FEb. 22

 

Coronavirus fears affecting Victoria businesses that rely on tourism
Businesses in Victoria that depend on the tourism industry say they are nervously watching the impact of the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 on their bottom line. 

RCMP cybercrime unit investigating malware at Vancouver Island pulp mills 
RCMP cybercrime experts have launched an investigation into reports of malware targeting Vancouver Island pulp mills. 

Blockade trips up Canada's biggest ports as shippers steer clear
A rail blockade in eastern Ontario has led to backlogs at Canada's three biggest ports, prompting some shippers to take their business elsewhere as cargo piles up and dockworkers' paycheques shrink. 

Harbour Air flights back on schedule after attempted float plane theft
Harbour Air says all flights between Vancouver Island and the mainland are now running on schedule after an attempted float plane theft in Vancouver early Friday morning. 1

Fire that closed Chemainus high school considered suspicious
Police say a fire that forced the two-day closure of a Chemainus high school is now being investigated as suspicious. 

B.C. study says vaccine protected 60% of people during unusual flu season
Getting vaccinated for the flu may have prevented about six out of 10 people from becoming infected in an early Canadian flu season, says a study involving a network of family doctors who monitored patients in British Columbia, Alberta, Ontario and Quebec. 

 A&W owner sending employees on all-expenses-paid vacations
The owner of a Vancouver Island fast-food franchise might be the region's strongest contender for 2020 Boss of the Year.  

Petition aims to remove Saanich police from Buziak murder investigation
The father of a murdered Saanich real estate agent is hoping an online petition to remove the Saanich police from his daughter's case will move the investigation forward. 

Port Hardy RCMP seize loaded pistol, drugs, $12K in cash from vehicle
One man is facing charges after Mounties say they seized a handgun, drugs and a stack of cash on northern Vancouver Island. 

Government needs to produce plan for dealing with veterans' backlog: Ombudsman
Veterans ombudsman Craig Dalton says the federal government should clearly explain how it plans to eliminate a backlog that is keeping thousands of former service members waiting to find out if they qualify for benefits and aid. 

Tofino-Ucluelet highway to close for 24 hours this weekend
Travellers heading to or from the western Vancouver Island communities of Tofino and Ucluelet will have to pick their times carefully this weekend. 

Furlong urges Vancouver to bid for 2030 Winter Games
While Vancouver celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the man who co-led the bid and headed the organizing committee wants the city to do it again in 2030

Father tells of doomed flight's final moments over Victoria
The outing would end with the two men hanging from their seatbelts, injured but alive, their borrowed Cessna upside down and filling with smoke in a Saanich blueberry field. 

Victoria Clipper makes final crossing from Seattle
After more than 30 years of making the 114-kilometre crossing between Seattle and Victoria, the Victoria Clipper One made her last crossing Wednesday.  

Feb. 21

 

Wet'suwet'en chiefs meeting with Mohawk supporters in Ontario
A group of hereditary leaders from the Wet'suwet'en Nation in British Columbia is to spend the day with Mohawk supporters in Ontario. 

 Vancouver kids shut out of new downtown school 
As the former director of planning for the City of Vancouver, Brent Toderian put a lot of thought into where to put down roots

'We just didn't feel safe': B.C. should change rules for winter tires, musicians say
After a harrowing experience on tour, members of a Vancouver-based band say there's a difference between what's legal and what's safe when it comes to winter tires in B.C

B.C.'s new coronavirus case is woman who recently returned from Iran
British Columbia's health minister and provincial health officer provided an update on the novel coronavirus known as COVID-19 Thursday evening. 

Coquihalla Highway open after serious multi-vehicle crash
The crash happened around 4 p.m. Thursday in an area known as the Zopkios Brake Check and was described as a "chain reaction pile up," according to BC Emergency Health Services. 

New Westminster police looking for 'high risk' missing person
Moneca Remillard was last seen around 9:40 a.m. Wednesday near Royal Columbian Hospital, according to the New Westminster Police Department. 

'Insanely reckless' driver clocked going more than double the speed limit in Delta 
The driver was clocked going 166 km/h in an 80km/h zone on South Fraser Perimeter Road. 

Vancouver philanthropist, visionary Robert Lee dies at the age of 86
Vancouver philanthropist and former chancellor of the University of British Columbia Robert Lee has died at the age of 86. 

Drugs found during seizure stuffed into hairbrush, lint roller: RCMP
Burnaby RCMP said two people were arrested and could face charges of possession for the purpose of trafficking. 

Man who got  a kidney transplant uses first steps after surgery to visit his donor.
A Vancouver hockey coach posted video of the first steps he took following transplant surgery, which he used to go thank his donor. 

These are some of the most expensive homes for sale in Canada right now
From a $60-million oceanfront estate to a small bungalow on 63 acres of land, the most expensive homes for sale vary across Canada's real estate markets. 

Feb 20

 

B.C. RCMP to move off Wet'suwet'en territory, public safety minister says
RCMP have agreed to move from their position on Wet'suwet'en territory, Canada's Public Safety and Emergency Preparedness Minister says. 

First fatal fire of 2020 caused by 'smokers' material', fire crews say
A man has died after being injured in a house fire that Vancouver crews say was caused by smokers' material. 

Vancouver should bid for 2030 Winter Games, John Furlong says
While Vancouver celebrates the 10th anniversary of the 2010 Winter Olympic and Paralympic Games, the man who co-led the bid and headed the organizing committee wants the city to do it again in 2030. 

