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Whistler RCMP investigate sudden death of skier

Whistler RCMP investigate sudden death of skier

Whistler RCMP are investigating a sudden death which occurred on Whistler Mountain on Monday (January 7).

RCMP were contacted after a skier on Franz’s Meadows was passing a cliff area and noticed a male who appeared to be in need of help.

When the male didn’t respond to the passing skier, Whistler Blackcomb Ski Patrol was contacted to attend along with RCMP from Whistler Detachment.

BC Fed renews calls for stronger safety measures in construction industry

BC Fed president Jim Sinclair . . .refuse and report unsafe work

The BC Building Trades and B.C. Federation of Labour renewed calls for stronger safety measures in the construction industry after 32 workers were killed in British Columbia in 2012.
 
The call came at the annual memorial held to mark the deaths of four Vancouver construction workers who plunged to their deaths when a fly form collapsed at the 36th floor of the Bentall Centre Tower IV building in 1981.
 

Making resolutions for 2013? Resolve to be safe

Making resolutions for 2013? Resolve to be safe

As the new year begins, so do thoughts of resolutions. While most resolutions involve vows to exercise more and adopt healthy eating habits, BC Ambulance Service (BCAS) has three suggestions for resolutions that can make the world a safer place for you, your family and your community.

COMMENT: Taxes!

COMMENT: Taxes!

Calls to cut taxes should not come as a surprise. Individuals, business establishments, and corporations have been singing this tune for years. Resistance to taxes goes hand in hand with government at all levels. “No Tax Payments!”screamed a headline in Germany’s Neue Rheinische Zeitungon November 16, 1848. The article’s closing sentence was as provocative as its headline:“Refusal to pay taxes is the primary duty of the citizen!” The author was … Karl Marx!

Debate on inequality full of bluster and misunderstanding

Debate on inequality full of bluster and misunderstanding

by Niels Veldhuis and Jason Clemens

OP/ED: Is BC heading for its own fiscal cliff?

OP/ED: Is BC heading for its own fiscal cliff?

The Government of BC has been on a borrowing and spending spree for about eight years. A lot of this is being done using the “Public-Private Partnership” model (P3) of which the former Premier Campbell was exceedingly fond.

Parents of B.C. newborns named Liam and Emma not alone

It was a banner year for newborns in B.C. in 2011.

Parents naming their newborn baby Liam and Emma are not alone according to the 140th edition of the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency Annual Repor.

Liam and Emma are the most popular names for B.C. babies born in 2011 according to the annual report from the British Columbia Vital Statistics Agency.

The most widely selected names for boys were Liam, Ethan, Mason, Lucas and Benjamin.

The top five names for girls were Emma, Olivia, Sophia, Ava and Chloe. In 2011, there were a total of 43,991 births in B.C., up from 43,670 in 2010.

The winter driving season is a challenge for all drivers

Visibility can sometimes be a challenge during the winter driving season. — photo courtesy ICBC

Sadly, an average of 34 people are killed and 7,110 injured in 4,740 crashes every December on B.C. roads, making it one of the highest months of the year for crashes.

Now that the winter season has kicked into full swing on road conditions across B.C. driving can be both challenging and unpredictable. Which is why ICBC is asking drivers who will be travelling during the holidays to get prepared and adjust their driving to the weather conditions.

Elderly woman dies on Via Rail train travelling from Toronto to Vancouver

Elderly woman dies on Via Rail train travelling from Toronto to Vancouver

Via Rail confirmed on its website that an elderly woman died Saturday of flu-like symptoms on a  train travelling from Vancouver to Toronto.

The website said at approximately 5 a.m. Saturday, Train 2, which was travelling between Vancouver and Toronto, was delayed several hours near Parry Sound, Ontario, due to a medical emergency onboard the train.

Four passengers were showing signs of flu-like symptoms.

RCMP make $1.5 million marihuana grow-op seizure near Prince George

RCMP make  $1.5 million marihuana grow-op seizure near Prince George

Twas days before Christmas and members from the North District Integrated Marihuana Enforcement Task Force (NDIME), Prince George Detachment and North District Drug Section were searching a residence in Prince George to find a marihuana grow operation seizure of approximately $1.5 million.

"The estimated street value of this seizure was approximately $1.5 million dollars said Constable Lesley Smith, North District Media Relations Officer.

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