Thursday, April 30, 2020

Knife-wielding man forces Vancouver police standoff and dozens of evacuations
Dozens of people have been forced out of their homes by an overnight apartment fire and police standoff. 

Ryan Reynolds donates $5,000 to victim of Nova Scotia rampage's family
An online fundraiser set up in memory of a victim of the recent mass murder in Nova Scotia has garnered a notable top donor - Canadian actor Ryan Reynolds. 

Winger Nils Hoglander signed to entry-level contract with Canucks
Nils Hoglander knows the jump to the NHL can be a big one. 

'Education as we know it' unlikely to resume until September: Horgan
B.C.'s premier announced on Wednesday that the province likely won't see school "as we know it" return until the fall.  

'It feels like we’re on the other side': Crimes fall in Vancouver
New crime data appears to show the wave of crimes that targeted businesses left vacant during the pandemic is ebbing.

Vancouver councillor calls for more flexibility for patio spaces during pandemic
With restaurants looking for creative ways to serve customers during the novel coronavirus pandemic, one Vancouver city councillor is hoping patio spaces can be given more flexibility once businesses are allowed to reopen further. 

April 29, 2020

Surrey Mounties recover $33,000 in stolen CERB cheques; two arrested
Mounties in Surrey, B.C., say they've recovered $33,000 in stolen benefit cheques and two people have been arrested in connection to the thefts.

A week after threatening property tax hike, Vancouver mayor to speak
A week after warning a property tax could be possible without federal and provincial aid, Vancouver's mayor will update residents on the city's response to COVID-19.

Here's how an octopus helped a B.C. couple find their lost engagement ring
Annika Parkinson-Dow and her fiancé Colby Crockett have quite the tale to tell, and perhaps an eight-limbed helper to thank. 

Cancelled surgeries take physical, emotional toll on patients 
Thousands of elective surgeries across B.C. have been cancelled during the COVID-19 pandemic, and the delays have taken a physical and emotional toll on patients. 

April 28, 2020

Vancouver police still looking for mother of baby found dead in portable toilet
Police are still looking for the mother of a newborn found dead in a portable toilet in Vancouver last week.

Body of missing B.C. mother found on shore of Fraser River
The body of a Metro Vancouver mother reported missing in late February was found over the weekend in Burnaby, police say. 

A house once owned by a member of the Group of Seven is for sale in B.C. for $799K
A home that once belonged to a member of a famed group of Canadian painters is for sale in North Vancouver, B.C. 

$25K in cash, drugs seized from Whalley home 
Police seized packages containing suspected fentanyl, hard-pressed pills and methamphetamine. 

Foodora shutting down operations in Canada
Food delivery service Foodora has announced it is shutting down operations in Canada on May 11. 


April 24, 2020

Fake regulator website for derivative trading in Vancouver prompts warning
The Canadian Securities Administrators is warning investors about a fake regulatory organization claiming to regulate the futures contract market in Vancouver. 

Newborn found dead inside portable toilet on Vancouver's Downtown Eastside
Police in Vancouver say an infant was found dead inside a portable toilet on the Downtown Eastside Wednesday. 

Calls for more checks on city toilets after 2 deaths
Advocates are calling for more checks on portable toilets in the Downtown Eastside, which had been set up as an opportunity for homeless people to get clean. 

Suspect East Vancouver attack on 92-year-old identified
The suspect in an alleged assault on an elderly man at an East Vancouver convenience store has turned himself in to police, according to a man who identified himself as the suspect’s son. 

'Unfolding police incident' is now a missing person case, RCMP says
Mounties in Chilliwack are warning members of the public to call 911 if they see a grey Toyota Tacoma pickup truck with B.C. licence plate PA558R. 

Vancouver-based gangs getting around border lockdowns
Gangs and organized crime groups in B.C. are changing how they operate and run their illegal business due to the economic impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, police forces say. 

April 23, 2020

Discovery of body in Vancouver's Downtown Eastside involves baby
Sources tell CTV News a police investigation that appeared to involve the discovery of a body on the Downtown Eastside on Wednesday somehow also involves a baby

Evacuation alert issued for 400 people in B.C. village due to flooding
An evacuation alert has been issued for people who live in a small village in central British Columbia as flood water levels rise. 

