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BC News Feb 4 to 10, 2018

Fatal shooting victim ID'd

Feb 10, 2018 / 7:36 pm

The victim in a fatal shooting in Langley on Friday has been identified. Surrey native Ali Al-Romeshi, 23, was gunned down near a townhouse complex in the...

#I'mwiththeBCD

Feb 10, 2018 / 6:00 pm

The big armoured vehicle, that's been tearing around the Okanagan for the last few weeks, was back in Kelowna Friday for a "special review". The...

Couple attacked in break-in

Feb 10, 2018 / 4:19 pm

A couple in Coquitlam were assaulted when strangers tried to break into their home on Friday night. The husband and wife answered their door when the doorbell...

Car catches fire at airport

Feb 10, 2018 / 2:00 pm

A vehicle caught fire in a parking lot at the Vancouver International Airport Saturday, billowing smoke high into the air. Fire crews responded to the fire just...

Another fatal shooting

Feb 10, 2018 / 11:25 am

In yet another targeted shooting in the Fraser Valley, a man was killed in Langley Friday night. Police responded to the 8200-block of 204B Street at 9 p.m. to...

Airlifted from avalanche

Feb 10, 2018 / 7:20 am

A person was rushed to a Calgary hospital from the Golden backcountry by medevac helicopter Friday afternoon after suffering serious injuries in an avalanche. ...

Rogers Pass clear for now

Feb 10, 2018 / 6:55 am

UPDATE: 6:55 a.m. Highway 1 through Rogers Pass was opened at 2 a.m. Saturday morning after crews spent hours Friday clearing massive amounts of avalanche...

Aquarium ban overturned

Feb 9, 2018 / 2:41 pm

A British Columbia court has ruled that Vancouver's park board didn't have the authority to ban whales, dolphins and porpoises at the city's...

Family Day on the move

Feb 9, 2018 / 2:30 pm

UPDATE: 2:30 p.m. BC Green Party leader Andrew Weaver applauded the NDP government's move to move next year's Family Day to fall on the same weekend as...

'Tiger' facing sex charges

Feb 9, 2018 / 1:22 pm

Dave "Tiger" Williams, former Canuck and Toronto Maple Leaf, has been accused of sexual assault and assault after a military trip to Europe. Williams...

Suspicious bag delays flight

Feb 9, 2018 / 12:43 pm

A false alarm at the Comox Valley Airport delayed dozens of people Friday morning. About 6 a.m., a suspicious package was found on board an Air Canada aircraft....

Cash to recruit teachers

Feb 9, 2018 / 12:32 pm

Teacher shortages across B.C. have prompted the government to invest in training and recruitment. Education Minister Rob Fleming says the government will spend...

$105M for PharmaCare

Feb 9, 2018 / 11:10 am

The province is investing $105 million in the next three years to help cover costs of pharmaceuticals for low-income residents. Health Minister Adrian Dix made...

Life 'Grand' with $7M win

Feb 9, 2018 / 11:03 am

Self-professed jokester Mike Jansen of Prince George started buying Daily Grand tickets as a joke to tease his wife. If he won the lottery, he would retire...

Island already getting 'daffy'

Feb 9, 2018 / 10:09 am

As residents in parts of British Columbia dig out from recent heavy snowfalls and think fondly of spring, a farmer on southern Vancouver Island is cursing that...

Safe travels for 'Family Day'

Feb 9, 2018 / 8:10 am

As we head into the Family day weekend the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure is reminding travelers that storm and heavy snowfall warnings have been...

Pregnant and on the street

Feb 9, 2018 / 6:54 am

Living on the street is hard enough. Being pregnant, even harder. About 130 people live in a tent city on Surrey's notorious Whalley Strip, where paramedics...

Dive team searches Gorge

Feb 9, 2018 / 6:30 am

A police dive team searched Victoria's Gorge waterway for a missing man on Thursday. Victoria and Saanich police and Metchosin Search and Rescue marshalled...

Highways 1, 5 reopen

Feb 8, 2018 / 9:10 pm

UPDATE: 9:10 p.m. Eastbound traffic on the Okanagan Connector is now open, after a crash closed down the highway for several hours. A single eastbound lane...

