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Time to change liquor laws?

Jan 27, 2018 / 10:30 pm

David Eby, B.C.'s Attorney General, told reporters on Saturday he believes it's time to change the province's liquor laws. Specifically, Eby said...

Jogger struck by vehicle dies

Jan 27, 2018 / 6:11 pm

A man has passed away after being hit by a vehicle while jogging on Gabriola Island, near Nanaimo, earlier this week. The incident occurred on Wednesday on...

Boy's death preventable?

Jan 27, 2018 / 1:38 pm

UPDATE: 1:38 p.m. The family of a young B.C. boy who died hours after he was released from hospital are holding a celebration of life on Sunday. The Losse...

Funeral for killed teen

Jan 27, 2018 / 1:15 pm

UPDATE: 1:15 p.m. A 15-year-old Vancouver boy who was killed by a stray bullet has been remembered at his funeral as a bright young man with big ambitions....

Planned highway closure

Jan 27, 2018 / 1:06 pm

As snow falls across the Interior, with more expected to come, Highway 3 between Creston and Salmo will be closed this afternoon as crews work to control...

Man killed in street fight

Jan 27, 2018 / 11:25 am

A man is dead following a street fight in Vancouver. Vancouver Police homicide investigators are looking for witnesses to the early morning Granville Street...

Rasta motoring to TV show

Jan 27, 2018 / 7:10 am

The Rusty Rasta is taking his passion for cars to the small screen. Mike Hall, aka Rasta Man, is looking for people who want to have their classic cars...

2 bodies in S. Surrey home

Jan 27, 2018 / 6:29 am

Police are investigating after two bodies were found in a home in South Surrey. Firefighters were called to the multi-million dollar home in the 17400-block of...

Beer truck stolen

Jan 26, 2018 / 4:40 pm

Police in Delta, B.C., are investigating the theft of a trailer full of nearly 2,600 cases of Coors Light beer. The Delta Police Department says in a release...

Large mail theft bust

Jan 26, 2018 / 4:12 pm

Police in Grand Forks say they have recovered a large amount of stolen property and arrested two men in connection to a rash of mail theft in the Kootenays....

Blue bridge standing tall

Jan 26, 2018 / 12:19 pm

It's the beginning of the end in Victoria. CTV Vancouver Island is reporting the final major puzzle piece for the new Johnson Street Bridge will be lifted...

Clark pokes BC boy's club

Jan 26, 2018 / 11:42 am

Former British Columbia premier Christy Clark has weighed in on the discussion around sexual misconduct in Canadian politics, saying she saw plenty of...

Take a run on the roo?!

Jan 26, 2018 / 11:38 am

If you're heading up to Big White today don't be surprised if you're greeted with "g'day mate!" instead of hello. Today is Australia...

Acquitted terror suspect sues

Jan 26, 2018 / 9:13 am

A British Columbia man acquitted of terrorism-related charges has filed a lawsuit against the provincial and federal governments, arguing he was maliciously...

A life of pie: BC baker tops

Jan 26, 2018 / 7:01 am

Jessica Clark-Bojin remembers at one time having a reputation for her lack of cooking skills. "I couldn't crack an egg. I was shooed out at family...

Pistol post closes school

Jan 26, 2018 / 6:28 am

Turns out three Comox Valley high schools were closed Thursday because of a picture on social media. CTV Vancouver Island is reporting a picture posted on...

Snowpack not a concern

Jan 26, 2018 / 5:00 am

The snowpack in the Okanagan is currently sitting at 123 per cent of normal, but there's no need to sound any alarms just yet. David Campbell, section head...

Bodies inside burned home

Jan 25, 2018 / 6:40 pm

The Integrated Homicide Investigation Team is examining a fire scene in Surrey after two bodies were found inside a burned home. Emergency crews were called to...

Gangster charged in deaths

Jan 25, 2018 / 5:45 pm

A high-ranking Hells Angel who survived a high-profile 2011 gang shooting in Kelowna has been arrested and charged with two counts of conspiracy to commit the...

Canucks meet Anthony

Jan 25, 2018 / 4:40 pm

UPDATE: 4:36 p.m. Four-year-old Anthony Relvas is a pretty remarkable little boy. He is sweet and positive and friendly, and he really, really, really likes...

Gypsum mine approved

Jan 25, 2018 / 4:24 pm

The British Columbia government has granted an environmental assessment certificate for an open-pit gypsum mine near Canal Flats in the Kootenays. The...

