sexy Kitten...

Pee stop flushed away

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:24 pm

You may want to cut back on the coffee if you're planning to travel the Coquihalla Highway between the Okanagan and Lower Mainland. The tourist information...

PR flack 'barely guilty'

Jan 17, 2018 / 4:41 pm

A government communications director who pleaded guilty to breach of trust in connection with a plan to win votes from ethnic groups was "an instrument of...

Bad time to look at phone

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:28 pm

Surfing social media while stopped at a red light is never a good idea. Doing it beside a police car is even worse. A Victoria driver was fined more than $500...

Teen killed in crosswalk

Jan 17, 2018 / 3:16 pm

A 15-year-old girl was struck and killed on a Burnaby crosswalk, Wednesday. The teen was hit by a northbound vehicle on Cariboo Road, south of Highway 1,...

OD deaths hit new high

Jan 17, 2018 / 2:22 pm

The number of overdose deaths in Vancouver increased by 43 per cent last year compared with 2016. The city says there were 335 overdose deaths last year,...

Time limit put on solitary

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:49 am

A B.C. Supreme Court judge has struck down a law that permits federal prisons to put inmates into solitary confinement indefinitely. Justice Peter Leask says...

City bus shot up

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:37 am

Police are investigating shots fired at a Victoria-area transit bus. Someone shot a pellet gun at a bus in the View Royal suburb Wednesday morning, shattering...

Pipeline protesters back

Jan 17, 2018 / 11:26 am

Protesters blockaded the Kinder Morgan terminal in Burnaby before sunrise Wednesday. Opponents of the company's controversial TransMountain pipeline...

Michelle Obama hot ticket

Jan 17, 2018 / 9:37 am

Michelle Obama will be doubling up on her speaking engagements in Vancouver next month after tickets to her first keynote address were quickly snapped up. The...

Serious syringe issue

Jan 17, 2018 / 8:36 am

CTV Vancouver Island is reporting that Island Health will hold an emergency meeting after a growing needle problem in downtown Victoria. Three people have...

Slain teen mourned

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:29 am

A Coquitlam high school is mourning the loss of one of its students following the death of 15-year-old Alfred Wong. Wong, an innocent bystander, was riding in...

Trial set in cop killing

Jan 17, 2018 / 6:07 am

The man accused of fatally shooting an Abbotsford police officer will face trial next January. Oscar Ferdinand Arfmann, 65, will be tried in New Westminster....

Unimaginable to most

Jan 17, 2018 / 5:00 am

Numbers on BC Emergency Health Services' website give an idea what the province's paramedics are up against when they put on their uniforms. 517,309...

Highway 1 now open

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:39 pm

UPDATE 9:56 p.m. DriveBC is reporting Highway 1 is now open. Highway 1 is closed near Revelstoke because of an accident. According to DriveBC, the highway is...

Body found in trunk of car

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:58 pm

Trail RCMP are confirming a body was located inside the trunk of a burned vehicle that was abandoned and set ablaze on Highway 22 last weekend. Cpl. Dan...

No foreign buyers ban

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:32 pm

Premier John Horgan says he has plans to tone down speculation in British Columbia's real estate market, but banning foreign buyers is not one of them....

Sled snatched from home

Jan 16, 2018 / 2:08 pm

A snowmobile was stolen from the owner's driveway in Revelstoke. RCMP said the theft happened from a residence on Sanderson Drive in Columbia Park on...

Ethnic vote plan fallout

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:26 pm

A special prosecutor says a former government communications director for the BC Liberals should serve a community sentence of 12 to 23 months after he pleaded...

'Give up your nukes'

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:23 pm

If North Korea wants freedom from sanctions and acceptance from the international community, it must end its nuclear weapons program, Canada and some of its...

Thief poses as police

Jan 16, 2018 / 1:19 pm

A thief is posing as a police officer in Surrey. RCMP are warning the public to beware people claiming to be police officers who are not wearing a full uniform....

Deepest cave discovered

Jan 16, 2018 / 11:58 am

A member of a team of explorers has reached a record depth in a cave near Fernie, B.C., that is believed to be the deepest in Canada. The cave has so far been...

North Korea summit in Van

Jan 16, 2018 / 8:06 am

A gathering of foreign ministers in Vancouver today to discuss the perils posed by North Korea is expected to focus on sanctions, non-proliferation and...

Site C legal injunction

Jan 16, 2018 / 7:44 am

Two First Nations groups have launched legal action to halt the construction of the Site C dam. West Moberly and Prophet River First Nations have combined...