Companies, founders ordered to pay $37 million in fines: BCSC
A group of companies and its founders have been fined nearly $37 million by a B.C. Securities Commission panel that says they misled investors, conducted unregistered trading and illegally sold securities. 

Lululemon apologizes after employee promotes 'inexcusable' T-shirt
Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica is apologizing after an employee promoted what it says was an "inappropriate and inexcusable" T-shirt online. 

Elderly man with dementia attacked in racially motivated incident caught on camera
Vancouver police released photos and video Wednesday showing a suspect in what officers describe as a racially motivated attack. 

VPD responds to multiple 'high priority' emergency calls in one night
Vancouver police responded multiple emergency calls on Tuesday in the span of several hours during what they called a "very busy" night. 

Retail apocalypse? B.C. stores don't know if shoppers will return
COVID-19 store-closures have forced shoppers to turn to online retailers. That has stores with brick-and-mortar locations wondering if they will come back when the pandemic is over. 

Commercial break and enters double in Vancouver: police
New data from police in Surrey and Vancouver show changes in reported crimes in B.C.'s two largest cities during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

April 22

Empty roads making it easier to speed – and get caught
Within a week, 11 drivers were busted for speeding excessively along the Sea to Sky corridor. 

Mounties warn of spike in 'sextortion' scams in Surrey
Surrey RCMP said they have received multiple reports over the last week about sextortion scams. 

Hedge fire in Vancouver's Kerrisdale believed to be deliberately set
Vancouver-based Lululemon Athletica is apologizing after an employee promoted what it says was an "inappropriate and inexcusable" T-shirt online. 

Fire at rental home leads to discovery of drug lab, West Vancouver police say
An early morning fire in a rental home in West Vancouver over the weekend helped police uncover what they are calling a "large scale, sophisticated" drug lab. 

Flood warnings have been upgraded for much of B.C.'s Cariboo and Chilcotin regions
Flood warnings now cover a wide area of central British Columbia and the River Forecast Centre warns river levels will continue to rise through Wednesday. 

April 21, 2020

River Forecast Centre warns of a risk of flooding in parts of the province
A flood warning was issued Monday morning for part of B.C., and several other areas are under flood watches. 

Some Vancouver-area golf courses reopening with health officials' blessing 
Some of the Vancouver-area golf courses that voluntarily closed down to prevent the spread of COVID-19 are opening back up with the blessing of public health officials. 

Here's why a cave believed to be Canada's largest went undetected 
Researchers who discovered what might be the largest cave in Canada believe it went undetected for such a long time because it was concealed by snow and ice that only recently melted due to climate change. 

Body of missing Maple Ridge woman found, foul play not suspected
Atefeh Jadidian, 40, was last seen leaving work on Feb. 19 near Lougheed Highway and 228 Street. 

Driver apparently OK after train rams into stalled semi-truck
A train slammed into a stalled semi near the Surrey-Langley border on Monday, but authorities say the driver managed to survive the crash. 

April 20, 2020

RCMP say in excess of 19 victims in N.S. rampage
All victims in the mass killing in Nova Scotia are adults and an RCMP officer injured in the mass killing in Nova Scotia is recovering, investigators revealed Monday. 

Progress made to contain Squamish wildfire; not likely to spread further
The BC Wildfire Service says crews have made good progress containing a fire near Squamish, B.C. 

14 arrested after homeless people, activists broke into Vancouver school
The group, a mix of homeless people and activists, said they had occupied a building at the school because homeless people currently cannot physically distance themselves from others to prevent the spread of COVID-19.

Caught on camera: Woman kicked by fellow shopper in North Vancouver
Rina Moon says she’s still shaken after the interaction inside the Loblaws City Market store on Lonsdale Avenue Friday afternoon

BC Ferries vessel damaged after hitting dock in Tsawwassen
A BC Ferries ship hit the dock at Tsawwassen ferry terminal, resulting in two cancelled departures and a four-hour disembarkment delay for some passengers. 

Child struck, killed by vehicle in Kelowna, police say
A child has died after being hit by a vehicle in Kelowna Sunday afternoon. 

Police say man killed himself after being found in missing woman's camper
The search for a missing B.C. woman took an alarming turn this week after police found her camper in the Fraser Valley with a man inside. 