Teen injured after B.C. house party sues; could hosts be held liable?
The potentially precedent-setting case will examine the question of social host liability when teens are drinking at someone's home

Taxpayers on hook for PM's travel on trips that included campaign-style events
Canadian taxpayers have been stuck with the bill for Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's travel by military aircraft, even when that travel combines official government business with Liberal party events, a CTV News Investigation reveals

Crown-Indigenous relations minister pledges to meet chiefs in B.C. over pipeline
The federal Crown-Indigenous relations minister is offering to meet today with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in northwestern British Columbia

Millions of dollars' worth of drugs and suspected fentanyl seized in two search warrants
A welfare check on two Vancouver men took an unexpected turn when local police spotted a huge stash of money and drugs inside the residents' apartment. 

Cleaver-wielding man faces multiple charges after Richmond Walmart incident
The man who brandished two meat cleavers at a Richmond Walmart Tuesday afternoon has now been charged. 

Sexual assault complaint  leads to OPCC hearing
The office tasked with investigating complaints against municipal police forces in British Columbia has ordered a public hearing in the case of a Victoria police officer accused of sexually assaulting a woman in his downtown Vancouver hotel room in 2018. 

First case of COVID-19 in B.C. has fully recovered, health officials say
B.C.'s first case of COVID-19 has fully recovered, health officials in B.C. announced Wednesday. 

World Cup mogul skier from B.C. dies suddenly at 19
Canadian freestyle moguls team member Brayden Kuroda has died. 

Here's how B.C. approached land rights after major court ruling
B.C. Premier John Horgan raised his voice over jeers and fist-banging recently in question period after members of the Opposition Liberals criticized his government's handling of the clash between Wet'suwet'en hereditary clan chiefs and a pipeline company. 

Coronavirus fears similar to what organizers faced with H1N1
Dr. Mike Wilkinson is well-versed in viruses threatening Olympic Games. 

Feb. 19

 

Rumours abound about Jurassic World filming on Vancouver Island
They ruled the Earth millions of years ago but could dinosaurs be returning to the mid-Island? That could be the case if rumours are true about a new Jurassic World movie filming on Vancouver Island. 

Higher costs should kill Trans Mountain pipeline, opposition says
Opposition parties and environmental groups are urging the federal government to stop expanding the Trans Mountain pipeline, citing a poll saying Canadians are alarmed by the project's cost

Logging truck convoy descends on B.C. legislature for pro-industry rally
Hundreds of forestry workers staged a rally on the lawn of British Columbia's legislature Tuesday, reminding the government about how important the industry is to the economy and to the survival of rural communities. 

Protesters block Horgan's home ahead of B.C. budget release
Pipeline protesters were arrested outside the home of B.C. Premier John Horgan on Tuesday morning while attempting a citizen's arrest of the premier. 

No injuries reported after small plane crashes near Victoria
Two people walked away without serious injuries after their small plane went down near Victoria Tuesday morning. 

Victoria police look for more victims of sex trafficking after Saskatchewan arrests
Investigators in Victoria are searching for local victims of human trafficking in the wake of a bust in Saskatchewan last month. 

Top earners pay more in B.C. budget that includes record capital spending
Top income earners and pop drinkers were hit with new taxes in Tuesday's B.C. budget, which continues the government's focus on capital spending for schools, hospitals and transit

Full text of the B.C. Budget 2020 speech 
B.C. Finance Minister Carole James delivered the NDP's third balanced budget in a row Tuesday. Below is the text of her budget speech in its entirety. 

Who are the winners and losers in the B.C. budget?
A look at who might benefit, and who might not, from Finance Minister Carole James's B.C. budget

B.C. nurse suspended for stealing 'significant amount' of drugs for personal use
A registered nurse in British Columbia has been suspended for stealing a "significant amount" of drugs from a health-care facility for personal use, according to a decision by the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). 

Several bald eagles poisoned by toxic carcass on Vancouver Island
Eight bald eagles are fighting for their lives on Vancouver Island after feasting on an animal carcass that was loaded with sedative drugs. 

CN Rail laying off about 450 workers after shutting down Eastern Canada network
CN Rail is laying off about 450 workers in its operations in Eastern Canada after cancelling more than 400 trains in the past week over a rail blockade protesting an LNG pipeline in British Columbia. 

Victoria’s rental market 4th most expensive in Canada
Breaking into Victoria’s already expensive rental market continues to get more difficult, according to a new report. 

Tuesday, Feb. 18

Plane crashes near Victoria
Officials are investigating reports of a plane crash near Victoria. 

Protesters block Premier Horgan's home ahead of B.C. budget release
Pipeline protesters were outside the home of B.C. Premier John Horgan on Tuesday morning, attempting what they called a citizen's arrest on the premier. 

B.C. nurse suspended for stealing 'significant amount' of drugs for personal use
A registered nurse in British Columbia has been suspended for stealing a "significant amount" of drugs from a health care facility for personal use, according to a decision by the B.C. College of Nursing Professionals (BCCNP). 

