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  • 42 mins Vancouver Island park damaged in December storm may partially reopen in May Vancouversun -Local
    Despite the havoc caused in forested areas by last December’s powerful windstorm, Little Qualicum Falls is the lone provincial park still closed in the aftermath. The goal is to have at least a portion of the 440-hectare park opened for the May long weekend. “However, because safety is our top priority, this cannot be guaranteed while we are still in the midst of assessment and cleanup,” B.C. Parks said in a statement. The park is popular with families and features waterfalls and a rocky gorge, as well as walking trails. B.C. Parks said the “unprecedented blowdown storm” decimated the park, ... more
  • 4 hours Rescuers near Victoria find cat more than a week after fire kills owner Vancouversun -Local
    ESQUIMALT — Rescuers are caring for a frightened and burned cat that escaped a deadly apartment fire near Victoria. The blaze broke out April 7 in Esquimalt and quickly spread through the top floor of the low-rise building, trapping the cat’s owner — a woman in her 60s — on a balcony. Firefighters rescued five other people but could not reach the woman, although neighbours reported seeing her cat leap to safety moments before the balcony and suite were engulfed in flames. The cat, a ragdoll Siamese-cross named Blueberry, was found Monday, more than a week after the fire, cowering ... more
  • 5 hours Vancouver Weather: Heavy rain Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Thursday, April 18. Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rain today, with up to 20 millimetres expected, and a high of 11 C. The rain will likely continue overnight, according to Environment Canada, and then taper off Friday morning for the start of the long weekend. Friday afternoon is expected to be mainly cloudy and windy, with a high of 13 C. Then, Saturday looks sunny and clear with a high of 15 C and an overnight low of 6 C. Sunday also looks mainly sunny with some cloud and a high of 15 C. The rain is set to ... more
  • 6 hours Douglas Todd: New ‘exit controls’ will help seal Canada’s leaky borders Vancouversun -Local
    With the help of high-tech electronics, Canada might be on its way to losing its reputation as having some of the loosest border controls in the Western World. Canada is on the verge of joining other advanced countries by putting in “exit controls” at its borders, which means officials will have a greater chance to catch criminals and homegrown terrorists, temporary workers who overstay their visas and mobile people who illicitly take advantage of government services such as health care and employment insurance (EI). Admitting a chronic lack of exit information “adversely impacts Canada’s ability to manage the border,” the ... more
  • 17 hours No-bake, no rules: Canada Post says everyone makes Nanaimo bars ‘a little differently’ Vancouversun -Local
    Despite heavy criticism that the so-called “Nanaimo bar” depicted in their latest stamp issue has a troubling and inaccurate filling-to-base ratio, Canada Post is standing by their controversial version of the famed West Coast treat. On Wednesday, the Crown corporation attempted to stamp out commentary over their custard-heavy Nanaimo bar, effectively arguing that they didn’t get it wrong, because there’s no right way to make one. “We understand there are some strong views on the layer proportions,” said Canada Post spokesperson Hayley Magermans. “But we also understand there are many views of these beloved treats across the country. That factored ... more
  • 17 hours Hometown TED-talker highlights path to happiness through giving Vancouversun -Local
    Scoring the chance to deliver a TED Talk Wednesday gave University of B.C. happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn an immediate jolt of euphoria, but she knows to keep it in perspective. “If anything, my research shows that any life event that happens to you probably isn’t going to change your happiness as much as you might think,” said Dunn, whose day job is teaching psychology and running the social cognition and emotion lab at UBC. Dunn was invited to talk about her research into how giving contributes to happiness and how humans might be hardwired to find pleasure in helping other ... more
  • 17 hours Police quick to wrap up case of two murdered girls: defence Vancouversun -Local
    A lawyer for a Victoria-area man accused of murdering his two young daughters suggested Wednesday that the police were too quick to wrap up their investigation and raised the spectre of a potential wrongful conviction. The suggestion by Kevin McCullough, who is representing accused Andrew Berry, came during his cross-examination of the first police officer on the scene of the crime on Christmas Day, 2017. Oak Bay police Const. Peter Ulanowski testified that when he arrived at Berry’s apartment, he opened the door and found blood all over the place and spotted what looked like a dead girl on a ... more
  • 17 hours Letters, April 18: Eby is moving B.C. to same lousy auto insurance Ontario wants to eliminate Vancouversun -Opinion
    Attorney-General David Eby just introduced transformative changes to auto insurance in B.C. Ontario made this same change, to no-fault auto insurance, in 1986 for the same reasons. Well, the results are in. Ontario’s finance minister announced this week that “when it comes to auto driving, it is clear that Ontario’s auto insurance is broken and drivers deserve better.” He called the Ford government’s reforms “transformative” and said Ontarians pay among the highest auto-insurance premiums in Canada. Sound familiar? No-fault insurance doesn’t save money as evidenced in Ontario and other jurisdictions. It creates a huge inefficient bureaucracy that restricts ... more
  • 18 hours ‘Beyond words’: Close neighbours shocked by Penticton killings Vancouversun -Local
