Provincial

Man charged three years after the murder of Mission teen

Rachel Pernosky, 18, of Mission went missing in March of 2013.

On March 16, 2013 a Missing Person’s investigation was opened by Mission RCMP after 18-year-old Rachel Pernosky could not be located by family and friends. Her disappearance was out of character and caused great concern for her family.

On March 19, three days after she was last seen alive, Rachel’s body was located in a rural location in Chilliwack. It was clear that Rachel had met with foul play and IHIT assumed conduct of what was, now, a homicide investigation.

Think FAST – Province supports stroke awareness

Think FAST – Province supports stroke awareness

Stroke is a serious medical emergency, and recognizing the signs and taking immediate action is crucial. To help create awareness around this, the Province has contributed $600,000 to the Heart and Stroke Foundation’s FAST awareness campaign, Health Minister Terry Lake announced today.

The national campaign encourages Canadians to call 9-1-1 at the first sign of stroke. FAST stands for these four stroke warning signs and symptoms:

Prescribed burn to be visible from Highway 31, north of Lardeau

Weather permitting, smoke will be visible from Highway 31 between Poplar Creek and Trout Lake.

BC Wildfire Service crews will be conducting a prescribed burn for BC Timber Sales near Hope Creek on Monday, June 27, 2016, weather permitting. Smoke will be visible from Highway 31 between Poplar Creek and Trout Lake.

This 6.5-hectare controlled burn, about 30 kilometres north of Meadow Creek, is part of a fuel reduction project to prepare the site for tree planting. The goal is to reduce the amount of dead and combustible material (fuel load), delay the growth of other vegetation and decrease the risk of catastrophic wildfires.

School's out – keep kids safe on our roads this summer

On average, 17 child pedestrians (aged five to 15) are injured in crashes each year in the Southern Interior.

Now that it's officially summer and B.C. schools are heading into summer break, drivers should expect even more children playing outside.

Road safety is not always top of mind for kids so it's important to pay extra attention when you're driving, especially around playgrounds and residential areas and for parents to go over the rules of the road with their children.

Finance ministers reach consensus on Canada Pension Plan

Finance ministers reach consensus on Canada Pension Plan

Finance ministers reached consensus on an agreement-in-principle to recommend a modest and balanced incremental enhancement to the Canada Pension Plan, starting in 2019 and phased in over seven years until 2025, B.C. Finance Minister Michael de Jong announced Monday.                               

Police release photo after bear in West Vancouver destroys car

A bear in West Vancouver made a meal of a vehicle, causing an estimated $10,000 worth of damage to this car to get to food left in it by its owner. (West Vancouver Police Department/Twitter)

It's never a good idea to leave garbage on the curbside overnight or, as this West Vancouver resident found out, inside a vehicle.

West Vancouver Police released photos via Twitter following a call Sunday morning after a resident discovered extensive damage to the family vehicle.

It appears a bear was drawn to the vehicle by a sizeable quantity of food being temporarily stored inside. 

Bear fur and extensive claw marks were noted throughout the vehicle. Police said damage to is estimated at $10,000.

Financial assistance available for flooding victims

Crews and equipment on the ground are begining repairs of flood-damaged highways.

Disaster Financial Assistance (DFA) is now available to eligible British Columbians in the Peace River Regional District area, including Dawson Creek, Chetwynd, Fort St John, Hudson’s Hope, Pouce Coupe, Taylor, Tumbler Ridge and the First Nations communities of Saulteau and West Moberly who may have been impacted from the major flooding that occurred this past week.

The forgotten ones: renters

Victoria's tent city — a sign of times?

With so much of the attention focused on Victoria's tent city and Vancouver's skyrocketing home prices in the housing debate, one group is left hollering “hey, what about us?”

Recently, The Province newspaper published “Squeezed out: Renters losing homes as Lower Mainland owners cash in on hot market.”

Good article. What really hit home, though, were the comments posted to various social media sites.

October amnesty will take aim at illegal weapons

BC RCMP are hoping to reduce the number of illegal guns on the streets by providing an amnesty for gun owners to relinquish their weapons.

British Columbians can unload old guns, ammunition - any unwanted firearms or weapons - and ensure they never end up in the hands of criminals during a provincewide amnesty Oct. 1-31, 2016.

The month-long amnesty will apply to any documented or undocumented firearms and other weapons - including restricted and prohibited ones - that have not been used for a criminal purpose, as well as to any amount of ammunition.

Case for CPP expansion rests on five common myths

Canada’s finance ministers are looking to increase mandatory Canada Pension Plan contributions on working Canadians.

Proponents of an expanded Canada Pension Plan rely on incorrect assumptions and flat out mistakes, finds a new study released today by the Fraser Institute, an independent, non-partisan Canadian public policy think-tank.

Canada’s finance ministers will meet next week in Vancouver to discuss expanding the Canada Pension Plan (CPP) — a move that would increase mandatory contributions on working Canadians.

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