Several bald eagles poisoned by toxic carcass on Vancouver Island
Eight bald eagles are fighting for their lives on Vancouver Island after feasting on an animal carcass that was loaded with sedative drugs

Helicopter, kayaks aid in search for missing Cowichan man 
Cowichan Search and Rescue (SAR) volunteers used a helicopter Monday to scour the Cowichan River for a Ladysmith man who’s been missing for more than two weeks 

Victoria, Powell River home to Canada's highest gas prices
Greater Victoria is currently home to some of the highest gasoline prices in the country, edging out Vancouver by more than two cents per litre. 1

Wet'suwet'en and B.C. government have been talking Aboriginal title for a year
As cabinet ministers broker urgent meetings over rail blockades in support of hereditary chiefs in northern British Columbia, a series of negotiations over the Wet'suwet'en Nation's land rights have been quietly taking place for a year

Nanaimo native in Wuhan describes 'surreal' scenes in COVID-19 epicentre
A Canadian citizen who has chosen to remain in the city at the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak describes living in Wuhan, China as a "surreal" experience. 

Victoria’s rental market 4th most expensive in Canada: report
Breaking into Victoria’s already expensive rental market continues to get more difficult, according to a new report. 

Ministers to meet in Victoria as PM convenes committee on pipeline protests 
B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser is set to meet with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett today in Victoria amid ongoing rail blockades and protests for Indigenous land rights. 

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates
British Columbia's finance minister is promising to stay the course in her next budget to be tabled Tuesday in the legislature, while also monitoring potential storm clouds looming over the economy.  

 

Monday, Feb. 17

 

Ministers to meet in Victoria as PM convenes committee on pipeline protests 
B.C. Indigenous Relations Minister Scott Fraser is set to meet with Crown-Indigenous Relations Minister Carolyn Bennett today in Victoria amid ongoing rail blockades and protests for Indigenous land rights.  

B.C. budget expected to stay the course as economic growth moderates
British Columbia's finance minister is promising to stay the course in her next budget to be tabled Tuesday in the legislature, while also monitoring potential storm clouds looming over the economy. 

'Medical episode' causes crash in Saanich, police say
A driver on Vancouver Island was taken to hospital Sunday after causing a scary scene on a busy road. 

Thief caught on camera stealing from parked car in Port Hardy, police say
Mounties on the north end of Vancouver Island are asking the public for assistance in identifying a man they describe as "a bold car thief." 

AROUND THE PROVINCE

Ending Ont. rail blockade by force would create future problems, minister says
Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he believes sending in police to break up the blockade in Tyendinaga, Ont. by force would only result in more disruptive protests in the future.  

B.C. native in Wuhan describes 'surreal' scenes COVID-19 epicentre
A Canadian citizen who has chosen to remain in the city at the epicentre of the COVID-19 outbreak describes living in Wuhan, China as a "surreal" experience. 

Mayor, minister to meet with Chinese-Canadian community about COVID-19
Canada's federal health minister and Vancouver's mayor are set to meet members of the city's Chinese-Canadian community Monday to discuss COVID-19. 

B.C.'s rent law enforcers investigate nightmare landlords and tenants 
The head of a year-old enforcement unit says it's investigated and fined landlords who repeatedly try to illegally evict tenants, and tenants who owe tens of thousands in rent. 

Charging your phone in your car is not the same as using it, B.C. judge rules
A judge has acquitted a Vancouver Island woman who had received a ticket for distracted driving, adding yet another layer of clarification to provincial law on the issue. 

10 years later, residents still waiting for a school in Olympic Village 
Parents living in Vancouver's Olympic Village neighbourhood are frustrated with the lack of options when it comes to sending their kids to school. 

Police, firefighters rescue 2 children stuck on muddy Delta beach
Delta's police chief is praising a group of young people who had the presence of mind to call 911 when two children got stuck in the mud on a beach as the tide was coming in. 

Blockades targeting economy could have long-term impact on future infrastructure
The protests and blockades by people supporting Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs in northern B.C. could have long term effects on Canada's international reputation as a place to invest in large infrastructure projects.  

Family reunited with lost cat after 2 months, Delta shelter says
The Delta Community Animal Shelter says a recent reunion between a lost cat and his family highlights the importance of getting pets tattooed or microchipped with identifying information. 

Wet'suwet'en camps again occupied, but Coastal GasLink not impeded
Opponents of a pipeline who support the Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs say they went back to the camps where 28 people were arrested this month, but they are not blocking Coastal GasLink workers from accessing the work site. 

Sunday, Feb. 16

 

Vancouver rail blockade ends after injunction served to protesters
Protesters in Vancouver blocked a rail line in East Vancouver on Saturday in solidarity with Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs who oppose a natural gas pipeline in their traditional territory in northern B.C

Designer reflects on symbolism of 2010 Olympic medals
During the 2010 Winter Olympic Games in Vancouver, there was a lot of talk about the unique medals that were handed out to winning athletes

Mary Hill Bypass crash sends two to hospital
Two people were taken to hospital, one with serious injuries, after a vehicle collision on the Mary Hill Bypass Saturday. 

BC Ferries wins injunction against protesters at Swartz Bay
BC Ferries has won an injunction against protesters attempting to disrupt service at the Swartz Bay ferry terminal this weekend

4 found stabbed outside of Cabana Lounge nightclub on Granville Street
Police found four people with stab wounds outside the Cabana Lounge at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, and are now in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Vancouver police.

Four charged in Surrey counterfeit currency ring, RCMP say
Mounties in Surrey say they have broken up a counterfeit currency ring that had circulated more than US$5,000 in fake bills at businesses in the city's Newton neighbourhood.

