• Rescuers near Victoria find cat more than a week after fire kills owner

    ESQUIMALT — Rescuers are caring for a frightened and burned cat that escaped a deadly apartment fire near Victoria.
    The blaze broke out April 7 in Esquimalt and quickly spread through the top floor of the low-rise building, trapping the cat’s owner — a woman in her 60s — on a balcony.
    Firefighters rescued five other people but could not reach the woman, although neighbours reported seeing her cat leap to safety moments before the balcony and suite were engulfed in flames.
  • 35 Easter events happening around Metro Vancouver this weekend

    Hop on over to one of the eggciting events happening around Metro Vancouver this Easter weekend.Stanley Park Railway Easter TrainHop on the Stanley Park Train for an egg-citing Easter ride through the forest and look for cotton-tailed inhabitants. After the train ride, kids can enjoy fun activities including a scavenger hunt, meeting the Easter Bunny, Easter crafts, bouncers and carnival games, Bunny Burrow Maze and a Toddler Zone. • Stanley Park Miniature Railway, Vancouver • April 18
  • Federal government extends deadline to make Trans Mountain decision to June 18

    OTTAWA — The federal government is delaying its decision on the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion project until June 18 so it has more time to complete consultations with Indigenous groups.
    The National Energy Board endorsed an expansion of the pipeline on Feb. 22, starting the clock on a 90-day period for Ottawa to make a final call.
    That established May 22 as the original deadline.
    Consultation teams continue to meet with potentially impacted Indigenous groups, Natural Resources Minister
  • Vancouver Weather: Heavy rain

    VANCOUVER, B.C.: Thursday, April 18. Environment Canada is forecasting heavy rain today, with up to 20 millimetres expected, and a high of 11 C. The rain will likely continue overnight, according to Environment Canada, and then taper off Friday morning for the start of the long weekend. Friday afternoon is expected to be mainly cloudy and windy, with a high of 13 C. Then, Saturday looks sunny and clear with a high of 15 C and an overnight low of 6 C. Sunday also looks mainly sunny with some
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  • Want a new kitchen? Consider cabinet refacing

    Kitchen cabinet refacing is one of the most economical and simple ways to transform the look of your kitchen — just don’t confuse it with the old-school cabinet refinishing where cabinet doors were removed, painted and then re-installed.
    “Refacing is using the existing footprint and removing all the old doors and drawers and replacing them with brand-new manufactured ones,” says Curtis Murray, whose Lower Mainland company 180Kitchens.com installs about 10 to 12 kitchens a
  • Douglas Todd: New 'exit controls' will help seal Canada's leaky borders

    With the help of high-tech electronics, Canada might be on its way to losing its reputation as having some of the loosest border controls in the Western World.
    Canada is on the verge of joining other advanced countries by putting in “exit controls” at its borders, which means officials will have a greater chance to catch criminals and homegrown terrorists, temporary workers who overstay their visas and mobile people who illicitly take advantage of government services such as health c
  • REAL SCOOP: Police identify victim of Kits shooting – UPDATED

    Police were still searching for evidence Wednesday afternoon behind a business on the southwest corner of West 4th and Broadway where Manoj Kumar was shot dead the night before. Kumar is not known to police. He has no criminal record and so far, investigators don’t know why he was killed. Strange that another man named Kumar – Armendra Kumar – was gunned down last week in Surrey. He was also unknown to police.Here’s my story:
    Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and ho
  • No-bake, no rules: Canada Post says everyone makes Nanaimo bars 'a little differently'

    Despite heavy criticism that the so-called “Nanaimo bar” depicted in their latest stamp issue has a troubling and inaccurate filling-to-base ratio, Canada Post is standing by their controversial version of the famed West Coast treat.
    On Wednesday, the Crown corporation attempted to stamp out commentary over their custard-heavy Nanaimo bar, effectively arguing that they didn’t get it wrong, because there’s no right way to make one.
    “We understand there are some stron
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  • Hometown TED-talker highlights path to happiness through giving

    Scoring the chance to deliver a TED Talk Wednesday gave University of B.C. happiness researcher Elizabeth Dunn an immediate jolt of euphoria, but she knows to keep it in perspective.
    “If anything, my research shows that any life event that happens to you probably isn’t going to change your happiness as much as you might think,” said Dunn, whose day job is teaching psychology and running the social cognition and emotion lab at UBC.
    Dunn was invited to talk about her research int
  • Police quick to wrap up case of two murdered girls: defence

