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  • 4 hours BBB warns of eight fraudulent online retailers with Abbotsford address Vancouversun -Local
    The Better Business Bureau is warning online shoppers about phone retailers. The warning comes after a BBB investigation revealed that eight fraudulent online retailers used a residential address in Abbotsford to legitimize their website and convince consumers across North America to spend hundreds of dollars for nonexistent or inferior quality products. The agency began receiving reports on its Scam Tracker about online retailers based in Abbotsford. Queries with the city revealed that there were no business licenses issued for the specific address or to the businesses Lemon Dresses, Comfyfree, Dress Stars, ... more
  • 4 hours Vancouver approves overdose prevention site for Yaletown Vancouversun -Local
    The city of Vancouver has approved an overdose prevention site in Yaletown. The site, which will be located at 1101 Seymour Street, will be operated by the RainCity Housing and Support Society. Seven councillors were in favour and four were opposed. The original proposal, which leased the space to the RainCity, was amended to instead have Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) take over the lease of the city-owned building. The amendment meant fewer councillors, only six rather than eight, needed to vote in favour for it to proceed. ... more
  • 6 hours Young child among victims in Surrey stabbing: report Vancouversun -Local
    A toddler is among the victims in a domestic stabbing in Surrey Tuesday night, according to reports. Local radio News 1130 is reporting that RCMP have cordoned off a townhouse complex at 66th Avenue and 128th Street in Newton. There are reports that three people, including a young child a woman, and a man, are in hospital with unknown stab wounds, but the details have yet to be confirmed by Mounties. Their conditions are unknown. The entrance to the complex is behind police tape and officers were canvassing the neighbourhood. ... more
  • 7 hours B.C. Election update for Oct. 21: Get the latest news from the campaign Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. provincial election will be held Oct. 24. This is your daily campaign trail update with everything you need for Oct. 21, 2020. This page will be updated throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. WHERE THE LEADERS ARE TODAY Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal: The Liberal leader is in Delta this morning, where he will hold a news conference at 10 a.m. at the Tasty Indian Bistro. Sonia Furstenau, Green:   The Green leader will be on Global Morning Live before holding a news conference at Elsie ... more
  • 8 hours COVID-19 update for Oct. 21: Canada’s top doc concerned about misinformation spreading, B.C. in second wave Vancouversun -Local
    Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 21, 2020. We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. Check back here for more updates throughout the day. B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS As of the latest figures given on Oct. 20: • Total number of confirmed cases: 11,854 (1,688 active) ... more
  • 8 hours Vancouver Forecast: Mix of sun and cloud Vancouversun -Local
    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Wednesday, Oct. 21.  Today’s weather is expected to be a mix of sun and cloud, and chilly, with wind and a high of 12 C, according to Environment and Climate Change Canada. Overnight, it looks cold with a low of just 4 C and then Thursday looks mainly cloudy with a slight chance of showers and a high of 10 C. The rain is expected to return overnight Thursday and continue on Friday, with a high of 8 C.  More sunshine is on the way though, just in time for the weekend. Saturday looks sunny but ... more
  • 18 hours Maple Ridge residents vow to fill the grey zone where police and the law just won’t tread Vancouversun -Local
    A group in Maple Ridge says it is stepping in to push homeless people struggling with addiction and/or mental health issues out of what it considers gaps in legislation and policing. Jamie Seip, an organizer of Clean up Maple Ridge, claims the group has driven, flown or ferried hundreds of such people from the streets of Maple Ridge back to the towns and cities they came from. He said the group is meeting the needs of residents fed up with socially unacceptable behaviour because police and government aren’t. Others say what the group ... more
  • 18 hours Sea to Sky Highway closed in both directions Vancouversun -Local
    The Sea to Sky Highway is closed in both directions due to a car crash. According to Drive B.C., the accident occurred at around 6 p.m. between Horseshoe Bay and Lions Bay on the busy stretch of highway linking Vancouver and Whistler. #BCHwy99 NB Reports of a vehicle incident at Lion's Bay causing closures in both directions. Crews are on route. Assessment in progress. #HorseshoeBayBC #SeatoSkyHwy— DriveBC (@DriveBC) October 21, 2020 An air ambulance has been dispatched. Early Tuesday, Highway One just west of Revelstoke was closed for several ... more
  • 20 hours Dan Fumano: Embattled Vancouver Coun. Wiebe considers next steps, possible court challenge Vancouversun -Local
    Leaked text messages shed some light on behind-the-scenes conversations around the time of the now-controversial Vancouver council votes that prompted calls for Green Coun. Michael Wiebe’s resignation, while new statements from both the councillor and complainant offer a glimpse of what could happen next. Last month, a formal investigation found Wiebe breached conflict rules in May by supporting a city-wide patio expansion program despite his ownership interests in a pub and restaurant, with the investigator’s report recommending the councillor should resign. Now, Vancouver Mayor Kennedy Stewart has said he has “accepted the findings” ... more
