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Two killed in crash

Feb 3, 2018 / 10:45 pm

UPDATE: 10:45 p.m. Police in the East Kootenays have confirmed two people and two horses perished in a two-vehicle collision on Highway 95/3 near Irishmen Creek...

Wilkinson new leader

Feb 3, 2018 / 7:20 pm

UPDATE: 7:20 p.m. Despite a strong start from Dianne Watts, Andrew Wilkinson, former advanced-education minister, has been named the BC Liberals new leader. ...

Pedestrian struck, killed

Feb 3, 2018 / 6:00 pm

A pedestrian was killed in the early morning hours of Saturday in Squamish on the Sea-to-Sky Highway. Police responded to the stretch of highway between Loggers...

Robs banks, crashes SUV

Feb 3, 2018 / 4:30 pm

Two people were arrested in Vancouver Saturday afternoon after the alleged robbers crashed their stolen getaway vehicle after a string of bank robberies. After...

Released from jail early

Feb 3, 2018 / 3:20 pm

The man convicted of being an accessory to the 2011 murder of 19-year-old Maple Batalia has been released from custody early, just one year after he was...

Medevac responds to Coq

Feb 3, 2018 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. A medevac helicopter responded to a crash in the northbound lanes of the Coquihalla Highway Saturday morning. While the extent of the...

Love is in the air

Feb 3, 2018 / 10:30 am

Love is in the air – way up in the air. Lovebirds have a chance to exchange nuptials from the top of a mountain on the most romantic day of the year....

Wayward sea lion goes viral

Feb 3, 2018 / 9:21 am

A sea lion was seen frolicking in a flooded parking lot near Duncan earlier this week. The large sea mammal was spotted in the parking lot next to the...

Senior assaulted in apt.

Feb 3, 2018 / 8:02 am

Police are looking for a suspect after an 89-year-old was allegedly assaulted in her apartment Thursday. Police said the victim was alone in her Lynn Valley...

Shooting was targeted

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:50 pm

Richmond RCMP are investigating a targeted shooting. Shortly before 10:30 p.m. Thursday, police responded to the 7000 block of Westminster Highway, where a...

1,349 votes denied

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:25 pm

One of the contenders vying to lead British Columbia's Liberal party won't have the backing of 1,349 prospective members who were disqualified from...

Dave Barrett dead at 87

Feb 2, 2018 / 4:03 pm

Former B.C. premier Dave Barrett, the scrappy but always smiling leader of the province's first New Democrat government, has died in Victoria. He was 87...

Let's not start a trade war

Feb 2, 2018 / 3:53 pm

Premier John Horgan says his government is trying to protect B.C., not be provocative, when it comes to a proposed ban on increasing the amount of diluted...

Can't keep tongue to himself

Feb 2, 2018 / 1:45 pm

Transit police in Vancouver are seeking a mysterious SkyTrain passenger with a wandering tongue. A woman reported that a stranger in his twenties licked her...

High avalanche danger

Feb 2, 2018 / 1:34 pm

Extreme caution is urged in the B.C. high country this weekend. Conditions are ripe for an avalanche in Vancouver's North Shore Mountains, and a high...

Help for Highway of Tears

Feb 2, 2018 / 12:10 pm

The B.C. government has released a snapshot of the results of its transportation upgrades along Highway 16, the route also known as the Highway of Tears. The...

200 litres of diesel spilled

Feb 2, 2018 / 11:30 am

Environmental groups plan to take a closer look today at a diesel spill that occurred after a barge sank in Howe Sound, just north of Gibsons. The sinking...

Crossing guards call it quits

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:29 am

Crossing guards in Victoria are calling it quits. The non-profit Beacon Community Services group says it will no longer man intersections after this school...

Snowfall warning for Coq

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:11 am

Treacherous conditions are expected to further deteriorate today on the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt. Environment Canada issued a snowfall...

Sea lion tours parking lot

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:11 am

An unusual sight in a parking lot in Duncan B.C. this week. A video posted to Rhonda L Vertefeuille Facebook page shows a sea lion swimming through a parking...