    A lawyer for a Victoria-area man accused of murdering his two young daughters suggested Wednesday that the police were too quick to wrap up their investigation and raised the spectre of a potential wrongful conviction.
    The suggestion by Kevin McCullough, who is representing accused Andrew Berry, came during his cross-examination of the first police officer on the scene of the crime on Christmas Day, 2017.
    Oak Bay police Const. Peter Ulanowski testified that when he arrived at Berry’s apart
  • Letters, April 18: Eby is moving B.C. to same lousy auto insurance Ontario wants to eliminate

    Attorney-General David Eby just introduced transformative changes to auto insurance in B.C. Ontario made this same change, to no-fault auto insurance, in 1986 for the same reasons.Well, the results are in. Ontario’s finance minister announced this week that “when it comes to auto driving, it is clear that Ontario’s auto insurance is broken and drivers deserve better.” He called the Ford government’s reforms “transformative” and said Ontarians pay among t
  • 'Beyond words': Close neighbours shocked by Penticton killings

    PENTICTON — Neighbours reacted with disbelief to the murder of four people who lived in proximity to each other on Cornwall Drive and to the identity of the man arrested on four counts of murder.
    “I’m beyond words,” said Debbie Kozari, who lives next door to where mass murder suspect John Brittain’s estranged wife lives on a quiet, cosy suburban street. “He was such a nice, pleasant man, I never heard him raise his voice or anything.”
    His estranged wife,
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  • Vancouver veteran CFL official Dave Hawkshaw receiving officiating position with NFL - North Island Gazette

    Vancouver veteran CFL official Dave Hawkshaw receiving officiating position with NFL  North Island GazetteNFL announced that Hawkshaw was one of six new officials hired for the 2019 season.
  • Seattle Seahawks release 2019 regular season schedule

    Get your game faces on.
    The Seattle Seahawks have released their 2019 regular-season schedule, so those of you itching to head south and catch a game live, take note.
    ** Denotes a home game in Seattle.Week 1 vs. Cincinnati Bengals**Sunday, Sept. 81:05 p.m.
    Week 2 vs. Pittsburge SteelersSunday, Sept. 1510 a.m.
    Week 3 vs. New Orleans Saints**Sunday, Sept. 221:25 p.m.
    Week 4 vs. Arizona CardinalsSunday, Sept. 291:05 p.m.
    Week 5 vs. Los Angeles Rams**Thursday, Oct. 35:20 p.m.
    Week 6 vs. Cleveland Br
  • Owners of West Georgia White Spot site propose two luxury condo towers

    Owners of the much-watched White Spot restaurant property in the West End across from Coal Harbour are proposing to build two high-end condo towers, according to a rezoning application filed with the City of Vancouver.
    The proposed twin 38-storey Alberni Towers would house 455 condo units and total 433,657-sq.-ft. of floor space.
    In late 2017, Carnival Group International, a Chinese company known for building a giant resort in Qingdao on China’s east coast, partnered with Vancouver’s
  • North Korea says it test-fired new weapon amid stalled talks - Vancouver Sun

    North Korea says it test-fired new weapon amid stalled talks  Vancouver SunSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and ...
  • North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon - Vancouver Sun

    North Korea says it test-fired new tactical guided weapon  Vancouver SunSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea said Thursday that it had test-fired a new type of “tactical guided weapon,” its first such test in nearly half a year, and ...
  • Vaughn Palmer: Odd timing as B.C. endorses oil tanker ban

    VICTORIA — After waiting for months, the B.C. New Democrats this week finally got around to endorsing federal legislation that would enshrine a moratorium on oil tankers on the northern coast.
    “Our government has been very clear we are committed to protecting our environment, the economy and our coast from the devastating impact a heavy oil spill would have,” said the statement Tuesday from Environment Minister George Heyman.
    “We oppose the expansion of the movement
  • Man identified in Vancouver's fourth homicide of the year - North Delta Reporter

    Man identified in Vancouver's fourth homicide of the year  North Delta ReporterPolice have released the name of the 30-year-old victim in Tuesday night's shooting in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood. Manoj Kumar has been identified ...
  • Police identify shooting victim in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood

    Vancouver police are looking for witnesses after a Vancouver man was gunned down in his vehicle in Kitsilano on Tuesday night.
    Manoj Kumar, 30, died near West Fourth and Burrard around 8:30 p.m. after someone opened fire on his white BMW.
    “Based on the circumstances surrounding the shooting, this appears to have been a targeted homicide,” VPD Const. Jason Doucette said. “Although it’s very early in the investigation and we are still working to identify a motive, I can con
  • Vancouver police threaten to arrest anyone selling 4/20 marijuana to minors

