Friday, Jan. 31, 2020

VANCOUVER ISLAND

4 people from Vancouver Island facing human trafficking charges in Saskatchewan
Four people from Vancouver Island are facing multiple charges of human trafficking after they were arrested in a convoy speeding across southern Saskatchewan. 

3 people in stolen vehicle trash Saanich park, attempt to flee
A stolen vehicle from Victoria was discovered after witnesses noticed an SUV doing doughnuts in a Saanich public park field.

Metchosin farmer says off-leash dogs are killing his sheep
A Metchosin farmer who has a public trail on his farm says he is "at wits' end" after off-leash dogs keep scaring and killing his sheep.

Island, Interior communities among those receiving funding for new compost projects
Communities in British Columbia's Interior and on Vancouver Island are among those that will benefit from a new program aimed at expanding their ability to divert organic waste from landfills. 

Canada-wide plastic ban coming in 2021 after report concludes there is harm
A national ban on many single-use plastics is on track for next year, Environment Minister Jonathan Wilkinson says, after a government report concluded Thursday that there is more than enough evidence proving plastic pollution is harmful. 

Federal Court of Appeal to release decision in Trans Mountain challenge
The Federal Court of Appeal is set to release its decision on the latest challenge of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion on Tuesday. 

Police seize gun, fentanyl, cash and cars in joint Victoria-Sidney sting
Police in Greater Victoria have seized a gun, ammunition, cash and drugs, including fentanyl, after a multi-jurisdiction investigation.  

Industry group forecasts $2-billion rise in oil and gas spending this year
Spending in the oil and gas sector is expected to rise by about $2 billion this year after declines in four of the past five years. 

Plane to help 196 Canadians leave China awaits Chinese approval: official
Canada's top foreign-affairs official says 156 Canadians have asked for help to leave China amid an outbreak of a new virus.

AROUND B.C

B.C. Lions sign Hunter Steward, add son of former NFL star Testaverde as quarterback
The B.C. Lions signed veteran Canadian offensive lineman Hunter Steward for two more seasons and also added quarterbacks Vincent Testaverde Jr. and William Arndt on Thursday. 

B.C. caregiver charged with criminal negligence has history of financial troubles
The private caregiver accused of starving Florence Girard – a woman with Down syndrome who lived with her in her Port Coquiltam home – has a history of defaulting on her bills, B.C. court records show.  

Coronavirus fears have parents asking schools to send some kids home for weeks 
Worries about the Wuhan coronavirus have prompted calls from parents in one B.C. city to have kids sent home from school if they were recently in China. 

Metro Van mayors meet to hammer out ride hailing compromise
The TransLink Mayors' Council met in New Westminster Thursday with a regional business licence for ride hailing companies one of the key items on its agenda

Big push in Terry Fox's hometown for him to be on new $5 bill 
Earlier this month, the Bank of Canada announced an online campaign calling for nominations to replace former Canadian Prime Minister Wilfrid Laurier on the $5 bill.   

Police interrogation video played in case of man who testified about killing couple
A defence lawyer for a man who testified about killing a Vancouver couple during his first-degree murder trial is arguing a video of police interviewing Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam should be admitted into evidence. 

B.C. launches talks with taxi industry about fees to aid disability services
Transportation Minister Claire Trevena said talks are underway with the taxi industry to ensure sustained and improved services for passengers with disabilities. 

Suspect identified in Coquitlam sex assaults
Police have identified a suspect in a series of reported sexual assaults in Coquitlam, but it's unclear whether the individual will be criminally charged. 

Teenager sexually assaulted on Vancouver's West Side, police say 
Vancouver police say a 17-year-old girl was walking home around 6 p.m. on Tuesday evening when she was grabbed from behind by a stranger

Snow in Vancouver? Forecast shows chance of flakes over the weekend
Vancouver might not be rid of cold, winter weather just yet as the weekend's forecast shows a chance of snow.  

 

Jan. 30, 2020

VANCOUVER ISLAND

Victoria city council to consider plastic bag ban amendments 
Victoria city council is set to review amendments to its Checkout Bag Regulation Bylaw after the original bylaw was struck down by the B.C. Supreme Court, and its subsequent appeal declined by the Supreme Court of Canada. 

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard has parole extended again
Ellard, who has changed her name to Kerry Marie Sim, will now be allowed to spend up to four days away from custody per week. 

Industry group forecasts $2-billion rise in oil and gas spending this year
Spending in the oil and gas sector is expected to rise by about $2 billion this year after declines in four of the past five years. 

Face masks in short supply as coronavirus concerns sweep capital region
Face masks have become more common around British Columbia in the past several days, as folks fearing the spread of the novel coronavirus have been snapping them up from stores. 

Plane to help 156 Canadians leave China awaits Chinese approval: official
Canada's top foreign-affairs official says 156 Canadians have asked for help to leave China amid an outbreak of a new virus. 

Horgan says he has no plans to call an election
Premier John Horgan says he has no plans to call an election as the Opposition Liberals ramp up their nomination process in British Columbia. 

Canada's chief public health officer says no vaccine for coronavirus for a year
Canada's chief public health officer says it will likely take at least a year before a vaccine is developed to protect people against the new coronavirus that is spreading around the globe.

Canadian navy ship nears completion of $5M upgrade
HMCS Saskatoon is due to return to sea next month after undergoing approximately $5 million in upgrades since July 2019. 

Langford, Tofino and Tahsis are fastest growing island communities
Langford’s rein as Vancouver Island’s boom town continues, while small communities like Tofino and Tahsis saw growth rates jump in 2019, according to population estimates. 

Canada soccer captain Christine Sinclair breaks world scoring record
Canada captain Christine Sinclair broke Abby Wambach's world-record total of 184 goals on Wednesday, scoring for the second time against St. Kitts and Nevis at the CONCACAF Women's Olympic Qualifying Championship. 

B.C. announces new programs to improve accountability at ICBC
Attorney General David Eby says the provincial government is making changes to increase British Columbian's confidence they will be treated fairly by the Insurance Corporation of B.C. 

Caregiver charged with criminal negligence, accused of starving woman to death
A Metro Vancouver caregiver has been charged in the death of 54-year-old Florence Girard, who had been living with her at the time. 

Victoria, Saanich to review possible amalgamation plans
The City of Victoria and the District of Saanich have approved of joint terms of reference to form a citizens' assembly that will explore the costs, benefits and disadvantages of amalgamating the two.

Water main break causes sinkhole, road closure in Esquimalt
A water main break in Esquimalt has caused a vehicle to fall into a sinkhole and has shut down a residential cul-de-sac Tuesday morning. 

BC Housing addressing need for middle-income housing in Greater Victoria
The BC Housing HousingHub program is working hard to build housing options for middle-income earners in Greater Victoria. 

BRITISH COLUMBIA

Vancouver has the worst traffic congestion in Canada again
An annual traffic study suggests Vancouver-area commuters face the worst congestion in Canada. 

Man arrested in Burnaby after colliding with unmarked police cruiser
A crash in Burnaby involving an unmarked police cruiser and a stolen vehicle was the result of a significant emergency response Thursday morning. 

Pattullo Bridge to be closed overnight this weekend to test early warning system
Those hoping to use the Pattullo Bridge overnight this weekend will need to take a different route as testing is conducted on a new early warning system. 

Man charged after string of robberies in Surrey
Cory Ulmer Brown was arrested Jan. 22 for the robberies that occurred earlier this month and "multiple outstanding warrants," police said.

Police believe alleged pimp may have more victims in Quebec and B.C.
Montreal police have arrested a man for the alleged sexual exploitation of a 20-year-old woman, and investigators believe there may be more victims

'Historic agreement' to help SkyTrain reach UBC announced
Hoping to ensure a SkyTrain extension will be built all the way to the University of British Columbia, a major agreement between the post-secondary institution, the City of Vancouver and local First Nations was announced Wednesday. 

Police actions did not contribute to collision that killed cab driver, IIO says
The office tasked with investigating deaths and serious injuries stemming from incidents involving the police in British Columbia has discontinued its investigation of the crash that claimed the life of a Vancouver taxi driver last month. 

Man who told court he killed Vancouver couple testifies about video games
A man who testified Tuesday about attacking and killing a Vancouver couple took the stand for a second day, where he was questioned about his video game play, something he testified he used to do as much as 12 hours a day or more.  

Police seize more than 100 pounds of pot, other drugs in Chilliwack
Mounties in Chilliwack have arrested two men and seized more than 100 pounds of cannabis they say was being sold illegally. 

Vancouver Public Library approves Meghan Murphy event for March
After much deliberation, the board of the Vancouver Public Library has decided to approve an upcoming event featuring controversial feminist speaker Meghan Murphy. 

Could tighter scrapyard regulations decrease theft of car parts? 
A Surrey, B.C., woman suggests tougher regulations might help prevent the theft of car parts.  

Surrey mayor, Uber wage public war of words over ride-hailing tickets
Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum vows to keep up his fight against popular ride-hailing giant Uber, even as the company takes the city to B.C. Supreme Court, hoping a judge will order it to stop issuing bylaw tickets against Uber drivers

Truck driver charged in Alberta crash that killed 11-year-old boy
Police say charges have been laid against a 37-year-old man in connection with a fatal crash that killed a young boy and sent four members of his family to hospital last year. 

Convicted killer Kelly Ellard has parole extended again
Ellard, who has changed her name to Kerry Marie Sim, will now be allowed to spend up to four days away from custody per week. 

B.C. to launch free 24/7 mental health support in all post-secondary schools 
The B.C. government has announced plans to launch a free 24/7 mental health counselling and referral service across the province. 

Wednesday, Jan. 29, 2020

 VANCOUVER ISLAND

RCMP arrest alleged Chemainus bear statue thief
Vancouver Island RCMP have confirmed to CTV News that a man who was recorded stealing a custom-made wooden bear statue from a Chemainus ice cream shop was arrested Tuesday night.

UVic approves new divestment policy from fossil fuels
The University of Victoria says it's adopted an investment policy that targets the worst producers of greenhouse gases, increases investments in clean technology and encourages low-carbon practices. 

Water main break causes sinkhole, road closure in Esquimalt
A water main break in Esquimalt has caused a vehicle to fall into a sinkhole and has shut down a residential cul-de-sac Tuesday morning. 

BC Housing addressing need for middle-income housing in Greater Victoria
The BC Housing Housing Hub program is working hard to build housing options for middle-income earners in Greater Victoria. 

B.C. to launch free 24/7 mental health support in all post-secondary schools 
The B.C. government has announced plans to launch a free 24/7 mental health counselling and referral service across the province. 

Family confirms Saanich man killed in hunting accident near Calgary
Family members have confirmed to CTV News that Geordie Murray, a Saanich husband and expecting father, was the B.C. man killed in Alberta last week. 

B.C. coroner recommends safety improvements after review of party bus death
The coroner's service is calling on the B.C. government to improve the oversight of commercial vehicles after reviewing the death of a young woman who fell from a party bus in Vancouver. 

