February 19, 2018

B.C. could cut traffic deaths in half, new SFU study suggests

A new study from Simon Fraser University suggests traffic-related deaths in B.C. could be cut in half. Health scientist Meghan Winters has compared B.C.’s rate to that of other countries, and says this province could eliminate more than 200 traffic deaths per year. She says the fact that some northern European countries have so few traffic … [Read more...]

Sex offender guilty in two teens’ deaths

Sex offender Martin Tremblay has been found guilty of criminal negligence causing death, in the deaths of two local teenage girls. People applauded in the courtroom as the judge convicted Tremblay of criminal negligence causing death and obstruction of justice in the deaths of 17-year-old Martha Jackson Hernandez and 16-year-old Kayla … [Read more...]

Verdict set to come down for Tremblay in teens’ deaths

A convicted sex offender charged in the deaths of two local teens is set to learn his verdict tomorrow. Martin Tremblay has been accused of several charges in the deaths of Martha Jackson, 17, and Kayla Lalonde, 16. Police allege he lured the teens to his Richmond home two years ago with drugs and alcohol.  And after the girls consumed a … [Read more...]

Vanderhoof suspicious deaths

RCMP in Vanderhoof say the deaths of two local residents are suspicious. When Mounties were called to a home yesterday, they found the bodies of two people. That home is now a crime scene. The names and sexes of the victims have not been released. CKNW Vancouver News … [Read more...]

Families affected by police-related deaths and injuries form group

A mother whose son died in northern BC after mounties shot him in the head is part of a group of families affected by police-related deaths who are forming a group to push for police accountability. Linda Bush, who lost her son Ian in 2005, says the group is just as much about helping families get through the painful process as it is about pushing … [Read more...]

Spike in drowning deaths prompts warning

The BC Coroners Service is concerned about a 50 percent spike in drowning deaths this summer. Coroner Barb McLintock says 34 people have drowned so far in various incidents and she's urging the public to remember basic water safety procedures, such as staying sober. "It is a truism that alcohol and boating don't mix, alcohol and swimming don't mix, … [Read more...]

Worksafe releases report on deaths

Two companies could face fines after a construction worker was killed in 2010 in Vancouver's Coal Harbour neighbourhood. Worksafe BC has released its report into the death of 28-year-old Dan Martens. The Mission man was killed when he was hit by a concrete wall form while working at a 32-storey condo complex.  The agency says it's considering … [Read more...]

Coroner’s Jury releases recommendations after mushroom farm deaths and injury

More inspections, more reporting, more training. That's among the 15 recommendations made by an Inquest jury into the deaths of three workers at a mushroom farm in Langley four years ago.  Jim Sinclair, head of the BC Federation of Labour, says the findings, as long as they're implemented, will hold employers accountable, "We're hoping in the … [Read more...]

Testimony concludes at inquest into mushroom farm deaths

Testimony has concluded at the coroner's inquest into the 2008 deaths of three mushroom farm workers in Langley. A jury will now deliberate and come back with recommendations aimed at preventing a similar tragedy. Final witnesses included the widows of two of the men killed, ending with 16-year Tracey Phan, whose father was left severely brain … [Read more...]

Inquest into mushroom farm deaths resumes with labour advocate

A coroner’s inquest into the deaths of three workers at a Langley mushroom farm in 2008 picks up Monday, with testimony from B.C.’s top labour advocate. Jim Sinclair's message is pretty simple: Hand out meaningful criminal penalties to employers who violate labour laws. "When there's clear negligence – not just an accident, but … [Read more...]