    PENTICTON — Neighbours reacted with disbelief to the murder of four people who lived in proximity to each other on Cornwall Drive and to the identity of the man arrested on four counts of murder. “I’m beyond words,” said Debbie Kozari, who lives next door to where mass murder suspect John Brittain’s estranged wife lives on a quiet, cosy suburban street. “He was such a nice, pleasant man, I never heard him raise his voice or anything.” His estranged wife, Kathy Brittain, came and went around noon Wednesday, popping into her house for 15 minutes under escort by a pair ... more
  • 18 hours Seattle Seahawks release 2019 regular season schedule Vancouversun -Local
    Get your game faces on. The Seattle Seahawks have released their 2019 regular-season schedule, so those of you itching to head south and catch a game live, take note. ** Denotes a home game in Seattle. Week 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals** Sunday, Sept. 8 1:05 p.m. Week 2 vs. Pittsburge Steelers Sunday, Sept. 15 10 a.m. Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints** Sunday, Sept. 22 1:25 p.m. Week 4 vs. Arizona Cardinals Sunday, Sept. 29 1:05 p.m. Week 5 vs. Los Angeles Rams** Thursday, Oct. 3 5:20 p.m. Week 6 vs. Cleveland Browns Sunday, Oct. 13 10 a.m. Week ... more
  • 18 hours Owners of West Georgia White Spot site propose two luxury condo towers Vancouversun -Local
    Owners of the much-watched White Spot restaurant property in the West End across from Coal Harbour are proposing to build two high-end condo towers, according to a rezoning application filed with the City of Vancouver. The proposed twin 38-storey Alberni Towers would house 455 condo units and total 433,657-sq.-ft. of floor space. In late 2017, Carnival Group International, a Chinese company known for building a giant resort in Qingdao on China’s east coast, partnered with Vancouver’s ASPAC Developments to buy two-thirds of the block on West Georgia where it heads from downtown toward Stanley Park. The $245-million pricetag made it ... more
  • 18 hours Vaughn Palmer: Odd timing as B.C. endorses oil tanker ban Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — After waiting for months, the B.C. New Democrats this week finally got around to endorsing federal legislation that would enshrine a moratorium on oil tankers on the northern coast. “Our government has been very clear we are committed to protecting our environment, the economy and our coast from the devastating impact a heavy oil spill would have,” said the statement Tuesday from Environment Minister George Heyman. “We oppose the expansion of the movement of heavy oil through our coastal waters and we have been consistent in this position.” Consistent, but not in any rush to formally declare that position ... more
  • 19 hours B.C. Ferries will test beer and wine sales this summer Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Ferries plans to try out beer and wine sales on select trips starting this June. The ferry operator will launch a pilot project in June that brings B.C. beer and wine to the Pacific Buffet, on a trio of vessels travelling between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, according to a report by news site The Orca. The Orca, which obtained an internal staff memo detailing the pilot project, reports that beer and wine will be sold on Spirit of British Columbia, Spirit of Vancouver and Coastal Celebration. Passengers can only buy one or two drinks and must also buy a meal, according ... more
  • 19 hours Metal detectors find long-lost gold bracelet in Central Kootenays Vancouversun -Local
    When his metal detector beeped, Martin Prear was shocked. It had been only a minute since he had started searching for long-buried treasure on a wooded acreage outside of Edgewood, a settlement in the Central Kootenays. “When I first got the signal from my metal detector, I thought, ‘Geez, I got it. That’s it — it has to be it,’” Prear said. Prear and four other people with metal detectors in the area were asked last week to help 85-year-old Stanley Fenton find a gold-nugget bracelet he had buried on his rural property about 25 years earlier for safekeeping. The ... more
  • 20 hours Led by Lahti, Port Moody’s acting mayors to forge ahead Vancouversun -Local
    The day after she was chosen to act as Port Moody’s mayor, one of the first things Coun. Meghan Lahti did to get a handle on the job with which she had suddenly been tasked was reach out to about a dozen mayors in the region. Being a councillor, something Lahti has 20 years of experience doing, is very different than sitting in the mayor’s seat full time. She wanted to know how each mayor approached the position and the workload involved. The most common response she received was that it’s a full-time job — and often more. “I’ve had ... more
  • 20 hours Realtor estate company sued after alleged assault involving co-workers Vancouversun -Local
    A North Shore realtor is suing the company she worked for over allegations she was assaulted by a male colleague and eventually forced to leave her job. Lisa Eileen Billett claims that Colin Hall, who formed a partnership with her at Sutton West Coast Realty, developed romantic feelings for her that she rebuffed. She says that following this rejection, Hall’s attitude toward her changed and he began behaving in a controlling and erratic manner. Billet claims that on April 19, 2017, she and Hall attended an awards dinner put on by Sutton West Coast and that as he was driving ... more
  • 22 hours Frustration brews over double standard for Vancouver 4/20 pot festival Vancouversun -Local
    Beer is legal to drink just like weed is legal to smoke. But you can’t drink beer in public without being at a sanctioned festival or at a licensed establishment, so should breweries get together and stage a beer protest? more
  • 23 hours Vancouver police threaten to arrest anyone selling 4/20 marijuana to minors Vancouversun -Local
    Police in Vancouver are asking parents to have a “tough” conversation with their teenagers about the dangers associated with marijuana at a large unsanctioned 4/20 event on Saturday. Sgt. Jason Robillard says the 25th annual event, featuring pot enthusiasts, vendors selling marijuana, baked edibles and drug paraphernalia, is expected to be a big draw this year because of a concert by California hip hop group Cypress Hill. Robillard says police will be focusing on arresting anyone selling marijuana to minors at the Sunset Beach event that typically attracts several thousand people including youth. Booth operators are expected to identify minors ... more