Cops ran red lights

Feb 8, 2018 / 8:00 pm

UPDATE: 8 p.m. After dramatic dashcam footage of several vehicles running through red lights in Richmond on Jan. 31 recently went viral, the culprit has come...

Arrests at pipeline protest

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:17 pm

Two people have been arrested following a protest against the Trans Mountain pipeline in Coquitlam. RCMP say nine people were peacefully protesting Thursday but...

A SLAPP in the face

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:17 pm

A civil liberties group and prominent figures in the legal community are calling on British Columbia's attorney general to help stop lawsuits that stifle...

Crane fire closes highway

Feb 8, 2018 / 3:05 pm

A part of a Delta highway was shut down after a crane caught fire Thursday morning. The southbound lanes of Highway 91 was closed near 72 Avenue when the fire...

Sexual predator warning

Feb 8, 2018 / 2:42 pm

Vancouver police are warning the public about a sexual predator with a high risk to reoffend. Cameron Eugene Ratelle, 39, is living in Vancouver and poses a...

After new wine markets

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:52 pm

British Columbia's premier says his government is reviewing its options and standing up for its citizens when it comes to a trade war with Alberta. John...

BC needs more judges

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:48 pm

The chief justice of British Columbia's Supreme Court says he is frustrated by the federal government's "failure" to appoint judges, and he is...

Historic theatre saved

Feb 8, 2018 / 1:37 pm

The operators of one of the last independent movie theatres in Vancouver say their multimillion-dollar offer to buy the aging cinema has been accepted and now...

Storms triggering avalanches

Feb 8, 2018 / 12:58 pm

Avalanche Canada has issued a special avalanche warning for recreational backcountry users now through Monday. Weight of new snow from three weeks of storms has...

HOV dummy busted

Feb 8, 2018 / 11:50 am

Don't be a dummy in the HOV lane. Police pulled over a driver for speeding on the Trans-Canada Highway between Surrey and Langley this week. And when the...

Gradual wage increase

Feb 8, 2018 / 11:38 am

UPDATE 11:40 a.m. Premier John Horgan has announced that the province's minimum wage will rise by $1.30 an hour on June 1. In less than four months, workers...

What's a gram of pot worth?

Feb 8, 2018 / 11:30 am

A Statistics Canada study suggests that Canadians on average pay less than $7 a gram for marijuana. The drug is most expensive in the Northwest Territories and...

Narrowing search for plane

Feb 8, 2018 / 9:00 am

The family of missing pilot received a tip that a group of snowmobilers heard a single engine plane fly over them in the Keystone area the same day he went...

'Time adults took over'

Feb 8, 2018 / 7:12 am

As the trade war between B.C. and Alberta continues, the BC Conservatives say it's time for politicians to stop wrecking the provinces' economy with...

Trade war escalation?

Feb 8, 2018 / 5:39 am

British Columbia Premier John Horgan held off on ratcheting up a trade war with Alberta Wednesday, but experts say both provinces still have a few limited...

Vehicle stuck in avalanche

Feb 7, 2018 / 10:00 pm

UPDATE: 9:45 p.m. A traveller stuck on Highway 1 said he witnessed an avalanche come across the highway causing a vehicle to get stuck. Drive BC closed Highway...

Hoping to save theatre

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:15 pm

The operators of a threatened east Vancouver cinema have made an offer to buy the building and hope they will be able to save one of the city's last...

Flames shooting from home

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:16 pm

A man is dead after a Campbell River home went up in flames on Wednesday. Witnesses said they saw flames shooting from the home at Glen Alder RV Park located on...

Probe into death threats

Feb 7, 2018 / 5:06 pm

A special prosecutor has been appointed to the case of Nanaimo's city manager, who was arrested for allegedly threatening the city's mayor and a council...

Knocked out in front of bar

Feb 7, 2018 / 4:38 pm

Police are looking for witnesses to an assault in downtown Vancouver Tuesday night that left a 51-year-old man in critical condition. Emergency crews were...

Dogs sniff out bed bugs

Feb 7, 2018 / 3:47 pm

Vegas the beagle has been trained to sniff out bed bugs from firefighters gear to make sure they don’t bring them home with them. The pup is on a team...