Beer vs herons in park

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:30 am

Opponents of a brew pub planned for Vancouver's iconic Stanley Park say the project will ruin the park's atmosphere and pose a threat to herons nesting...

Pricked by needle in planter

Jan 16, 2018 / 6:13 am

A third incident of someone being pricked by a needle in downtown Victoria has been reported in just one week. Victoria Police say a syringe appeared to have...

Violence not part of job

Jan 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

During the 2017 provincial election, the B.C. Nurses Union launched a commercial campaign it called: Violence. Not Part of the Job. One commercial hit close to...

Freezing rain en route

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:14 pm

A freezing rain warning has been issued for the Okanagan Valley. Environment Canada says freezing rain is expected Tuesday morning for Kelowna, Vernon and...

Teen caught in gunfire dies

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 pm

UPDATE: 5 p.m. Vancouver Police have been advised by the BC Coroners Service that the 15-year-old injured in Saturday night's shooting in Vancouver has...

Arrest in mall stabbing

Jan 15, 2018 / 4:34 pm

Police say a woman stabbed an elderly man after threatening people at a shopping mall food court on Monday in Abbotsford. Officers were called after people...

Emerson steps out of fight

Jan 15, 2018 / 3:25 pm

David Emerson's appointment as British Columbia's special envoy to the United States on softwood lumber is coming to an end. Premier John Horgan says in...

Charges after body found

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:40 pm

UPDATE: 1:40 p.m. Three men accused of killing a 20-year-old man near Hope appeared in Kelowna provincial court on Monday morning. Ryan Watt, 26, Joshua...

Charged in 'spambot' attack

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:38 pm

A B.C. man has been charged with mischief after a U.S.-based social media platform was allegedly flooded with thousands of spam messages, effectively shutting...

Faith in humanity restored

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:16 pm

A woman's faith in humanity has been restored by strangers after her car was looted three times – all while visiting her dying brother in hospital....

Thank goodness for low tide

Jan 15, 2018 / 1:01 pm

Thank goodness for low tide. No one was injured when a Toyota minivan jumped a curb and went over the sea wall at Willows Beach in the Victoria suburb of Oak...

Hwy contracts coming due

Jan 15, 2018 / 11:58 am

Highway maintenance contracts are coming up for renewal in several parts of the province. The new contracts will include increased standards for winter...

Coquihalla reopened

Jan 15, 2018 / 8:50 am

UPDATE: 8:45 a.m. Southbound lanes of the Coquihalla reopened shortly after 8 a.m. UPDATE: 6:50 a.m. DriveBC reports the southbound lanes of the Coquihalla...

Island pot grower sold

Jan 15, 2018 / 7:26 am

Licensed marijuana producer Aphria Inc. has signed a deal to buy Broken Coast Cannabis Inc., a cannabis producer on Vancouver Island, in a transaction it valued...

More than just opioids

Jan 15, 2018 / 6:46 am

People who live with chronic pain need options beyond prescription opioids, and it's up to the B.C. government to provide more services such as...

'Brazen' Van. shooting

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

A targeted shooting on a major Vancouver street has left three people injured, including someone police describe as an "innocent" teen. Vancouver...

Life on the front lines

Jan 15, 2018 / 5:00 am

There's an old newsroom truism that "If it bleeds, it leads." However, when the attention shifts, that doesn't mean the suffering ends. Today...

Arrest in Nanaimo killing

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:57 pm

A home invasion in Nanaimo, B.C. which resulted in a death on Sunday in an apparently targeted killing has warranted an arrest. 34-year-old Troy Dax McKinnon...

Two quakes off Van. Island

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:09 pm

Port Hardy, B.C. was rocked by two earthquakes before noon this morning. No damage was reported, but two earthquakes registering at 4.2 and 4.5 magnitude...

Pot biz eager for workers

Jan 14, 2018 / 8:04 pm

Canadian marijuana companies are on a hiring spree, looking to fill an array of roles as they gear up for the legalization of recreational cannabis later this...

Police vehicle catches fire

Jan 14, 2018 / 2:54 pm

A police vehicle caught fire Sunday, after hitting a manhole in Surrey. The fire then spread to a business. At about 7 a.m. on Jan. 14 Surrey RCMP responded to...

3 injured in shooting

Jan 14, 2018 / 10:23 am

A teenage boy and two other people were injured in a shooting on Saturday night. Vancouver Police responded to several shots fired at about 9:15 p.m. near East...

Tries again on terror charges

Jan 14, 2018 / 6:58 am

A British Columbia judge was wrong to throw out findings of guilt against a pair of accused terrorist sympathizers who planted what they thought were...

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