  • 20 hours Vaughn Palmer: ‘The threat is real’ — B.C. Liberals fear Conservative resurgence Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — As the provincial campaign entered the final week, the B.C. Liberals launched a broadside against Conservative leader Trevor Bolin, his party’s candidate in North Peace River. “B.C. Conservative leader must address harassment,” read the headline on Saturday’s media release, summarizing a WorkSafeBC finding against a Burger King franchise owned by Bolin. A female employee of the Fort St. John- based outlet had complained about sexual harassment after a team leader said “I want to f … you.” Soon after, the woman was fired for what the employer claimed was ... more
  • 20 hours Vaughn Palmer: ‘The threat is real’ — B.C. Liberals fear Conservative resurgence Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA — As the provincial campaign entered the final week, the B.C. Liberals launched a broadside against Conservative leader Trevor Bolin, his party’s candidate in North Peace River. “B.C. Conservative leader must address harassment,” read the headline on Saturday’s media release, summarizing a WorkSafeBC finding against a Burger King franchise owned by Bolin. A female employee of the Fort St. John- based outlet had complained about sexual harassment after a team leader said “I want to f … you.” Soon after, the woman was fired for what the employer claimed was ... more
  • 20 hours Cara Ng and Khelsilem: ‘Check your privilege’ is corrosive to our politics Vancouversun -Opinion
    In a memorable moment during the televised debate last Tuesday night, provincial party leaders John Horgan, Sonia Furstenau, and Andrew Wilkinson were asked by moderator Shachi Kurl about how they had “personally reckoned” with their privilege as white politicians, within the context of ongoing experiences of institutionalized racism and violence by racialized communities. The question generated sundry responses. You may know the content of their answers already, as they have been the subject of significant media analysis and Twitter conversations. What struck us most about that moment was not what leaders said — ... more
  • 20 hours Company fined for cutting Kerrisdale tree with nesting nuthatches, killing chicks Vancouversun -Local
    A tree-pruning company has been fined after it cut branches off a tree at a Kerrisdale apartment building in the spring, disrupting a nest of red-breasted nuthatches and killing at least three chicks. Environment Canada announced the fine this week after months of investigation into the violation that was reported by a 12-year-old bird-lover who had been visiting the birds every day. Clay Zhou-Radies was shocked when on one of his visits in May he found the nest and the nuthatches and a couple of northern flickers gone. He reported the incident to ... more
  • 20 hours Douglas Todd: Finally, the party’s over for no-limit political donations in B.C. Vancouversun -Local
    Dermod Travis didn’t get the satisfaction of experiencing a cleaner B.C. election. The executive director of Integrity B.C., who arguably fought harder than anyone to end the way unlimited corporate, union and foreign donations were allowed to buy political influence in this province, died June 1 of liver failure, two days short of his 60th birthday. This fall’s B.C. election is the first held under new regulations designed to end the shady process by which hundreds of millions of dollars in “gifts” were funnelled to the province’s political parties. The scheme had turned ... more
  • 20 hours Douglas Todd: Finally, the party’s over for no-limit political donations in B.C. Vancouversun -Opinion
    Dermod Travis didn’t get the satisfaction of experiencing a cleaner B.C. election. The executive director of Integrity B.C., who arguably fought harder than anyone to end the way unlimited corporate, union and foreign donations were allowed to buy political influence in this province, died June 1 of liver failure, two days short of his 60th birthday. This fall’s B.C. election is the first held under new regulations designed to end the shady process by which hundreds of millions of dollars in “gifts” were funnelled to the province’s political parties. The scheme had turned ... more
  • 20 hours COVID-19: Dozens of B.C.’s top doctors want mandatory masks in civic facilities Vancouversun -Local
    A collective of 171 doctors, surgeons and dentists has written a letter supporting a move by Vancouver city councillor Sarah Kirby-Yung to make masks mandatory in all indoor civic facilities. The group, dubbed Masks4Canada, sent a similar letter to provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry in August also calling for a mandatory mask order. However, Tuesday’s letter has been updated with research reports from September touting the benefits of mask wearing to help stop the spread of COVID-19. “We cannot afford another “lockdown” which leads to devastating effects on individuals and ... more
  • 20 hours Developers of Oakridge Centre ask for more density in new rezoning application Vancouversun -Local
    The developers of Oakridge Centre, one of the largest real estate projects by size in North America and driver of the most expensive condo pre-sales by dollar value in Vancouver, are asking for major revisions to their future plans, seeking to build more density and swapping an entire luxury condo building for market rental. Oakridge is a massive 28-acre site where a first phase of construction that will take four years to finish is currently underway. Pre-sale units went on the market in late 2018 and developers sold $1 billion in units in less than ... more
  • 20 hours B.C. Election 2020: Major parties promise more money for health care, more staff, more facilities Vancouversun -Local
