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Money laundering, illegal gaming the focus of new joint policing unit

 From left, Finance Minister Michael de Jong, Minister of Public Safety and Solicitor General Mike Morris and Kevin Hackett, chief operating officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC) were at a news conference Monday explaining ways officials plan to crack down on illegal gaming and money-laundering in B.C.’s gaming facilities. — Submitted

The Government of British Columbia and the Province’s anti-gang agency are joining forces to form a co-ordinated investigation unit designed to crack down on illegal gaming and money-laundering in B.C.’s gaming facilities.

The formation of the new Joint Illegal Gaming Investigation Team was announced by B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong, Solicitor-General Mike Morris and Kevin Hackett, chief operating officer of the Combined Forces Special Enforcement Unit of B.C. (CFSEU-BC).

Queen's Cowboys rescue drowning dog

RCMP Const. Ray Dickenson says six-month-old Josie was almost out of fight by the time she was pulled out of the water, but she's fine now.

On April 7, at 11:39 a.m., the Fraser Lake RCMP received a report of a dog that had fallen through the ice at a local pond. Officers immediately attended and learned that the dog had been in the water for almost an hour and wasn’t faring well. Police learned that the caller was not able to get anyone else to assist so finally called police.

Op-Ed: Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

Op-Ed:  Rail Service on Vancouver Island is Essential for Economic Development, Sustainable Agriculture and Food Sovereignty

The Nanaimo and Capital Regional Districts and several First Nation funders are unhappy with the lack of progress made by the Island Corridor Foundation to re-instate rail service between Victoria and Courtenay with a branch line to Port Alberni.
 

Tentative Five Year Agreement Going to BCNU Members for Ratification

BCNU President Gayle Duteil says the proposed new agreement will improve conditions for nurses and their patients. — Submitted photo

The BC Nurses’ Union has reached a tentative five year collective agreement with the Health Employers of BC (HEABC).

Over the course of the next month, BCNU will be presenting the details of the agreement to over 40,000 LPN, RN and RPN members at local meetings for discussion.

BCNU President Gayle Duteil says the proposed new agreement will improve conditions for nurses and their patients, making it easier to deliver safe care right across the province.

Premier issues statement on death of RCMP officer

Premier issues statement on death of RCMP officer

Early Tuesday morning, RCMP Const. Sarah Beckett, 32, died of injuries suffered in a crash in Langford on Vancouver Island.

Premier Christy Clark has issued the following statement about the death of Const. Sarah Beckett:

“Early this morning in Langford, Const. Sarah Beckett was on duty when her police cruiser was involved in a collision with a truck. Despite the best efforts of first responders on the scene, they were unable to save her.  

Accident spills diesel fuel into Similkameen River near Manning Park, IHA issues water advisory

Accident spills diesel fuel into Similkameen River near Manning Park, IHA issues water advisory

A motor vehicle accident near Manning Park has prompted Interior Health to issue an advisory for residents drawing water from the Similkameen River.

The accident, which occurred at approximately 1 p.m. on Highway 3 south of Princeton near Eastgate, resulted in diesel fuel being spilled into the Similkameen River.

Lumby selected winner of 2016 Kraft Hockeyville contest

Residents of Lumby got together to snap a few pics for the entry into the 2016 Kraft Hockeyville contest.

A packed house of supporters at the Pat Duke Memorial Arena hit the roof when NHL commissioner Gary Bettman announced that in Lumby was the winner of named the winner of Kraft Hockeyville 2016 Saturday night on Hockey Night in Canada.$100,000 in arena upgrades to Pat Duke Memorial Arena

Lumby, located 25 kilometers east of Vernon, won the 10th Kraft Hockeyville contest and third from British Columbia. North Saanich won in 2015 and Terrace in 2009.

Kelowna RCMP picking up pieces after alleged assault suspect crashes into police cruiser

A marked RCMP police vehicle was damaged after the cruiser was broadsided by an alleged suspect vehicle believed to be fleeing the area. — Photo courtesy RCMP

A 42-year-old man of Chase B.C remains in police custody, under investigation for various alleged offences following a dramatic crash in downtown Kelowna Friday morning, which involved an alleged assault suspect and a marked RCMP police vehicle, stalled traffic on Ellis Street for nearly two hours.

Kelowna RCMP received a report (April 1) at 8:15 a.m., the of an assault allegedly committed in the alleyway of the 1200 block of Ellis Street.

Permanent stations to protect B.C. from invasive mussels

Premier Christy Clark hosted a media conference in Kelowna to announce an increase to invasive mussel defence program.— Photo courtesy BC Government

Following a successful pilot program in 2015, Premier Christy Clark announced Wednesday a $2 million boost to the province’s invasive mussel defence program that will see eight permanent mussel inspection stations installed at major entry points along B.C.’s borders.

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