• Langley farm likely used as staging point for gangland hits: Police

    A Langley farm where police found grenades, assault rifles and bulletproof vests was likely being used as a staging area for gangsters on their way to do hits on rivals, a senior Vancouver police officer said Wednesday.
    Supt. Mike Porteous told reporters that the November seizure of several rifles, handguns, ammunition and two explosive devices would definitely disrupt gang violence in the region at least temporarily.
    “This would be a staging area where criminals would prepare and get gear
  • Woman injured in Surrey shooting

    Mounties in Surrey are investigating a shooting in the Fleetwood area of Surrey that left a young woman injured Friday night.
    Shortly before 7:30 p.m., officers responded to a report of a shot fired inside a residence in the 16100 block of 92nd Avenue.
    When they arrived, officers found a 21-year-old woman suffering from gun shot wounds. She was taken to hospital with non-life threatening injuries.
    A 21-year-old man, who is a resident of Surrey, has been arrested.
    Officers are canvassing the neig
  • Sold (Bought): New West home ideal for a large family

    A snapshot of recent residential real estate activity in Metro Vancouver
    918 Laurel Street, New Westminster
    Type: Seven-bedroom, five-bathroom detached
    Size: 3,006 sq. ft.
    B.C. Assessment: $1,132,000
    Listed for: $1,459,000
    Sold for: $1,415,000
    Sold on: Aug. 25
    Days on market: 30
    Listing agent: Tiffany Vu at Multiple Realty and Doug Williams at ReMax Crest Realty Westside
    Buyers agent: James Garbutt at Keller Williams Elite Realty
    The big sell: This 3,000-square-foot home is in New Westminster&rs
  • The Home Front: Take the stress out of hosting with clever home design

    Clever home design can alleviate the stress and anxiety many people feel at this time of the year when it comes to hosting large numbers of visitors or out-of-town guests, says designer Anita Curry, founder of Avenue Spaces.
    “You want guests to feel comfortable and invited,” says Curry. “You need somewhere for them to sit, somewhere for them to eat, and sometimes somewhere for them to sleep, but it’s only for a couple of times a year,” she says. “So how d
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  • Heather and Seventeenth takes an established city location

    Sometimes architectural statements are made on a grand scale, standing out because of their height, massive footprint or use of lavish materials. In contrast, the Heather and Seventeenth new-home project — so named for its Vancouver location — reflects the low-key neighbourhood where it will be built: a simple four-storey structure that quietly and unobtrusively blends into its surroundings of largely single-family homes.
    “It’s very rare to have a four-storey site like th
  • Week in History: Montreal teams win first two games in the National Hockey League

    An innovation introduced by the entrepreneurial Patrick brothers in Vancouver would have been one of the attractions when the National Hockey League started a century ago.
    The rule change was simple enough: goalies were allowed to stop the puck any way they wanted. Before then, goalies had to stand when they made a save.
    The rule change came into effect in the 1916-17 season in the Pacific Coast Hockey Association, the west coast league run by Frank and Lester Patrick.
    The goalie who took it to
  • REAL SCOOP: Sophon Sek denied bail, facing deportation

    He was convicted of helping the Surrey Six killers access their victims and got a year on jail on top of a five year term for drug trafficking. 
    Now Sophon Sek is eligible for both day and full parole. But the Parole Board of Canada rejected his bid for release.
    Here’s my story:
    Man who helped Surrey Six killers get into death suite denied parole
    A drug trafficker who helped the Surrey Six killers get access to the suite where they shot six people has been denied parole for a series o
  • B.C. man gets 15 years without parole for murder during botched home invasion

    VICTORIA — Mary Beech lingered in the courtroom as the man who murdered her gentle, mentally ill brother during a botched home invasion in March 2010 was led away in handcuffs to begin serving a life sentence.
    “I hope you do what you said you were going to do — that you will try hard to better your life, to make this better. I’d like to see you prove it more than anything. It would mean the world to my family,” Beech told Andrew Belcourt before a sheriff escorted he
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  • B.C. woman who suffered brain injury in crash gets almost $1.2 million in damages