    Health care is front and centre in all the major parties’ platforms in the 2020 B.C. election, which is understandable given the COVID-19 pandemic. Promises to bolster seniors care — a glaring weak spot in the pandemic — and to improve access to health services are prominent in all three main party platforms, with few points of differentiation. The platforms NDP: The party’s platform opens with a promise to spend $44 million hiring and training 7,000 new front-line workers for long-term care and assisted-living facilities, among a long list of commitments “to fix ... more
  • 21 hours COVID-19: B.C. reports 167 new cases and one death over past day Vancouversun -Local
    There were 167 new cases of COVID-19 reported on Tuesday, and one death. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were 1,688 active cases of the disease, of which 69 were being treated in hospital including 18 in intensive care. There have been 11,854 COVID-19 cases reported in B.C. and 254 deaths. The most recent death was at Peace Portal Seniors Village in Surrey where 16 people have contracted the disease and two died. Henry said there were 4,156 people in self isolation after potentially being exposed to the disease. ... more
  • 22 hours Andrew Wilkinson and other defendants get defamation lawsuit dismissed Vancouversun -Local
    Andrew Wilkinson and several other defendants in a defamation lawsuit have succeeded in having the case thrown out of court. The suit largely related to comments Wilkinson, currently the B.C. Liberal Leader, and others made on a radio talk show before the 2017 provincial election when Wilkinson was a cabinet minister running for re-election. The show on CKNW focused on an ad related to the foreign buyer tax that was posted on an online Chinese-language forum by a realtor named Zheng Zhao. Zhao, who also had flyers describing his proposal distributed ... more
  • 24 hours CEO Kevin Desmond leaving TransLink in 2021 Vancouversun -Local
    TransLink will need to start looking for a new boss after CEO Kevin Desmond announced Tuesday that he will be leaving his post next year. Desmond, who took over Metro Vancouver’s regional transit authority in 2016, advised TransLink’s board of director that he will be leaving in February and returning to the United States. Prior to arriving in British Columbia, Desmond served as the general manager for King County Metro Transit in Seattle. During Desmond’s tenure, TransLink earned approval for two investment plans totalling $9 billion for new transit expansion projects ... more
  • 1 day B.C. Election 2020: Greens’ Furstenau pledges fast-tracked support for small businesses, tourism Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Green party leader Sonia Furstenau stopped in West Vancouver Tuesday to pledge fast-tracked support for small businesses and the local tourism industry as the pandemic continues. “We need to stay nimble and attuned to the way that the pandemic is changing behaviour and that’s where government needs to direct its attention,” she said at a Tuesday morning event hosted alongside West Vancouver-Sea to Sky candidate Jeremy Valeriote. Furstenau also criticized B.C. NDP leader John Horgan for calling a snap election, when time spent on the campaign would otherwise be spent dealing with ... more
  • 1 day Stanley Park’s aquatic life on ‘red alert’: ecology report Vancouversun -Local
    Stanley Park’s tree cover is growing, but aquatic life in Beaver Lake isn’t doing very well at all, according to a new report on the park’s ecological health. The report by the Stanley Park Ecological Society found that the park has 1,031 native species that include 239 birds, 27 mammals and two reptiles. The biggest group are invertebrates and zooplankton at 325. The 46 native species at risk include western grebe, double crested cormorant and little brown (myotis) bats. Ariane Comeau, conservation projects manager, said that between 2013 and 2015 the ... more
  • 1 day B.C. Election 2020: More than 300,000 vote-by-mail packages received Vancouversun -Local
    As of Tuesday morning, Elections B.C. says it had received an estimated 304,500 vote-by-mail packages for the election. The postal haul represents a 42 per cent return on the 725,000 mail-in packages that were requested by and issued to B.C. voters. There were just 6,500 mail-in votes cast in the 2017 B.C. election. Elections B.C. expects to receive even more mail-in votes from Canada Post before Saturday’s vote, while other packages are being dropped off at district electoral offices and voting places. Voters planning to drop off their mail-in packages at ... more
  • 1 day B.C. Election 2020: Liberal leader Wilkinson touts medical background Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson, a licensed physician, says having a doctor in the premier’s seat would be beneficial during the COVID-19 pandemic. Wilkinson, who worked as a doctor in small B.C. communities for about three years in the 1980s before switching careers and becoming a lawyer, says, if elected, his medical degree would allow him to communicate with provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry at a higher level than his opponents. “There’s a whole language and dialect and scientific training that goes through medical school that teaches you how to deal with ... more
  • 1 day B.C. Election 2020: Horgan reiterates NDP’s commitment to health issues Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan reiterated his party’s commitment to health issues in the first of two roundtable discussions on Tuesday. In the morning, Horgan stopped in Coquitlam to hear from three individuals about their personal experiences dealing with a loved one’s dementia, the need for a B.C. Silver Alert system, and the uncertainty of aging. Sam Noh, whose father Shin Noh went missing in Coquitlam in 2013, spoke about the ongoing efforts to launch a B.C. Silver Alert system and highlighted the recent progress made on geo-targeted alert systems that can help ... more
