January 20, 2018

BC SPCA to leave Island town this weekend

The Campbell River SPCA is leaving the city after more than 30 years. Both Lorie Chortyk with the BC SPCA and the City's Clerk Peter Whipper says it came down to money but they differ on the details. Whipper says at 218-thousand dollars the SPCA's bid for the city's animal control contract  was more than twice that of the winning bid.   … [Read more...]

Divers find body in vehicle off Gabriola Island

The search for a body in the water off the Gabriola Island is now over. RCMP Sgt. Sheryl Armstrong says they found a woman in the vehicle  that smashed through a steel barrier at the ferry terminal and off the dock early yesterday morning. "The RCMP dive team with the assistance from the  RCMP West Coast Marine patrol vessel Hickett and … [Read more...]

4 Perfect Caribbean Island Itineraries

No matter what type of traveler you are, there is a Caribbean island for you. Bringing the fam? Get that snorkel gear on. Looking to escape? No one will find you here. We found your perfect itineraries. Fodor's Travel News … [Read more...]

Response to boat aground in English Bay takes Sea Island Coast Guard over half an hour

It took the Sea-Island coast guard thirty-one minutes to respond to a boat that had run aground in English Bay Saturday afternoon.  Crews left the base at 4:39pm, arriving on scene at 5:10. Coast Guard officials say if crews had been at the now closed Kitsilano Coast Guard Base, the response time would have been mere minutes. But officials say … [Read more...]

Vancouver Island North MP quits federal Conservative caucus

Vancouver Island North Member of Parliament John Duncan has resigned from the federal Conservative government caucus today.  Duncan also gives up his job as Aboriginal Affairs minister. He released this statement today to explain why. “In June of 2011 I wrote a character reference letter to the Tax Court of Canada on behalf of an … [Read more...]

Judicial Review gets underway in BC Supreme Court over Vancouver Island park use permit

A Judicial Review beginning Monday in BC’s Supreme Court in Vancouver has champions for the environment crossing their fingers. The case, started by The Friends of Strathcona Park, challenges the Provincial Government's authority on how they protect parkland. At the centre of the case is a park use permit for a private resort on Vancouver … [Read more...]

Vancouver Island rescue

Another save for the Comox Search and Rescue team and the military pilots and SAR techs at C-F-B Comox. They were called out late yesterday afternoon when four skiers were hit by an avalanche in the back country outside the boundaries of the Mount Washington ski resort on Vancouver Island. The four were in cellphone contact with police throughout … [Read more...]

No damage or injuries after Vancouver Island quake

Vancouver Island was rattled by a 4.4 magnitude quake Sunday night. It was centred 200 kilometers off of Port Hardy just after 7:30 according to the U-S Geological Survey National Earthquake Information Center. There have been no tsunami warnings or advisories issued, and there are no reports of major damage or injuries. This after multiple tsunami … [Read more...]

Man found dead on Vancouver Island beach identified

An exhaustive post-mortem investigation involving multiple agencies on both sides of the border has found the identity of a man found dead on a Vancouver Island beach December 19th. The BC Coroner's Service says the man has been identified as thirty-six-year-old Brandon Lee Blanford of Bremerton, Washington State.  Branford’s family … [Read more...]

Developing story: Worker injured on Mitchell Island

A possible explosion on Mitchell Island has sent at least one workers to hospital. Donna Freeman at Worksafe BC says they are also heading to the scene. "Well we have just got a report of an incident occuring on Mitchell Island in Richmond apparently an incident that has something to do, at least with initial reports, to do with an electrical panel … [Read more...]