  • 23 hours Doctors approve new fee agreement with B.C. government Vancouversun -Local
    B.C.’s physicians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new agreement with the B.C. government in a deal that will cost taxpayers at least $331 million over the three-year deal. Last year, the government paid out $4.516 billion for physician services. By the end of the three-year deal that took effect on April 1, that will rise to $4.85 billion. One of the elements of the deal is a signing bonus-like payment of $7,500 to each physician who earned over $75,000 in income in 2018, or in any of the past few years, to help offset rising overhead and other ... more
  • 1 day Coast Guard ship back in action after North Vancouver repairs Vancouversun -Local
    The Canadian Coast Guard vessel damaged when it hit the Ogden Point breakwater last month has been repaired and is back in the waters off Vancouver Island. The 64-metre Sir John Franklin, the newest ship in the coast guard’s fleet, underwent two weeks of repairs in Seaspan Shipyard’s dry dock in North Vancouver, giving it a new rudder, rudder post, propeller, tail shaft and steel work on the port stern quarter. “That this work was completed in a matter of 13 days from the vessel’s docking at our dry dock in Vancouver is a true testament to the capabilities of ... more
  • 1 day Vancouver’s Dude Chilling Park needs its Dude back Vancouversun -Local
    Dude Chilling Park in East Vancouver is missing its Dude, so a campaign has been launched to restore the sculpture and bring it back to the park. The Indiegogo campaign is seeking $20,000 to have the natural cedar sculpture bronzed after it suffered extensive deterioration, according to the Vancouver Art House Society, which is spearheading the campaign. Reclining Figure is the “dude” of Dude Chilling Park. The natural cedar sculpture, which is officially called Reclining Figure but is nicknamed The Dude, was created by ... more
  • 1 day Daily Poll: How do you feel about Jason Kenney’s win in Alberta? Vancouversun -Local
    Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party won the Alberta provincial election early Wednesday. Just after 4 a.m. MT, the UCP led or had been elected in 63 of the province’s 87 ridings, with the NDP, diminished to opposition status after their single term in government. Read the Postmedia story here. Read the election reaction on social media here. What do you think? B.C.’s Premier John Horgan congratulated Kenney on his win on social media.
    Congratulations to UCP Leader Jason Kenney on his election by the people of Alberta. I look forward to working together in the interests of ... more
  • 1 day B.C. records 27th case of measles as traveller returns from Japan Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER — Another case of measles has been recorded in B.C., bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 27. Officials with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health say the latest case involves a Metro Vancouver resident who returned to Vancouver International Airport on April 13 aboard a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo. A news release from the health authorities says the patient acquired measles while abroad, but was in several places around the Lower Mainland while infectious. It says unvaccinated or incompletely vaccinated travellers may have been exposed if they were on flight JL018 on Saturday, ... more
  • 1 day Vancouver Weather: Showers, then mainly cloudy Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Wednesday, April 17. Today expect a few showers in the morning, and then a mainly cloudy afternoon, with a high of 13 C. Environment Canada says there will be more rain overnight, with up to 15 millimetres expected, and a low of 9 C. Heavier rain is in the forecast for Thursday, with up to 30 millimetres possible, according to the agency, and a high of 11 C. The rain will likely taper to showers for the Friday statutory holiday, with a high of 13 C. Then, the weekend looks warm and dry, which is good news for those ... more
  • 2 days Daphne Bramham: 15 years later, polygamist father awaits verdict for child trafficking Vancouversun -Opinion
    Fifteen years ago, James Marion Oler took his 15-year-old daughter across the Canada-U.S. border to be married in Utah in a religious ceremony in the tradition of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He received a 15-year-old bride in return. On June 24 — two days short of the 15th anniversary of those marriages — B.C. Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin will deliver her verdict on whether Oler is guilty of unlawfully removing a child from Canada for sexual purposes. Oler’s retrial ended Tuesday, after being ordered by the B.C. Court of Appeal last August. A ... more
  • 2 days Daphne Bramham: 15 years later, polygamist father awaits verdict for child trafficking Vancouversun -Local
    Fifteen years ago, James Marion Oler took his 15-year-old daughter across the Canada-U.S. border to be married in Utah in a religious ceremony in the tradition of the Fundamentalist Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints. He received a 15-year-old bride in return. On June 24 — two days short of the 15th anniversary of those marriages — B.C. Supreme Court Justice Martha Devlin will deliver her verdict on whether Oler is guilty of unlawfully removing a child from Canada for sexual purposes. Oler’s retrial ended Tuesday, after being ordered by the B.C. Court of Appeal last August. A ... more
  • 2 days Man shot to death in Kitsilano Vancouversun -Local
    A man has been shot to death in the Vancouver suburb of Kitsilano. In a prepared statement, Vancouver police said they were called to the area of West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street at 8:30 p.m. and found the victim dead at the scene. Police said he had been shot.
