February 20, 2018

Vancouver city councillor: land titles show Kits Base property is federal crown land

After the Department of Fisheries and Oceans told CKNW the land the Kits Coast Guard base sits on is owned by the province and leased to the federal government, a Vancouver city councillor says that doesn't match the information he has. Councillor Kerry Jang. "I did some looking around and I found in all documents I could find that it is actually … [Read more...]

Crown Corporation tries to prevent journalist from filing Freedom of Information requests

The BC Pavillion Corporation is trying to block Freedom of Information requests from an investigative reporter. CKNW Contributor Bob Mackin says PAVCO has told him they have asked BC’s Privacy Commissioner for  permission to disregard his FOI requests. Mackin says he has filed tons of freedom of information requests and has never heard … [Read more...]

Crown seeks prison time in deadly crash

They are constantly reminded of her death, they can not sleep, they are broken. The words today in court from family and friends of a 22 year-old Surrey woman killed by a drunk driver. Softball player Kassandra Kaulius was killed one night in May 2011 when her car was hit by Natasha Warren's van. During victim impact statements read today, her … [Read more...]

How involved should the Crown get with developers?

Another anti-development rally is set for next week on Vancouver's downtown eastside.  This follows what activists call a 'bail out' by BC Housing to help a developer who wants to build condos, as well as  a few social housing units, at Hastings and Columbia. Ivan Drury says the Crown Corporation has given the developer a … [Read more...]

Crown Counsel association says courts need more than new judges

The Crown Council Association is calling the addition of nine new provincial court judges a "good first step." Association spokesperson Samiran Lakshman says while they welcome the move the province needs to now invest in other areas of the justice system, like legal aid. "These nine new judges are going to be shocked when they walk into family … [Read more...]

Worksafe BC forwards sawmill report to Crown Counsel

A significant development today in the investigation into two fatal sawmill explosions in the interior earlier this year. Worksafe BC says it has finished its probes and is now referring both cases to crown counsel. The agency says the crown has the ability to charge individuals under the Worksafe BC act, which can lead to fines and even jail … [Read more...]

BCCLA calls for Crown transparency

Questions are being asked after the Crown decided to not proceed with an assault charge recommended against a Terrace police officer. Hours following his arrest in April, Robert Wright’s wife says he was permanently injured and she wants to know what happened.  But, since the Crown is not laying charges recommended by the special … [Read more...]

Crown looking to appeal sentences of two Stanley Cup rioters

Crown wanted tougher sentences than those handed to two Stanley Cup rioters -- and now, it's going after them. Crown has filed for permission to appeal the sentences of Alexander Peepre and Lincoln Kennedy-Williams. Peepre was considered one of the instigators of the riot and last month, was handed 60 days in jail to be served on weekends, and 15 … [Read more...]

Crown downgrades charges for alleged street racer

The Crown will no longer seek a conviction of street racing against a 28-year-old man accused in the death of an elderly pedestrian.Gurjit Dhillon is on trial in provincial court in Surrey, originally charged with dangerous driving causing death by street racing.Back in 2009, he allegedly ran down 83-year-old Pritnam Benning in his black corvette … [Read more...]

Updated: Crown seeks jail time for looting hockey rioters

The fact she's a first-time offender doesn't detract from the fact she encouraged others to commit crimes. That's one reason why prosecutors want admitted Stanley cup rioter Camille Cacnio to spend time in jail. The 21-year-old UBC student, who stole two pairs of men's pants and a tie from a downtown tuxedo shop, was caught on video looting the … [Read more...]