  • 1 day B.C. Election update for Oct. 20: Get the latest news from the campaign Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. provincial election will be held Oct. 24. This is your daily campaign trail update with everything you need for Oct. 20, 2020. This page will be updated throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. WHERE THE LEADERS ARE TODAY John Horgan, NDP : The NDP leader will participate in a roundtable about seniors and make an announcement at 9:30 a.m. in Coquitlam, followed by a 1 p.m. roundtable about nurses with candidate Susie Chant in North Vancouver. Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal: The Liberal leader will ... more
  • 1 day COVID-19 update for Oct. 20: Second wave of coronavirus underway in B.C. Vancouversun -Local
    Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 20, 2020. We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. Check back here for more updates throughout the day. B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS As of the latest figures given on Oct. 19: • Total number of confirmed cases: 11,687 (1,639 active) ... more
  • 1 day Victoria police officers asked to remove thin blue line patches after complaints Vancouversun -Local
    Victoria police officers who wore the thin blue line symbol on their uniform were asked to remove the unauthorized patch after a social media post prompted complaints. A photo posted to Twitter in June showed a reserve constable wearing a black Canadian flag patch with a blue line horizontally through the middle. The police department pulled the post after receiving complaints. The thin blue line symbol relates to the claim that the only thing standing between the public and chaos is police officers, referred to collectively as the thin blue line, said Rob ... more
  • 2 days Political parties try to get out the vote in last week of an odd campaign Vancouversun -Local
    VICTORIA — B.C.’s political parties are switching gears in the last week of the election campaign to focus on helping supporters cast their ballots amid the numerous uncertainties caused by the COVID-19 pandemic. The B.C. Greens, Liberals and NDP joined Elections B.C. on Monday to urge voters who have not already mailed their mail-in ballots to instead physically deliver them to a polling station, or destroy them and vote in-person. That’s because there’s no guarantee a ballot mailed now would reach Elections B.C. by the cutoff of Oct. 24 at 8 p.m. ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Election 2020: Liberals ramp up online spending as NDP scrambles to keep up Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. Liberals more than tripled their spending on Facebook to more than $40,000 a day last week, prompting the NDP to issue an urgent plea for last-minute donations. In a Monday morning email blast with the subject line “We’re coming up short,” NDP media manager Tyler Michaels asked supporters for $10 each “right now” with a goal of raising an additional $18,000 before the party locked in its ad spend that afternoon. “Last week, the Vancouver Sun reported that the B.C. Liberals are outspending us two-to-one on Facebook advertising,” he wrote. “Here’s ... more
  • 2 days Letters to The Sun, Oct. 20, 2020: Trudeau is trying to buy votes with his immigration plan Vancouversun -Opinion
    According to John Ivison, the Trudeau government intends to bring in 30,000 foreign parents and grandparents of immigrants by the end of next year. There is no way this insanity can be justified. We’re always being told that because of Canada’s aging population, we need an ever-increasing number of immigrants to pay our pensions and maintain our social services. How does this work when the immigrants are elderly themselves? We’re in the middle of a raging pandemic. Our health care and other social services are stretched to the limit. The worst may still ... more
  • 2 days Crown says judge made no errors in convicting Surrey Six killers Vancouversun -Local
    The judge who convicted two Red Scorpion gangsters in the Surrey Six murders found there was “overwhelming” evidence they participated in B.C.’s worst gangland slayings, the B.C. Court of Appeal heard Monday. Crown prosecutor Mark Levitz said B.C. Supreme Court Justice Catherine Wedge properly convicted Cody Haevischer and Matthew Johnston of first-degree murder and conspiracy, despite the fact that some of the witnesses were of “unsavoury” character. Levitz said Wedge found strong corroboration for much of the evidence of two key Crown witnesses who can only be identified as KM and Person Y ... more
  • 2 days Amended proposal brings overdose prevention site in Yaletown a little closer to reality Vancouversun -Local
    The path for a proposed overdose prevention site in Yaletown, that has drawn heated and divided reaction, became a little more clear on Monday. Vancouver city council is expected to vote Tuesday on 1101 Seymour being used as a permanent indoor substance use and overdose prevention site. The original proposal, which had the RainCity Housing and Support Society taking the lease and operating the site, has been amended. Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) will now take over the lease of the city-owned building with RainCity continuing to operate the facility. The amendment ... more
  • 2 days B.C. snap election was illegal, says Democracy Watch as it prepares lawsuit Vancouversun -Local
    Days before British Columbians go to the polls to elect a new government, a national advocacy group is calling on the B.C. Supreme Court to declare NDP Leader John Horgan’s snap election illegal. Democracy Watch co-founder Duff Conacher called Horgan’s decision to call an election a year in advance of the October 2021 fixed date “unfair, self-interested and hypocritical.” The non-profit, non-partisan group based in Ontario, plans to file a petition in the court this week. The goal is to set a precedent so future B.C. governments will honour fixed-date elections ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: 499 cases and two deaths reported in B.C. over the past three days Vancouversun -Local