Horgan won't escalate fight

Feb 7, 2018 / 3:42 pm

UPDATE: 3:40 p.m. Premier John Horgan doesn't intend to respond to any provocation from Alberta in the escalating trade dispute over the Trans Mountain...

Throne speech next week

Feb 7, 2018 / 3:27 pm

British Columbia's New Democrats will be tabling their throne speech next week by building on promises to tackle affordability. The speech on Tuesday will...

Wine war picks on small biz

Feb 7, 2018 / 2:51 pm

Western Canada's "wine war" could cost small family owned farms millions of dollars, says an advocate for British Columbia's wine industry....

Airbnb to collect taxes

Feb 7, 2018 / 12:46 pm

The British Columbia government and Airbnb have reached a deal to collect taxes on short-term rentals, and the money will be used to fund housing affordability...

They want ridesharing now

Feb 7, 2018 / 10:45 am

Eight organizations in B.C. are joining forces to advocate for ride-hailing in the province as soon as possible. The Ridesharing Now BC coalition has been...

Closed for avalanche control

Feb 7, 2018 / 10:10 am

UPDATE: 10:08 a.m. Highway 1 is closed in both directions east of Golden for avalanche Control. DriveBC reports the route should reopen by 11:30 a.m. UPDATE...

Hwy 97 travel advisory

Feb 7, 2018 / 9:57 am

UPDATE: 9:57 a.m. DriveBC reports the travel advisory on Highway 97 now covers much of the Cariboo region, from 70 Mile House in the south, to Hixon in the...

Bye bye, Yaletown parking

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:39 am

Yaletown parking spots are being removed to make way for better access for emergency responders. Firefighters say they don't have enough space to properly...

Surrey strip overrun

Feb 7, 2018 / 7:03 am

Surrey businesses may finally have had enough after they say they have been overrun by homelessness, drug use and crime. "It's a nightmare for any...

Fatal semi collision

Feb 7, 2018 / 6:35 am

UPDATE 6:35 a.m. Revelstoke RCMP tells Castanet one person has died after a collision between two semi-tractor trailers approximately 25 kilometers west of...

Grapeshot: where's Trudeau

Feb 7, 2018 / 6:21 am

The fight over Alberta oil coming to British Columbia has now escalated into a wine war. Alberta Premier Rachel Notley announced Tuesday that the province is...

Bridge hits new heights

Feb 6, 2018 / 7:27 pm

It was a historic event more than a decade in the making in Victoria's Inner Harbour, and it didn't disappoint. For the first time, the new Johnson...

Murdered his own mother

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:11 pm

Two years after a 51-year-old woman was found dead in her Yarrow home, her son has been convicted and sentenced for the death. Clayton Jacob Warkentin, now 21...

Big blast of snow coming

Feb 6, 2018 / 4:10 pm

Highway 1 is about to get another big blast of winter. A winter storm warning has been issued by Environment Canada, with up to 50 centimetres of snow expected...

Hiker's remains identified

Feb 6, 2018 / 2:24 pm

The B.C. Coroners Service says remains found on Vancouver Island late last year belong to a man who disappeared in the area nearly 11 years ago. The coroners...

Teen hit, runs into traffic

Feb 6, 2018 / 2:09 pm

B.C.'s police watchdog says a 17-year-old youth was badly injured when he ran into traffic on the Trans-Canada Highway on Monday night after a traffic stop...

Human bones retrieved

Feb 6, 2018 / 1:33 pm

Police and coroners are investigating the discovery of human bones on a rural Abbotsford property. The remains were found in a field on the 1600 block of...

Drownings ruled accident

Feb 6, 2018 / 1:21 pm

The drowning deaths of six people during a whale watching trip off Tofino has been classified as accidental by the coroner's service. Its investigation into...

ICBC caps injury claims

Feb 6, 2018 / 11:26 am

The B.C. government is capping injury claims to straighten out ICBC's financial crisis. Attorney General David Eby said the move will keep rates affordable...

Coquihalla crash a fatal

Feb 6, 2018 / 10:21 am

RCMP are releasing more details about a fatal crash Saturday between a transport truck and a SUV on the Coquihalla Highway south of Merritt. The crash occurred...