    Vancouver police are asking parents to have a “tough” conversation with their teenagers about the dangers associated with marijuana at a large unsanctioned 4/20 event while city and park board officials call on organizers to pay for policing costs.
    Sgt. Jason Robillard said Wednesday the 25th annual event, featuring vendors selling marijuana, baked edibles and drug paraphernalia, is expected to be a big draw on Saturday because of a concert by California hip-hop group Cypress Hill.
    P
  • North Vancouver's popular Shipyards Night Market returns next month - Straight.com

    North Vancouver's popular Shipyards Night Market returns next month  Straight.comThe free waterfront attraction will feature more than 30 food trucks.
  • B.C. Ferries will test beer and wine sales this summer

    B.C. Ferries plans to try out beer and wine sales on select trips starting this June.
    The ferry operator will launch a pilot project in June that brings B.C. beer and wine to the Pacific Buffet, on a trio of vessels travelling between Swartz Bay and Tsawwassen, according to a report by news site The Orca.
    The Orca, which obtained an internal staff memo detailing the pilot project, reports that beer and wine will be sold on Spirit of British Columbia, Spirit of Vancouver and Coastal Cel
  • B.C. and Alberta to try diplomacy first, but Kenney wields a big stick

    VICTORIA — B.C. Premier John Horgan says he’s confident he can work with Alberta’s new premier-elect Jason Kenney, despite a threat from Kenney that B.C. will face “consequences” for continuing to obstruct oil pipelines.
    Horgan said he and Kenney spoke briefly by phone Wednesday, after Kenney’s United Conservative Party won a majority government in Alberta’s election the previous night.
    “I know the challenges that he faces, he is seized of the morn
  • Metal detectors find long-lost gold bracelet in Central Kootenays

    When his metal detector beeped, Martin Prear was shocked.
    It had been only a minute since he had started searching for long-buried treasure on a wooded acreage outside of Edgewood, a settlement in the Central Kootenays.
    “When I first got the signal from my metal detector, I thought, ‘Geez, I got it. That’s it — it has to be it,’” Prear said.
    Prear and four other people with metal detectors in the area were asked last week to help 85-year-old Stanley Fenton fin
  • Led by Lahti, Port Moody's acting mayors to forge ahead

    The day after she was chosen to act as Port Moody’s mayor, one of the first things Coun. Meghan Lahti did to get a handle on the job with which she had suddenly been tasked was reach out to about a dozen mayors in the region.
    Being a councillor, something Lahti has 20 years of experience doing, is very different than sitting in the mayor’s seat full time. She wanted to know how each mayor approached the position and the workload involved.
    The most common response she received was tha
  • LAFC heads north to take on Vancouver Whitecaps - Pro Soccer USA

    LAFC heads north to take on Vancouver Whitecaps  Pro Soccer USALOS ANGELES — LAFC hits the road again to face off against the Vancouver Whitecaps this week, meeting a familiar face in opposing head coach Marc Dos ...
  • Realtor estate company sued after alleged assault involving co-workers

    A North Shore realtor is suing the company she worked for over allegations she was assaulted by a male colleague and eventually forced to leave her job.
    Lisa Eileen Billett claims that Colin Hall, who formed a partnership with her at Sutton West Coast Realty, developed romantic feelings for her that she rebuffed.
    She says that following this rejection, Hall’s attitude toward her changed and he began behaving in a controlling and erratic manner.
    Billet claims that on April 19, 2017, she and
  • North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon - Vancouver Courier

    North Korea test-fires a new tactical guided weapon  Vancouver CourierSEOUL, Korea, Republic Of — North Korea has test-fired a "new-type tactical guided weapon," its state media announced Thursday, a move that could be an ...
  • Vancouver baker turns college hobby into a sweet career

    Icing on the Cake
    Tessa Huff | Abrams Books
    $37.99 Tessa Huff recalls how she initially turned to baking during college as a way to escape the “chaos” of classes and to find peace and quiet from her “rowdy” roommates.
    “I didn’t start cooking or baking until I was away at school,” she says. “I started watching cooking shows between classes and picked up a job in the student-run kitchen on campus at the University of California, Davis where I wa
  • Matt Andersen and the Mellotones tear it up on Halfway Home by Morning Tour

    Matt Andersen and the Mellotones
    When: April 25, 8 p.m.
    Where: Chan Shun Concert Hall, UBC
    Tickets and info: tickets.ubc.caNew Brunswick bluesman Matt Andersen first toured and recorded with the Halifax R&B institution the Mellotones in 2015. The two artists are back again on the new album Halfway Home by Morning and the combination of Andersen’s dexterous guitar work and gritty vocals with the band’s in-the-pocket grooves make for some of the best blues rock coming out at the mo
  • Kasey Wilson: A toast to roast chicken