    Tues night shooting in ⁦@CityofVancouver⁩ 4th burrard. — herschel (@hersch604) April 17, 2019 “It is still very early in the investigation, but this appears to be a targeted shooting. No arrests have been made,” the statement read. Traffic is restricted on Burrard Street between ... more
  • 2 days Orca pod spotted in Vancouver harbour on Tuesday Vancouversun -Local
    A pod of Orcas was spotted inside Vancouver’s inner harbour on Tuesday afternoon. The appearance of the four adults orcas was captured on video and photo and shared across social media.
    Killer whales under the Lions Gate Bridge Vancouver — bccan604 (@bccan604) April 16, 2019 The Vancouver Police Department’s marine squad also spotted the killer whales, showing the whales swimming under the Second Narrows bridge, toward the inner harbour.
    A pod of killer whales were in the inner harbour today!! So cool to experience this while at work in the ... more
  • 2 days Teen who died at Kelowna festival last summer was given MDA instead of MDMA Vancouversun -Local
    A coroner’s report has ruled a Kamloops teen who died at a Kelowna music festival last summer unknowingly took a dose of MDA. According to the report signed by coroner Adele Lambert, 16-year-old Adison Davies attended the Center of Gravity music and sports festival with friends on the night of July 27, 2019. Davies attended NorKam Secondary School and was planning a career in medicine, according to a gofundme page set up to help her family. According to the coroner’s report, Davies was an excellent student with no health concerns. The report found that at 8:30 p.m. Davies consumed a tablet ... more
  • 2 days Journalist puts tech titan Jack Dorsey on hot seat for the TED Talks stage Vancouversun -Local
    British journalist Carole Cadwalladr used her TED Talk in Vancouver to put Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the hot seat the evening before he was due to take the stage. Cadwalladr, a writer for the Guardian and Observer in the U.K. who broke the story about how the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum was hijacked by illegal advertising on Facebook, included Dorsey by name, along with Mark Zuckerberg and Google moguls Larry Page and Sergey Brin. “The technology you have invented has been amazing,” Cadwalladr said of the platforms, but they have become “hand maidens to a form of terrorism,” in ... more
  • 2 days Victoria father stabbed two daughters dozens of times, then tried to kill himself: Crown Vancouversun -Local
    *Warning: Content in this story could be disturbing to some readers A Victoria area man stabbed his two young daughters multiple times — six-year-old Chloe 26 times and four-year-old Aubrey 32 times — and then tried to kill himself in his apartment on Christmas Day 2017, a prosecutor said Tuesday. Andrew Robert Douglas Berry, 45, has pleaded not guilty to the second-degree murder of his daughters Chloe and Aubrey. In her opening statement, Crown counsel Clare Jennings said that prior to the slayings of his girls, Berry had felt a “great deal of animosity” towards his parents and his estranged ... more
  • 2 days Female pitcher from Tsawwassen makes pitch for men’s college ball Vancouversun -Local
    When Marika Lyszczyk played her first game this season with the Whalley Chiefs baseball team, the all-boys’ baseball team, she made history as the first female to play in the senior B.C. Premier Baseball League (PBL). But for the 18-year-old, it felt like the most natural thing because she had been playing baseball with boys since she was six. “They didn’t have baseball for girls so I had to play with the boys,” said Lyszczyk, a Grade 12 student at South Delta Secondary. She also played softball for a girls team but chose in Grade 7 between the two similar, ... more
  • 2 days Vaughn Palmer: Doctoring the bargaining numbers to avoid future headaches for Horgan Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — When the NDP government and B.C. doctors concluded a three-year deal on the weekend, it was not without a significant disagreement about how the terms should be reported. Doctors of B.C., bargaining agent for 12,000 provincial physicians, advised members the deal would provide “average monetary increases of 8.8 per cent over three years on the current compensation base.” There was also this detail: “All physicians who earned a minimum income of $75,000 in any of the past three years will receive a one-time payment of approximately $7,500 following ratification of the agreement. This payment is in recognition of ... more
  • 2 days Vaughn Palmer: Doctoring the bargaining numbers to avoid future headaches for Horgan Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — When the NDP government and B.C. doctors concluded a three-year deal on the weekend, it was not without a significant disagreement about how the terms should be reported. Doctors of B.C., bargaining agent for 12,000 provincial physicians, advised members the deal would provide “average monetary increases of 8.8 per cent over three years on the current compensation base.” There was also this detail: “All physicians who earned a minimum income of $75,000 in any of the past three years will receive a one-time payment of approximately $7,500 following ratification of the agreement. This payment is in recognition of ... more
  • 2 days Dan Fumano: Feds’ Vancouver housing funding dwarfed by Toronto’s, but more on its way here Vancouversun -Local
    Two Liberal members of Parliament were at an East Van apartment building Tuesday, announcing the first funding from the federal government to the Metro Vancouver Housing Corporation in a generation. Considering how long it’s been since they’ve received any dollars from Ottawa, Metro representatives were pleased with the federal government’s commitment of $1.3 million for repairs and renovations on 45 units of non-market housing in Vancouver. But it was hard not to notice that Tuesday’s Vancouver announcement came 11 days after another federal funding announcement, in Toronto, of $1.3 billion — with a “b” — for repairs and renovations to ... more