    A woman has been awarded almost $1.2 million by the B.C. Supreme Court after her skull was fractured 17 years ago in a pedestrian crash when she was a baby.
    A trial heard the woman, whose name was no provided, was 16 months old and being carried by her mother across a street when they were both hit by a car.
    The plaintiff, who court heard is in the process of gender reassignment to live as a woman, says she suffered a complicated mild traumatic brain injury that has had a lasting and disabling i
  • Adopt-A-School: Blundell Seafoods helping children in need with jobs, scholarships and food programs

    Last December, Jeremy Law, the general manager of Blundell Seafoods in Richmond, not only sent cases of canned tuna to schools where hunger was prevalent, but followed up with an offer to employ older students struggling with poverty.
    “It was a brilliant offer,” said Sarah McKay, a member of Surrey’s Safe Schools Team, who gladly accepted it.
    The team is a joint project of the Surrey school district and the RCMP. Its Wraparound Program is designed to help students who are in tr
  • Vancouver Sun letters to the editor for Saturday, Dec. 16, 2017

    Not moving the U.S. embassy to Jerusalem before did not help peace prospects. An Arab wave of terror between 2016 and 2017 left more than 60 Israelis dead and more than 800 injured.The problem is that Palestinians refuse to accept Israel within any border and incite hatred against the Jews and terrorism in their leaders’ speeches, schools, media and mosques. 
    Recognizing Jerusalem as Israel’s capital is an affirmation of 3,000 years of Jewish history and a nation’s right t
  • Moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are 'gold nuggets': researcher

    After months of bottle-feedings and curfews, a pair of moose calves rescued in northern B.C. are thriving and giving hope for other orphaned wildlife in the region.
    Roy Rea, an instructor at the University of Northern B.C., says the male and female calves were only days old when they were discovered near Prince George in late May. Their mother had been killed by a car, leaving the newborns virtually helpless.
    Rea said he spent 90 minutes wandering around a swamp doing his best cow moose call to
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  • Making seniors pay for shingles vaccine is discrimination, tribunal hears

    A Burnaby senior who has watched friends suffer through painful bouts of shingles is accusing B.C.’s health ministry of discriminating against seniors because it doesn’t cover the cost of the vaccine for the viral infection.
    Thomas Hasek, 75, filed a complaint about the ministry to the human rights tribunal and argued at his recent hearing that the $200 he spent on a vaccine should have been covered under B.C.’s Medical Services Plan, as are other vaccines.
    “This is an ol
  • Opinion: It’s time for a total ban on hunting grizzlies

    Poll after poll has shown British Columbians overwhelmingly support a total ban on hunting grizzly bears.
    Nevertheless, a new NDP/Green government claims grizzly-bear numbers are substantial and with proper “management” they will continue to flourish. The proposed program? Bears will still be hunted, outside of the Great Bear Rainforest, but only for meat.
    Where the heck does this come from? Is it to protect traditional practices of Indigenous people? The reality is that it’s a
  • Opinion: Is joie de vivre the secret to a long and healthy life?

    At 89 years of age, Dr. Ruth, known for her wise counsel on all matters of the heart, credits her good health and sharp mind to joie de vivre.  In a recent interview, the famous sex therapist shared her secrets to a long and healthy life. She considers herself to be very fortunate, narrowly escaping death from the Holocaust, was raised in an orphanage in Switzerland and was a sniper in Israel’s War of Independence. She immigrated to America after spending years studying as a student i
  • Editorial: Vision taxes contributing to housing affordability crisis

    Non-Partisan Association councillors were justified Tuesday in denouncing Vision Vancouver’s surprise attack on city taxpayers — an unannounced, 11th-hour increase to an already too-high property tax hike for 2018.
    The previously disclosed 3.9-per-cent tax hike — already running at basically twice B.C.’s two-per-cent rate of inflations, according to Statistics Canada — was boosted a few hours before the vote to a 4.24-per-cent increase on a motion by Vision Cou
  • Vancouver's 'Sugar Mountain' tent city supporters vow to defend camp