BC coconut recall

Jan 25, 2018 / 3:29 pm

Canada's Food Inspection Agency has issued a recall for several coconut products amid concerns of salmonella contamination. The agency says the frozen and...

Buried alive in powder

Jan 25, 2018 / 3:18 pm

A close call at Whistler is making the rounds on social media this week. Nigel Landon Beaupre shot GoPro footage of his ski experience at Whistler on Sunday....

Avro alert: new cop in sky

Jan 25, 2018 / 2:49 pm

There's a new transit cop in the sky. TransLink has unleashed a team of peregrine falcons to scare off the pigeons. Pigeons may seem harmless but their...

Political twitter rift

Jan 25, 2018 / 1:16 pm

The tweet that shook the government. CTV is reporting that Green Party Leader Andrew Weaver says he had a cordial call with Premier John Horgan that was aimed...

School safety first

Jan 25, 2018 / 12:50 pm

UPDATE: 12:35 p.m. Half of the high schools in the Comox Valley School district have been closed as an RCMP investigation is underway this afternoon. Mark R....

Murder described religiously

Jan 25, 2018 / 10:10 am

One of the young men convicted in the 2015 killing of Luka Gordic described the moment he stabbed the 19-year-old victim as a religious experience. After years...

Coal mine fix to cost $10M

Jan 25, 2018 / 9:25 am

Teck Resources Ltd. says it will take four to six weeks to repair damage at its coal drying complex at its Elkview mine in B.C. following a "significant...

Missing woman feared dead

Jan 25, 2018 / 8:25 am

Police in Vancouver spent hours searching an east-side home Wednesday night, looking for clues that could help them find a woman who has been missing for two...

So long Sears

Jan 25, 2018 / 7:28 am

It's the end of an era for Sears Kelowna. Castanet reader Randy Mills took this photo of workers taking down the sign from the now empty Sears building at...

Olympians on the slopes

Jan 25, 2018 / 5:39 am

The Canadian Olympic Committee (COC) and Alpine Canada have officially announced the athletes and coaches nominated to represent Team Canada in ski cross at the...

Slush covered roads

Jan 24, 2018 / 7:44 pm

UPDATE: 7:45 p.m. Roads are covered with slush across the Okanagan Valley and it doesn't seem to be stopping any time soon. Castanet readers living in...

Death in Needles a murder

Jan 24, 2018 / 2:55 pm

Police are continuing to investigate the shooting deaths of two Needles, B.C. men, one of which has officially been classified as a murder. Cpl. Dan Moskaluk...

Man dies at trampoline park

Jan 24, 2018 / 2:33 pm

A 46-year-old man is dead after an incident at a private leisure facility in Richmond on Jan. 20. RCMP responded to the location, which Richmond News reports is...

Deadly Richmond collision

Jan 24, 2018 / 1:43 pm

An 81-year-old woman is dead after a serious pedestrian collision in Richmond on Tuesday. Richmond RCMP responded to the area around No. 1 Road and Tucker Road...

Perry Kendall stepping down

Jan 24, 2018 / 12:55 pm

British Columbia's first provincial health officer is resigning after nearly 20 years on the job. Dr. Perry Kendall, who declared a public health emergency...

Wild turkeys take over town

Jan 24, 2018 / 11:37 am

Celebrations and turkey often go hand in hand but growing flocks of wild turkeys in southeastern British Columbia are leaving area residents feeling anything...

B.C. wooing China

Jan 24, 2018 / 11:15 am

Provincial officials are selling the benefits of B.C. resources and tourism in China. Promoting opportunities for British Columbia-China collaboration in wood...

Crashed plane overweight

Jan 24, 2018 / 10:35 am

The Transportation Safety Board of Canada has found a fatal float plane crash in Northern B.C. was caused by an overloaded aircraft and optical illusions...

Police seize several firearms

Jan 24, 2018 / 10:07 am

A 56-year-old Surrey man is facing numerous weapons charges after firing a gun in his apartment. Cpl. Scotty Schumann said on Dec. 18, 2017 at 4 a.m., officers...

Hit-and-run driver sought

Jan 24, 2018 / 10:03 am

A hit-and-run incident in Delta has left a pedestrian in hospital and police searching for information. On 12th Avenue near 56th Street Tuesday night a woman...

Adult sentencing sought

Jan 24, 2018 / 9:53 am

A Vancouver judge will decide today whether three youths convicted in the killing of 19-year-old Luka Gordic should be sentenced as adults. The men were all 17...

