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B.C. transfers properties to five First Nations on Island in treaty deal

B.C. transfers properties to five First Nations on Island in treaty deal

A government liquor store site in Esquimalt, the Provincial Capital Commission headquarters and a James Bay parking lot are among properties being transferred to southern Vancouver Island First Nations in advance of full treaty settlements.

12 bills await debate as B.C. legislature wraps up session

Another flurry of bills is expected to hit the legislature this week, even as the government admits it doesn’t have enough time to pass everything into law before the election campaign.
Langford elder gets a second chance to stay in Canada

Langford elder gets a second chance to stay in Canada

The family of 83-year-old Surjit Bhandal is getting a second chance to have the Indian national stay in Canada based on humanitarian and compassionate grounds. Bhandal has been asked to submit a new application for permanent resident status.
Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying

Victoria lawyer Doug Christie, who defended Zundel and Keegstra, is dying

A Victoria lawyer who has earned a reputation among some as a fearless defender of free speech and others as an apologist for hate criminals is dying.
Jack Knox: The difficult life of Bonsai Bob

Jack Knox: The difficult life of Bonsai Bob

Now that he is dead, apparently by his own hand, you wonder if Bob Deryk — Bonsai Bob — just couldn’t stand the idea of going to prison, of losing his wilderness home.
Regional policing needs to be considered for Victoria, Vancouver, justice minister says

Regional policing needs to be considered for Victoria, Vancouver, justice minister says

B.C. needs to have a long overdue chat about regional policing in Metro Vancouver and Greater Victoria, says Justice Minister Shirley Bond.
Tip yields 'possible suspect' after man was painted with graffiti while passed out

Tip yields 'possible suspect' after man was painted with graffiti while passed out

Thanks to a tip, police have “a possible suspect” in the case of an intoxicated man who was spray-painted with graffiti while he was passed out, said West Shore RCMP Sgt. Max Fossum.
Napolitano warns looming U.S. spending cuts will cause border woes for Canada

Napolitano warns looming U.S. spending cuts will cause border woes for Canada

WASHINGTON - Janet Napolitano, the Obama administration's homeland security chief, warned Tuesday that the looming array of U.S. spending cuts known as sequestration will cause pain for Canadians, in particular at the busy Canada-U.S. border.

RCMP investigated after Port Alberni woman suffers knee fracture during arrest

The Independent Investigations Office of B.C. is currently looking into an incident involving Port Alberni RCMP officers. On Feb. 15, a female adult sustained a fractured knee cap during her arrest.
Greater Victoria properties transferred to First Nations in treaty deal

Greater Victoria properties transferred to First Nations in treaty deal

A James Bay parking lot, Esquimalt liquor store and the downtown Victoria headquarters of the Provincial Capital Commission are among the land being transferred to First Nations as part of incremental treaty deals, the government announced Tuesday.