    Residents and supporters of the “Sugar Mountain” tent city in Vancouver doubled down on a vow to remain camped on city-owned land Friday during a news conference that turned violent after a tense quarrel with a passing critic.
    After tent-city residents were served with a trespassing notice and ordered to vacate a property at Franklin St. and Glen Dr. by noon Friday, organizers with the anti-poverty group Alliance Against Displacement pledged to defend the encampment from the city, po
  • B.C. court denies WestJet's bid to toss out discrimination lawsuit from former worker

    VANCOUVER — WestJet has lost a bid to throw out of court a proposed class-action lawsuit that accuses the company of failing to provide a harassment-free workplace for women.
    Former flight attendant Mandalena Lewis sued WestJet in the Supreme Court of British Columbia over allegations of gender-based discrimination, accusing her former employer of fostering a corporate culture that tolerates harassment against female employees.
    The airline argued last month that the courts were an improper
  • Former Kamloops councillor dies after a battle with cancer

    Former Kamloops councillor Marg Spina has died after a battle with cancer.
    Spina, who resigned from council on June 30 after announcing she had incurable cancer, died Friday morning.
    Her daughter Christina posted online: “It is with heavy hearts that we announce the passing of my mom, Marg Spina after her courageous year long battle with cancer. She passed away at 4 a.m. surrounded by family at hospice in Kamloops
    There are so many ways to describe Spina — school board trustee, city
  • Fraudster’s condo transfer to wife shows difficulty B.C. securities commission has collecting fines

    On May 1, 2014, a B.C. Securities Commission tribunal wrapped up hearings in the case against David Michaels, a former mutual fund salesman who faced substantial fines for fraud. The day before those hearings concluded, he and his wife transferred their million-dollar Hawaiian condo into wife Joanne’s name alone for $10.
    It’s a common move by those who are trying to put assets beyond the reach of the courts to avoid paying penalties or debts.
    According to court documents, Michaels an
  • Get home safely this holiday season. #OperationRedNose can give you + your car a safe ride home. Call 604 362-2227… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…

    Get home safely this holiday season. #OperationRedNose can give you + your car a safe ride home. Call 604 362-2227… twitter.com/i/web/status/9…
  • Condo case shows difficulty B.C. Securities Commission has collecting fines

    On May 1, 2014, a B.C. Securities Commission tribunal wrapped up hearings in the case against David Michaels, a former mutual fund salesman who faced substantial fines for fraud. The day before those hearings concluded, he and his wife transferred their million-dollar Hawaiian condo into wife Joanne’s name alone for $10.
    It’s a common move by those who are trying to put assets beyond the reach of the courts to avoid paying penalties or debts.
    According to court documents, Michaels an
  • Pee Wee's Christmas Burlesque Special isn't for the kiddies

    Pee Wee has a special Christmas Wish, but will it get him into big trouble? Who will show up at The Playhouse for a holiday visit and what is today’s Secret Word?
    Answers to these questions and more will be answered at the Kitty Nights West production of Pee Wee’s Christmas Burlesque Special which is offering limited time holiday entertainment for adults only at the Rio Theatre in Vancouver.
    Pee Wee’s Playhouse characters Miss Yvonne, Randy, Reba the Mail Lady, Cowboy Curtis, T
  • Adpot-A-School: Blundell Seafoods helping children in need with jobs, scholarships and food programs

    Last December, Jeremy Law, the general manager of Blundell Seafoods in Richmond, not only sent cases of canned tuna to schools where hunger was prevalent, but followed up with an offer to employ older students struggling with poverty.
    “It was a brilliant offer,” said Sarah McKay, a member of Surrey’s Safe Schools Team, who gladly accepted it.
    The team is a joint project of the Surrey school district and the RCMP. Its Wraparound Program is designed to help student

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