Pedestrian dies after being hit on Highway 10 in Surrey
Police say a vehicle travelling westbound on Highway 10 hit a pedestrian at the intersection of Highway 10 and 183 Street at around 8 p.m. Friday. 

Victoria march honours 'Stolen Sisters'
After a week of protests across British Columbia and Canada more broadly, Saturday brought with it another large gathering in downtown Victoria. This one, however, was not a protest, but a memorial. 

Hammer-wielding robbery suspect arrested in B.C. Interior
Police in British Columbia's Interior say they have arrested a woman suspected of brandishing a hammer for the purpose of robbing a Dairy Queen earlier this week. 

Wet'suwet'en supporter says RCMP pointed firearm in their direction 
A Gitxsan Nation man says he and fellow demonstrators at a checkpoint on Wet'suwet'en territory were unarmed when an ERT member pointed a rifle in their direction. 

Emilio Estevez, Lauren Graham shooting 'The Mighty Ducks' reboot in Vancouver
Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham are lacing up their skates for a new Disney+ series based on "The Mighty Ducks" franchise, which is already in production in Vancouver. 

What's open, what's closed and what's going on in Metro Vancouver
As many British Columbians prepare for the Family Day long weekend, here's a look at closures, events and activities happening in and around Vancouver this year. 

Feb. 15

Vancouver Island mill faces 30-day closure due to lack of wood
Hundreds of forest industry workers will be affected as a pulp and paper mill on Vancouver Island shuts down for one month because it says it can't get enough wood. 

Transport Canada to launch school bus seatbelt pilots in B.C., Sudbury
Some kids who take the bus to school in British Columbia and Sudbury, Ont., can expect to buckle up as part of a new seatbelt pilot project announced by the federal government on Friday. 

Canadian men’s soccer team makes play for World Cup in Langford
The road to the FIFA World Cup leads through the Westhills Stadium in Langford on March 27. 

Protesters attempt shutdown of B.C. government offices in Victoria
Protesters descended on provincial government ministries in downtown Victoria Friday morning in an effort to shut down the public service over opposition to a pipeline in northern B.C. 4

Budget-day logging rally coming to B.C. legislature lawn
Forestry workers from across the province are planning to rally on the lawn of the B.C legislature as the provincial budget drops Tuesday. 

Where are my wheels? Nanaimo RCMP seize stolen bikes, look for owners
Investigators in Nanaimo are hoping to reunite some forlorn cyclists with their stolen bikes. 

Capital region's biosolids ban to be lifted this summer
Almost a decade ago, the Capital Regional District banned the spreading of biosolids, which are treated pellets made from human waste.That ban could be partially lifted as early as this summer. 

AROUND THE PROVINCE

Four people stabbed at Cabana Lounge nightclub on Granville Street
Four people were stabbed at the Cabana Lounge at around 3 a.m. Saturday morning, and are now in hospital with non-life threatening injuries, according to Vancouver police. 

Teens rescued after falling from 40-foot cliff near Chilliwack
The three teenagers had only minor injuries after being rescued by Chilliwack Search and Rescue Friday night near Chilliwack’s Promontory neighbourhood. 

Experts concerned by looming condo insurance crisis
Condo buildings in British Columbia are on the verge of an insurance crisis as premiums soar to unprecedented heights

Hammer-wielding robbery suspect arrested in B.C. Interior
Police in British Columbia's Interior say they have arrested a woman suspected of brandishing a hammer for the purpose of robbing a Dairy Queen earlier this week. 

Fifth case of COVID-19 recorded in B.C., health officials say
There is a new, presumptive positive case of COVID-19 in B.C. health officials announced Friday. 

Emilio Estevez, Lauren Graham shooting 'The Mighty Ducks' reboot in Vancouver
Emilio Estevez and Lauren Graham are lacing up their skates for a new Disney+ series based on "The Mighty Ducks" franchise, which is already in production in Vancouver. 

Annual Women's Memorial March draws hundreds to Downtown Eastside
Hundreds gathered in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside Friday for the annual Women's Memorial March. 

Police arrest man who allegedly stole a BCAA tow truck in downtown Vancouver
The incident happened near the intersection of Granville and Smithe streets, where the suspect stole the BCAA truck while it was towing another vehicle, police say. 

Four charged in Surrey counterfeit currency ring, RCMP say
Mounties in Surrey say they have broken up a counterfeit currency ring that had circulated more than US$5,000 in fake bills at businesses in the city's Newton neighbourhood. 

Richmond temple closes over COVID-19 concerns
A Richmond temple has closed its doors, citing an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19. 

Friday, Feb. 14, 2020

Nanaimo housing project gets approval from city council
Rega Properties of Nanaimo has secured a rezoning to build two four-storey apartment buildings and nine two-storey townhouse buildings, resulting in 133 units of residential housing, at 200 Hansen Rd., near the intersection of Bowen and East Wellington roads.

Protesters attempt shutdown of B.C. government offices in Victoria
Protesters are descending on provincial government ministries in downtown Victoria this morning. 

B.C. speaker wins injunction preventing protesters from blocking legislature
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of B.C. has won a sweeping injunction preventing anyone from blocking doorways or driveways at the B.C. legislature ahead of planned protests Friday.  

New 'Stop for me' project aims to protect pedestrians at Victoria intersections
One of the most common mistakes drivers make is not identifying what is a crosswalk, and who has the right of way. One Victoria-area group wants to change that. 