    A Frenchman hoping to attract women can do no better than to become a butcher. At least that’s what I gleaned from a dinner with author Patricia Wells a few years after she relocated to Paris from the United States. For women in France, she told me, the butcher shop is a central part of life. With a smile, a wink and that masculine assurance that comes from butchering meat, ‘le boucher’ charms and gives cooking advice.
    “I can’t tell you how many times I have gone in
  • Making your own family: Thrilling piano trio 'put on this earth to play together'

    Tetzlaff/Tetzlaff/Vogt Trio
    When: April 28, 3 p.m.
    Where: Vancouver Playhouse
    Tickets and info: vanrecital.comFans of exceptional chamber playing have a major event to look forward to at the end of this season: a performance for the Vancouver Recital Society by the Tetzlaff/Tetzlaff/Vogt Trio.
    Violinist Christian Tetzlaff (the subject of a remarkable 2012 profile by The New Yorker’s Jeremy Eichler) has been a regular Vancouver visitor since the first days of his career. Both his cellist si
  • Mission Folk Music Festival announces 2019 lineup

    One of the Fraser Valley’s top cultural events is the Mission Folk Music Festival. Taking place July 26 to 28 at Fraser River Heritage Park in Mission, tickets are now on sale for the 32nd annual event at missionfolkmusicfestival.ca.
    Known for booking very different artists than the other folk festivals in the region, this year’s event keeps up the trend. Also continuing is the community celebration on July 26, which is a pay-what-you-can event.
    Among the highlights of this year&rsqu
  • Man dies in targeted shooting in Vancouver's Kitsilano neighbourhood

    A man has been shot to death in Vancouver’s Kitsilano neighbourhood.
    In a prepared statement, Vancouver police said they were called to the area of West 4th Avenue and Burrard Street at 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and found the victim dead at the scene.
    Bullet holes are seen in the windshield and hood of an SUV as a police officer walks past the vehicle in Vancouver, on Wednesday April 17, 2019, after a person was shot and killed Tuesday night. Vancouver Police say the shooting that occurred in the
  • Vancouver police threaten arrest of anyone selling 4/20 marijuana to minors

    Police in Vancouver are asking parents to have a “tough” conversation with their teenagers about the dangers associated with marijuana at a large unsanctioned 4/20 event on Saturday.
    Sgt. Jason Robillard says the 25th annual event, featuring pot enthusiasts, vendors selling marijuana, baked edibles and drug paraphernalia, is expected to be a big draw this year because of a concert by California hip hop group Cypress Hill.
    Robillard says police will be focusing on arresting anyone sel
  • Frustration brews over double standard for Vancouver 4/20 pot festival

    Beer is legal to drink just like weed is legal to smoke. But you can’t drink beer in public without being at a sanctioned festival or at a licensed establishment, so should breweries get together and stage a beer protest?
    That’s the tongue-in-cheek suggestion from Ben Coli, owner of Dageraad Brewing, who posted a humorous tweet Wednesday about forming a craft beer demonstration to protest no drinking in public as a response to the 4/20 event going ahead this year at Vancouver’s
  • Doctors approve new fee agreement with B.C. government

    B.C.’s physicians have voted overwhelmingly in favour of a new agreement with the B.C. government in a deal that will cost taxpayers at least $331 million over the three-year deal.
    Last year, the government paid out $4.516 billion for physician services. By the end of the three-year deal that took effect on April 1, that will rise to $4.85 billion.
    One of the elements of the deal is a signing bonus-like payment of $7,500 to each physician who earned over $75,000 in income in 2018, or in an
  • Journalist puts Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on hot seat for the TED Talks stage

    British journalist Carole Cadwalladr used her TED Talk in Vancouver to put Twitter CEO Jack Dorsey on the hot seat the evening before he was due to take the stage.
    Cadwalladr, a writer for the Guardian and Observer in the U.K. who broke the story about how the United Kingdom’s Brexit referendum was hijacked by illegal advertising on Facebook, included Dorsey by name, along with Mark Zuckerberg and Google moguls Larry Page and Sergey Brin.
    “The technology you have invented has been am
  • Depression gets egged in Thomas McKechnie's 4½ (ig)noble truths