    There have been 499 cases of COVID-19 reported over the past three days and two deaths. Provincial health officer Dr. Bonnie Henry said there were now 1,639 active cases of the disease, of which 67 were being treated in hospital including 19 in intensive care. One of the deaths over the weekend was at the Peace Portal Seniors Centre in Surrey. Henry said B.C. was “holding its own” and not seeing exponential growth in COVID-19 while a second wave sweeps the rest of the world. There have been 11,687 cases of ... more
  • 2 days Ian Mulgrew: Medicare injunction sought Vancouversun -Opinion
    An injunction application was filed Monday asking the B.C. Court of Appeal to prevent the provincial government from closing down private surgical and diagnostic clinics while it considers their case. The plaintiffs who lost the recently concluded marathon constitutional trial claim B.C. Supreme Court Justice John Steeves misstated, misunderstood, or disregarded much of the evidence in upholding provisions of the Medicare Protection Act that constrain the delivery of private medical services. Steeves repeatedly used the wrong legal standards and tests under Section 7 of the Charter of Rights and Freedoms, which protects “life, ... more
  • 2 days Strathcona community leader says she was beaten with a pipe Vancouversun -Local
    Katie Lewis, an outspoken resident of Strathcona, where tensions are high over the presence of a large tent city in the community’s namesake park, says she was bludgeoned and left unconscious outside her home on the weekend. The alleged attack on Lewis, the vice-president of the Strathcona Residents’ Association, comes after her own repeated pleas for authorities to better police the camp, and for governments to deal with the campers and their needs. The report led to Andrew Wilkinson, the leader of the B.C. Liberals, restating Monday his party’s pre-election pledge to end tent cities ... more
  • 2 days No risk to B.C. after tsunami warning following Alaska earthquake Vancouversun -Local
    Emergency Management B.C. has determined there is no tsunami risk to coastal B.C. following a major earthquake in Alaska. An 7.5 earthquake struck south of Alaska’s Aleutian Islands on Monday, triggering a tsunami warning for the area, the U.S. Geological Survey said. The U.S. Tsunami Warning Center said the quake, initially reported as a magnitude 7.4, had triggered a tsunami warning for Sand Point, Cold Bay and Kodiak, which are sparsely populated. The Alaska Earthquake Center said the quake was widely felt in communities along the southern coast, including Sand Point, ... more
  • 2 days Vaughn Palmer: Horgan’s defence of star candidate Cullen is hypocritical Vancouversun -Opinion
    VICTORIA —  Premier John Horgan has overreached himself providing cover for NDP candidate Nathan Cullen’s unguarded comments about an Indigenous leader running for the B.C. Liberals. Cullen was caught on an open-mike at an all-candidate meeting last week, disparaging Roy Jones Jr. He’s a hereditary chief of the Haida and the Liberal candidate in North Coast. “He’s not well-liked — he’s Haida — in his own community,” said Cullen. “The guy’s going to get bedrock 20 per cent. Like, his name is Kinkles,” sneered Cullen, disparaging Jones Jr. via his nickname. ... more
  • 2 days Man who shot transit cop at SkyTrain station convicted of aggravated assault Vancouversun -Local
    A man who shot a Transit Police officer at a SkyTrain station in Surrey last year has been acquitted of attempted murder but convicted of the lesser offence of aggravated assault. The Metro Vancouver Transit Police say that they are “very disappointed” with the verdict for Daon Gordon Glasgow, 37, who shot Const. Josh Harms at the Scott Road SkyTrain station on Jan. 30, 2019. “We have requested transcripts so that we can fully review and hopefully come to some kind of understanding of why this decision was made,” Transit Police spokesman Sgt. ... more
  • 2 days Parties keep close eye on Courtenay-Comox in election equation Vancouversun -Local
    The Courtenay-Comox constituency on Vancouver Island was pivotal to the B.C. NDP’s minority government victory in 2017, and it remains a district to watch in 2020. Polls suggest a trend favouring an NDP majority this time around, but the central-Island riding is one of four or five on the Island that political scientist Kimberly Speers says are in contention in the equation to form government. “I think the one that will be … is perhaps receiving the most attention is the seat in Courtenay-Comox,” Speers said, considering its recent history. Courtenay-Comox ... more
  • 2 days Human remains found inside recycling bin floating in water near Kits Point Vancouversun -Local
    The city has recorded its 15th homicide as human remains were found in a large recycling bin in the water near Kits Point on Sunday morning. The Canadian Coast Guard received several calls from boaters around 11 a.m. Sunday about a large, wheeled recycling bin in the water. The coast guard retrieved the bin and discovered remains inside that were later confirmed to be human. “We are asking property managers for multi-dwelling buildings and local residents to check their recycling and garbage rooms to see if any large, blue, wheeled recycling ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Election 2020: Greens would restore B.C. Ferries as a crown corporation Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Green Leader Sonia Furstenau says, if elected, her party would restore B.C. Ferries as a crown corporation. Speaking at a campaign stop in Brentwood Bay on Vancouver