Saturday, April 18

 Evacuation order remains in effect for Squamish community

Parts of Squamish remain under an evacuation order as a wildfire continues to burn and has already destroyed several homes.

Police say man killed himself after being found in missing woman's camper
The search for a missing B.C. woman took an alarming turn this week after police found her camper in the Fraser Valley with a man inside. 

COVID-related court backlog could delay justice for crime victims
A big backlog in the court system could mean the victims of a COVID-19 commercial B&E crime wave could be waiting longer for justice. 

Photos show B.C.'s first major wildfire of 2020
The BC Wildfire Service says an aggressive blaze near Squamish is being held at one-square kilometre in size but residents pushed out by the flames say several homes have been lost.

Sentencing for man who fatally stabbed B.C. high school student adjourned to the fall
A lawyer for a man who fatally stabbed a student at an Abbotsford high school in 2016 says his sentencing hearing has been adjourned until the fall

Burnaby man stole supply van from St. Paul's Hospital, VPD says
Vancouver police say they have arrested a 26-year-old Burnaby man who allegedly stole a supply van from St. Paul's Hospital overnight. 

Snow pack, warm temperatures create flood conditions in B.C.
Regional and local governments in the B.C. Interior are urging residents to prepare for potential flooding this year -- but to be mindful of physical distancing requirements while they do it. 

April 16, 2020

Retired high-ranking Surrey RCMP member lashes out at Mayor McCallum
The historically bumpy relationship between Doug McCallum and the RCMP is resurfacing – this time, in the form of a letter being circulated on social media. 

District of Squamish declares state of emergency over fast-moving wildfire
A wildfire burning in Squamish has prompted the district to declare a local state of emergency as some residents in the area have been asked to evacuate. 

You can now buy booze from 7 a.m. to 11 p.m. every day in B.C. 
With alcohol sales up and an interest in promoting physical distancing when possible, B.C. liquor stores can now open earlier and close late.  

Suspected drunk driver wearing a bathrobe pulled over on B.C. street in a golf cart
Police said the driver failed a roadside sobriety test and has received a 90-day driving ban. 

B.C. extends provincial state of emergency for another 2 weeks
The B.C. government has extended its provincial state of emergency for another 14 days, Premier John Horgan announced Wednesday.  

Wednesday, April 15

Here's what experts say you should do if you come across a coyote in B.C.
British Columbians now staying home due to COVID-19 have some questions about coyotes. 

2nd-degree murder charge laid in Surrey shooting, incident believed to be random
A 26-year-old man has been charged with second-degree murder in connection to a shooting that police now say they believe was random. 

Former Vancouver Whitecaps player charged with sexual assault 
A former Vancouver Whitecaps player has pleaded not guilty to one count of sexual assault following an alleged offence in the Vancouver area in May 2018. 

Monday, April 13

Man caught on camera spitting on elevator buttons apologizes
The condo resident who posted video of the man spreading saliva on the elevator buttons says she's frustrated he won't face greater consequences.

Police investigating massive fire at under-construction home in Surrey
Surrey RCMP are investigating a house fire in that left one family homeless

Small wildfire near Port Alberni trail under investigation, fire chief says
Fire crews on Vancouver Island worked quickly to put out a small wildfire near a pedestrian trail in Port Alberni Saturday night. 

Fire officials ban most types of open burning amid pandemic
The BC Wildfire Service has banned most open burning across British Columbia beginning at noon on April 16. The ban will apply to all open fires except campfires, as well as the use of fireworks and sky lanterns. 

April 12

Video appears to show man spitting on elevator buttons at condo 
Residents of a Vancouver condo building are perturbed and disgusted after a video that appears to show a man spitting on elevator buttons was posted to social media – in the midst of a highly contagious coronavirus pandemic.

Man found shot in Vancouver's Chinatown neighbourhood
A man was found shot in Vancouver's Chinatown neighbourhood Friday night and is now in hospital with serious injuries, according to police. 

Friday, April 10, 2020

Researchers investigating after juvenile Humpback found dead
Whale researchers are hoping the recent discovery of a dead Humpback on Vancouver Island will help further their understanding of entanglements. 

Horgan says B.C. could emerge from COVID-19 as preferred film destination
B.C. Premier John Horgan says the province's film industry is being cast in a favourable light amid the global novel coronavirus pandemic. 

