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COMMENT: B.C. government's double standard on electoral boundaries ill-advised

COMMENT: B.C. government's double standard on electoral boundaries ill-advised

Long-time political watchers in B.C. will know what's meant by Gracie's finger. It was one of Canada's most blatant acts of political gerrymandering.

In 1982, then Social Credit cabinet minister Grace McCarthy was suspected of using her influence to have her Little Mountain riding boundaries redrawn to include a sliver of a wealthy Vancouver neighbourhood. That sliver was forever known as Gracie's finger.

RCMP halt crime spree in Lower Mainland

RCMP halt crime spree in Lower Mainland

Around 6 p.m. Jan. 5, the Richmond RCMP responded to a collision on Highway 99. Allegedly, the driver of one of the vehicles involved in the collision ran to a nearby home where he stabbed a resident and stole the resident’s car.

The same night, at around 7 p.m., a man was withdrawing money from the automated teller machine (ATM) at the TD Canada Trust Bank located at Kingsway Avenue and Victoria Drive when he was attacked inside the bank. The victim was stabbed several times and was robbed of his money. He received superficial stab wounds and was treated by paramedics.

No winners in Friday's Lotto Max, next draw estimated at $50 Million

No winners again.

The Lotto Max jackpot reached its max again after no one had a winning ticket in Friday's $46 million draw.

The second Lotto Max draw of 2014 will offer an estimated $50 million jackpot plus an estimated two Maxmillions prizes of $1 million each.

The lucky numbers will be drawn Friday, Jan. 10.

The winning numbers for Friday's January 3 draw were:

7, 16, 31, 35, 39, 44 and 48 with a bonus number of 42.

UPDATE: Trust fund set up to help family of Surrey hockey mom

A Surrey hockey mom was beaten in the parking lot outside the Newton Rec Centre.

Anyone wanting to help the family of Julie Paskall, the Surrey hockey mom killed outside the rink in Newton on December 29, can now donate to a trust fund.

Any money will be used to help the Paskall family and to assist with any additional expenses.

Paskall is survived by a son, 16, two adult daughters and her husband, Al Paskall.

Paskall, 53, found severely beaten in the the parking lot of the Newton Recreation Centre in December.

BC's top 10 most absurd 9-1-1 calls in 2013

BC's top 10 most absurd 9-1-1 calls in 2013

In an effort to draw attention to the ongoing issue of 9-1-1 nuisance calls, E-Comm—the regional emergency communication centre for southwest B.C.—has released a list of 2013’s most absurd reasons to call the emergency line.

Throughout the year 9-1-1 call-takers submitted examples of calls they received that do not meet the test of an emergency call: A police, fire or medical emergency that requires immediate action because someone’s health, safety, or property is in jeopardy or a crime is in progress.

COMMENT: Five New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s politicians

COMMENT: Five New Year's resolutions for B.C.'s politicians

It's that time of year when many of us make resolutions for the new year. Most of them are lofty goals towards self-improvement: quit smoking, lose weight, exercise more often are all among the popular ones.

No winners in Friday's Lotto Max draw

No winners in Friday's Lotto Max draw

The Lotto Max jackpot is once again increasing by the day after no winning ticket was purchased for Friday's (December 27) draw.

The result is the next Jackpot draw, set for Friday, January 3, 2014, is estimated to be a whopping $46 Million.

Two prizes of $241,997.40 in the LOTTO MAX 6/7+Bonus category for Friday December 27 were won by winning tickets purchased in British Columbia and Ontario.

The numbers of the Friday (December 27) draw were 1, 6, 9, 11, 17, 37 and 39. The bonus number is 32.

Calling all visitors to Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake — reservations open January 2

Calling all visitors to Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake — reservations open January 2

BC Parks wants to issue a notice to visitors near and far to start planning their trips to Berg Lake Trail and Bowron Lake canoe circuit as reservations to the two popular BC Parks destinations open for the 2014 season on January 2.

Visitors should book their reservations through Discover Camping, BC Parks' camping reservation system, making it easier for families to plan ahead.

First Nation's grandmothers keep culture alive and prepare for future

Prince Rupert, BC -- Wikipedia image

Near Prince Rupert on B.C.’s North Coast, a group of grandmothers has been keeping Lax Kw’alaams children and youth connected to their culture and community, while giving them a voice in planning their futures.

The Tsimshian elders call themselves Nagantsi’istk (Ancestors/Grandmothers) and act as positive role models who build trust with the children, their families and their community through communication. For example, the grandmothers contacted each child in care from their community through video conferencing before meeting each child in person.

Alberta man killed in avalanche near Kicking Horse Mountain

Alberta man killed in avalanche near Kicking Horse Mountain

A man from Alberta is believed to be the first avalanche victim of the winter outdoor season.

RCMP said in a press release they received a report from Kicking Horse Mountain Resort officials at 2:30 p.m. MT Friday (December 20) of an out-of-bounds avalanche.

The 29-year-old Alberta man was located in avalanche debris and transported to Golden Hospital.

The man, skiing out of bounds with a fellow male snowboarder, was pronounced dead at hospital.

Golden Search and Rescue responded to dig the snowboarder out of the avalanche.

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