  • 2 days Man charged with four counts of murder in Penticton Vancouversun -Local
  • 2 days Record gas prices strain taxpayer-funded fleets Vancouversun -Local
    British Columbians already feeling the pinch at the pump might see a few extra pennies on their tax bills too, due to the record-smashing gas prices across Metro Vancouver. With gas pushing $1.70 per litre, governments and publicly funded agencies are keeping a keen eye on how higher fuel costs will impact the fuel budgets for their fleets, with some counting the days until more electric vehicles provide relief. City fleets typically include cars and trucks used by engineering, sanitation and parks departments, specialty vehicles like Zambonis, utility vehicles, forklifts, and fire trucks and police cars. The City of Surrey ... more
  • 2 days Benjamin Bergen: Without a national data strategy, Canada’s prosperity is at risk Vancouversun -Opinion
    In the past decade, globalization and rapid technological development have fundamentally shifted the basic drivers of economic growth from the knowledge-based economy driven by intellectual property to the data-driven economy driven by data. Today, the most valuable companies in the world are data companies. This new economy presents new challenges but also opportunities for Canadian businesses, individuals and policy-makers. Intangible, commodified data does not function like tangible goods. The data-driven economy gets its value from harvesting, identifying, commodifying and using data flows. Whoever controls data controls who and what interacts with it. Any data collected can be reprocessed and analyzed ... more
  • 2 days Pro skier Dave Treadway dies in crevasse near Pemberton Vancouversun -Local
    Pemberton professional skier Dave Treadway has died after falling into a crevasse off Rhododendron Mountain. David MacKenzie of Pemberton Search and Rescue said Monday that a helicopter team had just finished rescuing an injured snowmobiler on the Pemberton ice cap when they got a call that a skier was in a crevasse. The four-person team flew to the site, where the victim’s ski mates were waiting. Another helicopter from Whistler was called in, and, in total, 14 SAR volunteers helped recover the 34-year-old skier’s body. MacKenzie said it was a difficult operation, due to the ice and the 30-metre depth ... more
  • 2 days Fraser River chinook fishery closed through most of the summer Vancouversun -Local
    Commercial and recreational fisheries for Fraser River chinook will be closed for much of the summer, Fisheries and Oceans Canada announced Tuesday. First Nations food, social and ceremonial fisheries for chinook salmon will be closed until July 15, while recreational anglers will face tight restrictions on chinook in waters on the south coast through the entire season. The annual limit for chinook retention by recreational anglers will also be reduced from 30 fish per person to just 10. Fisheries Canada will provide some fishing opportunities later in the summer, said regional director Rebecca Reid. “Conservation remains paramount, but we do ... more
  • 2 days Child-bride case: Judge reserves decision as B.C. polygamist sect trial wraps up Vancouversun -Local
    CRANBROOK, B.C. — A four-day gap in the whereabouts of a 15-year-old girl is enough to dispute whether she was removed from Canada in 2004 to marry a member of a fundamentalist sect in the United States, a lawyer argued Tuesday at the trial of a former member of the church. Joe Doyle, who is serving as an amicus curiae, or friend of the court, to ensure a fair trial, said Crown prosecutors haven’t proven that the girl was in Canada when the leader of the sect called James Oler and allegedly ordered him to bring the child to the ... more
  • 2 days B.C. premier praises rapid growth of tuition program for former youth in care Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — Makayla Waldenberger is turning her troubled upbringing in Abbotsford into a career that helps at-risk youth, thanks to a government program that pays tuition fees for former youth in care. Waldenberger, who was removed from her home at 16 and put into an independent living agreement with the Children’s Ministry, is now in her first year of studies at the University of the Fraser Valley’s child and youth care degree program with a focus on specialized protection for vulnerable kids. “This is the opportunity for me to help these kids and give them an opportunity at a life ... more
  • 2 days Low doses of peanut a safe and effective way to counteract allergies: B.C. study Vancouversun -Local
    Most preschoolers who are allergic to peanuts can be safely and effectively desensitized by eating small amounts of peanut protein as directed by allergy specialists, a study led by University of B.C. and B.C. Children’s Hospital researchers shows. In the study, published Tuesday in the Journal of Allergy and Clinical Immunology: In Practice, 243 children (90 per cent) reached the desired, desensitization dosage in an average period of 22 weeks. The other 10 per cent dropped out for reasons such as repeated allergic reactions and child and parental anxiety. Participants lived in B.C., Alberta, Manitoba and Nova Scotia. “According to ... more
  • 2 days Investigations continue after teen’s suicide in Lions Gate Hospital ER Vancouversun -Local
    Parallel investigations into the suicide last month of a teenager at Lions Gate Hospital in North Vancouver are continuing by the B.C. Coroner’s Service and Vancouver Coastal Health. The death happened in the emergency department. Andy Watson, the spokesman for the coroners service, said all sudden, unexpected and/or unnatural deaths are investigated. A report will be written with the coroner’s findings and recommendations made to prevent future deaths by similar means. An inquest may also be scheduled if a potentially dangerous practice or circumstance has been identified or if the death raises issues that are in the public interest and ... more
