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BC News Mar 4 to 10, 2018

Trans-Canada reopens

Mar 10, 2018 / 6:03 pm

UPDATE: 6:05 p.m. The Trans-Canada Highway has reopened in both directions just east of Golden, after a closure that lasted about four hours on Saturday for...

One dead in AM incident

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:46 pm

UPDATE: 4:45 p.m. One man has been confirmed dead as a result of a "disturbance call" in Victoria early Saturday morning, according to the Victoria...

Search for prolific offender

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:33 pm

A Canada-wide search warrant has been issued by Vancouver Police for 42-year-old Kevin Jerome Holden. Holden is on parole and didn't return for his curfew...

Shooting victim identified

Mar 10, 2018 / 4:20 pm

UPDATE: 4:20 p.m. The victim in a fatal shooting in Surrey on Friday has been identified as 23-year-old Pardip Brar of Delta. Brar was known to police and has...

BC climber disappears

Mar 10, 2018 / 2:40 pm

Two experienced mountain climbers have vanished in southeastern Alaska, one of whom is from Squamish. B.C. native Marc-Andre Leclerc and George "Ryan"...

Rallying against pipeline

Mar 10, 2018 / 11:30 am

UPDATE: 11:30 a.m. Indigenous leaders and environmentalists beat drums and sang as they protested Kinder Morgan's $7.4-billion Trans Mountain pipeline in...

Warrant for sex offender

Mar 10, 2018 / 9:45 am

Police in Vancouver are looking for a high-risk sex offender after he failed to return to his halfway house, for the second time in the last three years. A...

Teen drowns in hot tub

Mar 10, 2018 / 7:36 am

A 14-year-old boy is believed to have drowned in a hot tub near Golden Friday afternoon. Just before 5 p.m., the BC Ambulance Service responded to a report of a...

Window falls from highrise

Mar 9, 2018 / 1:25 pm

A pane of glass fell from a highrise hotel in downtown Vancouver early Friday. The window smashed on the sidewalk and road below, closing down a section of...

Actor denies allegations

Mar 9, 2018 / 12:20 pm

Vancouver actor Michael Coleman is denying sexual harassment allegations levelled against him. The actor, who is known for his role as Happy the dwarf in the...

Coquihalla now open

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:38 am

UPDATE 10:37 a.m. The northbound lane of the Coquihalla highway is now open but the DriveBC travel advisory remains in effect. UPDATE 9:05 a.m. The northbound...

Polygamy challenge rejected

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:28 am

A judge has rejected a challenge of Canada's polygamy laws that was launched after two men were found guilty of the offence in British Columbia. Winston...

Trans Mountain legal action

Mar 9, 2018 / 10:24 am

Trans Mountain is seeking an injunction against a group of anti-pipeline activists protesting construction at two terminals in Burnaby, B.C. A notice of civil...

7 people hospitalized

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:34 am

VPD are investigating an early morning crash in East Vancouver that sent seven people to hospital Friday morning. Two of the victims are reportedly suffering...

B.C. home sales to fall

Mar 9, 2018 / 8:20 am

Real estate experts in British Columbia predict residential home sales will dip this year but remain well above the province's 10-year average, although...

Stampeders are back!

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:56 am

The 70's are coming back! The Stampeders, the quintessential Canadian Rock 'n' Roll band of the 1970's are bringing their classic hits to...

Family torn apart

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:55 am

The son of an Iranian-Canadian professor who died in a Tehran prison fought back tears after he arrived in Canada on Thursday as he explained how his mother...

White privilege hits nerve

Mar 9, 2018 / 6:26 am

A poster campaign at a school district in B.C.'s Interior aimed at creating conversations about racism and privilege has struck a nerve with some parents....

Aquarium drops lawsuit

Mar 8, 2018 / 10:42 pm

The Vancouver Aquarium has dropped its legal battle against a filmmaker whose documentary criticized its practices of keeping dolphins and whales in captivity....

Kids in halls of power

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:48 pm

Tears were flowing in the B.C. legislature as politicians from all parties voted to allow children on the floor of the chamber. Energy Minister Michelle Mungall...

Atwal renounces terrorism

Mar 8, 2018 / 1:16 pm

A man at the centre of a controversy surrounding Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's recent visit to India says he has renounced terrorism and no longer...

Near-record gas prices

Mar 8, 2018 / 12:19 pm

Gasoline prices in Metro Vancouver have hit $1.50 a litre and are near record highs, with at least one analyst saying they could climb further still. Dan...

Red-light cams watching

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:16 am

Red-light cameras are being upgraded across B.C. to help catch drivers speeding through intersections. The province says new technology will be installed at...

Cops nab stabbing suspect

Mar 8, 2018 / 11:12 am

Police agencies near Chilliwack came together to get a dangerous man off the streets. RCMP Staff Sgt. Steve Vrolyk said on Saturday, March 3, just after...