Provincial and federal governments agree to meeting with Indigenous chiefs
Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier John Horgan have agreed to send ministers to meet with Indigenous hereditary chiefs over ongoing pipeline protests and rail blockades across B.C. and Canada. 

AROUND THE PROVINCE

Speaker wins injunction preventing protesters from blocking legislature
The Speaker of the Legislative Assembly of B.C. has won a sweeping injunction preventing anyone from blocking doorways or driveways at the B.C. legislature ahead of planned protests Friday. 

Eby's handbook for legal observers being used by B.C. government protesters
The protesters who have announced plans to shut down the B.C. government on Friday are distributing a guide to protecting demonstrators' rights – and it happens to have been written by the attorney general. 

Sea to Sky Gondola reopens for Family Day weekend
With the Sea to Sky Gondola getting ready to reopen for Family Day long weekend after being shut down for six months, the attraction is hoping to draw customers back 

Hospital bed wedding: Ottawa patient gets married with help from surgeon, staff
A Manotick, Ont. couple exchanged their wedding vows just before the groom underwent a life-saving surgery at the Ottawa Heart Institute. 

Fort Langley father concerned for son aboard quarantined cruise ship 
Fort Langley resident Spencer Fehrenbacher has been quarantined in his cabin aboard the Diamond Princess in the waters off Yokohama, Japan for nine days. 

Increased tourism a lasting legacy of 2010 Olympic games 
He was the mayor of Whistler when the village played host the 2010 Olympic games, and the biggest party he’d ever seen.  

Thursday, Feb. 13, 2020

Rail services continue to feel brunt of anti-pipeline protests across country
Via Rail has extended train cancellations on major routes in Ontario and Quebec as protests against a pipeline in northern B.C. stretched into a sixth-day on Wednesday. 

Regulator clamps down on Victoria man for unauthorized law practice
The Supreme Court of British Columbia has barred Jeremy Maddock of Victoria from acting as a lawyer

Port Alberni board votes to remove school named for former MP
School trustees on Vancouver Island have voted to change the name of an elementary school named after a controversial former federal Member of Parliament. 

Woman dead after Port Hardy apartment fire
One woman is dead after an apartment fire in Port Hardy on Wednesday morning. 

Investigation underway after barge full of wood chips tips near Salt Spring Island
A barge filled with wood chips tipped in the waters between Salt Spring Island and Pender Island Wednesday morning. 

City of Victoria wages war on potholes after 'severe weather'
Drive down any major street in Victoria and you will find them: teeth-rattling, shock absorber-shaking potholes. 

RCMP remove exclusion zone from Wet'suwet'en territory
The RCMP have lifted an exclusion zone that was put in place before officers moved in to arrest Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents in northern British Columbia. 

Province says government staff injured during B.C. legislature protest
The B.C. government says several staff members were injured during Tuesday's protest at the B.C. legislature. 

Victoria councillors join anti-pipeline protest as mayor distances city from their actions
Among hundreds of pipeline protesters who descended upon and helped block the doors of B.C.’s legislature Tuesday were two Victoria city councillors.

AROUND THE COUNTRY

Student driver runs stop sign, fails roadside sobriety test during lesson
A student driver and their instructor had a rather unexpected end to a lesson after the driver ran through a stop sign and failed a sobriety test

Man dies after shooting in Langley, homicide investigators stepping in
A man has died days after being seriously injured in a shooting in Langley. 

Wet'suwet'en hereditary chiefs launch legal challenge over fossil fuel projects
Two hereditary chiefs from a British Columbia First Nation at the heart of a wave of national protests launched a constitutional challenge of fossil fuel projects on Wednesday as Prime Minister Justin Trudeau called for demonstrators to observe the rule of law. 

BC Liberal leader apologizes for domestic violence remark 
The leader of the BC Liberal Party has apologized after describing victims of domestic violence as "people who are in a tough marriage." 

Woman found dead in burning vehicle the day after arrest in North Van
B.C.'s police watchdog has been notified after a woman was found dead in a burning vehicle the day after she was released from RCMP custody. 

Canadians drank so much beer in 2010, Germany flew in emergency kegs
German House had to fly in 300 emergency kegs because patrons were consuming so much beer during the 2010 OIympic Games.  

Are your Olympic souvenirs worth anything?
The 10-year anniversary of Vancouver’s 2010 Olympics may have you wondering if any of that stuff you collected during the Games is worth anything. We’ve got the answers

Flair Airlines pulls out of Abbotsford Airport following Swoop competition
Flair Airlines Ltd. is pulling out of the airport in Abbotsford, B.C., due to a lack of passengers and intense competition from rival budget carrier Swoop. Flair Airlines pulling out of Abbotsford as competition with Swoop takes off.

 

Wednesday

Barge full of wood chips tips near Salt Spring Island
A barge filled with wood chips tipped in the waters between Salt Spring Island and Pender Island Wednesday morning. 

RCMP remove exclusion zone from Wet'suwet'en territory
The RCMP have lifted an exclusion zone that was put in place before officers moved in to arrest Wet'suwet'en pipeline opponents in northern British Columbia. 

Province says government staff injured during B.C. legislature protest
The B.C. government says several staff members were injured during Tuesday's protest at the B.C. legislature. 