  • 2 days B.C. expands mental-health injury access to nurses, 911 operators and aides Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — Emergency dispatchers, nurses and care aides in B.C. will soon have easier access to workers’ compensation for mental-health disorders associated to their work. Labour Minister Harry Bains says the regulatory changes are about fairness and support for workers who experience mental harm because of their jobs. Bains says people in certain professions are more likely to encounter trauma on the job that can lead to mental illness. The government changed the Workers’ Compensation Act last year to add a list of mental-health disorders associated with jobs like police and firefighters, and now Bains says they’re expanding that to ... more
  • 2 days Warning posted about eyewash, acne gel sold in Metro Vancouver Vancouversun -Local
    Health Canada is warning consumers about unauthorized health products, including eyedrops, an eyewash and an acne gel, being sold at two stores in Metro Vancouver. The agency says the retailers, Pinky Flow and EJ Beauty, in Burnaby and Richmond, respectively, are selling health products that contain prescription drugs. “Prescription drugs should be taken only under the advice and supervision of a health-care professional because they are used to treat specific diseases and may cause serious side-effects,” the agency said in the warning posted Tuesday. The products include Dalacin T Gel antibacterial gel for acne, Sante FX Neo eyedrops, Kobayashi Aibon/Eyebon ... more
  • 2 days Penticton shootings: Live updates and what we know so far Vancouversun -Local
    Police are investigating after a shooting in the city of Penticton left four dead on Monday. Our reporter Gord McIntyre is in Penticton and will share regular updates as the day progresses. Here’s what we know so far, along with the latest updates. Check back throughout the day for more. The latest • Alleged gunman John Brittain has been charged with three counts of first degree murder and one count of second degree murder in Monday’s shootings. • Brittain is expected to make an appearance in Penticton provincial court this morning. • Supt. Ted De Jager with the Penticton ... more
  • 2 days Housing Matters podcast: Accessible housing rises with Silver Tsunami Vancouversun -Local
    Executive Director of SAFERhome Society Stan Leyenhorst, The Right Fit’s Paul Gauthier, and Murray Hamilton, who represents the Vancouver Resource Society join host Stuart McNish to discuss the need for accessible units in new housing developments. ... more
  • 2 days Vancouver’s Wall Street killer dies in prison Vancouversun -Local
    A man sentenced to life in prison for the murder of two elderly women in their homes on Wall Street in East Vancouver 20 years ago has died in custody. Curtis Macki, 50, died Monday at Pacific Institution in Abbotsford of natural causes following an illness, according to the Correctional Service of Canada. He had been serving an indeterminate sentence for second-degree murder since March 2001. His family has been notified. Macki bludgeoned to death Norah Davis, 84, and Martha Elliot, 82, during break-ins committed 10 days apart in November, 1999. Elliott was found in her burnt-out home in the ... more
  • 2 days Majority of B.C. residents OK with how pot was legalized: poll Vancouversun -Local
    A majority of B.C. residents are OK with how pot has been legalized in the province, suggests a new poll. The Research Co. poll found 63 per cent of those surveyed agree with marijuana being legal in Canada, while four-in-five residents agree with measures taken to restrict acccess. Seventy-nine per cent agree with establishing 19 years as the legal age to light up, while the same number are content with allowing marijuana to be consumed in designated cigarette-smoking areas. Most (67 per cent) are OK with allowing adults to grow their own plants so long as they aren’t visible from ... more
  • 2 days Vancouver Weather: Chance of showers Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Tuesday, April 16. Today’s weather is expected to be increasingly cloudy, with a chance of showers in the afternoon, and a high of 12 C. Environment Canada is also forecasting wind on Tuesday. The windy, wet weather will likely continue overnight and on Wednesday, with a high of 12 C. Thursday looks rainy with a high of 12 C, and there’s a chance of showers on Friday, for the start of the Easter long weekend, with a high of 10 C. It doesn’t look like the whole holiday weekend will be a washout thought. Saturday is expected to be ... more
  • 2 days Ian Mulgrew: Surrey Six murders a legal black hole Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. Court of Appeal owes the public a better explanation for continuing to keep under wraps the details of the Surrey Six killings, the subsequent investigation and prosecutions. After more than a decade, the province’s high bench maintains the curtains tightly drawn around this savage crime and the open-court principle in limbo. In its latest announcement, sounding more like a Star Chamber than an appellate body in a functioning democracy, the bench said there was still information about the 12-year-old slaughter and its aftermath the public can’t know. The statement concerned applications in appeals from two of the killers. ... more
  • 3 days Vancouver parks board votes to request cancellation of Cypress Hill appearance at 4/20 Vancouversun -Local
    The Vancouver parks board will be sending a letter to 4/20 organizers asking them to cancel the appearance of hip-hop act Cypress Hill at this year’s event. The motion was brought forward by commissioner John Coupar, after learning last week that organizers were hoping the inclusion of this big name act would draw more people to the un-permitted event at Sunset Beach. Coupar said that booking that act was a “dramatic escalation” of an event that the parks board is already opposed to. Commissioner Tricia Barker, who in February put forward a motion asking staff to find ways to keep ... more