Island, Furstenau said the ferries system should be viewed as necessary infrastructure and not as a profit-driven business. “It’s not about whether they make a profit at the end of the year,” she said. “It’s about whether they run smoothly and allow the economy to function optimally.” B.C. Ferries, which was established as a crown corporation in 1960 by the Social Credit government ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Election 2020: Horgan stands by Cullen following insensitive comments Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. NDP Leader John Horgan maintained his support for Nathan Cullen on Monday, after Cullen came under fire for insensitive comments about a Haida candidate over the weekend. Cullen is currently running for the B.C. NDP in the riding of Stikine. Over the weekend, Cullen apologized for having made comments about North Coast candidate Roy Jones Jr. Cheexial, who is Haida and is running with the B.C. Liberals. “He’s not well-liked — he’s Haida — in his own community,” Cullen had said prior to a recent all-candidates meeting. “The guy’s going to get ... more
  • 2 days Coquitlam RCMP say burglar tunnelled through businesses to rob them Vancouversun -Local
    Lower Mainland RCMP have arrested two people in connection with a burglary ring that saw thieves gain entry into businesses by tunnelling through walls. Coquitlam RCMP, working with RCMP in Burnaby and Coquitlam, started investigating the ring on Sept. 3 after several commercial break and enters were reported to different agencies in the Lower Mainland. The thieves, police say, were carving holes in the walls of adjacent properties to access to the businesses. Police did not reveal the names of the businesses that were hit. Tyson Haden Wagner, ... more
  • 2 days TransLink to remove abandoned bikes from parkades so check your wheels Vancouversun -Local
    If you’ve parked your bike at a TransLink bike parkade or storage locker, be sure to check on it soon. TransLink is conducting a bike parkade cleanout next month to ensure spaces are available for those actively cycling and using the transit system, and that abandoned bikes are donated. Beginning next week, Transit Police will attach a removable tag on all bikes stored at a TransLink parkade and record detailed descriptions of the bikes. Then during the week of Nov. 9, Transit Police will begin removing any bikes that have not ... more
  • 2 days Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson promises infrastructure spending in Maple Ridge Vancouversun -Local
    B.C. Liberal Leader Andrew Wilkinson promised to support two major infrastructure projects in Maple Ridge, a city he said the B.C. NDP has ignored, if his party forms government after this election. Wilkinson, who was in Pitt Meadows campaigning on Monday morning, said a Liberal government would also add mental-health beds to Ridge Meadows Hospital. “There’s important work to be done here in Maple Ridge,” Wilkinson said. “You just have to look at this growing community and the services it requires, and how it’s been completely neglected by NDP for three years.” ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: Exposure alert at No Frills grocery store in Langley Vancouversun -Local
    Loblaws Canada is reporting a possible COVID-19 exposure threat at a No Frills grocery store in Langley. The company says a staff member at Michael’s No Frills, at 204th Street, has tested positive for COVID-19. The staff member last worked at the store on Oct. 12. Loblaws says all safety precautions have been followed and the store has reopened following a deep clean. We work closely with public health and follow their guidance to ensure proper notification of close contacts and required cleaning and sanitization in our stores,” ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19: More B.C. flight exposures added Vancouversun -Local
    A number of flights either departing from or arriving in B.C. have been added to a COVID-19 exposure list. The B.C. Centre for Disease Control added a number of new flights to its exposure watchlist over the weekend including: • Sept. 30: Air Transat 932, Toronto to Vancouver, Row 31 to 37 • Oct. 9: Air Canada Flight 115, Toronto to Vancouver, Row 1 to 4 • Oct. 10: WestJet 182, Kelowna to Calgary, • Oct. 11: WestJet Flight 195, Calgary to Victoria, Row 1 to 7 ... more
  • 2 days Vancouver Island stepfather sentenced to five years in prison for repeated sexual assaults Vancouversun -Local
    A Vancouver Island man who sexually assaulted his stepdaughter hundreds of times over a four-year period has been sentenced to five years in prison. The name of the man, who is in his early 50s and has no prior criminal record, cannot be published in case it identifies his victim and her family. On June 25, after a trial in provincial court, Judge Jennifer Barrett found the man guilty of sexual interference, sexual exploitation, invitation to sexual touching and sexual assault. The offences, which took place between Jan. 1, 2011, and Dec. 31, ... more
  • 2 days Police investigate shots fired, car on fire Sunday evening in Cloverdale Vancouversun -Local
    Police are investigating after shots were fired Sunday evening in Cloverdale and later linked to two injured individuals who arrived at hospital and a car that was found on fire. Reports of shots fired were called into Surrey RCMP around 8:44 p.m. on Sunday, located in the area of 18300-block 80 Avenue. Investigators on scene found evidence of gunfire and launched an investigation. Just four minutes later, Langley RCMP were called to Langley Memorial Hospital after two individuals arrived seeking treatment for gun shot wounds. “It was determined that these subjects ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Election update for Oct. 19: Final week of campaigning kicks off Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. provincial election will be held Oct. 24. This is your daily campaign trail update with everything you need for Oct. 19, 2020. This page will be updated throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. WHERE THE LEADERS ARE TODAY Sonia Furstenau, Green:   The Green leader will take calls with the media and stakeholders on Monday morning, before participating in a live radio broadcast from 12 to 12:30 p.m.In the afternoon, she’ll host a press conference at Brentwood Bay Resort to share the Green party’s plant for ... more