Balcony rescue in fire

Feb 2, 2018 / 10:02 am

Residents of an Abbotsford apartment building had to be rescued from their balconies during a fire early Friday. About a dozen people were brought down by...

Trudeau firm on pipeline

Feb 2, 2018 / 9:35 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is standing firm in his support for the Kinder Morgan pipeline expansion across British Columbia, just hours before he attends a...

Native village stolen: court

Feb 2, 2018 / 8:42 am

The Supreme Court of Canada has sided with a British Columbia First Nation in a dispute over its traditional lands. In a split decision released Friday, the...

Eby wants 'full disclosure'

Feb 2, 2018 / 8:06 am

Attorney General David Eby wants to release documents he says show how the former Liberal government could have acted to prevent financial chaos at ICBC....

Mystery gifts at schools?

Feb 2, 2018 / 7:20 am

It's like Christmas in February for universities across the country. Except it's random and bizarre. Amazon packages have been showing up at...

Trudeau brings tour to BC

Feb 2, 2018 / 6:30 am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is in Nanaimo today for the latest stop on his cross-country town hall tour. Trudeau may face criticism about the Trans Mountain...

Struck, killed in crosswalk

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:51 am

Vancouver Police are investigating the city's first traffic fatality of 2018. A pedestrian died after being struck by a vehicle just before 6 p.m. Thursday...

Coquihalla open

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:24 am

UPDATE: 5:22 a.m. The Coquihalla has reopened 8 km north of Merritt as of 12:04 a.m. ORIGINAL 10:16 p.m. The Coquihalla Highway is closed in the northbound...

The Uber of camping

Feb 2, 2018 / 5:00 am

With more and more people taking to the great outdoors, where can one go to find a place to be at one with nature? Enter the Uber of camping. Guita Yazdani is...

Trans-Canada reopens

Feb 1, 2018 / 5:10 pm

UPDATE: 5:10 p.m. DriveBC reports the Trans-Canada Highway has now reopened between Revelstoke and Golden. UPDATE 2:42 p.m. Revelstoke RCMP tell Castanet, the...

New hope in plane search

Feb 1, 2018 / 3:35 pm

A group of snowmobilers has volunteered to search the area around Three Valley Gap for a missing plane and the two people who were on board. Dominic Neron, 28,...

Name the new police pups

Feb 1, 2018 / 3:33 pm

Hey kids ... you could name one of 13 adorable German shepherd pups that will grow up to be police dogs. The contest is open to children 14 and under across...

Cops cleared in takedown

Feb 1, 2018 / 2:48 pm

British Columbia's police watchdog has cleared officers of wrongdoing after a man suspected of fatally shooting a constable was injured during his arrest....

Fentanyl showing up more

Feb 1, 2018 / 2:27 pm

Researchers say opioid users in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside are increasingly testing positive for the potent painkiller fentanyl, which was linked to the...

AB eatery bans BC wine

Feb 1, 2018 / 1:56 pm

A restaurant in Alberta's oilsands hub is taking its own stand against the B.C. government's plan to obstruct an expansion of the Kinder Morgan...

OD action teams on way

Feb 1, 2018 / 1:25 pm

UPDATE: 1:24 p.m. Vernon, Kelowna and Kamloops have been identified as communities hardest hit by the overdose crisis in this province. With the death toll...

'Don't rush to judgment'

Feb 1, 2018 / 1:01 pm

The lawyer for a man charged with second-degree murder in the deaths of his two daughters on Christmas Day in the Victoria suburb of Oak Bay says the accused is...

Stabbing on the mountain

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:55 pm

UPDATE: 12:50 p.m. RCMP say their response early Thursday on Mount Seymour was for a stabbing. North Vancouver RCMP received a 911 call from an injured male...

Lawyer: ICBC is lying to you

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:47 pm

A B.C. law firm says ICBC and the province are grossly exaggerating the number of deaths caused by using electronic devices while driving. In recent weeks,...

Woman dies in fire

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:27 pm

A woman has died in a late-night apartment fire in Vancouver's Yaletown district. Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services says the blaze broke out at about 11:30...

