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Drowning near Courtenay brings number of 2013 water-related fatalities in B.C. to 37

Drowning near Courtenay brings number of 2013 water-related fatalities in B.C. to 37

A sudden spike in water-related deaths in B.C. has set off alarms at the Lifesaving Society. “It’s alarming and going against the longer-term trend,” said Barbara Byers, research director with the Lifesaving Society of Canada.
Visitors warned after cougar snatches dog in Telegraph Cove

Visitors warned after cougar snatches dog in Telegraph Cove

Workers at Telegraph Cove on Vancouver Island are warning visitors to the quaint summer village to be extra vigilant about wildlife after a brazen cougar attack that killed a small dog on Canada Day.
Man suspected of shooting at Vancouver pedestrians dies in hospital

Man suspected of shooting at Vancouver pedestrians dies in hospital

VANCOUVER - A Vancouver man who shot at strangers on Main Street Thursday night before turning his gun on himself has died in hospital. Vancouver Police Const. Brian Montague confirmed Friday that the 34-year-old had succumbed to his injuries.
B.C. Hydro unprepared for major disaster such as an earthquake: audit

B.C. Hydro unprepared for major disaster such as an earthquake: audit

VANCOUVER — B.C. Hydro is not ready for a widespread disaster such as an earthquake because it does not have a proper disaster preparedness program, an internal audit says. The December 2012 PricewaterhouseCoopers audit concluded B.C.
Heat wave adds more open-fire bans in B.C.

Heat wave adds more open-fire bans in B.C.

The Canadian Press CASTLEGAR — As temperatures soar across the province, the Ministry of Forests is taking another step to protect against wildfires.
Harbour Air pilot rescues three boaters on Whistler’s frozen Green Lake

Harbour Air pilot rescues three boaters on Whistler’s frozen Green Lake

VANCOUVER — A quick-thinking Harbour Air pilot is being credited with saving the lives of three hypothermic boaters on Whistler’s frigid Green Lake on Canada Day. Pilot Chris Cameron was getting ready to take off from Green Lake at 5:30 p.m.
Road rage in North Vancouver caught on video

Road rage in North Vancouver caught on video

A road rage incident in North Vancouver is gathering attention on YouTube. The 90-second video shows two men attempting repeatedly to punch each other in the wake of some dubious motoring.
Chilliwack’s Minter Gardens closing this fall

Chilliwack’s Minter Gardens closing this fall

CHILLIWACK — Minter Gardens — the world-class 13-hectare show garden in Chilliwack that has been a popular destination for garden lovers for the past 33 years — will close in October.
B.C. consumers warned not to eat tainted tahini

B.C. consumers warned not to eat tainted tahini

VANCOUVER - Health officials are warning consumers not to eat a brand of tahini distributed by Overwaitea in Langley that may be tainted with salmonella.
15-year Vancouver study says harm reduction more effective than war on drugs

15-year Vancouver study says harm reduction more effective than war on drugs

VANCOUVER — Harm reduction — not a war on drugs — has reduced illicit drug use and improved public safety in what was once Ground Zero for an HIV and overdose epidemic that cost many lives, says a 15-year study of drug use in Vancouver’s impoverished