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Fires scorch Interior

Jul 18, 2018 / 3:24 pm

Update: 3:15 p.m. BC Wildfire says The Cariboo Fire Centre has responded to seven new lighting-caused wildfires in the last 24 hours, one of which has already...

Cougar killed at yacht club

Jul 18, 2018 / 1:39 pm

A cougar hanging around the Nanaimo Yacht Club early Wednesday morning was shot dead by police, after being deemed a threat to nearby residences. Nanaimo RCMP...

Falling tree kills hiker

Jul 18, 2018 / 1:18 pm

A female hiker passed away after being struck by a tree while hiking near Campbell River, Tuesday evening. RCMP said the 57-year-old Williams Lake woman was...

Police, family ask for clues

Jul 18, 2018 / 12:26 pm

On the one-year anniversary of 13-year-old Marrisa Shen's murder in Burnaby, B.C., her family and the police are pleading with anyone who may have...

Man with dementia missing

Jul 18, 2018 / 12:16 pm

Vancouver police are asking for the public's help to find a missing 67-year-old man who was last seen Tuesday in Vancouver’s Eastside. Sgt. Jason...

Bitcoin ransom, latest scam

Jul 18, 2018 / 11:18 am

Mounties in Richmond, B.C., say it appears criminals have added Bitcoin ransom to the growing list of manoeuvres to swindle money from unsuspecting victims....

Addiction changes needed

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:41 am

The BC Centre on Substance Use is calling for improved addiction-recovery services that would provide equitable access to long-term, quality care regardless of...

Divers search for swimmer

Jul 18, 2018 / 10:17 am

The RCMP dive team has been called to a lake in Metro Vancouver to assist in the search for a missing man. A news release from Coquitlam RCMP says the dive team...

Still missing at Buntzen Lake

Jul 18, 2018 / 8:52 am

Coquitlam RCMP have closed a popular lake to search for a missing swimmer. The 19-year-old Surrey man went missing Tuesday at Buntzen Lake in Amnore. Police say...

Heat warning ends

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:36 am

UPDATE 5:30 a.m. Environment Canada has now lifted the heat warning in effect for much of the province and specifically the Okanagan this week. Wednesday and...

Calm after the storm?

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

Many Okanagan residents woke up Wednesday morning to the calm after the storm. Environment Canada had a heat warning issued for much of the province for the...

Caught off guard by storm

Jul 18, 2018 / 5:00 am

An unexpected lightning storm late Tuesday afternoon set the Okanagan aglow with wildfires. It began with the sound of thunder in the South and Central...

Swimmer missing in lake

Jul 17, 2018 / 6:15 pm

Coquitlam Search and Rescue is responding to a report of a missing swimmer in Buntzen Lake in Anmore. Tom Zajac, vice-president and search team leader, says the...

Eyes on Hells Angels bash

Jul 17, 2018 / 4:21 pm

As many as 300 Hells Angels club members and other outlaw motorcycle gang members are expected to descend on Vancouver Island this weekend. The Combined Forces...

Treatment hub opens

Jul 17, 2018 / 1:28 pm

A one-stop centre for people struggling with both mental health and drug addictions has opened at a Vancouver hospital, creating what the B.C. government says...

Tragic end to waterfall hike

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:51 am

A 21-year-old man visiting from Toronto lost his life while hiking with friends in Golden Ears Provincial Park on Monday. Ridge Meadows RCMP say they activated...

Bear charges at kayaker

Jul 17, 2018 / 10:33 am

A kayaker in British Columbia's Elaho River narrowly escaped a young grizzly bear that charged at him in the water last Friday. The bear charged at full...

Pervert on campus?

Jul 17, 2018 / 8:55 am

Police have arrested a suspect who allegedly was taking pictures in a women's washroom at British Columbia Institute of Technology. The suspect was arrested...

Campfire ban in effect

Jul 17, 2018 / 8:45 am

With much of the province in a heat wave this week, the Coastal Fire Centre is implementing a fire ban starting at noon Wednesday. The campfire ban will apply...

Senior attacked in park

Jul 17, 2018 / 8:20 am

Burnaby RCMP say a senior citizen suffered what they describe as life-altering injuries during an attack in a Metro Vancouver park. Police say the unnamed...

Heat records set

Jul 17, 2018 / 5:38 am

Environment Canada's heat warning remains in effect or much of B.C. on Tuesday. The summertime heat continues over the Southwest Interior. Daytime highs of...

Dziekanski appeal dropped

Jul 16, 2018 / 6:03 pm

The former RCMP constable who fired a Taser at a Polish immigrant at Vancouver's airport has dropped his appeal of a 30-month jail sentence he received...

Replica handgun arrest

Jul 16, 2018 / 4:12 pm

Victoria police arrested a woman carrying a replica handgun while downtown. CTV reports a passerby spotted the woman carrying what looked like a black handgun...

BC Ferries defends vessel

Jul 16, 2018 / 3:57 pm

Despite service delays and broken down vessels, BC Ferries is defending its track record. "Our engineers work very hard to maintain our vessels, and on...

