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The City of Vancouver and Squamish Nation have lost legal challenges aimed at quashing an environmental assessment certificate issued by British Columbia for the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. In separate rulings issued Thursday, a B.C. Supreme Court judge found that the decision by the province’s environment and natural gas ministers to issue the certificate was […] More
The federal government is closing some recreational and commercial chinook fisheries on the West Coast in an effort to help save endangered southern resident killer whales. Fisheries Minister Dominic LeBlanc says a lack of prey for the whales is one of the critical factors affecting their recovery. Southern residents inhabit the waters from south and […] More
A mother of three who died just hours before her daughter’s wedding in Tofino, B.C., would have wanted the celebration to go ahead, says her twin brother. Pat Doyle said his sister, Ann Wittenberg, was floating on a surfboard with her 21-year-old daughter, Rachel Emon, Sunday morning when a wave pulled them into the ocean. The […] More
A three-year plan by the provincial government to overhaul B.C.’s health system will see more doctors hired and a focus for patients to gain more access to health professionals. The government’s plan is to shift to a team-based system of care that includes funding for 200 new doctors over the next three years. The goal […] More
A wildfire about 25 kilometres southwest of Campbell River has tripled in size since being first discovered Wednesday. The B.C. Wildfire Service (BCWS) says the now 12-hectare blaze is burning at the Argonaut Mainline near the Quinsam Coal mine with 19 firefighters on the scene to fight it. The mine has not been evacuated. Video […] More
The federal government has blocked the proposed $1.5-billion takeover of Aecon Group Inc. by a Chinese state-owned company for reasons of national security. After markets closed Wednesday, Economic Development Minister Navdeep Bains confirmed the government’s decision to prevent CCCC International Holding Ltd. (CCCI) from acquiring the Aecon construction firm. The move could have an impact […] More
Two kayakers were pulled from the water off Taylor Beach in Metchosin on Wednesday evening. Joint Rescue Co-Ordination Centre Victoria confirms the alarm was sounded around 6:20 p.m. after two people out kayaking were reported to be in distress. Capt. Richard Szegidewicz of JRCC says the two kayakers were about one kilometer from shore when […] More
WATCH: A Nanaimo bathtub racer is worried that a recent theft could dash his chances at winning the upcoming Great International Bathtub Race. The motor Kurt Henderson has perfected over years, was stolen right off his bathtub Sunday night. Kurt Henderson’s racing bathtub is like a babied classic car after all the years and nautical miles […] More
WATCH: High pressure will weaken a bit allowing some cloud to push in Thursday. Look for clouds and clear spots tonight some wind from the west and lows of 11 C. Thursday will feature more of a mix of sun and cloud with highs pulling back to around 16 to 19 C. More
WATCH: The Vancouver Police Department has put together a reality-based educational video to teach people what to do when faced with an active deadly threat. April Lawrence reports. Run, hide or fight. That’s the advice the Vancouver Police Department is giving in a new video outlining how people can be prepared for an active deadly […] More
WATCH: It has now been one week since Ben Kilmer went missing. Though the number of people searching has dwindled, some volunteers refuse to give up. They continue to search for any sign of the 41-year-old husband and father. Luisa Alvarez reports. It’s been a week since the 41-year-old father and husband went missing in the […] More
WATCH: Calvin To joins two of Victoria’s commuters as they make their way through the city by bike and by car. It turns out, they have very different views of bike lanes. It’s a tale of two of Victoria’s commuters: one who travels by limousine and another who bikes to work. Trevor Ball wisthe cyclist. He […] More
West Shore RCMP are looking for one suspect after a report of an alleged groping incident at the Canadian Tire in the Langford. Police said a male suspect allegedly groped a woman in a sexual manner while she was shopping at the store located at 855 Langford Parkway on March 11. The suspect is not […] More
Jurors in British Columbia will get more counselling services made available to them after hearing difficult evidence and testimony in court. Under the changes, jurors will have the opportunity to participate in four one-on-one sessions with a counsellor. Jury members are currently limited to one group debriefing session at the end of a trial, and […] More