Throne speech highlights accomplishments at midway point of mandate
British Columbia's NDP government is promising new funding supplements for children and youth in care, and the expansion of commuter service into the Fraser Valley in a throne speech on Tuesday

2020 B.C. Speech from the Throne
Text of the Speech from the Throne 

Military bomb disposal crews practise their craft in Comox
Military bomb disposal crews from across Canada are once again at 19 Wing Comox taking part in Exercise TAZ Runner, exchanging ideas and techniques for removing explosive threats. 

Coastal GasLink – who supports and who opposes the pipeline
Protests continue across the country as the RCMP enforce an injunction requiring opponents of the Coastal GasLink pipeline to clear the way for construction in northern British Columbia. Here is a look at the project and its history: 

Provincial health officer says four people with coronavirus in B.C. doing well
British Columbia's provincial health officer says four people diagnosed with the novel coronavirus are doing well in isolation and would be cleared of the illness after two negative tests, 24 hours apart. 

Fire forces long-term care patients from Brentwood Bay home
A long-term care home in Brentwood Bay was damaged by a fire Monday night. 

Air quality advisory issued for Port Alberni, inland Vancouver Island
A large swath of Vancouver Island was under a special air quality advisory Tuesday morning due to high concentrations of fine particles in the atmosphere.

AROUND BC

Thousands sign petition calling for improvements at Whistler resort
From lift lines to food quality to ticket prices, the skiing experience at Whistler Blackcomb has gone downhill since Vail purchased the resort – at least according to a new petition that's collecting thousands of signatures.  

Coquitlam mother and daughter arrive at CFB Trenton 
B.C. residents Daniela Luo and her nine-year-old daughter, Dominica, have arrived at CFB Trenton where they will be quarantined for two weeks after arriving home from China

Sea to Sky Gondola reopening Family Day long weekend with special events
With the Sea to Sky Gondola getting ready to reopen for Family Day long weekend after being shut down for six months, the attraction is hoping to draw customers back with a series of special events.  

Tuesday

Air quality advisory issued for Port Alberni, inland Vancouver Island
A large swath of Vancouver Island is under a special air quality advisory Tuesday due to high concentrations of fine particles in the atmosphere. 

Fire forces long-term care patients from Brentwood Bay home
A long-term care home in Brentwood Bay was damaged by a fire Monday night. 

RCMP say search for missing snowmobiler in B.C. now a recovery operation
Mounties in British Columbia say they believe the search for a missing snowmobiler south of Chetwynd is now a recovery operation. 

Canadian Navy ships depart for Central American drug operation
The departure of HMCS Whitehorse and HMCS Nanaimo from Esquimalt, B.C. on Monday marks the beginning of the longest deployment of maritime coastal defence vessels from Canada's West Coast for Operation Caribbe. 

Saratoga Beach fire destroys RV, damages another
One RV trailer has been destroyed and a second badly damaged after an early morning fire Saturday at Saratoga Beach. 

Missing person report leads police to plane crash at airport in Merritt
Police say one person has been seriously hurt in the crash of a small plane in the southern Interior of British Columbia. 

Sooke food bank struggling to keep up with demand
A food bank in Sooke is asking the public for help, saying it has been facing shortages in the first two months of the year after a busy holiday season. 

Around The Province

Coronavirus update: No new cases in B.C., health officials say 
Health officials say they are continuing to aggressively test for the coronavirus – now named COVID-19 – and have not identified any new cases in B.C. 

Union representing transit supervisors ratifies agreement with Coast Mountain
Members of CUPE 4500 have reached a deal with Coast Mountain Bus Company that will provide wage increases and improve benefit programs for its workers

B.C. legislature resumes with throne speech, budget coming next week
The legislature resumes today in British Columbia with a throne speech, one week before the NDP's next budget at roughly the midway point of the minority government's mandate.

2nd Canadian evacuation plane from Wuhan lands in Ontario
The second chartered evacuation plane carrying Canadians out of Wuhan, China has landed in Ontario after stopping briefly in Vancouver

Health Canada issues recall, safety alert over 23 unauthorized health products
Health Canada has issued a recall and safety alert over unauthorized health products promoted for 'sexual enhancement' and weight loss, among other things. 

Mother and daughter from Coquitlam on 2nd Wuhan evacuation flight 
After weeks of worrying, Coquitlam's Monte Gisbourne is relieved to know his wife and daughter are flying back home to Canada from Wuhan, China

Surrey RCMP ask for public's help to find missing 23-year-old
Surrey RCMP is asking for the public's help to find a 23-year-old man who has been missing for more than 48 hours. 

Lyft expands ride-hailing operations beyond Vancouver's core
Less than three weeks after launching in the Lower Mainland, ride-hailing company Lyft is expanding its services beyond what it had called Vancouver's "core." 

Construction on Pattullo Bridge replacement to begin this year
The province says a contract has now been awarded to build the replacement for the aging Pattullo Bridge, and construction will begin this year. 

Monday

Western Forest Products, union reach tentative deal to end strike
Forestry workers on Vancouver Island and elsewhere in the province could soon be heading back to work after Western Forest Products and the United Steelworkers (USW) union announced a tentative deal to end a nearly eight-month labour strike Monday. 

Sooke food bank struggling to keep up with demand
A food bank in Sooke is asking the public for help, saying it has been facing shortages in the first two months of the year after a busy holiday season. 

Lyft expands ride-hailing operations beyond Vancouver's 'core'
Less than three weeks after launching in the Lower Mainland, ride-hailing company Lyft is expanding its services beyond what it had called Vancouver's "core." 