Business fined for dead birds

Jan 24, 2018 / 9:45 am

A natural gas company in Western Canada has been ordered to pay $235,000 to wildlife groups after dead birds were found floating in one of its containment tanks...

Slushy roads, slow commute

Jan 24, 2018 / 9:03 am

UPDATE: 9:53 a.m. Kim Stinson lives in the area of Yankee Flats just north of Vernon. She says her area received about six inches of snow overnight....

Pizza guy snacks on order

Jan 24, 2018 / 8:15 am

The Dominos are falling this morning after a pizza delivery driver was caught on tape eating the pepperonis off a pizza while on the way up in a Surrey...

Pop-up pot shop shutdown!

Jan 24, 2018 / 6:43 am

Vancouver police say they are putting an end to an open-air marijuana market that sprung up and grew in a busy downtown plaza, fuelling concern among residents....

'Material spill' on Hwy 5

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:56 pm

UPDATE: 8:55 p.m. Traffic on the Highway between Hope and Merritt has been reduced to a single lane due to a "material spill," according to DriveBC....

Porta-potties lit on fire

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:26 pm

Police in Vancouver are investigating several cases of porta-potties being set on fire intentionally in the city's downtown. Seven of the portable restrooms...

Tempers flare in Libs debate

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:16 pm

Tempers flared at the B.C. Liberal leadership debate in Vancouver as veterans butted heads over the future of the party with newer faces calling for change....

Body in trunk identified

Jan 23, 2018 / 4:50 pm

The identity of the remains found in a burnt out car in Trail on Sunday, Jan. 14 has been confirmed by the Southeast District Major Crime Unit. A forensic...

Snowboarder found dead

Jan 23, 2018 / 4:23 pm

Officials say a snowboarder is dead after being found unresponsive at a Vancouver Island resort. Mount Washington Alpine Resort says the man was found in a...

10 Safeway stores to close

Jan 23, 2018 / 4:22 pm

A union representing Safeway employees in British Columbia says 10 stores in the province will be permanently closed, affecting about 1,000 employees, as labour...

I never heard the alarms

Jan 23, 2018 / 2:19 pm

Lea Gardner remembers getting in a rowboat with her husband, three young children and the family dog to flee a tsunami that hit British Columbia 54 years ago....

Railyard fire investigated

Jan 23, 2018 / 1:33 pm

Investigators with the Coquitlam RCMP and Canadian Pacific police and working together to determine what caused a collision between a tanker truck and a train...

Charges in pot market bust

Jan 23, 2018 / 11:54 am

A raid on an illegal open-air marijuana market in Vancouver has resulted in four arrests, with a fifth expected soon. Eleven criminal charges have been...

Tsunami alert worked?

Jan 23, 2018 / 10:09 am

UPDATE 10:00 a.m. The Mayor of Tofino, Josie Osborne, tells Castanet the provinces Tsunami alert system appears to have worked well after a 7.9 quake hit off...

More snow for Coquihalla

Jan 23, 2018 / 8:29 am

Another day another snowfall warning for the Coquihalla. Environment Canada is warning snowfall amounts could reach as much as 30 centimetres. A strong Pacific...

Tragic father, daughter trip

Jan 23, 2018 / 12:09 am

A father and his 15-year-old daughter have been tragically killed after a weekend ATV outing in Campbell River. The dad, daughter and another teen were out for...

Fire allowed to burn out

Jan 22, 2018 / 9:45 pm

UPDATE: 1:05 p.m. A spectacular explosion and fire, fuelled by ethanol, has been allowed to burn out in Port Coquitlam, B.C. The crash between the double tanker...

Explosion at Teck coal mine

Jan 22, 2018 / 4:58 pm

The union at a Teck Resources Ltd. coal mine near Sparwood, B.C., says it's concerned about worker safety following an explosion that knocked out the...

Bush road harms caribou

Jan 22, 2018 / 4:29 pm

Provincial officials hope the public can help identify the people who interfered with a caribou recovery program in northeastern British Columbia by trying to...

Pop-up pot shop crackdown

Jan 22, 2018 / 4:24 pm

Police appear to be cracking down on pop-up stalls selling marijuana as frustrations mount over the open air market operating in a prominent square in downtown...

Ski resort still digging out

Jan 22, 2018 / 3:23 pm

Chairlift operations resumed Monday on Vancouver Island's Mount Washington after a weekend snowstorm left dozens stranded. Sheila Rivers of Mount Washington...