Boat fire by bridge

Mar 8, 2018 / 9:17 am

Fire crews had their hands full after an early morning blaze on a boat near the Pitt River Bridge this morning. The fire started around 8 a.m. on a boat docked...

More snow for valley

Mar 8, 2018 / 8:02 am

UPDATE 8:02 a.m. DriveBC has tweeted out a picture of the current conditions at the junction of highway 3 at the Hope, Coquihalla junction. Conditions are...

James hints at tax rewrite

Mar 8, 2018 / 6:29 am

British Columbia's finance minister is dropping hints the blueprint for the province's proposed speculation tax is being redrawn after a homeowner...

UFV instructor on leave

Mar 8, 2018 / 5:00 am

A University of the Fraser Valley instructor has been placed on administrative leave after a Creep Catchers video was posted online. The man was a seasonal...

1,000s face empty-home tax

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:29 pm

Nearly 8,500 homes have been declared vacant or underused in Vancouver after the submission deadline passed for the city's new empty homes tax. The figure...

Land deal tied to resort

Mar 7, 2018 / 4:21 pm

Crown land has been transferred to the Simpcw First Nation as part of a deal related to the development of the Valemount Glacier Resort. Forests Minister Doug...

Somewhere over rainbow

Mar 7, 2018 / 3:14 pm

A decision by Merritt city council to reject a proposed rainbow crosswalk has led community members to offer other locations for the colourful symbol of...

Dating site conman charged

Mar 7, 2018 / 2:44 pm

Fraud and theft charges have been laid against a 37-year-old B.C. man accused of swindling money from people he met through online dating sites and dating...

Drivers can't resist phones

Mar 7, 2018 / 1:26 pm

Despite giving motorists advance notice with two big, bold signs, police on the North Shore handed out dozens of tickets for distracted driving in a two-hour...

Special prosecutor tapped

Mar 7, 2018 / 11:17 am

A special prosecutor has been appointed to manage the sex crimes case involving former Burns Lake mayor Luke Strimbold. Strimbold, 28, is facing 28 counts of...

Dog dies of neglect

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:52 am

There has been another horrific case of animal cruelty in the province. The latest incident happened in Duncan on Vancouver Island. Animal cruelty charges have...

Set fire to home, killed wife

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:36 am

A man who intentionally set fire to his home in Port Moody, killing his wife, has been sentenced to 18 years in jail. The 47-year-old father of multiple...

Murder charges laid

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:31 am

Second-degree murder charges have been laid against two men accused of a January 2016 slaying in Vancouver. Surrey residents Gage McPake and Cody Stuiver are...

BC women most stressed

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:22 am

A new report from Canada's largest community credit union says more than half of women in British Columbia experience "extreme emotional stress"...

Cops looking for pot thief

Mar 7, 2018 / 10:01 am

Vancouver police are hoping the public can help them locate a violent marijuana thief. On Nov. 4, 2017, just before 1 p.m. a man entered the Weeds Glass and...

NDP drops home program

Mar 7, 2018 / 9:04 am

A project designed to help young British Columbians buy their first home is coming to an end due to lack of interest. The BC Home Owner Mortgage and Equity...

Drive past the pump

Mar 7, 2018 / 8:13 am

The province of B.C. wants to help you drive past the pump and plug in. If you’ve been thinking about buying an electric car, new charge-up incentives may...

BC student arrested

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:57 am

There has been another threat by a student in B.C. this time on Vancouver Island. A Stelly's secondary school student has been arrested after allegedly...

Gas prices staying high

Mar 7, 2018 / 7:16 am

GasBuddy.com's Dan McTeague is sounding the alarm over high gas prices in Vancouver. "We're getting very close to the all-time highs and that...

BC porpoise escort

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:49 am

A B.C. sailor had a pleasant surprise while sailing off the mainland coast between UBC and Bowen Island. Alex Millar posted a video to YouTube, showing his boat...

Unlicensed daycare details

Mar 7, 2018 / 6:33 am

The B.C. government says they intend to do more about unlicensed daycares in the province and will go so far as to post details online. Under proposed changes...

Gun play no joke

Mar 6, 2018 / 9:15 pm

A Central Saanich student is in legal trouble after allegedly threatening a school. According to police the student allegedly posted a threatening photo to...

Needle placed to poke

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:35 pm

A B.C. paramedic is sounding the alarm after he found a needle placed in an automatic door opener in Vancouver's Downtown East Side. Will Rogers wrote in a...

Taxman ruined their lives

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:13 pm

A Vancouver Island couple has been awarded nearly $1.7 million in damages after a judge criticized the Canada Revenue Agency for the "ruination" of...

Rabbits dropping like flies

Mar 6, 2018 / 2:02 pm

A rare disease is killing hundreds of feral rabbits in a Vancouver Island community, and pet owners are being advised to take steps to protect their animals....