Ocean freighters collide, tangle anchors off Pender Island
Two bulk carrier ships anchored between B.C.'s Pender and Saturna islands collided last week, according to investigators with Transport Canada. 

More than 85 displaced by Campbell River apartment fire
More than 50 people have been forced out of their homes in Campbell River after an early morning apartment fire Wednesday.

Thursday, April 9, 2020

B.C. sees 7.2% unemployment rate for March
With the novel coronavirus pandemic spreading worldwide leading to business closures and job losses, Statistics Canada has reported some grim unemployment rates here in B.C.

Man and dog displaced after early morning fire in South Vancouver
A man and his dog have been displaced after an early morning fire in South Vancouver.

Man who referenced Rambo in threatening TransLink loses rights complaint
An engineer who suffered professional consequences after allegedly sending threatening emails to TransLink was not the victim of discrimination, according to the B.C. Human Rights Tribunal.

Sudden death of 8-year-old B.C. boy under investigation: RCMP
The death of a B.C. boy is being investigated by police and the province's coroners service. 

Monday, April 6, 2020

RCMP finds no evidence of criminal wrongdoing by B.C. MLA Jinny Sims
British Columbia's prosecution service says NDP legislature member Jinny Sims will not face charges following an RCMP investigation and the appointment of a special prosecutor last fall.

How many more COVID cases were reported over the weekend?
B.C.'s provincial health officer and health minister will release the latest infection numbers for COVID-19 Monday, after taking Sunday off.  

How to apply for the Canadian Emergency Response Benefit and EI sickness pay
The federal government is offering new financial support for Canadians whose jobs have been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic.  

Sunday, April 5, 2020

Firefighters battle two fires in East Vancouver 
Fire crews have rescued one man in a wheelchair and several other residents have been displaced from a house on East 12 Ave. 

Feds offer $10 million for Vancouver homeless in COVID-19 fight
Acknowledging that people experiencing homelessness face a heightened risk of contracting COVID-19, the federal government has earmarked more than $10 million dollars to reduce the impacts of the coronavirus on Vancouver’s homeless population.

Fire burns multiple boats in Horseshoe Bay
West Vancouver firefighters and a Vancouver fire boat were called to Horseshoe Bay Saturday afternoon to put out a fire that had spread to at least two boats in a marina.

Woman charged with first-degree murder in connection with twin sister’s death
Pen Jung Tracy Chen was arrested at Minnekhada Regional Park on March 10 and subsequently charged with indignity to a dead body.

Saturday, April 5, 2020

Of B.C.'s 35 speed cameras, why is only one on Vancouver Island? 
Earlier this week, the province announced that all but one of the 35 previously identified intersections are now equipped with speed-detecting cameras. 

Warning from police to parents: Keep a close eye on your kids' internet use
A sudden increase in internet activity has police warning parents to keep an eye on what their children are doing online. 

Sea lion found with 'gruesome injuries' has a happy ending, rescuers say
The California sea lion had what members of the Vancouver Aquarium's Marine Mammal Rescue Centre described as "gruesome" and "horrific" injuries. 

Son charged with second-degree murder in his mother's death
A man has been arrested in Vancouver and charged with second-degree murder after his mother's body was found in her home in Squamish Wednesday night. 

 

Wednesday, April 1, 2020

Pea-sized hailstones, lightning reported in Metro Vancouver
Unusual weather was noted in parts of Metro Vancouver and the Victoria area Tuesday by forecasters and others on Twitter.

Some B.C. residents report feeling Idaho's 6.5-magnitude earthquake
B.C. may be over 1,000 kilometres away, but some residents reported feeling the 6.5 magnitude earthquake recorded in Idaho Tuesday. 

Argument leads to stabbing in downtown Vancouver, police say
A man was stabbed Tuesday morning following an argument in downtown Vancouver, police say. 

Tuesday, March 31, 2020

Endangered orcas could be threatened by proposed B.C. container terminal
A federally appointed panel has found the development of a new shipping container terminal south of Vancouver would result in "significant adverse" effects on endangered southern resident killer whales.

Have you seen this high-risk offender? Call 911 immediately, VPD say
Police are asking the public for help to find a woman who disappeared from her halfway house over the weekend.