Connector relief arrives

Feb 6, 2018 / 10:12 am

Good news for weary motorists looking to get relief between the Okanagan and Merritt. A $4.2-million rest area has opened on Highway 97C at the Loon Lake...

One lane open on Coq

Feb 6, 2018 / 8:32 am

UPDATE 8:29 a.m. Emergency crews are still on scene of a motor vehicle incident 15 km south of Merritt. It looks like one lane is now open but things are very...

Drones study BC jellyfish

Feb 6, 2018 / 5:27 am

Technology is allowing researchers in British Columbia to study blooms of jellyfish and their impact on the ocean in a whole new way. University of B.C....

Death threats at city hall

Feb 5, 2018 / 7:54 pm

Nanaimo's city manager has been arrested for making threats against Mayor Bill McKay and a council member. Chief Administrative Officer Tracy Samra was...

SkyTrain commuter chaos

Feb 5, 2018 / 7:36 pm

A stalled SkyTrain caused commuter chaos in Vancouver at rush hour today. The train stopped on the tracks between the Stadium and Science World stations about 4...

Legal pot: things to know

Feb 5, 2018 / 4:23 pm

British Columbia has announced details of how marijuana will be sold and regulated in the province once the federal government makes it legal later this year....

Pot, liquor sales won't mix

Feb 5, 2018 / 1:17 pm

Recreational marijuana will be sold online and through both private and government-operated retail stores in British Columbia once it becomes legal later this...

Outbreak almost over: IH

Feb 5, 2018 / 12:38 pm

Interior Health is urging Okanagan residents aged 18 and 19 to get immunized against meningococcal disease before the outbreak is over. Twelve cases were...

Champion for BC tech

Feb 5, 2018 / 11:14 am

British Columbia has appointed its first innovation commissioner to advocate for the province's technology sector in Ottawa, Washington state and abroad....

Lambo flames attract police

Feb 5, 2018 / 10:02 am

The owner of a high-end sports car in Victoria has learned it's best to keep the vehicle well maintained to avoid attracting unwanted attention. Police say...

Victoria tests new bridge

Feb 5, 2018 / 9:51 am

Victoria is testing its new lift bridge today. The Johnson Street Bridge will be test opened and closed this morning. City officials say the bridge will be...

BC pot plans coming today

Feb 5, 2018 / 7:42 am

The B-C government is expected to fill in some of the details today surrounding its plans for regulating and selling non-medical marijuana. Minister of Public...

Arrests in bank robberies

Feb 5, 2018 / 6:35 am

Charges have been laid following a pair of bank robberies in Vancouver. Crown Counsel has approved two counts of robbery against Jordan Anthony Doddridge, 23,...

BC author - wildfire stories

Feb 5, 2018 / 5:10 am

Countless stories of heroism and compassion emerged from British Columbia's historic wildfire season, and one author now plans to document those experiences...

Highway 3 closed till 10

Feb 4, 2018 / 8:23 pm

Highway 3 is closed in both directions west of Creston. DriveBC reports the closure at Kootenay Pass is due to avalanche deposit removal. The highway is...

Trans-Canada reopens

Feb 4, 2018 / 7:52 pm

UPDATE: 7:50 p.m. The Trans-Canada Highway has reopened west of Revelstoke. However, the highway will close again for avalanche control Monday morning. DriveBC...

Praise for his predecessors

Feb 4, 2018 / 5:47 pm

The first thing Andrew Wilkinson did after winning the leadership of British Columbia's Liberal party was pay tribute to the successes of former premiers...

Bus crash scene cleared

Feb 4, 2018 / 5:20 pm

UPDATE: 5:20 p.m. DriveBC reports the Coquihalla Highway was reopened at the scene of the bus crash about 3:15 p.m. ORIGINAL: 1 p.m. Northbound lanes on...

Rescued bird dies

Feb 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

A tropical seabird rescued by a Vancouver Island animal rehabilitation centre last week has died. The British Columbia SPCA's wild animal rehabilitation...

Vehicle crashes everywhere

Feb 4, 2018 / 1:06 pm

Emergency crews are attending a couple of collisions in the Okanagan, both single vehicle crashes as a result of slippery conditions. A small car slid off the...

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