Tickets for Olympic basketball qualifying tournament in Victoria on sale this week
Tickets for the FIBA Olympic Qualifying Tournament hosted in Victoria's Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre will start to  go on sale this Friday.

Woman who struck girl in Saanich crosswalk found guilty of dangerous driving
Judge Mayland McKimm is set to deliver his decision today in Tenessa Nikirk's trial for dangerous driving causing bodily harm to an 11-year-old Saanich girl.

AROUND BC

B.C. announces 'Fairness Office,' to increase accountability at ICBC 
B.C.'s attorney general has announced new measures to improve accountability and transparency at the province's public insurer, including the creation of a new "Fairness Office." 

Many travellers at YVR don masks as coronavirus concerns grow
In the wake of B.C.'s first presumptive positive case of coronavirus being confirmed, some travellers passing through Vancouver International Airport are taking extra precautions. 

Historic agreement to help SkyTrain reach UBC to be announced
Hoping to ensure a SkyTrain extension will be built all the way to the University of British Columbia, a major agreement between the post

B.C. drivers are paying as much as 42% more than Albertans for insurance
A report released by the Insurance Bureau of Canada suggests some B.C. drivers pay significantly more than their neighbours to the east. 

Someone is building intricate miniature versions of Vancouver landmarks 
There are certain Vancouver buildings that are immediately recognizable to longtime residents. Michael Soganic has a couple of them sitting in his living room. 

Man on trial for murder tells court how he attacked and killed Vancouver couple
A man charged with first-degree murder in the deaths of a Vancouver couple testified Tuesday about how he fatally attacked Richard Jones and Dianna Mah-Jones inside their home. 

Uber taking Surrey to court over 'illegal tickets' 
Uber announced on Tuesday evening that it has applied for an injunction to stop the City of Surrey from issuing what it calls "illegal tickets" to its drivers. 

Coroner's report on party bus death calls for vehicle inspection changes
A coroner’s report into the death of a woman who was run over after falling from a party bus highlights issues with B.C.’s commercial vehicle inspection system and calls on the transportation minister to make changes to prevent another tragedy

Suspect images released after theft of Indigenous drums, regalia 
Police have released surveillance images of a man suspected of stealing Indigenous drums and regalia from a parked van in downtown Vancouver. 

'We fear he may be gone': Southern resident orca missing, feared dead
A southern resident killer whale is missing and feared dead by experts after he was not spotted with his family.  

Body found on forested lot was soccer player last seen 2 weeks earlier
Investigators have publicly identified a man found dead in a forested area of Maple Ridge, B.C., earlier this month, and say they believe his death is not random. 

Series of sex assaults near Coquitlam park are linked, police say 
Police are warning the public about a series of sexual assaults that have been committed near a Coquitlam, B.C. park since mid-December. 

 

Jan 28, 2020

B.C. health minister to outline 'provincial readiness' for coronavirus
As cases of coronavirus continue to be confirmed world-wide, B.C.'s health minister is set to give an update on how the province is prepared to handle the virus if it arrives on the West Coast. 

Metro Vancouver cab companies file legal challenges to halt Uber, Lyft
The battle over ride hailing is heating up in Metro Vancouver as a group of local cab companies is taking Uber, Lyft and Passenger Transportation Board to B.C. Supreme Court to try and stop service in the region. 

Series of sex assaults near Coquitlam park are linked, police say 
Police are warning the public about a series of sexual assaults that have been committed near a Coquitlam, B.C. park since mid-December

Senior who went missing in Vancouver has been found, police say
Police are asking for the public's help finding a missing 86-year-old man with dementia. 

Man arrested after allegedly jumping on top of car in Maple Ridge
A 30-year-old Maple Ridge, B.C., man has been arrested for assault and mischief after video circulated on social media appeared to show him jumping on a moving car

86-year-old woman reported missing in Burnaby has been found: RCMP
Su Wan Chow was last seen near 16th Avenue and Cumberland Street in Burnaby on Monday afternoon. 

Surveillance footage, renewed call for information after West End assault
Vancouver police released new surveillance footage from the city's West End in hopes of gathering more information about a serious assault that left a man with life-altering injuries. 

VANCOUVER ISLAND

Woman who struck girl in Saanich crosswalk found guilty of dangerous driving
Judge Mayland McKimm is set to deliver his decision today in Tenessa Nikirk's trial for dangerous driving causing bodily harm to an 11-year-old Saanich girl. 

Wolf captured in Victoria released in 'undisclosed wilderness location'
A lone wolf that came to the big city over the weekend has been relocated to his new home by conservation officers. 

John Lennon's historic Rolls-Royce now on display at Royal BC Museum
It's a big day at the Royal BC Museum as it welcomed back a classic car of epic proportions. 

Traffic delays begin on Saturdays on Highway 1 near Langford
Commuters who drive along Highway 1 near the entrance of Goldstream Park and the Malahat should prepare for weekend delays and lane closures as the B.C. government begins work to widen the highway. 

Thief makes off with Chemainus bear statue – again
A popular Vancouver Island ice cream shop is pleading for the public's help after one of the store's wooden mascots was stolen overnight. 

Malahat Skywalk road construction underway, could cause highway traffic delays
The construction of a huge sightseeing spiral along the Malahat highway could cause minor traffic delays, according to the Ministry of Transportation and Infrastructure. 

Police arrest naked man suspected of breaking into homes in Colwood
Vancouver Island Mounties have arrested a man they say was running down a Colwood street naked in the middle of the night, trying to break into homes. 

Switching grape varieties can help B.C. winemakers adapt to climate change: study
Adopting drought and heat-tolerant grape varieties could help winemakers grappling with the effects of climate change, says new research from the University of British Columbia. 

Former MP Nathan Cullen appointed B.C. liaison in pipeline dispute
The British Columbia government has appointed former New Democrat MP Nathan Cullen as a provincial liaison with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in an LNG pipeline dispute

Oak Bay police officer assaulted while arresting suspected impaired driver
An Oak Bay woman has been arrested on a number of charges, including assaulting a police officer, after a dramatic hit-and-run and arrest in the community on Thursday. 

VicPD searching for missing teen 'at risk of harm'
Victoria police are seeking the public's assistance in locating a missing teen who is believed to be at "risk of harm." 

New bridge installed on Highway 4, restoring road access to Island's west coast
Construction crews were able to install a new bridge at the site of a landslide on Highway 4 on Vancouver Island more quickly than anticipated Saturday night. 

Spill cleanup at Gorge Creek could take weeks, mayor says
As crews continue to clean up a spill from a home heating oil tank into a sensitive ecosystem in Esquimalt, the mayor is pleading with people to make sure more leaks aren’t happening. 

Esquimalt locates source of oil slick in Gorge Waterway
The Township of Esquimalt says it has found the source of a recent oil slick in Gorge Creek that flows into the Gorge Waterway. 

Jan 27, 2020

 

19 people in Ontario being investigated for possible Coronavus
Canada’s first case of coronavirus has been confirmed, Ontario health officials said Monday the patient’s wife has also contracted the illness. Another 19 people are also under investigation for possible infection, said Dr. David Williams, Ontario’s chief medical officer.

Murder charges approved in death of B.C. man whose brother was also killed
Two men have been charged in connection with a Surrey, B.C., homicide late last year. 

Surveillance footage, renewed call for information after West End assault
Vancouver police released new surveillance footage from the city's West End in hopes of gathering more information about a serious assault that left a man with life-altering injuries. 

B.C. ski resort closes lift, cancels event due to investigation of former employee
A ski resort in Oliver  has closed one of its chairlifts for the third day, citing an investigation into a former employee. 

Train whistles to stop sounding regularly along White Rock's promenade
Those walking along White Rock's promenade might notice it's a little quieter starting this week, as trains passing through the city soon won't blow their whistles when passing along the waterfront. 

Pregnant B.C. woman stuck in Wuhan, coronavirus epicentre
A teacher who is living with his pregnant wife and child in a city that is at the epicentre of China's coronavirus outbreak is hoping to get his family out safely. 

Cab driver recorded shouting racial slur at pedestrian in Burnaby
Tiffany Yee was fearful for her life when a walk with her dog turned into a scary encounter with a taxi driver. 

Sonia Furstenau to run for BC Green Party leadership
Cowichan Valley MLA and deputy party leader Sonia Furstenau announced her intention to run for the B.C. Green leadership in Victoria Monday. 

Uber driver says he was ticketed by bylaw officers in Surrey
While other Metro Vancouver cities have welcomed the long-awaited ride hailing services Uber and Lyft, Surrey's mayor, Doug McCallum, has steadfastly opposed the business model, saying it poses unfair competition to taxi companies. 

Lunar New Year parade takes place amid coronavirus concerns
Hundreds turned out for annual Lunar New Year parade in Vancouver's Chinatown Sunday, many wearing masks out of concern about the novel coronavirus that has caused dozens of deaths and prompted the lockdown of several cities in central China

Some Lunar New Year events cancelled in Metro Vancouver over virus fears
Events planned for the Semiahmoo Shopping Mall, Surrey Museum and an outdoor plaza at Windsor Square have been cancelled, while Vancouver’s Spring Festival parade will go ahead as planned

Man seen jumping on top of car in Maple Ridge, police investigating
Police in Maple Ridge are investigating a bizarre incident caught on camera in the city recently. 

New bridge installed on Highway 4, restoring road access to Island's west coast
Construction crews were able to install a new bridge at the site of a landslide on Highway 4 on Vancouver Island more quickly than anticipated Saturday night.

Uber to continue operating in Surrey despite mayor's complaints
Lyft and Uber marked one full day of operations on Saturday, offering rides across the majority of the region, but Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is trying to outlaw the services in his city, a move that’s getting backlash from many commuters. 

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials
British Columbia health officials are assuring the public that the risk of contracting the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, remains low. 

Sunday, Jan. 26, 2020

Risk of coronavirus low in B.C. as first case emerges in Toronto: officials
British Columbia health officials are assuring the public that the risk of contracting the coronavirus that originated in Wuhan, China, remains low. 

B.C. health officials prepare for possible virus spread using lessons from SARS
There are no confirmed cases of the novel coronavirus in British Columbia and the risk of contracting the illness here is very low, officials say. But B.C. health researchers have developed a diagnostic test and are working with public health officials on its use. 

B.C. woman calls for Canada to help extract daughter from quarantined Chinese city
An instructor at a Metro Vancouver university says her daughter is stranded in the quarantined Chinese city of Wuhan, and she's asking the Canadian government to join France and the United States in their efforts to evacuate their citizens from the area

Two sent to hospital after car crash in Surrey
The crash happened at 64th Avenue and 164th Street at around 10:30 p.m. in Surrey on Saturday.