Voting begins for new leader

Feb 1, 2018 / 12:20 pm

Voting to choose a new leader for B.C.'s Liberals is open for an estimated 60,000 party members. They can cast their ballots by phone or online for one of...

Cities call for affordability

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:56 am

A group that represents B.C. municipalities is calling for significant tax and regulatory changes for a comprehensive approach to more affordable housing. It...

Lawyer hopes for fair trial

Feb 1, 2018 / 11:39 am

The lawyer for a Victoria man on trial for allegedly killing his two daughters Christmas day is criticizing the police following a court appearance Thursday....

That's not space junk!

Feb 1, 2018 / 10:56 am

An amateur astronomer in British Columbia has made a discovery that has gained the attention of NASA. Scott Tilley, a 47-year-old electrical technologist,...

Guilty plea in homicide

Feb 1, 2018 / 10:08 am

Members of the Integrated Homicide Investigation Team are crediting hard work for sending a killer to jail. On Jan. 26, Randeep Singh Match, 36, pleaded guilty...

Spotlight hurting salmon?

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:40 am

More trouble for the problem-plagued Johnson Street Bridge in Victoria. The bridge is behind schedule and over budget, now it's coming under fire from...

Brown booby visits Victoria

Feb 1, 2018 / 6:04 am

A rare tropical bird has washed up on the coast of British Columbia. The brown booby is a rare tropical bird not normally seen in the cool, damp Pacific...

Pineapple Express hits BC

Feb 1, 2018 / 5:00 am

Avalanche Canada’s danger rating has dropped down from high to considerable in many areas across British Columbia, but human triggered avalanches are...

Prolific porta-potty pyro

Jan 31, 2018 / 4:17 pm

A prolific porta-potty arsonist in Vancouver has struck again, prompting a warning to all portable toilet owners from police. The portable washroom was set...

We're not ICBC's scapegoat

Jan 31, 2018 / 3:51 pm

The cost of collision repairs in B.C. has gone up 30 per cent in two years – but the industry says it's not to blame. Ken McCormack, president and CEO...

Curfew for vote scandal

Jan 31, 2018 / 3:37 pm

A former government communications director has been given a nine-month conditional sentence for using his public job to woo ethnic votes for the BC Liberal...

A worsening crisis

Jan 31, 2018 / 3:31 pm

UPDATE: 3:30 p.m. The death toll from illicit drug overdoses in British Columbia continues to rise. The BC Coroner Service released its findings into the...

Care homes lack cash

Jan 31, 2018 / 12:06 pm

According to the Hospital Employees' Union, almost all residential care homes in B.C. are not funded to meet the government's own minimum staffing...

Shooting claims life

Jan 31, 2018 / 11:55 am

RCMP say a man is dead following a shooting in Chilliwack. Police received reports of shots fired on the 9200 block of Broadway Street about 6 a.m. Wednesday....

First Nation claims island

Jan 31, 2018 / 11:21 am

A British Columbia First Nation is claiming title to a private island off Victoria that is currently owned by one of the world's richest men and is valued...

Women filmed in washroom

Jan 31, 2018 / 7:01 am

Two Vancouver Island women have joined a proposed class-action lawsuit against a Saanich grocery store after they claim they were unwittingly filmed while in...

Deadly OD toll climbing

Jan 31, 2018 / 6:53 am

Health officials and the Coroners Service of British Columbia are expected to release the total number of overdose fatalities in 2017 today, while the current...

Almost 'buried alive'

Jan 31, 2018 / 6:48 am

A B.C. woman rescued from a mudslide in Lantzville, on Vancouver Island, is thankful to be alive after her harrowing ordeal. Karena Donnelly thought she was...

Dead kayaker washes up

Jan 31, 2018 / 6:06 am

VicPD are investigating after the body of a kayaker washed up on shore on a popular Victoria beach. Police tweeted they had discovered the body around 3:30 p.m....

Looking for new leadership

Jan 31, 2018 / 5:37 am

British Columbia's Liberals will elect a new leader Saturday with an assignment to ignite and guide the party from an unfamiliar position in Opposition...