West End apartment building evacuated after hazmat scare
About 200 residents of a downtown Vancouver apartment building have been allowed to return home after being evacuated due to concerns of a potential gas leak. 

What is 'Parasite'? A guide to South Korean Oscar winner 
The South Korean drama ‘Parasite’ won the Oscar for best picture and CTVNews.ca explains how the film examines class and serves as the culmination of director’s Bong Joon Ho’s filmography so far. 

B.C. has four confirmed cases of novel coronavirus
The latest coronavirus patients are two visitors from China's Hubei province and have been staying with a B.C. woman who was identified as the province's second coronavirus patient early last week. 

Colbert was almost mayor of Vancouver for a day during the 2010 Olympics
Colbert's one-day rule over the city would have included a handover of the ceremonial city mace, a rooftop announcement and a pirate flag. 

Police arrest 18-year-old man who barricaded himself inside Port Moody home
Port Moody police said they were called to the home around 6:30 for a report that the 18-year-old had assaulted his father. 

Ins and outs of travel insurance amid novel coronavirus outbreak
Travellers nervous about globe-trotting during the novel coronavirus outbreak may be eligible to receive a refund for cancelling their travels, say insurance experts, but it depends on the destination, their insurance policy and other factors.

Sunday

Cyclist concerned by proposed ICBC changes
But government says much more coverage will be available to those injured in crashes, and the new system will be less costly for ICBC and drivers

Coronavirus death toll hits 811, surpassing SARS
China's virus death toll rose by 89 on Sunday to 811, passing the number of fatalities in the 2002-2003 SARS epidemic, but fewer new cases were reported in a possible sign its spread may be slowing. 

Vancouver looks back at its Olympic moment with mixed feelings
The 10-year anniversary of the Vancouver Olympic Games is this week and several public figures say they have mixed feelings about the experience but ultimately feel it was worth it. 

Curious bobcat caught on camera in West Vancouver backyard
Venus Yau spotted the curious wild animal strolling through her backyard in Ambleside on Friday morning. 

Massive search efforts under way for missing men near Campbell River
Search and rescue crews spent Saturday scouring the area around Highway 28 for a missing Courtenay man after discovering a new clue in his case. They were also kept busy on Cortes Island looking for another missing man. 

High-risk offender living in Mission
RCMP have issued a public interest warning about Taylor Dueck, who was released from prison on Feb. 3. 

Mario Kart mobile game adds Vancouver during 10-year Olympics anniversary  
Racing on the streets of real-world Vancouver is generally frowned upon, but starting Tuesday night, users of the popular mobile game Mario Kart Tour will get a chance to race through a virtual version of the city.

Canadian man on quarantined cruise ship gets good news
Fort Langley resident Scott Fehrenbacher said it was hard to sleep Thursday night while waiting for his son’s coronavirus test results to come back. 

Saturday

Victoria's first ride hailing service approved
The Passenger Transportation Board (PTB) has finally approved the Capital Regional District's first ride hailing application for Kabu Ride Inc

Victorians spend more per capita on sex toys than any other Canadian city
British Columbia's capital city spends more per capita on sex toys than any other city in Canada, but the province's largest city isn't far behind, according to a company that specializes in such products. 

Nearly 120 new child care spaces coming to Cowichan Valley
The B.C. government is promising to introduce nearly 120 child care spaces to the Cowichan Valley in time for the next school year. 

Washout shuts down section of Cowichan Valley Trail indefinitely
Recent storms and record-breaking amounts of rain have forced a section of the Cowichan Valley Trail to be closed indefinitely due to a washout. 

New dispute process for renters looking to get their deposits back
The provincial government says the new process is similar to one that exists for landlords trying to recover unpaid rent or utilities from tenants. 

Greater Victoria Harbour Authority to study cruise shore power
The Greater Victoria Harbour Authority (GVHA) has proposed a comprehensive overhaul to its long term plan, which would include a study into the feasibility of installing shore power in Victoria for visiting cruise ships

Experts predict more cannabis layoffs and executive departures coming this year
A rash of cannabis company layoffs and executive departures in recent weeks is likely to continue as the industry faces a rocky year, according to observers. 

Cab driver arrested for assault after altercation in Island parking lot
A taxi driver is facing charges after allegedly assaulting a pedestrian in a shopping centre parking lot on Vancouver Island Tuesday afternoon. 

AROUND THE PROVINCE

Police investigate shooting in Langley mall parking lot
A man was shot and seriously injured in the parking lot of a Langley strip mall on Saturday evening. 

Psychologist testifies accused killer may have been in an altered state of consciousness 
On Friday, lawyers for Rocky Rambo Wei Nam Kam called to the stand a clinical psychologist who testified the accused killer spent so much time playing violent video games it could have blurred the lines between fantasy and reality in his mind. 

Human remains identified as missing man from Coquitlam 
Human remains found in Pitt Meadows in December have been identified as Ryan McAuley, a Coquitlam man who went missing in 2019. 

New security deposit rules will help tenants get their money back, B.C. says
The provincial government says the new process is similar to one that exists for landlords trying to recover unpaid rent or utilities from tenants. 

B.C. judge orders Surrey to stop fining Uber drivers
A BC Supreme Court judge is ordering the city of Surrey to stop issuing bylaw fines to Uber drivers operating within its boundaries

Coronavirus update: 210 people tested in B.C. so far, only four infected 
New numbers show hundreds of British Columbians have been tested for the novel coronavirus, and only four are either confirmed or presumed to be infected. 