Uber to continue operating in Surrey despite mayor's complaints
Lyft and Uber marked one full day of operations on Saturday, offering rides across the majority of the region, but Surrey Mayor Doug McCallum is trying to outlaw the services in his city, a move that’s getting backlash from many commuters

Mudslide cleanup in Burnaby expected to take a week
Cleanup efforts are underway to remove debris and concrete slabs covering a portion of an alley in a Burnaby North neighbourhood

Victoria police warn residents after 'confirmed wolf sighting' in James Bay 
The Victoria Police Department said its officers, along with officers from the BC Conservation Officer Service, were responding to a "confirmed wolf sighting" in the city's James Bay neighbourhood Saturday afternoon. 

Collision in Burnaby leaves Ferrari wedged underneath semi-trailer truck
The collision happened around 2:30 a.m. Saturday on Willingdon Avenue just south of Canada Way. 

Surrey RCMP arrest 1 person after responding to report of explosion
Police are still investigating the cause of an explosion in a Surrey neighbourhood on Friday, Jan. 24. 

Volunteers and family members conduct search for Marshal Iwaasa
A significant search effort has been gathered online to help find Marshal Iwaasa, a young man who was last seen in Lethbridge in November. 

Statistics Canada posted a poll on Twitter. It did not go well
Statistics Canada was inundated with sarcastic replies to their poll on Twitter asking at what age Canadians bought their first home.  

Man who pulled trigger on New Westminster officer sentenced to 5 years
Steven Gordon Vollrath, 37, pleaded guilty of assaulting an officer with a weapon and numerous other offences. 

 

 2020-01-024

Uber, Lyft are now operating in Metro Vancouver – what you should know.
Uber is set to begin operating in parts of Metro Vancouver Friday, about 24 hours after getting approval from the Passenger Transportation Board. 

Vancouver police identify victim of Gastown homicide
Vancouver police have identified the victim of a Jan. 19 homicide as 45-year-old Tonya Hyer

Ex-Mountie, sports coach convicted of sex abuse in B.C. granted day parole
A former Mountie and sports coach convicted of sexually abusing young boys in British Columbia and Saskatchewan has been granted day parole. 

Shelves go bare as Tofino, Ucluelet remain cut off by highway rockslide
A section of Highway 4 remains closed Friday morning after a rockslide cut off road access to western Vancouver Island. 

Canada Line track issue resolved, delays still expected
A track issue on TransLink's Canada Lines caused delays for commuters Friday morning. 

Teen recounts horrifying moments being attacked with butt of gun
Mounties in Langley say they have arrested a male youth in connection to a bizarre assault caught on camera in a mall in their jurisdiction Tuesday afternoon. 

As new coronavirus spreads, face masks are flying off shelves
The World Health Organization has chosen not to declare a global health emergency over the new coronavirus, but that doesn’t mean people aren't looking into possible precautionary measures. 

Scammers target 90-year-old woman, but she doesn't fall for it
Police on Vancouver Island are warning the public about a new variation on a phone scam after a 90-year-old woman reported being targeted. 

Living near major traffic routes increases risk of dementia and other conditions
People who live less than 50 metres from a major road or less than 150 metres from a highway are at a higher risk of developing dementia or Parkinson’s disease, according to new research from UBC. 

Suspect head-butted and hit transit user with pipe at Vancouver station
Police are looking for a man who allegedly head-butted a transit user, then hit them with a pipe at a Vancouver SkyTrain station earlier this month. 

Port Coquitlam youth sentenced in 2017 overdose death of 13-year-old
A youth from Port Coquitlam has been sentenced in the 2017 overdose death of a 13-year-old girl. 

Canucks now betting favourites to win Pacific Division, BCLC says
At the start of the season, the Canucks' odds of a division title in their 50th anniversary season were 15:1. Now, they're 4:1

Wednesday, Jan. 22, 2020

B.C. cabinet shuffle: Here's what changed, and what didn't
B.C.'s NDP government revealed the results of a cabinet shuffle Wednesday morning.  

Donating online? Here's how to make sure the campaign isn't fake 
When donating to a charity or to a crowdfunding campaign online, there are some warning signs to look out for to make sure your money goes to the right place. 

Doctor on what the public should know about coronavirus
In light of the outbreak of coronavirus, CTV News Vancouver asked an emergency physician what the public should know about the virus. 

Senior dies in Vancouver's 1st pedestrian fatality of the year
A woman in her 70s has died after she and her husband were both hit by a delivery van in Vancouver on Sunday. 

Traumatized B.C. teen speaks out after assault
A 13-year-old boy is facing possible charges after an altercation near a Metro Vancouver middle school that left a teenage girl injured.  

Rainfall warning for Metro Vancouver; up to 80 mm on the way
The weather in Metro Vancouver is expected to get quite a bit soggier Wednesday as a rainfall warning has been issued for the region. 

Vancouver ranked world's second-least affordable housing market—again 
For the second year in a row, Vancouver has ranked as the second-most unaffordable housing market in the world

Protester says he was told he'd be paid $100 to be in a music video
Questions are swirling around the motivations of a group of young protesters who showed up at the Huawei CFO's extradition hearing, carrying hastily-made signs and refusing to answer questions. 

Border officials to screen, quarantine travellers at YVR as coronavirus outbreak grows
CTV News has learned that Canada Border Service Agency officials will soon begin asking all international travellers at Vancouver, Toronto and Montreal airports if they have visited the Chinese province at the epicentre of a coronavirus outbreak, with action taken against sick passengers.  

Alleged crook trapped in B.C. store, then nabbed by police
Surveillance video shows an alleged crook getting stuck during what appears to be an attempted burglary in Surrey, B.C

Seven-year-old boy recovering after being struck by vehicle in Port Moody
Police said the child was hit when trying to cross the street mid-block after getting out of his parents' vehicle

Harry joins Meghan on Vancouver Island as couple begins new chapter
Prince Harry has reunited with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son on Vancouver Island after taking a British Airways flight to begin a new chapter in Canada.  

Mounties investigating assault on woman in Burnaby 
Police said the victim was approached from behind by a man who covered her mouth and wrapped his other arm around her body. 

Private lender made false statements about mortgage loans
A Salmon Arm man made false statements about his mortgage investment company, which offered loans to real estate developers, the B.C. Securities Commission is alleging. 

Man arrested after appearing to tamper with Vancouver parking meter
A man was arrested in Vancouver after appearing to tamper with a parking meter downtown

Larry Walker the second Canadian elected to Baseball Hall of Fame
Larry Walker is headed to the National Baseball Hall of Fame in Cooperstown. 

 

Tuesday, Jan. 21, 2020

Prince Harry back home on Vancouver Island as couple begins new chapter
Prince Harry has reunited with his wife, Meghan Markle, and their son on Vancouver Island after taking a British Airways flight to begin a new chapter in Canada

Meng Wanzhou Extradition case back in court for second day
The second day of a court hearing gets underway today in Vancouver over a request from the United States to extradite an executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges. 

Surrey RCMP ask for help to find missing 24-year-old man
Morgan Kelcey was last seen at 9 p.m. on Jan. 16 in the 19300 block of 73rd Avenue in Surrey, near Shannon Park

Pick-up truck crashes into hydro pole in Surrey, sending driver to hospital
A man has been taken to hospital after his pick-up truck crashed into hydro pole in Surrey early Tuesday morning. 

This Lower Mainland drug raid was one of B.C.'s largest
Sweeping raids across B.C.'s Lower Mainland resulted in one of the province's largest-ever drug seizures - with possible connections to the drug trade in Mexico

 A Cloverdale couple says their bank failed to protect them
A Cloverdale couple is out nearly $12,000 after thieves used their debit card to steal from their bank accounts. They wonder why their bank didn’t block all the unusual transactions

Winnie the Pooh plush toy recalled because of choking risk
Health Canada says the hard plastic nose of the bear toy can come off and be a potential choking hazard to young children. 

Out-of-bounds snowboarder rescued on North Shore 
The snowboarder only had 7 per cent battery life left on his phone but chose to call Grouse Mountain Ski Patrol instead of 911, something rescuers do not recommend. 

Here's what the upgraded Granville Street Bridge could look like
The City of Vancouver released Monday its proposed design for a major face lift to the Granville Street Bridge. 

20 sick and neglected animals seized from property in Langley
Twenty sick and neglected animals are receiving care and veterinary treatment after they were seized from a property in Langley, B.C., this weekend.  

'Explosion' in Kitsilano part of movie shoot 
People in the area reported hearing a loud bang and seeing a large cloud of black smoke in the sky

Pipeline protest impacts multiple BC Ferries sailings
A crowd of pipeline protesters impacted traffic heading to BC Ferries' Swartz Bay terminal Monday, leading to major delays on multiple sailings

Black pepper, saffron and grass among flavours at Hot Chocolate Festival
An coming festival offers Vancouver residents a chance to warm up while sipping a seasonal favourite: hot chocolate. 

Canucks' centre announces pregnancy with tiny jersey
A tiny Canuck will make his or her debut this summer, according to the Vancouver NHL team. 

Homicide investigators identify victim in fatal Burnaby shooting
Police are investigating after a 28-year-old man was shot and killed at a gas station in Burnaby Sunday night. 

 

Monday, Jan. 20, 2020

Pipeline protest impacts multiple BC Ferries sailings
A crowd of pipeline protesters impacted traffic heading to BC Ferries' Swartz Bay terminal early 

Aggressive raccoons leave Richmond residents feeling 'threatened'
People living in Burkeville say they’ve had to fight off the animals after raccoons and dogs have gotten into “full fights.”  

IHIT investigating Burnaby shooting while Langley Mounties probe suspicious car fire
Police are investigating after one man was shot and killed in Burnaby on Sunday, Jan. 19. A car fire in Langley later the same night may be connected to the shooting, according to RCMP. 

Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing set to begin
A court hearing begins today in Vancouver over the American request to extradite an executive of the Chinese telecom giant Huawei on fraud charges

Fire at abandoned New Westminster home under investigation
A fire that broke out in New Westminster Sunday night is considered a potential crime scene according to New Westminster Fire and Rescue Services. 

New screening measures coming to YVR after virus outbreak in China
Just days after the U.S. Centers for Disease Control announced it would begin screening some arriving passengers from China at three major U.S. airports for possible symptoms of a new respiratory virus that has killed at least two people, Canadian health authorities confirmed airports in Vancouver, Toronto, and Montreal would implement new measures as well. 

Changing weather presents new challenges on Lower Mainland roads
The South Coast felt some much needed relief from wintry weather on Sunday, as warmer temperatures and rain began to thaw a week’s worth of snow and ice across the Lower Mainland

2 pedestrians in their 70s hit by vehicle in downtown Vancouver
Two people were taken to hospital - one in critical condition - after being hit by a vehicle near the intersection of Richards and Pacific streets Sunday evening. 

VPD investigating homicide in Gastown
Police are investigating what they call Vancouver's third homicide of 2020, after a 45-year-old woman was found deceased inside her home early Sunday morning. 

Police investigating homicide after man found dead in Marine Gateway parking lot
Police were called after someone passing by found the body in the parking lot near Marine Drive and Cambie Street just before 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, Jan. 18. 