  • 2 days COVID-19 update for Oct. 19: School exposures grow in B.C., beef plant reports outbreak Vancouversun -Local
    Here’s your daily update with everything you need to know on the novel coronavirus situation in B.C. for Oct. 19, 2020. We’ll provide summaries of what’s going on in B.C. right here so you can get the latest news at a glance. This page will be updated regularly throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. Check back here for more updates throughout the day. B.C.’S COVID-19 CASE NUMBERS As of the latest figures given on Oct. 16: • Total number of confirmed cases: 11,189 (1,513 active) ... more
  • 2 days Heffel art auction shifts to a ‘digital sale room’ Vancouversun -Local
    Normally hundreds of people turn out to see Heffel art auctions live. But that’s not possible during the COVID-19 pandemic. So David and Robert Heffel have pivoted into a “digital sale room.” When their next auction happens Dec. 2, the Heffels will be broadcasting online from the Vancouver Convention Centre. But most of the art they’re auctioning will be in Toronto — linked to the broadcast digitally. People will still be able to check out the art at live previews in Vancouver, Montreal and Toronto, by appointment. The Vancouver preview begins ... more
  • 2 days B.C. Election 2020: Long on promises, short on plans to pay for them Vancouversun -Local
    The platforms of each party contain scant information about how they intend to pay for all the things they have promised us. There is no section in any party platform listing the new taxes we can expect to pay if they are elected. So, we have to squint a little to see what’s coming. The NDP As the incumbent government, the NDP has already tipped its hand on the kinds of things the party sees as fair game to tax: Mostly wealth. A handful of new taxes have proven to be quite popular, ... more
  • 3 days Scott McCannell: B.C. benefits from lawyers passionate about defending children and families Vancouversun -Opinion
    As British Columbians consider who to vote for in the upcoming provincial election, I suspect many would be surprised to learn that successive B.C. provincial governments have ignored lawyers fighting for some of the province’s most vulnerable children and their single parents. Family Maintenance Agency (FMA) staff lawyers make sure the most at-risk children and families in B.C. get paid the child support money they’re owed. They take on the most challenging child support cases, where a parent has the financial capacity to provide for their family but chooses not to. Although these ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19: School exposures grow in B.C., beef plant reports outbreak Vancouversun -Local
    School exposures to COVID-19 piled up in B.C. over the weekend, with additional outbreaks reported at a Surrey meat processing plant and care homes in Surrey and Langley. On Sunday, the principal of Sherwood Park Elementary in North Vancouver told parents that there had been another exposure at the school — within the attached North Shore Child Care Centre — and that the centre would close for two weeks, effective Monday. The principal of St. Thomas Aquinas Secondary in North Vancouver also contacted parents over the weekend to report an exposure. John Campbell ... more
  • 3 days Party leaders close final pre-election weekend with deeper dives into their platforms Vancouversun -Local
    The leaders of each of B.C.’s major parties closed the last weekend before the election in friendly ridings, touting their promises on topics as diverse as fish, housing and telecommunications. John Horgan, the leader of the B.C. NDP, started his four-stop day on Vancouver Island in Campbell River, where he vowed to protect wild salmon. Horgan said his party would work to double the $143-million B.C. Salmon Restoration and Innovation Fund and create a watershed security strategy, including a fund to support local and Indigenous initiatives. “Wild salmon are crucial to the ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19: Outbreaks declared at meat processing plant, two care homes Vancouversun -Local
    Outbreaks have been declared at a Surrey meat processing plant, and care homes in Surrey and Langley. In a statement issued Sunday, Fraser Health said 13 employees at J&L Beef Ltd. in Surrey had tested positive for the virus. The health authority said they were first notified Oct. 8 of a possible outbreak after an employee received a positive COVID-19 test. A team is now working with the plant to test employees and conduct contact tracing. A number of employees and close contacts have been ordered to self-isolate. Additional outbreaks have ... more
  • 3 days Prices are going up again. What does this mean for the future of Vancouver’s housing market? Vancouversun -Local
    The Vancouver real estate industry reported another month of higher sales and prices in September and continues to defy dire predictions of a pandemic-induced downturn. But some analysts point out fragile aspects of the market, such as a rising condo inventory and falling condo prices. The number of real estate sales in B.C. year-over-year in September increased 63 per cent. The average residential price in B.C. increased by 15.3 per cent compared to last year, and set a monthly record of $803,210. Total sales dollar volume in August increased 88 per cent compared ... more