Teen gunfire victim grieved

Jan 22, 2018 / 3:09 pm

The brother of an innocent teenage boy killed by a stray bullet in Vancouver says his family is still in shock and his death has left a void. Fifteen-year-old...

Semi rollover on Hwy. 3

Jan 22, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Emergency crews have rushed to the scene of a collision involving two tractor trailers, one of which has rolled over on Highway 3. The incident occurred at...

Butt out on BC Ferries

Jan 22, 2018 / 1:17 pm

Time to butt out on BC Ferries. As of today smoking is no longer allowed on Ferries or terminals. The ban on cigarettes, vaping and smoking other substances...

Wind, pilot factors in crash

Jan 22, 2018 / 12:31 pm

Gusty crosswinds and poor decision-making by the pilot are blamed for causing the hard landing of a float plane on British Columbia's north coast that...

Leaders race in home stretch

Jan 22, 2018 / 12:29 pm

The race to replace Christy Clark as leader of British Columbia's Liberal party is in its stretch run with the contest coming down to a choice between the...

Rock slide clearing

Jan 22, 2018 / 12:13 pm

UPDATE 12:10 p.m. DriveBC says the Coquihalla northbound has reopened. Maintenance is working to clear the rockfall 3.5km S of Merritt. You are advised to check...

Two bodies recovered

Jan 22, 2018 / 11:36 am

UPDATE: 11:33 a.m. Crews have recovered the body of a second person swept away in Woods Creek near Campbell River. CTV Vancouver Island is reporting that search...

Island getting lashed

Jan 22, 2018 / 8:28 am

Many BC Hydro customers on Vancouver Island remain without power following weekend storms. Thousands woke up this morning in the dark as powerful storms brought...

Mudslide prompts evac

Jan 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

Heavy rain caused a slope to give way near Campbell River on Sunday, prompting the city to issue an evacuation notice for four homes. The notice is mandatory...

2nd Burnaby pedestrian hit

Jan 22, 2018 / 5:00 am

A pedestrian was hit by a vehicle Saturday night in the same Cariboo Road intersection in Burnaby where a teen died Wednesday morning. Witness Jordan Copps said...

Hwy 5 closed two ways

Jan 21, 2018 / 8:32 pm

UPDATE: 9:05 p.m. Highway 5 is now closed northbound as well as southbound between Hope and Merritt. Reports indicate several trucks have spun out near Snowshed...

B.C. liquor laws 'archaic'

Jan 21, 2018 / 7:18 pm

An Alberta-based whisky distributor says "archaic" liquor policies in British Columbia are limiting the range of products consumers can access. Robert...

Rock slide cleared

Jan 21, 2018 / 7:15 pm

UPDATE: 7:10 p.m. Highway 1 is now open in all lanes following an earlier rock slide six kilometres east of Spences Bridge. ORIGINAL: 7:25 a.m. A rock slide...

BC Ferries delayed by wind

Jan 21, 2018 / 3:34 pm

BC Ferries is experiencing numerous sailing delays and cancellations between the Lower Mainland and Vancouver Island due to high winds. Routes between Departure...

Hwy 1 open after slide

Jan 21, 2018 / 3:20 pm

UPDATE: 3:20 p.m. Highway 1 has reopened following an earlier rock slide. Both directions are now open. ORIGINAL: 2:20 p.m Highway 1 is closed in both...

Coq expects more snow

Jan 21, 2018 / 2:48 pm

The Coquihalla between Hope and Merritt could get up to 30 centimetres of snow Sunday and overnight. Environment Canada issued a snowfall warning for the area...

Lost in rugged, awful terrain

Jan 21, 2018 / 1:11 pm

Two backcountry skiers have been rescued after spending the night on a mountain near Trail. Leigh Pearson, search manager with Vernon Search and Rescue said the...

Thousands without power

Jan 21, 2018 / 10:39 am

Thousands of customers are without power along B.C.'s South Coast as a wind storm batters the region. BC Hydro says crews are working to restore electricity...

Over 100cm in 24 hours

Jan 21, 2018 / 10:05 am

Can too much snow be a bad thing? Mount Washington Alpine Resort received over 105 centimetres of snow in the past 24 hours, closing the resort. “The...

Keeping a family together

Jan 21, 2018 / 7:11 am

Ed Thompson remembers the helplessness he felt each of the thousands of times his twin daughters would turn blue and go lifeless in his arms. The young girls...

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