Pup-friendly mall changes policy after pet owners fail to clean up dog 'waste'
A Victoria shopping centre is ditching its canine-friendly policy after complaints that the mall environment had gone to the dogs. 

Feds give $500K to project to promote northern mining at annual conference
The Yukon Mining Alliance will use the funding to showcase the opportunities in the North at the annual Prospectors and Developers Association of Canada conference for the next three years. 

Coquitlam search and rescue team risks avalanche conditions to rescue lost hikers
The five young snowshoers are now safe after a search and rescue team guided them out overnight. 

Multiple problems combine to worsen crisis in B.C. forest industry
The crisis facing British Columbia's forest industry is intensifying as markets decline, mills shut and a strike involving 3,000 forestry workers enters its seventh month. 

Dispute over LNG pipeline leaves northern B.C. residents polarized
A natural gas pipeline project has polarized many communities across northern British Columbia in a dispute a Wet'suwet'en elder says he hopes will be resolved through dialogue

If Harry and Meghan moved to Vancouver, how much would security cost?
A security expert estimates the cost of protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be around $10 million a year, although it's not clear whether Canadian taxpayers would be on the hook for the entire cost.

Sunday, Jan. 19, 2020

If Harry and Meghan moved to Vancouver, how much would security cost?
A security expert estimates the cost of protecting the Duke and Duchess of Sussex could be around $10 million a year, although it's not clear whether Canadian taxpayers would be on the hook for the entire cost. 

U-Haul driver in custody after crashing into hydro pole, leaving scene
Mounties in Surrey are investigating after a U-Haul truck crashed into a utility pole in their city Saturday morning, knocking out power to more than 2,000 BC Hydro customers and disrupting traffic on a major road. 

Calls for dialogue as pipeline polarizes some in northern British Columbia
A natural gas pipeline project has polarized many communities across northern British Columbia in a dispute a Wet'suwet'en elder says he hopes will be resolved through dialogue. 

Man with gun taken into custody after major police response on Sunshine Coast
Travellers aboard a ferry from the Lower Mainland to the Sunshine Coast Saturday morning encountered a surprising sight: heavily armed RCMP officers and vehicles from an Emergency Response Team. 

Float home on B.C. lake seen sinking after heavy snow Saturday
Bonnie Makowsky woke up to a startling sight outside her Vancouver Island home on Saturday. 

Alberta judge cites Seinfeld in allowing Edmonton man's appeal 
A justice has allowed an Edmonton man’s appeal based on an unusual precedent set not by law but by Seinfeld’s own George Costanza. 

Posts about $100 bills, zip ties left by sex traffickers believed to be a hoax 
Posts circulating on social media about $100 bills and zip-ties in Canadian and U.S. cities appear to be a hoax, police say. 

Canada's first opioid vending machine launches in Vancouver
An automatic dispensing machine is now up and running on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It works similar to an ATM, but instead of cash, it dispenses opioids. 

Saturday, Jan. 18, 2020

B.C. restaurant charges extra 1% to cover new Employers Health Tax
A popular downtown Victoria restaurant has begun charging an extra one per cent on all of its bills to help cover the costs of B.C.'s new Employers Health Tax. 

About 30 Canadians killed on Flight PS752 buried in Iran
The remains of about 30 Canadian citizens and permanent residents who were victims of Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 have been buried in Iran, according to the prime minister’s parliamentary secretary. 

Landlord who set fire to Victoria rental home sentenced to 2 years in prison
Wei "George" Li had been charged with one count of arson for the October 2017 fire at a duplex he owned in the 300 block of Uganda Avenue. 

Should snow tires be mandatory in B.C.?
A high number of accident claims reported to ICBC prompted B.C.'s attorney general to consider "whether the data supports" expanding the current rules that make winter tires mandatory on certain B.C. highways during the winter months

Man brought baseball bat to confront alleged wallet thieves, police say
Nanaimo RCMP are looking for help identifying a man and a woman suspected of stealing a 27-year-old man's wallet. They're also warning the public not to do what he did in an apparent attempt to get his wallet back. 

One in hospital after ice falls on Canada Post truck near Massey Tunnel
Traffic slowed significantly in the southbound lanes of the Massey Tunnel Friday afternoon after an incident involving a Canada Post vehicle

Snowfall warning issued for Surrey, Langley: Environment Canada 
Temperatures are beginning to get warmer in Metro Vancouver, but some regions are expected to see a little more snow before the rain sets in

Alberta judge cites Seinfeld in allowing Edmonton man's appeal 
A justice has allowed an Edmonton man’s appeal based on an unusual precedent set not by law but by Seinfeld’s own George Costanza

Posts about $100 bills, zip ties left by sex traffickers believed to be a hoax: police 
Posts circulating on social media about $100 bills and zip-ties in Canadian and U.S. cities appear to be a hoax, police say. 

Canada's first opioid vending machine launches in Vancouver
An automatic dispensing machine is now up and running on Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. It works similar to an ATM, but instead of cash, it dispenses opioids. 

'False boss' scam prompts warning from Richmond RCMP
A new scam that appears to mostly be circulating on a Chinese social media app has led Richmond Mounties to issue a public warning. 

Poor road conditions, speed blamed for crash involving emergency vehicles
The RCMP officer and the firefighters were not injured, but the driver of the passing car was taken to hospital with minor injuries. 

Watch an otter slide on snow and ice in Vancouver's Stanley Park
While many complained about the days of snow that impacted traffic and transit in Metro Vancouver, an otter appeared to have no trouble getting 

Huawei CFO appears in B.C. courtroom in advance of extradition hearing
Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing is set to begin Jan. 20, focusing on the test of dual criminality, or whether the U.S. allegations would also be a crime in Canada. 

Downtown Eastside assault: Suspect charged with murder
A man in his 30s has been charged with murder following an assault that proved fatal in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. 

Advocates call for 'legal' warming tent in Oppenheimer Park
After a frigid week in Vancouver, advocates are once again calling for a legal warming tent to be set up by the city in Oppenheimer Park. 

Track issue resolved after hours of shuttle service on Expo Line
After several days of issues on public transit in Metro Vancouver, commuters faced another problem on the SkyTrain's Expo Line. 

Friday, Jan 17, 2020

 Pacific storm could bring snow, freezing rain overnight
Temperatures are beginning to get warmer in Metro Vancouver, but some regions are expected to see a little more snow before the rain sets in. 

Suspicious house fire under investigation in Langley
A suspicious early morning house fire was under investigation in Langley Friday morning. 

B.C. offers $5 million equipment loan program to help struggling forest contractors
Premier John Horgan says the government is making $5 million available for loans to help contractors who are in danger of losing their equipment due to a forest industry strike on Vancouver Island. 

Trolley wires crash down after catching fire, closing major Burnaby intersection
Burnaby firefighters and Coast Mountain Bus Company transit supervisors were on scene of a fire involving trolley wires early Friday morning. 

Abandoned in a Calgary parking lot as a newborn, woman finds birth mother 
Teanna Elliot has always known she was adopted as a newborn. But social workers advised her parents not to tell her right away that she'd been abandoned in a Calgary parking lot in 1987, head poking out of a garbage bag, her umbilical cord still attached.  

Canucks' win over Coyotes tightens Pacific division
For a few minutes Jake Virtanen thought he was back in the Western Hockey League. 

Parents caught between work and kids on snow days have the right to stay home 
Under B.C. labour law, employees can take up to five unpaid days for family responsibility leave, and don’t need to get permission from their employer first. 

Hummingbirds become an obsession for many during Vancouver's cold snap
The Wildlife Rescue Association of B.C. says it's responded to an influx of calls about distressed and starving hummingbirds, and in two days alone this week took 75 calls and provided care for 10 birds. 

Senior hit by truck in Richmond has 'life-threatening' injuries, police say
The collision occurred Tuesday morning and sent a 72-year-old man to hospital with serious injuries, which have worsened since he got there. 

Indigenous drums, regalia stolen in downtown Vancouver
The Vancouver Police Department is investigating the theft of regalia and drums belonging to members of the Lake Babine First Nation in northern B.C. 

SPCA raising funds for stray cat found with serious burns on paws
The BC SPCA hopes to raise $3,550 to cover the cost of caring for Kyndill, a one-year-old cat brought to the Alberni-Clayoquot Branch by a Good Samaritan. 

B.C. firefighter returns from fighting bushfires in Australia
A B.C. firefighter who returned home after fighting bushfires in Australia over Christmas says ample fuel, combined with dry temperatures, made the fight tough – and the work is far from over. 

Bank apologizes for arrest of Indigenous man, 12-year-old girl in Vancouver
BMO says it is establishing an advisory council of Indigenous leaders from across the country after an Indigenous man and his 12-year-old granddaughter were handcuffed at one of the bank's Vancouver branches. 

Federal health minister says it's too early for broad drug decriminalization
Canada's health minister says talk about decriminalizing drugs to deal with the country's opioids crisis is premature until people have enough help to fight their addictions. 

B.C. dad wins battle to immunize his boys
A judge says the father of two boys has the right to ensure his children receive necessary immunizations and dental treatments, despite objections from the children's mother.

Thursday, Jan. 16, 2020

Mounties release photo of Richmond man accused of sex crimes
Almost a month after Richmond Mounties told the public they were investigating a man accused of committing multiple sex crimes, they've now released a photo of him 

Home connected to homicide investigation behind yellow police tape in Port Coquitlam 
Mounties have not confirmed why they were in the area but said it is related to an IHIT file. 

Van dwellers choose Vancouver over anywhere else, according to Instagram
Cruising around in a van has become a preferred way to travel for several free-spirits and according to Instagram, Vancouver is the best place to do just that.  

B.C. case to halt Trans Mountain expansion in Supreme Court today
The B.C. government will ask Canada's high court Thursday to give it authority over what can flow through the expanded Trans Mountain pipeline from Alberta. 

Andrew Weaver will still sit as an MLA, but not with the BC Greens
The outgoing leader of B.C.'s Green Party still plans to sit as an MLA, but as of next week, he'll be an Independent

First Nations chief says controversial Coastal GasLink pipeline is creating jobs
A pipeline at the centre of a conflict between hereditary chiefs and a natural gas company in northern British Columbia is creating jobs for Indigenous people and lifting communities from poverty, says an elected chief of a band that supports the project.  

Body found in Burnaby street; foul play suspected by homicide team
Homicide investigators are asking for the public's help to solve what they've referred to as a suspicious death in Burnaby

The wind was so cold in the Fraser Valley Wednesday, it burned
The blowing snow may be picturesque in Abbotsford and Chillwack, but residents described it as painful.  

IIO concludes officer not responsible for death of motorcyclist in Hope
B.C.'s police watchdog was investigating the case from May 2019 because the motorcyclist was a suspect in a break-in and was fleeing from an officer who had attempted to pull him over. 

RCMP says miscommunication led to people turned away at pipeline checkpoint
The RCMP says miscommunication led to three people being turned away at a checkpoint outside a natural gas pipeline work site in northern British Columbia, a situation that has sparked a complaint by a civil liberties association. 