Old-growth forests dwindle

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:52 pm

The Sierra Club of B.C. has released a new map showing that endangered old-growth rainforests on Vancouver Island are becoming – in its words –...

Province scalper crackdown

Mar 6, 2018 / 12:15 pm

The province is cracking down on ticket scalpers who they say are gouging customers and they want to hear your input. Mike Farnworth, Minister of Public Safety...

Coast worst for OD deaths

Mar 6, 2018 / 11:21 am

Illicit drug overdose deaths in British Columbia rose in January compared with December, with 125 people believed to have died from street narcotics or...

Skier lucky to be alive

Mar 6, 2018 / 10:47 am

North Shore Search and Rescue say a skier who spent much of Monday night in the cold on Cypress Mountain is lucky to be alive today. Nikita Markov, an...

Trans Mountain protest plan

Mar 6, 2018 / 8:47 am

Metro Vancouver opponents of Kinder Morgan's Trans Mountain pipeline expansion believe their protests could cost the company hundreds of millions of...

Plea to clear out camp

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:49 am

Victoria-area residents are begging police to do something about a long-term homeless camp. Neighbours of Cuthbert Holmes Park in Saanich say the site is...

More trees, please

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:34 am

West Vancouver is considering a bylaw mandating a minimum number of trees on any property. A staff report considered by council suggests owners be required to...

3 cougars shot

Mar 6, 2018 / 7:03 am

More cougar trouble on Vancouver Island. The province now says three cougars were destroyed after killing farm livestock near the Courtenay-Cumberland...

Village reeling after charges

Mar 5, 2018 / 3:04 pm

An Indigenous leader in central British Columbia says his community is angry and disheartened after its former mayor was charged with sex-related offences....

Eby remodels ICBC

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:43 pm

The minister in charge of public auto insurance in British Columbia says he's looking to remodel the system to reward good drivers with lower rates and...

Victoria moves on derelicts

Mar 5, 2018 / 2:35 pm

It's been years in the making but finally, the City of Victoria has been handed a mandate to clear the parts of the inner harbour from derelict boats. The...

Semi can't attach chains

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:46 pm

Coquihalla Highway was closed while crews helped a spun-out semi hauling what was described as an "extraordinary load." BC Transportation posted a...

Gun, drugs seized in Surrey

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:16 pm

RCMP in Surrey are saying thanks to a lengthy investigation a significant amount of drugs and a loaded handgun is off the streets. Police issued a search...

Are you vulnerable to fraud?

Mar 5, 2018 / 1:07 pm

Investment fraud is a sobering reality in British Columbia, with one quarter of citizens vulnerable according to a British Columbia Securities Commission poll. ...

eTickets rolled out in Delta

Mar 5, 2018 / 10:18 am

Police will now have the ability to issue eTickets. A pilot project was launched in Delta today that will allow officers to scan drivers' licence...

BC student dies on trip

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:37 am

A Bishop's University student has been killed and another injured after a fall in the Dominican Republic. University officials say Ben Houtman, who was from...

Self-driving 'sailbot' returns

Mar 5, 2018 / 8:27 am

She lost her sail and has a few scratches, but a robotic sailboat has returned home in relatively good condition after being lost at sea. The self-navigating...

Pedestrian struck

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:59 am

Burnaby RCMP are asking for the public's help to try and find the driver of a vehicle involved in a 68-year-old pedestrian being taken to hospital...

Distracted driving month

Mar 5, 2018 / 7:48 am

B.C. drivers will have to keep their heads up, "literally" in some parts of the province as distracted driving month kicks off in earnest this week....

Cougar close encounter

Mar 5, 2018 / 6:57 am

A Campbell River man recorded a close encounter with a cougar this week. Adam Barch was out setting up trail cameras north of Campbell River this week when he...

Highway now open

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:09 am

UPDATE 5:08 a.m. Highway 5 southbound between Hope and Merritt is now open after a collision forced the closure overnight on the Coquihalla. And highway 1...

Cypress mountain rescue

Mar 5, 2018 / 5:00 am

North Shore Rescue crews long-lined a stranded hiker to safety near Cypress Mountain. The crews were called in Sunday afternoon after getting a report that two...

The bears are back in town

Mar 4, 2018 / 4:25 pm

The Lower Mainland has barely thawed out from a cold and snowy February, but bears are already waking up from hibernation and causing problems in residential...

The future of fish farms?

Mar 4, 2018 / 3:27 pm

First Nations groups in British Columbia have voiced their praise for a Washington state initiative to phase out the open-net farming of Atlantic Salmon in...

1 dead in crash

Mar 4, 2018 / 1:12 pm

UPDATED: 10:26 a.m. Vancouver Police are investigating an early morning crash that left one man dead on Sunday. Police said a white Mercedes sedan was...

Rethinking dementia care

Mar 4, 2018 / 6:16 am

The construction of specialized dementia care village in British Columbia that gives residents the freedom to walk outside and participate in activities...

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