  • 3 days Douglas Todd: The first journalist to really capture Vancouver’s housing crisis Vancouversun -Local
    Jim Sutherland nailed the key causes of Metro Vancouver’s housing crunch almost a decade ago. But few noticed. And many denied it. As a result, the city descended into an ugly affordability crisis, which probably could have been avoided. It’s only in the past couple of years that politicians have mounted a serious response to the tremendous power foreign capital has had in shaping B.C.’s housing market. But Sutherland’s article had explained much of it nine, long, painful years earlier. The lengthy 2010 essay by the former editor of The Vancouver Sun’s Mix section, who has also served as chief ... more
  • 3 days Douglas Todd: The first journalist to really capture Vancouver’s housing crisis Vancouversun -Opinion
    Jim Sutherland nailed the key causes of Metro Vancouver’s housing crunch almost a decade ago. But few noticed. And many denied it. As a result, the city descended into an ugly affordability crisis, which probably could have been avoided. It’s only in the past couple of years that politicians have mounted a serious response to the tremendous power foreign capital has had in shaping B.C.’s housing market. But Sutherland’s article had explained much of it nine, long, painful years earlier. The lengthy 2010 essay by the former editor of The Vancouver Sun’s Mix section, who has also served as chief ... more
  • 3 days Prosecutor wraps up case in B.C. child bride trial Vancouversun -Local
    Crown lawyers have wrapped up their case against a man associated with the polygamous community of Bountiful who is charged with the removal of a child from Canada. James Marion Oler is accused of taking his underage daughter from the Creston area to the United States to marry an American fundamentalist Mormon in June 2004. The charge was filed under a Criminal Code subsection that the removal would facilitate sex offences by Oler’s daughter being placed in a relationship of authority or dependency. Special prosecutor Peter Wilson told court on Monday the Crown doesn’t have to prove that sexual activity took ... more
  • 3 days Group proposes task force, reactivated interurban line for South of Fraser Vancouversun -Local
    An advocacy group that includes a former premier and a former mayor is pushing for a provincially backed task force to come up with ideas to improve transportation options for South of the Fraser. One project at the top of the group’s list is reopening the interurban rail line between Chilliwack and Surrey to passenger service, using hydrogen-powered rail cars. “With the explosion of growth up in the Fraser Valley, it just adds more cars onto the road, it adds more problems,” said Rick Green, who was mayor of the Township of Langley from 2008-2011 and is a founding member ... more
  • 3 days Lt.-Gov. Janet Austin: We need constructive participation in our democracy Vancouversun -Opinion
    One of the biggest threats to democracy in the 21st century is the erosion of civility in public discourse and the polarization of politics. Across the globe, the political landscape has become increasingly fractured. Individuals are engaging less with those who have viewpoints different from their own, while the tone of rhetoric from political leaders has become more combative. Many believe the internet has accelerated and accentuated this shift. We are now able to digitally surround ourselves with people who share our political views while blocking out those who might have a different perspective. In addition, much of the information ... more
  • 3 days Estate sues city of Vancouver over delays in processing empty home tax Vancouversun -Local
    The estate of a Vancouver man is suing the city over what it considers unreasonable delays in processing an application for an exemption to the empty home tax. Charles James Hyland, the owner of 3498 East 48th Ave., was living in the home until he was admitted to a long-term care facility in Burnaby in September 2016. He lived at the care facility at St. Michael’s Centre until he died on March 11, 2018. In February 2018, while he was in the care facility, his friend Barbara Smith, the executrix of his estate, filed an empty homes tax declaration for ... more
  • 3 days Vaughn Palmer: Horgan taps Liberal ex-minister to rescue caribou rescue plan Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — Premier John Horgan travelled to northeast B.C. on Monday to admit the NDP government had botched consultations on a caribou rescue plan. “I regret we didn’t start that consultation earlier,” Horgan told a news conference in Dawson Creek. “I regret we didn’t put more information before the public.” The premier then announced consultations on the controversial plan would be doubled from one month to two. He also appointed Dawson Creek councillor Blair Lekstrom to oversee the process and report by the end of May. Lekstrom is a former B.C. Liberal cabinet minister with a reputation for independence. In ... more
  • 3 days Cross-examination of star witness continues at Jamie Bacon trial Vancouversun -Local
    A lawyer for Jamie Bacon grilled the key Crown witness against him Monday over lapses in the man’s memory from a 2010 interview that he gave to police. The man, who can only be identified as CD, testified last week that he never spoke to a lawyer before the 2010  interview, conducted after he turned himself in for the New Year’s Eve shooting of Dennis Karbovanec 18 months earlier. The Bacon trial has already heard that police had spoken to CD several times before he was told in June 2010 to surrender or be arrested in connection with the Karbovanec ... more
  • 3 days Oscar-nominated screenwriter denies 1994 B.C. sex assault allegations Vancouversun -Local
    An Academy Awards-nominated screenwriter has denied allegations he sexually assaulted a teen who was hired as an extra on a Hollywood movie being shot in Campbell River in 1994. The alleged victim claims Douglas Day Stewart approached her when she and other extras on the film The Scarlett Letter were asked to go topless in the background during the filming of an outdoor scene. She said in her lawsuit filed in B.C. Supreme Court that she was 17 years old and still in high school when Stewart brought her a blanket to cover her and help her stay warm during ... more