Body found in Burnaby street; foul play suspected by homicide team
Homicide investigators are asking for the public's help to solve what they've referred to as a suspicious death in Burnaby

Wednesday, Jan. 15, 2020

Meghan Markle visits women's centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
The Duchess of Sussex spent Tuesday afternoon visiting a women's centre in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside. 

Body found in Burnaby street; foul play suspected by homicide team
Homicide investigators are asking for the public's help to solve what they've referred to as a suspicious death in Burnaby.

Vancouver mayor considers salt giveaway amid shortage
The mayor of Vancouver says he has not ruled out the possibility of giving away free salt but believes there isn't a need for it at this point.

Electricity use broke records during Monday's cold snap
The cold snap that prompted weather warnings across B.C. this week also led to record-breaking electricity usage. .

Bear cub rescuer cleared as BC Conservation considers changes 
A Metro Vancouver retiree who had been under investigation by the BC Conservation Officer Service for taking an emaciated bear cub to a local wildlife centre will not face fines or jail time for his actions. 

Drugs, handgun with ammunition seized from home in Delta 
The Surrey RCMP Drug Unit seized a handgun with ammunition and $15,000 in cash from a home in Delta last week. 

Investigation into arrest of Indigenous man and granddaughter at bank
B.C.'s police complaint commissioner has ordered an investigation into the arrest of an innocent Indigenous man and his granddaughter at a Bank of Montreal branch. 

Most Canadians losing sleep over money and relationships
A new poll suggests the majority of Canadians are not getting enough sleep and issues with money and relationships are partially to blame. 

SPCA calls for changes to emergency legislation
The SPCA is asking British Columbians to support the inclusion of animals in emergency legislation in the wake of over a billion animals dying from devastating wildfires in Australia

39 charges against Chilliwack man after police warn seniors of charming conman 
A Chilliwack man has had 39 charges approved against him in connection to alleged thefts and fraud targeting Lower Mainland seniors. 

Outreach staff concerned for safety of homeless during cold snap
As temperatures dipped as low as -13 C with wind chill overnight Monday, local agencies that work with the Vancouver's homeless population are worried about those sleeping on the street. 

RCMP creates checkpoint on road to Coastal GasLink pipeline project
The RCMP in British Columbia says an access control checkpoint has been established on a road that leads to a natural gas pipeline project which is the subject of a court injunction against demonstrators. 

Majority of British Columbians holding on to 'retro' electronics: BC Hydro
British Columbians have a hard time letting go of electronics, according to a new study by BC Hydro. The results show 77 per cent of B.C. residents still own what BC Hydro calls "retro" electronics.

Sea to Sky Gondola announces reopening for Family Day long weekend
More than six months after vandalism forced its closure, the Sea to Sky Gondola announced it will reopen in one month. 

Judge turfs media request to broadcast Meng Wanzhou extradition hearing
A consortium of 13 Canadian and international media outlets, including The Canadian Press, applied to use two discrete cameras to record portions of Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing next week. The request was rejected. 

Tuesday, Jan. 14, 2020

Vancouver weather: It could feel like -14 C, more snow on the way
The Lower Mainland is in for another cold day Tuesday, as the region is under a weather advisory with chilling temperatures and more snow on the way. 

Fatal shooting in southern Interior being investigated by B.C.'s police watchdog
The Independent Investigations Office of British Columbia is investigating the fatal shooting of a man following an hours-long standoff with police in the southern Interior of the province. 

Vancouver fire crews face cold, icy conditions while battling overnight house fire
A fire broke out at a home under renovation in East Vancouver Monday night and crews had to battle the blaze in cold, icy conditions. 

B.C. premier says Harry and Meghan welcome to 'put down roots' in province
The premier of B.C. said he's sure he can "find something for Harry to do" if the royal couple decides to live part-time in the province.  

City crews scramble to keep up with storm 
Residents experienced treacherous road conditions right across Metro Vancouver and the Fraser Valley after the latest winter wallop.

Man charged in Maple Ridge stabbing considered dangerous, police warn
Police are asking for the public's help tracking down a suspect in a stabbing that took place outside a Maple Ridge pub four years ago. 

Former B.C. lifeguard sentenced over sex crimes involving children 
The former lifeguard had previously pleaded guilty to four charges. 

There are more storm systems coming, bringing even more snow to Metro Vancouver
As Metro Vancouver digs out, a national forecaster warns that even more snow is on the way. 

Horgan says LNG pipeline will proceed despite protests
Premier John Horgan says a natural gas pipeline across northern British Columbia will be built despite on going protests and an eviction notice from some hereditary Indigenous leaders. 

Head-on crash near Tsawwassen terminal impacts BC Ferries service for hours
A collision near a Metro Vancouver ferry terminal impacted traffic and service for several hours Monday. 

YVR urges travellers to plan ahead amid dozens of delays, cancellations 
Travellers are being warned to leave extra time when heading to YVR as the airport deals with dozens of flight delays and cancellations

Man found guilty of killing B.C. police officer will be criminally sentenced
An Alberta man found guilty of the first-degree murder of an Abbotsford police officer will be criminally sentenced, despite a recent psychiatric assessment which found there is a possibility he may have been not criminally responsible at the time, according to his defence lawyer. 

Passenger declared dead after flight from Vancouver diverted to Honolulu
A flight from Vancouver that was heading to Brisbane, Australia had to be diverted to Honolulu on Saturday because of a dead passenger. 

Contract awarded for work on slide while there is low flow on Fraser River
Federal Fisheries Minister Bernadette Jordan says construction will begin soon to help salmon pass through a section of British Columbia's Fraser River that was largely closed by a landslide

Video shows people skiing, snowboarding on the streets of East Vancouver 
Some skiers and snowboarders decided to make the most of Sunday's snowfall by hitting the "slopes" in East Vancouver.  

Body found in Maple Ridge; homicide investigation under way
Homicide investigators were called to Maple Ridge over the weekend after a body was found in a rural area. 

Monday, Jan. 12, 2020

Crashes close highways as snow blankets Lower Mainland
Highway 1 was closed in both directions east of Hope Sunday night, as was the Coquihalla Highway between Hope and Merritt.  

Thousands stranded after third day of BC Ferries cancellations 
Thousands of people have been stranded this weekend after BC Ferries cancelled more than a dozen sailings for the third day in a row

Grizzly bear death prompts call for changes to Wildlife Act
The owner of an Indigenous tour company based on the north end of Vancouver Island is calling for changes to the way the BC Conservation Officer Service operates after a grizzly bear was killed on the North Coast last week.  

Igloo Airbnb listing offers chance to experience winter from comfort of Calgary backyard
“One of the quietest and warmest ways to enjoy the winter months,” the ad reads.  

Horse and rider struck by train in B.C. Interior
A horse is dead and its rider in hospital after the pair were struck by a train near Kamloops Sunday morning.  

Abbotsford police arrest two armed men as they leave alleged robbery
The Abbotsford Police Department tweeted that officers made the arrest on Saturday evening as two masked men "brandishing firearms" allegedly robbed the Subway on McCallum Road

Separatist party Wexit Canada now eligible to run candidates federally
A Wexit Canada Facebook post says it plans to nominate 104 candidates - one for each federal riding in British Columbia, Alberta, Saskatchewan, and Manitoba - and compete in every western federal byelection 

Hundreds take to the streets for pipeline protest
Hundreds of people marched from BC Supreme Court to Victory Square Saturday to voice their support for opponents of a natural gas pipeline project.  

Man pepper sprayed, stabbed in Abbotsford altercation
Police in Abbotsford are investigating after an altercation in a driveway in the city that sent a man in his 40s to hospital Saturday evening.  

Skier buried in avalanche on Mount Hector near Lake Louise
Avalanche Canada says three skiers near a mountain in Banff National Park were caught in an avalanche Friday afternoon with one of them ending up being buried in snow.  

Terry Fox floated as “no brainer” choice for new $5 bill
Some other suggestions have included Canada's first female astronaut, Roberta Bondar, suffragette Nellie McClung, and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. 

Sunday, Jan. 12, 2020

Downed trees and snow make for traffic nightmare.
CTV photo

Trees down, power out, ferries cancelled – snowfall warning for Metro Vancouver
A snowfall warning continues for Metro Vancouver today, and for the third day in a row BC Ferries has cancelled a number of sailings between the mainland and Vancouver Island because of weather conditions. 

Man pepper sprayed, stabbed in Abbotsford altercation
Police in Abbotsford are investigating after an altercation in a driveway in the city that sent a man in his 40s to hospital Saturday evening. 

Grief-stricken Canadians react to cause of plane crash
Relatives of a Port Coquitlam family killed in the Ukrainian Airlines crash in Iran are reeling after news their loved ones were lost due to what the Iranian government is describing as "human error." 

Langley RCMP searching for missing 63-year-old man
Neil Smith, a retired Vancouver fire fighter, was last seen on Jan. 10 at around 10 a.m. at his home in Murrayville, when he left in his gray Ford F150 pickup truck. 

North Vancouver high schools mourn teen who died in car crash
In a note to parents, the principal of Argyle Secondary School said former student Elijah Drasyl died in a car accident in West Vancouver early Saturday morning. 

High winds and more snow expected for Metro Vancouver
Some Saturday ferry sailings are cancelled, and Environment Canada is warning of more snow as another blast of winter weather for the Lower Mainland. 

Skier buried in avalanche on Mount Hector near Lake Louise
Avalanche Canada says three skiers near a mountain in Banff National Park were caught in an avalanche Friday afternoon with one of them ending up being buried in snow. 

Terry Fox floated as “no brainer” choice for new $5 bill
Some other suggestions have included Canada's first female astronaut, Roberta Bondar, suffragette Nellie McClung, and Tragically Hip frontman Gord Downie. 

Stop treating Marine Way like a highway, say Burnaby RCMP 
Mounties in Burnaby say they stopped three vehicles travelling at speeds more than double the limit in the same area Saturday morning. 

Canadian medical students call for better education on health and climate change
Canadian medical schools have not adequately addressed the urgent need for training related to planetary health and climate change, and members of the Canadian Federation of Medical Students say that must change. 

PM Trudeau meets Iran plane crash victims' families 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau said Saturday that Iran must take "full responsibility" for shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 people on board, including 57 Canadians. 

Surrey teacher under investigation as Magnotta doc deemed 'inappropriate content'
CTV News Vancouver has learned a human resources investigation is underway into a Surrey high school teacher who screened a controversial true-crime documentary about a notorious Canadian killer in her classroom. 

These are some of the B.C. victims of the Iran plane crash
Dozens of people with ties to Canada were among the 176 who were killed when Ukraine International Airlines Flight PS752 crashed after takeoff near Tehran, Iran

Surrey mayor clashes with RCMP over day parole for convicted rapist
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum says it is "disturbing" and "infuriating" that a convicted rapist will be released on day parole in his city, and he's frustrated that the RCMP did not issue a public warning about it. 