Friday

Two new presumptive cases of coronavirus confirmed in B.C.
The B.C. government has announced the discovery of two new cases of the 2019 novel coronavirus in the province Thursday.  

Duncan woman allegedly set fire to own townhouse 
Investigators in Duncan didn’t have to look very far for an arson suspect after a townhouse went up in flames early Wednesday. 

Province announces massive ICBC system overhaul
The B.C. government announced significant changes to ICBC's system Thursday, which is expected to lower average insurance premiums by approximately 20 per cent

Fire at Island Outfitters last month was arson, police say
Detectives from the Saanich Police Department say they are investigating the fire that heavily damaged a sporting goods store in their jurisdiction last month as an act of arson. 

Hours-long standoff in downtown Victoria ends with arrest
A dramatic early morning standoff in downtown Victoria ended with the arrest of a woman Thursday. 

VicPD not at fault for serious multi-vehicle crash: IIO
The Independent Investigations Office of BC (IIO) has cleared a Victoria police officer of any wrongdoing in a high-speed four-car collision that sent three people to hospital, one with serious injuries, in August 2019

Truck speeding past snowplow sparks warning from island road workers
A Vancouver Island road maintenance company is reminding motorists to approach snowplows with caution and to never pass on the right of a working plow after a truck was recorded weaving in between snow removal vehicles earlier this week

AROUND THE PROVINCE

B.C. judge orders Surrey to stop fining Uber drivers
A BC Supreme Court judge is ordering the city of Surrey to stop issuing bylaw fines to Uber drivers operating within its boundaries.

Police had no right to seize hidden bedside camera from Airbnb condo, judge says
A Vancouver man found a camera hidden in a clock radio beside his bed and called police, but a judge ruled the officers had no right to search the short-term rental suite. 

Plane carrying Canadians from Wuhan touches safely down in Vancouver
A plane chartered to evacuate more than 200 Canadians stranded in Wuhan, China, landed safely at Vancouver International Airport Thursday night for refueling on its way to Ontario, where passengers will be placed in quarantine for two weeks at Canadian Forces Base Trenton. 

41 more cruise ship passengers test positive for coronavirus; 5 are Canadians 
Spencer Fehrenbacher, 29, sits in his small cruise ship room, quarantined and waiting to find out if he will be the next Canadian to test positive for coronavirus. 

Legal community sounds alarm about planned move to no-fault insurance 
A plan by the province to implement a no-fault type of insurance system to try to take lawyers and court costs out of the equation has B.C.’s legal community concerned

Judge orders Aquilini Group to pay B.C. tech firm US$608K after breaching contract 
The Aquilini Group has been ordered to pay a B.C. tech consultancy firm more than US$600,000 after breaching a contract and failing to pay for software installed at Rogers Arena in 2017. 

Drivers found guilty in Burnaby crash that killed Brazilian exchange student
Two men have been found guilty of driving without due care and attention in connection with the 2018 death of a Brazilian exchange student in Burnaby. 

 THURSDAY

Johnson Street Bridge to undergo provincial audit
The new Johnson Street Bridge, which opened in March 2018, is scheduled to undergo a provincial audit by the Auditor General for Local Government (AGLG). 

B.C. RCMP exclusion zone set at Coastal GasLink site, protesters report arrests
Opponents of a natural gas pipeline being built across northwestern British Columbia say RCMP have begun enforcing an injunction that prevents interference with construction. 

Two charged with human trafficking from Vancouver Island granted bail
Two of the four Vancouver Island residents who were charged with human trafficking in Saskatchewan last week were granted bail in Swift Current, Sask., according to Swift Current Online

Search and rescue officials concerned over volunteers' safety
Ongoing efforts to find missing Cowichan man Ethan Sampson have search and rescue crews concerned about community safety

Victoria no longer most romantic city in Canada' after 7 years
After seven consecutive years wearing the crown, Victoria is no longer the "most romantic city in Canada", according to rankings by Amazon Canada

RCMP searching for two more missing islanders
RCMP from two different island communities are asking for help locating two missing people, a man and a woman

Search for missing Courtenay man intensifies 
The search for missing Courtenay man, Michael Gazetas, 51, has intensified Tuesday as friends and volunteers 

AROUND BC

NDP promises savings on premiums as ICBC heads for dramatic overhaul
Insurance premiums for drivers won’t increase in 2020, as the province announced ICBC will undergo a dramatic transformation that means severely limiting the ability of injured people to sue. 

B.C. judge refuses to shut down ride-hailing apps
A B.C. Supreme Court justice has turned down an attempt by the Vancouver Taxi Association and some of the region's largest cab companies to suspend ride-hailing apps in Metro Vancouver. 

Plane set to evacuate Canadians out of China lands in Wuhan
A plane that is set to evacuate over 200 Canadians stranded in Wuhan, China has landed in that city. 

Someone is selling $268 sanitizer through Walmart Marketplace 
As coronavirus concerns continue growing across Canada, someone is apparently trying to sell bottles of hand sanitizer for hundreds of dollars through the Walmart Marketplace. 

Warning issued over high-risk sex offender who plans to visit Lower Mainland 
The Ministry of Public Safety has issued a public warning about a high-risk sex offender who plans to spend time in the Lower Mainland.