    4½ (ig)noble truths
    When: April 25 to 27 at 8 p.m.
    Where: KW Production Studio (#10 – 111 Hastings St, entrance through Woodward’s Atrium)
    Tickets: $22 at pitheatre.com/tickets
    When Thomas McKechnie decided to offer his take on depression to the stage, the Toronto playwright figured the best approach would be a direct one.
    “Realist dramas of people pretending to be other people, and talking beside an issue so you sort of overhear it, is an ineffective way of communicatin
  • The Cultch 2019/20 season includes the new Raven Transforming Cabaret Festival

    The East Van institution that is the Cultch announced its 2019/20 season last night. A total of 16 productions have been programmed by executive director Heather Redfern for the three stages. Subscriptions for the 2019/20 season are on sale now. Single tickets go on sale July 15. Call The Cultch’s Box Office at 604-251-1363 or go online at tickets.thecultch.com.
    Among perennial favourites making a return is incredibly popular East Van Panto, which will find Theatre Replacement working its
  • Coast Guard ship back in action after North Vancouver repairs

    The Canadian Coast Guard vessel damaged when it hit the Ogden Point breakwater last month has been repaired and is back in the waters off Vancouver Island.
    The 64-metre Sir John Franklin, the newest ship in the coast guard’s fleet, underwent two weeks of repairs in Seaspan Shipyard’s dry dock in North Vancouver, giving it a new rudder, rudder post, propeller, tail shaft and steel work on the port stern quarter.
    “That this work was completed in a matter of 13 days from the vesse
  • Commercial Real Estate: Vancouver developing a bad reputation for foreign investment

    Government intervention in B.C.’s property market is tarnishing the province’s reputation with international investors, says the head of a major local property brokerage.
    “In our current environment, our political regime is basically saying that we don’t want any of this capital,” said Vancouver-based Macdonald Real Estate Group’s new president, Dan Scarrow.
    He was speaking on a panel at the Vancouver Real Estate Forum earlier this month.
    Scarrow didn’t
  • Vancouver's Dude Chilling Park needs its Dude back

    Dude Chilling Park in East Vancouver is missing its Dude, so a campaign has been launched to restore the sculpture and bring it back to the park.
    The Indiegogo campaign is seeking $20,000 to have the natural cedar sculpture bronzed after it suffered extensive deterioration, according to the Vancouver Art House Society, which is spearheading the campaign.
    Reclining Figure is the “dude” of Dude Chilling Park.The natural cedar sculpture, which is officially called Reclining Figure but i
  • Coast Guard ship back in action after North Vancouver repairs - Vancouver Sun

    Coast Guard ship back in action after North Vancouver repairs  Vancouver SunThe Canadian Coast Guard vessel damaged when it hit the Ogden Point breakwater last month has been repaired and is back in the waters off Vancouver ...
  • Pod of orcas spotted in Vancouver harbour (VIDEO) - North Shore News

    Pod of orcas spotted in Vancouver harbour (VIDEO)  North Shore NewsA pod of orcas was spotted in Vancouver's inner harbour Tuesday afternoon. The whale of a good time was reported on by the Vancouver Police Department's ...
  • Record gas prices strain taxpayer-funded fleets

    British Columbians already feeling the pinch at the pump might see a few extra pennies on their tax bills too, due to the record-smashing gas prices across Metro Vancouver.
    With gas pushing $1.70 per litre, governments and publicly funded agencies are keeping a keen eye on how higher fuel costs will impact the fuel budgets for their fleets, with some counting the days until more electric vehicles provide relief.
    City fleets typically include cars and trucks used by engineering, sanitation and pa
  • Daily Poll: How do you feel about Jason Kenney's win in Alberta?

    Jason Kenney’s United Conservative Party won the Alberta provincial election early Wednesday. Just after 4 a.m. MT, the UCP led or had been elected in 63 of the province’s 87 ridings, with the NDP, diminished to opposition status after their single term in government.
    Read the Postmedia story here.
    Read the election reaction on social media here.
    What do you think? B.C.’s Premier John Horgan congratulated Kenney on his win on social media.
    Congratulations to UCP Leader Jas
  • B.C. records 27th case of measles as traveller returns from Japan

    VANCOUVER — Another case of measles has been recorded in B.C., bringing the total number of confirmed cases in the province to 27.
    Officials with Fraser Health and Vancouver Coastal Health say the latest case involves a Metro Vancouver resident who returned to Vancouver International Airport on April 13 aboard a Japan Airlines flight from Tokyo.
    A news release from the health authorities says the patient acquired measles while abroad, but was in several places around the Lower Mainland whi
  • Vancouver’s 4/20 celebrates a quarter century of freeing the weed

    It’s been 25 years since Vancouver’s first 4/20 pot protest and, as the controversy surrounding the event continues to grow, organizers think this year’s event will be the biggest one yet.

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