UBC students hold vigil for Iran plane crash victims
The Karvan Student Association at the University of British Columbia held a Candlelight vigil Friday in memory of those who died in the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 tragedy in Iran. 

Crown seeking one day in jail for voyeur coach
Crown is only seeking a single additional day in jail for a Coquitlam minor hockey and baseball coach convicted of two counts of voyeurism for photographing young boys in change rooms. 

Mounties search for missing 10-year-old girl in Surrey 
Shauntae Joseph, 10, was last seen around 8 a.m. Friday near 123A Street and 65 Avenue in Surrey. 

Saturday, Jan. 11, 2020

Trudeau calls for credible investigation into Iran plane crash
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says Iran must take full responsibility for mistakenly shooting down a Ukrainian jetliner, killing all 176 civilians on board, including 57 Canadians

17-year-old killed in West Vancouver car crash
A 17-year-old boy has died and a 19-year-old female passenger is in hospital with unknown injuries following a car accident in West Vancouver Saturday morning.  

More snow expected for Metro Vancouver
Some Saturday ferry sailings are cancelled, and Environment Canada is warning of more snow as another blast of winter weather for the Lower Mainland.  

Hereditary chiefs ask RCMP not to act with force against gas pipeline opponents
A spokesman for the Wet'suwet'en hereditary clan chiefs says they have asked the RCMP not to use force against opponents of a natural gas pipeline facing an injunction order in northern British Columbia.  

PM Trudeau meets Iran plane crash victims' families 
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau met families of the victims of the Tehran plane crash Friday as Canadian investigators scrambled to get to Iran.  

Surrey teacher under investigation as Magnotta doc deemed 'inappropriate content'
CTV News Vancouver has learned a human resources investigation is underway into a Surrey high school teacher who screened a controversial true-crime documentary about a notorious Canadian killer in her classroom.  

Surrey mayor clashes with RCMP over day parole for convicted rapist
Surrey mayor Doug McCallum says it is "disturbing" and "infuriating" that a convicted rapist will be released on day parole in his city, and he's frustrated that the RCMP did not issue a public warning about it.  

UBC students hold vigil for Iran plane crash victims
The Karvan Student Association at the University of British Columbia held a Candlelight vigil Friday in memory of those who died in the Ukrainian International Airlines Flight 752 tragedy in Iran.

Crown seeking one day in jail for voyeur coach
Crown is only seeking a single additional day in jail for a Coquitlam minor hockey and baseball coach convicted of two counts of voyeurism for photographing young boys in change rooms.  

Mounties searching for missing 10-year-old girl in Surrey 
Shauntae Joseph, 10, was last seen around 8 a.m. Friday near 123A Street and 65 Avenue in Surrey.  

Falling ice on Metro Vancouver bridges blamed for 67 ICBC claims on Friday
The so-called "ice bombs" that fell from Metro Vancouver bridges Friday have been blamed for 67 insurance claims so far, according to ICBC

One man taken into custody after standoff in North Vancouver
A report of a man with a gun triggered a major police response in the Lynn Valley area on Friday.  

Power outages impact thousands of BC Hydro customers in Lower Mainland 
The strong winds that prompted a weather warning in Metro Vancouver Friday also resulted in thousands of power outages throughout the region.  

B.C.'s unemployment rate grows, but remains lowest in Canada
British Columbia's unemployment rate remained the lowest in the country in December, but it recorded its first year-over-year increase for the last month of a year since 2015.  

B.C. Appeal Court rejects father's attempt to stop child's gender transition
British Columbia's Appeal Court has reaffirmed a teenager's decision to have gender transition treatment and urged the boy's father to try to understand his son's gender dysphoria.  

Man sought after allegedly robbing 4 businesses in 5 days in Surrey
Police in Surrey are asking for the public's help in identifying a man suspected of committing four robberies in five days in their city.  

4 dead, 6 injured after van and truck collide on southern Alberta highway
Officials with Belectric Canada Solar Inc., the company that is constructing a solar plant near Vauxhall, confirm members of its construction team were involved in the fatal crash on Highway 36

Friday, Jan. 10, 2020

Duchess Meghan Markle returning to Vancouver Island
The Duchess of Sussex, Meghan Markle, was reportedly on her way back to Vancouver Island Thursday evening.  

Vancouver snow brings bus detours, ferry cancellations
With Metro Vancouver under a snowfall warning, disruptions on the roads and transit systems are expected throughout the region. 

Surrey crash that seriously injured driver being investigated by police watchdog
The RCMP says the province's police oversight body has been notified of a motor vehicle crash in Surrey that sent one man to hospital with serious injuries. 

B.C. man under investigation for taking emaciated bear cub to wildlife centre
An Anmore, retiree is under investigation for violations of the Wildlife Act after he took an emaciated bear cub from his neighbour’s back yard to a local wildlife centre.  

B.C. teacher suspended for copying exams to help students, lying to vice-principal 
A B.C. teacher who made it his "general practice" to copy provincial exams so he could show future students, despite knowing some of the questions could be recycled, has been suspended.  

Langara College student wasn't supposed to be on doomed flight 
Delaram Dadashnejad had arranged to have her close friend Ksenia Ivanova pick her up at YVR on Tuesday, after a trip to Iran, but a problem with her travel documents meant the 26-year-old Langara College student had to fly home a day later than she had planned.  

Report of shots fired near Guildford Town Centre in Surrey 
Mounties closed 96 Avenue between Green Timbers Way and 150th Street as they conducted their investigation

Vancouver cop who dated vulnerable subordinate fired following disciplinary probe
A Vancouver police sergeant who entered into a relationship with a vulnerable subordinate has been fired after a disciplinary investigation found he engaged in "discreditable conduct

B.C. hot dog vendor offers kidney to sick customer 
Abbotsford hot dog vendor Andrew White who runs Lully's Food Experience is offering to donate a kidney to one of his regular customers, Tim Hiscock

One of B.C.'s most wanted has been arrested on fraud charges
A woman on an RCMP "Most Wanted" list was arrested months after B.C. officials asked the public for help to track her down.  

Embattled Bowen Island fire chief retiring at the end of January
Months after his 26 volunteer firefighters threatened to walk off the job, the chief of the Bowen Island fire department has decided to retire

Impaired driver with two kids in car arrested in Burnaby, police say
Mounties in Burnaby are praising the actions of an "alert citizen" who helped them locate and arrest an allegedly impaired driver who had two children in the car with him.  

At least a dozen victims of the Iran plane crash were B.C. residents. 
Numerous residents of British Columbia are among the victims of a Ukrainian passenger plane that crashed near Iran's capital, killing everyone on board, including 63 Canadians.  

No explanation given for increase U.S. border bans handed to Canadians
U.S. Customs and Border Protection has not provided an explanation for why the number of five-year border bans handed out to Canadians increased so much from 2018 to 2019. 

Jan 9, 2020

U.S. officials: 'Highly likely' Iran downed Ukrainian jetliner
Two U.S. officials said Thursday it was 'highly likely' that an Iranian anti-aircraft missile downed a Ukrainian jetliner late Tuesday, killing all 176 people on board. 

At least a dozen victims of Iran plane crash were B.C. residents
A Metro Vancouver family of three and a North Vancouver couple are among the victims of a Ukrainain passenger plane that crashed near Iran's capital, killing everyone on board including 63 Canadians, CTV News has learned.   

Vigil for Iran plane crash victims held outside North Vancouver bakery
Candles and flowers lay in front of Amir Bakery in North Vancouver Wednesday night, in memory of a family torn apart by tragedy.  

Suspect with yellow teeth sought after alleged child abduction attempt in South Van
Police are investigating a disturbing report of an attempted child abduction that took place in South Vancouver after school let out Tuesday. 

Wet'suwet'en case sheds spotlight on Canadian courts and Indigenous law
About 30 years before the Wet'suwet'en First Nation faced the possibility of a natural gas pipeline through its territory, members fought a different battle in court.  

Housing starts in Canada slowed in December, Canadian real estate group says
Developers started building fewer homes than expected in December, mostly because of a decline in multi-unit projects, Canada's housing agency said Thursday

Man appealing conviction in toddler's murder granted bail
A Bella Coola, B.C. man who has spent more than 30 years in jail for a crime he says he didn’t commit is going to be released on bail before an appeal of his case is heard

$50,000 reward for convicted murderer who escaped B.C. prison
A man convicted of murder made his way out of a minimum-security unit at a B.C. prison in August 2018. A year and a half later, he's still missing.  

Watch as a team tasked with responding to catastrophes trains at BC Place
A different kind of athletic endeavour is taking place at BC Place

Police fatally shoot man in B.C. Interior, IIO investigating
British Columbia's police watchdog is investigating after police shot and killed a man in the province's Interior Tuesday night

4.8-magnitude earthquake strikes off Vancouver Island
A magnitude 4.8 earthquake rattled off the coast of Vancouver Island Wednesday

Hundreds attend funeral for taxi driver killed in Car2Go crash 
A funeral reception for a Yellow Cab driver killed on the job was filled to capacity Wednesday as hundreds went to pay their respects to the young man

Hwy. 1 opens after hours-long closure due to avalanche risk 
A major route into and out of B.C. remained closed in both directions Wednesday morning due to what officials described as a "high avalanche.

Woman arrested for stealing garage door openers, prompts police warning
Mounties are reminding the public not to leave garage door openers in vehicles after a woman was arrested in Kamloops Wednesday with three of them in her possession. 

Jan. 8, 2020

Five-year border bans tripled in the last year, U.S. customs data shows
From 2018 to 2019 the number of five-year bans tripled at borders in B.C. and elsewhere that report to the U.S. CBP's Seattle field office.  

One person pulled from submerged car after crash in Surrey
One person has been taken to hospital after they were pulled from their vehicle that was submerged in a water-filled ditch in Surrey, Tuesday night according Surrey RCMP.  

B.C. student 'traumatized' after Luka Magnotta Netflix series shown to class
A school district in Metro Vancouver is investigating a complaint that a high school teacher showed students a graphic and disturbing true crime documentary on an infamous Canadian killer.  

Vancouver condo owners furious over waterlogged streets
Vancouver’s newest neighbourhood has it all, providing you don’t mind flooded streets 

Canadians among 176 killed in passenger plane crash in Iran
Sixty-three Canadians were among the 176 people killed when a Ukrainian passenger plane crashed near Iran’s capital only minutes after takeoff.  

Up to 70 cm of snow possible on some B.C. highways; drivers warned against travel
While Metro Vancouverites wring out their socks, those elsewhere in B.C. may find themselves knee-deep in snow.  

Calgary man tracks stolen truck containing father's ashes to Golden, B.C.
The ashes of a Calgary man's father disappeared in the night last week when his pickup truck was stolen from outside his Bowness home.  

Air Canada reroutes Mideast flights after airliner crash kills 63 Canadians
Air Canada has rerouted its flights over the Middle East after a Ukrainian plane carrying 176 passengers crashed in Iran killing all on board.  

