News/Canada/British Columbia

Law changed to protect vulnerable women had opposite effect, B.C. judge finds

April 17, 2019

It was a law designed to help vulnerable women. But according to a B.C. Supreme Court judge, in practice, part of the Zero Tolerance for Barbaric Cultural Practices Act would have had the opposite effect. In a precedent-setting decision, Justice Douglas Thompson has undone an amendment to the Criminal Code written — essentially — to prevent men from […]

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New measles case confirmed, infected person visited Vancouver airport

April 17, 2019

Vancouver Coastal Health (VCH) has confirmed another case of measles in the Lower Mainland, marking the 27th case in B.C. this year. In a written statement posted on Tuesday evening, VCH and the Fraser Health Authority said the infection was acquired abroad. The person infected lives in the Fraser Health region and visited several locations while infected. They […]

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Retired city worker faces multiple murder charges after shootings in Penticton, B.C.

April 16, 2019

A retired city worker is facing multiple murder charges after a shooting spree left four people dead in the city of Penticton, B.C., on Monday. John Brittain, 68, was charged with three counts of first-degree murder and one count of second-degree murder on Tuesday. Handcuffed, he was led through the back door of the provincial courthouse for a […]

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‘A very dark day for Penticton’: Man, 60, in custody after 4 slain in ‘targeted’ shootings

April 15, 2019

Penticton, B.C., RCMP say four people are dead after a string of fatal shootings in three locations Monday morning. South Okanagan-Similkameen Supt. Ted De Jager says a 60-year-old man who is a resident of Penticton has been taken into custody after he turned himself in at the front desk of the Penticton RCMP detachment. Police have confirmed they believe […]

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One person in hospital after possible shooting at B.C. church

April 14, 2019

B.C. Emergency Health Services confirm one person was airlifted to hospital after a possible shooting in Salmon Arm Sunday morning. BCEHS confirms they received a call just after 10:30 a.m. and and responded to a scene near Salmon Arm Church of Christ. Two people were hurt in the incident and BCEHS sent two ground ambulances and an […]

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1 man dead, another person injured after shooting at church in Salmon Arm, B.C.

April 14, 2019

One man is dead, another person is in hospital and a suspect is in police custody after a shooting at a small church in Salmon Arm, B.C., on Sunday. This undated photo from the Salmon Arm Church of Christ website shows Gordon Parmenter with his wife Peggy. (Salmon Arm Church of Christ) Family members have confirmed that […]

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New drug mix causing harder-to-revive overdoses, sparking panic in Vancouver

April 12, 2019

A new kind of overdose is showing up among Vancouver drug users and it’s challenging front-line overdose prevention workers trying to save lives. Toxicology reports are revealing a different drug being mixed with fentanyl and other street drugs, which are already adulterated with ever more bizarre and dangerous fillers, according to Dr. Keith Ahamad, an addiction […]

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His iPhone was dead, but he was still convicted of distracted driving

April 10, 2019

A Surrey, B.C., driver who was caught wearing in-ear headphones has been found guilty of distracted driving, even though the earbuds were connected to a dead iPhone. Patrick Henry Grzelak was coming home after a long day of work on Oct. 12, 2018, when police officers spotted him in the northbound lanes of 152 Street, according to a […]

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Fired for not being Indigenous: B.C. man awarded damages from Aboriginal non-profit

April 10, 2019

A judge has awarded $30,000 in damages to a B.C. man who was fired from his position with a Vancouver Aboriginal health organization “because he was not an Indigenous Canadian.” Horacio Valle Torres was stunned last summer when he was terminated without notice or adequate explanation from his job as program manager of a Downtown Eastside centre […]

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Vancouver businessman facing new conspiracy charge in college admissions scandal

April 10, 2019

Vancouver businessman David Sidoo is facing an additional charge of conspiracy to commit money laundering in connection with the college admissions scam, according to documents from the U.S. Attorney’s Office. Sidoo, 59, is facing U.S. felony charges of conspiracy to commit mail and wire fraud for allegedly paying $200,000 US to have someone write SATs […]

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