Mount Polley charges stayed

Jan 30, 2018 / 7:32 pm

Private charges filed by a woman relating to the 2014 collapse of the tailings dam at the Mount Polley mine have been stayed. British Columbia's public...

Cops bust busy vandal

Jan 30, 2018 / 6:37 pm

RCMP in Coquitlam have put an end to a one-man vandalism spree that included spray painted buildings, vehicles getting scratched with keys and vehicles getting...

Cops walking the beat

Jan 30, 2018 / 4:54 pm

Vancouver Police are turning to an old tactic to improve safety in the Downtown Eastside. The VPD is expanding foot patrols. “In recent months, there has...

Court order shuts pot shop

Jan 30, 2018 / 4:21 pm

The City of Victoria has ben granted a court injunction to shut down a marijuana dispensary, marking the first court-ordered closure of a pot shop in the city....

Ex-ICBC boss dies in crash

Jan 30, 2018 / 4:10 pm

Prominent B.C. business leader Nick Geer has been killed in a car crash in California. A statement from his family says Geer and his wife Penny were on the way...

Landslide crashes down

Jan 30, 2018 / 4:03 pm

UPDATE: 4 p.m. Heavy machinery is expected to arrive Wednesday to clean up a landslide in a residential White Rock neighbourhood. City crews began clean up and...

Driver busted with gun

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:57 pm

A sharp-eyed traffic cop made a significant bust in the Lower Mainland. Surrey RCMP Cpl. Scotty Schumann said on Jan. 23 at 7:45 p.m., a member of Surrey...

Body stuck under log jam

Jan 30, 2018 / 2:05 pm

UPDATE: 2 p.m. North Vancouver RCMP say the body of a kayaker missing on the Capilano River was found under a log jam. The 48-year-old victim entered the river...

In dark on deadly leak

Jan 30, 2018 / 12:42 pm

A judge has ruled that police do not have to turn over records seized during an investigation into a fatal ammonia leak at the Fernie ice rink. The City of...

More pipeline uncertainty

Jan 30, 2018 / 12:11 pm

The B.C. government is creating more uncertainty around Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain expansion project with a proposal to restrict any increase in diluted...

P.G. MP's health scare

Jan 30, 2018 / 12:05 pm

A B.C. Conservative MP says the memory of his stricken wife's face as a medical crisis nearly killed him is his motivation for a heartfelt message to his...

Chased coyote to death

Jan 30, 2018 / 10:46 am

Using a vehicle to run down and kill a coyote has landed two Vanderhoof men in hot water. The unidentified men pleaded guilty in provincial court to Wildlife...

Weather impacts Hwys

Jan 30, 2018 / 10:04 am

UPDATE 10:05 a.m. Highway one at Revelstoke is now open. It was closed for several hours this morning due to a motor vehicle incident. UPDATE 9:03 a.m. Highway...

Thundersnow for real

Jan 30, 2018 / 7:38 am

Turns out it's not one of those made up media words. Thundersnow is an actual meteorological term. "Yes I have heard of thundersnow," says...

Lightning in January?

Jan 30, 2018 / 6:10 am

Ever heard of "Thundersnow"? Well that's exactly what we got in the Okanagan overnight. According to Wikipedia: "Thundersnow, also known as a...

Vancouver renters' union

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:17 am

Rising rental costs, evictions and a scarcity of units in Vancouver's densely populated West End were among the reasons for Gail Harmer's decision to...

Murderer speaks from heart

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

Rick Sauvé spent 17 years in jail for first-degree murder but has since turned his life around and will tell his story at Okanagan College this February....

BC hunters up in arms

Jan 30, 2018 / 5:00 am

Former BC conservation officer Bryce Casavant is calling for hiring diversity as the service looks to hire. Best known as the officer who was suspended after...

Drugs, knives, cash seized

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:30 pm

A police raid of a housing facility in Victoria’s downtown core has lead to the arrest of three people and the seizure of drugs. Cocaine, methamphetamine,...