  • 3 days Penticton shootings: Two men and two women slain on Monday in possible neighbours spat Vancouversun -Local
    The RCMP say two men and two women died on Monday morning in three locations after targeted shootings within a five-kilometre radius in Penticton. South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager said a 60-year-old man turned himself in at the city’s RCMP detachment and remained in custody. The four victims and the person who had turned themselves in were all known to each other. “We’re still trying to find the motive for this whole incident, so that’s part of the ongoing investigation,” De Jager told a news conference. “Indications right now are that all four were targeted.” According to report from ... more
  • 3 days 2019 edition of TED Talks aims at problem-solving ideas ‘bigger than us’ Vancouversun -Local
    The TED Talks, which touched down Monday in Vancouver for its signature conference, aren’t intended to be political, but the organization’s CEO, Chris Anderson, acknowledged politics have become unavoidable. “Traditionally, TED really hasn’t touched it at all,” said Anderson, but there is a “constant conversation” within the organization about how to handle politics. The thought has been that politics is one thing and technology, entertainment and design — the acronym of TED — are other things entirely. “In the last couple of years there has just been more and more overlap,” Anderson said during a media briefing ahead of the ... more
  • 3 days Crown won’t pursue charges against 14 pipeline opponents in northern B.C. Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. Prosecution Service says it does not have enough evidence to pursue charges of criminal contempt against 14 people who were arrested in January when RCMP enforced an interim court injunction at a pipeline blockade on the Wet’suwet’en First Nation’s traditional territory. The prosecution service says in a statement submitted to the B.C. Supreme Court in Prince George that the cases were referred to it for potential prosecution of criminal contempt on Feb. 4. After a review, it says it is not satisfied there is enough evidence for a substantial likelihood of conviction. It says those charges are separate ... more
  • 3 days Penticton RCMP asking residents to shelter inside due to ‘serious incident’ Vancouversun -Local
    Penticton RCMP are dealing with a “serious and unfolding incident” and are asking those downtown to stay inside Monday morning. At around 11:30 a.m. police in Penticton issued a notice asking all residents and individuals to remain inside and abide by police direction in the downtown area. The affected area is bordered by Eckhardt Avenue and Lakeshore Drive, and Main and Power streets. “For your own safety we ask that you restrict travel inside this zone and remain inside your residence, or place of work, until we have issued further direction,” read a police notice. No further information was available. ... more
  • 3 days Groups collaborate on anti-money laundering in B.C. real estate Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — Five agencies are banding together to help fight money laundering in British Columbia’s real estate industry. B.C. Attorney General David Eby and Finance Minister Carole James released a joint statement saying the collaboration will go a long way towards getting dirty money out of the real estate market and protecting consumers. The B.C. Real Estate Association says in a news release the groups commit to sharing best practices to help keep proceeds of crime out of the economy and ensuring the public has full confidence in B.C.’s real estate market. The other participating organizations include the Appraisal Institute ... more
  • 3 days Charges laid in fatal Salmon Arm church shooting Vancouversun -Local
    Gordon and Peggy Parmenter spent much of their lives fostering young people in need, in addition to raising four children of their own. That came to an end Sunday morning when Gordon, 78, was fatally shot in the Church of Christ, where he served as an elder. A 25-year-old man was arrested after being detained at the scene by parishioners. Matrix Savage Gathergood has been charged with first degree murder, aggravated assault and disguise with the intent to commit an indictable offence. He has been remanded by the court. At the time of the attack, Parmenter was filling as preacher ... more
  • 3 days Two people in hospital after car struck by train in Surrey Vancouversun -Local
    Two people are in hospital with serious injuries after a car was struck by a train in Surrey. According to Surrey RCMP, the vehicle was hit by a freight train just before 10 a.m. on Monday. Police say the vehicle was trying to cross the tracks at a marked crossing near 179th Street near the Golden Ears Connector in the Port Kells area. Both the driver and the passenger have been taken to hospital with serious injuries. It’s unknown what caused the vehicle to stop on the tracks. The Surrey RCMP’s criminal-collision investigators are now at the scene and ... more
  • 3 days B.C. SPCA rescues Kiki the Pomeranian following horrific abuse Vancouversun -Local
    Kiki, do you love me? Because we love you. Animal cruelty charges will be recommended after Kiki, a Pomeranian puppy, was rescued following a tip and found to have suffered several fractured ribs and a skin infection that caused rotting flesh. The B.C. SPCA is now seeking donations to help cover the cost of Kiki’s treatment and long road to recovery. About two weeks ago, SPCA investigators were tipped off to Kiki’s condition by someone who called to report the injured pup was being taken to a local animal hospital by its owner. Animal protection officers arrived at the hospital ... more
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