Hwy. 1 remains closed due to avalanche hazard
Emergency crews have cleared the scene of a fatal crash outside Golden, B.C. that closed down Highway 1 for hours on Tuesday – but the route remains shut down due to avalanche danger.  

Missing man with life-threatening condition found safe, police say 
A man with health concerns who disappeared in the area of Vancouver General Hospital on Tuesday has been found safe.  

Avalanche control to close part of Coquihalla Highway for hours
A stretch of B.C.'s most notorious highway will be closed Wednesday for proactive avalanche control.   

'Pneumonia of unknown cause': B.C. officials monitoring cluster of cases in China
Officials in B.C. are monitoring the situation as Chinese health authorities investigate a "cluster" of cases of pneumonia.  

Cousin-in-law found guilty in 2015 death of West Vancouver millionaire 
Nearly five years after a wealthy businessman was killed in a West Vancouver mansion, one of his relatives has been convicted in his death.   

Freight train derailment under investigation in northern B.C.
A train derailment in northern B.C. has prompted an investigation by Canada's Transportation Safety Board.  

U-Haul stolen in Richmond recovered by police in Vancouver
A stolen U-Haul truck containing all of a couple's possessions has been recovered by police in Vancouver.  

Inclement weather behind closures at Grouse Mountain, Mt. Seymour
Two Metro Vancouver ski hills say "inclement weather" prompted a closures of some facilities and chairlifts for the rest of the day. 

Tuesday, Jan. 7, 2020

16-year-old snowboarders rescued after a night in B.C.'s backcountry 
After spending a cold night in B.C.'s backcountry, two teen snowboarders are safe with their families thanks to the help of search and rescue crews. 

Assault suspect may have targeted the wrong house: Surrey RCMP
Surrey RCMP responded to reports of an assault with pepper spray at a Whalley home on Dec. 19.  

Evo, Car2Go vehicles covered with rocks, compost and sawdust in East Vancouver
It appears that frustration over a lack of parking spaces on a Vancouver street has boiled over into an act of vandalism against car share vehicles

These are the top 10 complaints, inquiries for the Better Business Bureau in 2019
Nearly 4,100 complaints were filed over the past year. Credit repair services made up almost 600 of them, beating out parking facilities and airlines.  

Vancouver officers ordered to co-operate in watchdog probe of shooting
British Columbia's highest court has ordered seven police officers to fully co-operate with an investigation into the shooting death of a robbery suspect in 2016.  

U.S. to take samples from detainees, submit them to FBI
The U.S. government on Monday launched a pilot program to collect DNA from people in immigration custody and submit it to the FBI, with plans to expand nationwide.

TransLink launches new RapidBus service with 4 routes
Transit users travelling across Metro Vancouver now have access to faster routes with TransLink's launch of a new bus service.  

Rain, snow and winter storm warnings blanket southern B.C.
Southern B.C. is in for some extreme weather over the next few days as more than a dozen warnings have been put in place by Environment Canada.  

Inaugural bubble tea festival with 'pearl judging contest' coming to Burnaby this summer
Bubble tea enthusiasts can get their fix of milk tea and tapioca pearls during an all-new bubble tea festival coming to Burnaby.  

17 husky puppies rescued in B.C. Interior now up for adoption
Adoption applications are already pouring in for the 17 Siberian husky puppies rescued from deplorable conditions in the province's Interior.  

18-year-old rushed to hospital after late night shooting in Burnaby
A late night shooting in Burnaby sent one person to hospital late Sunday night. 

Pipeline work will continue in B.C. despite eviction notice: Coastal GasLink
The company building the Coastal GasLink pipeline in northern B.C. says work will re-start this week despite being issued an eviction notice by hereditary chiefs of a local First Nation.

Monday, Jan. 6, 2020

Rain, snow and winter storm warnings blanket southern B.C.
Southern B.C. is in for some extreme weather over the next few days as more than a dozen warnings have been put in place by Environment Canada

Traffic impacts expected as construction projects begin in Vancouver
Drivers heading back to work and school after winter holidays on Monday may need to give themselves some extra time, as two major construction projects begin in Vancouver’s downtown core that are expected to have a major impact on traffic. 

Late night Burnaby shooting, car crash sends one to hospital
A late night shooting in Burnaby sent one person to hospital late Sunday 

Owner of cat-sitting service apologizes for letting pets go hungry
Several Vancouver cat owners spent their vacations wondering if anyone was feeding their beloved pets after they couldn't get in touch with the cat care service they'd hired

Stabbing in Downtown Eastside sends man to hospital
A man has been taken to hospital after a stabbing in the Downtown Eastside Sunday night, according to Vancouver police. 

First time pot users more at risk of edible overdose
People who have never smoked marijuana could be most at risk of overdosing on cannabis-infused edibles that will soon be on store shelves across the country, warns a public health physician who says first-time users may keep noshing away while expecting a high, only to experience a racing heart, anxiety and panic attacks

Meng Wanzhou extradition case expected to heat up as hearing begins this month
The international spotlight will be turned on British Columbia's Supreme Court this month as Huawei executive Meng Wanzhou's extradition hearing is set to begin, more than a year after her arrest shattered Canada-China relations. 

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs issue eviction notice to gas company
Despite a recent court injunction granting Coastal GasLink access to Wet'suwet'en traditional territory, hereditary chiefs say the company is still not welcome

Couple loses everything in Richmond U-Haul heist
A couple moving back to Metro Vancouver after a year living in the United States has been left heartbroken after thieves stole their rented U-Haul truck, making off with everything they own. 

Avalanche warnings renewed after snowmobiler death
Forecasters are warning B.C. winter sports enthusiasts to avoid venturing into the backcountry due to the high risk of avalanches on the South Coast

Hydro crews deal with 9 large outages in 4 hours as strong winds hit South Coast
BC Hydro's outage map lit up with red across the Lower Mainland and the southern end of Vancouver Island Sunday.  

Wind cancels 6 sailings between Tsawwassen and Swartz Bay Sunday
BC Ferries cancelled several sailings between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland Sunday afternoon, citing adverse weather.  

35 people in remote B.C. settlement still without power after NYE snow storm
BC Hydro says crews made "significant progress" Saturday in restoring power to those left in the dark since a New Year's Eve snowstorm.  

Infrastructure projects expected to have big traffic impacts
A pair of major street projects promise to bring even more traffic congestion and chaos to downtown Vancouver than usual for the next several months

Alberta firefighters ready to return favour to Australia
The resounding message from seven Alberta firefighters boarding a flight to Sydney, Australia, on Saturday was that they’re ready to lend a hand to the country that has supported them.  

Iranian Canadians in Vancouver voice concerns as Iran-U.S. tensions escalate
Iranian Canadians living in Metro Vancouver are closely watching the events unfolding in the Middle East. 

Sunday, Jan 5, 2020

Infrastructure projects expected to have big traffic impacts
A pair of major street projects promise to bring even more traffic congestion and chaos to downtown Vancouver than usual for the next several months.  

Alberta firefighters ready to return favour to Australia
The resounding message from seven Alberta firefighters boarding a flight to Sydney, Australia, on Saturday was that they’re ready to lend a hand to the country that has supported them. 

Coquitlam RCMP have located man who went missing from Colony Farm 
The 29-year-old man went missing from the psychiatric facility at 6:33 p.m. on Friday evening. 

Iranian Canadians in Vancouver voice concerns as Iran-U.S. tensions escalate
Iranian Canadians living in Metro Vancouver are closely watching the events unfolding in the Middle East.  

Snowmobiler killed by avalanche west of Merritt
Search and rescue crews responded to a report of a man trapped in an avalanche around 56 kilometres west of Merritt. They found the man, but he did not survive. 

$11,800 a month and all the BMWs you can drive: condos listed for rent
Craigslist rental listings show rents for apartments in Vancouver House are on the high side – but something of a bargain when compared with another high-profile luxury tower. 

Police question B.C. man driving Zamboni on the street
A B.C. man was stopped by a police officer while taking his vintage 1986 Zamboni out for a spin around the streets of Victoria. 

BC Hydro working to restore power after snow storm causes outages
Most British Columbia hydro customers left in the dark after a round of snowstorms will likely see power restored by the end of the day, the province's hydro provider said Saturday. 

Snowfall warning issued for parts of B.C., including Coquihalla
Environment Canada says there is a snow warning for a 120-kilometre stretch of the Coquihalla Highway from Hope to Merritt. 

Fire damages furniture store in Kitsilano
There is no structural damage to the building, but the contents of the wood shop were damaged by fire, and the retail side of the store likely also has some smoke damage.  

Cooler weather brings hope as thousands flee Australia wildfires
Australian Prime Minister Scott Morrison defended his leadership and his government's record on climate change Sunday as milder temperatures brought hope of a respite from wildfires that have ravaged three states, claiming 24 lives and destroying almost 2,000 homes.  

Incoming winter storm closes several Vancouver area venues
Two local ski hills and a Vancouver park board venue have shut down due to an incoming winter storm that's prompted a wind warning on the heels of heavy rainfall in recent days.  

Influencer ordered to pay $200K after court finds she defamed ex-boyfriend online 
A Vancouver woman has been ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend $200,000 for attacking him with what a B.C. judge says were lies on social media.  

Caught on camera: Deer gets tangled up in toboggan ropes 
Unlike reindeer and sleighs, regular deer and toboggans just don't mix. 

Aussie expats in Vancouver come together to help with bushfire relief
Australians living in Vancouver are rallying together to do what they can to help support people impacted by the bushfires.  

North Shore Rescue kicks off 2020 responding to four calls in new year 
The rescue group had a busy start to 2020 responding to four calls in two days, including one for a kayaker in distress. 

Jan. 4, 2020

Coquitlam RCMP ask for help locating man who went missing from Colony Farm 
Adam Yvan Gorges went missing from the psychiatric facility at 6:33 p.m. on Friday evening and is now wanted on a Canada-wide search warrant for being unlawfully at large.  

Lost skier describes harrowing survival story 
Mark Gayowski was skiing Red Mountain alone last Monday, planning to get a few runs in before watching the new Star Wars movie with friends, when he decided to explore a new area. 

'Not safe to move': Fire threats intensify in Australia
A father and son who were battling flames for two days are the latest victims of the worst wildfire season in Australian history, and the path of destruction widened in at least three states Saturday due to strong winds and high temperatures. 

Iranian Canadians react to U.S. drone strike that kills Iranian commander
Iranian Canadians reacted Friday to the death of Iranian's top general, Qassem Soleimani

Incoming winter storm closes several Vancouver area venues
Two local ski hills and a Vancouver park board venue have shut down due to an incoming winter storm that's prompted a wind warning on the heels of heavy rainfall in recent days.  

Influencer ordered to pay $200K after court finds she defamed ex-boyfriend online 
A Vancouver woman has been ordered to pay her ex-boyfriend $200,000 for attacking him with what a B.C. judge says were lies on social media 

Aussie expats in Vancouver come together to help with bushfire relief
Australians living in Vancouver are rallying together to do what they can to help support people impacted by the bushfires

North Shore Rescue kicks off 2020 responding to four calls in new year 
The rescue group had a busy start to 2020 responding to four calls in two days, including one for a kayaker in distress.  