New child's rep picked

Jul 16, 2018 / 2:55 pm

A legislative committee has unanimously recommended Jennifer Charlesworth to be British Columbia's new representative for children and youth, as Bernard...

Study reveals signals of MS

Jul 16, 2018 / 2:03 pm

A new study from the University of British Columbia suggests conditions such as sleep problems, irritable bowel syndrome and depression are more common among...

Reporter calls out fake news

Jul 16, 2018 / 1:54 pm

A Vancouver radio reporter says people on social media, including a vocal British politician, should be more careful about spreading fake news. Lasia Kretzel...

New rules for infrastructure

Jul 16, 2018 / 1:40 pm

British Columbia government projects worth billions of dollars will now be built under a so-called Community Benefits Agreement that sets out job training, who...

Hot, hot heat

Jul 16, 2018 / 1:00 pm

UPDATE: 1 p.m. Environment Canada has issued a heat warning for the Central and South Okanagan where the temperature is expected to reach 35 C Monday....

Shooting 'targeted'

Jul 16, 2018 / 11:00 am

UPDATE 11:00 a.m. Surrey RCMP now tell Castanet they responded to a report of shots fired in the 13900 block of 108 Avenue in Surrey at approximately 10:45 p.m....

Putrid flower blooms

Jul 16, 2018 / 8:21 am

A unique and exotic tropical plant, acclaimed for its size and abhorred for its smell, is blooming at a Vancouver conservatory. A news release from the...

Addicted to air conditioning

Jul 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

A new report from BC Hydro shows that British Columbians are turning to air conditioning to deal with summer heat in increasing numbers. A/C use in the province...

133 wildfires so far

Jul 16, 2018 / 5:00 am

Intense heat and dry conditions are ahead for the rest of July in the Okanagan Valley. The extreme weather has already caused numerous wildfires to ignite in...

Hwy 1 now clear

Jul 15, 2018 / 7:13 pm

UPDATE: 8:30 p.m. Both lanes are clear following an earlier vehicle incident near Craigellachie. ORIGINAL: 7:15 p.m. Highway 1 is closed in both directions 10...

Eaglets saved from fire

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:37 pm

Though the recent Shuswap Road forest fire near Kamloops caused a lot of damage, a family of eagles was saved. The 500-acre blaze did not take down the tree on...

Racial profiling at pool

Jul 15, 2018 / 3:10 pm

A Surrey woman says she wants to help educate the public about racism after a member of her townhouse complex's staff requested her family show ID when they...

Fight begins at new fire

Jul 15, 2018 / 2:58 pm

BC Wildfire Service crews are currently fighting a roughly 10-hectare fire near the small village of Cedarvale, B.C. on the Skeena River, which sparked...

Broken leg, but rescued

Jul 15, 2018 / 2:14 pm

A climber has been airlifted to hospital after breaking his leg in a fall on Mount Ogilvie near Hope, B.C. Capt. Zlatko Neral of the Joint Rescue Co-ordination...

Smoky air warning

Jul 15, 2018 / 1:02 pm

British Columbia's environment ministry has released a special air quality statement for the city of Kamloops and the surrounding communities as...

Kayakers protest pipeline

Jul 14, 2018 / 4:18 pm

A flotilla of pipeline protesters assembled in kayaks and canoes on Saturday in the Burrard Inlet, surrounding Kinder Morgan's Westridge Marine Terminal....

Arrest at campsite protest

Jul 14, 2018 / 3:49 pm

An Indigenous political activist was briefly detained Saturday following a Trans Mountain pipeline protest in British Columbia's North Thompson Provincial...

Hidden syringe pricks man

Jul 14, 2018 / 3:24 pm

Victoria police are urging the public not to stick their hands into places they haven't checked after a man was allegedly pricked by a syringe in a hollow...

Tremors shift Van. Island

Jul 14, 2018 / 3:18 pm

Seismic activity in recent months has shifted southern Vancouver Island slightly farther away from the mainland, one earthquake expert determined. The shift is...

60 fires currently burning

Jul 14, 2018 / 11:52 am

A rising heat wave and significant winds across the southern half of British Columbia helped ignite 11 new wildfires across the province over 24 hours. Claire...

Lower Mainland heat wave

Jul 14, 2018 / 7:46 am

Summer has arrived in a big way. Environment Canada has issued a special weather statement for the Lower Mainland as temperatures are expected to reach the high...

Pigs deserve better?

Jul 13, 2018 / 10:17 pm

The Canadian Food Inspection Agency says it will conduct inspections to gather more information about the shipment of pigs shown in a video posted online by an...

Coquihalla clear

Jul 13, 2018 / 4:50 pm

UPDATE: 4:44 p.m. Drive BC reports that Highway five Northbound from Hope to Merritt is now open. "Expect delays due to congestion," DriveBC tweeted....

2 charged in major theft ring

Jul 13, 2018 / 4:33 pm

Two people have been charged in connection to a "large retail theft operation" in the Lower Mainland, which was investigated by Surrey RCMP for more...