Drug users are people, too

Jan 29, 2018 / 4:43 pm

NHL players have supported teammates through substance use, and now it's time for the Vancouver Canucks to acknowledge fans battling their own addiction...

Giant wildfire man-caused

Jan 29, 2018 / 4:25 pm

RCMP say this past summer's massive Elephant Hill wildfire was human caused. The fire was the second largest fire in B.C. during 2017, which was the...

Skier buried in avalanche

Jan 29, 2018 / 2:31 pm

A group of four backcountry skiers found themselves in an avalanche on Hollyburn Mountain in West Vancouver, Saturday, but managed to escape without injuries....

Crash cleared on Coq

Jan 29, 2018 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. DriveBC advises the southbound lane closure on the Coquihalla south of Merritt has been cleared. UPDATE: 1:08 p.m. DriveBC has sent out an...

Returning to scene of deaths

Jan 29, 2018 / 1:09 pm

The City of Fernie has regained access to the community's memorial arena for the first time since an ammonia leak killed three people last fall. The RCMP,...

ICBC a 'dumpster fire'

Jan 29, 2018 / 1:06 pm

B.C. Attorney General David Eby says major reforms are on the way to extinguish a "financial dumpster fire" at the province's public auto insurer....

Alert: More overdose deaths

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:28 pm

In a span of just five days, there have been nine suspected overdose deaths in the Interior Health Authority region. The authority issued an alert on Friday...

Swept away in mudslide

Jan 29, 2018 / 12:27 pm

A woman was swept away in her car during a massive mudslide on Vancouver Island, early Monday. The washout happened on Rumming Road in Lantzville about 12:30...

Clampdown on ride apps

Jan 29, 2018 / 11:32 am

B.C. is clamping down on illegal ride-hailing services. In a press release issued Monday, the provincial government says: :All those seeking to provide...

Hit by train in Shuswap

Jan 29, 2018 / 11:06 am

A 57-year -old man is lucky to be alive after being hit by a train in Chase. Chase RCMP say the mobility-challenged man was unable to cross the tracks before he...

'More lives are being saved'

Jan 29, 2018 / 10:42 am

It was a record-breaking year for organ donations and transplants after death in B.C. Thanks to deceased organ donors, 479 lives were saved — a 25 per...

Brush with killer whales

Jan 29, 2018 / 8:10 am

Martin Michael captured an incredible image on a beach near Sechelt. In the video taken this past Saturday, you can see killer whales rubbing their bodies along...

Blue Bridge almost gone

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:37 am

Victoria's Johnson Street Bridge, also known as the 'Blue Bridge' is shut down again today after workers began installing the new deck span on...

'We still need answers'

Jan 29, 2018 / 6:27 am

A celebration of life was held on Sunday for a young Delta baseball player who lost his life suddenly last week. Friends, family and even those who had never...

Snow buries the highways

Jan 28, 2018 / 8:00 pm

A snowfall warning remains in effect for the North and Central Okanagan. Snow came down hard across the Okanagan late Saturday night and all day Sunday making...

Hwy 1 scheduled closures

Jan 28, 2018 / 4:29 pm

Highway 1 will be closed in both directions west of Revelstoke for avalanche control. The scheduled closure will take place between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. Sunday....

Slippery east of Kamloops

Jan 28, 2018 / 3:39 pm

Drive BC has issued a travel advisory for Highway 1 between Squilax Anglemont and Canoe, east of Kamloops. Freezing rain is expected in the forecast. Travellers...

Fire engulfs heritage home

Jan 28, 2018 / 2:48 pm

A multi-unit heritage home in Vancouver's West End was destroyed by a three-alarm blaze Saturday night. Two people were rescued from the house, located at...

Losses could be $1.3 billion

Jan 28, 2018 / 11:46 am

British Columbia's public auto insurer is projecting $1.3 billion in net losses by the end of the current fiscal year. The Insurance Corporation of B.C....

Heavy snowfall on highways

Jan 28, 2018 / 9:06 am

A snowfall warning is in effect for the Coquihalla and Highway 3 today. Environment Canada expects 20 to 30 centimetres to fall on the Coquihalla from Hope to...

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