Deadly assault at Oppenheimer Park marks Vancouver's 1st homicide of 2020
Police in Vancouver are investigating the first homicide of the year after a man was assaulted in Oppenheimer Park.  

B.C. storm: Tips for staying prepared for a power outage
With large parts the province under winter storm warnings, BC Hydro has several tips for how to stay prepared ahead of possible power outages.  

Water main construction to slow traffic on Georgia Street for months
Crews are preparing for a water main replacement project in downtown Vancouver that's expected to impact traffic for months.  

RCMP appeal for witnesses in suspected impaired driving crash
Mounties are asking any witnesses to a crash that sent a motorcycle rider to hospital with serious injuries on Dec. 25 to come forward. 

Murder charge laid in Surrey’s 1st homicide of 2020
A second-degree murder charge has been laid against 33-year-old Michael James Petronio.   

Employee who got $6 BBQ sauce as holiday gift says he was fired for angry tweet
A Canadian man says he was fired from a job he held for six years because he complained on Twitter about receiving a $6 bottle of barbecue sauce as a holiday gift

Vancouver real estate: Home sales up in December, prices down from 2018
The Vancouver area's real estate board says the number of home sales last year was up from 2018, but remained below the region's 10-year average, despite a moderation in prices.  

Senior pedestrian struck in South Vancouver, possibly by two vehicles 
Police are investigating after a senior pedestrian was struck in South Vancouver, possibly by two vehicles.  

B.C. government sets a lower home value for those claiming a tax grant
The threshold is being lowered for homeowners who qualify for a grant to help offset property taxes in British Columbia.

 

Jan 3, 2020

Avalanches almost certain in Sea-to-Sky on Friday, forecasters warn
Avalanche Canada is warning backcountry skiers to stay away from mountains in the Sea-to-Sky corridor Friday as "very large avalanches are almost certain

Missing teen found unconscious in Burns Bog: Delta police
Some high-tech aid, coupled with old-fashioned, dogged determination helped a group of police officers in British Columbia save the life of a missing teenager.  

BC Ferries cancels sailings as Metro Vancouver is under wind, rain warnings
Four weather-related BC Ferries cancellations have resulted from adverse weather on the province's south coast, as Metro Vancouver and parts of Vancouver Island continue to be pummeled by rain and wind.  

Vancouver real estate: Home sales up in December, prices down from 2018
The Vancouver area's real estate board says the number of home sales last year was up from 2018, but remained below the region's 10-year average, despite a moderation in prices

Canucks extend win streak with 7-5 win over Blackhawks
The calendar says it's 2020 but the Vancouver Canucks' 7-5 win over the Chicago Blackhawks Thursday night looked like a flashback to the 1980s. 

Surrey RCMP investigating early morning shooting
Mounties in Surrey were in the city's Morgan Creek neighbourhood Friday after getting reports of an early morning shooting.  

First Nation looks ahead after court sides with natural gas company
A hereditary chief with the Wet'suwet'en First Nation says the community is expecting further police action after the British Columbia Supreme Court ruled in favour of a natural gas company that wants to build a pipeline through its territory.  

Canadian company buying Grouse Mountain Resort 
Grouse Mountain Resort is set to change hands for the second time in less than three years.  

Bystander credited with following suspect after deadly altercation 
One man is dead and another person is in custody after a violent night in Surrey that marks the city’s first homicide of the year.  

Group wants body cameras on B.C. conservation officers
A B.C. environmental group is calling for mandatory body cameras on conservation officers to address what it calls an "alarming" number of bear and cougar deaths in the province.   

Family and friends remember cab driver killed by suspected drunk driver
Family and friends of a Yellow Cab driver killed in a crash on Dec. 29 gathered together in Surrey to remember Sanehpal Randhawa.   

Arrest of man allegedly armed with knife on DTES caught on camera 
Police said the suspect had been threatening random people with a knife and refused to listen to their requests to stop.   

Record $70 million Lotto Max jackpot up for grabs Friday 
For the first time since the maximum jackpot was raised to $70 million, the new top prize will be up for grabs in Friday night’s Lotto Max draw.  

One man sent to hospital after stabbing in Surrey 
RCMP in Surrey are investigating a stabbing, as well as the city's first homicide of the year.  

86-year-old recovering from injuries after purse snatching in West Vancouver
An 86-year-old West Vancouver woman is recovering from a fractured shoulder after being the victim of an alleged robbery in West Vancouver, police say. 

Man arrested after allegedly stealing bus, going for joyride in Surrey
A man is in custody after allegedly stealing a TransLink bus and taking it for a joyride Thursday morning.  

Man accused of carjacking spree in Penticton facing 2 dozen charges
A man who police say was responsible for a car-jacking crime spree in Penticton, B.C., faces more than a dozen new charges to go with 11 additional allegations laid after his arrest in September.  

Slide risk expected to rise along Sea to Sky, South Coast
The risk of an avalanche at higher elevations is expected to increase Friday along the Sea to Sky region and on the South Coast, according to Avalanche Canada

Prince Harry and Meghan help Victoria couple struggling with selfie stick
A young Victoria couple out for a New Year's Day picnic and hike were treated to the surprise of a lifetime yesterday

Residential property values down across Metro Vancouver 
Homeowners have started receiving notices of their property's assessed value from BC Assessment, and while the number is down for nearly every property in the region, they'll likely be paying more in property taxes. 

Jan. 2, 2020

Surrey marks first homicide of 2020 after man found dead in parking lot
One man is dead and another person is in custody after a violent night in Surrey that marks the city’s first homicide of the year. 

Here's what life in Vancouver looked like a century ago
Photos from the City of Vancouver archives show what life was like at the start of another decade: 1920.  

Someone could be $70M richer after record-breaking lotto draw
A record-breaking prize will be up for grabs when the winning Lotto Max numbers are drawn at the end of the week.  

Surrey 16-year-old survives 500-foot fall from mountain in Oregon
A Surrey teen is recovering from a significant fall at an Oregon mountain that required major search and rescue efforts.  

B.C.'s new year's baby a miracle for couple who lost first child 
For the second year in a row, Royal Columbian Hospital welcomed the first baby born in B.C. on New Year's Day.  

Skier who disappeared on B.C. mountain found safe
A skier who failed to reach the bottom of a run at a B.C. ski resort earlier this week was found safe, Mounties say.  

Snow on the South Coast? Special weather statement in effect
The first snowfall of the winter could briefly blanket parts of Metro Vancouver this week

Mounties investigate assault in Surrey home on New Year's Day
A man is in custody after Mounties in Surrey responded to reports of an assault in a Cloverdale home Wednesday.  

87-year-old marks 20th dip at Polar Bear Swim's centennial
One of the most enthusiastic polar bear swimmers is also someone who wouldn't typically be considered an adrenaline-junkie

 North Shore mountains manage crowds for New Year's Day
Celebrating New Year's Day at the mountain is a popular tradition for many Metro Vancouver families, but the North Shore resorts are having to manage large crowds and too many drivers.  

B.C. zoo responds to claim animals are bored, frustrated in barren enclosures
Days after a report suggested a zoo in B.C.'s Lower Mainland isn't doing enough for its residents, the general manager is defending its practices.  

Early morning fire destroys dental office in Delta
A Delta business has been completely destroyed after an early morning fire tore through it on New Year's Day.  

Over 30,000 customers without power in Interior: BC Hydro
BC Hydro says around 34,000 customers in the central and southern Interior woke up to greet the new year without power on Wednesday morning.  

Injunction granted to natural gas company by B.C. Supreme Court
The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted Coastal GasLink an interlocutory injunction against members of a First Nation and others who oppose the company's natural gas pipeline

Catheter found in Vancouver man's spine years after operation 
Nick Woodhouse felt lucky to be alive after surviving a brain tumour, but a number of strange and painful symptoms emerged after his operation

Lockdown at B.C. prison; $70K in drugs seized, officials say
Corrections officials say a lockdown and search of a B.C. prison resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars' worth of drugs.  

New year brings Styrofoam ban at Vancouver restaurants
At the start of 2020, Vancouver will become the first city in the country to ban Styrofoam.  

Avalanche in northwestern B.C. kills two men snowboarding in provincial park
Two men have been killed in an avalanche in northwestern British Columbia's Tatshenshini-Alsek Park. 

Jan 1, 2020

Injunction granted to natural gas company by B.C. Supreme Court
The British Columbia Supreme Court has granted Coastal GasLink an interlocutory injunction against members of a First Nation and others who oppose the company's natural gas pipeline.  

Predictions for the new year that almost certainly won't happen
From flying cars to Amazon packages delivered by drone, CTVNews.ca takes a look at predictions for 2020 that simply haven’t come true yet

Catheter found in Vancouver man's spine years after operation 
Nick Woodhouse felt lucky to be alive after surviving a brain tumour, but a number of strange and painful symptoms emerged after his operation

New year brings Styrofoam ban at Vancouver restaurants
At the start of 2020, Vancouver will become the first city in the country to ban Styrofoam

Avalanche in northwestern B.C. kills two men snowboarding in provincial park
Two men have been killed in an avalanche in northwestern British Columbia's Tatshenshini-Alsek Park.  

Lockdown at B.C. prison; $70K in drugs seized, officials say
Corrections officials say a lockdown and search of a B.C. prison resulted in the seizure of thousands of dollars' worth of drugs.  

Jewish summer camp vandalized with racist graffiti on Gabriola Island
Police are investigating after a Jewish summer camp on Gabriola Island was vandalized with hateful graffiti, including swastikas.  

Class action lawsuit filed in B.C. court over LifeLabs data breach 
Another class action lawsuit has been filed over the massive cyberattack that targeted the laboratory testing company LifeLabs, this time in B.C. Supreme Court

North Shore mountains cancel New Year's Eve events due to weather
It may be nearly time to ring in the new year, but bad weather has led to some Metro Vancouver celebrations being cancelled just hours before they were scheduled to begin

Group planning to ring in New Year with dance party on SkyTrain 
A group of partiers is planning to ring in 2020 with a dance party on Metro Vancouver's SkyTrain system.  

13 puppies find new homes after inadequate care in northern B.C.
The new year will start off much better than 2019 did for 13 puppies who were living without adequate food and shelter months ago.  

From 11 C to -37: How New Year's in Vancouver compares to the rest of Canada
Metro Vancouverites likely found themselves complaining about the rain on New Year's Eve, but Canadians elsewhere have other weather-related complaints.  

'Heavy wave action' caused tank trailer to roll off vessel in B.C. waters, officials say
Heavy waves are being blamed for sending a tank trailer full of dead fish plummeting into the water off the coast of Vancouver Island last weekend. 

Skier missing from B.C. resort; crews searching Red Mountain by snowmobile
Search and rescue crews have been called in to help search for a missing man who disappeared at a B.C. ski resort Monday.