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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.

Winning ticket in $50-million Lotto Max sold in Edmonton

Winning ticket in $50-million Lotto Max sold in Edmonton

Someone who purchased a Lotto Max ticket in Edmonton received their Christmas present early.

Following four weeks of no winners, the $50-million jackpot in Friday night's Lotto Max draw was won by a ticket purchaser in Edmonton.

The winning numbers were 2, 13, 18, 24, 27, 37 and 43 with the bonus number of 14.

Thirteen winning the 19, 50 MaxMillions tickets, were won or shared were sold in Ontario, three in Alberta, one in Winnipeg and two in Atlantic Canada.

Only one MaxMillions ticket was won in BC.

Changes continue in BC liquor industry

Changes continue in BC liquor industry

Premier Christy Clark announced this week the B.C. government's support for a second set of key liquor changes that will create opportunities for small businesses and legions and open up new dining options for B.C. families, while continuing to protect public safety.

To create more consumer convenience and give businesses more flexibility to grow, government will be introducing happy hour to B.C.

Prince George man crowned Jeopardy winner

Matthew Church of Prince George is show with Jeopardy host Alex Trebek. — photo courtesy Jeopardy Productions Inc.

A Prince George man is a Jeopardy winner.

Matthew Church was victorious on the long-running game show Monday night.

The Queen’s School of Medicine student now had a chance of winning more than the $24,000 won Monday, during another game on Tuesday.

Church, 26, earned a spot on the popular game show through an online quiz in January with 250,000 people.

Church advanced to the next round of selection in Toronto during July before being told the next month he’d be flying to California to be a contestant.

Two Albertans killed in plane crash near Tofino

Two Albertans killed in plane crash near Tofino

The Tofino RCMP and BC Coroners Service are currently at the site of a fatal plane crash on Vargas Island, located northwest of Tofino, BC.

Shortly after 3:30 p.m. on Dec. 14, the Tofino RCMP were notified by the Joint Rescue Coordination Centre that a twin engine 'Cessna 421 B' aircraft had gone missing in the area of Vargas Island.

The aircraft had two people on board, believed to be a father and his 25-year-old son.

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