  • 3 days Two hikers rescued from Grouse Mountain after being lost overnight Vancouversun -Local
    Two hikers were rescued from Grouse Mountain on Sunday afternoon after spending the night lost on the North Shore. North Shore Search and Rescue were called into action on Saturday evening, after a man and a woman in their mid-20s went hiking and did not check in toward the end of the day. The pair had started out near Rice Lake around 12:30 p.m. on Saturday but friends had not heard from them by the evening and their destination was unknown. Search crews and the North Vancouver RCMP were then alerted for the ... more
  • 3 days B.C. Election 2020: Parties take different approaches to environment Vancouversun -Local
    Nowhere do the three main parties diverge more than on the environment. Getting a handle on what they are each planning means looking into their aspirations for the energy sector, too. The NDP The New Democrats plan to pass legislation committing B.C. to net-zero carbon emissions by 2050, “meaning there are either no harmful carbon emissions or they are offset by natural carbon sinks, carbon capture or other technologies.” New buildings will have to be net-zero by 2032. Trucks, buses, ports, airports, and marine vessels will be weaned off fossil fuels and industry fast-tracked through ... more
  • 3 days B.C. government wants cash found in stolen safe forfeited Vancouversun -Local
    A couple who reported a stolen safe, then refused to open it when Vancouver police recovered it, are facing a government lawsuit over more than $130,000 found inside. Andrew Voong and Winnie Marcy So called the VPD on April 3 to report a break-in at their condo on the 11th floor of 8189 Cambie St. When officers arrived, Voong told them the only thing missing was the safe, which he claimed contained between $5,000 and $6,000, a Rado watch and several stock and bond certificates, according to the lawsuit filed Oct. 13 by the B.C. ... more
  • 3 days Health Canada calls on British Columbians to download COVID Alert app Vancouversun -Local
    Health Canada is asking British Columbians to download its COVID Alert app, despite the provincial government not yet agreeing to support the technology. Health Canada told Postmedia News that the app could still be of use, despite it not being adopted in B.C. “The COVID Alert app is free and voluntary, and is another tool to help limit the spread of COVID-19 and prevent future outbreaks,” said Health Canada spokesperson Maryse Durette. “At all levels of uptake, COVID Alert can help reduce transmission. The more people who use the app the ... more
  • 3 days Nobel Peace Prize has a Vancouver connection Vancouversun -Local
    When Karin Jager saw on the news that the World Food Programme had won the Nobel Peace Prize last week, she saw something else: the logo she had designed some 30 years earlier. Jager, who is head of the Graphic and Digital Design department at the University of the Fraser Valley, was a young Vancouver designer with a social conscience when she got a call inviting her to travel to Italy to design a brand identity for the United Nations food organization. “I was a student at Emily Carr, graduated in 1985, and ... more
  • 3 days COVID-19: More exposure notices issued at Surrey, Langley schools Vancouversun -Local
    More COVID-19 exposure notices have been issued at Surrey and Langley schools this weekend. In Surrey, notification letters were sent to families at: • Cedar Hills Elementary – Exposure: Oct. 13 • Lena Shaw Elementary – Exposure: Oct. 5, 6, 7, 8 and 9 • Westerman Elementary – Exposure: Oct. 5, 6 and 7 • Johnston Heights Secondary – Exposure: Oct. 9 The notifications were shared with the public in a tweet that went out Saturday. We have shared COVID-19 notification letters with our school communities ... more
  • 3 days B.C. Election update for Oct. 18: Get the latest news from the campaign Vancouversun -Local
    The B.C. provincial election will be held Oct. 24. This is your daily campaign trail update with everything you need for Oct. 18, 2020. This page will be updated throughout the day, with developments added as they happen. WHERE THE LEADERS ARE TODAY Andrew Wilkinson, Liberal: The Liberal leader will make an announcement at Hillside Orchards in Osoyoos at 1:25 p.m. on Sunday. The announcement will be livestreamed on Faceook . Sonia Furstenau, Green:   The Green leader will spend the morning hoisting campaign signs and canvassing in the ... more
  • 4 days B.C. Election 2020: Leaders on offensive on last weekend before election Vancouversun -Local
    With one week to go before election day, the leaders of B.C.’s three main political parties went on the offensive Saturday, campaigning to win ridings from each other across the province. Surrounded by trucks and excavators at Inland Kenworth in Campbell River, Wilkinson blamed the NDP for doing little to help people impacted by an eight-month forestry strike in 2019. “The NDP simply threw in the towel and let forestry workers and forestry-dependent communities suffer on their own,” he said. The northern part of Vancouver Island typically votes NDP, b ut ... more
  • 4 days Anti-mask protesters banned from B.C. Ferries after causing disturbance Vancouversun -Local
    A group of anti-mask protesters has been banned from B.C. Ferries after they caused a disturbance on a sailing from Nanaimo to Horseshoe Bay on Saturday morning. The incident happened on the same day as a rally in Vancouver, where protesters demonstrated against masks, quarantine and other health measures meant to stop the spread of the COVID-19 virus. B.C. Ferries spokeswoman Deborah Marshall said about 12 unmasked protesters boarded the 8:30 a.m. sailing from Departure Bay to Horseshoe Bay and were belligerent to masked passengers. “We assume they were travelling over ... more
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