Jagmeet hints at BC run

Jul 13, 2018 / 4:11 pm

Federal New Democrat Leader Jagmeet Singh says while he has been encouraged to run for Parliament in the newly vacated British Columbia riding of Burnaby South,...

Big Tobacco told to butt out

Jul 13, 2018 / 2:54 pm

B.C.'s privacy commissioner says a ruling by Canada's top court barring access to personal health records is a reflection of greater awareness about how...

Searching for John Cunliffe

Jul 13, 2018 / 2:53 pm

The friends of John Cunliffe have reached out to Castanet to try and locate the missing man. Cunliffe, a 49-year-old Caucasian man, has been missing since June...

Cop wrote phoney tickets

Jul 13, 2018 / 2:17 pm

A Delta police officer who ticketed drivers for offences that didn't happen has won a review of the suspension and demotion proposed by the province's...

Lions Gate Bridge reopens

Jul 13, 2018 / 12:30 pm

UPDATE: 12:30 p.m. One of the main links between Vancouver and North and West Vancouver is open again. The Lions Gate Bridge was shut down for a police incident...

Real estate market balances

Jul 13, 2018 / 10:16 am

The British Columbia Real Estate Association says tighter mortgage rules and lower demand are bringing the provincial housing market into balance. The...

Marijuana outlets raided

Jul 13, 2018 / 10:15 am

Several people were arrested after police raids at two Chilliwack marijuana outlets, Thursday. Cpl. Mike Rail says RCMP received complaints about illegal pot...

No way to treat a chicken

Jul 13, 2018 / 6:52 am

An Abbotsford egg farm has been decommissioned following disturbing video of conditions there. The BC Egg Marketing Board says the chickens will be removed, and...

Smoking battle is poopy

Jul 13, 2018 / 6:38 am

Someone's got it in for a Vancouver Island smoker's smelly habit. Michelle Schille takes her smoke breaks near Lochside Trail in Saanich, but someone is...

Tent camp served notice

Jul 13, 2018 / 6:26 am

The District of Saanich has served notice on a growing tent city. The cease occupation notice was issued Thursday at the camp which sprang up in May at Regina...

Discriminatory police stops?

Jul 12, 2018 / 9:00 pm

Indigenous and civil rights activists seeking an investigation of the Vancouver Police Department's use of random street checks want to amend their...

Wooden coaster turns 60

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:30 pm

A beloved Vancouver roller coast that has shaken nerves and rattled brains is celebrating a special birthday this year. It was 60 years ago that the PNE roller...

Bomb threat closes college

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:03 pm

College campuses on northern Vancouver island closed for the day after receiving a bomb threat. North Island College closed its Campbell River, Port Alberni and...

Officer 'had no choice'

Jul 12, 2018 / 5:10 pm

B.C.'s prosecution service says a police officer who deployed a service dog during an arrest was not charged with any offence because he had no other way to...

Slashing victim sues UBC

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:58 pm

A woman is suing the University of British Columbia for negligence after having her throat slashed in the front doorway of her dorm room in 2016. Mary Hare...

7 city staff fired for theft

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:18 pm

A Metro Vancouver city says it has fired seven employees involved in a "highly co-ordinated" theft scheme that lasted over a decade and cost more than...

Family feeds bear cub

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:07 pm

British Columbia's Conservation Officer Service is investigating allegations a Vancouver-area family fed a mother black bear and her cub. Conservation...

Sides picked for referendum

Jul 12, 2018 / 2:05 pm

Groups that officially represent the Yes and No sides on electoral reform in British Columbia have been selected before a referendum this fall. Elections BC...

'Vigorous' winds coming

Jul 12, 2018 / 12:15 pm

Hold on to your hat! A wind storm is headed our way. A vigorous cold front will bring gusty winds to the entire Okanagan on Friday. Environment Canada issued a...

Who is mystery man?

Jul 12, 2018 / 9:42 am

It's been 20 years and police are still searching for the identity of a man found dead in Port Coquitlam. Cpl. Michael McLaughlin said on July 2, 1998, a...

Derailment, cars in lake

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:52 am

UPDATE: 6:50 a.m. CN spokeswoman Kate Fenske says a derailed train north of Pemberton was hauling wood pulp. She says some cars are partially in the water and...

Driver left man in distress

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:46 am

A Vancouver woman says a bus driver just drove away after she sought help tending to a man in medical distress at a Downtown Eastside bus stop. The bus rider,...

25th Burn Camp back

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:36 am

Burn Camp 2018 is ready to roll for the 25th year starting this Sunday at the Legacy Sports Centre in Abbotsford, B.C. Things get underway at 3270 Trethewey...

SkyTrain bully in court

Jul 12, 2018 / 6:33 am

An accused SkyTrain bully made his first court appearance on Wednesday. Matthew Chris Limowski is accused of assaulting a 42-year-old woman rushing to board a...

Check your banking records

Jul 11, 2018 / 8:15 pm

Transit police found credit and debit card skimmers on two Compass Card vending machines in Vancouver. The skimmers, used to steal credit card information, were...

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