Police deploy trailer camera to deter property crime downtown
The Vancouver Police Department has deployed its "public safety trailer" in the downtown core to help deter property crime.

Billie Eilish records uplifting video for young B.C. girl battling leukemia
A young B.C. girl who is battling leukemia for a second time amid the COVID-19 crisis has been given an uplifting personal message from her hero, Billie Eilish.

Victoria police arrest men in alleged COVID-19 Airbnb scam
Two men were arrested this weekend after police were called to investigate an alleged coronavirus Airbnb scam in Victoria.  

Missing pilot's wallet found 22 years after disappearance near Port Hardy
A North Island family may be getting closer to solving a two-decade-old mystery now that some personal items belonging to a missing pilot have surfaced. 

Police investigating string of arson fires in Saanich, Oak Bay
The Saanich Police Department is investigating a string of suspicious fires that were lit in Saanich and Oak Bay early Monday morning. 

 

March 26

53 animals seized from B.C. property in cruelty investigation 
Among the animals seized were 36 miniature horses, four goats and five llamas. 

Verdict date postponed for man accused of killing Vancouver couple
The verdict for a man accused of killing a Vancouver couple has been adjourned for now, following the suspension of regular operations of the B.C. Supreme Court due to COVID-1 

Abbotsford woman arrested for impaired driving with 5-year-old in car
A woman has been arrested for impaired driving in Abbotsford while her young child was in the back seat, local police say. 

March 21, 2020

Body found in Chilliwack; homicide team investigating
A body was found in Chilliwack late Thursday night, prompting an investigation from the homicide team. 

Police stop allegedly impaired dump truck driver in Surrey
Mounties in Surrey say they issued a three-day driving ban to the operator of a dump truck in their jurisdiction last week after "observing some concerning driver behaviour." 

Suspect charged a year after stabbing at Surrey banquet hall
A man in his 20s has been charged more than a year after a stabbing at a Surrey, B.C., banquet hall.

Naming of new RCAF planes stalled by legal issues
Four months after the Royal Canadian Air Force was due to announce the official name of Canada's newest search and rescue plane, the Department of National Defence is still dealing with legal and trademark issues around naming the aircraft. 

B.C. warns of likely return of Asian giant hornets
The B.C. government is warning residents that Asian giant hornets, which first appeared on Vancouver Island last year, could return this spring and summer

Man in custody after firing gun in Langford
One man is in police custody after firing a gun in public in Langford. 

West Shore RCMP release video of man wanted for assault
The West Shore RCMP are seeking the public’s assistance in identifying a man who reportedly attacked a woman and then a bystander who attempted to intervene.

Friday, March 20

VPD recommends charges against Car2Go driver involved in fatal collision with taxi
Police have recommended six charges to Crown but said it's unlikely they will be approved since the driver isn't able to participate in court proceedings because of his his medical condition. 

Air and ground search launched for missing snowshoer in Lions Bay
A major search and rescue effort involving several teams from Metro Vancouver has been launched for a 37-year-old hiker from Burnaby who hasn’t been seen since Saturday. 

Driver charged after deadly crash that killed 13-year-old pedestrian in Coquitlam
The driver behind the wheel of a BMW that slammed into a group of pedestrians, killing a 13-year-old girl has been charged, nearly a year after the deadly collision that claimed the life of Deborah Seol.

Tuesday, March 17, 2020

Mixed feelings for Alan Kurdi's aunt after sentencing
The aunt of three-year-old Alan Kurdi says she has mixed feelings after three people were sentenced in the human smuggling case that resulted in the deaths of her nephew, his brother and mother as they fled Syria in 2015. 

A Surrey teen accused of stabbing a teacher has been charged
A 19-year-old is facing multiple charges after a teacher was attacked at a Surrey, B.C., high school last week.

Sister of woman charged in suspicious death investigation missing 
Homicide investigators are releasing new information to the public in its investigation into a suspicious death in Coquitlam. 

BC Ferries cancels more sailings as coronavirus reduces demand 
BC Ferries has issued a travel advisory for this week, warning of reduced sailings between Vancouver Island and the Lower Mainland. 

Victoria police seek witnesses after 71-year-old stabbed
The Victoria Police Department is asking for witnesses to come forward after a 71-year-old was stabbed in the downtown area on Friday morning.